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July 12th, 2010 No Comments

Lunch at one of my favorite WeHo hideaways, Food + Lab on Santa Monica @ Poinsettia. Think Urth Cafe but cuter and less pretentious. Everything they serve is super fresh Absolutely order the curried chicken salad sandwich and the chicken pecan salad. DO NOT leave without a Deluscious cookie (cinnamon sugar is my fave).

 

But if you’re in the mood for Moroccan….

The food at Ammo is some of the freshest fare you’ll find in LA. Moroccan stew isn’t your typical summer craving, but the warm veggies with curried yoghurt really hit the spot. (Photo taken with QuadCamera app.)

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Back to the Big Apple :)

May 11th, 2010 No Comments

This trip might come as a bit of a surprise to you. But I’m so excited to be heading up back to my island home.

Here’s what my travel to get there entails:

5am CST – Pry eyelids open

7am – I leave on a JetBlue plane.

11:30am EST – Pry eyelids open again as plan reaches the gate.

11:34am – I set foot into the great state of New York.

1pm – Mani/pedi with Lucy at BB Nails (I haven’t had a mani/pedi since Sarah’s birthday, yikes!).  My love Adrien is joining me!

2:30pm – Meeting #1

4:30pm – Meeting #2

6pm – Drinks with a few of my favorite peeps (minus one new mommy).

7:30pm – Dinner meeting.

9pm – Pass the F out.

Obviously it’ a work trip, but I’m squeezing in a little me time.  And of course, spring hasn’t hit NYC yet so I’m forced to lug multiple pairs of boots across the country.  Whatever, the trip could yield some great partnerships, so keep your fingers crossed.

Below are pics with captions from my entire trip.

 

If you’re flying an airline that shares a terminal with Southwest, 9.5 times out of 10, the security line won’t border on obnoxious, it will be full blown ridiculous.

(This one at Hobby zig-zags and fills the entire terminal.)

Check it out. “That guy” who spilled half her bag in the security line pulled it together and made her flight.

Always my first stop in NYC: BB Nails on the corner of Lex and E 30th. Litterally I get off the plane and take a taxi straight here. Of course, I had to make the appointment with Lucy at least a week in advance. She’s that good! The number here is 212-689-1892.

How sweet is my Megs to come meet me to catch up?! I love this lady.

I’m off to meet G and Charlotte for lunch uptown. Trying out a new iPhone app for pics, what do you think? This effect doesn’t really fit the photo, but it’s my favorite thus far. More to come on this later.

I love surprising people with sweet treats. Usually I make them, but in NYC I have so many favorite bakeries, I pick one per trip and stock up to distribute to friends, people I take meetings with, etc. Such a simple gesture that always makes them smile.

The trick is to bring something people love and wouldn’t get for themselves (cupcakes from Sprinkles/Crave/Buttercup) or truly unique that people might not know about.

Today I picked up unbelievably delicious brownie bites from Bouchon bakery at Columbus Circle on my way to meet G. Another favorite is the cinnamon toast from Stumptown coffee. In Houston I go to Dapaco’s in the Heights for tres leches cake. As for LA, my go-to is Delucious cookies from Food+Lab.

I got my daily dose of Charlotte in person today. She’s such a good baby!!

For more of this precious face and tips from her beautiful mommy visit G’s blog www.georgiegirlnyc.com

The real deal in action.

G is quite a stylish mommy. She makes motherhood look so simple and glamorous! Love her Tory Burch shades and Steve Madden flats.

Maybe One Day Head To Toe:

— Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

— Yumi-Mazao trench from Encore

— Black leggings

— Fendi boots

— Faux snake clutch from vintage store on 19th street in Houston

I’ve always wanted a white trench, but it’s so impractical for New Yorkers who need outerwear that can look clean even though it’s embarrassingly dirty. For Houston and LA, a white trench will get a couple months of good use without looking worn.

As for a mommies, a white anything probably got pushed to the back of your closet. Just shows you the “Maybe One Day” isn’t necessarily around the corner for me.

