Meet Ash, one of our resident foodies:
Meet Britt, one of our resident foodies:
From a small farm town in So Cal to the big city of Los Angeles, Britt is living the life (on a budget but it's fabulous). You can catch her shopping her life away at Buffalo Exchange or Instagramming the latest trendy cafe in town. Not to mention a sucker for a killer Chai Tea Latte!
Meet Bianca, one of our resident foodies:
Bianca is a Southern California sista living her dream in Los Angeles. Keeping up with trends is what she lives for and she chases everything fun, fab and happening! You’ll probably spot her checking out a new restaurant, at a concert, or chatting with an upcoming designer. She loves Coca-Cola in a can...not in a bottle.
Meet Julie, our Vineal Vixen:
Julie Gauvin, accredited Junior Wine Expert and current serving Spokeswoman and Retail Director of Vine Winery, will be here to lend her expertise regarding all things wine. But most importantly, she’ll keep it interesting, light and fun for your drinking pleasure. Stay tuned as she helps you figure out what you like, where to find it, and what to pair it with. This newfound knowledge will give you that extra edge at the dinner table with friends, family or even on that hot date you have tonight. Check back every Wednesday to see what's new!
Meet Kasey, our LA Food Blogger:
This East Coast girl has recently traded in her New England Clam Chowda for California Rolls! Kasey has been whipping up delectable dishes in her kitchen since she was 10 years old. Combining ingredients and trying new concoctions became her favorite hobby. Kasey is a fabulous food blogger representing Kasey's Kitchen, her self-proclaimed food blog! Kasey attends a ton of fun food events around town and she is sharing her fun, healthy recipes with us every week!
Searching for one of the best bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon under $20? Look no further than the all-American classic from the Central Coast of California, Liberty School. Made by Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles this 2010 Cab pays homage to the tradition of honest work, dedication, and perseverance of the one-room schoolhouses that used to be centers of community, and knowledge in the American countryside.
Charlie Wagner, 4th generation winemaker and founder of Caymus Vineyards, along with his son Chuck Wagner produced this label in commemoration of the school Charlie once attended as a child in Rutherford, CA (14 miles North of Napa Valley, CA). Sourcing their grapes from Hope farms, another father and son duo, Chuck and Austin Hope, were then apart of Liberty School tradition. Together they created a niche for something special, a world renowned Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects true varietal character, premium quality and value.
Since its creation in 1975, Liberty School has gone on to earn its reputation as one of the best Cabernet Sauvingnon buys in the world according to Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In 2007 the label was names a "Top 10 hottest Wine Brand" by Wine Business Monthly and in 2009 Austin Hope was named “Winemaker of the Year” at the Mid-State Fair.
Here's what you can expect:
Aromas of black cherry and plum, followed by hints of strawberry and all-spice on the palate which make for a very approachable fruit driven red. The tannins have firm characteristics of a Cabernet Sauvignon with a supple finish that allows for a variety of food pairings. There’s a dry, moderate mouth feel, and overall elegance that cannot be matched for this vintage and price point.
order online at, http://www.hopefamilywines.com/wines/liberty-school.php, or ask you favorite wine retailer for every bottle in stock!
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Did you know that Avocados have a lot of health benefits? See below on how good avocados can do your body!
There is a right and a wrong way to peel an avocado. Have you ever mashed it and basically broke the avocado?? Well, below is the proper technique on how to peel it so it comes out perfect!
You want to peel the avocado with your hands, as you would a banana:
It's starting to feel like Summer around here!
We are HUGE fans of a some natural Vitamin D but sometimes too much can be painful & bad for your skin. A little sun screen goes a long way!
Some suncreen is toxic and with everyone wanting to be more "green," what better way to avoid that icky mixture than making your own?
Combine the shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl placed over a hot pot of water or use a double boiler. Heat on low until the ingredients are melted and full incorporated. Remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide, the essential oil, and the vitamin E oil. Pour into silicon molds and place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes. Pop out and store in tins or an airtight container. Store at room temperature.
Mother’s Day is this weekend (in case you forgot) and a bunch of LA’s hot-spots are taking the time to celebrate Mom! Here's a list of some of places where you can spoil the woman who gave you life. Choose wisely... she brought you into this world, she can take you out!
WHERE: Mahawk Bend, 2141 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Regular brunch menu also available.
