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RALEIGH | DURHAM

June 7, 2016

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The unofficial start of summer, (aka Memorial Day,) is already a thing of the past, and with the bonafide summer solstice fast approaching, (cue ice cream cones, lobster rolls and sand-to-surf activities), no better time to get back to blogging. It would appear we can’t get our fill of travel these days, so as we’ve been known to do before, we’re rollin’ from one Gilded Getaway Guide straight to another. ‘Say Hello’ to Raleigh/Durham. Two-thirds of North Carolina’s ‘Research Triangle’, the cities, almost always linked in conversation like inseparable besties, have been popping up in travel literature, design guides and culinary commentary for quite some time – a telltale sign that something proverbially delicious is bubbling below the Mason-Dixon.

Durham, nicknamed the Bull City, home of Duke and old-school tobacco, is the smaller of the two, yet keeping pace with its neighboring city to the south with urban development unfolding at a rapid pace. Enter The Durham Hotel, a mid-century modern space reimagined by one of the country’s hottest design firms. Originally a downtown Durham bank, now one of the city’s places to-be-seen, (did someone say killer rooftop, Counter Culture coffee, and an insta-worthy al fresco shoe shine?), it was only fitting we rest our heads at this boutique bombshell.

Raleigh, the North Carolina capital, home of NC State ‘State’ and the birthplace of president Johnson, has its finger on a creative pulse running rampant through the city. You may dare to venture that Ashley Christensen knows a thing or two about dining in Raleigh, the James Beard winner and local tastemaker has several downtown eateries – relative newcomer Death & Taxes one of the reasons we packed our bags in the first place. When an eatery lives up to the accolade and fires on the trifecta of dining perfection (taste, service & design), it’s the rare moment where you stop the manager on the way out, offer a hand shake and congratulate the team on a job well done.

Should you find yourself in the vicinity of Raleigh/Durham, we highly recommend carving out some time for a mini-getaway. No time for a sit down meal? Grab a bite-to-go at Standard Foods Grocery, or satisfy your sweet tooth by tracking down Two Roosters Ice Cream, mobile scoops never looked cuter. Style and shopping more your fancy? Raleigh Denim Workshop does textiles right, using locally sourced denim that brings Made-in-America pride back to one of the state’s oldest industries. Worthy of gilded acclaim, the eateries, shoppes and cultural gems included in our most recent guide are the gold standard in creative ingenuity.

LONDON

March 21, 2016

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled March #tglpreciousobjects series to bring you a special edition Gilded Getaway Guide. Because if you’re like us (and the crocus, and the daffodils,) and Mother Nature delivers snow on the first day of spring, you’re ready to pack your bags and make a beeline for the nearest plane, train, or automobile.

When our pallie Jill, aka queen of the golden caramel, asked us to tag along on a recent trip across the pond, we jumped at the chance to revel in all things royal. Three days in London barely scratches the surface on what should rightly be a deluxe version of our traditional travel guide. And yet, our short sojourn was filled to the brim with tasty treats + sophisticated eateries, adorable shoppes and wonderful wanderings. Serendipitously hosted by interim ex-pat Jane, the creative voice behind Simple Pretty and self-acknowledging fellow ‘paper person’, (|ˈpāpər ˈpərsənnoun (pl. people |ˈpēpəlor personsa human rendered speechless at the sight of pretty paper goods, particularly letterpress and/or other executions of design perfection in paper form), our journey left no stone unturned when it came to covering the must-see ‘hoods + happening hotspots of this English capital.

If you’ve been tagging along here at Around the Pound, you know by now that nothing renders us weak-in-the-knees like an unabashedly charming boutique + cute-as-can-be shoppe owner. Cue Quill London, whose DNA so perfectly fits the bill that we secretly (and selfishly) want nothing more than to create a clone and smuggle it (and owner Lucy) stateside. Recently opened to the delight of many countless fans + followers, Quill unequivocally raises the London bar when it comes to stationery style + creating a dashing desktop.

From paper to pastries, London serves up a hearty course of fine establishments. And thanks to discerning friends, who seek out chocolate chip cookies as equally as stylish housewares + the finest of fashion, our latest guide is just the way we like it – chock full of the most noteworthy eateries, shoppes + tucked away treasures we’ve encountered in our travels. And for those of you, like us, facing the grim reality that spring has not quite sprung, may we recommend a mini-gilded getaway of your own. Pint-size travel is the perfect antidote to Mother Nature’s lingering fury.

CHARLESTON

December 18, 2015

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Winding our way down a darling path, lush with greenery and ever-so-slightly secretive, we found ourselves at the doorstep of entrepreneurial enlightenment. Over bourbon cocktails she whipped up in a flash, we chatted with Erin Connelly, co-owner of The Commons, curator of American-made goods and impromptu maven of modern mixology. She, having relocated to the city only a few years prior, couldn’t have more eloquently summed up our latest #tgltravels destination. “In Charleston, when you meet two people, you sort of meet everyone.” ‘Tis true, the creative community in North America’s No. One city three years running, is uniquely intertwined + fabulously flourishing, and much to our delight, we’re all reaping the rewards.

