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SC (CHARLESTON): THE BEST MEAL SO FAR [EAST COAST BEACH TRIP]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 30th, 2010

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Drewser and I have been making our way from beach town to beach town in the last week, starting at an amazing ocean and pool side house, where we hung with amazingly fun peeps, on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina, just minutes from Charleston.

Then, we headed to the beachfront Sanderling in North Carolina's Outer Banks.  Next up, a quick stop in Williamsburg.  (At least, we THINK we'll stop there, it's a game time decision and the hours are ticking away.)

Finally, we'll descend upon Bethany Beach Delaware, where it's all about the boardwalk games, beach time and photo booths (if Andre will so indulge me).

BUT our favorite food experience thus far (aside from the chef cooked clam bake in SC) was at sweet little Hominy Grill in Charleston.  Andrew ordered the above "Small Plate" (yup) fried chicken, biscuits and gravy called "The Big Nasty."  But we also sampled smoked ham, pickled okra and eggs, fried cheese grits, a catfish sandwich, shrimp and grits and some VERY pleasing red velvet cake.

And now I have to stop writing.  Why?  Because I could be reading on the beach.  Sorry LINTERS.  But the surf calls.

xo – N.

SC/NC/DE (AND BEYOND): THE BEST EAST COAST BEACH VACATION

By Nora Zelevansky / August 24th, 2010

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It's that time of year, folks.  Time to throw on the sun-bleached Forever 21 sundresses and worn in flip-flops, put down the Blackberry and let the hair run wild (well, less wild in my case, since I just got a Global Keratin hair taming treatment at Sally Hershberger).

And, okay, let's be honest: I'm bringing both my Blackberry and laptop and will be checking them aaaalllll the damn time.  But maybe I'll be just a little less glued?

Anyway, it's time for my annual end of summer/Labor Day trip to the east coast, which generally involves fried pickles and a lot of blue crab with Old Bay seasoning.  But this year, Andre & I are also headed to South Carolina and North Carolina, so hopefully there will be lots more LINT to collect!

In the meantime, my posts may be a bit sporadic.  Forgive me.  Sometimes even I need a little un-work related vacay!

xo – N.

LA (AND BEYOND): SHAMELESS SELF (AND WALLPAPER) PROMOTION [DAILY CANDY]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 20th, 2010

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Happy Friday, folks.  You know what Friday is?  Nope (to whatever you suggested).  Friday is "Shameless Self Promotion Day."  Well, at least this Friday is …

Anyway, today's Daily Candy on Black Crow Studios, is on a new wallpaper company that will custom design stick on murals based on any images or imagery you choose.  (In fact, the above eye chart hangs on founder & designer Tracy Hiner's wall at home.)

Anyway, while you read this hard hitting piece of investigative journalism by moi, I'm going to go out to the pool here at the Ritz in Tahoe.  Yup.  Cause that, my lovely LINTERS, is how I roll.

Wish you were here! Well, most of you.

xo – N.

LA/NYC (AND BEYOND): THE BEST WAY TO MAKE ME FEEL OLD [SKINNY BOOTLEGS]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 19th, 2010

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Just when you thought you got a handle on "jeggings" and could say the word without vomiting in your mouth a bit, skinny bootcuts are now the new denim silhouettes.

I can't even look at these without thinking about a certain pair of stretchy black pants in this exact shape that I wore out to clubs and parties all the time when I was 16 and 17-years-old.  With cropped tops, of course.  Also en vogue.

Granted, I went out more then, than I do now, but still!  First of all, they were basically yoga pants.  Second of all, I think you're officially old when you start seeing fashion recycled from your high school days.

Still, women everywhere should rejoice, assuming these catch on.  Cause you know nothing is less flattering then skinny jeans.  Let's just be honest.

Yeah, I said it.  LOUD.

xo – N.

LA (MELROSE): THE BEST SALT & PEPPER LOBSTER

By Nora Zelevansky / August 18th, 2010

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You all know how much I love the Pepper Salt Tofu from Mandarette.  Let's face it: Almost anything fried with a lot of garlic and a little spice is going to be up my alley and in my mouth.

Well, imagine my incredible excitement when I headed over to the new LA location of Philippe Chow's ultra high-end Chinese restaurant, and saw, YUP, Salt & Pepper LOBSTER on the menu!

SIGN. ME. UP.

Aside from being a tiny bit tricky to eat, it was just as delicious as it potentially sounds.  My other favorite dishes: shrimp & bamboo "Jade" dumplings, hand-pulled noodles with pork bean sauce and a warm blueberry and almond cake with French vanilla ice cream.

Andre vouched for the ice cream.  My growing belly and I will vouch for the rest.

xo – N.

