03 February 2015

Quote of the day.

i will never know too many places, people or emotions. i am meant to be overwhelmed, and will choke on the excitement of travel.  [rakishi]

16 January 2015

Recipe : Brussels Sprouts with Cider Glaze + Goat Cheese

There's a cute little after-work spot near my office in Santa Monica that serves a Brussels Sprouts dish that makes you go ga-ga.  **(EDIT: Freddy Smalls has done a facelift on their menu and no longer serves their Brussels the below way.  RIP, best Brussels ever.)**  I love Brussels as it is, so it's not hard to convince me to order them when we're out, but these - these are delectable.

We had a family dinner the weekend before Thanksgiving, and having charged myself with bringing some veggies, I was determined to recreate my fave version of the sprouts.  I pulled from one recipe and another and added a little bit of my own twist, and voila!

Here you have it:  Brussels Sprouts with Cider Glaze + Goat Cheese.

For the base:
2 lbs Brussels Sprouts (I buy them pre-shaved at Trader Joe's, or you can slice them yourself)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
olive oil - amount to your discretion
1/2 c apple cider vinegar, plus 2 tbsp, divided use
1/2 c sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 log of goat cheese

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spread brussels as evenly as possible on cookie sheet. Sprinkle brussels with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring throughout, until some parts of the leaves are crisp.

In a separate sauce pan, add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, sugar and brown sugar.  Whisk together.  Place the sauce over medium heat, and once it begins to simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.  Turn the heat off and whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

Pour the Cider Glaze over the Brussels sprouts.  Serve goat cheese in a side bowl, but meant to be served alongside the sprouts.


15 January 2015


Being single is still a taboo of sorts amongst a lot of crowds.  I think living in large metropolitan areas like LA + NY, we singletons are spared some of the questions that get thrown out there, but not all.  

I came across this Huffington Post article today titled "17 Reasons Men + Women Choose to Stay Single."  I enjoyed reading the answers, and thought you might too.  I personally resonated most with numbers 1, 6 + 10.

Click here to check it out.

Single in the City


05 January 2015

Get outta here, Monday.

Raise your hand if you wish you didn't have to go to work today.  (Both of my hands are in the air.)  After a second five day weekend in a row, I really was loving this whole life-of-leisure thing.  How about ya'll?

Trying to thing of a blog post for today, I just kept thinking about how I don't want to return to reality.  So I decided that I'd run with that, and we'd escape today....to Norway!

After I returned from my incredible 8 day trip to Paris and London last year, I've been trying to figure out where I wanted to explore next.  I've been to Italy, Greece, Germany, so those obvious ones were out.  I realized over time that I was repeatedly pinning images of Norway on my "travel fantasies" Pinterest board, so I'm thinking that may be a great next destination.

Have you been?  Have you ever thought of wanting to go?

Norway is wayyyy up there, north of mainland Europe + just to the west of Sweden.

First, a few basic Norway facts:
Official Name: Kingdom of Norway
Capital City: Oslo
Official Languages: Norwegian, Sami
Government: Unitary Monarchy (they have a King - Harald V!)
Currency: Norwegian krone
Population: 5.1 million

And now to let some pictures do the talking...

What do ya'll think?