GOAT- MILK NATIONtravels
june 7 2018
Though our roots began in New York City, the Goat-Milk team became bicoastal when our co-founder, Roland Bello, headed west for Oakland, California. The city, having emerged from the fog of its famous neighbor across the bay, has made a name for itself with enticing restaurants and shopping, access to nature and a hip music and art scene. There are several not-to-be-missed neighborhoods to check out; such as, Lake Merritt, Rockridge, Temescal, Downtown Oakland, Piedmont Ave, and the up and coming Laurel District. We’re sharing Roland’s favorite Oakland haunts in this month’s Goat-Milk Nation. Enjoy!
clockwise: crispy egg salad @sequoia diner; DOSA; dosas @DOSA; boot and shoe service
WHERE TO EAT
Start your morning off with coffee at this local favorite, and check out their homemade vegan and vegetarian pastries while you’re at it.
A perfect spot for those cold and windy northern California days. Serving traditional Hakata style noodle dishes, Marufuku has been called the “essential ramen of San Francisco” (there’s a location in SF as well).
A must-go for amazing, fresh, innovative Indian Cuisine in uptown Oakland. Their all-day bar serves up house-made masala chai, a favorite among locals.
Roland is partial to the variety of thin crust pizza offered here, but don’t forget to check out the rest of the menu, too. They’re also open for breakfast!
This legendary farm-to-table restaurant has been written up in the New York Times Magazine, spawned a cookbook and has recently adopted a no-tipping policy. Eating here is an event that’s worth the price tag.
This neighborhood mom-n-pop is situated in the Laurel (or is it Yanny?) District in East Oakland. Open for breakfast and lunch, menu items are made from scratch and completely delicious.
ordinaire wine bar
WHERE TO DRINK
This outdoor beer garden sits alongside serene Lake Merritt and offers local fresh eats and brews. The perfect place to ring in the weekend (or any night of the week, for that matter).
A combined wine bar and shop that offers natural wines made with grapes formed organically, then fermented naturally in the cellar with no additions except small amounts of sulfites. Stop by on Saturday afternoons for $10 tastings.
This historic piano bar was founded in 1933 and is one of the last remaining piano bars in Oakland. Part saloon, part alley complete with wooden shingles, you’ll love when the piano playing and karaoke singing starts ramping up!
The dive bar to end all dive bars. A dark, edgy vibe with surprisingly friendly servers.
Located in Jack London Square, another of Oakland’s oldest dive bars is also Roland’s favorite. Known for its slanted floor and bar, Heinold’s is a great place to absorb a little history over drinks.
The boutique hotel in Jack London Square offers rooms with a view of the bay and a location that makes it easily walkable to many of Oakland’s best restaurants and shops.
Jason and Nancy have operated this gorgeous bed-and-breakfast in Oakland for over 20 years. They’re semi-retiring in October so finding dates might be a little more challenging: better start looking now!
We love the look of this midcentury private home near Lake Merritt. The perfect place to call your own for a few days (don’t forget to relax on the back deck after a long day of sightseeing).temescal alleys
WHERE TO SHOP
The perfect spot to pick up a memento from your trip or show your hometown pride if you’re local. We love how they’re on a mission to give back, with a portion of all profits going towards grassroots nonprofits committed to bettering the Oakland community.
You’ll find handcrafted herbal products here, and a mission to both inspire customers and to build a community around plants by supporting herbalists, farmers, makers and artists.
Unique yet classic gifts are the focus at this family-owned and community-centered store that donates 1% of sales every day to local food banks and charities (Over $100,000 was raised in 2017 alone).
Gather your fresh food for the weekend every Friday at the Farmers Market, then have lunch at one of the many restaurants stalls at Swans Market.
Functional design, quality and service are all a part of the Umami Mart philosophy, reflected in every facet of the business. The Oakland shop, opened in 2012, is a curation of bar tools and glassware from Japan, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer.
The Temescal Alleys are two charming, pedestrian alleys in North Oakland's Temescal District, featuring a curated selection of locally owned artisan shops as well as an ice cream shop and cafe.joaquin miller park
WHAT TO DO
This hidden redwood forest lies just a few miles away from the center of downtown Oakland. A stately forest of 150 foot redwoods, the park is filled with hiking trails and picnic areas. You might spot a golden eagle, too.
Another local park that will make you feel much further away from the city center than you really are. Get back to nature in these “urban wildlands,” and perhaps you’ll see Roland and his dogs out for a walk on one of the park’s gorgeous trails!
Built in 1928, the Fox Theatre is an architectural masterpiece and former moviehouse that hosts an impressive list of A-list musicians and concerts.
This saltwater tidal lake is the perfect spot for a picnic, or if you’re feeling particularly nautical, rent a rowboat!
