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I Can Has.
Friday, April 28, 2023

mcdonald's cheeseburger and fries

Celebratory cheeseburger and fries (@ Mcdonald’s)

Nori’s family straight up gasped when they found out how high my blood glucose levels were in the hospital. I recently had to get bloodwork done for my upcoming appointment and my A1C has gone down six points since January (I also haven’t had Mickey D’s since the incident, and I used to doordash their iced coffee every morning even though they’re literally across the street from my apartment). All I had to do (according to Dr. Joshi) was change my friends, change the way I do things and change my whole life (he keeps it too real LOL).

The phlebotomist said I had “easy veins” (usually it’s hard to draw my blood, and one time they even had to go through my hand which is so painful!), she complimented me on my favorite Michael Myers shirt I was wearing (that I wear year-round, not just when it’s Halloween), plus I got to have Mcdonald’s today! Win-win-win.

FYI I had my 7th birthday party at the Mcdonald’s in Bonita. I even still remember what I wore. Point being, I’ve had a special relationship with Mcdonald’s for a long ass time LOL.

Also, yes, that’s a double cheeseburger, and yes, I reward myself with food. Get off me.

République.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023

republique

Margarita Manzke (co-owner and pastry chef at République in LA) is a 2023 James Beard Award Finalist.

République is one of my favorite restaurants, and the first time I ever went there, they had a mountain of butter out and I mused aloud, “What’s all this butter for?” and one of the workers was like, “PIE.”

Go if you’ve never gone before, or better yet, take me with you!

Instacart.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

shi chat

Well, I don’t work there for the 50% discount 🤣

Meal Prep Mondays.
Monday, April 24, 2023

meal prep

I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Texas Roadhouse.
Friday, April 21, 2023

texas roadhouse

texas roadhouse ribeye

Keeping up with Meat Fridays (@ Texas Roadhouse)

Shik.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

shik do rak

Whenever we pass by Pammie’s old stomping grounds, we have to stop by (@ Shik Do Rak)

I treated my sister to her favorite KBBQ spot in her old ‘hood because she’s been driving my ass around and taking care of me for months. After dinner, I treated myself to my first iced coffee since the incident because my doc appointments went so well. Most of the blood tests were negative, so they weren’t worried I have any more underlying conditions. Both my hematologist and rheumatologist gave me good news!

Blue Salt.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

nori chat

Doesn’t it, though???

P.S. Blue Salt is amazing, near my apartment, and you should totally take me there.

Urth Caffe.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

urth caffe

urth caffe

When in LA (@ Urth Caffe)

Callie.
Sunday, April 16, 2023

Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque champagne

Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends…🍾 🥂

callie mediterranean feast

I’m going going, back back, to Callie Callie (@ Callie)

We were finally able to get together and celebrate Jessie’s 40th birthday! 🎂 🎉 🍽️

Jessie knows everyone at Callie since she goes all the time! We met the head chef, Travis (thanks for sending over those complimentary fish collars), saw pictures of the manager’s cute pittie/corgi mix, Gravy, and wished the host well (he’s getting married next month!). Such a great experience, and the food was sooo good!

Love these girls 💕

Hanu Fridays.
Friday, April 14, 2023

hanu kbbq

On Fridays, we eat Korean BBQ (@ Hanu KBBQ)

I took my sister out for dinner, partly because my short-term disability (or STD LOL) was finally approved (EDD is so old school with actual paperwork and snail mail) and the payments are retro to when I applied for my claim in January, but mostly because I checked my ADP app to make sure they took my bennies out of my last paycheck and saw they gave me an unexpected raise and bonus (even though I technically haven’t worked since the incident).

Good thing I was max’d out on sick time and vacation, because that’s how I’ve been getting paid since January. I’ll be lucky if I get my first disability check before I’m back at work!

Sweet Tooth.
Thursday, April 13, 2023

crumbl cinnamon roll cookie

Cinnamon Roll Cookie (@ Crumbl Cookies)

This cookie is three of my favorite things combined (cinnamon rolls, cookies and Crumbl), so I had to try it. I only had a fourth of it, and it was excellent!

P.S. If you didn’t know by now, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. And if you’re not really a “dessert person,” I think you’re a little bit of a psychopath.

