HAPPINESS IS TIGHT…
I love this. I know the REAL phase and it’s whatever. But HAPPINESS IS TIGHT is just so full-on sweet and real yo. I saw this on a rad pick-up parked on the main street of Calistoga and had to grab up a snappy snap. Could this be my theme today? Yup!
So onwards to a happy-fueled day and later, very good toothpaste.
The mustard is in full-bloom and the thick winter fog was lifting so it was my cue to grab Jon and get the heck out yonder and explore. I mean, a day with no plans but to follow your nose is so wicked-ass magical.
Above: Pose-a-thon at DEAN AND DELUCA.
My look today was very Norwegian explorer on ACID. This is an easy go to, and for some reason, I’ve been rocking the mopsy-flopsy, tweeked hiker deal almost daily. It’s comfy with just the right amount of insane.
I love MAST BROTHERS from Brooklyn. They are superb chocolatiers and have created a slew of scrumptious bars with only cacao and sugar. Some have added natural flavors (think Stumptown coffee and smoke) or opt for the maple sugar instead of cane sugar version. A stand-out is the Vanilla & Smoke. They are all about the beans, OBVI, and create specialty ORIGIN bars. From Peru to Papua New Guinea, Belize to The Dominican Republic and even the far away, extreme and exotic… Brooklyn, these bearded bro’s create some of the best chocolate I have ever had, and I have had A LOT.
Above: Muggin’ with the MAST BROTHERS confections.
After getting our cacao buzz on, we headed out to NAPA-Town.
There, we popped into OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET, a full-on mecca of foodie booths and yums galore.
That was when… it HAPPENED. I got Photobombed!!!!
It was hella exciting cuz it was my first image bombing incident, EVER.
CLIFF (aka The “BOMB BOY”) also let us taste one of the cool, creamilicious smoothies he had just concocted… Almond-milky-laced banana action. SUPER YUM!!!!
Above: BOOM BABY!
If you notice, I am holding my FAVE salt EVER from JACOBSEN SALT CO. These peeps started harvesting salt from the clean and green Oregon coast a few years ago, asking the question, “Why is there no GOOD salt from America?”
I mean there is a big fat ton of sel gris from France and the ubiquitous, hipster flake-out salt MALDON (my old fave) from England. What about OUR salt, man?!
Enter the folks at JACOBSEN. I grabbed the ghost chile one and frankly, it was not THAT hot. I guess I am still a New Mexican when it comes to spice. But who cares, THE SALT IS INSANE! The quality is ba-fukkin-nanas, and like MALDON, it is made out of pyramidy crystals. Unlike Maldon, it is transparent and tastes like a sloppy kiss from a drunken mermaid.
I made it over to OXBOW CHEESE & WINE MERCHANT where I was completely hit in the face with a full-on STYLE FIEND! Actually, I had spotted this particular Fiend weeks ago during a jaunt to Whole Foods where I was picking up Ubiqunol and persimmons.
He had on the same twisted, iridescent, Warhol-wig-silver NIKES and I had to approach. Sweet, fashion-forward DAN GRAHAM is also an up and coming comedian and completely into ponchos for 2015 in a non-ironic way. LOVE IT! Plus we both rock transparent glasses, a beyond cool optic statement.
above: Working a complete woodsman-hippy-crystal-power-monger look. NIKE HOLOGRAPHIC TRAINERS make it all so surreal and just plain HAPPY.
above: OXBOW PRODUCE & GROCERY is the yummiest veggie shop in all of the Valley. Jon grabbed some roots and I scooped up 3 pounds of truffles to go… hey we have a cooler and I’m using artistic license.
Above: MmMmmMmm black fungal beauties and all legal. What a DEAL!? Right!
We bid Napa-Town adieu and headed out to Geyserville to see what the wee Sonoma hamlet had crack-a-lackin’.
I traipsed into GIN’GILLI’S, a Jordan Almond-hued, wack-a-doodle home, vintage furniture, duds and lotsa cray shop. Basically, a bug-out of art brute-dusted kitsch. HEAVEN!
I found this DEVO-inspired knitted hat. I mean WHAT IS GOING ON!?!! How could this be??? Who made this? It’s not CREATIVE GROWTH, but, ’nuff said. GENIUS! MAD GENIUS!
above: Grabbing it up, much to Jon’s chagrin. Tee hee!
Before the day was up, we stopped at THE SHED in Healdsburg, to get some ANSON MILLS oatmeal and pose with a toy grey fox.
THE SHED is one of my favorite spots in Sonoma. It is, bar none, the chicest haven for foodies and cooks and heck, anyone who wants to actually drench themselves in fab architecture, eat unique and incredible yums galore and suck down some fresh-made kefir at their Fermentation Bar. They bill it as a Modern Grange, and it is everything GOOD about California.
Now onto ANSON MILLS… THEE North Carolina grain gurus.
I’m tawkin’ heirloom grains, fresh-milled of course. I have NEVER tasted oatmeal like this manna from paradise. Old skool varieties? CHECK. I still must try the Appalachian heirloom sweet popping corn, the Laurel-aged Charleston gold rice and the Colonial style artisan whole wheat grain flour. If you bake, try these flours. If you eat, try these grains.
above: Working it at THE SHED with my schmancy oatmeal and toy fox.
Now onto the BIG DEWY SUCCULENT CHERRY…
Yup, it’s not an EVERYTHING AMY without some kind of freaky-ass health tip.
I discovered two new chomper care products… NO WAIT! Three! Yup three. And my toofusus have never been more HAPPY!
OK, so check them outie. One is Oxygenated Olive Oil that you smear all over your gums before you floss. What the? I know… do it, tho’. AMAZE! It’s PUR O3 TOOTH AND GUM SUPPORT. Sounds so weird and IT IS! But this so works and I will never brush without it ever again.
Next up is the toothpaste and this one is the best I have ever tried. It’s by DENTAL HERB COMPANY and it’s called Tooth & Gums Paste. These molar men need to jazz-up their product names, right? I would call it, SUPER TEETH BOOM! Cuz that’s what it does. It gives you SUPER TEETH and makes you run around smiling at everyone and proclaiming BOOM!
The last one is a Tooth Soap. I know. Weird. But you use just ONE DROP. Actually, it’s called JUST ONE DROP. No wait, no. It’s called ONE DROP ONLY dental soap & tooth elixir. This one is on the metaphysical, energetic-healing side of the tracks. It dropped straight from Xanudu. Rainbows and Unicorns. YUP! I am full-on stoked and into the vibes, babies. The goo is energized with… and now I must quote them:
“An alchemical blend of organic essential oils, Himalayan salt solution, flower essences, gem elixirs & planetary essences in a mineral rich soap” YUP!
PLANETARY ESSENCES! All gongs and faeries aside, this stuff TOTALLY works. BOOM again.
That’s all folks!
Hope you enjoy your grains, salts, chocolates, truffles, Devo hats, and mostly, I hope you brush up and SMILE at STRANGERS cuz it totally freaks ’em out.
Oh yeah…AND ENJOY THAT TIGHT CAT!
OH NO SHE DIDN’T!