Great Britain [Part 02] Brighton

November 05, 2015

Brighton London/
Oh Brighton. I expected so little out of this seaside village but I fell in love with Brighton. I can't quite put into words exactly why but I felt like things just fell into place here. I city was so charming and lovely the people were so welcoming and warm. I spent two days here and I'd highly suggest visiting if you're in London. It's a short one hour train ride away from the city and it's like a little escape.

Nineteen Brighton /
Nineteen Brighton /
I stayed at Nineteen Brighton, a B&B that feels like you’re staying at your friends place. The room was comfy and you can get a simple breakfast in your room every morning. The location was really central to everything in Brighton, I literally walked everywhere here.

Brighton Museum/
On my first day there I checked out the grand Royal Pavilion then walked across the street to the Brighton Museum Art Gallery. The featuring exhibit was Pierdom by photographer Simon Robert which showcased photos of piers from all around the UK, including piers from Brighton.

42 Juice Brighton /
42 Juice Brighton /
One of the things I loved so much about Brighton was how central everything was. I didn't have to go far to get somewhere and everything was a few blocks away from each other. While walking around I stumbled upon 42 Juice and popped in for some Tumeric Immune juice to help me fight off the cold. I love the atmosphere of the space and the simple packaging for everything.

Brighton Pier/
In the morning I walked by the pier and loved the calm scene it provided. The pier is home to a ton of rides and attractions but I really appreciated the "calm before the storm" before the pier gates opened. Right next to the pier you can take a ride on the Brighton Wheel – a smaller less extravagant version of the London Eye but it provides a nice view of the city.

Silo /
Silo /
I remember reading about Silo before I visited and I knew I wanted to make a stop. The big letters outside stopped me in my tracks – love the graphic look of the outside. Silo is known for being one of England's first zero waste restaurant – which means they recycle all of their waste. They have a special compost machine to process all of their food scraps, nifty right? I just popped in for something warm to drink and I tried of of their pastries (which were delicious) though what I really wanted was a loaf of bread, look how gorgeous they are! Silo | 39 Upper Gardner Street

Workshop /
I fell in love with so many shops in Brighton but definitely one of my favorites was workshop. Beautiful home and kitchen goods, the ceramics were lovely and many handmade treasures in this little boutique. Walking through the Laine's and around Brighton you'll definitely find something for everyone but here are some of my favorites.

Workshop | 13a Prince Albert Street // Home and kitchen goods
Edited | 3 Gardner Street // Eclectic interiors and home-wares
Utility | 28a North Road // Household goods and beautiful cleaning tools
Mister Smith Interiors | 23 New Road // Interiors and wallpaper
Two Kats and a Cow | 167 Kings Road Arches // Gallery and gift shop
Lavender Room | 16 Bond Street // Women's accessories and lifestyle shop.

64 Degrees /
All of my meals I had in Brighton were so memorable. Small town or not they definitely have a great variety of food offerings here. My favorite was dinner at 64º Degree. The restaurant is small but offers and open dining experience where you can watch the chefs work their magic on your food. It's so much fun to watch their attention to detail as they cook and well the food is spectacular. They offer a lot of small plates so do yourself a favor and go with a friend because there is so much you'll want to try there. I really loved the cauliflower and cod and their calamari was to die for. 64º Degree's | 53 Meeting House Lane

Two other great places you should try...
Food For Friends | 17-18 Prince Albert Street // Such an amazing place for vegetarian food. I tried a sampler platter that was really delicious and beautiful. It gets crowded but it's a great spot for lunch.
The Chili Pickle | 17 Jubilee St // A street food inspired Indian restaurant. The chef from 64º Degrees told me this was one of their favorite spots and now I know why! The tandoori chicken platter was so juicy – chicken usually isn't my go-to but it was wonderful. Try any of the street snacks I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Sunset in Brighton /
On my last night I was resting in my room and decided that I should catch the sunrise along the beach. It was an incredible sunset with a vibrant painted skys over the West Arches. I literally was chasing the sun it was such an amazing moment. Thank you Brighton for such a wonderful stay. I look forward to visiting again soon.


Great Britain [Part 01] London

November 03, 2015

London, England /
Growing up my family traveled to Europe a lot, particularly France. My grandparents lived there so my mom would take us to visit every summer and also tack on a vacation to a neighboring country. I was lucky enough to travel so many places around like Switzerland, Italy, and Belgium but for whatever reason we never went to the UK. So when Travel Mindset and Visit Great Britain invited me for a week in London and Brighton how could I say no?

