whiskey wednesday: irish coffee

It’s almost the DAY!!! And there’s truly no better way to kick off your weekend/Friday/St. Patrick’s Day than with an Irish Coffee.

So maybe lose the booze before work…save it for 5PM and you need a pick me up…but if you’re lucky and have the day to celebrate here’s how you should make yours:

IRISH COFFEE (Serves 1)

4-5oz brewed hot coffee

1-2oz Irish Whiskey

dash of sugar

splash Bailey’s (optional)

1oz whipping cream

splash of maple syrup (more if you wanted sweeter whipped cream)

Place 2 metal bartending tins in your freezer (this can be omitted if not adding whipped cream). Brew your coffee any which way you please. Add coffee to a mug and sprinkle a dash of sugar. Pour 1-2 oz of your Irish Whiskey and stir. If you’re adding Bailey’s, do so now. In the meantime, take 2 bartender tins and pour your whipping cream and maple syrup in, toss in a protein mixer, close tins and shake shake shake. Top fresh whip cream onto coffee. ENJOY! (do a jig!)

PS if you want to add DONUTS to the equation, use this recipe!

PPS definitely add the donuts

PPS that is all!

the buzz: new fall tv

The sleeve: Cofax coffee

Cofax Coffee will always be near and dear to my heart. Not only do they have some of the best donuts in L.A. (Nicole Rucker you are a goddess) but their coffee is on point. Breakfast burritos are a must too and add the avocado, you can thank me later. Back to the coffee, this shop ain’t for doing work, they cheekily don’t have wifi and tell you to “pretend it’s the 90s” along with covering their outlets. Basically, this is your grab and go on Fairfax and will never disappoint.

MY ORDER: Iced Almond Milk Latte, because they shake it in a cocktail mixer so the almond milk is smooooth and creamy.

the buzz: fall’s top four to dvr (in order of air date)

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This Is Us, airs Tuesdays at 10/9c, NBC

This Is Us caught me good. The pilot, which aired September 20th had a great twist and pulled on the heart strings. I’d expect nothing less from writer, Dan Fogelman, who managed to do the same thing in his film Crazy, Stupid, Love (won’t spoil if you haven’t seen it- but do that asap). Although it can be a little soap-y at times, it’s a missing piece to network TV and NBC hit the mark. Plus Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown on screen, sign me up!

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Easy, all episodes available September 22nd, Netflix

Maybe it’s because I’m from Chicago, but anything that Joe Swanberg releases (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas) I’m watching. Chicago-ness aside, Easy is a must watch. It’s sexy, it’s real, it’s fresh.  And because of the variety of characters, I’d be shocked if you couldn’t find one scenerio that was relatable to your life. Each episode follows a different romantically linked couple and their romance-or lack their of. Swanberg had the actors to improvise a lot, allowing each episode to feel like a stand alone piece…except once the 30 minutes are done I just want to watch the next one/want to know more about the couple. Hopefully there’s a second season in the works!

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image c/o HBO
Westworld, Sunday October 2nd 9/8c, HBO

This series, a reboot from the 1973 cult classic movie, has been in the works for a while. When I started in my current acting class, we worked on the audition sides and that was in 2014! But good things take time, no? And Westworld is going to be g r e a t. TV needs a Sci-Fi hit and J.J. Abrams (Lost) along with Jonathan Nolan (Dark Knight, yes Chris’s bro) did just that, and then some. Evan Rachel Wood and Anthony Hopkins are at the helm of this futuristic theme park “Westworld” where people pay to view/interact with human-like robots: think Ex Machina meets The Truman Show meets Mr. Robot with an added element of a fast action video game. Bring on the plot twists.

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image c/o IMDb
Good Girls Revolt, episodes avail Friday October 28th, Amazon

Come October 28th, you can find me glued to my TV. Good Girls Revolt is based off Lynn Povich’s novel and takes place at the fictional News of the Week magazine during the 1960s.  I was able to preview the pilot, and it’s like Mad Men meets Newsroom meets The Hour (brilliant BBC show!) meets All the President’s Men but with women leading the way. A stellar and sexy cast of women fighting for their equal say/pay in the workplace, yes, yes yes!

Any other new shows you’re watching the Fall? Let me know!

bites of life: july edition

Well August 1st crept up real fast…where has summer gone?! I’ve been fortunate to travel a few times, see friends and family, and have plenty of pool days. Below is a mini recap of my favorite bites from July! Enjoy.

junior cone: sweet cream and corn almond
junior cone: sweet cream and corn almond

sweet: Magpies Soft Serve 

Literally juuust made the cut-I went yesterday on July 31st-but this new soft-serve shop in Silverlake (say that 3x fast) is serving up some serious swirls. No shame that I tried nearly all the flavors, but settled on almond corn (made with almond milk) and sweet cream with sprinkles and butterscotch rice-krispies. Safe to say I will be a regular. Plus, waffle cones are freeeee!

pie n' burger classic with cheese
pie n’ burger classic with cheese
signs of a legit diner
signs of a legit diner

Savory: Pie n’ Burger

I made a mini-trek to Pasadena to see if the hype was real for this joint. It is. Dare I say it’s better than Apple Pan? Well for starters you can get milkshakes and the pie selection is more expansive. But back to the burger- it’s a classic with lots of lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles in every bite, and house made thousand island. Worth the trek!

I like you a lox Russ and Daughters
I like you a lox Russ and Daughters
how pretty is she?!
how pretty is she?!

