November 16, 2014

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

It was admittedly, at my mother's behest that I think of a Thanksgiving side dish for
this year's festivities. My natural inclination was to say no and return to bed and
Netflix my way through the day.

But then I got hungry and saw that we had an unnatural assortment of ingredients,
ripe for preparing the perfect and probably best brussels sprouts side dish you'll
ever have!

So get ready.

5 Slices of Bacon
1 Pound of Brussels Sprouts
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar
Black Pepper
Sea Salt

I have a very Ron Swanson attitude towards bacon. In that, it should be added to
most things and is really just nature's flavoring. "Give me all the bacon", please.
PETA would probably be very disappointed in me.
Certainly never hurt a few vegetables.

1. Fry up slices of bacon in pan. Set aside and pat dry.
2. Put brussels sprouts in bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of the
bacon fat left over from the pan. Add the parmesan cheese and stir together.
3. Put foil on a pan and spread out the brussels sprouts mixture and pop in to the
oven for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
4. Cut up the bacon slices in to pieces in the mean time.
5. Once the brussels sprouts are done cooking, add the bacon and stir together.
6. Add a couple of splashes of balsamic vinegar, another dash of salt and a few
pinches of parmesan cheese. Toss, so everything is well mixed together.
7. Enjoy!

Lady Sybille was rather unamused for this whole process, instead, giving me this look
the whole time and anxiously waiting for a strip of bacon to find it's way to the floor.

But we can't all be winners here!

November 10, 2014

Venice, California

I love Venice. I really do. I love the smell of patchouli that drifts in the air. I love all
the beach side stands. And I especially love all the perfect little shops and relaxing
 restaurants. In desperate need of a mini-getaway, we jumped in the car and headed
west towards the ocean!

Making sure to stop for food and nourishment at C&O Trattoria, where there's nothing
 but decent proper Italian food, covered with real, fresh parmesan.

And the real star of this whole meal is the garlic knots. The waiter's come round to all
the tables with a hot, piping fresh platter of crisp, buttery, garlic knots and load them
up to your plate whenever you look like you're starting to run out. It's the closest thing
to magic, for a foodie.

You've got to give it a good proper swirl!

           Shirt- Similar                                Boots- Similar

Fully loaded with garlic knots and just the right amount of pasta from C&O Trattoria,
we took a stroll around Abbot Kinney, stopping in all the stores, resisting the urge to
not buy anything. (We failed)

The picture from the bottom right, was a store that reminded me a little of one of the
shops from Harry Potter. A mish mash of weird furniture and random nick nacks strung
across the wall and ceiling. No? Just me? You must be a muggle then, if you can't see it!

A photo posted by Kylie Ladd (@kyladd) on

Must we get back to real life after days like these? Venice, you have my heart.

C&O Trattoria-

November 6, 2014

R+D Kitchen

The weeks have been getting so busy, I think I need a day between Sunday and
Monday to really get everything done! Slash, I'm kind of freaking out that's it's
almost the end of the year and just about that time for New Year's resolutions,
end of the year plans, etc.

It was nice to sit down and enjoy a quick but delicious meal at R+D Kitchen in
Newport Beach. The fare is simple yet classy and slightly more upscale. The 
restaurant has a sleek interior with plenty of open windows to people watch.

We opted for the deviled eggs first which were loaded with pepper and plenty of
celery to give them a little extra crunch.

Next up was the omelette which had the perfect amount of creme fraiche and
toppings loaded in to it, managing that perfect balance of egg and other ingredients.
Paired with a light kale salad.

And finished off with the pot-de-creme which was absolutely delectable. Hints of mint
and cocoa shavings on top of the whip cream left my mouth completely watering. But
I'm also something of a verified chocoholic. If you're going to have any addiction, it
might as well be to chocolate...

More adventures coming up this weekend!

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