lately i’ve been…xx

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writing a post all about how to make a filling salad on fit.net. Check out the app if you’re looking for a quick workout you can do anywhere. They offer 100+ free videos – cardio, yoga, strength, and more – and you’re are scored based on a sensor in your camera.

updating my media page! Some recent (exciting) features: Today (.com), Fitness Magazine (.com), and Good Housekeeping (.com)!

visiting The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Some good friends had given us a gift card and we recently went in for a visit and left with some really great wine, delicious cheese and an amazingly chewy loaf of bread. Total last meal-worthy.

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stitch fixing: My second “fix” was a total bust, but my third had one item (still not thrilled about that!) that I liked and took to instagram to decide, which ended up being really fun, I loved hearing your opinions. I just got my most recent box this week and I really liked three of the pieces – the jeans were too small, but still trying to decide on these two*…help!  (Sign up here if you’re interested in trying it out (affiliate)) *SO awkward and yes, black is my favorite color. :)

having brunch at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and seeing part of the Mad Men crew…I had to try not to stare. (Joan! Roger! Harry! Stan!)

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writing a post for caringbridge.org, all about healthier homemade popsicles.

hosting a greek dinner party! We made lamb burgers (stuffed into pita bread and grilled), traditional greek salad, roasted rosemary potatoes and a slew of greek spreads: tzatziki, babaganoush and skordalia served with grilled bread and pita. Galaktoboureko for dessert!

 

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visiting Sephora. (post mimosa-brunch, which was really not a wise decision) But I found a few things that I LOVE! Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (so light and feels SO good, I think it makes my skin glow?!) | Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder (light with SPF!) | Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer

reading Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea* - an easy, funny read. I think I liked Mindy Kaling’s better, but it was plenty amusing. (*affiliate)

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wanting these breakfast burritos. OMG. (Image via Foodologie) I can’t have them with eggs, but even without I think they’d be delicious.

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lately i’ve been…xix

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flying to Florida for the weekend. It was a whirlwind trip, but I’m so glad we went to see Richie’s family, it had been FAR too long.

stand up paddle-boarding for the first time! (See above.) Our bro-in-law just opened up a paddle board shop in Naples, so we got a quick lesson and both loved it - I definitely recommend trying it, on a lake or the ocean!

reading Fast Company magazine for the first time + subscribing immediately. I love it.

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obsessed with Kát Rudu beauty (specifically the vitamin c serum and liquid lift serum) products. I met Kát at a beauty/fashion event and her skin? Gorgeous.

watching True Detective. Initially I thought it was a little slow, then things got REALLY creepy. Have you seen it?

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making kale ice cubes. I found a HUGE bag of baby kale on sale and we definitely couldn’t go through it fast enough so when it was on its last leg, I blended it with water and froze it into ice cubes so we always have kale for our smoothies and juices. It’s so convenient!

giving stitch fix (affiliate) another try. I wasn’t happy with my last “fix” but I’m hoping they can redeem themselves! It seems that people either love it or hate it, but it is still really fun to get a surprise box of clothes in the mail every month.

changing up my standard working lunch: turkey + carrots + tortilla chips + spicy hummus. Hummus + vegetables = good. Hummus + chips = addicting!

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making Heartbeet Kitchen’s Green Hip Dip. It’s a delicious mashup between guacamole and hummus, be sure to try it out! (Image via Heartbeet Kitchen)

finishing Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia*. It sounds a bit morbid, and it is, but it’s an interesting glimpse into psychology and eating disorders.

starting The Thank You Economy*. This book “reveals how businesses can harness all the changes and challenges inherent in social media and turn them into opportunities for profit and growth.” Gary Vaynerchuk also wrote Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook* which I loved, so I’m hoping I find this one just as helpful. (*affiliate)

(possibly) starting to understand the  magic of leftovers…blue apron is helping.

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celebrating our 3rd Pride weekend in West Hollywood. It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in West Hollywood that long! (And for you RHOBH and Vanderpump Rules fans out there, we visited the new restaurant, Pump – Lisa and Ken were there – and I was served LVP Sangria by Schwartz. That was fun.)

loving that Buzzfeed’s “21 Struggles of Being Raised By Hippies” pretty much sums up my childhood. Life was good. And I’m totally not giving my kids sugar cereal either.

