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Ditch Day.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

workmode squad

Workmode Squad (@ Universal Studios Hollywood)

VIP Experience.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t get blitzed on bottomless mimosas on the bus before you ride every 3-D ride at Universal Studios.

Rain Room.
Sunday, January 22, 2017

lacma rain room

Tourist trap queen ✌ (@ LACMA Rain Room)

Pammie and I snagged tickets to the last day of LACMA’s Rain Room exhibit on LA’s rainiest day ever and got more wet outside than we did in the exhibit 🌧️🌧️🌧️

Lonely Pie.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

the pie hole - lonely pie

Are there tears baked into this oreo crust, be honest (@ The Pie Hole)

Skinny Love.
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bon Iver (@ Hollywood Bowl)

The rain may or may not have hid my tears! So apropos…

Baked.
Sunday, October 23, 2016

mr. holmes bakehouse los angeles

Puff puff pastry (@ Mr. Holmes Bakehouse)

Lit.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

sparklers in donut

Birthday Blue Star Donuts for Mary (@ Venice Canals)

This peanut butter powdered donut with habanero blackberry jam will change your life.

Wayfarers Chapel.
Sunday, October 2, 2016

wayfarers chapel

Glass beauty (@ Wayfarers Chapel)

I think I might get married in this Lloyd Wright stunner. I just need to find a husband first! Just kidding (they also do baptisms, so a baby daddy will suffice).

Eames House.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

eames house

Case Study House No. 8 (@ Eames House)

Leave the keys under the mat. I’ll take this house exactly as it is!

Poké Ball.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

target pokemon ball

Et tu, Target? (@ Target – Manhattan Beach)

FYF 2016.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tame Impala was lit af (and so were we) 🔥🔥🔥 (@ FYF Fest 2016)

Best Seat in Town.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

vista hermosa natural park 500 days of summer

4 years in LA today. What a dump! (@ Vista Hermosa Natural Park)

Because Mondays.
Monday, August 22, 2016

randy's donuts LA

Because Mondays. And car accidents. (@ Randy’s Donuts)

Radiohead.
Friday, August 5, 2016

I’ve wanted to see Radiohead live since I first heard Exit Music (For A Film) in the 9th grade. You guys, that was 20 years ago! Yikes.

I kind of expected them to stick it to LA and not sing Creep, but no Paranoid Android or Karma Police, either??? You’re killing me, Thom! OK Computer is my favorite album of theirs, so No Surprises was my favorite song of the night:

Pretty in Pink.
Monday, July 25, 2016

santa monica pier

The Psychedelic Furs (@ Santa Monica Pier)

Sabrina and I got separated on the way back from seeing her favorite 80s band at the pier. They cut off the line for the metro after she got on, and she turned around just in time to see me mouth, “I have your keysssssss!” from outside the train as it pulled away from the platform. I waited 15 minutes for the next train with these kids who were discussing the ending of Lost (that I had somehow avoided finding out for the past six years in futile hopes that I would start watching the show someday). They got on the train with me, and I missed my stop because I was too preoccupied listening to them ruin the endings of shows I’ve never seen. I got off at the next stop and tried to text Sabrina that I had to wait another 15 minutes for a westbound train, but her phone was in my bag, too! I thought she would for sure push me onto the tracks once I finally arrived at the station half an hour after she did, but she was just happy that I was okay. She even brought me pastries from Uplifters Kitchen today as a thank you for the pizza I brought for us to share at the beach!

