Friday Finds 3.31.17

My travel has slowed down a bit during March and it has been nice to stop and enjoy the nice California weather. That being said, not everyone has had the pleasure of such a great climate. My family is visiting for the weekend from New Jersey and as usual we have already planned out all the places where we are going to be eating. Everyone has their food requests but we always hit the crowd pleaser, Taverna Tony in Malibu for dinner with my boyfriend Aaron’s family. Another "must stop" is for donuts from Sidecar for breakfast. My dad likes them so much that one time he asked me to bring them to him when he had a layover at LAX.

Oh, also it’s almost Easter so here’s a reminder to stock up on Cadbury eggs while you can. I always buy enough to last through the year -they’re that addictive. You can thank me later.

Here are some other things I’m reading, watching and of course eating, right now:


  • What I’m reading:
    • The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers - This book is our current book club read right now. It’s historical fiction, written as a series of letters about a young woman who marries an older major who is fighting in the Civil War.  When her husband returns after the war, the young woman who his second wife, is accused of having a baby (impossible to be her husband's) and then murdering it. You start to piece together the story over the course of the book. I’m only halfway through but it’s getting really good.
    • All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – The story is told in an interesting way. It’s about two girls that go missing almost 10 years apart and the majority of the story is told in reverse. It’s a thriller akin to the Girl on the Train or The Woman in Cabin 10.


  • What I’m watching:
    • Big Little Lies – This is one of the few times that I’m willing to admit that the show is better than the book. I mean the casting is great. How can you not love a show with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and Adam Scott. I don’t really believe Shailene Woodley as a mom but that’s besides the point. It’s so good. Like really good. And this Sunday is the finale. So I guess now you have weekend plans! HBO wins again. 
    • Chef’s Table – The third season was released a few weeks ago and I’m obsessed. It is just such a well done and beautiful show overall. I’ve already made a stop at Nancy Silverton’s Osteria Mozza, after watching the episode based on her. My other favorite episode is the one that Ivan Orkin does about his shop, Ivan Ramen. I’ve watched the episode multiple times already. What can I say, I love ramen.
    • Archer – I typically hate adult cartoons but this is actually one of my favorite shows. Maybe it’s the fact that the characters are spies turned detectives or maybe it’s the amazing cast of voice actors. H. Jon Benjamin is the voice for Sterling Archer and Aisha Taylor is Lana Kane, the badass feminist spy and there are there are a ton of other great actors as the voices .


  • Where I’m eating:
    • Mamacita – The new bright fast-casual Peruvian restaurant from Ricardo Zarate is located on Hollywood & Highland, hidden in plain sight. It’s on the 4th floor, which may be intentional so that you have to walk off all you’re going to eat. The food is bright and beautiful – among my favorites were the skirt steak rice bowl and the Peruvian poké ceviche bowl with the housemade strawberry horchata.
    • So Long, Hi – The name is a play on words; the owners wanted to name it a Thai phrase but that name was taken and they wanted to avoid confusion so they went with the English translation, "so long, hi". I love a good Thai restaurant, especially when it’s as authentic and as bright and fun as this one is. The downtown spot has a pool table and back patio for day drinking, which inevitably leads to a trip to the photobooth. Among my favorites were the homemade pork sausage, the drunken noodles and the fried roti (a type of flatbread) with green curry. Deep-frying the roti creates flakey layers perfect for dipping in the creamy curry sauce.
    • By CHLOE – The trendy New York high-quality "fast-casual" vegan restaurant opened its first LA location in Silverlake. I’m willing to make the drive to Silverlake (virtually the other end of the world) for the “guac burger” made with black bean-quinoa and is a sweet potato patty with corn salsa, onion, guac, tortilla strips and chipotle aioli. Also I can’t pass up the mac and cheese made with sweet potato cashew cheese sauce and topped with shiitake bacon. It might sound super vegan but it’s so good. I’ve probably said it before but I like when healthy food actually tastes good – it’s like it tricks me into eating well.
    • Cookie Good – They have a cheeto cookie! It’s a great combination of salty and sweet and,  for the skeptics, there are also a ton of amazing flavors such as "birthday cake", "s’mores" and "red velvet" along with other seasonal additions. The couple that started it opened Cookie Good during the 2007 LA writer’s strike. Ross bakes the cookies while Melanie runs the business side of the operation. I love places even more when you can tell that someone is passionate about what they do.



  • This Week on Cooking with Cocktail Rings/ Recipe Roundup
    • Get the recipe for comforting pork pozole verde, a delicious Mexican soup here
    • Read all about our 4th Create Dinner here
    • I feel like I shouldn't have to pitch homemade cannolis, they speak for themselves.
    • Lamb is braised in Moroccan spices until it is "fall off the bone tender" and is paired with a flavorful herb salad for an impressive entrée fit for a dinner party. Get the recipe here