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Daddy.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023

logan sandoval - barbecue showdown

Mmm, Daddy 😈

Logan Sandoval is my favorite contestant on Barbecue Showdown.

He has a weekend pop-up in LA. Who’s coming with me???

Barbecue Showdown.
Friday, May 26, 2023

The second season of Barbecue Showdown came out today on Netflix, so these are my plans for the weekend.

I’ve been to BBQ Showdown judge Kevin Bludso’s original location in Compton. He’s since moved to Fairfax, and he’s opening a location in Santa Monica this summer. Take me with you, and I’ll treat you to a Pink’s chili dog and some Brambleberry Crisp ice cream from Jeni’s after! None of which will hold up to my apartment in Redondo, so we’ll just have to eat it there! I hope you’re hungry 😏

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Friday, May 19, 2023

the betches sup

FYI I get all my important news in a daily email from The Betches Sup.

P.S. Florida senators should not be commenting on California things 😒

For The Birds.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Freakin’ birds (@ Starbucks)

Whenever Nori and I would go to Starbucks (pretty much every day LOL) we’d sit outside, and I could barely hear her wordle  guesses over the parrots. Apparently, they live in palm trees, and palm trees are outside every Starbucks we went to in the beach cities.

Also, I was so mad when they took out the nearest Jack in the Box and put another Starbucks in its place. There were already 15 within a 5-mile radius of my apartment!

starbucks map

Who complains about too many Starbucks and palm trees? Is this my life now??? LOL.

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!

Bougie.
Friday, April 21, 2023

aroma 360 cold diffuser

You’re so fuckin’ bougie.

– my sister’s husband to me after I brought down my Aroma 360 diffuser and Cashmere Plum fragrance oil from my studio in LA for my room at their house in SD

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.

Love.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

hospital quote

covid seat

Love is the moving power of our world…
if you would bring healing…
bring hope.

(@ Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance)

Urth Caffe.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

urth caffe

urth caffe

When in LA (@ Urth Caffe)

Kill Bill.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023

I hardly listen to the radio in SD (partly because the DJs are garbage, but mostly because I’m usually listening to Young the Giant on Spotify). I heard this song a few times on 92.3 on the way up to LA, and I’m obsessed.

SZA – Kill Bill

I’m still a fan even though I was salty
Hate to see you with some other broad, know you happy
Hate to see you happy if I’m not the one drivin’
I’m so mature, I’m so mature
I’m so mature, I got me a therapist to tell me there’s other men
I don’t want none, I just want you
If I can’t have you, no one should

Rushed Recovery.
Monday, April 17, 2023

shi chat

I filed to extend my leave because I’m not ready to go back to work yet! ❤️‍🩹 I haven’t even driven since the incident, you think I can design for the interwebs?!

P.S. One time, we went to LA for some doc appointments, and we didn’t take my car, so my sister left my car keys in San Diego (along with my apartment keys attached to them) and we had to stay at the Marriott (and we never let her forget it) LOL.

Also, the first time I hiked Torrey Pines with Shi years and years ago, we parked so far and we were walking for so long and I was like, “We haven’t started hiking yet?!” LOLOL.

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.

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.

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.)

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?)???

Here We Go.
Friday, December 23, 2022

Escaping LA for the holidays be like…

Holiday Cheer.
Thursday, December 22, 2022

LA kings holiday ice at LA live

pink's hot dogs

Two things still warm this heart: freshly zambonied ice and chili dogs (@ LA Live / Pink’s)

Hell.
Friday, September 9, 2022

la rain heat wave

It’s 100° and RAINING in LA. WHAT IS HAPPENING???

This heat has made me realize that I’m not built for hell, so I gotta make some life changes! 😅 Just kidding (I’ll take my chances).

Heat Wave.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

la heat wave

Amazon primed a portable A/C today because fuck this shit.

Electric.
Friday, August 26, 2022

california bans gas-powered cars

out of gas

Welp, I have until 2035 to get my life together before I start driving an electric car that needs to be charged regularly.

