One of my favorite road trips is to Joshua Tree. It’s about 2.5 hours outside of Los Angeles and feels like it’s a world away. I rented a gorgeous AirBNB with huge outdoor area including a BBQ, jacuzzi, plunge pool, and a firepit.
We watched the Perseid Meteor Shower which was completely visible from the backyard. The most beautiful meteors and stars were visible by the naked eye!
A trip to Pioneertown was a given (meal at Pappy & Harriet’s pictured below!) – which included Baby Back Ribs and Cheese Fries. It’s nice to walk around Pioneertown while it’s still light out and to check out the little shops they have in town. I can’t wait to go back, especially when it’s not 100 degrees out!
One of my favorite dishes growing up was Chicken Adobo. It’s incredibly simple with a garlic, soy sauce and vinegar marinade. It always comes out delicious and flavorful. Recipe here.
I visited DC a few weeks ago and went to eat at Rose’s Luxury, which was Bon Appetit’s Best Restaurant in America 2014.Though I totally disagreed when they chose a certain restaurant in Los Angeles where I had a terrible experience both food + service wise (AHEM starts with an “A”) , this experience at Rose’s brought back my faith in their taste.
Full Disclosure: You have to WAIT to eat here. We’re talking hours. So don’t come hungry and you’ll be fine.
Most people wait in line around 4 PM and they open at 5 PM, so if you’re in line and it’s not around the block you can likely eat immediately. On the day I went they handed out Otter Pops (which apparently they call Ice Pops on the east coast). They don’t seat you until your entire party is there, so your other option is to put your name down for the second seating and then have a drink or wander the neighborhood until then, which is around 7/7:30ish.
We had a few really delicious cocktails upstairs at the bar while we waited. Now to the food must haves:
From Top to Bottom:
– HOUSE BREAD with POTATO SKINS. – too good.
– FOIE GRAS & CHICKEN LIVER PATE, PLUM MUSTARDA & BRIOCHE: PHENOMENAL!
– HAND-CUT CHITARRA “CACIO E PEPE” – this was so delicious we ordered seconds. This is something I’ve done maybe one other time in life.
– CONFIT GOAT W/ BBQ SEA ISLAND RED PEAS, RICE & GARLIC BREADCRUMBS. Perfectly cooked and a great gateway goat dish for all.
I highly recommend every we ordered and then some. The Cacio e Pepe is absolutely to die for. I can’t wait to go back!
I had a long layover in London and HAD to go to Bob Bob Ricard. Any restaurant with a Champagne Button is a restaurant for me. The button actually works, as soon as a pressed it a man, who I will call The Champagne Man promptly arrived to get our champagne orders. Within 3 minutes we had two beautiful glasses of champagne at our table. Definitely needed after an 11 hour flight.
Highlights of the meal included Baked Oysters Brezhnev with Parmesan and Black Truffle and Steak Tartare with Foie Gras, Capers, and Rye Crispbread. The decor is gorgeous but not stuffy. The service is lovely and helpful.
Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James St. London W1F 9DF
I used to be an over-medium girl, but soft boiled is in my opinion, the perfect egg. The only way I’ll eat the entire thing. Unlike many friends of mine, I’m a fan of the yolk. You know, the least healthy part of the egg. Because of course!
Today I make soft boiled eggs and a strawberry banana mango smoothie for breakfast.
I found this video (with a great soundtrack btw) about how to cook the perfect soft boiled egg. It worked perfectly!
What a month I had.
I was in Australia for two weeks working as a road manager for a musician. My favorite cities were Melbourne and Sydney, but those were honestly the only cities I saw more than the inside of a hotel room or venue!
I went to see the Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei exhibit at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. It was a HUGE exhibit that was very interactive. The city of Melbourne is very lively and I had a delicious meal at Cumulus Inc.
More deets on food in Oz to come, but also check my IG: trolleywords for my most up to date foodie adventures! 🙂
I spent the weekend in Saint Lucia for work (rough I know…) and it was incredibly beautiful. We stayed beachfront at The Landings Resort. Each room was a suite with a full kitchen and living room, but I spent most of my time outdoors or on the beach.
Saint Lucia is an interesting island as it has only been independent for about 40 years. They are still under the British Commonwealth but were previously ruled by GB as well as France.
How gorgeous is this place? It was a bit of a trek from LA – 5 Hour flight to Miami then 3.5 hour flight to Saint Lucia, but I would definitely be ok with spending a week here with friends and doing absolutely nothing.
View from Breakfast.