Woohoo! Time for Week 13 of my #100HappyDays Challenge! (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 , Week 9, Week 10 and Week 11).
<<June 24, Tues – Frozen green grapes, a delightfully sweet, crunchy & refreshing snack>>
<<June 25, Wed – Letting my imagination go with the help of a big box of crayons>>
<<June 26, Thurs – Enjoying some sun and conversation on a friend’s rooftop terrace>>
<<June 27, Fri – Happy hour on a chic rooftop overlooking Beverly Hills>>
<<June 28, Sat – Saturday movie date with a delightful movie and a delightful date>>
<<June 29, Sun – Finally went to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market and it didn’t disappoint!>>
<<June 30, Mon – Shades of pink and purple radishes, eaten with butter and sea salt>>
Time for Week Twelve of my #100HappyDays challenge! (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 , Week 9, Week 10 and Week 11).
<<June 17, Tues – Lamb wrap and savory muhammara spread for lunch at Momed>>
<<June 18, Wed – Finally checking out the Pacific Design Center – those colors! that scale!>>
<<June 19, Thurs – Coffee and a homemade two-bite brownie for breakfast>>
<<June 20, Fri – Koreatown bars have the most over the top and awesome decor – neon, giant flowers, checkered tile, glittery banquets, disco ball!>>
<<June 21, Sat – Bougainvillea, palm trees and sun: so very LA>>
<<June 22, Sun – Warm buttery biscuit with stonefruit preserves at Superba Snack Bar>>
<<June 23, Mon – Revisiting the delight and endless possibilities of a fresh box of crayons>>
Week Eleven of my #100HappyDays challenge was full of happy discoveries in the everyday stuff. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 , Week 9 and Week 10).
<<June 10, Tues – Thai tea with chewy boba, brought home by my thoughtful roomie>>
<<June 11, Wed – This mysterious wooden door, flanked by stone and ivy, discovered on a walk around my old LA neighborhood>>
<<June 12, Thurs – Challenging myself to create a dish with just pantry and freezer staples>>
<<June 13, Fri – Introducing Wally to his new buddy Yoda>>
<<June 14, Sat – Vintage kitchen tools at an antique shop – a reminder of how much cooking has changed and stayed exactly the same>>
<<June 15, Sun – Father’s Day brunch and just being with my family>>
<<June 16, Mon – A leisurely twilight stroll along the Venice canals with my man>>
Can’t believe it’s already Week Ten of my #100HappyDays challenge! Writing this post every week really lets me appreciate these moments all over again. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8 and Week 9).
<<June 3, Tues – Getting in touch with my inner kid at the LA Natural History Museum>>
<<June 4, Wed – Admiring my old-school neighborhood on an evening walk>>
<<June 5, Thurs – Wandering around Santa Monica with an old college friend (even the parking lot was gorgeous!)>>
<<June 6, Fri – Spending an evening volunteering for an amazing organization>>
<<June 7, Sat – Browsing the irresistibly colorful sale section at Anthropologie>>
<<June 8, Sun – Discovering this sad, slumpy bear while cruising the local shopping mall>>
<<June 9, Mon – Catching up with old friends over classy Tex-Mex at Bar Ama>>
Week Nine of my #100HappyDays challenge and going strong! This week was full of new discoveries and old comforts. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7 and Week 8).
<<May 27, Tues – Discovering delectable Mexican pastries at a bakery down the street>>
<<May 28, Wed – A 3-mile run through my neighborhood in the golden afternoon light>>
<<May 29, Thurs – Perfect little billy button arrangement in a vintage tin at Salt’s Cure>>
<<May 30, Fri – A light and simple dinner of DIY nori rice wraps with my parents>>
<<May 31, Sat – A trip to the breathtakingly beautiful Getty Villa in Malibu>>
<<June 1, Sun – Tart mango pineapple Italian ice with creamy vanilla custard at Rita’s>>
<<June 2, Mon – A plastic cup full of wine and the sunset at my sister’s downtown LA loft>>
Here’s Week Eight of my #100HappyDays challenge! This week, I indulged in some of my favorite comforts and saw inspiring design while out and about. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7).
