Pineapple Mojito? Yes Please!
Daily Catch shared 5 refreshing summer cocktail recipes. We have not yet tried a Dark and Stormy but it seems everyone is talking about it.
Chill’in While You’re Grill’in
If you have not tried grilling Pizza we highly recommend it. Here is a great step by step on how to make the perfect grilled margarita from Simple Recipes.
White Hot Summer Nights
Friday night Los Angeles played host to the Paris summer tradition known as Diner en Blanc. This surprise location event has become a summer must attend event. LA Times did a nice write up on this year's events.
Retaining History While Improving (We Hope)
World-renowned architect Frank Gehry has joining forces with the team leading the way to revitalize the LA River. There entire space with the views, bridges, etc. is ready for some improvement. We just hope they keep the original character and history.
Ready, Set, Action…
Dwell has a wonderful catalog of Interior Design videos. Topics range from design ideas and inspiration to their experts series. In this video Nate Berkus shares
his thoughts on modern family kitchen renovations. We love that most videos are short and to the point.
Battle Of The Steak
Recently while having lunch the table next to us was having a passionate debate regarding the best cooking method for steak. This passionate argument over the “right way” inspired us to share two videos on how to cook the perfect steak. First up: Gordon Ramsey's method next is Jamie Oliver. Bon appétit!
We really enjoyed the reaction of this little boy and loved that his Dad cared enough about manners to check in (test) how grateful his son is. Kind of a win-win because now everybody gets guacamole!
Thank You, No No No Thank You!
Speaking of teaching children manners when they are small we loved these color me in thank you cards from tinyprints.com. What a nice to let children feel connected to the thank you process at a young age.
Love & Lemons shared one of their classic recipes this week for a Spicy Jalapeno Margaritas. Lots of lime, a bit of spice and
Cocktail Glass Design
Mixology has really brought a real design flare to cocktails. This week Bon Appétit’s associate food editor Rick Martinez shared some great ideas and tips for riming cocktail glasses.
Salad Season Is Here
Summer always feels like the perfect time for salads. Recently Southern living shared 52 yep that’s right 52 Yummy Summer Salad recipes!
Cannot Take Photo ~ Not Enough Available Storage
If you have an iPhone you probably have been getting the same annoying message Cathi and Mary Alice have been getting for the last two months. Here are 12 tips from Good Housekeeping to help manage the iPhone storage issue.
Charming For Sale
Have you ever dreamed of owning that perfect unique quintessential vacation home? The Daily Catch might have just the thing.… A lighthouse in Michigan on Goetzville Island.
CM In Print
Let’s Here It For The Girls
If you have not see the video yet here is link to watch the very very big win Beholder had over the boy’s in yesterday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
We are really enjoying celebrating the graduation of Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver from Army Ranger School. Way to go ladies!
Summer Grilling Had Me A Blast
We are loving grilling out this summer, most days have been lovely to be dining alfresco. Epicurious' recipe for grilled short ribs with lemon and parsley is next on both our lists.
French Country Cottage did a lovely blog on planked wood bead board ceilings. We have a bit of crush on the some of the great chandeliers in her photos as well.
Are We There Yet?
As we near the end of the summer vacation season you might be thinking about getting in one last road trip with the family. Why not embrace the age old question of when do we get therewith this fun car flag by No Fun.
You Vacation Home Is Your Castle
Planning a vacation to Europe why not stay in a Castle? Travel and Leisure offered a few options in a post last week. Some are less expensive then staying in a hotel.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can catch your eye or make you laugh. Mod Cloth has some fun doorstops that will make you take a second look.
Bambi and Thumper
A couple volunteering at a YMCA camp capture this adorable video of a deer and rabbit playing and frolicking.
We are worried about the danger irresponsible drone pilots pose, but you got to admit when they follow the rules the images they can capture are mesmerizing. Here is a recent on of Los Angeles.
Love, Love, Love A Good Idea
Just when you think you have seen everything: A new recipe "presentation actually" comes along and let’s us know there is always more. Watermelon savor salad recipes have been around a while but we both cannot wait to serve it like this next time.