What have you been up to lately?

 

thailand

Thailand!!!!!

I’m going to start by stating the obvious. I wish I was in Thailand right now. It truly is an amazing place, and I’m confident I’ll get there again in the near future. I’m just going to dive into things, let me know in the comments if you have any questions about our trip! (Would I recommend it? YES!)

Why Thailand?

I’ve wanted to visit Thailand for many years, and finally convinced Richie that we should go. :) We never took a honeymoon and have been wanting to take a trip (just the two of us) ever since our wedding! For those of you who don’t know, we lived in Minneapolis, got married and moved to LA two weeks later (without jobs) so we didn’t think it was wise to take a trip at that time. In between visiting our families and friends and other trips it took us a while to finally get our act together. So it was kind of a honeymoon, but not really…

We decided to do a few days in Bangkok and spend most of our time at the beach (10 days total). Next time, we’ll definitely have to visit Chang Mai, which I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about, but we just couldn’t squeeze in another location into this trip.

Bangkok:

We loved the street-style pad thai (recipe coming soon!) that was 30 Baht (less than $1!) for a huge plate in Bangkok, such great street food!

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Right before we landed in Bangkok, we learned that we were visiting during Songkran, Thailand’s New Year. It just so happened that we were staying right in the middle of it which was both interesting and irritating at the same time. (Throwing water is part of the New Year tradition so imagine the biggest water fight you’ve ever seen!) For the first few nights in Bangkok, we stayed on Khaosan Road, which was recommended by my younger, backpacker of a brother. After the room had been paid for, I was informed by my mother that we “were much too old” for that area but it ended up being fine. It was nice that there were restaurants, bars, street food and even a few wats within walking distance.

The bad thing about it was that it seemed to be the epicenter of the Songkran festivities so it was nearly impossible to stay dry.

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We spent the morning at the weekend market, visited a few Wats (temples), the infamous reclining buddha (Wat Pho) and then holed up in a bar to wait until the festivities died down.

Except they didn’t. Around 8pm, we were feeling exhausted and decided to just make a run through the streets, djs and crowds. The party in the streets lasted until early in the morning (5am!) and the next day after a quick breakfast of street pad thai, a rat sighting and an iced coffee, we headed back to the airport to fly to Krabi.

After a quick flight, and a van to the dock (see below) we took a quick boat ride to Ko Lanta, the island we stayed on for almost a week.

Ko Lanta

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We arrived to Narima Bungalow Resort and it couldn’t have been more different from our time in Bangkok. It was quiet, secluded and absolutely beautiful. We had our own private bungalow – that overlooked the ocean – complete with a hammock on the balcony and plenty of wildlife.

Oh and the food! Such care was put into every single drink and meal. And it was all absolutely delicious. We feasted on prawn satay (below), a different curry every night, thai prawn salads, noodle dishes, it seemed that each meal was better than the last.

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The beach at the resort was small and pretty rocky, but a great place to lay in the shade, read a book and get a massage. The beach bar was really fun, and we spent most sunsets down at the beach, cocktail in hand. The sunsets at Ko Lanta were all pretty ridiculous.

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Even though we didn’t want to leave the resort, EVER, we made an exception for a cooking class one morning and although it was a little hot wearing more than a swim suit, we had so much fun. We made Thai Money Bags, Sweet & Sour Stir-fry and Green Curry with Chicken. I’ll be recreating some of them soon for you!

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Ko Lanta is a perfect island to take a scooter around and Narima rented them for about $5/half-day. I will admit to being TOTALLY freaked out the first morning. I’ve never been on a scooter or motorcycle before and it felt like Richie was either going too fast or too slow. There was no in-between but eventually we both got used to it and became pros (?) by the end of our stay.

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On one of our scooter trips, we visited a private beach and for most of the morning, it was all ours. I think this was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. It was incredible.

We also saw monkeys a few times on the scooter!

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We also took a one day trip, and while I’m glad we did it was a little touristy for our taste. We visited Maya Bay (have you seen the movie The Beach?), Phi Phi Don and went snorkeling. Everything was stunning – and filled with SO many people.

