{Pretty Personal} ~ Rob & Caroline’s Proposal

20 Jul

I’ve known Rob for about 12 years {jeeze…we’re getting old} and he sent me an email letting me know that he was going to be visiting the USA – specifically LA – for a few days, that he was ready to pop the question, and was looking for some advice on where to do it…he […]

One Pot Paella

16 Jul

When your mom brings you back the largest jar of saffron you’ve ever seen in your life from her trip to Turkey, you’d better find a reason to use it.  Now that I’ve made this dish, using a whopping 1/8 tsp of that jar, it looks like I’m going to be eating paella for the […]

A&O Kitchen + Bar’s Grand Opening

27 Jun

I paired up again this week with Surf & Sunshine to review the grand opening of A&O Kitchen + Bar at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, CA. Quick summary:  Great food, open ambiance, water front, enough dessert to count on two hands, and healthy drinking with a cause.  Yes, please! Spoiler alert – the “Nice Rack” […]

Cinnamon Spice Grilled Pineapple

21 Jun

One of the things I’ve actively been trying to say more of is ‘yes.’  Overall, I’m pretty adventurous, but we all get stuck in a rut, be it the daily routine, what restaurants you visit, instructors you like, routes you drive…so I try to shake it up now and then, even if it’s something small […]

Chicken Pasta Primavera

19 Jun

Since springtime is upon us, I wanted to capture some of the seasonal goodness that is available either in your garden, or for us city folk, in the organic section of the produce department.  So, this week, I opted for pasta, filled and tossed with tons of veggie goodness.  The backbone of the pasta primavera, by definition, […]

{Pretty Personal} ~ Discovering the D.O. Wines of La Mancha with SurfAndSunshine

13 Jun

Wine Tasting?  Swanky Hotel?  Delicious restaurant?  No, I couldn’t find a single thing wrong with the offer I got this week from Jeana, who runs the blog SurfAndSunshine. I was flattered to be asked to do some food and wine journalism {is that really the right word for drinking at noon?} on her behalf, so […]

Tropical Granola

30 May

My work-life balance has been seriously challenged over the past 6 months, so I decided I needed to reset, and on a whim thanks to a $400 drop in flight prices, I decided to crash my parents trip to the Philippines.   When I informed my coworker, originally from Manila, who was covering for me while […]

Pretty Personal: Fancy Bowls

10 May

I know…it’s been a while…work…life…travel…and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down, but I do have some recipes in the queue ready to go when I get back from my next adventure.  Speaking of adventures, I’ll share most of that when I return or you can follow my instagram feed. But, before I hit the road, I […]

Frosted Mint Chocolate Brownies

8 Mar

There are some fun things happening around here this week.  On a personal note, the in-laws are in town, so I get to hear fun stories about my husband that he pretends to have forgotten…{ha!}.  From what I can tell, they are happy to escape the MI winter to our sunny CA weather. On the Pretty […]

Roasted Chicken Orzo Salad

21 Feb

Yet another week in Vegas for a conference, followed by a sweet wedding on Valentine’s Day, and another resulting cold from the hectic schedule.  Lucky for me, I only have one more work week in Vegas this year, but I’m looking forward to the 2 month break between now and then…as is my immunity.  Doesn’t […]