A passion for food + fashion

About

Heather John Fogarty

Several years ago, sitting over brunch at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, a fashion editor friend in town from NY said, “You know what you are? A foodinista.” I think we were discussing Louboutins and guanciale at the time. But whatever it was, the name made sense. And it stuck. Because after five years of producing fashion spreads at a major magazine, I had done something that left my fashionable colleagues scratching their $400 haircuts.  I took a job at a food magazine.

Although stereotypes would suggest that fashionistas aren’t all that into food, and the images on the Food Network would indicate that foodies aren’t all that into fashion—in real life I’ve found that isn’t always the case. Take restaurateur Nancy Silverton—a woman so into her art that between selling La Brea Bakery for a small fortune and opening the insanely popular Osteria Mozza with Mario Batali, she guest cheffed at two local restaurants (Jar and La Terza) for the sheer fun of it. She is equally passionate about Marni and red lipstick. Presumably Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni is equally passionate about food. Why else would she design an $843 reusable grocery tote?

TheFoodinista.com is where my love of all things food, wine, fashion and design unite.  Stuff I’m into: Isabel Marant, Louboutin round-toe pumps, Hermès cuffs, Tod’s bags, APC tights, pearls, Shu Uemura mascara, M.A.C Dark Angel nail varnish, Campari, wine with bubbles, Old Raj, Alsatian Riesling, Barbera d’Alba, Bandol rosé, MAC Japanese knives (not to be confused with the nail varnish, but every bit as beautiful), jamón ibérico, all things pork, uni, bibimbop, steak tartare, cacio e pepe, tarragon, Ian Fleming, Lee Friedlander, John McEnroe, Heath Ceramics, Cherner chairs, Liberty of London fabrics, Farrow & Ball paint, first-edition fiction, Moroccan tea glasses and vintage Champagne coupes.

But there’s one more category, about which I am most passionate, and which is ultimately what gets me up in the morning into a pair of Lanvin ballet flats and reaching for a cup of Ristretto Roasters Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee. And that’s family. This blog is dedicated to my husband, who wears Converse Chuck Taylors and drinks Ketel One and tonic, and our boys, who wear Converse Chuck Taylors and drink milk.

Image © Sharon Suh Photography

  1. You’d best get that husband of yours outta them Chuck Taylors before his arches fall…

  2. I like what you’ve written, but I’m so out of the fashion and foodie loop that I don’t get half the references! LA is different from Oxfordshire in many ways, not least the fact that I pour milk from the dairy 200 metres from my house on to my cereal in the morning (I can hear the cows mooing and smell them), then pull on my Hunter wellies ready to take my children to school!

  3. Have you ever checked out weelicious? I’m love reading your site!

    • Thanks, Catherine!!! And yes, I do enjoy weelicious! May I have some macaroni, cheese and purple cauliflower please? Have you ever stumbled up on my friend Hugh’s gastrokid.com blog? Think you would dig it!

  4. Brilliant! And what a fabulous blend of everything I love — especially that it is about Los Angeles. Can’t decide if I want to hit the farmers market in my Repetto Flats or try a new restaurant in knee-high boots. Ah, decisions decisions…

  5. Obsessed with the site…Truly, love it (and I considered myself to be fairly blogged-out until I found it).

    But I’m having trouble subscribing to the RSS feed for my gmail account. Could you add instructions for those of us who are less tech-savvy? Or possibly add a subscription field for an email list?

  6. Can’t wait to read more–I am a fotofoodinsta—my 3 favorite things…congrats!

  7. I love your site. Keep it up !

  8. I just discovered your website and it’s fabulous! Check out my cookie company (sweetminis.com) as it is a reflection my two favorite things – food and fashion!

  9. This is brilliant! The perfect combo for me.

  10. This is one of the most amazing culinary/life blogs I’ve ever read. Fabulous food ideas, great entertainment references, and who can resist the fashion. I’ve never met you, but I think you’re my hero.

  11. Hi Foodinista! I love your blog and I subscribe to the daily email. I’d love to send you an invite for an event next week, which email address is the best?

