As a HUGE fan of the LA Flower Mart, I was thrilled to learn about the Oakland Flower Market. Both BZ and I really enjoy having fresh flowers in the home, and because the LA Flower Mart is both affordable and special, I had high hopes.
Located in downtown Oakland (parking is available in the back or on the street) the market is a wholesale and retail floral company catering to both the general public and trade businesses. It's a one stop shop for all floral needs, providing a nice variety of flowers and greens, general supplies, vases, floral tools, ribbons, sticks, moss, etc.
Because it was smaller than I had imagined, I asked about it's history and learned that years ago, the flower market flourished and had multiple vendors, but sadly over time all but one vendor closed down. As a result it feels like a smaller and less impressive venue (especially compared to the LA or San Fransisco Flower Mart (which was kinda a bummer). Due to this small size, I found that the prices weren't that competitive (BOOO) so the convenience of having everything under one roof is really the only reason to go.
With that said, BZ was able to put together a beautifully simple arrangement (that continues to look healthy and vibrant) for much less than a florist (but not less than Trader Joe's or the Farmers Market).
I have said this before and I will say it again, having children is like stepping into a time machine that is on supercharge fast forward. It's like one minute we're changing their diapers and literally the next minute they are changing ours - can I get an AMEN?!
When CML joined our crew, HML became a giant overnight. Everything of hers that felt so small, suddenly was enormous in comparison to to this new sweet boy. His fingers, his diapers, his clothing, even the little sounds that came out of his mouth, they were all so little - then I blinked - and he became huge.
CML stayed small for maybe a nanosecond, and is now well on his way to becoming a starting linebacker. He's transitioned into in his crib seamlessly, is almost sleeping through the night (knock on the wood), has outgrown the magic lamb swing, can almost hold his own bottle, and is already testing out his high chair. He is happy, friendly, adaptable, and can clearly communicate his needs.
The speed at which a child grows, and the ability to see that growth from day to day is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It's hard to not ask yourself where the time has gone, but when you look around, sometimes it becomes pretty clear.
HML's five month update here :)
PLEASE NOTE: I am fully aware that this teeny-weeny Wednesday post is happening on Friday :).
There is something so intoxicating about this trailer for Tokyo Reverse, I simply can't look away. In these dreamlike shorts everything moves in reverse, except the subject (who walked the streets of Tokyo backwards for over nine hours :). The reactions by those around him are a welcome surprise while the soundtrack feels a little off. To learn more about Simon Bouisson (the French new media artist behind the work) visit his homepage and to view more of Tokyo Reverse visit his Vimeo page.
The Elmwood neighborhood in Berkeley has always been bustling with wonderful restaurants and adorable shops, and it seems to have only improved with time. Recently I lunched with an old friend and she introduced me to Summer Kitchen & Bake Shop, a welcomed new addition to both my tummy and the hood.
The food is delicious and the adorable space is perfectly styled and appropriately simple so for good reason there is usually a line out the door. Zoned primarily as a to-go eatery, there is limited seating which can feel tight at times (especially when you are dealing with strollers) but if you are a smaller party, the counter is often available and a comfortable option. I asked about their menu (which changes monthly and showcases seasonal/local ingredients) and generally includes meat entrees, pasta, pizza, salads, sandwiches, sweets and side dishes.
As an environmentally responsible business, not only do they go to great lengths to source the best ingredients and cook what's in season, all of their meats are grown in a humane manner and are free of hormones and antibiotics, the menu is free of trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup, they serve Blue Bottle Coffee that is fair-trade and roasted locally in Oakland, and all to-go packaging is 100% compostable (AMEN).
The way I look at it, it's basically the best place you can go to indulge in a kale caesar salad with fried chicken and not feel too guilty (while also saving room for the lemon meringue cupcake, of course :). I love this place and can't wait to go back!