Kings Road Cafe

Sunday morning I had a meeting on the east side. In order to get out of bed and get excited for the day I planned to have breakfast at the Kings Road Cafe on Beverly, which is about half way to my destination. I haven’t gone out for breakfast in a while and I was looking forward to trying something in another part of LA.

I walked in around 9 and was able to grab a bar stool immediately. I was just in time because 30 mins later it was packed and there was some vicious fighting for bar seats.I’m telling you, it was cut throat.

Of course I wasn’t dining alone…

It’s that time in the semester… never a day off.

I really liked the vibe of the Kings Road Cafe. It was small and busy but not overwhelming. It felt like the kind of place where you could sit for and read for hours. The service was quick and attentive, plenty of iced tea refills. I had already perused the menu online and knew exactly what I wanted: whole wheat granola pancakes.

I just had butter on my pancakes, no syrup. With that much butter I didn’t really feel like I needed syrup. The pancakes were not too soft and not too thin. They had pieces of granola baked into them which was really delicious and broke up the whole wheatness of them.

These pancakes remind me of the pancakes from The Greenbay Cafe in Winnetka!

Overall, I really liked Kings Road Cafe. The service was so quick that I wasn’t stressed for time which provided lots peace of mind. I really hate being late and when going out for breakfast at a new place you never know how long it might take.  I definitely will be making a trip back the next time I have an early trek to the east side.

Breakfast Obsession

I have a new breakfast love. Yes, I might be more in love with this than I was with baklava oatmeal. Well, almost.

I saw Kaitlin eating Van’s Waffles a few days ago. Then while strolling through Whole Foods pretending like I could afford things I saw Vans on sale! Well, you know, sale for Whole Foods. Kaitlin made them look so good I knew I had to try them.

Toasted in the toaster for one min and drizzled with honey, this breakfast could not be easier. The waffles are some of the best frozen I have had. 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber make this breakfast super filling. I love reading the label because I actually know what the ingredients are. We are what we eat, right? I only wish that there were more than 6 in a box. With two per serving, these were gone by Wednesday.

And yes. The backdrop for this photo shoot was my cats scratching mat, in case you were wondering. Don’t judge… there was good light. Ah, the life of a food blogger.

Cheddar and Scallion Scones

Another day, another amazing creation from the Flour Cookbook. These scones are delicious and super easy to make!

It’s as simple as combining the dry ingredients…

combining all the wet ingredients…

I am having a love affair with Creme Fraiche. So much more amazing than sour cream!

Combining the two together and placing them on a baking dish is a circle…

Brushing with yoke…

Wipe the drool with your apron…

and bake. Wait and wait and wait while your apartment starts to smell like cheese. These babies smell ah-maz-ing! And then, they are ready. Everybody out of the oven.

Again, wipe the drool off with your apron. Cut them up and enjoy the best breakfast ever.

This scone is really very light and had cheese melted in the middle. Does it get any better than that? Nope. I am surprised by how easy the recipes in the Flour Cookbook really are.


The treats are special and decadent but totally do able. It just goes to show how little ingredients, like creme fraiche, can make a dish unique and even more delicious.

Melted cheese, soft interior, and crispy crust.

I realize that this is like foodie torture, making such a good savory breakfast item and not sharing the recipe. There is a cure! Order the book and make them for yourself!

I am off to a pumpkin patch so that I can pretend like its really fall! Hope ya’ll are having a happy Sunday!

Baklava Oatmeal

That’s right…

I went there…

I had this idea yesterday night and after getting the OK from my friend Carolyn that it wouldn’t be “too weird” I decided it must be done . Currently the baklava is sitting on top of my fridge with the idea being that it is “out of sight, out of mind” and I had been pretty good at not eating mass amounts of baklava.

I’m not going to lie to you, this is the best breakfast I’ve had in a while.

So now here is the big question: Why did I choose the hottest day in LA history to eat oatmeal? I’m blaming this one on the baklava. The high today was 113! I have the AC on now and I swear that its not really working (at least not as much as I’d like it too). Obviously a run didn’t happen today. It wasn’t even worth trying. I choose not to have a heat stroke. Colder food tomorrow!

Fall Oatmeal

A few months ago I blogged Summertime oatmeal. Today it was time for Fall inspired oatmeal despite the fact that it is over 90 degrees in LA right now. Suffice to say, my 10 mile run didn’t happen today. It was oppressively hot today. I am going to do the 10 miler on Wednesday which is after my midterm and its projected to be much cooler. I can’t wait, this girl misses cool weather!

And now I present Fall oatmeal…

In the mix we have:

  • Oatmeal
  • Chopped honey crisp apple
  • Orange blossom honey (which I used yesterday in my baklava)
  • Crystallized ginger

Simply delicious. Apple with crystallized ginger is so delicious. I don’t know about you, but I need something sweet in my oatmeal. Honey is an awesome substitute for brown sugar, which I am currently out of.

I have some truly epic oatmeal planned for tomorrow AM so stay tuned!

Healthy Saturday

Happy Saturday!

Today has been a chill day. Mostly I have run errands and done reading for school. Soon I am going out on my long run. As some of you may have gleaned, my training runs have been a but jumbled up this past week. I realized yesterday that I have to do my long run today because Sunday is going to be busy. Because Saturday is long run day, yesterday became a rest day. Although, I must say that my arms are still sore from pole dancing class! I plan to go again. It is an amazing arm workout which is just what I need!

This morning while reading I enjoyed a cup of coffee in my new mug…

Obviously it was with a side of peanut butter toast. I’m probably going to have another before I go out on my run.

