Monday, June 27, 2011

Beginners, Beginning

Readers, if you were tired of me blogging about Outerlands would you tell me?

It's just that I can't really get enough of it. It's summer, which means the most wonderful fruit is in season, which inherently means that Outerlands will be presenting said fruit in the most beautiful way. When my friend Sophie told me she'd never been, it seemed only reasonable (necessary/urgent) that we went, right? Given my deep adoration for heading out to the Sunset to enjoy their delicious food, we thought it best to have dinner there before our Friday night movie.

Sophie's coat was very chic. She went off for a minute to check out the General Store, but sadly it was closed.

The drink you see is ginger lemon apple cider, spiked with Bourbon. It was a chilly night so this sounded perfect. I loved every sip.

I also love Sophie's red shoes. We both started with a salad: mixed mustard greens and cresta di gallo with apricots and spiced walnuts, dressed with a toasted seed vinaigrette. Sometimes, I think of what words on menus reel me in. "Toasted" is one of these words. The salad was the deepest green I'd ever seen. Sound bite from Sophie: I'm eating a Christmas Tree.

Main courses. Sophie ordered the Cauliflower soup, that comes with a side of Dave's levain toast - always a favorite. Normally, when I go to Outerlands, I don't order meat - I have no idea why. I think it's because the soups are soooooo goooooooood. But, this time, I went a different way. My dish: slow cooked prather ranch pork shoulder with asparagus, toasted barley and green garlic risotto, and morels. It was divine.

See how divine it is?

Sunset in the sunset - it's the closest you can get.

Then we saw this movie: Beginners written and directed by Mike Mills. It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster (FYI) but it was very sweet and aesthetically pleasing. I just love all of the actors in it. Ever since Trainspotting, I've had a major crush on Ewan McGregor. He keeps being adorable - even when he drops his thick Scottish accent. If you want a sweet family/love story, this movie is for you! It's summer, so when it comes to movies, we have to take what we can get.


  1. The food looks amazing and I am all for spiked ginger lemon cider!! And do not get me started on Ewan M. he is a babe!

  2. Love this post. I literally dream about outerlands. can't wait for brunch next sunday! xoxo

  3. i need to try Outerlands immediately! You do such a great job of describing the dreaminess. xo

  4. I've never been to outerlands either and I want you to be my date!

  5. Love Mike Mills. Have you seen the textiles he designed? So cool.