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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:


  • 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


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

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)

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

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.

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!

Monday, August 25, 2014

FYF Fest 2014

FYF Fest 2014

The Strokes – You Only Live Once

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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

wrdsmth - remember the day

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

bradbury building - 500 days of summer

bradbury building - 500 days of summer

Life after Summer (@ Bradbury Building)

Sunday, August 3, 2014


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)

Friday, July 25, 2014

manhattan beach neighbors

Friday, July 25, 2014

hammer museum

hammer museum

Made in LA (@ Hammer Museum)

Dirty Laundry.
Monday, July 21, 2014

bubble beach laundry, santa monica

A giant load is the only thing on the agenda tonight (@ Bubble Beach Laundry)

Angel City Brewery.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

angel city brewery

angel city brewery

Angelenos (@ Angel City Brewery)

Superba Food + Bread.
Monday, July 14, 2014

superba food + bread, venice beach

superba food + bread, venice beach

Cute carbs (@ Superba Food + Bread)

Summer Nights.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

the bumbys at hammer museum

the bumbys at hammer museum

Made in L.A. Music night every Thursday (@ Hammer Museum)

I keeps it real. Also, I’m apparently still sexy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

dtla los angeles graffiti building

The beauty of getting lost in DTLA (@ Boyd & Omar)

Day Ruined.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

churro borough @ ramekin

On Wednesdays, we eat Churro Borough (@ Ramekin)

Venice Beach.
Saturday, June 21, 2014

venice beach sign

we should knit tiny sweaters for every cat in the neighborhood - venice beach graffiti

Apartment Hunters.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

broad city - apartment hunters - where's the bathroom? where isn't the bathroom?

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!

Churro Borough.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

churro ice cream sandwich

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.

Good Times at Davey Wayne’s.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

good time at davey wayne's - refrigerator door entrance

good time at davey wayne's - vintage beer

Refrigerator door to the past (@ Good Times at Davey Wayne’s)

Levitated Mass.
Thursday, May 29, 2014

levitated mass - lacma

Stoned (@ LACMA)

Hook & Plow.
Friday, May 23, 2014

the hook and plow - hermosa beach - the burger

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)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

wonuts dk donuts wownuts

You leave LA for one weekend, and people cheat on you with wonuts.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

american horror story - bitchcraft - it's too hot. my frickin' vagina's sweating - madison

Dos Muchos.
Thursday, May 15, 2014

guelaguetza restaurant

I procured this hen for Deane last night (@ Guelaguetza)

Unique LA.
Monday, May 5, 2014

unique LA

unique LA - you're the only wiener for my bun card

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.

Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Sunday, May 4, 2014

spicy bloody mary - BLD - los angeles

blueberry ricotta pancakes - BLD - los angeles

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.

The Oinkster.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

the oinkster - hollywood - happiness is a warm bun

Adobo burgers and ube shakes. This is about as Filipino as I get. (@ The Oinkster Hollywood)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

sqirl kitchen

LIFE GOAL: Eat my way through LA Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants list (or die trying). 3 down, 96 to go. (@ SQIRL)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

phonographs at escala, koreatown

Awesome decor, freakishly large chicharonnes and colombian neck ties. (@ Escala)

Springfest 2014.
Thursday, April 24, 2014

springfest 2014 redondo beach

Carnival across the street from the crib. Might have to put my bra back on for a churro.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

white negroni - bestia LA

White negroni to start off the best meal I’ve had in a while (@ Bestia)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

bootleg hifi

No vodka? And where do I exit??? (@ Bootleg HiFi)

Say Adventure.
Friday, April 4, 2014

adventure time -  say adventure - gallery 1988

OH MY GLOB <3 (@ Gallery 1988)

Wake and Bacon.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

maple bacon cronut - california donuts

I can’t pass a cronut shop without swerving into the parking lot (@ California Donuts)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

pot roy choi koreatown

Pot for dinner… also, we might eat at this Roy Choi resto (@ Pot at the Line Hotel)

Kettle Glazed.
Monday, March 31, 2014

kettle glazed cromuffin hollywood los angeles

Cro-muffin top (@ Kettle Glazed Doughnuts)

Runyon Canyon.
Sunday, March 30, 2014

runyon canyon padlock fence dtla los angeles

Got this Runyon thing on lock! (@ Runyon Canyon)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

wrdsmth - i know i don't need to say it, but i always have and forever will

<3 (@ Poinsettia & Melrose)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

billbort beyonce los angeles serfbort

Only in LA (@ Fairfax & Rosewood)

Let’s Get Lost.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

the last bookstore

Book tunnel (@ The Last Bookstore)

Brunch on Melrose.
Sunday, March 23, 2014

crunchy french toast - blu jam cafe

Fuckin’ french toast (@ Blu Jam Cafe)

Hello, Hollywood.
Sunday, March 23, 2014

hollywood sign @ hollyridge trail

Hiked the Hollywood sign in my Dodgers hat. Am I LA yet???

Friday, March 21, 2014

eightytwo arcade bar dtla

Zangief mules + old school cool (@ EightyTwo barcade)

Fat Tuesdays.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

chocolate bread pudding - ramekin - los feliz

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.

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