This airy, green-certified yoga studio and community center is the perfect place to center yourself while you’re in town. The studio’s tagline is “yoga, health and community,” and they fulfill all three completely.
april 13 2018
main street, millerton, new york
In this first edition of GOAT-MILKNATION, we wanted to share a place that’s close to home, as well as the home base of our operation: Millerton, New York. After arriving from India, our apparel is processed and shipped from this Dutchess County gem located at the intersection of Connecticut, Massachusetts & New York. Millerton is a perfect combination of small town America mixed with upscale flair that consistently makes “best places to live” and “best small town” lists. Located approximately 2 hours from New York City, it makes a charming weekend destination.
clockwise: mcenroe farm; oakhurst diner pancakes; manna dew cafe tomatoes; oakhurst diner
WHERE TO EAT
One of NYC’s most beloved coffee shops opened a Millerton outpost in 2003. Enjoy locally roasted coffee and a croissant in its central location on Main Street (lunch items also available).
Step back in time when you enter Oakhurst Diner, an original box car diner from the 1940s. While the fare is classic diner food, there’s nothing dated about the menu - you’ll find organic grass fed burgers, hand-rolled spring rolls, steak frites and more.
Known for its locally sourced farm-to-table fare (some of which is grown on-site), this eatery is popular with locals and tourists alike.
irving farm coffee, millerton, new york
WHERE TO STAY
We’re letting you in on a little secret, as this is where we stay when we’re in Millerton-- it’s the loveliest! The Main Street location is the perfect setting for checking out all there is to offer in one of New York’s “coolest small towns,” according to
In nearby Salisbury, CT, you’ll find a stately 16-room hotel that’s part-owned by the author Malcolm Gladwell. Fine dining is only steps away, while Provisions offers breakfast & lunch & is a popular spot with locals.
WHAT TO DO
Check out Hollywood’s latest flick in a historic theater that’s on the National Directory of Historic Places. Built in 1905 as a Grange Hall, The Moviehouse now operates a 4 screen theater, including an art gallery and cafe. Character abounds…
Bring your running shoes (or bike) and check out a bit of nature on this gorgeous 16 mile paved trail which crosses through Millerton.
On our way back into the city, we stop at McEnroe Farm to pick up local meat and vegetables. The perfect way to take a little Dutchess County home with us!
march 5 2018
In this third month of the new year, we’re finding joy in our loved ones and continuing to aim for new opportunities, fresh ideas to inspire all of us and a deeper connection between our vision for GOAT-MILK and you, our valued customer.
With that said, we're excited to launch GOAT-MILKNATION. Beginning in April, you'll receive a note on something we’re loving—perhaps a new restaurant or recipe, dream destination or quick getaway down the road, or an individual who's dominating their respective field and inspiring us along the way. We’ll share what we love, and we hope you’ll love it, too.
For those of you in warmer climates, our BOAT NECK TEE is as classic as they come (and currently marked down as well).
Tania & Roland
march 14 2016
goat-milkfedprofile [THE SMOOTS]
With a new year comes new dreams. A fresh perspective. Renewed motivation. We’ve already seen one our dreams come to fruition: cashmere and organic socks and tights are now available. Another goal is to expand LIFE, filling this space to the brim with profiles of some of our favorite creatives, projects, places and events that excite, motivate and inspire us. It truly is as much for us as it is for you.
Kicking things off is a profile of a wildly talented couple we’re privileged to call friends: Kendra and Seth Smoot. A food and prop stylist (Kendra) and photographer (Seth) by trade, they’re also parents of three little ones, Stella, Imogen, and Truman. Recently relocated to the West Coast from NYC, they’re sharing a little slice of their life with us. Creativity abounds. Enjoy!
view from backyard deck
kendra and truman
clockwise: dining room; kitchen; truman; living room
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
It's a bit of cabin meets the city. We love old things, items that are already a little dinged up and tell a story. It's an aesthetic and practical choice- our new dings just add to the patina!
It's a total mashup of new and old. We look for individual pieces that work together as a whole, regardless of style, era or maker, which sounds more like a yard sale than it really is. I think we both do a good job of keeping each other in check and not getting too carried away. Simple is a word we both use a lot, keep it simple. I've always loved the “is it new or old?” question when I look at something, so I love finding new pieces that look old or old pieces that still hold up, both in quality and design-wise.
Did one of you take the lead on styling your home or was it a collaborative effort?
I'd say styling our home is definitely a collaboration. Seth has better taste than I do, but as a stylist I tend to be out and about seeing things and shopping at stores or at flea markets so I do a lot of the buying. When one of us goes out of town the other one usually rearranges a little bit and most of the time those little makeovers stick around. I definitely like the more masculine vibe our home has...sometimes I see such romantic interiors and I'm so curious if a guy lives there and what he thinks about it. We also veto each other frequently. One time I bought this lacquered pink table…I was like, “it's the same desk that Jenna Lyons has,” but Seth was like, “Oh Hell no…”
Do you have a favorite room in your new home? What do you love about it?