Sure burgers and hot dogs on grill shout summer, but one of our favorite all time summer foods is the fantastic New England style lobster roll. Eater LA put together a map of locations in and around Los Angeles serving up this summer delight.
Barefoot In Los Angeles
Regular readers know our love for Ina Garten and our love for Los Angeles. So of course we were pleased to see the two have come together this weekend. Here is her recent blog about her trip. **side note** check out her blog last week “Watermelon Mojito”.
Chef Binge Watching
If you have not yet watched the Chef’s Table series on Netflix here is a recent trailer that just might get you hooked. In the series, they profile 6 renowned chefs from around the world.
Travel Guru, Peter Greenberg recently shared some of his favorite travel apps. The currency converter by XE and translator by iStone come in very handy when traveling abroad.
For those getting ready to set up a college dorm for the first time you might want to check out Society 6. They offer fun and affordable décor items, which can bring that perfect pop of color or memories of home to any dorm (like the California Bear flag).
Sticking with Dorm Room Design Sarah Sarna share a few fun looks for a young ladies dorm room. Decorating cinderblock walls is never easy, but there are some cute ideas here to distract the eye. We love the cute footlockers, storage is key and if it is attractive it’s a win/win.
Wine Bucket List
Travel & Leisure magazine put together 12 most visit wine regions. All suggestions are great, but when you see these 12 it reminds you of so many others great wine regions in world like the Douro region in Portugal, Champagne region in France, etc.
CM In Print
Looking for a bit of design inspiration? Check out the July issue of DTLA Life magazine: CM In The City’s “Wallpaper Is Back” article was included. Happy reading!
Saving Summer For Winter Cocktails
Enjoying The Gifts Of August
Bon Appétit shared 5 recipes that take full advantage of the bounty of August produce. Think tomatoes, corn and eggplant!
Cooking Your Butt Of
Is the title of Rocco DiSpirito's new cookbook. Here Rocco shares 75 new recipes that help you burn calories as well as loads of tips on health and delicious eating. Did you know if you add lemon to Greek yogurt it tastes like sour cream?
We Adore Unique Shopping
It makes us so happy when we come across a source for unique home accessories and gifts. Mod Cloth is just that! On their website you will find a massive array of products most made by artists and designers (some imported). If you are planning a bachelorette party you might want to consider this bangle bracelet flask.
Little “TIME” For News
Time magazine has just launched a new newsletter service. Some newsletters are daily like news brief and politics while others are weekly like money and life photos and important news alerts. Perfect for a busy lifestyle.
Elevated Beach Style
If you will be enjoying the dog days of August at the beach here are a few of our favorite items that pack easy, set up like a snap and will make you the envy of fellow beach goers.
Transport on the sand – The large wheels make this the perfect cart for traversing sandy beaches and it’s on sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods this week.
Setting up a great base – We love these sand less beach blankets, they use technology designed for the US military to block sand. We also love that they come in various sizes.
Cover up – These tents from Lovin Summer are easy to set up, provide great shade and let all the beach breezes in. We also love their look. They come in four designs.
Dining – Crate and Barrel sells a great table every summer perfect for the beach and picnics.
How In The World Do They Do It?
What artist would not love to have fans like these? A group of 1000 musicians got together to stage a performance of Learn to fly by The Foo Fighters. Their goal was to get the band to come to their town in Italy. It worked. The video is worth a watch.
Not For Kids Ice Cream
In celebration of National Ice Cream month here are some fun cocktail recipes to try from What’s Cooking America.
Keeping with our Ice Cream celebration HGTV shared some yummy and unique ice cream recipes, like Toasted Almond & Vanilla Arancini.
ORANGE COUNTY LOVE
It's More Than Fair
For the remainder of today’s musings we are sharing some of our favorite places to shop and dine in Orange County. Starting with the Orange County Fair beginning this weekend. County fairs are not like they were when we were kids. Today’s County Fairs are filled with live entertainment, food and wine tastings and lots of creative/artistic vendors.
