Posts filed under yummy

Blue Star Donuts

Last November, we took a long-weekend trip up to Portland to soak in some true Fall weather (which I'm wishing I could do now, in this nonstop heat wave!).  We ate a ton of delicious food, but one of our favorite stops was Blue Star Donuts.  

Blue Star Donuts PDX

They specialize in a tasty brioche based dough and handcrafted, unique flavors. Each donut is perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  All the noms.

To my delight, they just opened a store on Abbot Kinney in Venice.  Yippee!  That made a 9 month + pregnant mama very happy indeed.  This time, we tried Mexican Hot Chocolate, Blueberry Bourbon Basil, and went all in on our favorite Portland flavor, Lemon Poppyseed (though this time it was glazed on an old fashioned style donut). 

Donuts Venice

Hands down, Lemon Poppyseed and regular Old Fashioned are at the top of my Blue Star list, but I can't wait to go back and try more flavors.  

Though there isn't any seating at the new Venice location, donuts are pricer than your corner shop, and the line was a tad long, these little bites of heaven are worth it!  Literally salivating.

Posted on October 29, 2015 and filed under restaurant, yummy.

Moscow Mules

My favorite easy summer cocktail this year was the Moscow Mule.  I think its popularity in our house ensures it will linger well into the Fall...  

Here's what you need for one Mule:

  • 1 shot (1.5 fl oz) vodka
  • 1/2 fl oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup ginger beer
  • ice (cubed or crushed)
  • lime wedge for a garnish

You could enjoy a non-alcoholic mocktail with just the ginger beer and lime if you wanted to.  Or, you can even have a Kentucky Mule, by substituting some smooth bourbon instead of vodka.  

Copper mugs are the not-so-secret key ingredient (I'm convinced the metal affects the taste). And they are oh so pretty!  Mixed metal decor is hot for the Fall, too (cb2 told me that, so it must be true).  So display those shiny beauties out on a shelf!

Posted on September 29, 2014 and filed under yummy, pretty, party.

California Bowl

california bowl

Oh hello!  Aren't you pretty?  

A favorite quick and yummy breakfast in our casa is something we call a California Bowl.  I'm pretty sure you can enjoy it in any state, though.   We keep these few ingredients on hand, so it's an easy morning meal to throw together!

California Bowl

  • Frozen shredded hashbrowns (fry in oil in an iron skillet)
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Avocado
  • Bacon
  • Hot sauce or salsa
  • S + P

Also, notice that scrumptious marble countertop up there?   I need to get my tush in gear and take some house After photos, and post some Durings for you guys.  Such a tease, I know.  Coming soon!

Posted on July 24, 2014 and filed under yummy.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Question.  Is it embarrassing that I have 2 cookie ice cream sandwich photos in my most recent photo library images?  No?  Ok, cool.  

I'm not a huge sweet tooth, as you know.  But lately I'm having a thing about cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Cookies and ice cream?  Always yes.  My little bro and his girl were in town recently, which translates to I gained about 5 extra pounds of fun food--which included these 2 bad boys:

from Diddy Riese, fresh baked cookies, at only a whopping $1.75.  DR is a Westwood late-night must-eat with a notoriously long, but worth it, line.


from Manhattan Beach Creamery, the Cream'wich.  Right on the Strand in MB so perfect for a sweet treat if you're in the South Bay.

MB cookie sandwich.jpg


My go-to combo is pretty boring (read: classic): chocolate chip cookies with either chocolate chip or cookie dough ice cream.   But it never disappoints. 

Maybe I'll try to make some at home, and then I could be more adventurous (strawberry shortcake?  red velvet?  rolled in sprinkles?).  They sound pretty simple to make..

  • Bake cookies, whatever kind you like
  • Let them fully cool - 30 minutes +
  • Add 1 scoop of ice cream (about 1/3 cup) to a cookie
  • Sandwich a 2nd cookie on top
  • Eat (or wrap in plastic wrap, bag and freeze)!

Or of course Martha has a fancy recipe HERE.  Or see Betty's take HERE.  

I guess I'll have to hit up Coolhaus soon, an ice cream sammy place just up the street in Culver City or now in food trucks.  Who's with me?!