So the point of the previous SF post was to tee up this excellent Valentine’s Day dinner. It’s a tradition that Sam cooks up a wonderful meal with a surprise menu for V-Day, and this year I knew he had something major up his sleeve because for a WEEK ahead of the meal he retired to his next-door apartment almost every night to do secret … Continue reading DO IT YOURSELF: Lovely V-Day “Taste of SF” Meal (Feb 2014)
After a successful Valentine’s dinner last year, Sam decided to do it again. This time, no steak. And this time — the only thing I knew about the dinner was that mussels would be the APPETIZER. Yes, there were courses. Secret courses. Well played, Mr. Tea. Bonus points — the meal was not so heavy as to throw us into food comas. After we ate, … Continue reading Happy Valen-times 2013
A year ago, I gave Sam a gift that kept on giving: a pizza stone. He would often talk about his dream of getting a pizza stone, so I thought it was a pretty inspired gift. I ordered it really early, and hid it in my trunk. And then my trunk got hit by a tree, in a windstorm. About a week later, I went … Continue reading 2012: A Pizza Odyssey
PUMPKIN. MACARONS. (!!!) I finally went back to weightlifting class last night after a too-long hiatus (though not as long as the super-too-long hiatus before that), and after the gym my eyes lit upon these babies while wandering Trader Joe’s. Sometimes I waffle about food-buying decisions. But this was a total no-brainer. Especially since I could justify that my sore little muscles deserved a reward. … Continue reading Two Words
I have been wanting to visit Papaya King since it came to LA (partly for the curly fries), despite the supposedly lethal nature of hot dogs. Today Sam pitched (pun!) that we walk over to much-closer-to-his-place hot dog stand The Infield when a predicted thunderstorm didn’t pan out. (Their website is daw.gs, which confused me until Sam pointed out that it’s “dawgs.”) I can see … Continue reading Snack Trek: THE INFIELD Hot Dogs (Sherman Oaks)
You guys! That picture was taken with NO flash in a dark-ish restaurant! How do you like THEM apples? And how gorgeous is that cheesecake? (Camera+ on the iPhone, in case you’re wondering what I used to take it.) But let me back up a bit. We didn’t start with dessert. (Not that I would object to such a thing.) Sam’s aunt (K) was visiting … Continue reading Snack Trek: COLORI KITCHEN (Downtown LA)
I haven’t stopped cooking or eating, but I have been bad about reporting back. Some things, you can’t NOT report. And this is one of them. When Sam asked me what I wanted to do for Valentine’s Day, of course I said, “Eat!” Later I became a little more articulate and asked if he would make a steak dinner with roasted potatoes. And so he … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Rainbow Swirl Marble Cake!
Happy Halloween! Of course I managed to make mine all about food (and not just candy). First, my costume was Heinz ketchup. (It was a group costume– I rolled with mustard and relish.) Then Sam and I went to a carving party, and ended up making a pumpkin pie pumpkin. We didn’t know what we would make, walking in. I wanted to do something food-related, … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
We woke up at 3am in Los Angeles to make our flight to Philly. The next day, we woke up at 3am in Philly, loaded up our borrowed car, and headed for Amherst– a 5-ish hour drive filled with laughter, strange radio stations, and a little bit of napping (on my part, at least– I’m assuming Sam stayed awake, as he was the driver.) During … Continue reading Snack Trek: APPLE CIDER DONUTS!!! (Atkins Farms– Amherst, MA)
Last year, Mr. Tea (Sam) and I made the long-ish trek to Redlands to see Lauren (of course!) and to snack on some apple cider donuts. That was about a 3 hour round trip, by car. This weekend, we’re flying from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, stealing a car (legally) and driving 5 hours to Amherst to breakfast on the apple cider donuts (and apples… and … Continue reading Snack Trek: Boston (Mr.) Tea Party