As an adult I always imagined London to feel like a big city in America since English is also the main language there, but I was so surprised at how different it felt. I felt foreign (in a good way) in a city that spoke the same language. I was drawn to the diverse culture, the beautiful architecture and there is something about those black taxi cabs that I loved! Here are a few of my favorite things I did while in London (Part Two on Brighton up next!).

London Cabs! /

Mondrian Hotel London, England /
I spent most nights at the Mondrian Hotel it's on the South Bank and it was a very central location to Tate Modern, London Eye and many more London destinations. The rooms were modern and perfect for my time in London. If you want to stay somewhere a bit more royal definitely check out the Egerton House in Knightsbridge, I stayed their one night and the room was so lavish - felt so royal.

London Frieze /
London Frieze /

There are SO MANY galleries in London, but if you happen to find yourself in London in October be sure not to miss London Frieze. It's an incredible display of art from around the world. It only happens once a year but it was definitely a favorite. If you miss Frieze don't worry there are plenty of other museums to fill your creative inspiration. I really enjoyed Serpentine Galleries (pictured below – it consist of two galleries right across from each other), Tate Modern and the Design Museum. The Design Museum is small but they had a wonderful exhibit on Designs of the Year 2015 showcasing exactly that. The exhibit is interactive and you can even vote for your favorite design.

Serpentine Gallery, England /
Serpentine Gallery, England /

Borough Market /
Borough Market /
I wish I had been able to spend more time at Borough Market. It's one of London's oldest food market and any food lovers dream. There is an assortment of fresh foods and packaged food to fill your appetite for days. I saw some amazing mushrooms, seafood galore and you can even find a roasted pig in the market!

Albion /
Shoreditch O'dells /
Shoreditch Labour and Wait /
The Shoreditch neighborhood is perfect. It has a bunch of cute shops and wonderful cafes and restaurants. You could spend a whole day walking around this area as there is so much to see. I really loved the shops in the neighborhood. Be sure not to miss these shops in the area;
Albion Cafe | 2-4 Boundary Street // Cute cafe for lunch also carries an assortment of packaged foods
Labour and Wait | 85 Redchurch St // Home and kitchen good store old timey goods
O'Dells Store | 24 Calvert Ave // Men's accessories, including beautiful leather goods and home goods
Ally Capellino | 9 Calvert Avenue // Women's bags and accessories
Paper and Cup | 18 Calvert Avenue // Coffee shop that gives back

London Flower Market/
Paper and Cup /
While I was in London I got a chance to meet my instagram friend Arlina. She just moved to London so it was nice to explore something together with her. We decided to check out the Sunday Flower Market at Columbia Road. Although we came out with some beautiful flowers the market itself was crazy, it was packed with people so it was really difficult to navigate through. We enjoyed taking a break from the crowds at Paper and Cup, a cute place to stop for drinks and a snack!

London Tower Bridge /
Another thing I loved about this city is the fact that I could walk to so many places and get around without a car. One day I walked from the Design Museum pass the London Tower Bridge to the Borough Market then took the tube to Shoreditch and then walked to White Chapel Gallery. Being able to see a city by foot is such a pleasure especially living in LA. Of course I also took a few rides on the tube cause that's something I totally remember wanting to do growing up. It's similar to riding the train in NYC but at times it gets really crowded but it makes you feel like a local!

Smokehouse /
Smokehouse /
I got sick the day I arrived in London so my appetite was small – but I did enjoy some nice meals. If you're looking for a casual atmosphere with good food check out Smokehouse Islington. As the name implies it offers a great selection of smoked meats and more. Their menu has dishes inspired from French cuisine to traditional British and even Asian flavors! Smokehouse | 63–69 Canonbury Rd

I'm going to share my weekend adventure to Brighton next. It's a seaside village a train ride away from London and I absolutely loved it. Stay tuned.



October 27, 2015

Persimmons /
Just popping in to say hello! Last weekend we went to the persimmon farm and picked a bunch of fruits year despite the lack of water the crop was actually better this year than when we went last. I've been editing a bunch of photos from my recent trips to London and Iceland and hope to have those ready for you all soon! For now don't forget to follow me on instagram to see all the daily stuff that has been happening.