After my last trip to NYC, I had put all of my boots away for summer. But never underestimate New York weather to throw a wrench in your plan. These Fendi boots have actually lasted through 3 years in New York, and with a little shine, look as good as new. (Side note: Did you see the video Adrien, Sarah, and I made on the roof of Gawker when Adrien was strutting his stuff in these boots? Too funny. Oh the memories!) Ok, he’s done. 10 minutes and 6 bucks later, these boots are ready to walk again.

Is it just me or is it true that the NY Times is a much better read in print than online? I lead a digital life, but you really can’t beat reading The Times (or WSJ or Vogue) in your hands. Some things just don’t translate. And it’s nice to go old school from time to time. Just my opinion.

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Craving Cookies…

April 15th, 2010 No Comments

There aren’t any cookies in the house…I really want one…I tried to satisfy my sweet tooth with a spoonful of Nuetella, which might have worked, but I read Tatiana’s blog

 

 

See! Don’t you want a cookie now too?!

Look how much fun she’s having making fresh, homemade, Tollhouse cookies.  The pic makes the dough look even better than the cookies.

Ok, I get it, I’m in Mexico, I don’t get to complain about anything.

I just kinda want a cookie and now you know why.

mikhailovna:

Whenever I make chocolate chip cookies I ask myself the same question: why do I not do this more often?!

I always use the recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chips bag, it’s my favorite, and in my humble opinion simply the best! Not to mention super easy!

 

I like mine with lots of chocolate chips and lots of nuts. The more the better!!

And of course it goes without saying that half the fun is eating the dough!!

And finally the finished product! Fantastic!!

P.S. And there’s my new apron! It’s absolutely brilliant! From the fit to the bright color and darling print.

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Delicious Dish – Eggplant Parmesan

December 3rd, 2009 No Comments

Delicious Dish — Eggplant Parmesan

Do your man a favor and sneak him a veggie meal this weekend! You know he’ll love it.

“Lazy Sunday…Dinner”- Eggplant Parmesan with Spinach, Mushrooms and Onions

By delishyourdish

On Sunday nights, I’m never in the mood to make too much of a mess in the kitchen, but I’m also not one to just settle for leftovers.  So last night I got in the mood for eggplant and decided to make a quick and easy eggplant parm.

What You Need (Feeds 2):

1 Small-Medium Eggplant (Sliced thin- lengthwise)

1/2-3/4 Cup Ricotta

1 Cup Frozen Spinach (cooked and drained)

1/2 Pkg. Baby Bella Mushrooms (Sliced)

1/2 Yellow Onion (Chopped)

3/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Italian Seasoning (to taste)

2 Cups Tomato Sauce

Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)

Salt/Pepper

Set Oven to 400 degrees Convection.

1. Place the sliced eggplant on a greased cookie sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until eggplant has become tender and relatively dried out.  Then remove from oven and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat a greased saute pan on low-medium heat.  Add in the onions and cook until tender (do not let them brown).  Then add the mushrooms and allow to cook until tender as well.

3. Then, in a small bowl, combine the mushroom mixture with the ricotta and about 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese.  Season with Italian seasoning, salt/pepper and red pepper flakes to taste.

4. Next, grease a casserole dish.  Pour just a small amount of tomato sauce in the bottom of the pan.  Next, take a piece of eggplant and spoon a small amount of the cheese mixture onto the eggplant then place it in the casserole dish (cheese side up).  Pour a small amount of tomato sauce on top.  Repeat until you have about 4 layers.  Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese on the top layers.

5. Place casserole dish in oven for about 20 minutes.  At the last 3 minutes, turn the oven onto broil and allow the cheese to crisp.

(via thenutritionator)

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December 3rd, 2009 No Comments

What are you doing tomorrow night for dinner?

Fondue sounds fun to me.  Bread, cheese, wine…how can that not be fun?!

Breadbar just opened Hatchi Roku Four Elements, a concept restaurant in Santa Monica where different chefs come in to offer pre-fixed menus inspired by the elements earth, wind, air, and fire.