I’m the type of person who doesn’t fill up their gas tank until I’m running on fumes (this picture was taken today).

iphone notifs

I’m also the type of person whose phone is always on the cusp of dying or already dead (even though I work from home). Don’t even get me started on all my unread notifications.

I don’t know what to tell you guys ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Local Natives.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Silver dreams bring me to you

Local Natives (@ YouTube Theater)

Maple Block Mondays.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

maple block

maple block

maple block

Smoked wing night (@ Maple Block Meat Co.)

Recharge.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

crystal water bottle and acai bowl

crystals on balcony

I had a pretty shitty day yesterday.

When I woke up this morning, I laid my crystals out to charge under the full moon, washed my serotonin pill down with crystal-infused water, and cried into my acai bowl. Pre-pandemic me would never, but LA has changed me, y’all.

I don’t know if it’s work, or my period, or the $25 I just spent on doordashing this acai bowl… but Jesus, I got emotional. You should probably avoid this hot mess express for the next 3-5 days.

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.

How’s My Crying?
Saturday, May 21, 2022

how's my crying? bumper sticker

10/10. Highly recommend.

Someday, Somewhere.
Saturday, May 21, 2022

Ghost, I wish you well, it’s your life
Pray you find yourself as souls divide
Seven sisters blue, it’s your life
Left my heart with, left my heart with you

Palace (@ The Fonda)

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 🤣

Sadwiches.
Friday, April 15, 2022

infatuation LA sandwiches

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

Future Nostalgia.
Friday, March 25, 2022

dua lipa at the forum

dua lipa at the forum

Dance party (@ The Forum)

Highway Robbery.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

LA gas prices

I had to for posterity’s sake (@ Mobil – Manhattan Beach)

Also, I am now a person who says, “Remember when gas was (insert lower price here)?” and also the kind of person who bangs on the wall I share with my asshole neighbor when he’s blasting his TV that he mounted to our one shared wall past midnight.

👵🏻 👵🏻 👵🏻

Traffic Selfie.
Monday, February 21, 2022

limo traffic selfies

Ma’am, this is the 405…

Rams House.
Sunday, January 30, 2022

chargers linkedin

Too bad I’m a Rams fan now 😜

Birthday Brunch.
Saturday, January 22, 2022

republique brunch

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

Holidaze.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

crypto.com ice skating rink

Christmas (@ Crypto.com)

There is a hell and it’s DTLA during a lakers game the week of christmas.

Mind Mischief.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

tame impala hollywood bowl

If you only ever go to one concert in your life, let it be Tame Impala at the Hollywood Bowl.

Magical.
Sunday, October 31, 2021

halloween redondo beach

What, your neighbor’s halloween decor doesn’t include conjoined unicorns???

halloween redondo beach

11/20: You guys, they’ve updated it for Thanksgiving.

Stacks.
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Everything that happens is from now on
This is pouring rain, this is paralyzed

Spent my Friday night crying in Inglewood, hbu? (@ YouTube Theater)

I’ve seen Bon Iver twice before, but this was the first time he sang my most favorite song of his (re:Stacks). This was also my first time seeing a show at the new YouTube Theater. It’s located inside SoFi Stadium and it is GORGEOUS. If I were the Chargers, I would’ve left SD for this shit, too! It’s also an 11-minute drive from my apartment and near this cajun resto where we had the best pre-show po’ boys ever. Chargers game, anyone???

Long Lost.
Friday, October 1, 2021

Lay me in the tall grown grass in a shallow grave
Let it have me

Lord Huron (@ Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

One of my favorite bands at one of my favorite venues! My first live show in nearly two years did not disappoint 🖤

Recall.
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

governor newsom recall

Caitlyn Jenner and Angelyne? Was Kanye unavailable???

Thief.
Friday, August 20, 2021

To the asshole who stole my skincare subscription box: I hope you’re allergic to $100 worth of plant-based moisturizers!

Surge.
Monday, June 21, 2021

uber surge

I’d rather hitch a ride and pay with my life than pay uber $100 for a 10-minute ride home from LAX! (I grabbed a $25 cab instead and lived to blog about it.)