Persimmons /
Persimmons /


In the Studio with Munchery

June 15, 2015

Steak Soba Noodle / See and Savour
Opps! I definitely didn't mean to go on a hiatus but I thought I'd pop in and say hello! If you follow me on instagram you'll notice I've been spending a lot of time at the Munchery studio. Munchery is a chef driven food delivery service that began in San Francisco and recently launched in Los Angeles (also available in New York and Seattle). The chefs in LA have developed some amazing meals for you to enjoy at home without the hassle of ordering out or picking up. Unlike ordering from other delivery services where you might get your food mildly warm rather than pipping hot Munchery delivers your meals chilled so you can heat and eat when you are ready!

Munchery Meals /
Shrimp Hominy Salad /

It has been a fun learning process to work along side the chefs watch them R&D and come up with these great dishes. If you think creating a tasty meal is challenging on its own imaging having to taste just as good after it has been chilled and then reheated. Munchery has been the answers to a lot of my meals lately and I love my Munchery dinners!

Munchery Meals / See and Savour
Vegetarian Soba Noodle Salad - so yummy! /
Key Lime Pie from Munchery /
Of course sweets are always on my menu - here is one of the behind the scenes of the making of their Key Lime Pies.

Munchery Meals / See and Savour

Glass Props /
Rainbow Tomato /

If you live in the LA area (particularly West Side) or SF, Seattle and New York and haven't tried Munchery yet - check them out - use this link to receive $20 off your first order. Enjoy


Perfect Chocolate Pairings

March 05, 2015

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
I’ve been super busy working, which means my meals are almost always out or on-the-go. As a result, my fridge and pantry are a little sad and empty these days. Case in point: I had cereal for dinner last week. Twice.

Lucky for me, Ghirardelli® asked if I was interested in experimenting with some new chocolate pairings, to which, of course, I said yes, ( I mean, how do you say “no” to chocolate?!), and the shipment of chocolate bars arrived this week!

Don’t worry. I didn’t just inhale the chocolate for dinner (though I did think about it), but I was inspired to finally make my way to the store to find some treats to go with my new assortment of chocolate!

I love mixing and matching flavors. It’s pretty amazing how you can enhance the taste of a food simply by pairing it with something else.

Here are some combinations that I tried out this weekend:

Herbal Tea & Cherry Tango™
I love my chocolate desserts, but sometimes I want something a little fruity after dinner too. Cherry Tango™ satisfies both those cravings. Pair it with a cup of hot tea – maybe chamomile or peppermint – and you have a warm and cozy combination that will help you relax and wind down after a long day. It feels satisfying and indulgent without going overboard.

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Maple Bacon & Midnight Reverie®
It’s common knowledge that bacon makes everything better, and this mix of sweet and salty is a match made in heaven. The richness of the 86% cacao in Midnight Reverie® brings out the salty goodness of the bacon in such a satisfying way. I’m tempted to eat this every day for breakfast. If you feel like something a little sweeter, try pairing the bacon (or any breakfast meat really) with a square of Evening Dream®, which is lighter at 60% cacao.

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour

Sriracha Cashews & Mango Sunset™
I’m lucky enough to live in Southern California where it’s basically 70-something degrees year round, but the tropical taste of Mango Sunset™ even had me pining for summer again. Since this flavor is on the sweeter side, I spiced it up with some sriracha cashews so the heat could balance out the sugar. Take a few bites of this combination, close your eyes, and even if there’s a blizzard outside, part of you will feel like you’re on vacation again.

Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour

This is just the tip of the iceberg of combinations to try. Spruce up movie night by adding a side of Evening Dream® to your popcorn bowl. Elevate your after dinner espresso with a square of Sea Salt Soiree®. Pairings are such an easy way to make everyday fare a little less ordinary and a lot more fun.

What combinations would you try?
Perfect Chocolate Pairings / See and Savour



February 03, 2015

Oh hey! January has come and gone – oh how the year will pass us. Here are some snapshots from my outings in January, though it was relatively quiet for me working on a big new project!

I did get a chance to check out Gjusta, another sister restaurant to one of my favorite breakfast spots Gjelina. While I loved the space - Gjelina still has my heart for breakfast. The citrus salad on the right was from a project I'm working on - doesn't it look tasty?

I've been building my real life Pinterest board in my studio and collecting some new props – loving some of my new ceramics! What are your favorite places to shop for unique kitchen goods? Would love to hear them!

Till next time - be sure to follow me on @instagram for the latest :D


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