Teddy Gunter of STASH Boutique Seen Eating... Kiddie Food and Bright Orange Mac and Cheese
|Courtesy of Teddy Gunter|
She owns the North Miami store with veteran stylist Danny Santiago, who has styled for Vogue and other magazines. Santiago has also worked as a costume designer for TV and movies like Sex and the City, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Devil Wears Prada, and Burn Notice. When Santiago and Gunter finish working on a project, the clothes often go to STASH. Then, Gunter meticulously catalogs them by look and time period.
Photographers, models, stylists, fashionistas, and vintage lovers can rent clothes or ensembles at STASH. Halloween is around the corner. Need to look like a '70s rock star? Done. Require a 1920s beaded dress to go with your raccoon eyeliner for the Gatsby Gone Goth party (which Danny Santiago is helping throw)? Gunter and the STASH team of stylists will help you put it together.
It's not cheap, with a rental costing perhaps $80 for a dress and $150-$200 for a full costume, but Gunter likes to point out, "It's not just vintage for vintage's sake. It's done with an eye towards fashion and collected by one of the top stylists in the world. Where can you walk into a store and possibly get a stylist who's just done a huge movie to dress you? It's pretty unheard of."
So far, STASH (105 NW 23rd Street, Miami) is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 5:30 p.m., with additional hours coming soon. Reach them on Facebook or at 305-318-3973.
New Times: What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Teddy Gunter: You're going to laugh. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I'm on a diet right now, so I'm trying to eat things which allow me to count calories easily.
What are your top 3 places to eat in Miami right now?
Right now, I only go out close to STASH. I love to go to Michael's Genuine for brunch on Sundays. I like to get the steak and egg. You know us fashion people--we can never be thin enough. So, I avoid carbs.
And then, Sugarcane is fun and new and that's also in the same vicinity. I remember the appetizer that's really interesting is bacon-wrapped dates. It sounds really uck, but it's actually really good. You know how chefs dream up stuff. Just like we're creative with fashion, they're creative with food.
Mercadito is another place I've been going to. I have the corn on the cob with cheese and the shrimp tacos. I'd never tasted shrimp tacos before I had them here. They are really good.
And then too, as a joke, but it's also true, the best food in town is at Danny's parties. We just had a party at STASH, because we also entertain there, as part of the art walk. So we had a party there for our friends. We had pesto pasta and rum cake and I completely broke my diet.
What's in your fridge right now?
Well, I have a twelve year old so I have to have kiddie food. So right now, I have Granny Smith apples and Tollhouse cookie dough. I also have salad. It's mostly either junk food or yogurt or diet stuff.
What are your favorite foods to cook?
I like to cook and watch the Food Channel when I have time, but really, once again, I make a lot of food that kids like. When I go out to eat, I prefer to eat super sophisticated food because at home I'm cooking for a twelve year old. As much as you'd like it, they don't appreciate it. You can put a gourmet meal in front of them, and they're like, "Can I have tater tots?" They don't care. I've had a chef in the past that cooked for us and dropped off meals, and when he moved away, I started making these less sophisticated foods and my son was happy to have chili dogs. To him, that's gourmet.
What is your favorite comfort food?
I would have to say soul food, because that's my background. That bright orange macaroni and cheese that my mom would make. Almost like a Thanksgiving dinner type menu. Or candied yams.
My favorite comfort food is also sinful eating like fried chicken, which my mother makes the best. Or smothered pork chops with gravy and grits. It's stuff that I only eat at a restaurant that knows how to make it or when it's made by my mom.
Do you have any regular food rituals?
Well, my son and I make smoothies every Saturday morning. That's the first thing he says to me every Saturday morning: "Are we going to make smoothies today?"
Every Sunday morning, if we don't go to brunch, then we make pancakes and we add a different fruit each week. One week, it might be blueberry pancakes, then bananas or fresh papaya the next.