After a weekend in NorCal (separate post coming soon), the boy and I were able to spend most of a full day in LA meandering about before he had to fly home. He showed me around the UCLA campus, which oddly enough, I had never really walked through – save a few trips to Royce Hall or some random auditoriums. Such a gorgeous, shorts-and-sandals mid-December day! Points for not moving out of southern California for b-school next year: +1,203,984.

Oh look at that. The Bruin statue… Nobody wants to take pictures with that blasted thing.

So how do you calm a megasmalls down and get her to smile next to the enemy bear? Ask an Asian lady to take our picture. Sly.

The boy was able to snap some iPhone shots of me during the golden hour. I’m shy when it comes to having my photo taken, so he’s lucky I allowed so many.

I’ll post more of them with pics from our trip, but I found the following ones that made me look like a giant quite funny. A GIANT, I say!


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Red Lips. Red Fingertips.

Since the boy has been out of town, I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier. And what’s healthier (and easier) than a bunch of fruits and veggies thrown into a blender? Nothing. That’s what.

ABC (Apple-Beet-Carrot) Smoothie.

Last night, I finally got to try Ramen Yamadaya.  I’d been wanting to go to their Culver City location, but their Westwood location just opened! It was my first tonkotsu kotteri experience. Definitely could taste and feel the excessive amounts of pork fat. Delicious, but I don’t think I’ll be ordering it every time.

Tonkotsu kotteri ramen with black garlic oil and Yamadaya toppings (chashu 2 ways, extra egg, nori).

I’ve been kind of obsessed with bright red nails lately. Why not try bright red lips?!

Red lips. Red fingertips.


So here I am, tearing through December!

This cover of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness makes me smile…and makes me wish it were summer – and not all cold and rainy. On the upside, I think my cold tolerance has increased! 50° is the new 65°.

Sushi-Gen $15 sashimi lunch special + ankimo. I’ll def be taking advantage of this again during my week off between Christmas and New Years.






















Sunday morning brunch for one. *sniffle*












Sawyer was looking unusually fluffy on this particularly cold morning last week. And he found a stick that he desperately wanted to bring with him inside.












Pretty much every night at around 10-11 pm, a lone snail crosses the walkway right at the foot of the stairs of my apartment building, and Sawyer harasses said snail. I finally caught him in action.













True winterventures start soon! Can’t wait!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

November and December are always a blur. Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, New Year’s Eve/Day. My birthday usually comes and goes without much fanfare since no one’s ever around to help me celebrate. Stupid food orgies overshadowing my birth! But this year worked out pretty well. Festivities began before Thanksgiving and will probably roll into this weekend. Ten days of birthday?! Since it’s my 25th, I’ll say yes. Just this once.

I haven’t been cooking much the past couple of months – busy with apps and the boy- but now that the holiday season is upon us, the cooking bug has bit again. I’m also thinking about putting up a Christmas tree! My parents basically uninvited me from coming home and are opting to come up to LA just so they can sample my cooking. Challenge accepted! I think I’m going to make duck and quail, plus whatever sides I fancy. So far I need helpers for my tree and to be taste testers. Any takers??

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New restaurant find: Waterloo & City (Culver City, CA)

Founded August 1997

Birthday flowers. Rawr!

Game Day

It’s the start of NCAA football. So what does that mean? Lots of Saturdays filled with food, beer, and football…and possibly more beer.

Even Sawyer’s excited for USC football. But he really doesn’t have a choice.

We even had a beer pong tournament! Three regulation-sized tables fit into one small part of the living room – pretty impressive.

And what’s football without meat? Since I have a tradition of making odd meat-things for Jake’s birthday, I decided to continue and make mini meatloaf cupcakes. Sadly, I couldn’t find mini foil liners, so they didn’t look as “cupcakey” as I wanted – they looked more like meatballs, but oh well. It’s just an excuse to make them again. I was really pleased with how moist and tasty they came out, so I’m tempted to make it normal cupcake-sized or even just as a loaf.

Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting


2 lbs ground beef

1/2 large onion, diced

salt and pepper

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup milk

1 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup ketchup

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 apple cider vinegar

3 tbsp brown sugar

Tabasco sauce

For topping: mashed potato, green onion, bacon


Pre-heat oven at 350° F. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Fill each mini-cupcake mold with meat mixture, forming slight dome since meat will shrink slightly. Combine all ingredients for glaze and heat on low on the stove top until brown sugar melts. Brush glaze on top of meat. Cook for 15 minutes. Top with mashed potatoes, chopped green onion, and bacon.

Note: I cheated and used dried instant mashed potatoes. I thought it’d work well since you can make it super smooth and creamy (and buttery!) pretty easily. Use whatever mashed potato recipe you prefer, of course.