Tuesday, March 30, 2010

wine by the label and books by the cover

i buy wine by the label. kind of. think of the consideration taken when purchasing a coffee table book.because we know that the book will be viewed most often from the outside in, we consider, second to it's content, it's outward contribution to our physical, interior space. and so in my eyes, wine and books fit into 4 categories; bad content with a bad cover, bad content with a good cover, good content with a bad cover, and of course the winner, good content matched with a good cover.

of course, i won't buy shit wine (or a shit book, for that matter) based solely on a good label/cover. given the thousands of choices we have in our modern-day world, though, why not choose the bottle that supports the companies employing smart designers to market smart grapes? granted, these bottles were empty before the sun set on saturday...but they were pretty to look at before they went down. thanks for the help stacey, tessa and josh. good to know i can count on my friends in times of need. 

i picked up all of these bottles, including my day's favorite with the skull label, at the downtown wine store. the folks over there are super helpful and more than willing to answer questions. plus, while you shop, you can even chill your bottles of white in 7 minutes...so you can get to the party with a cold bottle. happy drinking. utah wine store 255 south 300 east. salt lake city, 801.533.6444

Sunday, March 28, 2010

millcreek coffee roasters

you forget how nice it is to know where your coffee beans are being roasted until you walk in on the process. the smells, the sounds (the cute ginger that offered to let me watch). it's always nice when the quality of the food at a coffee shop matches that of the beans. stop in and say hello to sarah and steven. god knows i will be. 657 south main, salt lake city. 801.595.8646 www.millcreekcoffee.com

 

misc. (pronounced: mis'sy)

if nikki breedlove (no-nonsense nikki from in magazine) and crew frequent the vintage finds of missy baber's downtown boutique, then you know it's good. pretending like you're in brooklyn, silverlake or austin just got a whole lot easier. thanks, missy. in addition to seeing the owner's smile and the stores goods, stop in to meet arapahoe the cat. 272 south 200 east, salt lake city. 801.364.misc 

the green ant.

if you're not into mid-century modern furniture, you still have reason to visit one of the best shops on the east broadway block. go for hana, the store mascot. not into dogs? go for ron (he's nice), the owner of the store that has been a staple in salt lake for 12 years. visit them after 11-ish to 6, monday through saturday. 179 east broadway, salt lake city. 801.595.1818 thegreenant.com