Looking for a last minute gift to check off that extra-special someone on your holiday list? Why not consider a fancy new carryon for your favorite companion, complete with a round-trip ticket to guaranteed inspiration. From foodies to fashionistas, the culture of this ‘Holy City’ has something for everyone; it isn’t any wonder it’s racking up accolades faster than a prize-winning pony. With each return trip, we’ve found a fresh new crop of eateries, shoppes and tucked away treasures, sliding seamlessly into place amongst age-old standbys and local legacies. The cast is broad, yet in a community that has a deep-rooted love for good food, fine design and a flair for hospitality, they’ll invite you in, mix you a drink, and innately make a life in the lowcountry a veritable consideration.

If asked to pick favorites, it would be downright impossible, the list too long and our admiration too large. Instead, keep your packing light and your heart wide open, because after a Southern sojourn in this sweet ‘lil city, you’ll want to kick back in your seat, roll up your sleeves and revel in the moment. Visit after visit, we are truly inspired by this amazing community, and are pretty darn certain, y’all will be too.

Happy Holidays! xoxo, tgl

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Anyone that has spent more than a millisecond in our presence knows we have voracious sweet tooth. Healthy? Doubtful. Shameful? Hardly. Compounded by a weakness for subway tiles, pretty type + neon signage, we’re rendered weak-in-the-knees at the sight of any, or all, in combination. Enter San Francisco’s newish bakery-on-the-block, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, a case study in calorie-laden, design perfection.

Upon opening their doors in California’s city by the bay last November, the cult following wasn’t far behind. The pâtisserie’s claim to fame, the ‘Cruffin’, described by many as the unicorn of pastries, is a hybrid of the mainstream muffin and its more sophisticated Euro cousin, le croissant. So desirable is the buttery treat, a recent burglary that left the cash register full and the recipe book empty, was dubbed the great ‘Cruffin Caper’ of 2015. Ry Stephen, co-owner and pastry chef, warns fans to be weary of potential imposters and lackluster knockoffs, meanwhile humbled that a sticky bandit thought so highly of his desired goodies.

Sweets and treats aside, the bakery’s branding is equally satisfying. Third co-owner and fellow Aussie, Aron Tzimas, set out to offer guests much more than the renowned pastries behind the case. The signature Bakehouse takeaway box, white with simple type and a gilded ‘pinch of glam’, is a stylish upgrade to the proverbial kraft packaging of yore. “We knew we wanted it to feel like you were receiving a birthday present,” touts Tzimas; if every birthday looked this good, who wouldn’t mind adding another candle to the cake?

Looking for a sinful indulgence sans the calories? Check out Mr. Holmes’ Instagram, or what we like to call ‘a direct feed to your darkest cravings’. While admiring from afar is much kinder to the age-old saying ‘A moment on the lips…’, this jewel-box bakery sits high atop our must-try list.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse | 1042 Larkin Street, San Francisco, California, 94109

Images courtesy of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

Outstanding In the Field

 

 

For many years, we had admired from afar a culinary caravan, snaking its way across the country in collaboration with local farmers, noteworthy chefs, and much like ourselves, foodie fanatics in pursuit of a homegrown meal that would long be talked about as one for the ages. A dining fantasy, high atop our proverbial bucket list, sadly untouchable due to sold out tickets that rivaled sell out times of rockstars and legends. Setting the table since 1999, Outstanding in the Field has made countless tours coast-to-coast, served more than 60,000 individuals, and rallied in pursuit of their humble theme, ‘To honor the good people whose good work brings nourishment to the table’.

2013, the year we would conquer the virtual ticket line, granting us a place in the field and a seat at the table. The Hickories, a female run organic farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Sans fancy place settings and stuffy waitstaff, we dined in the company of furry friends and unknown neighbors, joined together over a common bond of locally sourced food within our community. 2014, we expanded our radius and let our tastebuds dictate the way to our dining destiny. Winter Point Oysters, a picturesque setting in coastal Maine, complete with nature’s eventide in the heart of America’s Vacationland. Periwinkle salad + lobster (lobstah for those of us blessed with a natural flair for the New England tongue) steam buns. Friendly chatter over a bonafide seafood feast, by night’s end the stars were twinkling and our bellies full.

Delightful dining aside, our biggest takeaway from these simple, yet spectacular meals, is the humble stage upon which these hardworking farmers present their craft. Their days are long and yet their hearts are large. As they speak, often shyly, about the work they partake in day after day, their passion radiates as bright as the sun setting behind their backs. Jim Denevan, founding father of OITF (not to mention, an artistic force in his own right), has created a devoted trail of followers in the wake of his caravan’s path, each with minds (and palates) open to these fine purveyors of local fare.

Join us on March 20th, as we cast our vote for this year’s table of choice when tickets go live for the 2015 Tour. Given our new home-away-from-home in the Ocean State, we’ve got our eye on newbie-on-tour, Little Compton. A stone’s throw from Newport, and our neighbor across the bay, we’re sure to be in for another meal for the memory bank. If you happen to be in the Rhode Island area, we hope to see you at the communal table where we’ll share stories over wine and food as fresh as the day’s offering. Should your location be further west, or somewhere in-between, OITF has plenty of stops in the queue, check the tour, as there’s most likely one coming to a local farm near you.

Images courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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