BBQ Week.
Friday, June 17, 2016

maple block meat co

Broken Ships.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

museum of broken relationships LA

museum of broken relationships LA

museum of broken relationships LA

Where do broken hearts go??? (@ Museum of Broken Relationships)

Tacolandia.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

tacolandia 2016

tacolandia 2016

What kind of meat do they serve at this booth? (@ Tacolandia 2016)

The Echo.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

kevinogarrett liked my instagram video

Kevin Garrett (@ The Echo)

Remember that name. He’s gonna be big! Also, he liked my video, so I can die now, obvs. Please invite him to my funeral. And request that he sing this Sam Cooke cover

Secret Show.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

live from the artists den young the giant

live from the artists den young the giant

Live from the Artists Den: Young the Giant (@ El Rey Theatre)

When your sister, your cousin and Baberaham one of your best friend’s husbands enter a contest for you to win tickets to see your favorite band’s secret show, you know you’re loved… especially when one of them wins and they take you as their guest! Young the Giant was just as good as the first time I dragged everyone to go see them five years ago! They’re coming back to LA in October, but I’m considering missing their show to go on a trip with Shi to NYC instead. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Remember It.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

arts district brewing co

Write it down, take a picture, IDGAF (@ Arts District Brewing Company)

Mischief Managed.
Friday, April 1, 2016

wizarding world of harry potter - universal studios hollywood - butterbeer

Casting charms with these clowns (@ Universal Studios Hollywood)

Wizarding World of Harry Potter officially opens next week, but Pammie, Shi and I were able to attend a sneak preview. I’ve only seen a few of the movies, but I went partly because two of my favorite Potterheads were in town, and mostly because I was promised butterbeer. Shit was magical. Check it out if you’re in LA with $115 to spare.

Ways to My Heart.
Friday, November 20, 2015

whole foods market dtla - ways to my heart

You should be writing this down (@ Whole Foods Market DTLA)

Pok Pok LA.
Friday, October 30, 2015

pok pok la

pok pok la

PDX ♥ LA (@ Pok Pok LA)

My favorite wings EVAR are from Pok Pok in Portland, and now they’re in LA! If you didn’t have a reason to visit me before, I can give you half a dozen now…

Transitory.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

transitory app chat

I downloaded the transitory app partly because of craigslist killers, but mostly because my friends go on sketchy tinder dates.

Ice Cold.
Sunday, October 25, 2015

our beer is as cold as your ex's heart - wood handcrafted pizza

WARNING: This beer is cold af, you guys (@ Wood Handcrafted Pizza)

Dia De Los Muertos Festival.
Sunday, October 25, 2015

LA day of the dead 2015

LA day of the dead 2015

LA day of the dead 2015

I’m here for the tamales (@ LA Day of the Dead, Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

Portraits of Hope.
Sunday, October 25, 2015

portraits of hope - the spheres at macarthur park

I cropped the meth heads out of this shot (@ MacArthur Park)

Block Party.
Sunday, September 27, 2015

block party highland park

Micheladas under the blood moon with Deane and Isadora (@ Block Party)

When It Rains In LA.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Accurate.

Remember the Time.
Sunday, August 30, 2015

questlove - grand park - remember the time - michael jackson

Questlove x Michael Jackson (@ Grand Park)

If this event was any indication of what ACL will be like, I’m not ready for the heat (sunburn city!) or Anthony’s dance moves.

Asian Invasion.
Sunday, August 23, 2015

kang kang food court xiao long bao

You dim sum, you lose some (@ Kang Kang Food Court)

My mom and my sister visited me in LA this weekend, and we had Filipino, Chinese and Vietnamese food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And since that wasn’t Asian enough, we took pictures of our food and posted it on instagram.

The Rainbow Connection.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

migration hot tea santa monica bridge installation

migration hot tea santa monica bridge installation

Migration (@ Santa Monica Pier)

@hotxtea‘s yarn art installation can be found over the pedestrian bridge just north of the pier. It’s def worth checking out before the city takes it down!