Sushi & Much Much More
A favorite of ours for years and years is Mahe. From their original location in Seal Beach to their Dana Point location you are always promised a great experience. Try the Jose’s Tuna or the Tataki Wraps or the Steak, or the Scallops… you get the idea.
Shopping for new furniture or accessories for your home? A great Design store, H. D. Buttercup, has opened a store in Costa Mesa, CA.
Zinc Cafe is one of the best Vegetarian restaurants we have ever had the pleasure of discovering. Typically we go to the Corona Del Mar location, but they also have restaurants in Laguna Beach and Downtown Los Angeles. Everything is fantastic, but Cathi’s favorite is the Roasted Cauliflower.
Breakfast At The Beach
A great thing about Orange County is the miles and miles of beaches. You have a plethora of choices for great breakfast, but two are our favorites are…. Blackboard Bistro in Seal Beach and Las Brisas in Laguna Beach for Sunday brunch.
In The Mix
The OC Mix is a shopping and dining area just off the 405 in Costa Mesa. In The OC Mix you will find lots of unique shops, some larger designer shops and wonderful restaurants like the Shuck Oyster Bar.
South Coast Plaza shopping can leave you hungry. There are lots of great choices throughout the mall. One of our favorites is AnQi by Bloomingdales. They have an extensive menu, but for a quick lunch we enjoy their Traditional Pho at the Noddle Bar.
See you in the OC!! Cathi & Mary Alice
Lighten Up Your Summer
Do you enjoy a cocktail as much as we do on a lazy summer afternoon, but don’t want to drink TOO many calories? Check out these delicious cocktails put together by Cooking Light.
Kiss Your Oven Goodbye
Bon Appétit put together several No Cook appetizer/salad recipes. As avid fans of Burrata we were happy to see a few inventive new ways to serve the yummy cheese.
Bring It On (Board That Is)
Origami Green Thumb
Does it bug you when your plant outgrows the pot it is planted in? Studio Ayaskan has come up with a genius solution, a pot that grows along with your plant. Growth (planters name), is not yet in production but we hope it is soon.
Magical Dance Moves
Whether you are a Magic Mike fan or not we thought you would appreciate this video by Vanity Fair of Channing Tatum does 7 Dance Moves in 30 seconds. Vogue was our favorite.
Frozen In Time
Instead of living in one of her Fifth Avenue apartments, or her home in Connecticut or her beautiful Santa Barbara home, heiress Huguette Clark chose to spend the last 10 years of her life in a regular hospital room in. Here is a link to learn more about her properties and life from NPR and another from NBC news.
Letters From Camp
Dog Days Of Summer
Another cute animal video perfect for a hot summer day. This one is of (puppy actually) feeling the air conditioning in the car for the first time. We know exactly how the puppy feels.
As American As…..
Eater.com recently shared their Pie Guide. "Everything you need to know about the classic American pie". In it they gave a shout out for the cream pies at the L.A. favorite The Pie Hole.
How do you make a long weekend feel like a mini vacation? Add Rum and a cocktail umbrella. My Domaine shared 3 recipes made with Rumchata. A word of warning these cocktails are stronger then they seem. Cheers!
Things To Do - NYC
The Brooklyn Flea and the Smorgasburg is opening this weekend. If your travels bring you to NYC this weekend consider spending a bit of time enjoying amazing food and looking for those unique, quirky, super deals that the Brooklyn Flea is famous for.
Things To Do L.A. and The OC
What’s the Forth Of July with fireworks? Here is a list curated by LAist.com of some of the best shows in the Los Angeles area. For our Orange County readers here is a list of events and shows celebrating the 4th.
We enjoy the French Country Cottage blog, and especially enjoyed her post this week about bringing a French cottage look to your patio. We also loved her photo of the cheese board with herbs encircling the cheese. What a lovely idea.
New England Seaside Design
Architectural Digest shared a slideshow of designer Victoria Hagan's Nantucket Home. Looks like a wonderful place for a 4th of July pool party.
Putting On The Ritz
How would you like to call the Ritz Carlton your new home? You can if you are the lucky buyer of this amazing property at the Ritz Carlton LA Live. It is listed by one of our favorite brokers, LA Loft Realty.