About Me.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

phanny's redondo beach breakfast burrito

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

Redondo AF.
Friday, May 21, 2021

phanny's redondo beach

Rise & grind (@ Phanny’s)

Long Lost.
Friday, April 30, 2021

lord huron at hollywood forever cemetery

Lord Huron at the cemetery? Yes, please 🖤

Friar Friday.
Friday, April 23, 2021

Silently cheering so my neighbors don’t murder me.

Rise.
Friday, April 16, 2021

pepper spray keychain

My sister’s husband armed me with pepper spray when I first moved to LA. I used to keep it on my key ring, but it was confiscated years ago at some seedy show downtown. I honestly never thought to replace it until now…

Given the rise in anti-asian hate crimes, I’ve amazon primed myself some pepper spray plus a stun gun for good measure. COME AT ME, BRO.

WindowSwap.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

balcony rain window swap

It’s been tough working from home this past year, but I don’t miss my windowless office. The view from my studio is pretty uninteresting (though today I captured some rare LA rain!). When I get bored of the view, I just visit WindowSwap and pretend I’m working from somewhere else in the world… I’ve been in Georgetown watching this dog fetch a frisbee for hours now!

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!

39.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

birthday balloons

birthday flowers

birthday treats

birthday cards

busy bee pastrami sandwich san pedro

dyson animal v11 vacuum

schitt's creek wigs

39 is staying in, binging Schitt’s Creek for the fourth time, eating your favorite pastrami sandwich and cookies from NYC, and finding joy in vacuuming all of your crumbs with the dream dyson you just got for your birthday (I’m clearly going hard this last year in my thirties).

Spared.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

garage break in text

Luckily, my neighbors drive maseratis and porsches, so my mazda hatchback and glove compartment full of hi-chews went untouched.

Garbage.
Sunday, January 3, 2021

burrito on floor

I literally just got back to LA, stepped out of my car and dropped my cali burrito from SD on the floor. This pretty much sums up 2020 for me.

Epicenter.
Thursday, December 17, 2020

la covid emergency order

this is fine gif

Curfew.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

covid curfew

I think the real tragedy here is that the curfew starts hours after I’ve already taken off my bra and called it a night.

First World Problems.
Sunday, November 15, 2020

there are people dying kim kardashian gif

…or what I tell myself when I have to work on the weekend and they forget the organic goji berries on the $20 acai bowl I just postmated.

Election.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

2020 election

2020 election

2020 election

When I was in high school, my friend Jocelyn was nominated for homecoming queen. She was ASB president and one of the most popular girls in school, so all my friends thought she was a shoo-in and none of us bothered to vote. She ended up tying with another girl and having to share the crown! If just one of us had voted, Jocelyn would still be friends with us today LOL. Your vote absolutely matters, whether it’s for something as trivial as homecoming court or the next POTUS!

Please exercise your right to vote and be safe out there. A few places in my neighborhood have already boarded up their storefronts ahead of tonight’s election results…

World Series.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

dodgers world series fireworks

Not only did the dodgers beat my padres and go on to win the world series, they also had to disrupt my beauty sleep with all these fireworks outside my apartment.

Couple Goals.
Sunday, August 23, 2020

woodstock couple
Welp, I def won’t be meeting the love of my life at a concert this year (or anywhere really if LA remains on this covid watch list), but I love this story ❤️

Send Noods.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

fresh pasta dough ball

kitchenaid pasta attachment

fettuccine pasta drying rack

homemade fettuccine alfredo pasta

It looks like we’ll be quarantining well into summer, so I’ve officially stopped working on my bikini bod and started carbo-loading for winter.

This homemade pasta and alfredo sauce combo was *chef’s kiss* 😘

Quarantine: Day 123.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

quarantine alone

I’ve been working from home for four months now with no distractions (besides my neighbor’s car alarm that goes off, without fail, at least twice a day every time a leaf falls on it). With news this week that California is rolling back reopenings and kids won’t be returning to classrooms in the fall, this quarantine seems far from over. Hang in there, mamas!

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