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The College Food Trunk

College-Food-Trunk

I’m not sure how I would have survived college without my beloved trunk. Initially purchased as luggage, it became my burrowing place to store essentials for the winter. There are many moments through out the college experience, particularly Freshman year where you don’t have the time to have breakfast in the dining hall, or the […] Read more…

Beef 101: How to Purchase, Store & Cook Beef

Beef 101

This past month I went to my first food blogger conference, IFBC, in Seattle.  I took this amazing seminar on everything there is to know about beef learning how the cows are raised, butchered, graded, cooked & stored. There is quite a bit of information to know, but this is just an introductory overview of […] Read more…

The Pre-Pregame: What to Eat Before A Night of Drinking

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I’m going to keep this very straightforward: you must EAT before a night of drinking.   I don’t care how tight that dress is. If you don’t nourish, you ain’t gonna flourish.  You’ll end up being the blacked out crier, or maybe puke on some shoes. Whatever it is, it won’t be pretty and it […] Read more…

Cherry Tomato Tarts

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One crucial thing I learned from my mother was to always keep certain food items on hand just in case you have unexpected guests.  My grandmother’s daily cooking schedule always revolves around the idea that there will be people passing by. Well, living in LA I don’t get as many unexpected visitors as my grandmother […] Read more…

Potluck Wars

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In theory potlucks are the easiest type of dinner parties to throw.  You, the host, only have to worry about making one dish and then all the stress of entertaining is gone, right?  Well, that may be the case when we are a bit older and people take on the responsibilities of attending a potluck […] Read more…

Smoqued BBQ (Orange County)

Smoqued BBQ

I know the O.C. (Orange County) isn’t quite in LA, but it took me just as long to drive to the quaint city of Orange as it does to drive to Hollywood, so it’s close enough, and very much so worth the journey. The California BBQ joint, Smoqued BBQ is in the heart of Old […] Read more…

Z Garden (Santa Monica)

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T’was a typical Thursday afternoon of running about town doing several errands.  My knives greatly needed to be sharpened, so I went over to my closest Sur La Table to drop off my precious Shun & Wüsthof chefs knives to be restored to their former glory. I had a bit of time to kill so I […] Read more…

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