Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto. You can interpret the lyrics of this old song as literally or figuratively as you like, but today, we’ll go with the latter. What makes guacamole guacamole?
If you’re a resident of Los Angeles, you probably know the LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) from the utility bill that comes in your mail. But you might not know about a couple of neat tools that the LADWP provides - absolutely free!
Financial planning is more than just a good idea. Research has consistently shown that people who have financial plans -- and who work with financial advisors -- save and invest far more and are nearly twice aslikely to feel on track or ahead of schedule in preparing for major financial goals, such as retirement.1
Last weekend Louis Vuitton revealed its new look at the Rodeo Drive Flagship store…although I didn’t get a chance to make the drive to Beverly Hills, I found some great photos that show how amazing the store looks.
A few years ago, a good friend of mine was a volunteer at Make A Wish. She was given the task of doing a room makeover for a lovely teen girl here in LA. Unfortunately, she didn’t know where to start. My phone rang late one night asking for my help. Without any hesitation, I jumped at the chance to help my friend create a new bedroom for the more than deserving teen.
Sometimes that alarm can go off pretty early for some of us, and if you're like me, you don't exactly spring out of bed yelling; "I can't wait to sieze the day".
Have you ever had something at top of mind, or at least in your list of to do’s, and for some reason, it just never gets done? That’s what happened during most of January. In December, we filled a friend’s birthday cake with a caramelized pineapple and ginger sabayon that was inspired by two previous successful sabayon flavors. If you’re not familiar with sabayon, don’t think we’ve gone all fancy on you.You too can pull together a sabayon. If you do it in a timely fashion, maybe you will make it to the party with dessert in hand.
The biggest challenge in dating today is that people expect to find their version of perfection…or at least someone who totally fulfills their ‘list of requirements’. We’re a culture who likes to check, check, check things off our list. The problem is, that’s all backwards. Of course you need to make sure that you’re meeting people within your range of fundamental priorities. But at the end of the day, it boils down to the feeling, not the list. When you feel that indescribably delicious chemistry with someone, I guarantee you’re not going to care about those extra pounds / the color of her hair / his height / her degree / his job, etc.. You’re NOT. You’re going to be so happy that you finally connected with your person that you will just deal with the pieces that aren’t a perfect fit.
Calling all moviestar pets and stage moms and dads! Have you always felt your pet was perfect for the big screen? Does your dog, cat, parrot, goldfish steal the spotlight at every chance? Or have you just simply always wanted to be a stage-parent? You’ve come to the right place. Below are some first steps you can take in getting your pet into the spotlight. Break a leg!
I thought I should mixed it up a little and try to share a trend that many of us forget to appreciate. If you’re planning to have a bad hair day and desperatly need something to keep you stylish, try wearing a hat. The biggest trends are wide-rimmed fedoras, embellished hats, and animal inspired hats. You won’t be disappointed and can find them everywhere in the malls.
The kitchen is a place where we create meals to sustain us and help us grow, but it’s also one of the areas of our lives that creates a lot of waste. Plastic wrap, plastic bags, and plastic bottles are all over our kitchen, and while it would be nearly impossible to eliminate it all, there’s a lot we can do to reduce. With a few of these handy tools, you can cut out some of the waste you produce on a daily basis in the kitchen without another thought.
It was time to try another recipe from the blogosphere. This time, it would be potatoes. A large number of food bloggers are aware of the number one place to go for unique variations of the typical tuber, and that would be the home of The Daily Spud. She’s an Irish lass who can wax poetic about the potato. And wine, cheese, Irish traditions and amazing desserts. When she first featured this runny egg laced over a fluffy baked potato, it got a lot of well deserved attention. With a couple of potatoes on hand and a few interesting ingredients in the fridge, it was time to give it a try.
Just hearing and saying the word Marsala evokes a sense of warmth, comfort and family. Smells of Sunday dinners with a table full of pastas fills the air with family and friends.
Happy Holidays everybody! I've asked a few of my local clients and friends to submit to me their best simple, fun and easy healthy holiday recipes for deserts and goodies. So here's your chance to enjoy something delicious treats and not pack the average 7.5 pounds on over the Holiday Season this year. Enjoy!
