Archive | November, 2011

morning musings: letting go and holding on

30 Nov

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”

~Havelock Ellis

I’ve been in kind of a constant state of in-between lately. Living life to the fullest can be difficult, especially when it hawks some unexpected things at you. I know I need to work on creating a balance and learning the art of both letting go and holding on- but that’s easier said than done, isn’t it?

With the Holiday season fast approaching, I hope to re-center and recalibrate– focusing on finding the moments of europa, pleasure and simplicity in my day to day life. Truly getting back to the basics (while on a budget of course)… I think that is where the fun will come in, where I’ll be able to truly celebrate the craziness and beauty in the day to day of a sometimes grey city.

What do you say, join me?


give thanks

24 Nov

Holiday Special: Tackling Turkey Day

morning musings: the leaves, they are a-changin’

22 Nov

(yup. I went there.)

Driving down the tree-lined streets this morning brought me rocketing back to London. What a beautiful sight! I really felt that I appreciated nature and the beauty it has to offer more deeply when I was abroad.

LA can kind of suck that whole ‘natural beauty’ thing out of a person.

Surprisingly, the streets of Beverly Hills reminded me again today…

let’s go somewhere: Paris

21 Nov

It’s Monday, some people already need an escape.

Oh, hey, wassup, Paris?

small pleasures: because it’s worth it

18 Nov

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Two

“Guess why I smile a lot.”   Why?    “Uh, because it’s worth it.”

Nothing more pure than that folks.

Have a happy weekend!

simply homemade: pimento cheese

16 Nov

Unapologetic Disclaimer: Although this blog is meant to be dedicated to the pursuit of all things delicate and beautiful and europa, I couldn’t help but digress into the deepest of deep Americana today.

So, I was cruisin’ the ‘net the other day and this little streaming bit of joy jumped into my consciousness. Nestled among the other bits of joy on my favorite site The Hairpin, I discovered Pimento Cheese, a Southern staple that I had yet to ever hear of.

Pimento cheese is neither delicate nor beautiful, but hot damn is it tasty.

Enthralled with the video and entrenched in the history of this odd cheesy spread, my usual cravings got the best of me. After obsessing over it all day, per usual, I rushed to Trader Joe’s after work to pick up all the fixin’s.

In the customary style of my impulse craving grocery shopping excursions, they did not have the central ingredient, PIMENTO, so I settled on buying a jar of pimento stuffed olives and pulling out the insides. Genius, I know. No need for applause.

In the mix:

Extra extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated (NOT pre-grated)

pimento (duh)

1 heaping tablespoon mayonnaise

salt and peppah to taste

crackers and celery

After shredding my extra extra sharp NY cheddar and adding a dollop of mayonnaise (reduced fat…sorry Southerners) to the bowl, I stirred and mashed until the spread was “done” (I have no idea what that really looks like, but I was hungry so I called it good.) Spread on some plain white crackers (they suggested saltines or Ritz, but I panicked in the check out line and grabbed what was next to me) and celery sticks, this Southern treat was the perfect little dinner for one girl and an episode of Pan Am.

these words: kindness

15 Nov

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”

– Seneca

I saw this painted on a curb in Beverly Hills recently. Seems like someone is trying really hard to send a message. It inspired me to try just a bit harder at some stuff too.

I have been trying to work on my kindness and compassion recently. Not taking myself too seriously, thinking of others and considering their feelings before I jump head first into an immediate reaction.

Kindness can take us a lot of places, where will you let it take you this week?

santa monica: the dining room

14 Nov

Located in the beautiful and deco Hotel Shangri-LA, The Dining Room is an enjoyable culinary nook nestled right off of the entrance.

Although it was virtually empty*, our French-imported waiter, Bello, was the sweetest and the food was even sweeter.

sea bass

chicken and dumplings

steak frites

The cheese flight starter was heaven (obviously), accented by marcona almonds and honey comb. My Sea Bass was fantastic. Although I opted for the small portion..shocking, I know…paired with the cheese and a glass of Pinot, it was the perfect meal to savor and enjoy.

With a crispy crust on the bass nestled on top of tender beluga lentils and swiss chard, it truly was a delight. Rumor has it the Chicken (Cornish game hen) and Dumplings (gnocchi-ish bits), was delicious and I can say the Portobello frites were a treat.

Take the awesome elevator up to the rooftop for a fantastic and romantic view of the Santa Monica Pier and expansive ocean.

*we later learned the party was actually raging upstairs on their roof-top bar…

let’s go somewhere: London

11 Nov

happy daydreaming this Friday. join me, won’t you?

the road less taken

8 Nov

Today I decided to turn on to Rodeo Dr instead of taking my boring old morning route to work. There is something in the simple act of driving a different road that can really foster a change in perspective for the day. The street was bright, clean and glowing, much like the way I would like to look at the world today.

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in old routines. I suggest you try taking a different road, walking on the other side of the street, or even taking a look out of your window in the morning. The little changes and shifts really can spark big change if you let them.

Have a bright day everyone