Pizza.
Thursday, April 13, 2023

healthy pizza

I keep seeing Marco’s Pizza TV commercials (even though there’s no Marco’s near us), so I made a healthier version since I kept craving this pizza I’ve never had.

Pizza Recipe:

  • O Organics Pizza Crust, Personal, Thin & Crispy
  • O Organics Pizza Sauce, Organic – 1 tbsp
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Arugula – 2 cups
  • Fresh Cut Red Onions, Diced – 2 tbsp
  • Signature Farms Mushrooms Shiitake, Sliced – ½ cup
  • Hormel Turkey Pepperoni – 5 slices cut into fourths
  • Lindsay California Black Olives, Sliced – 2 tbsp
  • Belgiosio Fresh Mozzarella Ball – 4 oz (half)
  • McCormick Red Pepper, Crushed – 1 tsp
  • Happy Belly Tellicherry Whole Peppercorn – 1 tsp

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Combine ingredients except the crushed red pepper and black pepper and bake for 30 minutes. Add crushed red pepper and fresh ground black pepper to taste when finished baking. (I recently bought an electric grinder and will find any excuse to use it).

Calories: 593. Carbs: 49. Fat: 29. Protein: 32. Sodium: 469. Sugar: 7.

See’s Alarm.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

pammie chat

I’m v serious about the half a dark salted caramel I allow myself once a day LOL.

Pasta La Vista.
Monday, April 10, 2023

true food kitchen spagetti squash casserole

Nori and I used to go to True Food Kitchen for lunch and eat Spaghetti Squash Casseroles, but I’ve been staying in SD since the incident, and parking at The Point was always horrendous anyway. 

I found this copycat recipe and even the meat lovers (me and my sister’s husband) loved it! I’ll def be making it again.

I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I used a 24 oz. jar of Rao’s Marinara Sauce (because it contains no added sugar), used 2 tbsp of dried Italian seasoning blend instead of fresh thyme and oregano (ain’t nobody got time to chop fresh herbs), and bought the onions already diced (because I hate chopping onions and think all vegetables should come already cut and triple-washed). Shi sent me some fake noodles to try (or as I like to call them, “foodles”), but they were awful!!! One of the reviews said, “You can’t burn them, but you’ll want to” LOL. The spaghetti squash is such a good alternative! It’s delicious, even if you aren’t watching your carbs.

Good Friday.
Friday, April 7, 2023

hanu kbbq

I’ve eaten meat every other Friday during Lent, I wasn’t about to stop now LOL (@ Hanu KBBQ)

Crumbl.
Friday, April 7, 2023

crumbl cookies

I had to order delivery today because one of their flavors this week was Iced Oatmeal (my favorite!). I split one with Pammie for lunch, and we both thought it was delicious!!! (@ Crumbl Cookies)

FYI I also like oatmeal raisin cookies from Subway LOL (my first job that my dad made me get when I was fifteen) and the molasses cookies they used to have at Milk in LA.

Dinner.
Friday, March 31, 2023

hanu kbbq

My sister’s bro-in-law, Paul, treated us out for Korean BBQ tonight! (@ Hanu KBBQ)

crumbl cookies

Thanks for the dinner, laughs, and letting me pay you in your first ever Crumbl cookie! (Did you love it? I’m still trying to convince Pammie and D, but Christine let her kids pick the flavors last time, so ofc they picked all the wack ass cereal kinds LOL).

Lifetime Supply.
Friday, March 24, 2023

atkins bars

My sister’s husband asked me what I ordered a lifetime supply of and I was like huh? I only ordered 2 boxes so I’d get free shipping this morning and have something to eat at the John Wick: Chapter 4 movie tonight LOL.

I ordered 2 boxes of Atkins bars for nearly $14 each, and Amazon accidentally delivered 2 CASES (12 boxes!). Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, anyone???

Cookie Good.
Thursday, March 23, 2023

cookie good

We used to get Cookie Good at work sometimes and they opened a brick and mortar in Santa Monica a few years ago, but they ship nationwide. I ordered a dozen after getting this email (I’m easily swayed), and I’m def gonna split one tonight when it arrives. I’m thinking Blueberry Pancakes. Or Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk. Or Cinnabun. Or Circus Animal. Or S’mores. LOL.

