Winter Warmth

faux fur

Are you feeling the chill?  I've been keeping myself warm lately with some faux fur.  Luxuriously delicious, these coats stand up to the gustiest of winds.  I prefer faux because no animals were harmed in making these, they are just as warm as the real deal, and they are cost effective.  All of these are $220 or under!

1. Michael Kors cheetah chubby coat, $175 $122
2. Topshop Faux fur panel coat, $220
3. Topshop Stripe fur capelet, $90
4. Topshop Long faux fur coat, $175
5. Foley+Corinna a-line coat, $196
6. Buckle Faux fur collar coat, $123

Cali Love

I'm back in Cali and I've missed the warm sun so much!  Though I miss the east coast immensely, I missed the sunny skies even more.

Since I've been back I was featured on Honey and Limes!  My good friend Sarah Yoo blogs about simple, hearty recipes and shares some beautiful photos on her blog.  This week she features an interview with Yours Truly :)  I share with her some of my favorite spots from my recent stay in NYC and my inspiration for blogging as we brunched across the glorious Pacific Ocean.  Thanks again for featuring me on your blog Sarah! 

Crème brûlée French Toast {$14}
Classic Eggs Benedict {$12}
Whoa! it was windy and I wasn't trying to smuggle a stuffed animal under my skirt.
Claire's at the Museum
at the Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E Ocean Blvd

Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 439-2119

Honey and Limes

Claire's at the Museum on Urbanspoon


One of the best treats to my weekends is a local artisan food and flea market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called Smorgasburg.  It is right off the waterfront and has a stunning view of NYC.  They occur on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm.  Although the best time to get there is early because lines can get pretty long and if you go in the late afternoon vendors may sell out or start to pack up early.

Let me take you on my Smorgasburg tour.  Some vendors change weekly and some are residents.  Either way, you'll find one that is sure to tickle your taste buds and satisfy your tummy.

Fried anchovies (with the head on cause that's the way I like it!) {$6}- Bonchovie
Mighty Quinn's BBQ's beef brisket with pickled onions {$9}
Loroco (an edible flower) and chicharron (fried pig rinds) pupusa platter {$7} - Solber Pupusas

Porchetta sandwich with yummy rosemary pork inside a ciabatta roll {$6} and spicy dan dan noodles from Noodle Lane {$5}

Mini pumpkin cupcake with lavender frosting {$1.50} - Kumquat Cupcakery
Blood orange doughnut with candied orange peels from Dough {$3}
After grabbing your eats you can sit at the adjacent park and enjoy the view of NYC.
My top 3 choices are 1) Dough.  I am a doughnut fiend.  I love the fluffiness of their doughnuts and their flavors are so intensely addicting.  2) Bonchovie.  If you don't like anchovies you should definitely try these! No, seriously.  They are lightly breaded, fried and then served with a smoked paprika aioli.  3) Mighty Quinn's BBQ.  I couldn't find a website for them so this may be the only place to find them.  That explains their long line.  The sandwiches are packed with sweet, smoky, tangy meat and the bun soaks up every bit of those juices.  Yum.

November 19 and 20 (uhm this weekend...) is the last day they will have the venue outdoors.  The sun will be out tomorrow so stop by, check it out, and take in the views.  You'll be happy you did.

Brooklyn Flea and Food Market
East River Waterfront
Kent Ave. b/w N. 6th and N. 7th St.
Bedford Stop (L train)

P.S. I'll be back in LA before the holidays =)


I think New York has an obsession with brunch.  Everyone and their mom brunches.  I mean, why not? I think LA should brunch more often.  It's a great way to reminisce over last night's events (if you can...) and continue the party with some Bloody Marys and mimosas.  I take everyone that's visited me during my stay in NY to a local brunch spot.