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We spent our last day soaking up every minute (and morsel) at Narmia. And we were pretty sad to leave…

Bangkok

We had another night in Bangkok before our flight back home and this time instead of taking the hippy route, we took the swanky route. Such a good decision. We chose the Banyan Tree mainly for the Vertigo Moon Bar, which sits atop the hotel, on the 61st floor. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen city views like it before.

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We enjoyed expensive drinks and a fancy Thai dinner before sleeping for a few hours before our journey back to Los Angeles!

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Take me back!

 

review: blue apron

Ohhhhh, Blue Apron. You make dinners so fun!

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What is Blue Apron?
Blue Apron delivers all the ingredients you need for three chef-inspired meals to cook at home. (Enough for two people.) So they plan the menu, they send you the ingredients and you cook some really delicious meals at home.

How does it work?
Each week (that you don’t opt out of) you are sent a box of three meals (for two people, though I’ve heard there is enough for small kids too) and recipe cards to go along with all of the ingredients. They literally send every single ingredient you need (with the exception of olive oil, salt and pepper). Have no fear, it’s all kept cool in an insulated box with freezer packs so even meat and fish are kept cold.

Pros | Blue Apron:

  • You can opt in or out of poultry, pork, beef, lamb, fish and shellfish.
  • You can also opt in or out of weeks as you like. There is no commitment.
  • It comes in a cooler box that keeps things at a safe temperature. My first box arrived when it was over 90 degrees in LA and I was a little worried about the salmon, but it was cold enough and the freezer packs were still frozen solid.
  • Every meal has a fresh vegetable component, which I love.
  • Ingredients are all ‘mise en place’ meaning everything you need is either ready to go or needs only a small amount of chopping or prep.
  • No waste: because you are receiving the exact amount of ingredient needed, there is nothing extra that can go bad in the crisper drawer.
  • It brought us out of our dinner comfort zones and was so fun to just spend time cooking in the kitchen.
  • I wouldn’t ordinarily buy numerous fresh herbs for one meal, but they make such a huge difference!
  • Oh, and everything was absolutely delicious.

Cons | Blue Apron:

  • Lots of packaging. I know there really isn’t away around it, but I cringed at the amount of packaging that was used. I was able to save a lot of the baggies and I’ll reuse them, but I still felt a little guilty.
  • The meals take some time. These are not 15 minute meals. We tried to embrace the multiple steps and pans by cooking together and making it an event, not just a chore. (Which worked pretty well!)
  • Price: $9.99/person/meal seems like a lot, but it actually helps us not eat out as much so in actuality it might save us money? We’ll see.
  • I would love to see the exact nutrition facts. Or at least something a little more specific. They give estimates, but they seem a little on the low side to me.

Would I like it?
If you are someone who is new to the kitchen or needs some new cooking inspiration, I think you would love it! It’s also a great way to have date nights at home – you and your love can cook together!

What did we eat?
The first week, I opted for only vegetarian + fish meals only and loved them, but felt like it was a better use of money to opt into the meat options as well so in our second week we had a chicken, salmon and a vegetarian meal.

Sample Meals:
These are the meals we received our first week.

Pizza Panini with Green Lettuce Salad:

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This vegetarian meal was so cheesy, comforting and filling! It’s definitely not something I would normally make (Richie says that I never buy bread…) so it felt like a treat. The fresh oregano added so much pizza flavor and though our paninis were a little soggy, they were still delicious!

Coconut Curry Salmon Steaks with Celery & Bok Choy over Barley:

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I was a little nervous about this meal…only because we had recently returned from Thailand, and I just figured it wouldn’t compare. I was wrong. Was it the best curry I’ve ever had? No. But it was so good. The salmon was crispy, the sauce flavorful and the barley chewy, it was a fun departure from rice.

Braised Heirloom Carrots & Crispy Goat Cheese:

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I’m sorry that this is the worst picture (late dinner) …because it was one of our favorite meals! Every component was better than the last, it’s definitely something I want to make again.

This week was another Blue Apron week (yay!) and we had Salmon Rolls with Baby Beet and Pea Shoot Salad, Chicken Supremes with Sautéed Ramps, Sugar Snap Peas and Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Fried Green Tomatoes with Cajun Rémoulade Sauce and Boston Red Leaf Salad on the menu. So far, the salmon rolls left us both saying, “So good!” no less than seven times throughout dinner.

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