Their first featured chef Eda Vesterman is also a dietitian.  Tomorrow she’s offering up a cheese fondue from The Beverly Hills Cheese Shop.  A sommelier will be on hand to pair wine for you.

Something fun and different to consider for your Friday night.

WHEN: Friday, December 4th  7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE: Hatchi Roku, 602 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90402

RESERVATIONS:$25 per person. call (310) 395-9490

(Full Disclosure: My dinner will generously be comped by restaurant for a review.)

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December 3rd, 2009 No Comments

This always happens when I come to pick up soup and salad at Whole Foods for lunch.

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Mexican Munchies!

December 3rd, 2009 No Comments

Mexican Munchies!

I know this looks like I’m going over board on the “healthy” with this snack, but it’s actually really tasty and filling.

The other day a case Wholly Guacamole and Salsa products showed up on my doorstep.  I’m not sure who or how or why, but I am forever thankful for the introduction.  At first I was hesitant because they are packaged veggies, but the “fresherized” contents really do prove to be as fresh as the packaging states.

These little snack packs are the perfect portion of fresh Mexican dips for daytime nibbling.  My favorites are the Garden Salsa and their famous guacamole.

I haven’t seen them in stores, but according to this list, Wholly products is readily available in a grocery store near you.

With 100 calories per pack and veggies (or even veggie chips) as a side, you can snack away!

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The Kitchen Gadget I Can’t Live Without

December 3rd, 2009 No Comments

The Kitchen Gadget I Can’t Live Without

—By Nutritionista

Ms. Jessica asks:

I read a lot of health and nutrition blogs and it seems like everyone has a food processor and a spiralizer and a Vit-a-mix and a juicer and…I know you know what I mean.  Not only am I on a budget, but I don’t have the space for a lot of stuff that could clutter up my counter tops!  What appliances do you use on a weekly (if not daily) basis when eating healthy?  Is there one thing you can’t live without?

I love this question! I’m in total agreement. It seems like every food blogger has a top-of-the-line blender, food processor, juicer, etc. I’m with Jessica in that I don’t have the money or space for all those items. If you can only afford to purchase one, here’s the one thing I can’t live without (and the only real appliance I own):

A BLENDER!

No, seriously! A good blender can do a lot of things. Spend some time looking for a good, affordable blender. I did my research and ended up buying an Oster 16-Speed Blender. I got it on sale at Target for $29.99 (I think it’s originally $39.99). It blends ice pretty well, which is how you know it’s decent.

Really, a blender can be used as a small food processor. I’ve used mine to make banana soft serve, crust for pumpkin tartlets, and of course, green monsters.

Here’s the thing: Which kitchen appliances you invest in really depends on what kinds of stuff you like to cook/eat. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m more a Rachael Ray than an Anthony Bourdain (but ugh! How she grates!), so I don’t do a lot of complicated stuff. I don’t do a lot of baking and tend to avoid recipes that call for food processing.

Here’s a quick rundown of type of foodie with corresponding must-have appliance:

  • Raw foodist: Spiralizer or mandolin, for making those veggies into pasta-like substances!
  • Comfort food craver: Slow cooker, so you can set it and forget it.
  • Baker extraordinaire: Stand mixer, because baking is a lot less fun without one.
  • Juice obsessed: Juicer, obviously.
  • Green monster maven: Blender, but make sure it’s of decent quality.
  • Soup lover: Immersion blender, though I hate pureed soups, so this doesn’t apply to me (even though I loooove soup!).

But again, I really think most people can get by on a blender (or maybe food processor) alone. My sister, who recently moved in with me, brought a slow cooker over, and we haven’t used it once. I’d like to get a spiralizer at some point, because they’re cheap, but I probably wouldn’t use it often anyway.

I forget who it was, but I was reading an interview with a chef who was posed this very same question. What’s the one kitchen item he couldn’t live without? His answer was a grater. He said everything else can pretty much be done with a good knife.

What’s the one kitchen appliance you couldn’t live without?