Monthly Archives: March 2013

Brandy Melville

Brandy Melville is one of our favorite shops for great basic sweaters, hoodie’s, tanks, skirts etc… If you have never heard of it, check it out or go to their web site!

The quality is nice and the prices are very reasonable.  All the clothes are made in Italy.









Locations in the US

  • Santa Monica | Third Street Promenade  1413 Third Street Promenade
  • San Francisco  |  Chestnut Street   2085 Chestnut Street 415.292.7754
  • San Diego  |  Pacific Beach  4516 Mission Blvd
  • Studio City  |  California 12200 Ventura Blvd. (818) 308-7903
  • New York City | Broadway 518 Broadway 646.707.3119
  • Waikiki |  Hawaii 280 Beachwalk #104
  • Greenwich  |  Connecticut 375 Greenwich Ave

Toasted Walnut Oil with Sherry Vinegar and Feta Vinaigrette

This is a light and delightful vinaigrette, the combination of toasted walnut oil with sherry vinegar compliment each other very well.

Toasted Walnut Oil with Sherry Vinegar and Feta Vinaigrette

Recipe: Approx. 1 1/2 Cups

  • 1 Cup Toasted Walnut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Sherry Vinegar
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Medium Shallot 
  • 2 Tablespoons Feta
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper


Add toasted walnut oil and the sherry vinegar together in a bowl

Mince the shallots and garlic or use a garlic press and add along with the salt and pepper to the bowl

Crumble feta with a fork and add to dressing   Whisk all ingredients together then crumble the feta with a fork and add to dressing

 Transfer finished dressing to your bottle or jar of choice and refrigerate

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Foreign Cinema Restaurant in San Fransisco, CA

A couple of friends and I went to San Fransisco for the day and we had brunch here at Foreign Cinema.


This place is so great they even play foreign and independent films in their covered outdoor courtyard


You can sit indoors by the fire, or upstairs in their semi-private mezzanine overlooking the dining room or on the patio outside


They have a huge selection of wines from local to all over the world


The atmosphere is a bit of industrial and rustic all rolled into one


They offer a California/Mediterranean inspired menu that changes daily


They serve dinner nightly and brunch both Saturday and Sunday


The chefs are John Clark and Gayle Pirie, a husband and wife team


Of course I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc


I had the Lacinato Kale Caesar: Radishes, Sibley julienne, Croutons & Pecorino Sardo.  I enjoyed every last bite!

2534 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600

For a reservation you must contact Foreign Cinema directly at 415-648-7600, extension 0 or online at


The Farm at South Mountain

The Farm at South Mountain has a few venues for eating; we chose “The Farm Kitchen” this day.  They also serve sandwiches, soups, salads & baked goods made from scratch as well as fresh ingredients from the garden.



A great kid friendly, dog friendly patio that sit’s underneath the pecan trees shading the cute picnic tables


Daily Specials


Open patio seating




They serve your order in a picnic basket


The farm garden sandwich was very fresh and packed full of veggies!


After lunch we walked through the trees to Botanica which is the little market with cute gifts and succulents for sale.





Botanica Modern Market


Garden at Maya’s

 I will be revisiting this place, there were so many treasures along the way.

  6106 S. 32nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85042

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Caramelized Herb Tomato Pesto

What a great way to use the Caramelized Herb Tomatoes!  This pesto is very flavorful and can be used in a number of dishes.


Angela made the best ever caramelized tomatoes and I just had to make pesto out of them.  Man is this ever good!


Recipe – About 2 1/2 Cups

For the tomatoes use

  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 3 Basil Leaves


  • 1 Clove Garlic (garlic press or finely minced)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh or Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt

For the rest of the Pesto

  • 1 Cup Raw Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Basil
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3/4 Cup Aged Asiago Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to taste


Make the dressing and drizzle all over the tomatoes

Chop up the basil and sprinkle on top then Caramelize the Tomatoes

Finely shred the cheese and put all other ingredients in food processor or blender slowly adding olive oil

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Carlitos Cafe Y Cantina in Santa Barbara

Robby and I love this place!  The food is pronominal!


Carlitos was Established in 1978 by the Lopez-Hollis Family


This lovely fountain is a nice feature; I especially like the tranquil sound of the running water


Love the outside seating!


They have a huge collection of 100% Blue Agave Tequilas inside the small and quaint cantina


I had a Black Bean Burrito with Red Sauce and Black Bean Salsa


Robby had Verdes Enchilada with Chicken and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa which he absolutely loved!

1324 State Street
Santa Barbara CA 93101
(805) 962-7117

Cilantro Stem Pesto

 I use so much cilantro like for our pico de gallo and hate to throw away the stems.  Ever wonder what to do with all those stems?  Well here is a delicious way to use them.  


I use a lot of cilantro leaves in things like pico de gallo and other salsas etc.  I really hate throwing out the stems so I thought why not try it in a pesto.  It is really good and has a milder taste than the leaves.


Recipe:  Approx.  2 Cups

  • 2 Cups of Cilantro Stems
  • 3/4 Cup Walnuts
  • 3/4 Cup Asiago
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 – 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt


Shred the cheese,  juice the limes and measure along with everything else then put in to food processor or blender and puree

Health benefits:

Cilantro is an extreme anti-oxidant immune-booster that helps detoxify the body by loosening them from the tissue, binding to and pulling out toxins and heavy metals.  It helps promote a healthy liver function and is an overall digestive aid.  It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that may help symptoms of arthritis and joint pain.  Cilantro can lower bad cholesterol level and increase the good cholesterol level.  It also helps with insulin secretion and lowers blood sugar.  It is rich in essential oils, vitamins and is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K and dietary fiber.  It is also an excellent source of omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids and calcium.

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