July 23, 2014

Cafe Verona

I don't know about you but after a long night on the town, there's not much more I 
enjoy the next morning then some serious good food. 

We headed out to Hollywood to indulge in some recovery food at Cafe Verona. After, 
we caught a play and even had a celeb spotting (in typical Hollywood fashion of course).

After being up until the wee hours of the morning Saturday night, the first thing that 
was necessary was coffee. And not just a cup of Starbucks but some real, authentic,
strong coffee. You know it's good when you're mind starts racing and you feel all 
jittery only a few sips in.

The frittata was good but there wasn't nearly enough meat or turkey sausage. It was 
like a sexy frittata-no meat and pretty to look at.

At Cafe Verona, they serve all frittatas with a side of sweet potato mash. It's light and
filling. Although an interesting choice for a side.

But seriously cheesy!


On the way to see the play, we saw about a hundred screaming girls clamoring
outside of a hotel. Only to see Justin Bieber, Canada's most wanted (loved? hated? 
not sure) emerge and wave to the adoring crowd below. For a second, I found 
myself trying to catch a glimpse of the little guy as well before realizing, that it was 
only, well, Justin Bieber, who floods the news to a ridiculous point already. Now if
it was Michael Fassbender, we'd have a completely different story here!

What's everyone up to this weekend? I've got a few interesting things in the works...

July 17, 2014

Fizzy Blackberry Lemonade

Last year when I vacationing in London, me and my best friends dined at this
perfect little restaurant by Buckingham Palace. Once there, we met Donald, a
wonderful little Irish professor who was passing through London by way of a
layover and had headed straight to the bar (I like a man with hard goals).

He told us story after story of his life. He also slathered us up with the "bramble",
the most refreshing blackberry cocktail I've ever had, while he regaled us with his

Somewhere along the night, and after about four brambles, Donald (who was
quite buzzed at this point) left us to continue his night in London. None of us
are really sure what happened to Donald. I'd like to think he caught his plane
and is happily sipping on a bramble somewhere.

I don't know if I could perfectly recreate the Bramble, so I went for this drink,
which is slightly more refreshing and not quite as dangerous.

So here goes! Just don't enjoy these between layover's or else you might make
the traveler's mistake Donald made!

Here's your cast of characters

1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce gin (optional)
1 ounce simple syrup
dash of bitters
dash of creme de cassis
handful of blackberries
club soda

Makes about 2 drinks

1. Pour lemon juice, gin and simple syrup in to a cocktail mixer. Add ice.
2. Shake heavily and pour over ice.
3. Add a dash of creme de cassis and bitters
4. Top with lots of club soda
5. Toss in a handful of blackberries

Not too difficult right?

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July 9, 2014

Lemony Broccoli Rigatoni

First off, my bad for being noticeably absent these past two months. Things got super
busy for a while (boy things *cough) but it looks like they'll be calming down a bit.
And on one of my first free lazy afternoons of the summer, I decided to whip up this
wonderful thing of a recipe from an old cookbook of mine. And yes, there's some people 
out there who use cookbooks still.

And lucky for you, the recipe is also online and can be found here!

It's surprisingly easy and super flavorful with tons of garlic and parmesan cheese.

Which means plenty of wonderful make out breath for after!

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On a side note, frozen mangoes in water is quickly becoming my new favorite thing!

Bon appetit mon amies!

! Skimlinks Test