A Hard Day’s Night.
Sunday, July 12, 2015

cinespia hollywood forever cemetery

Summer movie night (@ Hollywood Forever Cemetery)


Stair Candy.
Saturday, July 11, 2015

micheltorena #staircandy silverlake secret stairs

Love wins (@ Micheltorena Stairs)

Alfred Coffee.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

alfred coffee brentwood succulents

Brought to you by the letter A (@ Alfred Coffee)

Broken Spanish.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

broken spanish dtla

¡Salud! (@ Broken Spanish)

Sprinkles.
Monday, June 29, 2015

california donuts letters birthday

Happy birthday with sprinkles on top! (@ California Donuts)

These donuts were almost as cute as my favorite 4-year-old ♥

Scars and Stripes.
Monday, June 29, 2015

you're dead to me - scars and stripes - d*face

Key to My Heart.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

google bbq platter

I don’t know what’s sadder—is it that part of my job as a web designer at Skechers involves creating e-blasts for the cafe inside our office building (how else would you know that tomorrow’s special is chicken tikka masala?!), or that while googling BBQ photos to use for their 4th of July special, I immediately recognized this spread from Smoke City Market???

If you’re looking for the key to my heart, a platter of smoked BBQ beef ribs will unlock all the mysteries.

High & Low.
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Highlight of my day: After lunch with my coworkers @ Pitfire, the cute cashier slipped me a free jumbo chocolate chip cookie on my way out.

dancing cookie gif

I met up with my coworkers outside afterwards, thrust my cookie in the air and was all like, “FREE COOKIE, BITCHES!” Our excitement was short-lived, though. When we got back to my car, I had two parking tickets—one for an expired meter (my friend paid the wrong one) and another for not having a front license plate (I mean, if my car was meant to have one, it would have come with holes drilled in it).

I owe the City of Manhattan Beach $96 for that free cookie!

adventure time princess cookie

Los Doyers.
Monday, June 8, 2015

dodger stadium

We’re only here for the doyer dogs tbh (@ Dodger Stadium)

Trainspotting.
Monday, June 8, 2015

union station los angeles glass ceiling

Glass ceilings (@ Union Station)

Brunch & Chisme.
Sunday, June 7, 2015

the tasting kitchen chicken and waffles

Chicken and waffles with my woes (@ The Tasting Kitchen)

Love when the girls visit me in LA, if only for brunch and chisme!

Tacolandia.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

tacolandia 2015 papel picado

Stuffed with tacos and wrapped in a mexican blanket (@ Tacolandia)

Today was a good day.

Fight or Flight.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

verve coffee roasters dtla juice flight

Juice flight-ing this cold (@ Verve Coffee Roasters)

Ramen Champ.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

ramen champ tonkotsu chashu ramen

Spicy Pork Belly Ramen (@ Ramen Champ)

I only eat ramen when I’m sick or when Shi is in town. Today it was both!

Love when she visits ♥

Farmer’s Market Finds.
Saturday, May 16, 2015

santa monica farmer's market berries

(@ Santa Monica Farmer’s Market)

Ugly Cry Face.
Thursday, May 14, 2015

fyf fest 2014 kim kardashian ugly cry face

#TBT to Kim Kardashian’s ugly cry face (@ FYF Fest 2014)

This is also the face I’ll be making when Morrissey headlines this year’s festival.


You Belong Here.
Sunday, May 3, 2015

you belong here - mosaic - billboard

If you don’t belong, don’t be long (@ Hollywood Blvd & La Brea Ave)

Smoke City Market.
Sunday, May 3, 2015

smoke city market - no pastrami

Day ruined (@ Smoke City Market)

I still had my beloved beef rib and brisket. Best BBQ I’ve had so far in LA (and in life!).

Whitewashed.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

bates motel whitewashed

Whitewashed (@ Bates Motel)

Things Will Be Fine.
Monday, April 27, 2015

dinosaur coffee things will be fine

I like my coffee with a side of reassurance (@ Dinosaur Coffee)

Sold Out.
Monday, April 27, 2015

churro borough los feliz sold out

Day ruined, part 2 (@ Churro Borough)

The last time Deane and I tried to eat Churro Borough, they sold out at the pop-up they were having at our beloved Ramekin (RIP!). Now that they’ve set up a brick and mortar at Ramekin’s old spot, they’re even more popular! Hopefully we’ll get to have churro ice cream sandwiches again before we’re on social security.

