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Feed Body & Soul (Venice)

Feed-Body-&-Soul

Venice’s famous Abbott Kinney Blvd is very well known it’s cute boutiques and amazing restaurants.  It’s a personal goal of mine to try them all.  That mission proves to be very difficult because I’m already picking favorites, making it hard to further explore more restaurants. Feed | Body & Soul is one of those spots. […] Read more…

Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake Bars

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The best part of fall is finally here. Yes I am talking about the holiday season! With today being Halloween, there is no better time to get in the festive spirit than to whip up some seasonal baked goods.  While pumpkin pies are good & all, there a just some fall desserts that should be […] Read more…

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…

Rules for Posting #FOODPORN on Social Media.

#Foodpornn

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…

Grand Central Market (Downtown)

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There is no better foodie haven than market.  This downtown LA warehouse style market brings a big city feel to an outdoorsy place like Los Angeles.  Butchers, produce & artisan cheeses are just a few types of groceries you can pick up here.  The more unique stands sell various dried chilies, that help create the […] Read more…

Fried Chicken & Liege Waffle Sandwich

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I’m not quite sure how chicken & waffles gained their claim to fame but oh boy how do people love them.   Recently the chicken & waffle food combo has gotten closer than ever, merging into a sandwich.  Always tempted at the restaurants & gastropubs that proudly feature them on their menus, I’ve never been inclined […] Read more…

Skillet Hash Browns w. The Fixings

Skillet Hash Browns

Time to make this otherwise simple breakfast into a fiesta!  Is it possible to have margaritas for Sunday brunch instead of mimosas? To add some life to this diner favorite, I mixed together the shredded potatoes with thinly sliced peppers & onions, and topped it off with a poached egg, avocado, sour cream & spicy […] Read more…

Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries

Yesterday I was watching The Chew, a culinary talk show, and was inspired by one of their featured recipes, these Italian style baked zucchini fries.  The recipe was fairly simple, and I had all of the ingredients for the fries part, but near none for the sauce. So after a quick browse in my pantry, […] Read more…

Spicy Zucchini Lasagne

Spicy Zucchini Lasagne

Another holiday is among us that has all food lovers rejoicing. Yes, today is National Lasagna Day!  There is only one way to celebrate this holiday by to enjoying one of the best casserole type meals there is (sorry to shepard’s pie). Read more…

Ooh La La Profiteroles

Ooh La La Profiteroles

There are few things in the world that I love more than desserts, particularly French desserts.  So when I decided to make this salad & dessert diet (The Happy Diet) , I knew that 1st dessert had to be profiteroles. I first had these little delightful pastries in Paris with my friend Christina. Read more…

BLTA (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado)

BLTA

This afternoon my friend Hannah swung by during her lunch break.  To be kind to her gluten allergy, I whipped up this gluten-free BLTA.  When making a simple sandwich like a BLT, its super easy to buff it up with some premium ingredients to make it less blah. Happy Lunching! BLTA (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado) […] Read more…

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