by Micah P. Hinson
He’s one of the most dramatic songwriters from the West, part of Texas creative scene. His voice echoes in your chest and his skinny body frame escapes any cliché. Ten years after Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress, Micah is still in his 30 and is married to “the” young wife to whom he proposed at the end of one of his concerts…
Santa Cruz, USA
Reconnect to the land and the origins of food is a modern fashion that we love to follow. We grew up in the countryside and whenever we’re invited to get back, we quickly throw on light cotton clothes and we go. Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure, a restaurant with no walls, just a very long table where to sit together to celebrate nature and the good work of those who bring nourishment, with your feet touching the earth.
by Holly Lynton
Holly, photographer. “I make large-scale, color photographs that address how disconnected we are from the natural world, and express my longing to be more connected through fantasies where a balance has been struck. Sometimes, I respond spontaneously to an event. Other times, I recreate one.” Recently, she left New York for Massachusetts farm country.
San Francisco, USA
San Francisco starts with a red bridge. At first, it’s a string of dots getting ready to dive into the water, then slowly the dots get clearer and clearer and start becoming houses, windows, fat trees along the edges of the pavements, tram going up and down a toy track. Somewhere at the back, an American flag is swinging relentlessly from side to side…
San Francisco, USA
Supports the local food community of San Francisco Bay and brings eaters together to grow community around the foods nature provides. They run multiple projects: the Wild Kitchen, for instance, is a roaming restaurant, a roving underground supper club. Sixty diners sit around the communal table, enjoying lavish 8 course meals, with each course highlighting a sustainably foraged ingredient from the local landscape. Following the seasons, menus explore forests and oceans. We receive their newsletters and whenever a new Foraging Class starts, we dream of joining this young wise group for an excursion by land or sea in search of food.
The Kinfolk community gatherings are an invitation to engagement: engaging with new talents, new relationships, and a refreshed understanding of the physical world around us. Kinfolk caters to a growing readership of young artists and food enthusiasts by focusing on simple ways to spend time together. They focus on cooking, gardening, the culture of the table, and other life-enriching hands-on practices. A guide for small gatherings.
New York, USA
There are menus that are so good you can’t help getting excited. If we were to dine at The Fat Radish tonight we would probably go for Chickpea Hummus, Beet Crumble and The Fat Radish Plate. Or actually, looking again at the menu, we would end up asking our friends to share in order to make sure we double the chances of trying almost every dish on the menu.
New York, USA
We went there for brunch on a Saturday morning when NY was covered in snow. As soon as we got in, we were welcomed by the smell of burning wood in the stove and we couldn’t help but smiling. It was like being in a mountain refuge. The combination of wood, light tones and clean lines reminds of sophisticated Scandinavian design. Against it, the artistic menus and the patchwork curtain at the entrance stand out for their vivid colour. Don’t miss the mouth-watering panettone donuts or the deliciously nutty homemade granola with fresh fruit.
No streets and no cars. The jungle magically embraces the small stone houses while the ocean drifts repeatedly on the pale sand. Verana is like heaven on hearth. We should all be there, right now, the eyes closed.
Los Angeles, USA
Summer nights in Venice beach’s main street are crowded, cheerful, loud and lively. Shima is an amazing small sushi bar in a modern glass cube. Once you’ve crossed the gate, you feel like you’ve walked into the intimacy of someone’s apartment. The space is magically quiet and the service delicate and attentive. Seats and crockery feature pastel colors that are vibrant light and sophisticated. In the open kitchen, ingredients are tidily split into portions. The chefs master their culinary art with irony and cook superb dishes. Try the sauté spinach, any of the rolls with brown rice and fish tartare and the slightly spicy lobster with avocado.
Los Angeles, USA
If it’s your first time in Venice Beach, once your tom-tom says you’ve reached your destination, you will be reminded of why you love America and why this couldn’t be Europe. Streets are perfectly arranged in a grid, Pacific Ave is crossed by small streets that give access to the back of pastel colour low seaside houses and their garage. Count to the 30th street and you are at Venice Beach House, an historic house totally covered in ivy. Ask for the Olympic Suite, the first big room on the ground floor. The old wood creaks; the window is a veranda opening onto the garden while the romantic and floral patterns of the curtains and the décor brings the garden inside. The beach and the pier are behind the first row of cottages that protects you from the Ocean wind.
These cabins nestled along a quiet river totally blend in the leafy surrounding. Owl, Robin and Eagle. In the early afternoon, when the sun hides behind the red mountains, the buildings are left in the shade and the air gets chilly just like in the mountains. You have wood to burn in your small fireplace. Outside, two resident sheep graze within a small fence. In the early morning, an abundant bio breakfast is served in the common cabin, this also made of wood, among low voices and by a cracking fire. If in Sedona everything holds a sense of spirituality, it’s slow and infused of new age philosophy, this inn is a totally peaceful elegant retreat (Wi-Fi is only available in the main cabin). A much more special and less rustic place than what you would expect from the website.
Food doesn’t get any more honest than this. The intention of the family that manages this eatery (also take away and mini market) is: “ChocolaTree is a Sanctuary where each Being can nurture their Authenticity”. The atmosphere is new age and each plate is a tasty combination of healthy ingredients, 100% organic and 100% homemade. Green Goddess Salad, Mediterrean Wrap, Veggie Burger, Kale Quinoa are only some of the Raw Cooked Deliciousness. The big rear garden hosts a food garden and a hammock. This is “superfood” in an oasis of peace, happiness and trust in humankind.
Los Angeles, USA
Gjelina is definitely a hip spot. It’s sociable, young and vibrant. At night, it’s more like a club where they serve food and have a long waiting list for the tables. Low lights, music and voices blend in. The rear courtyard is ideal for lunch or a Sunday brunch. The recipes are typical American but the extensive use of herbs and vegetables reveal a Californian influence. Pizzas are prepared with unusual toppings. They are thin, light, full of flavor and Italian-inspired. Expect to be charged a bit more though. The take-away area is similar to an Italian bio rosticceria. The space is simple but still very much elegant.
New York, USA
Manhattan is there, past the Hudson, just like living wallpaper. Opened last spring in what once was a textile factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, Wythe hotel is one of NY highlights from last year. If you don’t have the chance to sleep here, make sure you come at least for a bite. Reynards Restaurant, with open-air kitchen, wooden oven and grill, serves daily menus using seasonal ingredients. No room service is available.