Cookie Good is better than Crumbl IMO, but I won’t turn down a Crumbl cookie (or any cookie for that matter).

crumbl s'mores

Update 4/1: I had to do a taste comparison (for science) and Crumbl has a s’mores flavor this week. IDK why I bought the other 3 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Verdict: Although the Crumbl cookie was delicious, my favorite s’mores cookie is still from The Cookie Corner in Hawaii.

Sheet Pan Sausage & Veggies.
Monday, March 20, 2023

Sheet Pan Sausage & Veggies

This sheet pan sausage and veggies Pammie and I meal prepped this past weekend has been a dream since my sister is in Denver this week for work, my mom is in the Philippines for one more week, and I’m staying with my dad who sleeps past 10am and thinks chinese takeout and salmon are suitable for lunch and dinner every day LOL.

This is just what I used below, but you could use whatever you have in your pantry:

Sheet Pan Sausage & Veggies Recipe

  • Aidells Smoked Chicken & Apple Sausage – 12 oz. (1 package – 4 links cut into about 10 pieces each)
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Tri-Color Bell Peppers – 3 Count (1 package – cut into about 1-inch pieces)
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Broccoli Florets – 12 oz cut into halves (1 package)
  • Trader Joe’s Handcut Butternut Squash Cubes – 20 oz. (1 package)
  • Trader Joe’s Microwavable Brussels Sprouts – 10 oz. cut into halves (1 package)
  • Red Onion – 1 large (cut into about 1-inch pieces)
  • Minced Garlic – 3 tbsp
  • Primal Avocado Oil – 4 tbsp
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend – 2 tbsp
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper – to taste (I used about 1 tbsp)

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 400°F and combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Dump onto two baking sheets covered in parchment paper (for easy clean up) and “convect roast” (that was the setting I used on my sister’s KitchenAid Oven) for 30 minutes (or less if you don’t like it charred) and voilà!

I divvied the recipe in four and put them into these containers because they’re cute to make sure I got one sausage link and plenty of veggies per meal, and these are the nutrition facts per serving if you’re into that:

Calories: 481. Carbs: 39. Fat: 26. Protein: 19. Sodium: 695. Sugar: 7.

Also, who am I right now???

See’s.
Saturday, March 18, 2023

see's scotchmallows

See’s is everywhere in LA, and I never understood how they stayed in business until I had a Dark Scotchmallow in my thirties.

I ordered some limited edition Dark Mint Scotchmallows from their website (they were sold out for St. Patty’s Day at my local See’s), and I allow myself half a piece a day LMAO.

(FYI, I also like Dark Salted Caramels and Toffee-ettes.)

Del Mar.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023

one paseo honey bears

sidecar doughnuts

On Tuesdays, I see my therapist and she’s minutes away from my favorite doughnut spot in town, and One Paseo shopping center.

This morning, I had some bloodwork done (they took 14 vials!), so I needed that quarter of a Susie’s Blueberry Pancake doughnut (a collabo with my favorite cupcake spot in LA, Susiecakes). And both planters from Pigment at One Paseo. Get off me.

Rainy & Sad.
Thursday, March 9, 2023

dtf chat

Is it sad that I’ve been to 3 of these places (and one of them is my own bed?)???

Morning Joe.
Saturday, January 7, 2023

After The Great Fridge Fiasco of 2022, the replacement fridge I received was even smaller than my original one and only came with this tiny ass ice tray.

tiny ass freezer

Pammie gifted me this nugget ice maker on christmas and it’s been a game changer, y’all!

espresso martini

Every morning, I’ve been treating myself to an espresso martini. I just pour this pre-mixed cocktail over freshly made ice (follow me for more recipes lol).

Yes, I know that martinis aren’t usually served on the rocks. Or in a whiskey tumbler. Or at 9am. Just let a bitch live. 

How I Holiday.
Sunday, November 27, 2022

jingle juice sangria

Jingle Juice

3 oz merlot
¾ oz fireball whisky
1 oz orange juice
1 oz pomegranate syrup
6 pineapple tidbits
1 lime (squeeze and drop)
1 orange slice
1 cinnamon stick (for garnish)

Pizza Party.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

chel pizza oven

chel pizza party

Belated birthday post for this supreme slice! We celebrated Chel’s birthday with a backyard pizza party. Are these ovens allowed on apartment balconies in LA??? Asking for a friend.

