This week…

Catching up from the weekend? 

I went to a tart tasting.

I ran around like a crazy person and went to Shakespeare by the Sea.

I finished my second week of marathon training. 

For the next week I will be traveling to this place…

And seeing these people…

To celebrate love and watch these two love birds get hitched…

Heh Heh. They like each other, they really do.

I’m also going to eat this…

And this…

And this…

And drink some of this…

With my favorite Flour addict/vino consumer/baking buddy/J Crew shopper/ former roommate:

I feel like a child about to go to Disney World. I will be blogging from the road and taking you along to several of my favorite Boston haunts.

I fly home next Tuesday and then LCCMom is coming to LA to help facilitate my move. My blog updates might not be fast and furious for the next two weeks but I will be updating!

Chicago Marathon Training: Week 2

Happy 4th! I’m celebrating Independence by moving to a new apartment, freaking out about not having enough time to move to a new apartment and packing for my upcoming trip to Boston (post on what is going on with the Contessa in the next two weeks is upcoming later tonight/tomorrow AM so stay tuned).

I’m in a bit of a rush so I will make this quick.

Monday: 4 mile run

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: 3.5 mile run

Thursday: happy hour at Silver Lake wines followed by a long walk around the Silver Lake Reservoir

Friday: 1 mile

Saturday: 7.5 mile run

Sunday: No yoga, moving related strength training.

Total: 16 miles, no yoga

Thoughts on this week:

  • I did better on my mileage goals this week, only 1 mile short of my goal mileage. My legs were really tired Monday and my run was pretty sluggish. I woke up early twice to run (Friday and Saturday). My run Friday was cut short due to unforeseen interpersonal circumstances which held me up in the morning. I was glad I was able to get at least one mile in. Saturday’s 7.5 miler was done at a run/walk. It was really hot in LA and I was running on major hills. I’m OK with run/walking. I’ve used that method to PR before and thus run/walking doesn’t scare me like it used to. I’m totally counting moving as strength training. Yoga was cancelled Sunday so no yoga.

How did I do on my goals?

  • I did better on my diet this week. I still indulged in office treats and cake but I ate balanced meals and stuck to only one splurge a day. I also ate correct portions. Wee!
  • I woke up early twice to run. I still don’t like it very much but it felt good to prove to myself that I could do it. I don’t know what to say. My legs just never feel awake in the morning.
  • My foot feels good this week! I did some stretching with it and it feels good. Keep your fingers crossed!

Goals for next week:

  • Since I’ll be in Boston I planned to take some training down time. I know that I will be walking around a lot in Boston which is also good. I bet I cover more miles walking in Boston than I would in LA with walking + running. My goal for next week is not to feel guilty about the training downtime. I knew this week was coming and I planned for it. There is nothing to feel bad about.

Run Around Saturday & Shakespeare by the Sea

The theme of the day Saturday was running around completing errands. I am going to Boston on Tuesday night for a week to see one of my college besties get married and moving the week I come home from Boston so I have a lot to do this weekend.

I ran 8 miles.

I worked on packing and unpacking.

(Some) of my cookbooks have a home!

I also ran to Venice to get my hair done.

Like it? It’s going to be long and bang-less for a while! I kind of love it. I haven’t had long hair since early 2009. It’s time for a change.

Then I went to the tailor and picked up my dress for the wedding I’m going to in Boston! It had to be taken in and it turned out great! With the help of my mom personal shopper I am accessorizing with a pearl necklace. It’s a bit prep but I think it kind of has a funky west coast twist.

Opinions? Don’t worry, I’ll get an actual picture at the wedding (after I have HENNA!) Oh yes, I am psyched.

Finally I ran to Whole Foods to pick up dinner and hopped in the car and drove to San Pedro to see Shakespeare by the Sea!

Kaitlin’s roommate Mark is in King Lear this summer. Shakespeare by the Sea puts on FREE plays every summer all over Southern California. They were playing in San Pedro for a while and now they are traveling all over So Cal. Check it out because Mark might be coming to a city near you!

Like the title of the company suggests, we were by the sea…

It was nice and cool by the water.

It took me about 5 seconds to break into my dinner. My house is in chaos right now from moving so I stopped by Whole Foods for my dinner.

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. Apparently I was really in the mood for Mediterranean?

Plus roasted butternut squash with caramelized onions, for something sweet!

I also packed my new go-to treat drink: Pellegrino and Lemonade in a jar!

Last week I had this with a little nectarine squeezed in. It was so delicious. Seriously, lemonade with a nectarine squeezed in. So freaking delicious.

