farmers' market

cookbook LA by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

while in LA last week i had the opportunity to stop by cookbook, a space i had been meaning to check out for quite some time.  if there were ever a place i could see myself plop down each day to be inspired, rejuvenated and just plain old mesmerized, this was it.  it's kind of a farmers' market/farm stand/cafe mashup, highlighting local produce and prepared foods. 

farm tables displayed fresh, local veggies; stone fruits, the perkiest of raspberries, cornichons to munch on, freshly picked flower stems and a freezer with an assortment of berry/herb ice pops. beside a refrigerator case stood a beautiful wooden bookcase filled with specialty oils, chocolate bars, salts and spices.

while my head was spinning from all the beauty, i was equally a little bummed that i couldn't purchase a bunch of loot to bring home and cook up.  i did, however, get to purchase some of the sweetest, most raspberry-colored raspberries and a few juicy apricots.  and i was super happy to bring those little guys back to our place and shoot them, and all their glory, in a kitchen with direct sunlight (GASP!).   if you ever do find yourself in the LA area, this place is a must-go! happy monday, all! xo

amsterdam p.2 by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

this was the last of the photos from our trip to amsterdam from almost 2 months ago! dang, time flies!

it was a chilly and overcast saturday afternoon but frank and i decided to take a stroll through the noordermarkt to check out the local goods.  the scene was somewhat similar to our weekend mornings when we hit the farm market in our neighborhood, except that this market had an expanse of items you don't see too often: long farm tables filled with every variety of mushrooms, homemade cheeses, air filled with the scent of freshly baked bread, made to order pour-over coffee, fragrant baked goods and a vibrant array of local and foreign produce.  we took some time to sample some items, but mostly enjoyed taking in the culture and beautiful surroundings.  thanks amsterdam!