Scouted Today:

We’re obsessed with a lot of things: art, music, antiques, being outdoors, cars, motorcyles, rugs, jewelry, traveling, flea markets… the list goes on and on. But the topic you’re likely to find us discussing the most is food and drink, which is why we were so excited to recently discover this gem of a site–MOUTH. Their mission statement says: Our goal is to help you discover and get the best, most delicious and most interesting indie food products and to help indie makers grow their business. Take a look at their site and see if you can resist placing an order immediately! How about the Pickles Every Month subscription. Yes, please!

New Favorite Site: TASTEMADE

Today’s discovery is too delicious not to, which launched in early March. Their mission statement: Tastemade, based in Santa Monica, CA, is a global media company with a mission to connect the world through food. Through its platform, studio and network of culinary talent around the world, Tastemade produces a wide range of programming designed to inspire people to learn and spread their passion for food.

We’ve already watched a number of the videos on their Youtube channel. Our favorite thus far is A Day in India which has us wishing we were about to embark on a trip there (it’s a constant daydream). So grab your favorite beverage–a nice bourbon or aged rum would be our pick–and indulge in a little culinary voyeurism. A little warning: you might find yourself running out to grab supplies to make the “The Slacker Milkshake”.

New Obsession…BITTERMENS

Add this to the list of things we’re crazy about–BITTERMENS , which we discovered while sitting at the bar having dinner at The DUTCH restaurant in Miami Beach last weekend. When we spied the tidy row of beautifully designed bottles sitting behind the bar, we asked our charming (and talented) bartender to pass us a couple of bottles for a closer look. And after having a drink that included a few drops of these delicious bitters we had to investigate further.

Here’s what we discovered: BITTERMENS’ was created by Avery and Janet Glasser in 2007 in Somerville, MA and, in January 2011, they moved production to Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood where they produce every batch by hand. Have a look at their website to see what other exciting bitters flavors they make. We’re sure you’ll be as happy to add them to your bar as we were. Cheers!

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2012

From fashion to food to furnishings, Tangerine, the “living reflection of a dream”, is Pantone’s color of 2012. Perfect for an accent color or statement pieces, it’s a hue we love to wear and use in our interiors.

Pair of Brass Low Chairs with Asian Motif

Rolex Steel Oyster Perpetual Date c.1978 Custom “Tangerine” Dial

Pair of Natural Tangerine Calcite Cluster Lamps

Tangerine Tartelettes

When in France…

EAT as the French do! You’d be hard pressed not to eat well while there–from the patisseries and boulangeries, to the roadside stands selling just picked fruits and vegetables and local oysters–there’s no shortage of ways to indulge. And indulge we did with the famously sweet Charente melons, foie gras mouse, handmade sausages, yellow teardrop tomatoes, and the most amazing looking and tasting yellow onion I’ve ever seen, which all made for a delicious lunch.

Oysters! Oysters! Oysters! My idea of heaven, eaten steamed or raw, we tried every variety we could get our greedy hands on.

This snapshot is just a small portion of a seemingly endless table filled with the most incredible pastries, breads, cakes, meringues, and pies I’ve ever seen. We started at this end where we marveled at this amazing feat of a pastry….

…And ended at these football-sized meringues. We took home huge bags filled with everything we couldn’t say no to; half of it was gone by the time we made back to the house. We even invented a new favorite dessert with the coffee flavored meringue that involved salted carmel, chocolate/toffee crunch, and homemade coffee whipped cream. There was a fight over the last spoonful…!

They grow the most perfect bulbs of garlic, shallots and onions…almost too perfect to eat.

One of our favorite late afternoon activities is to go foraging in the hedgerows near the house for blackberries, wild fennel, and Mirabelle plums–which we turn into jams, cobblers, flavored simple syrups (the fennel simple syrup is a favorite for a refreshing afternoon cocktail), and sorbets depending on what strikes our mood. With such abundance it’s easy to make something new and different every day. This year the blackberries were especially wonderful…I don’t think I’ve ever eaten more blackberries as I did in those two weeks.

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