  12. Oh, Foodinista,
    Please, please share your Cacio e Pepe recipe. . . .

  13. Hi there, first of all, your blog is great. Very entertaining and well written. Opens a window to a world I’d love to be in but as my life is too hectic for my feet to touch the ground I find I love reading about nice food and great dinners and such, since I certainly never get around to cooking the former and organising the latter. Second I should introduce myself, my name is Maria O’Connor and I’m married to John’s cousin Hugh from Tipperary in Ireland. We had dinner with John’s parents last night and “aunt Betsy” told me about your blog. She was so right, I think it’s great. Well done. Hope you and John are both well and also your baby boy of course. Maybe you’ll take a foodie trip to Ireland one of these days to sample some grassfed Tipperary lamb from our farm. Kind regards Maria

  14. Hi. Recently you had on your site a baby spoon made in France. My daughter and baby are in Paris. The baby is almost six months old and my daughter would like to buy that spoon that also appeared to me to be a good teething spoon. Any chance you can direct me to that item?

    Much thanks for any trouble you go to for this request on this fabulous site.

    Mary

  15. Hi Foodinista,
    Just read your review of Bartolotta de Mare and you’ve convinced me that’s where my husband and I should celebrate our 23rd anniversary. And glad to know I’m not the only one who loves Vegas for the food and shopping (not necessarily in that order)

  16. Hi, I found the baby spoons in Williams Sonoma this month: They’re called Beaba soft spoons but I saw them first on your site. I am not in Paris but will be going before year’s end. My daughter is there. I did tell her about the stores you mentioned. Thought you might like to know that the spoons, made or designed in France, are getting around–and see if you have any more leads for my daughter, son-in-law and five month old granddaughter. –Mary

  17. Bibimbap is possibly the best food ever.

  18. would love to chat with you about your fashion experiences. i manage a fashion startup now that makes custom dress shirts. would love to hear from you.

    cheers,
    danny

  19. Howdy. Mark Buetell, formerly of MaxStudio Footwear, is my uncle. I saw that you had an article about him on your blog, but can’t seem to find it. Any chance I could get a copy? (Sorry to bother you, but I REALLY want that article….)

  20. I can’t figure out how to email you but felt compelled to share with you that there is a toddler sing a long at Umami Urban in Hollywood at 11 am tomorrow. Could be a bust. But thought maybe an Umami reunion was in order, with the kiddos in tow. I might try to make it. Sat. 1/9. Sunset and Cahuenga. Again, I’m a MIGHT only. Happy new year to you!

  21. Hi Foodnista, Do you know about the “outstanding in the field” dinner events. (outstandinginthefield.com) they are amazing! we are going to the secret sea cove dinner june 6th. they went on sale today and sale out FAST!

  22. Heather This is brilliant as was your article about Grenache in the recent Bon appetit..now I finally get it. Aileen Bordman

  23. I enjoyed your article about Belgian beer and food in the current BA. I’ve been to Bruges and environs myself, but it’s been a while. Interesting that the Americans are more fixated on the dark, heavy, super-alcoholic brews than the Belgians themselves are. Oh, and your mistake at Westvleteren was not calling ahead on their dedicated beer phone to reserve a case! (http://www.sintsixtus.be/eng/brouwerij.htm)

  24. I enjoyed your article on the quest for the holy ale. Another option for getting your hands on some Westvleteren 12 is to visit the Cafe In de Vrede across the street from abbey where they serve the 8, 10, and 12.

  25. I just came back from my fourth trip to Sint Sixtus. Picked up a six pack of the 8’s from the cafe in de verde(in the shadows) and a couple boxes of the blonde. We have phoned over 1000 times and finally got through to the monks. It was surreal experience and I am looking forward to my next trip. I have a nice stash now of 5 12’s, 5 8’s and 20 blondes…plus i brought back a bunch.

    I also enjoyed the article as well, it was great. We drove 2200km’s in 4 days visiting places in Ypres, vletern, Dinant and a few other places to get cases of delicous beer like Rodenbach.

    if you want to try out a 12 and you are in new york let me know!

