Tiger. 6.2005 - 9.16.2017.

It has taken me a month to write this post and it is still not without difficulty. Tiger was my first and last cat, and the love of my life, so it's been very difficult this last month. Grief is a constant visitor that comes and goes as it pleases. I've had Tiger since he was 8 weeks old and I held his little hand until the very end. I loved him unconditionally and vice versa. Mostly we cuddled and danced in the living room. He saw me through my best and my worst. He was extremely protective of me, especially when I was sick. He also let me know when he did not approve of the guy I was dating. It is a constant reminder to myself of all the good times I have had despite how sick he has been this year, especially the last few months. He slept next to my head most of these 12+ years and for a while he actually even slept on my head. Not a day goes by that I do not miss this little beast or think about him or miss staring into his universe of the bluest blue eyes. Who knew the biggest love of my life would go to this little guy?

@pamelalovenyc #pamelalove #tiger

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Meat & Potatoes. Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. 8.26.2017.

The breakfast of champions before a long shoot day. Boy were we missing San Francisco portions. We ate less than half of that and brought the leftovers to Ben. 

Meat & Potatoes
649 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

chicken & waffles
pittsburgh ranch buttermilk waffle / maple syrup 


Butcher and The Rye. Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. 8.26.2017.

This was by far my favorite meal in Pittsburgh this time around. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance. Everything was exceptional. And everyone knows I am a VERY tough grader.

Butcher and The Rye
212 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

dry aged tartare
parmesan crusted bread / black garlic aioli / truffle egg / radish / capers

brown butter / dill / parmigiano reggiano / preserved lemon aioli

pig candy
porkbelcy / apple kim chi / miso caramel / cilantro

dirty pasta
ground duck / strozzapretti / sage / brandy / pecorino romano

blue crab risotto / asparagus / mushrooms / capers

carrot cake
orange marmalade / salted caramel cream / pecan crumble / graham cracker ice cream

peaches n' cream doughnuts
cinnamon / oatmeal crisp / peach cream ice cream

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. 8.26.2017.

I love art. I love David Bowie. I love museums of natural history. I love exploring new neighborhoods. 

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue 
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 

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The Butterwood Bake Consortium. Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. 8.26.2017.

Thankfully EB joined me for cake for breakfast. Because I was not going down in a sugar crash by myself. I have to say, his lavender cake with pistachio buttercream was the winner. They even have a lot of vegan options. Charming victorian bakery. Yes please. 

The Butterwood Bake Consortium
5222 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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Then afterwards we walked around Lawrenceville neighborhood, which is on its merry way to gentrification due to Google, Uber, etc. moving in.

Randyland + Mattress Factory. Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. 8.25.2017.

We were going to check out Mattress Factory in our downtime. Randyland was down the street from it so we stopped by there first and took a conference call there. Ha.

1501 Arch St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Mattress Factory reminds me of Fondazione Prada. It has a steller collection in a building and I loved all of it. It also helps that they have Yayoi Kusama and James Turrell there.

Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. 8.23.2017-8.28.2017.

I had to go to Pittsburgh for a shoot. We flew in on a red eye and flew out on the first flight out. It was quite a whirlwind. At least the hotel made it tolerable. Whew! And the hotel restaurant The Commoner was very tolerable as well!

Kimpton Hotel Monaco 
620 William Penn Place 
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 

Teaser of a new personal project. California. 8.19.2017.

Here are a few behind the scenes of a new personal project I have been working on. Again, shot by the lovely Rachel Styer. This may be my favorite personal project ever.

Behind the scenes of me below by Lisa Yadao.

Something wicked this way comes... Behind the scenes by @lisaannleialoha

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Come closer and see... See into the trees... Behind the scenes by @lisaannleialoha

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Color Factory. San Francisco. California. 8.1.2017.

Erika and I went to the opening of Color Factory, which is already sold out. If you want to go, you will have to be quick with their September ticket release. Hopefully it will extend beyond September for those of you awaiting some color therapy. Very kid friendly and I would imagine they would have a blast here. Color Factory or Instagram Factory? You be the judge...

Color Factory
575 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Photos of me below by Erika Pino

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Scribe Winery. Sonoma. California. 7.30.2017.

Since I was already in wine country, I decided to pop over to Scribe to visit with my friends. Naturally, Andrew was gone doing tastings in the East Coast. So instead I got to wander around the new hacienda since I have not been back since the remodel. It looks a little different than when I broke into the chicken coop... I also miss Glen and Quackers.

Scribe Winery
2100 Denmark St
Sonoma, CA 95476

Zazu Kitchen and Farm. Sebastopol. California. 7.30.2017.

When in the country I expect country charm, so I was slightly skeptical after stumbling upon this modern industrial chic "farm." However, the food at Zazu was great, and I am a bit smitten with the decor inside. You need to go and see and taste for yourself. I got the corned beef hash and it was ridiculously good. They are famous for their pork, so try some! That sour cream pancake was perfection and great to share with the table.

Zazu Kitchen and Farm
6770 McKinley St #150
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Matanzas Creek Winery. Santa Rosa. California. 7.30.2017.

Since I also never been to a field of lavender before, I decided to also investigate as to where there might be one in Northern California. Matanzas Creek Winery has 3 acres of lavender on their property. They bloom May - July, and I was there to catch the tail end of it. I am told that the best time for lavender viewing is in June when everything is the most vibrant lavender and the fields are not yet harvested. They also have a barn where it is filled with drying lavender and products for you to bring home. It was the loveliest smelling barn I have been in!

Matanzas Creek Winery
6097 Bennett Valley Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


Farmers' Market. San Rafael. California. 7.23.2017.

I had 2 food stylist friends in town from New York and Los Angeles last week. I took them to a few of my favorite restaurants and they let me tag along to the Sunday Marin Farmers' Market and Berkeley Bowl as they were sourcing for a shoot. I go to the Ferry Building Farmers' Market here in San Francisco as much as I can as that is how I get all my produce. The San Rafael Farmer's Market blew me away. They had more vendors and options than the San Francisco one. There are many obscure Asian vegetables as well. The people watching is also pretty good. The herb vendor was phenomenal.

Sunday Marin Farmers' Market
3501 Civic Center Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

Then we drove to Berkley Bowl afterwards to buy even more groceries. I really wish there were a Berkeley Bowl equivalent here in San Francisco. Their ethnic food aisles are very legit, in addition to all the selections for produce with different varieties of everything you can imagine. Simply amazing.

Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710