Last weekend was one of my favorites in recent history. On Saturday, my family drove down for a quick visit to my favorite plant nursery. My mom has good plant juju so I found 3 more plant children to add to my ever-growing collection. Which reminds me, should I do a blog post specifically about my plants? Anyway, good plant juju and the best nurseries on this side of the Mississippi means a super great Saturday.
On Sunday, a few of my friends came over for brunch, making me all kinds of happy and stuff. Hosting people at my house feels like it could be my life calling. I’m in the zone while hosting. I get myself. I understand my abilities and limits. I have crazy to-do lists, clean the house from top to bottom, and make 3 batches of biscuits from scratch – you know, none of the qualities I display on a normal basis, but throw me some guests to host and I’m like HELLO, let me make you a fruit bowl out of 8 different varieties of fruit. Ugh, I love it.
Anyway, I made some mini frittatas (but swapped the ham for turkey breakfast sausage, swapped the parm for sharp cheddar, and swapped the parsley for chopped spinach) and these biscuits. My biscuits did not look half as glorious as the recipe’s looked, but you win some, you lose some. Also, I panicked 15 minutes before guests arrived because it didn’t look like there was enough food for 8 peeps, so I made Kyle run across the street to a diner and pick up breakfast potatoes (what a good sport). Ok so maybe hosting isn’t my life calling after all, but I certainly do love any excuse to hang out with my friends and eat biscuits.
On a rare occasion, Kyle and I will double brunch. That’s brunching on both Saturday AND Sunday, in case you’re unaware of this term I just made up. And even though brunching is my favorite activity on this planet, we actually don’t do it all that often, so partaking in it for an entire weekend was the treat of the century. Also, I love Los Angeles so much, sometimes it hurts. There’s never a shortage of good places to eat and cute neighborhoods to visit. Plus, it was Coachella weekend and that means 90% of LA residents were out of town. CAN THIS BE EVERY WEEKEND? Anyway, sometimes a weekend requires a double brunch and so we went along with it, no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it.
First of all, Los Feliz is one of my favorite neighborhoods and I will happily travel across 3 freeways (sometimes 4, depending on traffic) to get to it. On Saturday, we went to Little Dom’s in Loz Feliz. LD’s is a classic, old-school Italian restaurant with one of the best brunches in town. Their breakfast potatoes are next level and you can’t NOT order the blueberry ricotta pancakes. Tips & Tricks: It’s down the street from Steven Alan Outpost (their outlet) and you must go. Discounted Steven Alan is a slippery slope, but do it.
SUPERBA FOOD + BREAD
On Sunday, we popped over to the just-opened Superba Food + Bread in Venice, a sister resto to one of our favorite eateries, Superba Snack Bar. First of all, the decor is a mix of bright colors and modern designs (aka looks awesome). Plus, it has an open/airy vibe, so I wanted to stay there ALL DAY and just hang out. Kyle and I shared a few toasts (avocado and burrata), a biscuit with jam, and a vanilla sticky bun. The food was great and I can’t wait to try everything else on the menu. Plus, black mango iced tea for the win. Tips & Tricks: It’s across the street from General Store, which is my favorite store in all the land.
I had heard so many positive things about The Hart + The Hunter (a restaurant inside the Palihotel in West Hollywood), but only visited for the first time last Sunday. Consider me officially hooked on all things H + the H.
It was one of those perfect meals that come around so rarely these days and we enjoyed literally every aspect of it. The smoked trout and avocado toast was ridiculous. Order this if you go. I almost wish we had gotten 2. Then the crab eggs benedict. Stop it right now with all this deliciousness. And just as we figured things couldn’t possibly get any better, out came the biscuits. The only way to describe the biscuits is with my favorite GIF. I mean, total mind explosion. Plus, the honey butter and pimento cheese – all the thumbs up.
But the true underdog amidst all this goodness was the London Fog. It’s an Earl Grey latte at heart but they must put something magic in it because it might be my new favorite drink.
Anyone down for a biscuit date? Count me in.
I’m sure you’re DYING for a new kale salad recipe, you know, because there aren’t enough on the internets already. But guess what? This isn’t a recipe! It’s just an explanation of my favorite way to eat said leafy green in a recipe-like manner. That’s better, right? So here goes: my favorite way to eat kale is raw, in a salad, with very minimal dressing, lots of cheese, and topped with seeds and/or nuts. So simple and easy, yet crazy good. Here are the details:
For a single bowl of salad (you can double it/triple it, etc), I use about 4-5 kale leaves (organic Lacinato kale! forget that curly-leaf stuff), de-stem them, wash them thoroughly, and then chop finely. After I place them in a bowl, I give them a quick hand massage for about a minute or so. I’m serious, y’all! Kale needs to be massaged. It breaks down the fibrous fibery things. Sorry, I don’t know food terms. But do it – it makes the salad way better.
A squeeze of lemon (about a teaspoon) and one swirl of extra virgin olive oil (again, about a teaspoon) to dress it. Totally eye-ball it though. It should be really lightly dressed, you don’t want it too heavy. A pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Then lots of grated cheese (I use Parmigano Reggiano, but really any kind will do). And good heavens, don’t forget the cheese. Add as much as you’d like. I also toss in about a tablespoon of sunflower seeds because I love a good crunch to my salads, but you can add more or less. And if you’re opposed to sunflower seeds, any seed or nut will do. That’s really it. Don’t forget to eat it all up because remember, it’s super healthy and good for you. Plus, the cheese cancels out when you are eating it with kale so that’s like double the health.
Sometimes all you need is the Friday afternoon sunshine, one of your best friends, and a couple of ice creams to really end the week on a high note. Work has been pretty crazy lately so it’s nice to get outdoors and just enjoy a dang chocolate cone with lots of laughs and giggles and intermittent shouts of “YAY YOU LIVE HERE NOW!!” (she moved here from Hawaii).
This summer is going to be a good one, I can feel it!
*Wearing this palm tree shirt (from this post) and these ankle boots (also seen here and here). Eating blackberry sorbet in a chocolate cone from sweet rose creamery and if i do say so myself, it was a mighty fine choice.