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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)

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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…

Rules for Posting #FOODPORN on Social Media.

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It’s a sad moment when my social media timeline is plagued by gross food photos.  In college, my friend Nicole would send me images of horrid food pictures that came across her timeline. I mean absolutely terrifying gut-wrenching pictures. There is even a food-horror Instagram account, CookingforBae, that posts such food pictures. Here is a […] Read more…

Il Piccolo Verde (Brentwood)

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Tucked away in it’s own little corner in the popular Brentwood Village, Il Piccolo Verde is a crowd pleasing neighborhood Italian joint. The menu has all things Italian from pizza, pasta & their unique guilt-free Verde menu (this has healthy & gluten-free options). Typically large menus at restaurants aren’t my favorite, but strangely I think […] Read more…

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