Sunday, August 26, 2012

True Food Kitchen

My parents came to visit me other day, so we went out to lunch in Santa Monica near the promenade. After mulling over potential restaurants, we chose True Food Kitchen, which is known for their healthy dishes and seasonal ingredients.


 I loved the modern interior and open, airy space



True Food Kitchen has a great selection of drinks, since they don't sell regular sodas like Coke. I had "The Natural," made of fresh ginger, agave, and soda.



Shirataki Noodles - green curry, snap pea, asparagus, oyster mushroom and cashew. This tasted great, although I wish it came with more noodles.



 They had these adorable herb gardens outside the restaurant. Great idea!



Have you tried out any new restaurants lately?

-Lauren


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Garlic Pasta with Chicken & Red Bell Pepper

Do you ever find yourself planning a meal around one ingredient? That happened to me the other day. Instead of giving up on the lone red bell pepper I had sitting in the fridge, I found a really delicious recipe that saved the day. Click here to view the full recipe.


 Garlic Butter Pasta with Chicken and Red Bell Pepper





I substituted the crab with chicken, used less butter, and didn't use pine nuts. The great thing about recipes is that there is (usually) room for adjustments. I loved the taste of the garlic butter sauce, and the red pepper was a great compliment to the overall flavor of the dish. I highly recommend!




Try using whole wheat pasta. It's healthier for you, and tastes just as good as regular pasta.




Do you have any tips/recipes for cooking with bell peppers?

-Lauren


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Central Coast Road Trip Part II

Sorry for the lack of posting - last week was really busy! As promised, here is the second part of my central coast road trip. Once we got to San Luis Obispo, we walked around downtown for a bit, which is really quaint and charming. We also checked out the Madonna Inn, a quirky hotel known for it's outrageous pink decor and crazy themed rooms.


View of the river that runs through downtown SLO



Downtown SLO



Outside the Madonna Inn. The kitschy architecture is unlike any hotel I've been to.



Inside the Madonna Inn. Loving the pink floral carpet...



There's a giant tree in the middle of the restaurant - pink explosion!



The central coast is also known for its countryside and open land. I love this shot.



Solvang, the Danish town. We had aebleskivers, Danish pancakes shaped like spheres. Delicious!


Overall, it was a nice little vacation. I think part of the fun is the drive itself, and seeing your home state through new eyes.

-Lauren



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Central Coast Road Trip Part I

I had last week off from work, which was the perfect amount of time to relax and fit in some fun activities into my schedule. I accomplished two things from my Summer Top 10 list - drove up the California coast, and took my very first yoga class (which was really fun!). My road trip consisted of many stops: Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, San Simeon, and Solvang. It's such a beautiful drive along the central coast, filled with wide open countryside right next to the ocean.

Here are some photos from Santa Barbara:


Perfect day at the beach



View of the wharf



We tried out this restaurant for lunch on the wharf, which has been featured on TV for its fresh seafood



Lobster pasta. So good.




Art vendors by the beach


I'll be posting the rest of my photos in a second post. Where's your favorite place to road trip to?

-Lauren
 
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