chicken and waffles

East LA Brunch: Bookmark These 5 Stylish Restaurants!

At about noon on Thursday, a single refrain starts echoing through my mind: “Brunch. Brunch. Brunch.” It’s all I can do not to count down the hours until Saturday morning arrives! I feel especially lucky lately because the number of delicious (and chic!) East LA brunch spots has skyrocketed recently, leaving me with a plethora […]

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modern farmhouse kitchen with subway tile and open shelving

Brass + Leather Bar Accessories by Frye + Crate & Barrel

To this day I remember my first pair of Frye boots. It was the classic Harness style, of course, and I lusted after them for months before finally pulling the trigger. And when I got them in my hot little hands, it was a love affair for the ages. Not only did they complete every […]

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hastings collective coffee carafe white and wood scandinavian coffee carafe

Modern Coffee Carafe for Brewing Cold Brew + Iced Tea!

Every once in a while I stumble upon a product that lights me up inside! I see tons of items coming across my desk every day, so something really has to make my heart race to catch my attention. And last week, that’s exactly what this modern coffee carafe from Hastings Collective did. It’s made […]

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freschetta gluten free pizza review

Freschetta Gluten Free Taste Test + Pizza Party Inspiration!

Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around pizza. In the town where I lived as a kid, there was a pizza parlor called Mama Sid’s. It was a neighborhood family hangout where the owner would do magic tricks for the kids. The pies were gooey and piled high with toppings, and the restaurant’s atmosphere […]

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how to make a beautiful fruit platter for a party

Summer Fruit Platter How-To for Long Weekend Entertaining

Can it be true? Is summer almost upon us? Here in the States, the Memorial Day long weekend starts tomorrow. And I know Canadians just enjoyed their Victoria Day holiday as well. Surely enough, the season is upon us, without us having to lift a finger! Even though 3-day weekends occur throughout the year, they […]

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roasted cauliflower vegan tacos with cilantro lime crema

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Veggie Tacos + Cilantro Lime Crema

If I could eat one type of food for the rest of my life, it would be Mexican. Aside from an ant egg gordita in Tulum, I’ve never met a south-of-the-border dish that I didn’t love! The more time I spend around Ivan and his family, the greater my appreciation for the variety of flavors […]

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sparkling spring spritz cocktail with passionfruit and thyme

Spring Spritz Cocktail with Pear and Thyme

Even though I share cocktail recipes here on the blog and on Instagram pretty regularly, I actually drink very little. We’re talking a few sips of a mimosa at brunch, once a month at the most! But there’s one category of cocktail that I cannot resist and always finish to the last drop, and that’s the […]

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sweet laurel cookbook alfajores recipe

Alfajores Cookie Recipe (Grain Free) with No-Refined-Sugar Caramel

Baking is one of my longest standing hobbies. My parents have a photo of me covered head-to-toe in bread dough, baking with my dad when I was two! And while I’ll always have a soft spot for  ooey-goey traditional sweets, I love having a roster of healthy baking recipes in my back pocket too. (Case […]

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Ultimate Easy Risotto with Shallot and Creme Fraiche

I’m writing this post from Chicago, where I’m spending the next few days for a housewares trade show. The moment I stepped off the plane I was hit with an icy blast of air reminding me that LA sunshine aside, most of the country is very much still in the grip of winter! It seems […]

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avocado chocolate mousse

Valentine’s Day Dessert: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

What’s your take on Valentine’s Day? When I was a kid, it was second only to Christmas in my book. I adored everything about it, from the pink-and-red color scheme to the crafts with heart stickers and lace doilies, and from the chalky candy hearts to the classroom parties with cupcakes and homemade mailboxes. These […]

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Seasonal Winter Fennel Salad with Pear + Ricotta

Every January I find my curiosity in the kitchen reinvigorated. The start of a new year feels like a natural time to test out recipes and find interesting ways to prepare old favorites. Lately I’ve been experimenting with fresh takes on seasonal winter veggies, with fennel being one of my frequent go-to’s because it’s versatile, […]

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Sopa de Lima Recipe: A Light + Warming Winter Soup

If I had to choose one category of food to live on for the rest of my life, it would definitely be soup. I’ve already eaten it three times this week, and it’s only Thursday! I especially crave it after the holidays, since it’s a warming comforting winter meal that also packs a major punch […]

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