THE LINT COLLECTOR’S TRASHY TUESDAYS: Life at the Pad [Bachelor Pad]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 17th, 2010

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This week on Bachelor Pad, crazy Tenley vomited in her own pie and then ate it.  And that's not a euphemism.

People, if you are not watching this show, you are CRAZY.  And also probably holding onto your brain cells a little longer.

Never fear, it's not too late: In the "Scenes From Next Week," it looks like Wes actually deigns to play that same shit love song from his Jillian season ("Girl, Love Don't Come Easssy"–and apparently neither does writing a second song) for Gia and she actually compares him to Shakespeare.

Does this chick NOT watch TV?  Apparently, her breast implants didn't come with a complimentary brain.  Or satellite dish.

xo – N.

LA (THIRD STREET): THE BEST TRENCH ETC. TO COVET AND SEE IN MY DREAMS

By Nora Zelevansky / August 16th, 2010

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This weekend was a Third Street black party, which basically just means that the boutiques offer better discounts and some free cookies and Perrier.  M., R. & I wandered around for hours, after brunch at Doughboys, and I had some mini lover affairs at each spot.

First, we wandered into Satine and happened upon the MOST beautiful Obakki trench for fall.  It's actually different than the above, which is also Obakki and does happen to be beautiful too!

Then, at the Sigerson Morrison sale, I fell in love with the below suede sandals (which are much cuter in person).

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Then, at cool kid home store, Plastica, I pondered some woven colorful laundry baskets and some blank shower curtains that you can draw on (hmmm).

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Then, we stopped into new kid's store EGGY for a baby gift and FREAKED OUT over how cute the clothes were.  They were like little grown up clothes!

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Anyway, that's just a taste of what's up on Third.  Now, I need to go try to shut myself in my house, so I don't go buy it all.

But what is there to do in this place besides watch Entourage?  On second thought, LET ME OUT!

xo – N.

CRUMPLED TWENTY: THE BEST WAY TO WIN **3** BAGS [REBECCA MINKOFF]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 13th, 2010

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The Best Link Today:

Hi Guys.  So, I feel like this really doesn't require a lot of fanfare or explanation: Go onto Refinery 29 and you can enter to win 3(!) Rebecca Minkoff bags.  I mean, are you KIDDING me?  Like, sign me up times twelve!

If any LINTERS happen to win, do let us know so we can live vicariously!!

xoxo – N.

LA (ROBERTSON): THE BEST TRUFFLE PIZZA [CECONNI’S]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 12th, 2010

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Honestly, there's very little that could cheer me up, since last night's Top Chef decision.  I won't go into the details because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but let's just say, I was NOT pleased.  And, judging by the comments on Tom's blog, I was not alone.  Nope, I was at home among my fellow whiners, a sad group of Internet reality shows venters.

ANYWAY, the one highlight of my day was this goat cheese and black truffle pizza from Cecconi's that I ate as part of a larger delicious lunch.  I mean, SHUT. UP.  Black truffle pizza?  Sign me up!  And it totally delivered with good crust and everything.  I could have eaten three of these.  I shouldn't eat three.  But I could have.

The newest incarnation of the resto–from the peeps behind Soho House–is opening in Miami shortly.  The menu will be similar, but a little lighter because of the Florida heat.  I hope for the entire state that still includes this pizza (and the tuna tartar).  They're both signatures, so it should!

xo – N.

FLORIDA (TO MY LIVING ROOM): THE BEST WHITE CHOCOLATE SITCH

By Nora Zelevansky / August 11th, 2010

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Last night I had one of those brilliant, inspired moments: There I was, sitting on my couch, just innocently watching Drop Dead Diva (yeah, I admit it), when my sister asked me if I had anything sweet in the house.

Suddenly I remembered something key to solving our dessert crisis: An uneaten box of Toffee To Go's White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Toffee was sitting in my kitchen cabinet.  (I know it's not quite cursing over a Jet Blue plane's loudspeaker, grabbing two beers and exiting down an inflated emergency slide, but it's something, you know?)

We grabbed it and tore it apart like maniacs.  And, holy crappola, if that wasn't the most delicious white chocolate dessert I've ever tasted.  See, I'm not always a HUGE white chocolate person.  First of all, I think it's racist.  I'm not sure how or why.  But I'm pretty positive it's fucked up in some way.  Two, it's really not chocolate, right?  They should call it something else.  Like yogurt.  But that's just one person's opinion.

BUT ANYWAY … this was delicious: The outer layer was soft, the nuts were crunchy and the toffee was buttery and almost chewy.

Notice I keep saying "was."  We ate it all.  And by "we" I mean "I."

So, R.I.P. White Chocolate Toffee.  May we meet again someday.  Like, I dunno, tomorrow on the couch again.

xo – N.

xo – N.