Category: My favorite GEMS in Los Angeles

Homemade Onion Rings for Game Day

Homemade Onion Rings for Game Day

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The 1st Saturday of September is National Tailgating Day. This year it falls on September 5th smack dab in the middle of Labor Day weekend during a pandemic that is keeping us safer at home. Yes, I wish I was at the stadium participating in this fun festive day but I won’t let staying at home rain on my parade…. I’ll just homegate instead.  Lots of games are being televised today and I’m here for it especially with my delicious GAME DAY SPREAD. I made it easy for myself and ran over to Northgate Market to pick up all my favorite ready made snacks. Grabbed a pound of crispy potato wedges, tortilla chips, salsa ranchera, guacamole, rajas con crema, cacahuates japoneses, I love michelada, a bag of chicharrones de harina, a few onions to make homemade onion rings, and I was good to go!

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Pan Dulce French Toast

Pan Dulce French Toast

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Pan Dulce French Toast: I’m officially that gal that uses every little scrap of food in the house. I’ve learned a few tricks during this pandemic of how to preserve and make things stretch for longer than usual. My grandfather was raised during the depression and was seriously the master of conserving food. Thankfully I remembered a few of the things he taught me that I used to take for granted, and didn’t pay much mind to. He would freeze bread or tortillas if we had too much in the house. Or toast bread that was a few days old and then dunk it in his coffee. He was so crafty that way.

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Sparkling Spiked Limonada

Sparkling Spiked Limonada

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I just need to gather my myself and take a seat after the weeks we just had. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed my city of Los Angeles in such unrest and unity at the same time.  A beautifully tragic dichotomy to behold.  It’s taken us a long time to get here, and we still have a long way to go.  Like I said, it’s a lot to process.  In that process I have been seeking more time for myself.  Taking comfort in the simple things such as finding serenity in my patio surrounded by my plants with a little ‘trago’ in hand.  I usually make a pitcher of Sparkling Spiked Limonada and keep it in the fridge for an easy go-to drink.

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Epic Haunted House Halloween Candy Box On A Budget

Epic Haunted House Halloween Candy Box On A Budget

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DoThe99 #99Obsessed #CollectiveBias

Haunted house halloween candy box made with everything from the 99 cents only stores

Halloween season seems to bring out the crafty witch in me, as if a spell is cast over my hands and spooky fun begins to swirl. A recent trip to one of The 99 Cents Only Stores proved to be most valuable. You never know what you’ll find when 99-ing, there is always something new and exciting on the shelves. I roamed the isles in amazement of all the awesome halloween candy the 99 had stocked. My mind started with it’s antics of how I could use all this themed candy and build the ultimate candy box for Halloween. One with a haunted cookie house and mini graveyard attached to it. It could be used either as a centerpiece at a party or on Halloween night to dispense treats to all the neighborhood ghouls. (more…)

Full Flavored Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls And Hollywood Bowl Picnic / Movies

Full Flavored Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls And Hollywood Bowl Picnic / Movies

This post is #sponsored by Allied Contigo on behalf of The Hollywood Bowl. All opinions and recipe are 100% my own.

Full flavored fresh vegan spring rolls are also gluten free. They pack perfectly for a picnic at the Hollywood Bowl for the Movie Concert series!

Have you had a chance to check out the Hollywood Bowl family friendly movie music concert series calendar yet? Oh my word. I’m so excited for what’s in store this Summer. It’s not like the Hollywood Bowl ever disappoints, and the fact that they showcase some of the best films and concerts all sunny season long conjures up a new burst of excitement in me year after year. (more…)

Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival

Max at knott's Boysenberry Festival

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Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2018

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2018

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2018Disney California Adventure Food and Wine festival is going on from March 2nd to April 12th!

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 2018 is finally here (March 2nd – April 12th)! I was invited to a delicious day of learning all about the annual Food & Wine Festival and of course sampling too. Let me start (more…)