Coffee: Russ and Daughters

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a hot cuppa coffee in a classic diner mug. My favorite cup this month was also shared with my best friend, Maddie McCormick, while we were traveling in New York. Lox board is a plus too!

super femme and classic
super femme and classic
a peek at my bedroom with new blush hat
a peek at my bedroom with new blush hat

Purchase: *tie* Cuyana Saddle Bag and Hat Attack Hat

I’m having a major moment with blush color objects. Hence I couldn’t decide which of these two were a better purchase. Cuyana’s bag is such a great size and feels like a “grown up” bag without being a bajillion dollars. The hat was a welcome addition since I’ve been wanting to steal my friend Jess’s pink hat for a year. Happily found this guy at Club Monaco on sale (feel free to call me a hat lady, my collection is growing).

New RestauranTS:

greens and grains bowl
greens and grains bowl

$- Cava Grill

This fast casual mediterranean spot will be my new go-to if I want a cheap healthy meal. You can make pita wraps and bowls, plus is very customizable. Like you can split your protein and get lamb meatballs AND falafel. Who doesn’t love that?

avo toast, acai bowl and pancakes
avo toast, acai bowl and pancakes

$$- Bondi Harvest

Hello Aussie dreamland. Tucked away by the Tastemade studios in West LA, Bondi Harvest is a beachy destination. The food is healthy and fresh plus they have indoor and outdoor seating. Note: it’s only open during the week!

talk about plating!
talk about plating!

$$$- Wolf

I recently went to brunch here and was blown away by the presentation! Not only was it artistic, but the food was bomb. Get the chicken and waffles if you go at brunch and the potatoes! They had me at chive aioli.

EntertainmenT: OUTLAnder and you are a badass

Currently I have the Outlander theme song in my head. I want to be Caitriona Balfe, she’s the extremely talented actress who plays the show’s lead, Claire. In short, it’s a fantasy drama where Claire is transported from 1945 to the 1740s in Scotland. There’s adventure, an epic love story and emotions are high. Already on season two! And last but not least, You Are A Badass. I’ve never read a “self-help” book, but picked this up after hearing a friend sing its praises. It’s an empowering boost and quick read.

the buzz: win at 4th of July

THE SLEEVE: Blackwood Coffee

This newcomer on the border of West Hollywood and Hollywood has a LOT of promise. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, solid wifi and nice aesthetic. They serve food too! MY ORDER: Latin Coldbrew (Coldbrew with Horchata and Chocolate Bitters!)

THE BUZZ: Win Your 4th of July BBQ

July 4th is a favorite holiday of mine. It’s an excuse to spend the day outdoors with friends & family, eat yummy food and celebrate life. Plus fireworks, alcohol and some type of beach or pool. What more could you want in life? Little I say. However, here are my 5 go-tos to “win” as a guest/host this holiday weekend.

  1. ICE CREAM NOVELTIES
  2. GRILLED ARTICHOKES
  3. “POOL NOODLES”
  4. PEACHES AND BURRATA
  5. REALLY GOOD PICKLES

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Firecracker pops, ice cream sammies, even otter pops will secure your place on best friend list.

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Follow this recipe and you will be golden. I prefer a lemon, oil and vinegar situation on top of the grilled ‘choke, but come prepared with a mayo based dip as well.

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So not technically food, but if you’re going to a BBQ with a pool, bring along a couple pool noodles or pool toys. You don’t have to spend a lot either! You can easily find these at a drugstore or 99 cent store!

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If peaches are nectar from the Gods, burrata was destined to be their heavenly match.  Grab a couple of peaches, slice them up around a portion of burrata. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar if you wish and top with some sea salt. Add some prosciutto too!d Props if you grill peaches before serving.

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image c/o community table @amandawaas

I am a pickle lover.  Not only do they add a nice burst of saltiness/acid to any plate of BBQ, but the leftover juice is the perfect chaser for some whiskey. Hello homemade pickle-backs. True story, I am a proud member of the “Pickle Back Club” in Chapel Hill, NC. Check out this article for some craft pickle picks.

What are your BBQ/4th of July go-tos?!

the buzz: saltedeats

THE SLEEVE: Dinosaur Coffee 

Dinosaur Coffee is a relative newcomer to LA’s coffee scene, but it’s location, minimal decor and plentiful parking make this shop a great choice.  They also have kitschy mugs from FourBarrel roasters that help any work go by a bit easier. And who doesn’t love their little dino?! My GO-TO: dark roast in a mug, almond milk on the side.

THE BUZZ: SaltedEats

Confession: I am scared to cook chicken. And by scared I mean I haven’t done it much soooo I don’t really know how (and therefore think I can’t do it). So logical. But give me flour, eggs, sugar and I can bake all day.  Raw meat, not my forte.

Flashback to last week when I got an email from SaltedEats– LA’s newest meal delivery service- saying I had the option of cooking either tacos from Petty Cash or lemon chicken from Eveleigh. Wanting to get over my fear, I chose the “Simple Lemon Chicken with Greek Yogurt and Eggplant”- the “simple” sold me. Like other similar companies, they send all the ingredients pre-portioned, and you just need to supply the basics. Unlike other companies:

  • they have a video to accompany each dish AND it’s done by the restaurants chef
  • dishes are directly off the menu from LA’s best restos
  • you don’t have to set up a subscription
  • each meal is usually for ONE person (although there was a enough chicken for leftovers which was prime!)
  • ingredients are good for up to 5 days aka no pressure to cook that night
  • local LA ingredients
  • only available in LA (for now)

TA-DA:

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It was so simple…I will make that dish again solely to impress myself. Cheaper than a meal out, but with that “going-out” feeling. Two thumbs UP!FullSizeRender 3

If you’re in LA and want to order, use code “FIRST5” to get $5 off!

P.S. Check out their sister site SaltedTV– an online video cooking school that teaches the basics and more from top chefs across the country. You might just see a familiar face on the homepage 😉 salted homepage