Eater Eggs are things developers put in new products or software for their fun. Siri, as you might have already learned, is full of them. For example have you ever asked Siri how much she weighs? This video shares is a This video shares 60 of Siri's Easter Eggs.
Cheers For Cherries
Have you noticed Cherries are on sale everywhere? Bon Appétit test kitchen shared some great cherry recipes. The cherry float looks delicious, as does the sweet bruschetta.
From My Dining Table is a lovely blog we have a bit of crush on. Skye shares wonderful content accompanied with beautiful images. Here is her recent post on cooking on a barbecue. We are looking forward to trying the couscous, fennel, mint and roasted lemon salad.
Father’s Day Funny
Jimmy Fallon took his Pop Quiz to the streets once again. This time they asked kids questions about their fathers. Hilarity followed.
Today is the last day of the Hughes DTLA showroom sale. If you love unique pieces of furniture or cool accessories (at great prices) start following Hughes Estate Sales. In addition to traditional estate sales they have these great showroom sales.
Your Gonna Be A Father....
Dove put together their annual salute to Dads. This year Dove did a compilation of personal videos that were shot at the moment “wanna be fathers” were told they are going to be a Dad.
A Futuristic LA View
The plans that are being shared for the future of the Los Angeles convention center look just that, like the future. It seems very space age/Jetson’s with one tiny patch of green?
Small Space Solution
Are you looking for a small space or loft solution for a washer dryer? Consider Haier's washer dryer options. A long time favorite internationally is now available in the USA.
Just like the team at CM In The City did a bracket to find the most popular chair of all time, Coastal Living put together their own bracket looking for this Summer’s Best Cocktail. We are routing for Sangria.
A year-round appetizer we enjoy is Guacamole, but it is especially loved in the summer when we are looking for great go-to recipes that do not require heat. One of our favorite guacamole recipes is Ina Garten’s chucky guacamole. She shared it again in her blog this week.
Fishing For Dinner
Staying with our theme of not turning on the oven we loved these grilled fish recipes Bon Appétit shared this week. The Branzino with Cilantro-Mint relish sounds amazing
If you have never grilled peaches you are in for a treat. Just a simple grilled peach with a dollop of vanilla ice cream is amazing, but Smitten Kitchen fancied them up a bit with this recipe for Grilled Peach Splits.
Summer Trip Planning
If you have not yet decided on your summer vacation here are a few websites to help you start the plan. Let’s start with inspiration Travel and Leisure especially their instagram feed, New York Times Travel section and Bon Appétit’s Weekend Guides along with Peter Greenberg are all great resources. If you have a location in mind, but have still not set up accommodations consider renting a house (maybe with a view) using sites like VRBO or Airbnb.
Kevin Huynh has a blog called Kiwimonk. In a recent post he shared his packing strategy for a 3-month global trip. We might never pack like Kevin (1 dress shirt, 2 watches. Really??), but we did get some new ideas from the post such as packing in bags or pouches and the electronic case from Amazon.
Tieks are one of the best shoes for travel. They are a bit pricey, but they last forever, are small so you can bring a few pairs on a trip and they have great support. You can walk forever in a pair of Tieks. Oh did we say they come in a gazillion colors and patterns?
Mochi Things is a great site for travel accessories funny name, but great site. They have so many fun and functional accessories it is hard to highlight one. We especially love their cool passport cases and luggage tags also their very useful packing and travel bags.
Digital Travel Adds Up
If keeping in touch is mission critical when you are traveling Internationally there are several options to keep the costs down. Here is a Forbes article that helps explain options. Most cell phone providers allow you to add International coverage for the month you are away, but read the fine print (roaming charges, etc.). If you plan to use your cell phone a lot say for SKYPE and cannot wait to be on a WiFi network consider getting a sim card from companies like World Sim. They have several options for voice, data, etc. Remember you have to have an unlocked telephone to use these services.
A Little Bit Of Ahhhh
We loved this video!! It shows Bailey a Golden Retriever loving on and playing with some baby chicks.
This video is of an adorable dog Matisse (and his owner) trying out for Britain’s Got Talent.
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