Hi, it's been a while. I've missed you guys and this space. I'm still here, still alive, and currently back in LA! I've been a little busy, working on this thing called my first cookbook!! Man, nobody told me how much work, scratch that, everyone told me how much work this would be.
Eeeep, I'm back in LA--as in I just got back into town on a redeye 😳! While it's so nice to be home with Moses and Vienna and my bed (with clean sheets, thanks Mo), I am already missing Alaska, the crew: Molly, Kristan, Nik, and Gerry, and all my friends at Copper River Salmon.
We made it to Alaska!! It took two flights, a couple gomacro bars, and lots of Haim, but I made it to Cordova to meet the gang for a week with Copper River Salmon! Molly and I have been talking about this trip for months now and I can't believe we're actually here!
Hiii friends! It was something like 95°f yesterday and if today's anything like that, all I want to do is chill by the pool all day. However, I think I'll be inside blasting the ac and listening to the new Haim record on repeat (it's so good and I am utterly obsessed with their Want You Back video)...
Is it really Wednesday because it really feels like Monday. Moses and I took Monday and Tuesday off and treated ourselves to a ridiculously long and wonderful weekend. We puzzled (as in we put together a puzzle), went out on dates, watched movies, and worked a teeny tiny bit.
Guys, it was 90 degrees yesterday. NINETY. I tried to do my home cool down routine, which entails leaving the windows open in the early morning hours to let in the cool morning air, then closing them and rolling down the window coverings after that and it helped zero.
So far this week, I think I've read about 50, no joke, intros/about this book/how to use this book/tips and tricks/pantry sections/anything else that comes before the recipes in all cookbooks. See, I've got major writer's block. MAJOR.
Hi, remember me? I know it's been a while, so if you forgot about me, I 100% get it. But I'm back and super pumped because for the next month, I'll be sharing all my fave recipes from loads of new Spring/Summer cookbooks!
The first time I visited Amsterdam was about 6 years ago... ouch, that makes me feel really old. It was during my Christmas break, the year I taught English in Madrid, and it was one of the coldest winters in Amsterdam, or that's what people told me or maybe what I told myself?!
Remember that time I went to Vermont for Cheese Camp with Vermont Creamery? And then I promised I'd tell you all about it, but then went on a million trips and didn't? Well, let me start by saying, prior to my visit in August, I was a Vermont virgin and was not prepared...
We've been home for a couple weeks now and I can proudly say that I've finally unpacked the last of my travel gear and washed my last load of trip laundry. I'm finally back on a semi-normal sleeping schedule and staying up late enough to hang out with friends.
Wooaahhh is jetlag a real thing. After 24 of some of the most amazing days on the road, Moses and I are finally back home in Los Angeles with our favorite little sausage, Vienna and hi, we are also the newest members of the early bird special club.
The thing about California is that it's big. Like really big. And Los Angeles is a beast of a city, which I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of two years into living in it. That's why I pretty much backflip-jumped at the chance to head out to the Santa Ynez Valley...
It's weird to think that our trip to Oahu was over a month ago, before the world Pokemon Go. Tim Duncan was still on the Spurs and Snapchat was the reigning cool kid app. What a difference a month can make. But can we go back to life before Pokemon Go...
First off, 48 hours in Honolulu definitely is not enough time!! However, since we were already in Maui, Lily, Molly, Steph, and I caught a quick 30-minute Island Air flight to Oahu for a quick food tour, led by me (lol). Trust me when I say we did not have enough time or stomach capacity to tick off even 1/8th of my list. Honolulu is one of my all time favorite cities because it's got a little bit of everything: lots to do, see, eat, and drink!
I've been going through all sorts of #SLAMsquad2016 (SLAM = Stephanie, Lily, Alana, Molly) withdrawals as of late. Spending a week or so in Maui with some of my favorite humans was nothing short of glorious. Growing up in a place most people refer to as paradise, I'm not sure I fully grasped how lucky I was until I moved away. And honestly, I kinda forgot how fortunate I really was until this last trip home, when I was able to look at Maui through fresh eyes.
Remember a few weeks ago when I told you that I was going to Italy? Well, I’m back and can I please start by telling you how lucky I feel? I mean, it’s not every day that you’re able to wake up in a Casale di Valle in Vinci, look out your bedroom window and watch the sun rise over rows and rows of perfectly manicured grape vines and watch as it warms up the sleeping village and sprawling Tuscan hills. I mean, it’s pretty magical and insanely picturesque but in the fall...