When we renovated our home last year, we tore down a wall which opened the main living space up into a big loft-like room that connects the kitchen and two living rooms, with the bedrooms tucked away in back. We have two fireplaces on either end of this space and I love it when one of them is burning- that immediately becomes my favorite area. I also love our bedroom...it's really simple. Soft bed linens, muted colors, only a few things. It's very basic and easy to keep clean so that makes it zen and peaceful.
We have a small guesthouse that's disconnected from the main house, it's a little room with an insane view. There's a steep hill that drops below, so looking out the window gives a floating sensation, with unobstructed views of Mt. Tam. But my favorite room is below the guest room, it's a concrete utility room where we do laundry but it's also a space where we create and do projects. It’s rough around the edges and perfectly unfinished.
L-R: stella and imogen's bunk beds; stella
How does your work influence how you dress (& how you dress your children)?
As a prop stylist, you can't get too fancy. I am usually schlepping stuff, buying things at the flower market or grocery store and needing to stand or bend down all day. We are all in sneakers or boots most of the time, jeans and hopefully kind of an interesting top. I'm into hats. I think the way my job affects how I dress my children is that I'm exposed to a lot of really sweet kid clothing. I love finding brands like Goat-Milk that are simple yet really well made; I have a few pieces that our middle daughter Mo wore that our youngest Truman is wearing now. It brings back such yummy memories of when she was smaller.
NY vs CA. What do you love most about your new home? Is there anything you miss about living in NYC?
I'd say the most interesting thing about moving has been less comparing NY to CA, and more about turning inward and spending so much more time with our family. We had a really amazing network of friends and coworkers in NY, and we haven't really built that up yet here, so we've been spending so much more time together. I've fallen in love with my kids in a really deep, sweet way. I miss the museums of NY, and how much time we'd spend there during winter. The gem collection at the AMNH and the Islamic Art Galleries specifically.
The outdoor element in our new place is key. After 11 years of apartment living in NYC, I was ready to get back outside. We now live in a hilly area with a lot of trails, one of which goes down to our daughters’ school. My favorite new morning ritual is to hike with her down the hills through fog, spotting deer and collecting the occasional fallen antler along the way. It feels like we're immersed in the country, while only 15 miles from downtown SF.
Your ideal day. Describe it.
My ideal day would be to cook together a big family breakfast, hike, and then afternoon at the beach, preferably with some swimming or surfing. And then getting a babysitter and going out with Seth.
Snooze till noon, surf beach day, evening grill at home, late night by the fireplace netflix and chilling with K and the kiddos.
With busy schedules & a growing family, how do you make time for each other?
That is kind of the joy of when we get to work together- if we are on a job when we have a babysitter and it’s just the two of us, it feels like a date. Sometimes we butt heads when we work, but the majority of the time it's just really fun to be creating something together.
I think the beauty of a freelance career is that you get these concentrated pieces of time together as a family between projects, and that feels pretty unique. The downside is that when one or the other of us is working it's pretty involved, or away for weeks at a time, but when we do have down time, especially at the same time, we do our best to take advantage and fill it with some kind of adventure. Kendra is such a joy to work with, she makes every project easy and fun. I think Kendra's undying optimism is a huge asset and strength when we work together.
seth and imogen
Favorite go-to recipe for an easy dinner the whole family enjoys?
A favorite go-to recipe is roasted broccoli. We make it several times every week. We all love this-the broccoli gets so nutty and delicious. It's not really a meal but I'll make a big pan of it when we are eating something like pizza or pasta that I feel less good about. Here’s the recipe: Cover a baking sheet with foil (no dishes/ high five!), cut up 2-3 heads of broccoli, I like to keep long stems on. Drizzle with olive oil and toss, then use a little flaky sea salt. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Anything on the grill is perfect these days.
Any upcoming projects that you're particularly excited about?
We are shooting the family for a magazine- sometimes it takes an assignment like that to break out the real cameras and shoot the kids (um that sounds terrible, "shoot the kids"!). Especially for the third kid- we have a zillion phone photos but maybe one high quality picture.
stella, imogen and friends enjoy the pool
© all photos courtesy of Seth and Kendra Smoot
november 11 2015
organic cotton and cashmere socks for babies and kids coming soon
July 6 2015
striped union suit
our most poular onesie is back in stock
august 11 2014
equal rights 2014
we advocate equal rigths for everyone.
may 16 2014
behind the scenes, fall 2013
a behind the scenes look at our last shoot which was shot in our store in the east village, nyc
may 10 2014
goat-milk lookbook 2014
video, edit, and sound effects by chris stone. direction and concept by roland bello. sound by audiokin. music by foxgluv.
december 13 2013
goat-milk store, nyc
523 East 12 street, between avenue A and B
december 13 2013
1. GOAT-MILK striped tank on Beau (with Theo).
2. GOAT-MILK striped thermal pant on Beau (with Theo).