lately i’ve been…xvi

(I started writing this post SO long ago…where does the time go?)

Republique

eating an AMAZING dinner at Republique. I think it was one of the best meals of my life.

Christmas

really wanting to send out Christmas cards. It seemed like the adult thing to do. But we just couldn’t get our act together so I made a “virtual” one and shared it on facebook instead. Next year?

celebrating New Year’s Eve with an old-school dinner with friends: standing rib roast + roasted fingerlings + mushroom sherry sauce

making some 2014 resolutions/goals. Some are really cool like a big trip and others are…wearing lipstick + perfume every day.

reading and seeing The Wolf of Wall Street. (Thoughts?!)

oatmeal scones

baking these oatmeal scones

eating at L & E Oyster Bar in Silverlake with friends who were visiting.

picking up a copy of kinfolk. Have you seen these magazine/books? Motto: Discover things to cook, make and do. They come out quarterly and are simply stunning. (Recommended by same friend.)

seeing James Turrell exhibit at LACMA. (Also, with same friends…it was a great weekend!)

subsequently deciding that an annual pass to LACMA was necessary.

LA Times

taking a tour of the LA Times. This tour was FANTASTIC. (Did you know that the LA Times is one of the only papers in the country that has a test kitchen?)

on a total smoothie kick. (How to make a green smoothie.)

Getty Villa

visiting the Getty Villa. No words.

Malibu

drinking overpriced wine and mediocre food at Moonshadows in Malibu. (At least the sunset was amazing.)

really busy at work. It’s Spring newsletter season!

loving this lunch: veggie burger (Qrunch and Hilary’s Eat Well are my faves!)  + a slice of melted goat cheese + fresh avocado. OBSESSED! I add baby carrots and deli turkey or chicken on the side for a prep-free meal that is SO satisfying and delicious.

What have you been up to lately?

meal prep in 3 easy steps

I’m a planner.

I plan my evenings. I plan my weekends. I plan my mornings. And I definitely plan my meals.

When you plan and prep your meals in advance, it makes life easier, but it’s also really important if you are trying to eat healthier or lose weight. 

Depending on your life/work/school schedule, meal prep can go in a few directions. Because I eat breakfast and lunch at the office, I specifically plan out those meals and pack everything up in separate containers (or double up portions and leave at the office fridge). 

Step One: I start by planning the meals I want to make first. It might be a fun meal from pinterest or something I tore out of a magazine, or a recipe that I’m testing for my blog or other work. A lot of my meals during the week are really simple and I save the fun meals for the weekends when I have more time to actually enjoy the cooking process.

Step Two: After you’ve planned your meals, consult your pantry/fridge/freezer for the ingredients you already have, and make your list. Decide which ingredients it makes sense to buy cooked or cleaned ahead of time and which ingredients you’ll prepare from scratch.

Step Three: Cook! Set aside a few hours and prepare and pack up all of your meals (for me it is just breakfast + lunch) so they are ready to grab on your way out the door!

Enjoy!

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lately i’ve been…xv

drinking tea again. I don’t drink much tea in the summer, but now that the weather has (sort of) cooled down, I’m all about it. I also try to use Sugar Cookie tea as a dessert in the winter. Sometimes it works. :)

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finishing my half marathon! I ran the Rock N’ Roll Los Angeles on an early Sunday morning. I hit my goal of finishing under two hours (I think my time was 1:57) and I’ve got the terrible race photos to prove it. It feels like that was SO long ago now!

discovering starbucks rewards app. So many convienient things about this app. I can load money and pay with my phone which is the most amazing thing. I’m hooked.

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having little bro in town! We had a great weekend full of exciting hikes, football games, rum at the Tiki Ti and lots of chicken wings.

making fun cocktails. Bourbon Maple Apple Cider from fruetcake was a big hit. I’m not a huge cocktail person, but I tried a sip and Richie loved it. I think it’s a new favorite in our house. Not to mention we now have 78 ounces of apple cider…

having friends in town! SO fun. Dinner at Connie & Ted’s, lunch at Villa Blanca (complete with a Lisa & Ken Vanderpump sighting), shopping, drinks at The Beverly Hills Hotel and dancing at SUR. We packed a lot into 48 hours.

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updating my “About” page. It was long overdue!

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obsessed with all things holiday parties and holiday decorations. (Above is one of my favorites, from Haiti.)

not running. I don’t think I’ve run since the half! I’ve been doing elliptical and/or incline walking, the 7-minute workout and barre3 dvd’s.

getting some Christmas shopping done at Uniuqe LA (modern, made-in-America goods).

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trying out a new restaurant in Culver City called FIN. Delish sushi (and my favorite, crispy rice)!

wrapping lots of gifts and getting them in the mail! CB2 has the cutest wrapping station FYI.

watching my friend Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on The Today Show! She did absolutely amazing, I’m so proud.

What have you been up to lately? Ready for Christmas? 

 

new product favorites {october}

primizie snack crisps. OMG. I don’t ever want to buy these again. They are so good and I can’t stop eating them. (Updated to add: I’ve bought them numerous times.) The whole look and feel of this brand is just…I love it. Not to mention they’re addicting-ly tasty.

dunkin donut k-cups. Ok so I hate using k-cups because I think they are really wasteful and the coffee isn’t that great. BUT, the dunkin donuts k-cups? Taste just like dunkin donut coffee, which I can’t get here in LA.

popcorn indiana “fit pop” in herb and parmesan. I’m such a sucker for popcorn. You can also eat the whole bag for lunch if you need to…not that I would know anything about that.

evol quesadillas + guacamole. I had these for lunch not too long ago and they are a great meal to have in the freezer, really tasty! Two servings per box though? Not in my world. I love that they come with a side of guacamole!

qrunch burgers. I have to admit that I’m kind of anti-veggie burgers (with a few exceptions ) but these, are in a world of their own. The ingredients are stellar (organic millet, organic quinoa, organic coconut oil, organic vegetables, etc.) and are free of soy/wheat/nut/egg/dairy/corn. Oddly enough, my favorite way to eat them is for breakfast! I toast until crunchy and top with a fried egg and a slice of goat cheese. It’s been kind of life-changing.

quinn microwave popcorn. I think I’ve probably mentioned this before, but….I love this stuff. (Yikes, more popcorn!) Yes, it’s pricey. But it’s pure. And the packaging is to-die-for. I usually buy from amazon (prime!) or Whole Foods if I’m desperate.

 

happy pantry fermented foods. This isn’t available nationally (maybe soon?) but it is just too good not to share. We picked up some kimchee at a farmer’s market in San Diego and I eat it by the forkful. It’s so good. And good for you!

love grown foods hot oats.  I love the idea of packaged oats (for emergencies and desk drawers or it seems wasteful and expensive) so I picked up the blueberry banana walnut hot oats and ate it with a scoop of peanut butter. The oats were great! I loved that they weren’t too sweet – there wasn’t a whole lot of banana, blueberries or walnuts in it – but a simple ingredient list. Too expensive for a daily breakfast but a great option for traveling and/or breakfast “emergencies!”

Have you recently tried a new food that you love and/or I NEED to try?