Sangria Not Just For Summer
Great tasting American grown apples are everywhere now including the fantastic Honey Crisp. Here is a recipe for Honey Crisp Apple Sangria from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
More Apple Love
As mentioned above great apples are everywhere. One of our favorite chef’s the Barefoot Contessa just shared her easy Cranberry & Apple Cake. Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
Hard Boiled Egg 101
Some of us are egg-cooking experts others seem to struggle with the difference between soft boiled or hard-boiled egg. We found this fun infographic, which shares a simple way to know if your egg is ready.
Concrete Floor Inspiration
There are many options for finishing them that can really change the overall design of the loft. Domino.com recently shared a slideshow with several flooring ideas.
We loved this leather blanket carrier from Nine Space. Instead of juggling loads of things tucked under your arms. Think yoga mat, picnic blanket, and a throw to sit on at the soccer field. It is stylish and the best price we have seen for one made of leather.
Timing Is Everything
Orbitz Travel Insider shared the best days to book your holiday travel. These dates are based on extensive research and typically are proven right. An important note: this is the week. Look at the circled dates in October for booking Thanksgiving through New Years.
Sunday Dinner Thought Starters
Entrepreneur magazine published an article this week titled, The 11 Questions Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Ask Themselves. These 11 questions will liven up the conversation at any dinner party. If you write a journal you might find them helpful as thought starters.
Buzzfeed got two Scotch experts to review cheap whiskey. The guys is a bit hoity-toity, but the tasting and review of Fireball is priceless.
Fierce French Bulldog
We loved this video of a 20 pound French bulldog chasing away not one but two brown bears from the front yard. Way to go Frenchie!
This One Takes The Cake
As most of you might know Mary Alice enjoys a great buttery chardonnay from time to time. One of her favorites is Cakebread. This week they released their 2013 Chardonnay Reserve. If you too are a fan of a buttery Chardonnay we recommend it.
Southern Living put together a collection of recipes highlighting the flavors of September. Recipes include: Carmel apple brandy sauce, chicken and black bean chimichangas, tomato & red pepper soup and many more.
We are both big fans of lemon (anything) so we enjoyed seeing Ina Garten's blog this week with her recipe for Lemon Bars.
Picture Perfect History
If you are on twitter and enjoy history a great site to follow is History In Pix.
History In Photos.
Up All Night
This Saturday the Music Center will host another Sleepless event. Spend a night enjoying music and fun events until 3am. They currently have a waitlist you can join, or just sign up for the October event.
SplashID is a great online service and app where you can store all your passwords. We have used it with great success for a few years. Here is a link to learn more about SplashID and their free basic account.
Choosing paint colors can be overwhelming at times. If you are thinking about painting, Benjamin Moore's website offers inspiration, tools and lots more to help you find the perfect color.
What could be more made in America the Kentucky Bourbon? Maxim.com shared 7 summer bourbon recipes perfect for your Labor Day BBQ this weekend.
Easy As Pie!
Simple Summer Cooking
Delish.com shared 55 of their favorite summer recipes to enjoy this weekend. Lots are designed for the grill, but there are a couple of great soups and hearty salads. The blackened salmon with avocado salad and the grilled shrimp tostadas especially caught our eye.
Made In America
There are lots of companies represented on the Made In America site. One of the companies we discovered is RedNek. Their champagne flutes are a unique twist on the mason jar glass trend.
We loved this video put together by Wire Tap for Canadian Broadcasting (CBC) sharing wisdom through the years. The 88 year olds advice about sweets and the 18 year olds thoughts about hanging on to your Legos were classic.
London’s Covent Garden is a charming shopping arcade with restaurants and street performers. Covent Garden is also home to a temporary art installation of 100,000 white balloons. The exhibit runs through September 27th.
The classic Fiesta dinnerware, flatware, etc. by Homer Laughlin is another wonderful Made In America story. This Ohio company been turning out colorful dishes and accessories since 1873.
Let The Fantasy Begin
Are you losing your family this weekend to a fantasy football draft? If you want to learn a bit about what all the fuss is about here are a few links. The NFL’s What is Fantasy Football? ESPN has a wide variety of resources to learn about Fantasy Football and tips on how to draft a winning team.
Not A Morning “Person”?
You might feel Ryer's pain. Did we mention Ryer is an Otter at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco?
The Fanny Pack Come Back
Ok full disclosure, fanny packs have never been our thing, but we have noticed a lot of our friends are jumping on this trend. Which made us want to share a Made In Los Angeles story. Avenue Dee based in Downtown LA makes had made fanny packs as well as other items such as duffel bags, wallets and more. While most of their fanny packs make quite a statement we think the understated black leather is the better choice.
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.
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