Chi Town.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

cheers

Cheers to a much needed mini vacay with Pammie and Donna! The last time we vacationed together was three years ago in Kauai, so this trip was long overdue!

downtown chicago

On Friday night, we missed our Nobu rooftop res because it took us 45 minutes to be driven 2 miles. Downtown Chicago traffic is no joke, especially during Lollapalooza weekend.

chicago booze box

We ended up at Booze Box, a secret bar in the basement of a sushi restaurant. Right when we walked in, this japanese lady pulled open a side gate and led us down some sketchy ass stairwell into the coolest little dive bar ever. The music, drinks and late night maki def hit the spot.

chicago river boat tour

I couldn’t go to Chicago without going on a river boat tour à la My Best Friend’s Wedding (that scene gets me every. damn. time.). While there was no slow dancing or tearful realizations, I honestly was so impressed by the beautiful architecture. The only other time I visited Chicago was over a decade ago for a weekend in the dead of winter. All I remember was that it was St. Paddy’s Day and they dyed the river green. It was too cold to really do anything back then. Even though it rained the day before I arrived this time, the weather was absolute perfection.

starbucks reserve roastery

starbucks reserve roastery

starbucks espresso martini flight

Coffee and vodka? Yes, please (@ Starbucks Reserve Roastery)

Later that day…

Donna: Why is my heart racing???
Me: Maybe it was that flight of espresso martinis you downed? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

nobu sushi

I’m that friend who only orders california rolls at sushi restaurants.

While Pammie and Donna enjoyed the (mostly raw) tasting menu at Nobu, I feasted on this glorious 28-day dry-aged prime ribeye.

nobu sashimi salad

nobu miso black cod

nobu sushi

If my A5 wagyu isn’t prepared this dramatically, I don’t want it.

nobu wagyu

nobu whisky cappuccino

The best thing I ate at Nobu (and possibly my entire life) was this whisky cappuccino dessert. Holy shit, you guys. Once that whisky foam hit my lips, I left my body, floated up to heaven, saw my grandparents, came back down, and finished off the remaining layers of espresso gelato, toasted cinnamon crunch and cardamom cream. Their recipe is posted online, but why go through all that trouble when you could just take me to the Nobu in Malibu??? 😏

chicago clark street dog

Since we all binge-watched The Bear, we wanted to try an authentic italian beef sandwich. One of our uber drivers, Kendrick, told us that the best one was at Clark Street Dog. We could kill two birds with one stone and get a chicago dog there, too. He warned us not to ask for ketchup, as if he knew about that one time I asked for it at a steakhouse and was shamed by my entire table. As he drove us around, he also pointed out where people had been recently shot and what areas to avoid walking at night unless we wanted to get popped! So full of useful information, this guy…

chicago clark street bar

We ordered our food and headed over to the attached bar for picklebacks, mules, and quite possibly the worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth – Jeppson’s Malört. According to our bartender, Evan, it’s a Chicago tradition for out-of-towners to take a shot of what can be accurately described as “rotten grapefruit with the lingering after taste of a tire fire” (among other things). He also suggested we hit up the nearby L&L Tavern where Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy used to troll for victims. Who doesn’t love a good murder bar??? I’ll have to come back when I’m not stuffed with italian beef.

chicago kasama

chicago kasama

chicago kasama

We woke up at the butt crack of dawn to stand in line for an hour before this restaurant opened (sorry for anything I said before I got some cold brew in me 😅). Kasama is the only michelin-starred filipino restaurant in the world, and respect had to be paid.

chicago popcorn

This trip couldn’t have come at a better time. I got to celebrate an unexpected promotion at work and have a little fun before conference season starts up this week and I’m blacked out for the next couple of months. Excuse me while I cry into my empty Garrett Popcorn tin…

Maple Block Mondays.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

maple block

maple block

maple block

Smoked wing night (@ Maple Block Meat Co.)

The Chi.
Saturday, July 23, 2022

chat chicago

Excited to get some italian beef in me next weekend. Any other Chicago recs besides an underground donut tour? 😂

Persevere.
Friday, July 22, 2022

chat floor burrito

The day I eat a floor burrito is the day I give up on life.

