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Gift Guide: For The Foodie

December 2, 2010

Filed Under : EAT

Gift Guide for Foodie

Now that it’s officially December, I need to start buying gifts for my loved ones and STAT.  I’ve made the executive decision (yes, I make executive decisions for me’self) to divide it up by category as opposed to price range because a.) I majored in Journalism and English and I don’t understand numbers; b.) I have no patience to search for items >$100 (or is it <$100? – I can’t remember which way the crocodile mouth goes); and c.) I’m a bit dyslexic and afraid I’d find an item that costs $52 and place it in the “under $25” category and then WordPress would delete my blog for life.

So…onto foodie gifts.  To me, a foodie is not only someone who loves food but also celebrates everything relating to food, whether it be finding joy in an amazing cookbook or having a mild obsession with colorful teapots.  So with that in mind, I tried to pick out gifts that any foodie would be sure to eat up this holiday season.

  1. Heirloom Recipe Card Box, Rifle Paper Co., $125
  2. Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table,” Amazon, $24
  3. Teak Measuring Spoons, Merchant no. 4, $20
  4. Fluted Flower Baking Cups, Bake It Pretty, $4.75
  5. Afternoon Fete Teapot, Anthropologie, $48
  6. Loomed Bowl, Anthropologie, $14 each
  7. 12 Assorted French Macarons, Sparkleskitchen Etsy, $16.50
  8. Eat and Spoon Tea Towel Set, Studiopatro, $42 for 2
  9. Bonnie Blue 10″ Cake Stand, Fishs Eddy, $64.95

Downtown, Benedict, & Macarons

October 25, 2010

Filed Under : EAT

Have I ever mentioned I’m a sucker for Groupon?  Well…I am.  Whether it be deals on a restaurant, tickets to a local play, or laser hair-removal on the cheap, I practically need the daily Groupon everyday.  So last month when the site was offering 50% off an annual membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown LA, I purchased that Groupon quicker than I could realize I would never actually use it.  Determined to prove myself wrong (about never using it),  Kyle and I decided to head downtown this past Saturday to get our MOCA memberships some usage.

When we got there, we perused around for a hot minute and then realized we needed brunch…and STAT.  Sorry – no photos from MOCA.  Next time, though.  Remember, I have a membership now so I can go back anytime.

As for brunch, we decided upon Bottega Louie, my favorite place in downtown!  I want to live there.  Inside Bottega Louie, I mean.  It’s broken down into 2 parts: the restaurant and the gourmet market.  The restaurant reminds me of New York – loud, industrial, and really classy.  The market is quintessential Paris, full of beautiful tarts and French macarons.  Wandering through Bottega Louie, I felt like I was on vacation!  I was twirling around and snapping photos and giggling aloud!!!  Oh, and the food was exquisite.  So delicious.  Fresh.  Innovative.  Rich in flavor.  Perfectly portioned.  Thanks to Bottega Louie, I have a feeling I’ll be getting lotssss of usage out of my MOCA membership.

Bottega Louie brunch
Tea for me, bloody mary for Kyle…typical}

bottega louie farmers market breakfast {Farmers Market Breakfast: poached eggs and fresh vegetables}

bottega louie salmon eggs benedict
Smoked Salmon Benedict}

Bottega Louie macarons {Rows of French macarons in the gourmet market}

bottega louie fruit tarts {Bite-sized fruit tarts}

bottega louie macarons {Oh, you thought I’d go home without buying treats for myself?}

bottega louie macarons {Passionfruit, raspberry, chocolate, and pumpkin macaron}

bottega louie fruit tarts {Whoops…more treats}

bottega louie fruit tarts {Blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit tarts}