Cindy and I were introduced by a mutual friend last year, and we bonded immediately over our time spent in Copenhagen, the joys of a really good meal, and our affinity for stripes. She's the Culinary PR Manager at local lifestyle PR firm Bay Bird Inc.
We had the privilege of spending a Sunday morning with Cindy in her charming South Park home. She played us a stack of her favorite records, cooked us a beautiful brunch, and sat down with us over coffee to answer all our questions.
What are some items you always stock in your kitchen?
Almond milk, Pellegrino, eggs, hummus, cheese, rosé, olives and Marcona almonds. Really all you need for the last minute drop-in guest.
You love to host friends, from the casual weekend brunch to the elegant holiday party. What are some of your essentials for entertaining?
Great lighting - candles are a must. I'm partial to Maison Louis Marie's Aboukir scent. Music, music, music. Everything from Billie Holliday to Natalia Lafourcade to Saint Paul and the Broken Bones to Leon Bridges. Lately I've been listening to Valerie June quite a bit, too. Plenty of wine always goes a long way as well but really it's the people who make the party. I love when new friends meet old and budding friendships are formed.
You've become our go-to for restaurant recommendations whenever we're traveling to new cities. You introduced us to the lovely Rose's Luxury in DC, and quirky Kachka in Portland. What makes a restaurant great, in your experience?
Much like entertaining at home, the crux of a memorable restaurant experience lies in the music, lighting, food and drink. It’s really all in the details though - from the branding to the servingware to the matchbooks and server uniforms. When a restaurant can transport you, that’s truly a success in my book. Originality is also key, there are so many homogenous restaurants that simply conform to the trends. Like in life, just be yourself.
Share a couple of your most trusted sources of lifestyle inspiration: travel, food, fashion.
Bon Appétit and Food & Wine are absolute go-tos. I also really enjoy C Magazine and Sunset which both deliver beautiful regional coverage and leave me constantly jones-ing for a weekend escape to the Russian River Valley or Joshua Tree. Condé Nast Traveler and AFAR are two others I always turn to along with Dwell for design inspiration. Can’t forget to mention Domino too. After a long hiatus, so glad that it’s back and (in my opinion) better than ever. Several bloggers are still a constant resource as well, namely Atelier Doré and Wit + Delight. Travel itself also reinvigorates my creative energy, so I try to get away as often as I can if only for a long weekend.
Tell us the story behind some of the most treasured objects in your home.
Everyone always comments on the vintage silver porcupine toothpick holder that sits on my bar. To much chagrin, I actually swiped it straight from my parents’ house. They definitely noticed.
The Serge Gainsbourg art piece over my bed always brings back memories of Copenhagen. I bought it on my first day there and carried it all around Europe. Shockingly, it’s not even bent.
I’ll always treasure (and add to) my cookbook collection that I’ve curated over the years from the Le Pigeon cookbook out of Portland to the Piret’s cookbook from my childhood to London’s Rose Bakery cookbook.