Party in the USA.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022

nathan's hot dog eating contest

My sister’s husband is convinced that I secretly have a poster of Joey Chestnut in my apartment, and I can’t confirm or deny that.

patriotic charcuterie board

Red, white and blue (cheese) – I was that asshole at three different grocery stores looking for that slice of heaven that is humboldt fog in the artisanal cheese aisle to complete my board.

rooftop bbq

Views and ‘cue – two of my favorite things. This private rooftop is a dream.

Not pictured: me almost lighting my hair on fire after some lunatic let me be in charge of the short ribs

king crab legs

Listen, sometimes you have to choose between buying a box of costco king crab legs or paying your rent. Luckily, Pammie bought these babies and afforded me another month in my studio. Ha.

white claw fridge

Is it even a party if you don’t stock your wine fridge with white claw???

icee maker

Alicia got me this icee machine for my birthday a few years ago, and I don’t know why I waited so long to bust it out (besides diabetes and the lack of counter space). I’m pretty sure Shi and I had more icees than the kids did!

crumbl

Christine came through with the Crumbl cookies!

fireworks

Added bonus: The rooftop has a clear view of the fireworks from the olympic training center.

sparklers

I hope everyone’s 4th was as lit as the illegal fireworks we bought on the side of the road!

Thanks to Pammie for hosting the best party ever at her new digs! Same time next year???

Rise & Grind.
Friday, July 1, 2022

urth caffe

urth caffe

Friyay latte (@ Urth Caffe)

BBQ Pop-up.
Monday, June 27, 2022

apl bbq pop up strand brewing co

Fuck, can I get pregnant from this??? 😳

APL is doing BBQ pop-ups all summer at Strand Brewing Co, and I am here for it.

Mega.
Friday, June 24, 2022

infatuation la list of restaurants

What time should I be ready? 😜

The only restaurant I’ve been to on this list is Guelaguetza, and I can confirm that you can still hear me over the mariachi band.

Early Bird Special.
Sunday, May 8, 2022

pancake fundraiser

I woke up at the butt crack of dawn to drive down to SD so that my beautiful mom could serve me breakfast at a pancake fundraiser. That’s love. Hope everyone had a nice mother’s day!

Ice Cream for Dinner.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

doordash mixup

I doordashed dinner tonight and just received someone else’s order (a hazard of contactless delivery). Even though I was hangry as hell, I think we can all agree that the real victim here is Kathleen M., who ordered 8 scoops of ice cream from Handel’s and received my salad and brussels sprouts from Tin Roof Bistro instead 🤣

Salud.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

callie champagne cheers boomerang

Cheers! (@ Callie)

harland brewing marionberry fluff

Who needs a husband when your bestie Jessie’s husband sends a bottle of champagne to your table during your girls night out and picks you up a 4-pack of sours on his beer run because it has your name in it??? Not this thirsty bitch! Ha.

Sadwiches.
Friday, April 15, 2022

infatuation LA sandwiches

BRB crying into my bangin’ breakfast sadwich (I’ll see myself out).

Born & Raised.
Saturday, January 22, 2022

born and raised

born and raised

born and raised

born and raised

born and raised

born and raised

born and raised

Best birthday dinner ever (@ Born & Raised)

Birthday Brunch.
Saturday, January 22, 2022

republique brunch

Let’s get some fuckin’ french toast (@ République)

Big Things Poppin’.
Monday, October 18, 2021

pop pie san diego

Celebrated Chel’s birthday with the girls (@ Pop Pie Co.)

After Pammie shared her big news that she bought a new house over the weekend, Shi revealed that her only update was that she got a tooth extracted and was going through a mortgage refi—that’s two more things than I got going on! Ha.

Majordōmo.
Friday, September 17, 2021

monello cheese wheel pasta

monello cheese wheel pasta

Smoked short ribs + doughnuts: a love story.

Dining at Majordōmo Meat & Fish was a religious experience. Can all of my meals be prepared tableside???

Social Hour.
Sunday, September 5, 2021

pacific social

pacific social frose

Much needed social hour and frosé with my faves (@ Pacific Social)

Deliverance.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

doordash drinks

I feel seen.

Half Birthday.
Monday, July 12, 2021

half birthday

Just Luna Grill notifying me that I have half a year left in my thirties (and offering some free baklava as consolation).