  26. hi heather,

    i was wondering…i blog for apartmenttherapy’s los angeles site. from what i can gather from reading you for a while, and from what i’ve seen of your home, i believe it’d make a wonderful house tour. you can reach at abby@apartmenttherapy.com

    best,
    abby

  27. Just reading your blog for the very first time tonight (I plead second kid and running my own biz, not lack of interest)…it’s fabulista. We need to be better friends for real. Let’s plan lunch soon. You too can scold me for my lame Old Navy purse: you know it’s bad when your assistant, your nanny and even your husband are embarrassed by your handbag. I am waiting for three month old Sawyer to avert his eyes, too. Momma needs latte and shopping therapy – you say when. Hugs, BG

  28. Hi there, first of all, your blog is great. Very entertaining and well written. Opens a window to a world I’d love to be in but as my life is too hectic for my feet to touch the ground I find I love reading about nice food and great dinners and such, since I certainly never get around to cooking the former and organising the latter. Second I should introduce myself, my name is Maria O’Connor and I’m married to John’s cousin Hugh from Tipperary in Ireland. We had dinner with John’s parents last night and “aunt Betsy” told me about your blog. She was so right, I think it’s great. Well done. Hope you and John are both well and also your baby boy of course. Maybe you’ll take a foodie trip to Ireland one of these days to sample some grassfed Tipperary lamb from our farm. Kind regards Maria
    +1

  29. thanks for blogging it.. keep it up!

  30. Simply MAHVELOUS…why has it taken me this long to read along??? I’ll join you anyday for Bandol rose (or a good pinot noir…hee hee)

  31. Hi F! I just read your story on herb-infused cocktails in Bon Appetit and thought it was very entertaining and inspirational! I wanted to share one I ran across at Aventino here in Ft Worth last year. It’s called Opal Opulence. Gin, fennel pollen, purple basil, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and club soda. Pretty tasty!

  32. Heather,
    Just finished your article on herbal cocktails in BA and loved it. We are riding the same wave as I just completed a culinary cocktail piece as well. I love how cocktail creators are taking to fresh herbs and it makes a cocktail a natural food partner. My work can be found at http://www.fabulousdrinksaustin.com We’re definitely onto something!

    Cocktailing,
    Nicole

  33. Hi Heather, I’d like to send you an invitation to Suzanne Goin/Caroline Styne/David Lentz’s event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade on 11/7 at Culver Studios. I think you’d love to check out the incredible chefs and vintners from around the U.S. If you’re interested, can you email me and I’ll send you a media invite? Hope so. Thanks!

  34. Read your article “a drinker’s dozen” (BA,Dec.10) with interest (and liked the introductory comments about the vicissitudes of a drinker’s taste). I am a fan of Central Otago Pinot Noirs and Alto Adige wines (Cantina Terlano also makes great “dessert” wines). My comment is about Westvleteren beers (you described the 12 very well): if you want to taste all three Westvleteren beers, travel to the Abbey of St. Sixtus – a so-called Belbus (bus on call) will take you from Poperinge to Westvleteren – and while the monks will not sell you any beer (their sales procedure is complicated and involves meticulous advanced planning and luck), you can drink all Westvleteren beers at In de Vrede, a pub/restaurant next to the abbey. You can also buy the beer there, at a very reasonable price. I write this just in case you are going back to Belgium in search of the elusive beer.

    • Ah, Epices6. I wish there was a link online to my July 2010 travel story for Bon Appetit, “In Search of the Holy Ail.” You would have a good laugh. My husband and I attempted to visit Westvleteren no fewer than three times during the week we were traveling thruout Belgium and all three times it was closed, as was In de Vrede. We did taste the other beers while in Belgium—my favorites were the lambics from Cantillon. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for the kind words!

  35. Hey, I just want to say that I really like your site! I like the layout and content is great. I’m in the process of launching a similar concept site, but I’m based on the East Coast (New York and CT).

  36. I just found your site for the first time and I’m so glad I did! We share a lot of the same interests, I can’t wait to keep following! :)

  37. Saved as a favorite, I really like your blog!

  38. I saw an article about your kitchen in Better Homes & Gardens. I like the cabinet handles you chose. What are they and where did you find them?

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