Since being here I've come across several brunch spots but Egg in Williamsburg is by far one of my favorites.  They source locally and create honest food. One bite and you can taste the difference from the first sip of their rich coffee to the last bite of candied bacon.
Kimchi and Blue embroidered dress, boutiqued sunglasses, F21 knitted cardigan, Liebeskind bag, Michael Kors watch, bangle from Thailand, Necessary Clothing boots.
homemade buttermilk biscuits with a mushroom gravy. {$10}
Eggs Rothko: egg inside a slice of brioche topped with Grafton cheddar and a side of broiled tomatoes and candied bacon. {$9.50}
Organic Grits and Eggs with a side of kale. {$9}
Country Ham Biscuit: homemade biscuit spread with fig jam and locally farmed ham.  Served with a side of grits. {$9}
After brunch my sister and my friend Abs walked around the West Village and came across the Friends building (btw, Friends is my all time favorite sitcom) and Carrie's stoop from Sex and the City (my second all time favorite sitcom).  Do they look familiar?

135 N 5th St
Brooklyn, New York 11211
(718) 302-5151

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Organize: Kitchen

I have been dreaming about organizing my kitchen, and my life, but let's start with the kitchen. I have been collecting ideas to get started. What I love about all these ideas is that they are very easy to execute and don't cost much, and by much I mean having to renovate your kitchen.
Open shelving is so gorgeous when organized properly.  Especially when there is an ongoing color and texture.  Here they use white, brown, wicker, and stick to ivory plates and clear glassware.

 Hang up your spice rack to increase countertop space! These are perfect because you can see through them, measure with ease, and they have a magnet on the back of them for easy storing.  You can purchase a similar version here.

Unexpectedly, this works.  Instead of clanging around in your cupboards, keep your cutting boards and sheet pans organized using an office file organizer.

Ever wonder what that thing is in the back of your freezer?  It's probably been there since you moved in.  Visit the Martha Stuart website and print these labels out on a sticky-back.  It's a quick way to keep track of what needs to go and what can stay.  I swear, that lady thinks of everything.

Sources:, IKEA,,

Nobu Lunch

Black cod with miso
Sashimi salad
Assorted sushi
Arctic char with crispy baby spinach
Japanese style tiramisu
I have been trying to catch up with all the things I have been wanting to share with you guys lately.  Especially these photos from Nobu but I never came around to it.  Hopefully you'll forgive me :)  Luckily, I think this is one of those posts where the pictures speak for themselves. 

105 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-0500

Nobu on Urbanspoon

Battle of the Cheesesteaks

When I went to Philly a couple weeks ago with my friend Abs you know what was the first thing on our minds.  Yep, you got it.  Cheesesteak.  However, when we were trying to make our way there we missed our first bus and our second bus broke down.  It seemed like the cheesesteak gods didn't want us to partake in this greasy, cheesy, meaty goodness.  Luckily our third bus turned out to be our cheesesteak angel.

After we got all our sight seeing out of the way and built up hunger we went to the two most famous cheeseteak operations.  After a few tweets from friends and followers we were recommended to the famous cheesteak rivalry, Pat's vs. Geno's.  These two establishments are right across the street from each other and have had this history for years.  Naturally, we had to get a cheesesteak from each and compare. 

Ordering cheesesteaks, we found, was another language.  "Yo! Whiz wit." means, "I'll have a cheesesteak with Cheese Whiz and onions please!"  So we ordered one whiz, one prov (provolone), and both wit (onions).
Geno's with onions and Cheese Whiz
Pat's with provolone and onions
Overall, both sandwiches were delicious and really hit the spot.  There's nothing like meat and cheese in between a warm roll that's really comforting.  Geno's steak is sliced thicker and Pat's is chopped up and sliced thinner.  Geno's has a slight crunch to their onions and Pat's is cooked down more.  In the end, I can't make a final decision as to whose is better because I've only tried them once but if I had to choose which one I like after that initial trial I would choose Geno's because I like the slight crunch of the onions and somehow I think their bread was slightly softer.  However, I think that being across the street from each other doesn't necessarily hurt their business but makes it better because people flock to these establishments to see what the competition is all about.

Geno's Steaks
1219 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 389- 0659

Pat's King of Steaks
1237 East Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 339-9872

Pat's King of Steaks on Urbanspoon
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