My stomach was grumbling around 1 so I made a healthy lunch at home.

Sandwich, pita chips, poulet, chocolate chips, and black iced tea.

The sandwich was farmer’s market inspired:

Ezekiel bread with hummus, radish, spinach, heirloom tomato (!), and turkey. I love an heirloom. It makes it so, so delicious and fresh.

Supplemental food:

I love a side of chocolate chips with lunch. It satisfies my chocolate craving every time.

In other news:

I recently joined the website healthylivingblogs.com. Here is a little bit about the site:

Healthy Living Blogs is a new resource for the health blogging community. Created by Lindsey of Sound Eats, HLB is a site designed to enhance the positive community of the healthy living blog world. Bloggers and readers can explore the site and find more blogs to love, bloggers in their area, and forums to deepen healthy discussion and support. If you’re interested in having your site listed on HLB, simply send the following information to healthylivingblogs@gmail.com and check the site out for yourself!

  • Email subject line: MEMBERS

  • Your name (please share if you prefer to go by first name, first and last, or however you prefer to be known on the Internet)

  • Blog Name

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  • Your location (if you prefer not to disclose this information for privacy’s sake, that is completely understandable. We’ll simply include your blog listing in the A-Z listing, not by location, too)

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I love the healthy living blog community and I am so excited to be part of the community. The healthy blog community is awesome and so supportive of my running, weight loss and is a fantastic resource if you want to learn more about having a healthy lifestyle. The best part of healthylivingblogs.com is that they inventory blogs by location. I really want to connect with other LA area healthy living and food bloggers. So feel free to check out the site!

Lazy Saturday

Today was a lazy Saturday and boy did I need it. My apartment was beginning to resemble Grey Gardens and I had a book to finish.

First I went to Coral Tree Cafe for brunch. I have been to Coral Tree Cafe before but have never blogged about it before. As usual it was a wonderful experience.

I ordered at the counter and sat down with my book “Commencement”, which I just finished and was excellent. It comes highly recommended from me, especially if you went to a woman’s college, in which case it is a MUST READ!

I ordered frittata for my breakfast. I am not a huge egg fan normally but I always have loved frittata. It’s the exception to my rule. This one had veggies, cheddar, and a side of potatoes.

Deliciousness. Unfortch, I was unable to finish this because it was a big portion. I did manage to choke down about 2/3 of it. I love frittata. There was a good amount of cheese but it wasn’t over powering and the veg was super fresh. Nice and not too eggey, because I’m not a huge fan of eggs. Plus, I love breakfast potatoes all the time. No issues there.

Naturally, it was an iced tea to drink.

Love a lazy brunch with an amazing book. There is nothing like it.

Who says you can’t have a cookie for breakfast?

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone is having a happy 1st day of the weekend.

This week I decided I had to shake up my breakfast routine. I love ginger granola, but you can only have it so many times before it gets old, right? So I tried the Fitnessista breakfast cookie! My favorite part of this treat is that you make it the night before, which really helps me get out the door in the morning.First you take a 1/3 cup of oats and 1 tablespoon of nut butter (I used peanut butter) and combine in a bowl.

At this time I added spices I wanted to have. I added my favorite Saigon Cinnamon and a wee bit of brown sugar. NOTE: I only added this because when Fitnessista makes this she used Vanilla Almond Milk, which has some flavoring, although not as sweet as sugar.

And then we mix it up! You mix the oats and extras until it is crumbly.

Then we add an 1/8 of a cup of milk. I used skim milk. Continue to mix.

Then I decided to add dried cranberries

Then spread it out on a small plate, making sure that it is the same thickness through out

Cover and refrigerate overnight and in the AM just take the press and seal off and ENJOY! This actually kept me full and satisfied until nearly noon which is good for me.

This is my new favorite breakfast treat! Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast?

Who says you can't have a cookie for breakfast?

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone is having a happy 1st day of the weekend.

This week I decided I had to shake up my breakfast routine. I love ginger granola, but you can only have it so many times before it gets old, right? So I tried the Fitnessista breakfast cookie! My favorite part of this treat is that you make it the night before, which really helps me get out the door in the morning.First you take a 1/3 cup of oats and 1 tablespoon of nut butter (I used peanut butter) and combine in a bowl.

At this time I added spices I wanted to have. I added my favorite Saigon Cinnamon and a wee bit of brown sugar. NOTE: I only added this because when Fitnessista makes this she used Vanilla Almond Milk, which has some flavoring, although not as sweet as sugar.

And then we mix it up! You mix the oats and extras until it is crumbly.

Then we add an 1/8 of a cup of milk. I used skim milk. Continue to mix.

Then I decided to add dried cranberries

Then spread it out on a small plate, making sure that it is the same thickness through out

Cover and refrigerate overnight and in the AM just take the press and seal off and ENJOY! This actually kept me full and satisfied until nearly noon which is good for me.

This is my new favorite breakfast treat! Who says you can’t have cookies for breakfast?

Oats to You

Kicking off my first real weekend in ages with oats.

I love oats and today I actually had time to cook them!

Delicious raspberries from the Farmers Market. This totally made my morning. Fresh fruit is the best way to start the day.

A little brown sugar and Saigon Cinnamon later, deliciousness.

This was moments before I mashed up the raspberries into a puree thing. I love fresh berries. Super summery. And now I am off to run errands and finally unpack from my trip to Chicago and Boston. Whoops! Well, its been a busy week and sometimes it just takes a while to unpack. It happens.