El Jefe.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

el jefe pop-up chef movie animal fairfax los angeles

Cubanos on the curb (@ Animal)

Jon Favreau and Roy Choi hosted an El Jefe pop-up from one of my favorite movies tonight! Chef was everything, and so was this sandwich (and so was this soundtrack!).


Homemade Beer Bones.
Sunday, March 22, 2015

Make a donation of $10 or more to sponsor my participation in San Diego Humane Society’s Walk for Animals and receive a bag of homemade beer bones made with repurposed spent grain locally sourced and generously donated by LA craft brewery, Progress Brewing!

You can donate HERE. Please put your address in the “Personal Note to Walk Participant” field if you want dog treats. If you’re in LA or SD, I can probably just meet up with you :)

brew bones

I battle my obvious love of dogs on a daily basis.

I can’t watch a cute puppy video on youtube without clicking on all the related videos. Next thing I know, I’ve lost three hours of my life watching 103 videos in a puppy surprise playlist and have been crying for at least two of those hours. Just kidding. (I cried for all three.)

When Pammie asked if I wanted to do a walk for animals, I immediately said yes without knowing any details other than dogs were somehow involved. Her office organizes this huge fundraiser that includes a bake sale where homemade dog treats are sold for donations, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to combine my love for dogs with my love for baking and get involved.

I reached out to some local LA craft breweries, and Progress Brewing in El Monte was generous enough to donate some spent brewing grain towards my cause. I drove out to what the dude described as “east of east los” with nothing but a 5-gallon bucket and a friend to witness my death in case the dude chopped me up into little pieces and dumped my body in the mash tun (I did meet him on the internet, after all).

progress brewing mash tun

Kevin, the co-owner of Progress Brewing, was actually a really nice guy. He asked if I preferred “Black IPA” or “American Red” doggy biscuits! Ha. I went with American Red, obvi, since I’m not a fan of IPAs. Dogs are also allergic to hops, so if you’re going to repurpose spent grain, make sure the brewery didn’t mash hop the batch you’re getting.

It’s best to use the spent grains within the first few days after brewing, otherwise they’ll go bad. I used a FoodSaver and froze them in portion-sized bags for storing and later use, since they gave me around 40 pounds of grain.

Here’s a simple, all-natural recipe if you want to try making these at home:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups spent grain
  • 2 cups organic barley flour
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 organic eggs

homemade dog treats using spent brewing grain

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the ingredients and mix with your hands until a thick dough forms. Roll out the dough on a generously floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters like this cute dog bone.

homemade beer bones

Line the biscuits on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then reduce temperature to 225 degrees and continue baking for 2 hours. Cooking them the additional time at the lower temperature will help ensure they dry completely, extending their shelf life.

homemade beer bones

The dried biscuits will keep for 2 weeks in an airtight container and even longer if you freeze them in zipper bags. You can give them to your dogs straight from the freezer as a cool summer treat, or, if you’re in LA, in the dead of winter when it’s 90 degrees out!

When in LA.
Saturday, February 21, 2015

hollywood sign hike

kitchen mouse LA moros cakes

I woke up before the sun on a Saturday to go hiking and eat vegetarian food with Deane, Ledi and Isadora (@ Kitchen Mouse).

I don’t even know who I am right now.

Wake and Pancake.
Saturday, February 14, 2015

the hart and the hunter

Excuse us while we eat our feelings (@ The Hart and The Hunter)

Vintage Vibes.
Monday, February 9, 2015

rose bowl flea market

Vintage vibes (@ Rose Bowl Flea Market)

Our flea market finds included a vintage bag for Chel, a t-rex toy for Darien, an Alf hand puppet for Shi, and a vintage gun lock for Anthony.

The only thing I took home was a sunburn on my chest.

Death Trap.
Monday, February 2, 2015

lacma levitated mass

Museum day with this nut (@ LACMA)

Shi and I spent the day sitting in traffic and tar pits. Two museums on one Saturday in LA was just too ambitious.