Going Green.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Is it too late to start dieting for my Hawaii trip in 2 weeks???

Recipes: Baked chicken breast cobb salad with ranch dressing // Avocado sweet potato toast // Chicken salad lettuce cups with avocado oil mayo // Air fryer brussels sprouts

About Me.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

phanny's redondo beach breakfast burrito

I enjoy long walks to any burrito (@ Redondo Beach)

Capri Sun Chasers.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

capri sun chaser

When your friends have kids but still like to party 🥳

Pacific coolers are the new pickleback!

UB40.
Friday, May 28, 2021

grand ole bbq

grand ole bbq

let's drink red red wine because ub40

Ditch day with my favorite 40-year-old at my favorite place (@ Grand Ole BBQ)

It took me four hours to drive from LA to SD this holiday weekend! The bestie is lucky I love BBQ her.

Redondo AF.
Friday, May 21, 2021

phanny's redondo beach

Rise & grind (@ Phanny’s)

Mother’s Daycation.
Monday, May 10, 2021

mimosa bar

mimosa cheers

Poolside mom-osas, anyone??? (@ Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort)

Hope everyone had a great mother’s day!

Salami Mami.
Sunday, May 9, 2021

charcuterie board - salami rose

Thanks to all the moms out there (and to tiktok for teaching me the art of salami roses!). If this graphic design thing doesn’t work out, I think I’ll just make charcuterie boards for a living.

Shortage.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
chat ray ketchup shortage
chat ray ketchup shortage
chat ray ketchup shortage

You ask for ketchup at a steakhouse once and nobody ever lets you forget it.

Easter.
Sunday, April 4, 2021

broiled lobster tails

The only shells we cracked this Easter!

Expectation vs Reality.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Me:

hot chocolate bomb cocoa gif

Shi:

hot chocolate bomb fail

I didn’t think I needed to include instructions with these hot chocolate bombs, but I’ve been wrong before ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Valentine’s Day.
Sunday, February 14, 2021

crumbl cookies goses are red the bruery beer

BRB eating my feelings.

Al Fresco.
Saturday, February 13, 2021

grande ole bbq beef rib

Hello, old friend (@ Grand Ole BBQ)

A year ago, I would have never thought that eating at a restaurant and spending time with friends would be such a rarity. This is the first time I’ve hung out with the bestie or been back at Grand Ole BBQ since my birthday weekend last year. It was nice to feel a sense of normalcy again, but when I saw that drunk girl dancing offbeat at the bar with no mask on, I took that as my cue to leave!

Hot Chocolate Bombs.
Friday, February 12, 2021

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

hot chocolate cocoa bomb

Sweets for my sweets ❤️

Gainz.
Sunday, February 7, 2021

super bowl squares

king crab legs

randy's donuts

Won $62.50 and gained 5 pounds this super bowl sunday hbu?

Bon Appétit.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

jon and vinny's spicy fusilli

Back in the day when we were allowed to dine inside restaurants, I had an amazing meal at Jon and Vinny’s. I loved everything we ordered, from the marinara braised meatballs to the LA woman pizza, but the real star of the show was their spicy fusilli alla vodka (what’s not to love about carbs and alcohol?). I’ve been dreaming about it ever since, so when I came across Jon and Vinny’s recipe on Bon Appétit, I knew I had to make it for dinner.

This dish was surprisingly simple to make. I mean, did I have to ask the guy at Trader Joe’s what a shallot was? Yes. And did I see my life flash before my eyes for a split second when I flambéd that vodka? Also yes. But it turned out just as delicious as I remembered it being. And what was already an amazing dish was made even better by the fact that I didn’t have to schlep over to Fairfax in LA traffic or make a reservation a month in advance to eat it!

Birthday BBQ.
Sunday, January 24, 2021

franklin barbecue goldbelly

franklin barbecue goldbelly

franklin barbecue goldbelly

Best birthday gift EVER.

Pammie surprised me with BBQ from my favorite spot in Texas, and I didn’t even have to wait in line for hours to get it!

The first time I ate Franklin Barbecue was years ago on a trip to Austin City Limits. It was day-old brisket reheated in a hotel microwave, but it was (and still is) the best BBQ I’ve ever had.

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