lately i’ve been… (november 2014)

Lately I've Been |

celebrating Richie’s birthday at Commissary. Roy Choi has a way with vegetables (sort of the theme of Commissary) and sauces. Each dish came out with an incredibly complex – and insane – sauce. And Richie had a gin & beet juice drink.

finally getting a cast-iron pan. Now we have an insanely heavy pan that needs to be constantly moved from the stove-top to the counter, back to the oven…oy.

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I already mentioned the Hello Kitty Con Party, but this picture was too funny not to share.

obsessing over squash in general.

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having my parents in town! It was a quick weekend, but it was so nice to see them. I <3 them!

still reading Steve Jobs* (it’s taking me a while) and The Thank You Economy*. I loved Gary Vaynerchuk’s Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World* and while The Thank You Economy isn’t as focused on social media, it’s full of great ways to humanize brands.

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having dinner at the Church Key, a modern american dim sum restaurant. Imagine a restaurant with an extremely enticing menu, and THEN a dim sum cart visits the table frequently to tempt you with little bites …

watching (and loving) all of the fall shows. We are 65 at heart and like CSI, NCIS, etc. What are you watching?

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visiting Stir Market, a “modern California take on the classic European food hall experience” … so essentially they have a small menu/deli selections, coffee bar and high-quality food and wine to purchase. I was in heaven.

getting ready to move this weekend. Our Repax boxes (Reusable, Green Moving Crates) were delivered last night and now we need to fill them before Saturday!

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What have YOU been up to lately? 

california-inspired thanksgiving menu

I wasn’t going to post today, because…well, my anticipated squash with curried butter recipe was NOT good.

It needs some major work before it’s ready to share (if it’s ever ready) so instead, I thought you might enjoy some Thanksgiving chat with this California-inspired Thanksgiving Menu. (You know there’s a kale salad!)

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu this year?


recommended reading

Recommended Reading |

Happy Sunday! How is your weekend? It’s been pretty quiet over here and all about the big move next weekend. Yesterday we trekked it out to Ikea to scope out some furniture and storage options – we’ll probably be back there next week. And today, we’re getting rid of stuff in preparation for our move! (Fingers crossed this is actually happening.)

recommended reading:

Why These Kids Love Kale. I actually heard this story on my way home from work, and had a huge grin on my face the entire time. I’d recommend listening, instead of reading because kids talking about kale… The salad recipe is actually one of my favorite ways to eat lacinato kale, try it out!

Minimalist Baker is a blog that might just turn me into a vegan. Ok, not really, but every recipe they share has me drooling. Peanut Butter Flaxseed Pancakes will be happening ASAP.

And because it’s pretty much impossible to NOT mention Thanksgiving this time of year:

How to Make Thanksgiving Better, According to a Bunch of 8-Year-Olds is hilarious. I’ll share one:

Who does the cooking when you host Thanksgiving at your house?
My dad. He’s the cook, because my mom—I don’t know how to put this—my mom loves to email. She eats, she sleeps, she emails, she takes care of me, she plays with me, she breathes, and she works.

Food & Wine does appetizers right. Thanksgiving Hors d’Oeuvres are classics with a twist. (And my favorite part of the big meal!)

A Few Food Bloggers Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes (Naturally Ella, Not Without Salt, The Faux Martha and more) and they cover all of the bases: breakfast while peeling potatoes and frantically cleaning; brussels sprouts salad and wine.


recommended reading

Recommended Reading |

This week TWO major life-things happened. (Work is a whole story on its own, and I’m actually on my way to NYC as we speak. I’m giving a presentation to the board on social media basics + our strategy on Monday. Cross your fingers that I don’t embarrass myself. ;) ) But back to life:

  1. I think I officially look pregnant! It’s the first week that strangers are commenting on it and I’ve noticed random people smiling at me.
  2. We found an apartment! It’s not perfect (perfect in LA would require about $3-4,000/month) but cute, in a great little neighborhood (still in West Hollywood) and has a little room for our little bébé!

recommended reading:

So I have a little catching up to do on the Books You Should Read Before 30 list, but it’s a good place to start.

Spaghetti Squash has never looked so good. (And you’ll never want to eat it plain again: 5 Creative Ways to Cook with Spaghetti Squash)

If you need some convincing to swap out the usual butter and cream for cauliflower in “Alfredo Sauce,” check out this recipe for Healthy Mushroom Alfredo Pasta Bake. Trust me, you’ll be buying a head of cauliflower this afternoon. (Less than 500 calories per serving!)

Perfect your omelet skills with The 2-Minute French Omelet video. Making a perfect omelet is a required life skill.

I love kale as much as the next Californian, but it’s always smart to branch out. The New Kale Salad: 6 Alternative Greens to Dish Out This Fall will give you some inspiration to step out of your salad-rut!

What did you read this week? Share below!