10 Jan

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.”

Arnold Toynbee

I think a nicely blurred line between work and play is what we all, or at least many of us,  strive for. I also happen to see it as vitally important to our sense of well being, quality of life and faith of self.

I have recently been doing some career focused soul searching and have found that a job that I love or have fun doing is vitally important to me. Yes, a “fun job” is often hard to find- but I think if you works towards creating fun and play in your work life, or seek fun and entertainment in what you do, then you will be much better off than those who dwell in the drudgery of thier work or take it too seriously.

Happy Tuesday to that.

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morning musings: sleep

5 Jan

I slept for 10 hours last night. 10 hours.

Following an episode of The Bachelor and a good read in my new book Parisian Chic (courtesy of my lovely roomie who knows me oh-so-well), I was able to drift off into blissful sleep at 9:45pm (!!!)- a time that for most is reserved for a second glass of wine or another rerun of The Office on TBS.

Sure, I could have stayed up for another hour dinking around on Facebook or something, but I am so glad I didn’t. As we enter into this new year, I think it is importate to rest and restore, so that we can greet each new day with full energy and rested eyes.

Challenge yourself this week to go to bed just a bit earlier- your body, mind and coworkers will thank you for it.

simply homemade: fettuccine with truffle butter

3 Jan

Happy New Year everybody!

For almost everyone, the holidays are a wonderful time with friends, family and culinary indulgence. The past two weeks were just the same for me, but I have to say that I think I probably had the most delicious culinary indulgences the season had to offer…

fettuccine. with. truffle. butter. sauce.

This was one absolutely fantastic dinner (if I do say so myself)…

Mom and I decided to whip up a recipe that had caught BOTH of our fancies (on separate occasions!-shocking!) and boy did it pay off.

After three stores were called, we came upon the white truffle butter at Whole Foods and wham-bam we had the most delicious pasta possibly EVER.

in the mix:

Kosher salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 ounces white truffle butter
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (8.82-ounce) package egg fettuccine
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (we used green onions, no chives at the store)
3 ounces Parmesan, shaved thin with a vegetable peeler (best trick ever)

1. Add 1 tablespoon salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, in a large (12-inch) saute pan, heat the cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Add the truffle butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, lower the heat to very low, and swirl the butter until it melts. Keep warm over very low heat.

3. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook about 4 minutes until al dente. When the pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the saute pan and toss it with the truffle-cream mixture. As the pasta absorbs the sauce, add as much of the reserved cooking water, as necessary, to keep the pasta very creamy.

4. Serve the pasta in shallow bowls and garnish each serving with a generous sprinkling of chives and shaved Parmesan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve at once.

Bellissimo!

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.

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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

change

verb (used with object)

1.

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.
2.

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