Leslie's Santa's Holiday-Healthy Reindeer Crisp Mix
3 cups popcorn (air-popped, no butter)
3 cups healthy corn or rice cereal
2 cups pretzel bits (low or no salt)
0.5 cup unsalted roasted almonds
0.5 cup dark chocolate-coated acai berries and/or blueberries
0.5 cup dried cranberries
0.5 cup dried mixed fruits
* Gently combine all ingredients in large bowl.
* Adapt proportions to taste.
* Serve Santa's Holiday-Healthy Reindeer Crisp Mix in the large bowl at holiday party, and/or divide into sandwich bags for kids' holiday party snacks, lunch box snacks, etc.
Leslie is a Los Angeles based indie author www.leslielemonauthor.com with books including "The Disneyland Book of Secrets" and "Cat, Dog, Pig and Owl".
Annie’s Winter Compote
This compote can be used as a topping over frozen or regular non-fat yogurt, as a wonderful side dish for your holiday meal or just by itself as a delicious and healthy snack. This recipe makes enough for 2 servings. If you want more just double!
1 apple (any kind will do)
1 pear (any kind will do)
Handful of raisins (optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 Cinnamon stick
Chopped pecans (optional)
Core, peel and chop apple, pear and raisins. Place fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon stick in a 1 quart pot with enough water to barely cover fruit. Cook on a small flame until fruit is soft, maybe 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon stick and transfer to bowl and mash lightly with a fork, adding sprinkles of nutmeg and ginger to taste. Sprinkle a few nuts and enjoy! Can be eaten warm or cold.
Annie runs a vintage store in the Sherman Oaks Antique Mall called "Baby Dix" in Space 125 – special holiday sale through January!
Kara's Vegan Apple & Persimmon Crisp
· 3 heaping c ups of tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
· 2 heaping cups of persimmon thinly sliced
· 1/2 cup sugar or 1/3 cup agave
· 1 cup water
· 2 Tbsp cornstarch
· 1 Tbsp cinnamon
· ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
· ⅛ tsp ground cloves
· 1 cup flour
· ¾ c quick oats
· ½ cup brown sugar or 2 Tbsp maple syrup
· ½ cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread http://earthbalancenatural.com/product/original-buttery-spread/
1. Spread apples in an ungreased 9×13″ pan.
2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, water and cornstarch, stirring constantly until thickened and semi-translucent.
3. Pour mixture over apples.
4. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
5. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, and brown sugar. If you use maple syrup, you will need to slightly increase the amount of flour.
6. Mix in the Earth Balance until mixture is crumbly- I use my hands for this part!
7. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over apples.
8. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is golden.
Kara and her husband David run Twisted Bread, featuring fresh, homemade vegan Challah in Los Angeles. http://gettwistedbread.com/
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* Peru Adventure Trip with Machu Picchu Hike April 16-24, 2015
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Check out this list of top nine gifts you can get for your four-legged loved ones! For many people, pets are like family, so how could we forget to wrap up something nice for them under the tree? Sure, they may have a different way of unwrapping gifts than we do, but they’ll enjoy their gifts just as much!
This is a time for cooking and baking, which has long been a sign of care and nurturing amongst communities. Cookies, pies, cakes. Many of our sweet treats feature fats and oils that do not benefit our health or waistlines. One way to amend that fact is my switching from butter and nonnutritive oils is by switching to olive oil. If you’ve never baked with olive oil, this is the season to try it.
Fashion inspiration comes from a variety of places. Most of mine come from fashion news magazines, people watching, celebrities and news feeds. However, there are a few movies that either deal with fashion directly or have killer wardrobes that are incredible sources of inspiration. Actresses instantly become not just the star of the movie but they become fashion icons.
With the holidays just around the corner, there are so many things to check off our lists that it’s easy to go for convenience over greenness. With this handy Green Gift Guide, you can put the Earth at the top of the list, while finding something wonderful for everyone!
I recently worked with a repeat client to completely change the look and style of her kitchen. What was once a very outdated kitchen of the 70’s became a space that reflects not only the sign of the times, but beyond. Maple cabinets, white appliances paired with a tile floor and counters are no longer.
Recently I’ve received feedback from three female clients who all shared the same complaint about their first dates: he talked non-stop. All three ladies were annoyed and reluctant to give the respective gentleman a second date. One woman said “I was so bored and unnerved, I just wanted to leave”. The other was a little more amused: “He asked me ONE question the entire night!!!” The third was very disappointed because she liked him initially and interpreted his two hour monologue as a sign of his disinterest.
