Category Archives: Food

I’ve always loved spending time outdoors. Los Angeles is filled with tucked away spots that are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a luxurious picnic on a sunny day. Recently I invited a few of my friends to join me for a late afternoon of wine tasting at a lovely little spot near the house I grew up in. Sam and I have picnics like this often. There are a few things we always pack to make the day beautiful and comfortable. We always bring a couple of small rugs, pillows and blankets for sitting, lounging, and bundling up. We also bring 1 or 2 apple crates. We’ve bought them at the Rose Bowl flea market years ago. They’ve perfect for packing your items and once flipped act as the perfect table. I also almost always bring fresh flowers because I really just can’t help myself. Sam finds it mildly annoying but I think they add instant charm to everything. This time I skipped the vases tucking the fresh lilac and tulips into the little nooks and crannies around the various platters.

The theme of this picnic was wine tasting. I selected 4 different Bota Box wines to try and a cheese to pair with each. I decided to go with Bota Box wine not only for the obvious convenience of an unbreakable container and the environmentally friendly box, but also because the wine is great.  It travels well, each large box has the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine making it perfect for parties, and the mini’s have 3 glasses of wine each which makes them perfect for when you and a friend don’t want to open an entire bottle.  We tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon, Rośe, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. We all found each one to be quite lovely, our favorite being the Rośe because nothing really beats Rośe at a picnic.  For the snacks I served Marcona almonds, fruit spreads, fresh berries, a mini charcuterie board, and a few assorted desserts, alongside the cheese, crackers and a fresh baguette. Once we tasted all the wines and finished all the bites we spent the rest of the afternoon telling stories, laughing, and day dreaming about where we all want to travel to next. It was a beautiful time spent with friends among the splendor of nature.

*This post was created in collaboration with Bota Box.

I mentioned in a post earlier this week that Sam and I had a noodle craving that lead us to create our own noodle bar for dinner.  We whipped up a variety of fresh toppings, mixed up our own sauces, and had two varieties of healthy noodles to choose from.  For this recipe I’m going to detail what we made but you can mix and match your own favorite ingredients to make countless variations.  I’m using shiitake and kelp noodles because they are very low in calories, but you can use rice noodles or any other type you like.

Ingredients :

Noodles

Fresh herbs – Mint, Basil, Cilantro, Green onion

Limes

2 Jalapeños

Edamame (cooked)

Purple cabbage

Carrots

Radishes

Cucumber

Smoked tofu

Peanut butter + Peanuts

Rice wine vinegar

Soy sauce

Hoisin sauce

Sesame oil

Directions :

Start by cooking noodles according to instruction on the packaging. While the noodles cook begin to assemble your toppings. Shell the edamame, and shred the cabbage. Finely chop the green onion, jalapeño and cilantro. If you have one, use a spiralizer to cut the carrot into thin strips. Chop the radishes and cucumber into bite sized pieces, toss together with a splash of rice wine vinegar and top with a sprinkle of cilantro. Thinly slice your tofu and cut your limes into wedges. The final step is to assemble your sauces. For the peanut sauce blend 1 cup of peanut butter, with 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, roughly chopped and seeded jalapeño pepper, and a little water depending on how thick you want the sauce. For the second sauce I combined sesame oil, with rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, and a touch of hoisin sauce to taste. When serving I put out extra sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and soy sauce to add to the noodle dishes as needed. I put everything out on the table and we spent the evening trying different flavor combinations. The best part is that because we were using shiitake and kelp noodles  as well as fresh veggie toppings, our bowls were virtually guilt free.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday brunch is my favorite weekend tradition. Whether we’re at home or traveling, Sam and I take our Sunday Funday very seriously. My favorite brunch indulgence is lemon ricotta pancakes paired with a healthy fruit smoothie. Sam loves breakfast tacos and waffles.  Together we end up with way too much food and have to invite friends to join in on our feast. Below I’ve linked a few of my favorite recipes to make for brunch.

Acai Berry Smoothies 

Ricotta Pancakes – I add lemon zest and blueberries to this recipe.

Breakfast Tacos

Homemade Waffles – The perfect recipe to use as a  jumping off point.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Sunday!

After our snowy trip to Sundance I’ve been craving a taste of summer. It’s clementine season so I picked some up from the market and made some clementine fizzes while planning our new tropical adventure.

Ingredients :

3 clementines

1 teaspoon honey

1 bottle dry white wine

1 bottle sparkling water

Makes 4

Directions :

Put a drop of honey and juice a half a clementine in each glass. Mix well until honey dissolves. Add  white wine, about 6 oz per glass, and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a clementine slice. Enjoy while pretending you’re on a sunny beach.

BEBE-12

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. Today I’m sharing a curated selection of my favorite pieces, gifts, and baubles still on sale. There’s everything from holiday dresses and cozy sweaters, to gifts for your hubby or wifey.