Little Pine – Silver Lake

Little Pine is quaint restaurant in Silver Lake. It’s owned by Moby, vegan, and 100% of the profits go to charity. Don’t let the veganism scare you, the food is delicious!

Must orders: Mac & Cheese, Cookies & Milk (I ordered Strawberry Milk).




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Drinks at Noble Experiment – San Diego

Noble Experiment is a gorgeous, yet tiny cocktail bar in Downtown San Diego. It’s hidden inside another bar, which is always a nice touch. The wait on a Monday night was close to an hour, and I think the staff at Neighborhood were annoyed – albeit rude when we were waiting to get in after they were technically closed. Rudeness aside, we finally got into the bar and got seated in a corner booth, which was nice and cozy. It’s horrendously dark inside so I wasn’t able to take a decent photo of a single cocktail. Do bars do that on purpose to retain their mystery?

Anyhow, I had the Featherweight Old-Fashioned, which consisted of Bourbon, Amaretto, Mandarin Napoleon, and Bitters. Pretty spot on. We also tried a few variations of the Gimlet and The Buck – all really delicious and well-made. I loved the wood bar and the skull wall. Really gorgeous details that seemed were thought out for the small space.

I’d go back again as long as the wait wasn’t longer than 30 minutes. Truly not a fan of lines and long waits. This isn’t Portland! 🙂

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12 Kinds of Kindness

I got really excited when I found this over the weekend. These two incredible people/artists, Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, who started 40daysofdating.com (which was an incredibly moving social experiment about two friends with opposite dating habits who choose to date exclusively for 40 days ) just started a new experiment called 12 Kinds of Kindness.

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Quick tidbit about 40 Days of Dating – the project is something I go back and read all the time (and also just got the book!) because I can clearly see myself in both of them. When it first came out I think I cried like 39/40 days. It’s truly moving.

Jessica and Tim started this new project about Kindness. I’m halfway into the first day and already blown away. I just love honest perspective about relationships. Anyways, I have to go and catch up on this blog. You should too.

 

Underbelly get in my belly.

On my recent trip to San Diego, I tried a hip ramen spot in North Park, Underbelly. Might I add that after all these years going to San Diego I finally understand why North Park is called North Park. Duh.

Underbelly is a cute little (big) joint, with tons of seating and fireplaces for when it gets chilly. I ordered the Kimchi Pickles and the Tonkotsu Ramen (with two eggs). They take more of an Americanized take on their dishes, so the Kimchi Pickles weren’t over the top spiced or anything, but still pretty good. The Tonkotsu Ramen actually tasted a bit more on the healthier side – which made me wonder about the broth. Usually you “know” you’re eating some super unhealthy ramen when you’re in Little Tokyo in LA, but this didn’t have that overly fatty taste. I’d definitely try it again, as they have meatier options such as “Belly of the Beast” that has oxtail, brisket AND short rib in it.

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Brunch at the Driskill Austin

I read about the Driskill’s Bloody Mary Bar and made it a must-do on my Austin list. They give you your spirit of choice (whiskey) in a huge mason jar and let you fill up on unlimited amounts of bloody mary mix and all the fixin’s including  Sausage, Carrots, Olives, Lemons, Limes, Cheese, and all the hot sauces. It was absolute heaven and the perfect treat to have before we sat down for brunch in the cafe.

I had the farm fresh quiche and it was the best quiche I’ve ever eaten. I couldn’t believe how delicious and fresh everything was. Highly highly recommended.

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Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

Cacio e Pepe Pour Un

Cacio e Pepe

One of my favorite late night snacks is Cacio d Pepe. It’s so simple to make and I always have the ingredients.

Here’s my version (1 Serving):

Linguine or other Pasta (I grab a handful or less)

1 TBSP Unsalted Butter

4 TBSP Mascarpone (or more if you’re into it)

1/3 Cup Grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Unlimited Amounts of Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Maldon Salt

  1. Boil Salted Water and Add Linguine Once Boiling
  2. Add Butter to Medium-High Heated Skillet
  3. Once Melted, Add enough Pepper to cover the pan
  4. When Pepper is Toasted, add Mascarpone and Parmigiano to Pan and stir until incorporated.
  5. Lower Heat.
  6. Once Linguine is al dente, add to sauce.
  7. Salt and Pepper to Taste. Serve warm!