June 26, 2011 § 3 Comments
This summer Drew is doing an internship in Mountain View. 7 hours drive away. This means I’m pretty much on my own for 12 weeks. I like to think I’m a pretty independent person, but I have to admit it’s hard to not feel lonely. The weekdays are actually more appealing now since I’m busy during them. I’m pretty lucky though, with great friends and family nearby, I don’t think I’ll be bored.
This weekend for example, I drove up to LA and met up with an old friend. Alejandra lives in New York so we don’t get to see each other very often so when I saw she was heading west, I jumped at the chance to meet up. We decided to get some lunch and she suggested somewhere in Venice and I suggested Gjelina. It’s a place I’ve been meaning to try. I got the smoked trout with poached eggs and Ale got a fried egg sandwich on brioche. I think they were both delicious. and in a place as busy as this, the service was pretty good!
After brunch, we walked a bit on Abbot Kinney before Nick picked her up. I really like this street. There’s a ton of cute shops and bakeries and great coffee at Intelligentsia. After walking off some calories, I drove up to Santa Monica Place for a little shopping. It was my first time at the 3rd street Promenade and it’s really nice! I wish there was a street like that here in the OC. It’s basically a pedestrian road with lots of restaurants and shops. On my way home, I stopped at Bruxie in Orange for a waffle sandwich and at Bruery Provisions for some country pate. AND if that wasn’t enough food for the day, Ruth made peach pie and shared. YUM. All in all, a good saturday with friends and food :) Next weekend, I’m going up to the Bay area to visit Drew ( YAY YAY!!!) for the 4th of July so it’ll be another weekend of family, fun, and food. Maybe this summer won’t be so bad after all :p
June 13, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I’m a bit obsessed with apricots right now so when I saw this recipe that combined my current obsession with my longtime obsession of almond tart, of course I had to make it. And it turned out so good! I even made my own tart crust from scratch and my friends can attest to the fact that I almost always cheat on the crust. The recipe is from one of my faves Tartlette and the only adjustment I made was sub half the flour in the tart crust with almond meal. The almond filling is sweet but not too sweet and play well with the slight tartness of the apricots. I think I will be making this again before the season ends :)
June 8, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I’m shoe obsessed. It’s probably a good thing that my feet are just too darn small to fit into most regular shoes that don’t come in a size 4, otherwise, Drew and I might need to move into an even smaller apartment. For those of you more blessed than me, I’ve found that Aldo is not a bad place for some on-trend shoes that won’t decimate the bank account (lots of options on sale as well). These are my favorite flats, but they have some cute sandals as well and it’s free shipping over $100 and 10% off if you sign up for their newsletter.
June 6, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Don’t they look like egg yolks? They’re actually apricots in syrup! I saw a recipe for apricot puffs last week in the newest issue of Sunset Magazine and had to make it. It was super easy and delicious! Basically, you halve some apricots, put them in a cast iron pan with some sugar and let it cook until the sugar bubbles. Then make some small popovers in muffin pan and spoon the apricots with syrup on top. YUM!