In addition to MOMosas and MOMaritas, Mohawk Bend’s Chef Erik will be pickling fresh veggies in-house to give their Bloody Marys an added zing for to pair with his vegan and non-vegan Eggs Benedict specials. Post brunch, moms will also receive a complimentary batch of freshly baked cookies to enjoy at home.
Shower Mom with all the fruits of the season with a Mother's Day brunch on Cecconi's picturesque patio. The Northern Italian destination will be spoiling guests with menu specials, including a Roasted San Marzano Benedict with first of the season tomatoes, and a Strawberry Rhubarb Tart -- perfect for pairing with the restaurant's freshly brewed LAMILL coffee, Rose Petal loose leaf tea and classic Bellini's.RESERVATIONS: (310) 432-2000
I’ve been invited to Mother’s Day Brunch (even though my mom’s back East this year) at The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel. They will be hosting a Mother’s Day Rooftop Champagne Brunch on its penthouse suite and terrace. This is the ONLY rooftop dining on Rodeo Drive, offering guests some scenic views of Beverly Hills and the shops of Rodeo Drive while enjoying brunch and celebrating with the special mom in their life, or in my case, friends! Check out the menu here. I’ll be posting some yummy pics on Instagram, just look for #TheDish!
There you have it. A few yummy options! Don’t forget, if you really want to impress Mom, you could always whip her up a meal on your own! We have plenty of recipes right here!
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If you’re looking for a fresh spin on Asian cuisine then look no further than LA's hottest Asian-American fusion restaurant that sits in the heart of Culver City, Lukshon. With a menu fit for fine dining, this local restaurant has turned away from traditional white table clothes for a casual gastro-pub atmosphere geared towards the millennial generation thanks to the forward thinking mind of head chef, and owner, Sang Yoon.
You’ll find extreme attention to detail, juxtaposing flavors, farm-centered tapas style dishes that are visually stunning, and equally satisfying to the palate. To maintain the authenticity of the dishes, Yoon politely notes there is a no substitutions philosophy. This allows diners to step outside of the American conception of “authentic” Asian cuisine. As one satisfied customer made note, “here finally is a place that speaks all the culinary languages of Asia without a Western accent.”
Feel free to reserve a booth, hop on a communal table, escape to the patio or sit at the bar, which overlooks their custom wine on tap dispensing unit. The service is guaranteed to be exceptional and the obscure, small-batch wine list will literally blow you mind when paired with Yoon’s creations (expect white wines only to be offered as they pair best with the unique dishes). Don’t be shy to ask for help either, they realize their menu is a new concept, so they’re more than willing to steer you in the right direction for the most enjoyable experience!
Sweet tooth? There's no dessert menu so everyday guests are treated to a seasonal dessert on the house! #winning
Address / Contact:
3239 Helms Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Heat olive oil in medium saucepan. Cook onion and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, sugar, thyme, bay leaf, tomatoes, and 2 cups water. Stir together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
2. Remove bay leaf. Use a handheld blender to puree the soup in the saucepan, or transfer soup to a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. (If you're using a standard blender, allow the mixture to cool first; hot liquid may cause the blender to squirt out contents. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in batches.)
3. Heat milk in microwave for 30 seconds to warm, and then stir it into the pureed soup along with yogurt. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve.
Recipe via womenshealthmag.com
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Spring has officially sprung here in Los Angeles! Flowers are in bloom, brightly-colored fashions have hit the store windows, and everyone is realizing... “Oh shoot! Bikini Season is coming up!”
No worries though because I have a delicious dish that will curb those cravings for take-out and keep those killer curves at the same time!
Pile it up high in a large dish, top with sliced green onions and serve with chopsticks!
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Yes, Skills is spelled with a "z" in the title because what this one knife master can do with one knife and a watermelon is pretty incredible. I'm a big believer of having a good set of knives in your kitchen, especially if you enjoy cooking for yourself. I recently was gifted a set of Wüstof knives that pretty much changed my life. I refuse to go back to my old ways and when it comes to treating my foodie friends with a little something special, a good set of knives is always at the top of my gift list.
Now back to the action... *Do Not Try This At Home*
In the video, Matt Jones is seen getting in his zone before he quickly chops through a watermelon. He starts by holding the watermelon horizontally and cuts the ends than shifts the fruit vertically and cuts through the thick green skin with no problem. From there he slices it in half and attacks each piece dicing it all up in 21 seconds! His video is at 3 million views and counting!
Kudos to Matt, but I think I'll keep my fingers and cut a watermelon at my own pace.