July 4, 2011 § 7 Comments
I’m in Seattle and for the past few days it’s been really warm. I think they’re not used to warm sunny weather because the news just aired a segment on now to prevent sunburns as well as how to take care of them.
Here is a picture of Eric in front of the gum wall, one of the highlights of my trip (thanks for showing it to us, Tanantha!)
Now, I will get back to packing and eating chocolate.
Happy birthday, America!
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May 9, 2011 § 20 Comments
This past weekend was exactly what I needed. Eric and I went wine tasting – one of our favorite things in the world to do. We went to Paso Robles, which happens to only be a few hours north of Los Angeles but always transports me to another world whenever I visit. The photo above was snapped on one of the small side roads – how beautiful, yes? It’s just acre after acre of beautiful scenery connecting the tasting rooms and I never tire of taking it all in. I have this lofty goal of visiting every single tasting room and with new wineries opening seemingly every day this will probably never happen but it’s still a fun goal to have. This weekend we visited Donaldi, Changala, Kaleidos, Denner, Chateau Margene, and lastly Thacher… I’d say we put a good dent in the list of tasting rooms.
The impetus for this visit was Thacher’s spring pick-up party. Being members of their wine club, we receive regular half-case shipments of their wines. In the spring though, they have a pick-up party for their members. This was our third consecutive year attending and each year it has gotten more fun. The past couple years they’ve scheduled their parties to fall on Kentucky Derby day and thrown a Derby themed party, complete with a hat and costume contest. As always, we had a blast – the food kept coming and the wine never stopped pouring. I think I might have even won the best outfit contest (my dress had graphics of awards, trophies, and horses) but was in the tasting room – natch – when they were collecting the ticket stub votes.
If you’re ever up in the Paso area I would definitely recommend a stop into the Thacher tasting room, especially if you enjoy the smaller mom and pop type places. We actually opened a bottle of one of their Zinfandels last week and noticed that only 72 cases of this blend had been produced. It doesn’t get much more special than that.
I’d also like to share some brownies with you. These were amazingly delicious! I love a good brownie. I’ve made several brownie recipes in the past but this was the first one I’ve made that used actual chocolate rather than cocoa powder. It was SO GOOD. One thing I like about this recipe is that the brownies baked perfectly without the edges over-hardening when cooled. I was able to cut them the next day without a problem.
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February 20, 2011 § 35 Comments
|On my way to the studio – I look like a bag lady|
Simple Saturdays are good for the soul, and yesterday truly was simple. I took my time getting out of bed but when I finally left the bedroom the first thing I did was grind myself some beans for a fresh pot of coffee – I love the smell of fresh ground beans. I had planned on making some chocolate ice cream but I was inspired by my mug of delicious brew that I made coffee ice cream instead. I sipped away as it churned.
It’s been raining in LA, and I caught the break as I walked to yoga. Though I was cold and bundled up with a scarf, the sidewalk was dry and the sky above was bright and clear. Practice yesterday, I kept in the the theme of Simple Saturday as I felt my energy level was a bit low – perhaps still recovering from the whirlwind work week. I was glad to get home before the skies opened back up, and to some delicious coffee ice cream. I will cherish every last bite of it!
Vegan Coffee Ice Cream:
1 15-oz can of full fat coconut milk
1 1/4 c almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup sugar
2 heaping tbsp of instant coffee
1 tbsp cornstarch
Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours, and then freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
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January 6, 2011 § 33 Comments
Tonight we leave for another journey. This photo was snapped last year as we lazed on the private island of Matangi in Fiji, and while we’re going to a different corner of the world this time we do plan doing a lot of exploring and basking in the sun on white sandy beaches. Hopefully my phone will work properly there, so if you’d like please follow me on twitter (@monstroxity) to read about our travels. I will also be uploading photos to Facebook as we go. For now, wish us safe travels and see you when we return.
December 17, 2010 § 17 Comments
December 7, 2010 § 19 Comments
|Yogis Anonymous – Before my second class|
|Asian pear from the Santa Monica Farmers market;
A snack between classes
|Yogaco – snapped after my class on Sunday|