A Few Stops in Los Angeles

A Few Stops in Los Angeles

Over Memorial Day weekend, we had less than 24 hours in LA, but it was enough to find a few places that I loved. From seasonally-inspired small plates in Beverly Hills to an address forever marked in pop culture history, here are a few stops I’d recommend:

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Gramma’s Banana Bread with Pecans

Banana bread was one of my very favorite snacks as a child–preferably straight out of the oven with a slathering of cream cheese. I actually thought it was my mom’s recipe until I received a box of recipes as a wedding gift from her mom, my Gramma Tina.

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The Things You Don’t Anticipate

Today marks four weeks since we lost my mother-in-law, Penny. She took her last breath at home–surrounded by her family–nearly two years after being diagnosed with stage IV, non-smokers lung cancer.

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Morningside Kitchen’s Autumn Sangria

I had the pleasure of attending Morningside Kitchen’s “Farm to Bar” cocktail class a few weeks ago with my friend Carly. Obviously I was excited that the class centered around seasonal ingredients, and I was eager to learn some new tricks for mixing drinks. One of my favorites from the night was the Morningside Autumn Sangria, which they are currently serving in the restaurant.

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Build Your Own Grain Bowls

Apparently “grain bowls” are a thing these days, but they’ve long been a part of my work-from-home-lunch repertoire. It’s a good excuse to throw a bunch of leftovers in a bowl together and call it a meal. You can mix and match, eat it hot or cold, and you don’t need a recipe.

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Quit Apologizing to Your Guests

A couple weeks ago, I went over to a friend’s house to have lunch with her and two other girlfriends. As she prepared our lunch, she jokingly told me to close my eyes as she pulled a bagged salad kit out of the fridge. She apologized for it not being made from scratch; the other girls asked in jest if I was going to take pictures of our lunch for my blog. Obviously they were making light of the fact that they didn’t (or wouldn’t) prepare lunch the same way that I would.

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Camogli Travel Guide

The brightly painted town of Camogli (pronounced CAH-mol-yee) is nestled into the hillside of the Italian Riviera between Genoa and Cinque Terre, on the edge of the Portofino peninsula. This fishing village-turned-vacation-town is not super well known among American travelers and is mostly filled with tourists from Italy and neighboring countries.

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Corn + Parmesan Broth

When you cut the kernels off of a corn cob (like maybe for this summer shrimp pasta), what do you do with the cobs? Most likely you throw them away, or perhaps you’re a good citizen and compost them. But either way, it’s a shame to toss them because they still hold a ton of flavor!

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Summer Shrimp Pasta with Corn + Capers

This has been a summer of pasta dinners for us, especially after our trip to Italy in early July. I love burst tomato sauces because they’re quick, easy, and much fresher than a can of sauce. My favorite tomatoes are sungold cherry tomatoes because they’re so sweet and flavorful, though any variety of cherry or grape tomatoes work well with this recipe. The sweet tomatoes, corn, and shrimp are balanced by salty capers and cheese and lots of fresh mint.

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