Sunday Funday.
Sunday, January 25, 2015

eggslut

Sunday adventures with this slut (@ Eggslut)

He took me to Home Deeps to get a tire pressure gauge and made sure my car was safe to drive, but he also took me to Compton to get BBQ for dinner. Idk if he wants me to live or die, tbh.

Tata and Farewell.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ramekin los angeles

My favorite place in LA is closing for good this weekend, so I had to go there one last time before I went home for the holidays. Deane and I cried into our last chocolate bread puddings ever, and then we ate our tears (@ Ramekin)

Venice Vibes.
Saturday, December 20, 2014

venice beach christmas lights

Happy Holidays from Manhattan Beach.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

free parking los angeles

You know you live in LA when free parking is a gift.

I Loved You.
Sunday, October 26, 2014

i loved you then i googled you - adam mars

…then I googled you (@ Culver City Art District)

Vegan Oktoberfest.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

vegan oktoberfest santa monica

…or the wurst idea ever! #onlyinLA

Autumn in LA.
Monday, September 22, 2014

autumn in LA

Commissary.
Saturday, September 20, 2014

commissary at the line hotel

Greenhouse vibes (@ Commissary at the Line Hotel)

Fishing with Dynamite.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

fishing with dynamite - manhattan beach

fishing with dynamite oysters

Ooh, baby, I like it rawww (@ Fishing with Dynamite)

Lobster Festival.
Saturday, September 13, 2014

port of LA lobster fest

The claws are out (@ The Port of LA Lobster Festival)

Dodgers vs. Padres.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

dodgers vs padres @ dodger stadium

It smells like doyer dogs and betrayal (@ Dodger Stadium)

LA.
Sunday, September 7, 2014

the thing i love most about la is the people. and the thing i hate most about la is the people. - wrdsmth

Grub.
Sunday, September 7, 2014

grub restaurant hollywood brunch

Overheard at the table next to us (@ Grub):

“I need an exact headcount for the lobster bake I’m throwing at my house for my birthday, because I’m flying in fresh lobsters from Maine.”

“My sister is really into strippercizing right now. She has a room in her house with just a stripper pole in it.”

Oh, Hollywood. I nearly spit out my blackberry pepper champagne cocktail.

Needs.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

real housewives of new jersey - a woman only needs two things: dunkin donuts and oral sex

LA opened its first Dunkin Donuts today, so I’m halfway there, you guys!

FYF.
Monday, August 25, 2014

FYF Fest 2014

FYF Fest 2014

The Strokes – You Only Live Once

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Epic weekend. I saw The Strokes perform, and I forget the rest. x__x (@ FYF Festival)

Father’s Office.
Monday, August 25, 2014

father's office - culver city

Crossed another one off of LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants list… 93 more to go! (@ Father’s Office)

Anthony visited before his BBQ class in LA, and we tried one of LA’s best burgers. It was meh, felt more like a sandwich because it was served on a french roll, but the beers were excellent. My favorite burger in LA (and in life) is still from Plan Check!

Hopefully he learned some new skills from the BBQ Pitmaster for the next party he unwillingly lets me throw at his house.

Remember.
Sunday, August 24, 2014

wrdsmth - remember the day

Two years in LA today. Where did my life go???

Autumn.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

bradbury building - 500 days of summer

bradbury building - 500 days of summer

Life after Summer (@ Bradbury Building)

Eggslut.
Sunday, August 3, 2014

eggslut

eggslut - just the tip

Sunday Slutty Sunday (@ Eggslut)

On the Run.
Saturday, August 2, 2014

on the run tour

You ready, B? (@ Rose Bowl Stadium)

Lobster Rumble.
Saturday, August 2, 2014

lobster rumble los angeles

Let’s get ready to rumbleeee (@ Cooper Design Space)

Neighbors.
Friday, July 25, 2014

manhattan beach neighbors

Hammer.
Friday, July 25, 2014

hammer museum

hammer museum

Made in LA (@ Hammer Museum)

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