When I visited the Greek island of Kea last month I was lucky enough to have Aglaia Kremezi as my guide. Aglaia knows everyone on the island and knows what it means when someone like me asks to see "real home kitchens." When we weren't cooking in her kitchen, she took me to a different person's, a new one every single day.
One of my favorites belonged to a Cretan-born woman named Eva Green who spends half the year on Kea in her hill-top stone home, and the other half of the year in Australia.
Bo and Lindsey are right at home in the Old Cloverdale historic district of Montgomery, Alabama, but that doesn't mean they don't enjoy seeing the world! Ten years ago Lindsey moved to Montgomery as part of the city's historic preservation team and met lifetime resident Bo at a neighborhood house party. Since then, this travel-loving couple have enjoyed many trips around the world together, always bringing back flavor and recipe ideas they can't wait to try out in their historic home's remodeled kitchen.
Traveling can always be filed under the category "learning experience." For a moment's time, you're set outside your bubble and thrust into the unknown with unfamiliar cultures, traditions, and thoughts. Those elements are why so many people become enamored of travel — it's fuel for an open mind. Though not as cultural as a trip abroad, perhaps, my most recent trip took me to the fields of Driscoll's berry farms on the coast of northern California. I learned quite a bit.
After dating for three years, Caitlin is moving into Jed's two-story Highlands home just west of downtown Denver, Colorado. I happened to catch them as they were combining their belongings and officially meshing their lives together. The couple's focus is readily apparent by the fact that although there were boxes and clutter around the house, the kitchen was already organized!
Erin Bennett-Jenkins, a prop stylist, and her husband, Matt, an animation director, moved into their 1926 Craftsman home in August of 2012 with their son and immediately tore into the renovation of their kitchen — or rather what had been a kitchen.
Sophie and Michael live in an eclectically decorated brownstone in Brooklyn. Their kitchen, like much of their home, is full of a lot of "great deals." They have a keen eye and seem to be, often, in the right place at the right time. Almost everything in their kitchen was found on sale — often in the 'discontinued' pile!
Who: Jana Kinsman What: Bike a Bee Where: Chicago, Illinois
I'm lucky enough to see beekeeper Jana Kinsman, she’s always sharing something
with me: half her cookie, knowledge about bikes, butter and bees or an
adorable, hand-drawn doodle. Jana is an illustrator, beekeeper and graphic
designer in Chicago. Her latest project, Bike a Bee, is a reflection of her generosity and aims to contribute local
honey to the city’s farmers markets, while also creating community
her husband Mark live about a block from the beach in Venice,
California. The proximity to the ocean and access to bountiful fresh
produce year round also informs her cooking style, which she explains as
"simple, healthy and interesting." Her 250-square-foot kitchen space fits this
description as well — come take a tour of this modern, cozy space!
Lauren Scott has no trouble telling you how to find her Petaluma, California home. "It's the only one on the block that looks like a giant Easter egg," she says. She and her husband live in a big, pink Victorian-style house that can’t be missed. When I arrived she welcomed me inside and showed me her kitchen. Little did I know I'd also get the chance to adore her beautiful, four-month-old baby girl and eat a delicious lunch she whipped up fresh from her garden. It was a good day.
Santa Barbara has great wine and Mexican food, but have you heard there's a bean-to-bar chocolate maker producing some insanely good chocolate? Mike Orlando of Twenty-Four Blackbirds is DIY to the nth degree, from the equipment he built himself — all with curiosity, obsessive testing, and the power of the internet! — to the kraft paper packaging he prints on using a printer you'd find in your mom's office. And of course, the elegant 1/2 ounce chocolate bars illustrated with a feather imprint. Look out, Willy Wonka! There's a new mad chocolate scientist around!