<<May 20, Tues – My ultimate comfort food: Korean spicy, crunchy, sizzling stone pot rice>>
<<May 21, Wed – Playing Secret of Mana on an SNES emulator and watching Center Stage>>
<<May 22, Thurs – A 2 hour lunch with an old friend capped with the cutest coconut cake>>
<<May 23, Fri – Treating myself to a soothing, meltingly relaxing Thai massage>>
<<May 24, Sat – A bold and playful upholstered built-in bench nook with delicate mobiles>>
<<May 25, Sun – Large scale text installation at the beautiful (and free!) Hammer Museum>>
<<May 26, Mon – A refreshing take on the mounted animal head trend: a 3D printed deer on black canvases with gold washi tape at a super stylish friend’s home>>
Week Seven of my #100HappyDays challenge was full of sweets, of the literal and emotional kind =) (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6).
<<May 14, Tuesday – Gorgeous display of gourmet candies at Sugarfina Beverly Hills>>
<<May 15, Wednesday – This is what makes dog ownership worth every bit of the hassle>>
<<May 16, Thursday – A delicate and delicious strawberry cream puff at Republique>>
<<May 17, Friday – A night of fun and games at Two-Bit Circus, housed in an old brewery>>
<<May 18, Saturday – A walk on the beach with my man>>
<<May 18, Sunday – Butter pecan ice cream in a warm red velvet waffle cone at Sprinkles>>
<<May 19, Monday – Taking in all the colors and textures at a local fabric store >>
My friend came to visit recently with bunches of fresh-cut herbs from her backyard. Instead of hiding them in plastic bags in the fridge like I usually do, she treated them like flowers and put them in a glass containers filled with water.
They kept fresh for two weeks this way! All I had to do is change the water every few days when it started to get cloudy.
These herbal displays added such a vibrant, natural touch to the kitchen (even the curly parsley looks gorgeous!). And since they were right in front of my eyes, I used them all up instead of letting them go slimy in the fridge.
This is so perfect for me because I’ve never been a huge fan of cut flowers. They’re beautiful for special occasions but then they die and go in the trash and I can’t help but think about how much land and water it’s taken to cultivate them, just to be looked at for a few days.
But herbs! They’re so wonderfully useful and flavorful and nutritious. They’re key to the culinary identity of so many cultures. I heart them. And I can’t think of a better way to store them than this natural, low energy, beautiful display.
Almost halfway through the #100HappyDays challenge! This week I watched two very different, but both brilliantly skilled, musicians and got inspired to to get creative. (If you’re curious, here are Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5).
<<May 6, Tuesday – Rodrigo y Gabriela and their breathtaking, rhythmic guitar music>>
<<May 7, Wednesday – Piles of familiar, yet exotic, produce at the Korean grocery store>>
<<May 8, Thursday – Exquisite piano playing by Lang Lang at the Disney Concert Hall>>
<<May 9, Friday – Meeting old friends from high school over good ale and pub grub>>
<<May 10, Saturday – Channeling my inner child through paint and canvas>>
<<May 11, Sunday – Finding a perfect fallen flower on a long, mid-day hike>>
<<May 12, Monday – My very first try at painting an accent wall>>
These days, I usually eat lunch by myself at home. Which sounds sad at first, but is actually blessedly peaceful compared to how I used to eat lunch – hunched at my desk, shoveling food into my mouth from a container pinned between my arms and my keyboard as I furiously typed emails and reviewed contracts. And that lunch was often an overpriced salad or soggy leftovers from the dinner I had delivered to the office the night before. Not that it really mattered because when I ate that way, I never really appreciated or truly savored my food.
So these days, I look forward to my lunch for one, usually made from leftovers and random ingredients from my various cooking forays that week. I enjoy cobbling those bits and bobs together with things from my pantry to transform leftovers into brand new dishes. See some recent lunch creations after the jump!