Tonight we went to The Oaks Gourmet. Um....amazing.
It is a market, and has barely any seating, but everything on the menu looks and smells amazing. And the burger did NOT disappoint.
The Dry Aged Burger
A half poud of our dry aged blend with taleggio cheese, black forest bacon, red onion, tomato, baby arugula, and our smoked jalapeno-pineapple compote on toasted brioche
WHAT???!!! you won't even believe what hit your mouth. it jumped right up to our number one spot. GO THERE.
Also, as a side note: it is a really really great place to people-watch.
So my roommate and I have found some creative recipes that we can make that taste good and don't break any rules.
Last night we made a Lentil Stew with Sausage
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 onions chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 carrots, coarsely chopped or sliced
1 lb smoked beer sausage, sliced (we used ground pork sausage)
1 lb. lentils rinsed and drained
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth (we used both)
1 tsp. dried sage (we used italian seasoning)
1 tsp. dried thype (we used italian seasoning)
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. fresh kale or spinach, stems trimmed, leaves chopped (we used spinach and did not chop the leaves cause I did not read that part)
In a 6 to 8-quart pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute onions, garlic and carrots until soft, abut 10 minutes. Add sausage, lentils, brother, italian seasoning, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until lentils are barely tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in spinach. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until lentils are tender. Ladle into soup bowls.
Makes 8 servings.
It was simple and really delicious. And the leftovers are JUST AS GOOD!!!
Ipp and I had an Anthony Bourdain marathon tonight. So much good food! So many exciting places! Makes me want to travel.
We knew we'd get inspired (and hungry!) so we decided to cook up a bunch of fun appetizers to snack on.
One of the things we made was brioche! with goat cheese, honey and figs. We got the recipe from Lizzo and Robert. Totally easy and delicious.
if you want one of them - let me know! i'm just giving them away for free. sorry these are pretty terrible pictures of them all, but it was the best i could do at 9p while cleaning my room :)
Message me (if you're reading this on FB), email me, or leave a comment if you want one of them.
|Originally from Old Navy - big enough to be a computer bag.|
|No idea where this originally came from.|
|So cute and fun - perfect for a night out. Can't fit much.|
|really pink. and really fun.|
|Bought this in the Czech Republic - almost didn't put it up here to give away cause I just LOVE it...but I also never use it :(|
|no clue where I got this either - but it is simple and small.|
|This purse is CRAZY. Was a fun gift from my mom but I am not cool enough to ever pull it off.|
I enjoyed a lovely evening with the fabulous Kaytee talking and eating and laughing. We joined some friends at the Levitt Pavillion for a free Carla Morrison concert and some other chick that was actually pretty bad.
All in all a pretty perfect evening. I love my happy little city of Pasadena and my lovely friend Kaytee.
Did I cut my hair or did Jen dye hers? I guess we'll never know.... (but I will say Jen would look super hot with dark hair!)
I had a lovely dinner this evening with Jen and Harris who are packing up to abandon me this week. I hate saying goodbye - I hate it when friends move. But I am so so so so proud of Harris getting into this PhD program and excited about what the future holds for them. And I guess this means I might get to visit TX for the first time ever!
kludt had a large (not not severe) head wound. and a deadly sucking chest wound.
i had no visible injuries (other than a little scratch on my arm) but my 3month old was not breathing, had no pulse and was unconscious.
here was where they brought kludt out to the medical center to tend to his wounds. it was actually a freaky simulation. i hope we never have to go through the real thing!
i love my wall of photos. all of them painted, drawn, snapped or from those i love most in the world.
he decided to shave said beard.
it was shaved off in gross...disturbing...don't-ever-do-that-to-your-face-on-a-permanent-basis stages.
i share that with you now.
please, join me....on a journey from fullness to scruff - the journey of matt's beard.
Also, I apologize in advance for forgetting to take a "before" picture.
|A little trim down the middle - gotta leave the soul patch!...also, as a side note: I am fairly certain if Matt ever committed a crime the LAPD would ask to borrow this photo to use as his mug shot.|
|All the middle gone - just leaving the almighty chops. Matt called this one the "Charles Dickens"|
|Just the fu manchu mustache...frightening.|
|Now just the creeper nasty stache. Only made creepier by the creeper smile. Well done, Matt.|
|And the world wept because another beautiful man beard was gone. What nice teeth you have, Matt - now that we notice you have teeth without all that beard in the way!|
today was the birth day of america. several wonderful friends came over to eat and laugh and drink and watch fireworks. it was great.
the hit of the night was the sangria - what a perfectly refreshing drink for a hot night outdoors for a BBQ, fireworks and general nostalgia about our home country!
i originally got this recipe from my awesome friend allen brown.
1 bottle chilled White Wine
1 White Peach
1 Green Apple
~ 6 oz. Gingerale
~ 1/3 c. Sugar
~ 1 T. Ground Cinnamon
First put wine in pitcher - add sugar and cinnamon and stir until well mixed. Dice peach & apple (1/2 in. cubes). Slice 1 Orange. Squeeze Juice from other orange. Mix, chill, & serve. Can serve over ice or not. Extra fruit can be used as garnish.
flank steak stuffed with apple, feta and almonds.
i give it a giant YUM!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously. so good. so so freaking good. and really easy. the taste is subtle but delicious and refreshing. it was the perfect supper for a hot summer day.
3lbs flank steak
1/2 c honey
1/2 c gluten-free soy sauce
3/4 c feta cheese, crumbled
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 green apple diced (no need to peel)
1/3 cup raw almonds, chopped
Put the flank steak in a plastic ziplock bag with the honey and soy sauce and marinate overnight.
In the morning, combine the feta cheese, garlic, green apple and chopped almonds in a mixing bowl. Pour the flank steak and marinade into the crock pot. Remove the meat from the marinade, and put it on a cutting board. Put a handful or two of the cheese filling in the middle of the flank and roll it up (the more you can stuff in there the better!!) Return the meat to the crock, steam-side down. (If you need to, you can use toothpicks or skewers to secure it). Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or on high for about 4 hours.
Slice and serve! The extra feta, apple, garlic and almonds make for a great salad topping!
Remember that one time I was going to blog a picture everyday and then got really busy so I stopped??
I do. Oops.
So I guess I decided to take the month of June off. But I'm back again now. So you can stop crying yourself to sleep.
It is Cha's birthday week so the girls went to La Luna Negra for dinner. Soooooo good.