Parties, parties, parties. This is the season for parties–parties at your home, parties with friends, family members, work colleagues. When December rolls along, the entire month is packed with celebrations for the holidays. Sometimes, your only responsibility is to show up and enjoy. Other times, you find yourself either tasked with something to bring or heading up the festivities. Look no further because this dip is the answer to your party prayers. It is warm, gooey and full of flavor thanks to lots of blue cheese. It doesn’t take much to put it together, which means you can quickly assemble and enjoy.
It’s time to get geared up for fall fun now that the weather is starting to cool down and the heat waves are becoming less frequent. Sometimes it’s not easy being green and saving your green, and no one wants to sacrifice fun for eco-friendliness or to save a dollar. But there are plenty of ways to pass the autumn days that cause little to no impact on your planet or your wallet! Here are a few ideas for low-impact, low-cost fall fun to get you started!
We all know gyms and fitness centers are havens for germs. Norovirus, which causes stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, can survive for up to 30 days on exercise equipment. Foot infection fungi are just waiting for you in the showers, and microbes like MRSA that can lead to skin infections are lurking all over the locker room for you.
#BREAKTHEINTERNET - PET CONTEST-STYLE!
We’ve all seen the recent hashtag #BreakTheInternet following the surfacing of Kim Kardashian’s new photos. We also are familiar with the many...many viral videos, memes and photos that stream the internet of our four-legged loved ones. Here’s a way to partake in the fun with your pet (since she or he IS THE CUTEST, after all)! Let’s “break” the NoHo internet! There are tons of cute ideas and contests for you and your pet, check out the list below and have some fun! Does your cat talk? Does your dog dance? Or are they just absolutely darling? Show us! Use hashtag #BreakTheInternetNoho so that I can share the cuteness!
When Cholula offered to send a sampler four-pack of their signature hot sauces, accepting the package was an easy decision. Flavorful hot sauces have always been of interest, especially ones that have the potential to elevate a recipe. We come from an interesting world of spice. Growing up in the South means Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crystal and Tabasco. It wasn’t until the move to California that we came across brands like Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, Tapatio and, of course, Cholula Hot Sauce.
It’s not news that California is experiencing a drought. Although the rate of water conservation has increased over the past year, there is still a long way to go in these dry times. While no one can singlehandedly relieve the drought on the individual level, there are small initiatives you can all set in motion right at home that require little to no effort on a daily basis.
Most of us know that the first jean was designed in the late 1870s by Leob Strauss, also known as Levi. The main purpose of the denim was to provide a durable and sturdy garment to the working men but denim has come a long way since. Denim has gone through many phases and styles but the distressed denim emerged from the cultural punk movement in the 1970s.
Recently I sat down with a potential client. Let’s call him Joe. He walked towards me with confidence and warmth. I was immediately smitten. I tend to “fall in love” with my clients. Joe was in his early 50’s, “good-looking enough”, wildly successful in the medical field and charismatic. He spent the majority of time talking about his journey into self-discovery, studying eastern religions and how important it was to give back. He wanted to meet someone who was like-minded and self-aware with a degree of warmth and authenticity.
With the weather cooling down a bit here in SoCal in our "winter" months, it's usually terrific hiking weather. So start planning some day hikes and really enjoy the sights and sounds and the scenery that outdoors and nature has to offer.
Howl-o-ween is almost here! Now that your furry loved ones are ready to prance in their spiffy pet costumes, read up on these safety tips to cover all the bases on this year’s Halloween, which lands on a busy Friday night. Keep these tips in mind as you frequent the town or have the party come to you.
No Halloween Candy!
I love this space. It reminds me of an apartment I did years ago. It was a small studio apartment and I really needed to be creative with the space planning. This space is very bright and cheerful. Plenty of lighting is key to make this space function well. With tons of storage space, it allows both areas to be set up for multi-use.
Some people adore pumpkin. Some of us do not. It is one of Amir’s favorites, but the other half of this Duo has never been that impressed. Until recently. Pumpkin is everywhere right now, which is exciting for many people. Wasn’t it just last year that the canned pumpkin purée shortage wreaked havoc upon the nation’s bakers? It was also last year that we went all out and cooked up an all-pumpkin dinner party.