Dude, I have THE.COOLEST.FRIENDS.EVERRRRRR!!!
Not only are they total foodies (yes, like the rest of y'all I'm sure), but they live and die fine dining and haute cuisine. So much in fact that the losers of superfluous amounts of random bets are left to devise, conceptualize, cook, and execute multiple course meals with wine pairings, molecular gastronomy, gold leafed desserts…the whole SHABANG!
One of my greatest joys of living in OC is regular trips to my FAVE sushi joint in Costa Mesa.
Ikko’s seriously MASTER CLASS y’all. I’ve probably dined over two dozen times (first blogged HERE) and each time is a different experience than the last. With a seasonally rotating menu reflecting whatever Chef Ikko Kobayashi’s into these days, I revel at the opportunity to visit once/twice/ or even 3 times a quarter, since I SWEAR my most memorable meals were spawned out of Ikko’s freestyle kitchen and sushi bar.
Asian-inspired American brunch…novel concept or no? What I love about Break of Dawn is how seemingly Vietnamese it feels serving such staples as Café sua da (Viet Iced coffee), Duck, sausage and rice. What I don’t love is that these dishes really miss the authenticity mark by just a smidgeon.
I’ve been looking into purchasing some fashion illustrations for quite some time now, having scoured Etsy for some of my faves before committing to either one artist or a bunch of them! Opened up One King’s Lane today and lo and behold, what do I find? Yup, there she was, some of Leigh Viner’s originals in all their haute couture glory. Something about the sweeping, sinuous lines of a woman’s curves really tickles my fancy and gets my panties all in a bunch.
I seriously need to get on Yelp y’all.
Can’t tell ya how many times I rely on that sucker to map out my next meal.
When I’m feeling sharp hunger pains, I open the app.
When I’m on vacay, I open the app.
When I’m working in LA, en route to meet clients, or even lounging in and around my own hood, I open the app. I have such confidence in Yelp that I’ll rely solely on high star ratings without reading any reviews and happily shell out a couple hundred bucks for dinner if users say its 4.5 stars and above. Has Yelp ever done did me wrong?
I’ve been living in bright bold jewel tones and all out glamour for the past few years…it’s nice to finally tone it down a bit and let the serenity sweep me right into a new season. Loving lavender and pink, aqua, mint, and buttercream, a confection of candy colors all bathed in the glow of natural spring light. Such soothing hues getcha dreaming of relaxing in an exotic locale far far away…anyone else have a case of the Mondays??