Archive | July, 2011

great expectations: outdoor fun

29 Jul

With a generous ‘summer Friday’ and the promise of a beautiful So Cal weekend ahead, here are a couple of things I am looking forward to this weekend!

1. Open Market Place LA: featured this week on Daily Candy I can’t wait to explore this Parisian inspired / Hollywood located outdoor market and see what unique treasurers I come across…




2. ISC‘s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at Griffith Park Zoo: in the spirit of summer fun, mom arranged ‘front row’ tickets for this fabulous show. Even the LA Times is raving. Perhaps I’ll have to work on packing a gourmet picnic; I am oh so ready for the red jug of homemade mojitos part deux!

What adventures are you looking forward to this weekend?


everywhere: le pain quotidien

28 Jul


When paired with their beautifully soft and perfectly crunchy baguette, the marmalade at Le Pain simply kills me.

It brings me straight back to my morning petit dejeuner in Paris, and I cannot thank them enough for it. I can also simply not get enough.

…lucky for me, there is a Le Pain Quotidien mere blocks from my apartment and steps from my office.

Lunch today consisted of a fabulous Quinoa & Arugula salad, complete with baguette and marmalade for dessert.


simply delicious



semi homemade: yogurty goodness

28 Jul

pure nutrition

With a new work schedule and significantly less time in the mornings, I have taken to eating breakfast at work instead of making poached eggs on toast at home as I did before classes.

Luckily, my office has some good options such as oatmeal and Eggo waffles, but on certain mornings I prefer to bring my own Greek yogurt and spice it up a bit.

This morning I went with a very light sprinkling of Kashi GoLean Crunch and a drizzle of agave nectar from TJ’s. It was delicious and filling- not to mention ridiculously full of protein!

Eat breakfast people- there are many easy solutions for the most important meal of the day!



What’s your favorite breakfast solution?

culver city: rush street

27 Jul

pop up shop?

As boyfriend has often lamented, there is something inherently faux about Los Angeles. Whether you’re at The Grove or exploring Culver City, the buildings take on the look of a film set–you’re not quite sure if anything would actually be inside if you opened the door.

However, this does not really bother me. Of course, there is no substitute for real charm, but while living in LA, one must make the best of things and if faux quaintness is what you’ve got to sell at the right moment, I’m buying.

the layout

With this spirit in mind, I recently ventured to Rush Street a really fantastic restaurant right in the heart of downtown Culver City.

On a sunny evening, it is the perfect spot to grab a delicious artisan pizza on the happy hour menu ($8!!) or a glass of wine before a movie at one of the many theaters nearby- both of which we have done before.

a bottle for two

They have a pretty awesome half price wine bottle night and they also appear to have live music…must go back to investigate.

Either way, Rush Street sure adds a little depth to this city.


voila! dinner tonight- lunch tomorrow

simply homemade: kitchen salad

27 Jul

beautiful disaster

As you know, I have quite a few fresh veggies sitting in my fridge drawers that are just begging to be consumed by moi.

In an effort to free them, I decided to have a fresh ‘kitchen salad’ for dinner in order to make room for incoming groceries.

What came out was colorful, vitamin packed and ridiculously delicious if I must pat myself on the back…

In the mix:

1 boiled leek, sliced

1 ripe red tomato, sliced

1 c. arugula

~1 oz. hard goat cheese, crumbled



salt and peppah to taste

Toss it all on a plate and savor–the flavor in fresh, ripe vegetables speak for themselves.















these words: purpose

25 Jul

“Success demands singleness of purpose.”
~Vince Lombardi

What is your purpose?

west hollywood: la boheme

25 Jul

saturday sunset

There is something about West Hollywood that gives most Los Angelinos major neighborhood envy.

It is home to such a fantastic array of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, gyms, markets etc. that one could live in West Hollywood happily without ever leaving.

One great spot to settle in on a sunny Saturday evening is La Boheme– a beautifully designed restaurant, complete with plush interiors and a lovely little patio.

I went for happy hour (daily until 7:30!!) and couldn’t believe the wonderful options available for half price.

Per usual, I settled on the cheese plate to share and a glass of crisp white wine.

Who says you can’t have it all?


dinner for two


24 Jul

There is something about Sundays that makes me both joyful and sad simultaneously.

A lovely walk around the farmers market, followed by poolside reading and gallons of water with sliced lemon means a good start to the week to come and a bittersweet goodbye to the weekend.

Here are some photos of my Sunday


my weekly purchase


fresh lemons for cool water



simply homemade: goat cheese and leek scramble

23 Jul


After a fun night celebrating a friends birthday in Hollywood, my growling stomach woke me up this morning with a vengeance.

Knowing that I currently have almost nothing in my fridge, I decided to improvise and make breakfast out of what I do have, instead of running to the cafe and spending even more money unnecessarily.

Thus, the goat cheese and leek scramble was born.

In the mix:

1 leek, trimmed, halved and sliced thinly

1 egg, 1 egg white scrambled


whiney goat cheese (a harder goat cheese)

salt and peppah

Sautee the sliced leeks in olive oil until fragrant and soft. Grind some fresh pepper and a bit of salt onto the egg mixture and pour evenly on top of the leeks. Let cook through, but leave a bit ‘runnier’ (this makes the scramble softer and better to go with the goat cheese). Serve on to a plate and grate a bit of the goat cheese on top, just dusting the eggs.




This dish was so yum (and healthy). Until about a month ago, I had never consciously had a leek. Now they’re my favorite purchase at the farmers market and a great addition to almost any dish- their subtly sweet onion flavor compliments practically anything.

bon appetite

these words: be true

22 Jul

Be who you were meant to be and you will set the world on fire

StCatherine of Siena

Perhaps nothing simpler or more true has ever been uttered.