It's an unspoken rule among us Californians that, when in Palm Springs, a date shake is a must. Tons of dates are grown in the desert so someone sometime got the genius idea of swirling dates and spices into a vanilla milkshake and the rest is history. But, let's be real, drinking a date shake on the regular is not a good habit and doesn't mix well with trying to hang out poolside so I came up with this Cinnamon Walnut Date Shake Smoothie.
This recipe is the opposite of ambitious — it's not lazy or uninspired, it's just resourcefulness at its best. This Cilantro Chile Lime Chicken came about because I wanted a super simple, quick-ish way to roast a whole chicken with flavors that could go with all my favorite foods.
Consider this like the Little Black Dress of salads -- it works in any occasion from a formal dinner party to a light lunch. This wild rice salad came from very humble beginnings (aka me cleaning out the fridge) and then I started sharing it with everyone around me: first for a casual lunch with ...
Aida’s been away for a while now, and let me be the first to say, she’s certainly been missed around these parts! I know she’s been having a wanderlust-worthy journey (have you seen her Instagram photos lately?!) but, if she's like me, then it’s usually around the 2-week mark of a vacation that you start to feel a little homesick, you know? So I thought I’d plan a little surprise for her – my favorite pins this week are all about Aida’s favorite place in the whole world: her home state of California.
My best friend is about to marry a drummer for an up-and-coming SF-based indie band, Geographer. We joke that she finally gets to live out our angst-y teenage daydream of being band aids, attending shows, and tossing about cheesy phrases like, "I'm with the band."
After a recent girls weekend driving up California Highway 1 that was filled with car trouble, storytelling, and a few late nights, I wanted something to toast our memories. Something refreshing and a tad sweet – aka the equal-opportunity hard lemonade – so I came up with this Lillet Lemonade Cocktail.
Avocado toast certainly isn't anything new and there are as many versions as there are avocado varieties. But that doesn't mean it gets any less delicious each time you make it. I like texture of crisp toast with mashed avocados, spicy greens, and perfectly soft boiled eggs, but make it your own and mix it up as you please.
This cocktai is a total wild card, which is all the more reason you should try it out. Tamarind is one of those flavors I use for Thai food or vinaigrettes but almost never in cocktails. I combined it with some pear juice, and Prosecco, for a drink that's a total wild card but also a total winner.
It was one of those rare L.A. moments when the streets were empty as if everyone had overslept or just plain skipped town. It helped that I was racing through downtown L.A.’s Warehouse District, which is all but abandoned during the weekends -- or so I thought. As I headed down Central Avenue tow...
Say hello to this meatless spaghetti and “meatballs” dish, made with spaghetti squash and quinoa. I know, all my Italian relatives are slapping me silly from an ocean away. But, really, they shouldn’t knock it ’til they’ve tried it.