lately i’ve been… (xi)

reading The Girls Guide to Homelessness. Really good.

finally hiking up to the Hollywood sign!

eating out like 10 meals in a row. BAD!

walking home from work in flats. I made it about 3.25 miles and then I had to call Richie to pick me up.

getting into my annual spring/summer raw food grove with dinner at Cafe Gratitude with my fave LA Blogger, Lynn.

creating really fun infographics at work.

taking a road trip to Vegas. One of the joys of LA is the endless amounts of road trips. We used to drive 4 hours to Wisconsin. Now we have our pick of Vegas, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Palm Springs, Big Bear…ok, I’ll stop bragging.

reading Unorthodox. Also very good.

attending my first Social Media Club LA function.

spending the weekend in Napa for a Science and Culinary Retreat: Plant-Powered Eating: The Role of Peanuts in Healthy Diets, put on by The Peanut Institute. It also meant I got to spend the weekend hanging out with Mercedes and finally meet Lori! You can expect many peanuts in your future. :)

my Napa trip included cooking at the Culinary Institute of America (squeel!) AND meeting some really great people. Like Alyssa. <– Really fun blog.

trying out Bludso’s (BBQ joint in LA) – it was wonderful.

trying out The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. Have you heard about it? I tried it on Saturday (2 times through) and am still sore. 

eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for breakfast – OBSESSED! (see peanuts, above)

 What’s going on with you? 

lately i’ve been…(x)

moving. Just to a different (and better) unit in our building, so not terrible but still a pain. I want to buy a house.

drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning. Read more about this Aruvedyic practice on my learnist board.

pre-ordering Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book, It’s All Good – can’t wait for this one.

visiting our family and friends in Wisconsin and Minnesota. We met 4 babies, saw 3 little ones, and a whole lot of friends. It was non-stop!

spending my thirtieth birthday with a wellness shot (lemon, ginger, oil of oregano, garlic extract and cayenne), green juice and a bowl of pho. (We both caught colds on our trip.)

running. And dare I say kind of enjoying it?! Getting ready for 8 miles this weekend!

picking up a bad shellac manicure habit. But it’s so nice to not have to paint my nails all the time…

celebrating my birthday for real at AOC with Richie and then at the horse track with my cousins – so fun! (AOC had a focaccia topped with young broccoli, cipollinis, burrata and bagna cauda that was RIDICULOUS. I can’t stop thinking about it.)

really needing some yoga in my life. Please motivate me.

What’s going on with you? 


lately i’ve been…(xii)

It has been a long time (2 months!) since my last lately i’ve been… post. So we have a lot to catch up on. I’ve been…

buying spin shoes. It only took me oh, 7 months of consistent spinning to finally do it and they make such a wonderful difference. They are also ugly.

 watching the debates! You?

tasting California Cabernet at Silverlake Wine. I love their low-key wine tastings (every Monday and Thursday) and considering that Cabernet is my favorite varietal, and I’m a resident of California – I kind of had to go.

following wine tastings with an amazing dinner of cheap Mexican food and finally trying papusas. In my dream life, every Monday and Thursday I would go to Silverlake Wine for tastings and then to Maya’s for cheap Mexican food.

extra busy at work. It is a good kind of busy and exciting!

having so much fun with newish site! It is a way to share what you know and learn what you don’t! I’ve been busy building boards related to health/nutrition/food and I’ve been loving learning about more about politics, education (and how the internet shapes classrooms) and the latest in technology.

celebrating Richie’s Birthday (today!) with beer-braised short ribs + bacon & smoked gouda mashed potatoes last weekend and tonight with dinner out!

working on a new look for – coming soon!

What have you been up to lately? Fill me in! 

spicy egg scramble

When my Mom and her friend were here last week we finally visited a restaurant that has long been on our restaurant list. Eating in LA on the weekends can be interesting. After about 11am on Saturdays and Sundays, the majority of restaurants are packed, and a lot of them even have lines out the door or crowds waiting to get in.

We visited The Griddle at 10am on a Friday and I think we were sat at the last available table. (On the weekends it is essentially impossible). We eyed up everyone else’s plates as we walked back to our table, it is the type of place that will eventually be on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It’s got the craziest pancake concoctions (red velvet, coconut & chocolate filled pancakes, espresso & chocolate chip, etc.), ridiculous french toasts and a long list of egg omelets, scrambles and benedicts. As good as the pancakes and french toast sounded, I always go for eggs. (I also knew that I could have bites of the sweet stuff) I decided on the “Some like it HOT” Scramble and it was delicious! Spicy, but just the way I like it!

I needed it in my life again, and stat. So I rounded up the ingredients and gave it a go. The result was a delicious and perfectly spicy scramble. If you don’t like the heat, leave out the jalapeño and hot sauce.

Spicy Egg Scramble

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5-10 minutes


Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 chicken sausage, sliced in half lengthwise and then thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce (like Cholula)
  • garnish: avocado slices, pico de gallo, green onions.


Heat pan over medium-high heat.

Spray with cooking spray or coat with butter.

Add green pepper, jalapeno, onion and chicken sausage to pan, stirring occasionally.

Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, whisk eggs together in bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Combine sour cream and hot sauce in small bowl.

Lower heat and add eggs to pan, scraping bottom of pan until eggs have set.

Stir in sour cream mixture and serve immediately.

Top with green onions, avocado, pico de gallo if desired.

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