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.
Getting ready for some out door or beach fun? You might find these cocktail recipes featuring some of the newer flavored alcohol like Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka shared by Coastal Living.
Coffee For Good
Full disclosure we think Hugh Jackman is kind of good looking, but his coffee venture that supports education, entrepreneurship and community focused efforts makes him (and his wife Deborra-lee Furness) gorgeous. To learn more about Dukale’s Dream coffee, the coffee shop in Tribeca or the Laughing Man foundation click here.
Beyond The BBQ
Leave it to Martha Stewart and her team to come up with 30 great dinners for Dad. Why not try something new this Father’s Day, how about Roasted Buffalo Shrimp for a starter?
Garde is of our favorite shops for home goods in Los Angeles. The buyers at Garde put together a spectacular array of products. The shop is located on Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles, but they also have a great online shop, here is a link so you can see their wonderful linens, tableware and so much more.
And Tonight’s Special Is…
As both of us were born and raised in and around Los Angeles we love nostalgic Los Angeles. We loved when Bon Appétit posted these iconic Los Angeles menus this week.
With Father’s Day just around the corner we thought it the perfect time to share a few go to gift guides. The Dwell store has several great gifts for Dad. We especially like some of the cool tools and music accessories. Another great site is Askmen.com. Their post 25 Father's Day gifts had several unique (and a few traditional) gift ideas. You can always count on the Uncommon Goods website to have some great uncommon gifts for any holiday.
Fresh Air & Good Food (We’re In)
Open Table put together their list of 100 great places in America to dine outside. The list is from diners not a single writer, which makes it interesting. We bookmarked the list and hope we remember to check it before we travel next time.
Dwell On Design
We spent yesterday at Dwell On Design at the LA Convention Center. This year was filled with even more cool and unique design vendors. So we decided to use this weekend’s musings to sharing a few of our favorites.
Dwell On Design continues through this weekend. Here is the link to learn more Dwell On Design Los Angeles
Bench Warming Design
Perfect for our California mild climate was our discovery of Galanter and Jones, makers of heated outdoor furniture. We could not believe our “seat” when we tried it. The chair was very comfortable too!!.
By now everyone has seen chalkboard paint and it’s various applications. Idea Paint goes beyond being just for writing. Idea Paint changes any surface into a complete dry erase board. The paint has magnetic particles in it as well so you can use magnets on the surface too!
Designed For Power
We were excited to learn more about Dwell Homes. This website curates the top real estate listings and showcases them in spectacular fashion. Whether you are looking for your next home or just dreaming of a future move Dwell Homes should be your first stop.
Murphy’s Law Of Des
Several vendors showcased innovative solutions for small spaces and lofts. This double Murphy bed really caught our eye. Here is a video we took as they demonstrated the beds- Murphy Bunk Beds
It is easy to spend a day or two at Dwell On Design Los Angeles and still not take it all in. There is a fun Beer Garden for a snack, cocktail or lunch, a complete Dwell on Design store and loads of exhibits, product demos and expert help.
We hope you get a chance to check it out.
If a visit to the beautiful northwest is on your list consider going in September during Feast Portland, an annual event celebrating all things food, wine and beer. The fun starts on September17th and proceeds go to End Oregon Hunger.
Dining Experience Excellence
Here is a link to this year's James Beard award winners. If you enjoy discovering new talent you will love perusing the list of 2015 winners. There are the great Chefs and Mixologists but also interesting food writers, podcasts, televisions shows and more to discover, along with perennial classics like Del Posto in New York of course.
Epicurious has a great YouTube channel that includes “how to” videos from experts in both restaurants and culinary schools. This link is for a video from Cowgirl Creamery on making the best-grilled cheese sandwich.
Who Doesn’t Like Avocados?
The answer is baby Autumn. Check out this cute video of her first taste of an avocado.
Travel Wish List
Travel and Leisure has compiled a list of the best places to travel in 2015. The list includes; beaches, snow filled destinations and everything in between. We agree with most of the destinations on the list but there are a few we find questionable.
