Many of my favorite blogs and podcasts share their favorites from the week. This usually includes: restaurants, music, books, tv shows, products, recipes, etc. I was inspired by this and decided that I'd like to do the same, because I have opinions and the world needs to hear about them!
This week's post is a mix of music, food, and exercise. Everything that has been consuming my life lately.
Notes from the Archive: Recordings 2011-2016 by Maggie Rogers
(Photo from amazon.com)
Recently, Maggie Rogers has become one of my favorite artists. I have listened to her first album Heard It In a Past Life over a 100 times. I'd heard songs from this newer album, but had never listened to it in full. It flowed so beautifully and it really explored Rogers' growth as a musician. I especially enjoyed her explanations for each section of the record. It felt like I was listening to a friend explain their creative process.
(Photo from michellezauner.bandcamp.com/album/jubilee)
I had never heard of Japanese Breakfast until I read Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner this past October. Zauner is the lead vocalist and song writer of Japanese Breakfast. I'm a big indie music girl, so it's no surprise that I love Japanese Breakfast. Their music is chill and melodic. One of their songs that I've been loving is Be Sweet. It's fun to have a new band's discography to learn.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six were two of my favorite books. Jenkins really dives into her characters and they all feel so real; Malibu Rising was no different. The book follows Mick Riva's (a minor character in Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) four children and how their lives were shaped by their rockstar father. I really enjoyed how this book shifted perspectives quite often and you really got to be in the shoes of each character. I was enraptured with this book the entire time I was reading it.
Trader Joe's Potato Pancakes
(Photo from traderjoes.com)
We all know Trader Joe's frozen section is what makes the store so fun. It has everything from chocolate croissants to orange chicken. The last time I was there, I saw the potato pancakes and knew I had to try them. I make great homemade potato pancakes and had to see how Trader Joe's stacked up. While they're not quite as good as homemade, they're pretty damn close. They paired perfectly with a sunny side up egg and a heaping side of sour cream.
Ramp 'N' Rize
(Photo from Ramp 'N' Rize's Instagram)
One of my 2022 goals was to try a new workout. One of my favorite Cyclebar Robinson instructors, Erin, also teaches at Ramp 'N' Rize, so I decided to give it a try. They offer a variety of classes, but the one I chose to take was called Rize 30, which used a vertical climbing machine. It was completely different than any other workout I've ever done and I loved it. I felt like it worked muscles I don't typically use and I was drenched by the end.
Claire Saffitz's Focaccia
Claire Saffitz is one of my favorite chefs and watching her Youtube channel gives me immense comfort. I got her cookbook, Dessert Person, last Christmas and I've been baking from it for the past year. One of my most made recipes is her focaccia. It's easy to make with only a few ingredients. The most difficult part is the patience it takes waiting for the bread to rise. Every time I've made it, the bread comes out crispy on top and perfectly fluffy in the middle. I top it with rosemary, but a variety of toppings would work. It's perfection dipped in whipped ricotta.