And then the show started! I took a Shakespeare class in college and we actually both read King Lear and saw a production of it that our professor was in (he fancied himself an actor- I promise it was as amusing as it sounds). I really like Lear. Obviously, being a tragedy it is super dramatic. Mark was awesome and provided some comic relief in the middle of the play.

Overall, I had a great time. The actors were great and really committed to their roles. It was also fun seeing a friend in a production! You should check out Shakespeare by the Sea if you’re in LA this summer. You will not be disappointed.

Do you like Shakespeare? What is your favorite play? I also like Measure for Measure, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Taming of the Shrew.

Tart Tasting at Fruute

Is there a better way to kick off a long weekend than consuming 12 mini tarts? I don’t think so!

I was thrilled when Lynn extended an invitation to attend an exclusive tart tasting at Fruute, a new patisserie opening July 2 in West Hollywood. I pretty much bolted from my desk at 5:20, ran to my car and floored it to West Hollywood for delicious tarts. Get ready… there is some major food porn ahead.

The space is small but very bright and open. All the tarts were on display and I knew that I wanted to almost all of them.

Can you blame me?

I don’t think so.

Like I said, I sampled almost all of the tarts. They were bite size, decadent, and not too filling. You know, so long as you eat fewer than 12. I love the idea of tarts as a mini grab and go dessert. Tarts could totally be the new cupcake.

Here are a few of the tarts I sampled…

Bailey’s Puff Tart.

Crème Brulee

Monte Blanc

Tiramisu


Black Pepper


Passion Fruit

My favorite tarts were the following:

Yuzu – Aromatic citrus cream cheese custard in a vanilla crust, topped with a golden raspberry and white chocolate fan. This tart was pretty much to die for. So crispy and delicious.

Wasabi – A rare blend of spicy Japanese horseradish and a blood orange center, layered with vanilla frangipane (!) in a pistachio crust, garnished with mint leaf tempura. I had two because it was that amazing.

Pina Colada – a tropical cocktail of pineapple, coconut, and rum in a coconut sprinkled crust, topped with a blackberry and gooseberry duo. Pina coladas are my favorite and this tart was tropical and delicious.

Salted Caramel – a mosaic of macadamia, sea salt caramel, dried berries and honey in a chocolate crust, topped with blackberry and sea salt. I love all things salted caramel.

Araguani – smooth and luxuriously textured araguani chocolate in a chocolate crust, topped with a fragrant edible rose petal and gold leaf. Very rich and chocolately!

I also had a great time catching up with Lynn.

She is a great tasting buddy!

Overall, I really loved the tarts at Fruute. Tarts are a great little treat and you should definitely check out the ones at Fruute. The store has free parking (a major incentive in LA) and opens today! The tarts made for a delicious dinner 😉

They’re Back!

Of course, in California they never really left. You could amble through the farmer’s market on any random Saturday in February and find at least one table with them. But you know out of season really isn’t quite as good as in season. I turned the corner last Saturday and came face to face with literally booths and booths of them.

Oh wait, I should probably tell you what I’m talking about.

Source

Heirloom Tomatoes!

I’m my wild excitement I bought one without thinking about how I would use it. Heirlooms are so special it feels weird to just roast it up for pasta or dice it up for a salad.

And then I had a stroke of genius…

Grilled Heirloom Tomatoes

Ingredients:

1 heirloom tomato

2 cloves of garlic

Salt

Pepper

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Chopped Basil

This recipe is ridiculously simple and tastes like summer. Am I the only one who associates sliced tomatoes with summer? I hope not. I started by slicing the heirloom into thick slices.

Chop the garlic. Dollop each of the tomatoes on both sides with EVO, salt, pepper, and chopped basil. Take out your grill pan and crank up the heat to medium high. Place the tomatoes on the pan with the garlic like so…

Heat the tomatoes until there are grill marks on one side and then flip it over. Cook until grill marks on the other side, probably less than 5 mins on each side. And then it should look like this…

I elected to eat my tomatoes with roasted pepper and quinoa so my plate ended up looking delicious and colorful!

I love love love a bright, colorful plate like this! Grilled tomatoes are by far my favorite way to consume tomatoes. You know, outside of roasted and in sauce. I think the grilling brings out the flavor in the heirlooms. Heirlooms are already special so you really don’t want to do too much to them except bring out their flavor a little bit more. Bright red grilled tomatoes would be a great 4th of July dish!

What are your plans for the 4th? I was planning on having a low key weekend and now I have tons of plans and errands to run in advance of my move and my trip to Boston next week!