Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Any Donut Friend is a Friend of Mine

Attention Hipsters: Donuts are the new cupcakes!

Artisan donut shops (a long time staple of hipster meccas like Portland, OR) have come to Los Angeles and I could not be happier.  A few weekends ago, the boy and I decided to try one of the Secret Stairs hikes out in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park.  When I mapped the starting point of the hike I couldn't help but notice it was mere minutes from a place I have been wanting to visit forever...Donut Friend

This place is taking donuts to the next level.  Donuts with peanut butter and jelly inside, donuts that taste like Samoas, donuts with fruit and jam and ice cream and chocolate and everything amazing.

I decided on the strawberry shortcake donut. A traditional donut filled with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and topped with chocolate glaze aka POSSIBLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I HAVE EVER EATEN. 

It was also, surprisingly, not super heavy.  In fact, I kind of wish that I got two.  Guess I will just have to go back another day...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Winter in Los Angeles: A Haiku

Eating ice in Feb
On the beach with no jacket
This is why I moved

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House

I have mentioned my love for FLW (that's American architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright for those who aren't BBFs with him like I am) publicly many times.  His homes are just amazing and I have never admired a piece of wooden furniture like I have an arts and crafts chair.  The man was a genius and a little bit of a jerk (because, aren't we all) and his houses make me fangirl out.

So when it was announced that the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles was opening up again after 3 years of renovations, I had to see it!  Apparently, I wasn't the only Angeleno who likes herself a little FWL because the line was around the corner!  Luckily we had an amazing view to keep us entertained before we got to tour the house.

The house was absolutely beautiful.  The woodworking, the furniture, the stained glass, the gardens! Ah! I am in love!  One of the docents told me that the woman who had the house commissioned never actually lived in it.  Let me tell you, if I had an FLW I would live the SHIT out of that house...and make everyone take their shoes off and possibly wear gloves to touch the furniture, but I digress...

Excuse me while I move in to that fire place.  I heard a Frank Lloyd Wright house was for sale in Pasadena...think I could convince the boy to buy me a little piece of property?

Thursday, February 12, 2015


At the beginning of the year, I started seeing a few bloggers I follow on instagram experimenting with the hashtag #shopyourcloset2015.  I was intrigued by the idea of not buying ANY new clothes in January and really using the stuff I already have to make fun, interesting, and well...cute...outfits.

I took the challenge and was able to purchase NO new clothes, jewelry, or shoes all month!  In fact, besides a new pair of running shoes that I desperately needed, I still haven't purchased any new clothes in 2015! A real accomplishment for someone who lives walking distance from quality boutique shopping in one direction and mall-esque shopping in the other.

What did I learn?  I wear my two pairs of booties a lot!  Especially the brown pair I got in the kid's section of Target two years ago #sorryimnotsorry And that I wear a lot of blue.  I am going to continue to shop my closet for as long as possible...but I have some gift cards burning a hole in my purse.  Hey, it's not "my" money...right?

Peep some of  my outfits so far this year:

How long can you go without shopping?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Fairy Dust of Food

For the first time in I don't know how many years, the boy and I decided not to host a Super Bowl party.  We really didn't care very much for either of the teams (in fact, I would have loved a scenario where they both ended up loosing) and the vibe just didn't seem right for a party.

Instead, I went with a friend to a party and it was REALLY nice to not have to host (however, us not having a party left a lot of people scrambling for plans so I think we may be back to it next year).  Only having to make one dish was very freeing...I had so much time I read a book that morning!

I made these stuffed cucumber cups...

Easy, refreshing, delicious, and topped with the fairy dust of food...BACON.  Really, what's not to like.  They were also a nice "lighter" option in the midst of most Super Bowl fare, read: dips made of cheese and buffalo wings.


5-6 long cucumbers
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese - softened
1 (16oz) container sour cream
2 TBS Dill Weed
1 TBS Dried Minced Onion
1 TSP Celery Salt
6-10 strips bacon - crumbled


  1. Cook bacon and crumble (split in half) 
  2. Combine the dill weed, minced onion, celery salt, cream cheese, sour cream in a plastic bag and chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.
  3. Stripe cucumbers if desired and slice into about 1 inch pieces.
  4. Using a melon baller or spoon scoop out the center and seeds of the cucumber. 
  5. Remove bag from refrigerator, cut off the corner, and fill each cucumber cup.
  6. Garnish with remaining crumbled bacon.
Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Mouse is in the House

This year is going to be amazing.

And no, I am not talking about the wedding.  I am talking about these babies...

Yup, we are nerds with season passes to Disneyland and I could not be more excited.  The fiancĂ© and I really enjoy a nice trip to see the mouse and we decided this year to buy these as our Christmas gifts to one another.

The passes are amazing because not only do they give you discounts on merchandise and food, but they also make a visit to Disney less stressful.  When you only go once a year you feel like you need to get your money's worth: wake up early, stay until it closes, and so on.  With the passes you can go for a few hours or just for a drink and leave and not feel guilty.

I can't wait to try some new Disney restaurants, drink at California Adventure, and ride some of the rides that I hadn't wanted to "waste my time waiting in line for" in the past.  

Can't wait to spend some time at the happiest place on earth this year!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Brown Rice Salmon Bowls

Coming back from Christmas and New Year at my parent's house also meant starting to have to cook my own food again.  It took me a couple weeks to get back on the cooking horse, but I'm back baby!

Last week I decided to try this recipe from the always amazing Skinny Taste and it did not disappoint.   Besides being amazing delicious is was also super easy and quick, which is an essential for a during the week dinner after a full day of work and a gym session. The hardest part of this recipe was chopping the cucumber...I know...cucumber elbow is a bitch.

Brown Rice Salmon Bowl
adapted from Skinny Taste


For The Salmon Bowl:

  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced (I used Parisian because I like the crunch)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds (I used black sesame seeds because they are supposed to be more flavorful...whether or not this is true I cannot confirm or deny)
  • 1 4-ounce avocado, diced
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3/4 cup sprouts such as daikon radish 
  • strip nori, shredded
  • 16 ounces wild salmon, cut in 4 pieces
  • olive oil spray  
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

For the Soy-Wasabi Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp less sodium soy sauce (or GF Tamari)
  • 2 tsp wasabi in tube
  • 2 tbsp mirin (couldn't find it, didn't use it, still tasted delicious)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil


Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  Heat rice and keep warm (I used a rice cooker...like I said, easy peasy).  

Season salmon with a pinch of salt and fresh pepper. Heat a frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Spray the pan lightly with oil spray. When hot sear salmon, around 2 - 4 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fish).

Split rice into four bowls equally, 1/2 cup each. Top each bowl with 1 oz avocado, green onions, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and sprouts. Place salmon on top of each bowl, drizzle with the vinaigrette, and sprinkle with shredded nori.

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