Saturday, November 2, 2013

Pub Style Burger-The Luxury of Beef


Cooking began for me as a 10-year old starved for sweets. My mother who is a wonderful cook at home and headed a restaurant for over 30 years on Palo Alto, California never purchased sweets from the grocery store nor can I say she was a very good baker, sorry Mom. It all began when I rode my bike to the grocery store, bought the necessary ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies, and let me say they were scrumptious because they were made with passion. Life is short, why would you ever eat bad food? Tonight I made my first ever gourmet Pub-Style beef burger by grinding my own burger meat. So thrilled at the tasty outcome I had to jump onto my laptop to share the details of my experience.

I own a KitchenAid stand mixer and had a five year curiosity to purchase the meat grinder attachment, but not until I saw an episode of 'Cook's Country Test Kitchen' on the proper meat grinding technique did I dive in to make my $50.00 purchase of the KitchenAid grinder attachment

Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekend In Los Angeles


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend three days in Los Angeles. My husband had scheduled a business meeting for a Friday and asked if I would like to make a long weekend out of it? Sure, why not. As a SF Bay Area girl born and raised I had some doubts as to how enjoyable a trip this would become. Los Angeles is surrounded by many cliches regarding its people and lifestyle, I know you've heard them all: silicone-laden, phoney, trendy, drugs, fashion desert, etc. I have to admit with a little shame in my prior beliefs that my weekend was completely enjoyable. So inspired was I in the retelling of my weekend stories that two co-workers and one cashier at my local market have penciled in some of the details of my trip to discover on their own.

It begins with a vibrant boutique hotel 'Shade' in Manhattan Beach (click video)  5 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 3 blocks from the beach. Only 38 well appointed rooms with Cyclone fireplace, spa bathtub for two under ever-changing colored lights, lounge in the sun  on their Skydeck with large Jacuzzi  complimentary wi-fi, seasonally fresh breakfast and bicycles to ride around the village for the day. Saturday night we visited their Zinc bar for a before dinner cocktail. My martini was served in a glass made of ice, refreshing does not begin to describe the unique experience on my lips.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Fashion Highlights Spring-Summer 2013


It is almost the budding of Spring and another fashion season. Here are the the main highlights of what you should be wearing this season, or at very least an education enough to be conversational.

Hairstyles-

Braids for warmer months is an obvious choice, this season roll them up to create a textured bun, or weave back and forth like a southern garden trellis, add a few fresh flowers and voila a Garden of Eden and very youth making.




Shoes-
Wedges have been coming up through the ranks that past two seasons and this season they are practically a requirement. Wedges are no longer limited to hemp braided espadrilles anymore, a world of designs and interpretations are represented as closed clog, traditional English tassels, open toe sandals, ankle straps, funky and heel-less. Super-Pointy pumps with a metal toe caps have also been seen kicking it up..don't get her mad, you could really get injured.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Food, Eating and Xtreme Eating-


I am becoming more self aware of what foods I eat. I choose to eat healthier. I do not have a weight problem, never have. I do enjoy the occasional drive-through for a quick fast-food fix but today I look at my parents in their 80's which prompted me to consider my life and a wish to be  lucky enough to live that long untethered by debilitating old age; complaining about pain in my everyday conversations, a collection of prescription bottles on my night stand and kitchen cupboard, limited mobility, etc. I want to give my mind and body every chance to live my twilight years travelling and visiting friends and family, without an oxygen suitcase on rollers or a chaperon to simply walk me to the loo.

Big city living is not conducive to healthy food shopping. In the inner cities residents living within the confines of public transportation only have daily access to "neighborhood corner markets". This is a euphemism all too often for a liquor store with a few apples and lemons sold out of a box shoved in the corner.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

'Cause Baby It's Cold Outside



Last weekend we spent a few days in Las Vegas to visit friends, eat, drink, and drive to the Grand Canyon to see the Skywalk (click). The weather took a turn for the worst when we initially made our plans and the Arctic frigid air swooped in, even our friends spa fountain froze over. Now it was a matter of gathering up the warmest clothes, shoes and accessories in my collection of goodies I own. I stand 5 feet 8 inches in bare feet and 110 pounds dripping wet so I do not carry my own insulation against such brutal weather.  The Grand Canyon was on schedule for a daytime high temperature of 10-degrees, Yikes! This prompted me to share with you what items I use that perhaps will inspire you to try the same.