It’s Fake Spring here in Los Angeles, at least that’s what I call it. It always seems to come in February, when the weather gets really warm and all the trees and flowers think “Ahhh it’s Spring! Let’s bloom!” So the flowers come out, and everything looks pretty, and then… it rains and it’s all washed away. But real Spring will be here soon enough, and then the flowers will last and bring joy to our lives.
This faux-season makes me dream of Summer. Days at the beach, warm summer nights, and the return of summer fruits are what inspired this week’s wishlist.
1. M. GREENWOOD JAMS – BOURBON PEACH JAM
Peaches are delicious in so many ways. They’re heavenly raw, grilled, frozen, stewed, really in any form. Of course, combine that with something rich like bourbon, and then make it a jam, and you pretty much win everything. M. Greenwood Jams has created such a jam and it lands at the top of the list this week. (Sidenote: if you come across their three-pepper jam, get a few jars. You won’t be sorry.)
Buy it here: M. Greenwood Bourbon Peach Jam.
2. LAGUNA SALT COMPANY – KONA BEAN SALT
I can’t go a day without coffee. I mean, I can, but it’s not pretty. It wasn’t always that way, but hey, it happens. A dash of coffee can be a nice touch to anything chocolatey, it accentuates its flavor. When it comes to sweet treats, many bakers will tell you that salt brings out the flavor of sweet things as well. Combine the two? Well, I can’t wait to sprinkle it on every dessert I have this year. They say it’s good in marinades too, which to me means more excuses to eat steak.
Get it here: Laguna Salt.
3. BEACH ROCKS GLASSES
Bright, sunny beaches are everywhere in L.A., and whether it be lemonade or limoncello, what better way to enjoy a refreshing drink, than from these glasses that will remind you of laying on one of those beaches, at any time of the year?
Grab them from Sisters of Los Angeles: Beach Rocks Glasses.
4. HERMIE AND MEL CANDLE HOLDERS
I mean, come on. Do I really need to say anything about these? Adorable!
Take them home at CB2.
5. L.A. Stories Candle by Barney’s New York
You might think a candle made to capture the essence Los Angeles would be gross, like “smog with a hint of sagebrush and whiff of tacos.” But this candle, designed for Barney’s Beverly Hills, actually manages to capture the nicer smells of L.A.: The palm trees, the flowers, and the ocean. It’s guaranteed to make your home smell warm and inviting, and be a great conversation starter at your Eating Table.
Available exclusively At Barney’s Beverly Hills.