Archive | December, 2011

a very merry Christmas

24 Dec

With truffle butter warming, cookies baking and brussels sprouts a’ brewing it could not smell or be more Christmassy here.

A very merry and bright Christmas to you and yours.



the nutcracker

21 Dec

Whether or not you grew up in a big city like I did, or in a small town, it is likely that you have seen, heard or been a part of some iteration of The Nutcracker.

To me, The Nutcracker marks that Christmas is right around the corner- it means things are merry and bright.

Over the years, I have danced with my mother in the aisle ways, sipped hot coco at intermission with friends and even squirmed in my seat when one of the dancers has a particularly nasty slip-up.

This year, just as I did when growing up in San Francisco, I visited the War Memorial Opera House for one of the most beautiful portrayals of The Nutcracker the world has to offer (in my opinion). With a 5-year-old seated on my lap, this performance was one of the loveliest, since I could experience the wonder and beauty again through an entire different lens.

So, with the Holidays upon us and Christmas less than a week away (!!!), take some time to think about your favorite Holiday traditions, and the people who make them all the more special.

xo, cheese

19 Dec

Tuesday Ten: The Best Medicine

these words: change

14 Dec


verb (used with object)


to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone:
to change one’s opinion;to change the course of history.

to transform or convert

feelin’ good: part 1

12 Dec

As a mostly-vegetarian and lover of exploring vegan, this weekend I grabbed a buddy and hit up some of the great healthy eating options LA has to offer.

Below are some of my fave healthy options around- more to come, of course…

M Cafe

Addicted isn’t even the right word to describe how much I love their Dilled Tofu Wrap with the spicy peanut kale side. Pure heaven. They also have  $5 vegan breakfast burrito if you get there before 11am. Total steal. Although the juices are outrageously priced, the tasty macrobiotic cuisine is worth the extra bucks here and there.

Cafe Gratitude

This is definitely one of my favorites when going “mega-healthy.” It is delicious and comforting and the atmosphere is so serene that you can’t HELP but be thankful. My most favorite is the I Am Whole macrobiotic bowl- just a few bites make you feel like a new human from the inside out. Delicious and different. With a few Gratitude’s all over Cali, you too can get your grateful on.

Sun Power Natural Cafe

Ah, so many Cafe’s so little time. Another vegan, organic/raw option with some delicious offerings. I prefer Sun Power’s BLT to Cafe Gratitude’s though- it is a bit heartier and their wheat bun is to die for.

west hollywood: eva

9 Dec

The weekend is approaching and the  promise of a relaxing one hangs before me. I can’t help but reminisce about leisurely brunches past…

Ah, the glory of the bottomless mimosa brunch. Although this is round two here for me at Eva in West Hollywood, it was no-less the quaint and lovely than it was the first time.

This past go-round I took it easy on the mimosas and instead enjoyed the delightful company on a chilly LA morning. Feasting on rich homemade granola and a delicate mushroom and fresh pea omelette, I couldn’t have found a better way to start the day…

(also-happy birthday dad)

diy: this is so much fun

7 Dec

I’d add a little spice to the cheese. maybe some diced pimento or chili flakes…yummm

santa anas

6 Dec

*actual tree I drove solemnly by

It has sure been blustery and chilly this past week. I know I have been tossed about quite a bit. Time to batten down the hatches before the Holidays and finish out the business at hand before moving on to bigger and better things, I think.

happy friday

2 Dec