Photobombing Gorillas in Rwanda

3 Nov

There are so many amazing things I love about my life and that I am truly grateful for. At the top of that list is my health. As a dedicated yogi, I’m mindful of the strength & flexibility of my mind and body. It only takes one prick of a thorn to remember how fragile […]

Intel Education Service Corps

12 Sep

Hey Pretty Little Readers ~ Please read for a brief, but meaningful temporary topic change to the blog. Technology is a powerful tool for achieving social, economic and environmental impact. Recently – like only 5 weeks ago recently – I was selected to participate in an amazing project at work called the The Intel Education […]

Peppermint Chip Ice Cream

27 Jul

It’s been so….freakin’….hot.  I know…it’s summer, but I’m a fortunate, beach community living Southern Californian, so that means there is no humidity and that temperatures below 68F = cold and above 72F= hot.  So, when it’s in the upper 80’s and humid {what?}, the locals get a little punchy. Now, given these “extreme” weather conditions […]

Veggie Pasta in Peanut Sauce

15 May

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately.  Different spices, different vegetables, different everything really.  I was really intrigued by the documentary, Forks over Knives (click here for the trailer), and have been trying to incorporate the philosophy – a whole food, plant based diet, in to my meals…at least a few days a week. The removal […]

Sprouting Mung Beans

16 Mar

Mung beans.  I mean, when you say it out loud, they sound uninspired at best.  Definitely not something I’ve ever heard anyone say they are craving late at night.  But, if you’ve never tried them, they are actually a pretty versatile legume that can be used in everything from stews to desserts.  If you are wondering […]

Pink Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin

29 Dec

Between a broken oven – which took 8 weeks to get parts – and a gnarly triple duty work schedule, posts have been sparse, but I’ve kept the kitchen filled with aromatic goodness. As I had a 4-day weekend and a working stove, I’ve been on overdrive – prepping and freezing my grandmother’s pasta sauce […]

Cedar Plank Salmon

23 Nov

I’m always up for a good remodel event, so when I was invited to cover the El Segundo McCormick & Schmick’s unveiling party, conveniently located between my office and home, I was on board.  I’ve spent many a happy hour at McCormick & Schmick’s, so it was a real treat to get to spend some […]

Apple Cinnamon Cider Pancakes

28 Oct

My husband and I got married 4 years ago in one of California’s wine regions and as this month was our anniversary, we wanted to get out of town.  Because we’ve hit the wineries many times over the course of our 10 year stint in CA, we thought we’d be consistent in the theme with orchards….same idea, […]

Cheesy Squash Risotto

8 Oct

Even though Los Angeles generally lacks most real seasons, we’re really bucking the trend this year with the Santa Ana winds and 90+F temperatures over the past couple of weeks. Regardless of what was going on outside, I have been determined to bring at least the smell of Fall in to our home.  So do […]

What’s the Dish at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

23 Sep

I recently traveled to the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove {hotel review here!} and was fortunate enough to get some time with the Director of Food and Beverage, Paul Maddison.  And when someone really likes what they do, you can tell…and you could definitely see that in Paul. I met Paul in the Trinitas Wine Bar, stocked with […]