It’s Grad Gift Time
Brit & Co has curated a unique list of gifts for the Graduate in your life. Most graduates prefer cash, but the price point on many of these gifts make it possible to give a unique gift and cash.
We thought this was a simple list to help get good nights sleep. 10 Things To Do Before You Go To Bed posted by Pick The Brain website.
Social Media For Grown Ups
The Wall Street Journal had a well-written article that broke down some social media programs in simple terms. After reading you have a better understanding of the value (and non-value) of using some of these apps.
CM In Print
This month’s DTLA Life online magazine features our article on outdoor décor. The magazine has lots of great content you might enjoy. Click to page 24 to read our article.
If you are in need of a cute kitty video fix this one might be perfect. One little kitten tries every trick in the book to wake up another kitten.
Cathi recently discovered the joys of using a Lewis canvas bag to make the perfect crushed ice. Here is video explaining why a Lewis bag is superior to all other methods..
Skillet Brownies Yum
One of Rachel Ray’s food creators, Grant shared 3 cast iron skillet desserts. All looked great. The chocolate chip cookie is made completely in the skillet. Talk about a one-pot wonder. The one we cannot wait to try was the chocolate peanut butter brownie. It looks like a perfect salty sweet dessert.
Ina’s On Tour
A wonderful last minute Mother’s Day gift idea….. Take Mom to meet The Barefoot Contessa in person. Here are her just announced tour dates. Tour dates ~ sounds so rock star!
What I’ve Learned
Oh No I Forgot The Card!
You got Mom the perfect gift. Everything is organized for a lovely brunch, but you just realized you forgot the card. Fear not… Brit & Co. shared several card templates
you can easily print on your home printer, including funny takes on the Yo Mama jokes.
Artisan Gifts For Mom
If you are still searching for the perfect gift don’t just run to the store and pick anything. Check out these last minute gifts ideas from talented ETSY artists. Once you choose the perfect gift and buy it simply put a screen shot in the card and tell Mom it will arrive soon.
A Tribute Blog For Mom
Mr. Marriott of the Marriott hotel brand wrote a lovely blog about his Mother this week. You can hear the deep admiration and love in his words.
The Roaming Kitchen
If you are a fan of good food bloggers you might want to check out this profile on The Roaming Kitchen by Bloglovin’.com.
Never To Old Wow
Five "not young" guys tried out for Britain’s Got Talent. It seemed everyone began to prejudge the act, but quickly the dance crew demonstrated we should never judge a book by its cover.
Southern Mint Julep
Southern Living shared their recipe for a classic Mint Julep. Their recommendation for preparing the ice is to put it in a towel and beat it with a hammer. A note for us: If we have helped you redesign your kitchen we suggest doing this outside instead of on your beautiful kitchen counter or island.
Are you having a party for tonight’s big fight? Check out Bon Appétit’s Pacquio ~ Mayweather fight night menu.
A Home For All
Elvis Summers, a resident of Los Angeles always felt a bit sad when he saw the same homeless woman sleeping outside by his home. So he decided to do something. He built her a house. Mr. Summer’s has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds and volunteers to build more tiny homes.
Horses & Hats
There is still time to check out the field of horses set to run in today’s run for the roses. Here’s a link to the link to the official Kentucky Derby website.
If you are having a hard time picking a winning horse for the race. You might find some help in Jimmy Fallon's puppy predictor. In all seriousness the puppy predictor did correctly predict that the horse Stanford would be scratched. Just saying…..
Do you find yourself occasionally having zero time to watch the news or read a newspaper? If you answered yes, a daily email from The Skimm might be very useful. The Skimm is a daily digest of important events and major news stories.
Design By Details
Details magazine put together this slideshow of design trends for 2015. We agree with many of the trends they highlighted such as Big Comfy Sectionals, Mixing Vintage and Contemporary Furnishings, and more.
Camel On The Loose
Don’t you just hate it when your camel runs away? Funny (not to the camel owner) video of a man chasing his camel down a major highway.
Puppy Video Love
Puppy videos are always cute, but when a puppy is scared of his own hiccups it is as funny as it is cute.
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