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04.26.12

MAKE TIME

i have been thinking a lot about friendship lately. you know how it’s easy to get busy, lose touch, and even grow apart from people? i think it’s only natural for people to take different paths in life, but sometimes i get really sad about it. friendship, like any relationship, takes a lot of work. you have to go out of your way to make time.


some of my happiest moments in life are when i forget about what i am doing that day and can sit down with friends for a good meal. luckily, my friends and i have a weekly friday breakfast plan that we all make time for in our busy schedules. and now i know never to schedule work on friday mornings. it’s an hour out of the week that keeps my life normal. it also gives me something to look forward to.

do you find it hard to schedule regular time with friends? in LA, if you live on the other side of town, it’s almost like living in another state!

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04.23.12

NEXT ADVENTURE

we found out we will be moving out of our loft in the next couple of months. it’s crazy that i just wrote this post just a few days ago and then found out the people we rent from are going to be selling it. i am trying not to freak out and look at this as a new adventure. i knew i wouldn’t live in that loft forever. i am excited to see what’s next…


i have now lived downtown in an apartment across from FIDM, west hollywood in a spanish style home, silver lake in a 1920’s craftsman house, and the arts district loft i am in now. I think i enjoyed my time in silver lake the most, so i can definitely see us heading back there…


i guess i also have a whole new decorating project ahead of me! i thought was cool. i especially loved those framed graphic prints in her living room!

04.16.12

LA FOOD GUIDE / DINNER

a few months ago i put together an LA Breakfast Food Guide…a list of a bunch of my favorite places to start the day. people seemed to enjoy it and gave me a lot of great recommendations as well.

again, I am sure you have heard me talk about quite a few of these spots, but hey it’s nice to have them all in one spot to reference. I tried to give a nice variety in case you wanted to go on a food tour one week. I always think it’s fun to spend a week trying all new restaurants, it makes you feel like you are on vacation in your own city.

i’ve had such great memories at all of these restaurants, i hope you try some of them out! and be sure fill me in on your favorite LA eats, ok? (mine are mostly east side / downtown area)


(above) map em out & see the menus here: / /


(above) map em out & see the menus here: / /


(above) map em out & see the menus here: / /

and make sure to take a look at my LA breakfast guide here!

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03.22.12

FOOD / 18

one of the many highlights of our trip to london, aka. lundy town was the yogurt parfaits that were every morning at each day we would jump out of bed (well, maybe it was more of a saunter) and make our way to the door, grab our goodie bag (discard the orange juice — too, pulpy) and happily dig in to the layers of fruit, yogurt and granola.


when we got back home to los angeles, i found myself craving the flavors, so i did what any rational person would do.  spent several hours researching granola recipes, experimented a bit and came up with a recipe i liked. oh, and yes, i know a rational person would just go to the store and buy a parfait…turns out, i’m not rational.


what you’ll need:
• 16 oz plain greek yogurt (and there’s nothin’ plain about it!)
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon salt ( some additional coarse salt for sprinkling – sounds weird, i know, but trust me)
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – softened
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds (i used roasted, but you are popping them in the oven, so raw might be just fine).
* 1/3 cup golden raisins
* 2 cups fresh blueberries
* 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped strawberries (i kept my strawberry chunks pretty chunky)
* 1/3 cup of water
* zest of half an orange
* 1/4 cup sugar

what to do:
• heat your oven to 325 degrees
• in a large bowl mix the oats, cinnamon and salt.  also known as mixture “a.”
* in a medium bowl whisk the honey, butter, brown sugar and vanilla. also known as mixture “b.”  this, i warn you is not too much fun.
* using those pretty hands of yours, convincingly combine mixtures a & b.  oh, and be sure to leave some of it clumpy.  this is one time where clumps are good!
* spread the mixture evenly onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pop it in the oven for ten minutes.

while you’re waiting:
•  throw the berries, water, sugar and zest into a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
• once at a boil, lower to medium-low heat, stir occasionally and watch how it turns into a beautiful berry filled purple syrup.
• you’ll be done in about 8 minutes, then transfer the goodness to a bowl and set aside to cool.

then back to the granola:
• get in there with a spatula and flip the granola so that it is cooking evenly.
*  sprinkle the almonds over the top and pop it back in the oven for another ten to fifteen minutes.
*  in the last minute, pull the granola out, top with raisins and a light sprinkling of coarse salt
*  remove from oven and let cool.

ps. at times during the process it might seem like your granola is not getting crispy . . . but it will, i assure you, it will.

on to the parfaits:
• so at this point, hopefully you have invited over 5 friends, cause you got parfait fixins for six.
• add a few spoonfuls of fruit to each glass and be sure to get some of that purple syrup along with it.
• then add a couple dollops of yogurt
* top off each with a heap of granola

finally:
* arm yourself with a spoon and start stirrin’ and smashin’!  it won’t be pretty, but it will be delicious!

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03.21.12

TRAVELING TOGETHER


both and I had never explored london. we had zero idea what the “hip” areas were, and we just wanted it to be perfect. for the start of our london trip, we chose to stay at and it was a legit choice for sure.


i was immediately intrigued by the unique juxtaposition of old and new going on with the design of the hotel. they have all these little surprises spread around the rooms (brass animals hiding places, unexpected furniture…)


we made these memory books to document our travels together. it took me back to my days of working on a journal everyday…cutting out magazines, carrying around double stick tape…then it all switched to a digital diary. i miss the handmade way sometimes, don’t you?…


they had such an impressive pool situation. i am obsessed with those gold stairs! and they had these cute rubber ducks planted all around the hotel.



side story: jen left her phone in a cab on the way to (not the best way to start the trip) and the hotel staff went above and beyond to find it. and they did! that one called for a group hug. we became buddies with the really sweet staff here. awesome service like this is hard to find.


oh! we went to the bar to get rid of traveling/jetlag stress and they had the most unique drinks! we ordered one called “the ” that was served under a silver platter with smoked mahogany and sat on top of a leather bound book (that you got to sign) i mean, how funny is that!? this hotel just gets it.

it was really great working with on this. (when I was little I wanted to be a hotel reviewer ha) they have this cool program called where you accumulate 10 nights and get one free. with all this blogshop travel that adds up pretty quick. our paris hotel was toooootally different than this but equally cool. overall, experience was top notch!

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