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 :)
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).
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:
- 4 cups spent grain
- 2 cups organic barley flour
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 2 organic eggs
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.
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.
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!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
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.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Excuse us while we eat our feelings (@ The Hart and The Hunter)
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.
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 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.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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)
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
You know you live in LA when free parking is a gift.
…then I googled you (@ Culver City Art District)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
…or the wurst idea ever! #onlyinLA
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Ooh, baby, I like it rawww (@ Fishing with Dynamite)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
It smells like doyer dogs and betrayal (@ Dodger Stadium)
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
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.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LA opened its first Dunkin Donuts today, so I’m halfway there, you guys!
The Strokes – You Only Live Once
Epic weekend. I saw The Strokes perform, and I forget the rest. x__x (@ FYF Festival)
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.
Two years in LA today. Where did my life go???
Life after Summer (@ Bradbury Building)
Sunday Slutty Sunday (@ Eggslut)
You ready, B? (@ Rose Bowl Stadium)
Let’s get ready to rumbleeee (@ Cooper Design Space)
Made in LA (@ Hammer Museum)
A giant load is the only thing on the agenda tonight (@ Bubble Beach Laundry)
Made in L.A. Music night every Thursday (@ Hammer Museum)
I keeps it real. Also, I’m apparently still sexy.
The beauty of getting lost in DTLA (@ Boyd & Omar)
The power went out in my apartment building again last week! I was already running late, and I had to go back upstairs in the dark to tell the maintenance guy to manually open the garage gate so I could get to fucking work already. This has happened three times in less than two months! And these are only the incidents that I know of, because I spend less than 50% of my time in this apartment (unless a burglar is reading this, in which case I’m home all the time. Plus I always keep my sharpest pair of fabric scissors within reach. And I’m not afraid to cut you.)
Once I get my new car situation settled, I’m moving out of this overpriced shit hole and torching it on yelp!
The 4 most beautiful words ever put together: Churro Ice Cream Sandwich (@ Ramekin)
Churro Borough had a pop-up shop at my fave dessert spot in LA the one day I happened to be there, and my life will never be the same.
Refrigerator door to the past (@ Good Times at Davey Wayne’s)
Stoned (@ LACMA)
I love the silence between us when it comes to burgers and bread pudding. Like, don’t even talk to me right now. (@ Hook & Plow)
You leave LA for one weekend, and people cheat on you with wonuts.
I procured this hen for Deane last night (@ Guelaguetza)
Sister time @ Unique LA yesterday with Pammie, Deane and her sister, Andrea!
My favorite purchase was this ‘You’re the only wiener for my bun’ card. I should have gotten multiples just in case! Ha.
About that brunch life (@ BLD)
Best. Pancakes. EVAR! I want to marry them, have their blueberry ricotta babies, and live happily ever after in that maple syrup log cabin tin.
Adobo burgers and ube shakes. This is about as Filipino as I get. (@ The Oinkster Hollywood)
LIFE GOAL: Eat my way through LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants list (or die trying). 3 down, 96 to go. (@ SQIRL)
Awesome decor, freakishly large chicharonnes and colombian neck ties. (@ Escala)
Carnival across the street from the crib. Might have to put my bra back on for a churro.
White negroni to start off the best meal I’ve had in a while (@ Bestia)
No vodka? And where do I exit??? (@ Bootleg HiFi)
OH MY GLOB <3 (@ Gallery 1988)
I can’t pass a cronut shop without swerving into the parking lot (@ California Donuts)
Pot for dinner… also, we might eat at this Roy Choi resto (@ Pot at the Line Hotel)
Got this Runyon thing on lock! (@ Runyon Canyon)
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Fuckin’ french toast (@ Blu Jam Cafe)
Hiked the Hollywood sign in my Dodgers hat. Am I LA yet???
Zangief mules + old school cool (@ EightyTwo barcade)
Every Tuesday, Deane and I go trolling for sweets in LA. We coincidentally started doing this on Fat Tuesday, not realizing it was Mardi Gras—we just wanted some pie! And so… Fat Tuesdays were born.
So far, we’ve been to Alcove (Los Feliz), The Pie Hole (DTLA), and Ramekin (Los Feliz). We went to Ramekin two Tuesdays in a row (and the Saturday in between!), because their chocolate bread pudding fixes things in the universe. So does their s’mores cookie. And their strawberry brick toast. That are all BAKED TO ORDER. Don’t even get me started on their earl grey ice cream.
Someday we’ll get to the other places on my sweets list, but today is not that day.