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Ikea Time…again via My Instagram

March 24th, 2018 Comments off

Calla Lily Flower (Black and White) via My Instagram

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New Discovery: Baked It Myself Catering and Cafe, 14539 Erwin Street, Van Nuys

March 23rd, 2018 Comments off

Baked It Myself Catering and Cafe, 14539 Erwin Street, Van Nuys

New Discovery: Baked It Myself Catering and Cafe, 4539 Erwin Street, Van Nuys

New Discovery: Baked It Myself Catering and Cafe, 4539 Erwin Street, Van Nuys

New Discovery: Baked It Myself Catering and Cafe, 4539 Erwin Street, Van Nuys

We have walked by Baked It Myself countless times on the way to and from our local library. I always assumed it was a place for cooking classes, based on the name, but today we noticed a new sign that said “Cafe”. Hmmm, cafe? Maybe coffee and pastries? So we decided to finally stop in and take a look.

Baked It Myself is actually a long-running catering concern that also offers light lunch fare from 11am-2pm weekdays. They also do a lot of business through delivery companies like GrubHub. The cafe is well-designed with a nice modern decor that still remains welcoming and includes a big table to 6 for informal get-togethers. Cheryl, the owner, was quite welcoming and we were pleased to let her know that the new Cafe sign worked. We had some coffee (drip only, no espresso drinks), some wonderful cookies and some great conversation. We plan on heading over for lunch sometime soon.

I am so glad they added the new sign or we might never have checked them out! Stop by for lunch and help support your local eateries!

Baked It Myself Menu and Online Ordering

Highlights Include:

  • Farmers Market Salad
  • Kale Caesar Salad
  • Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
  • Turkey-Brie Sandwich
  • Quinoa Wrap

…and “Orange Dot” Specials each day of the week, including…

  • Monday: Stir fry broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, celery, onion, zucchini, yellow squash with jasmine rice, soy sauce and herbs.
  • Tuesday: Soup of the Day with Grilled Cheese and Side Salad.
  • Wednesday: Mushroom and Vegetable Lasagne with Bechamel, Herbs and Mozzarella cheese.
  • Thursday: Tuscan turkey meatloaf with corn, carrots, tomato coulis topping roasted potatoes
  • Friday: Slow stewed lemon chicken with olives and smothered onions-jasmine rice
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March 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Get These Vibrant “Fuchsia Flowers” Pillows, Totes, iPhone Cases, Mugs and Much More!

Get These Vibrant “Fuchsia Flowers” Pillows, Totes, iPhone Cases, Mugs and Much More!

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My Los Angeles 52 – The Getty Villa from My Instagram

March 21st, 2018 Comments off

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Reading – The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore by Robert Simonson- 14 in a series

March 20th, 2018 Comments off

I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas

Reading – The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore Robert Simonson – 14 in a series

Reading - The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World's First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore by Robert Simonson- 14 in a series

“What?”, you say? “An entire book about one cocktail?”

“Yes!”, I say. “And what a cocktail it is!”

The Old-Fashioned takes us through the long and complicated history of what is arguably America’s favorite cocktail. I know, for myself, that this has become my go-to tipple whether at home our out on the town. It is deceptively simple and when well made almost perfect. The woody bite of bourbon, a slight sweetness from your favorite sweetener (mine is maple syrup), a splash of bitter to mellow it all together and a slice of orange to complete both the taste and visual profile. Yum!

What started out as a relatively straightforward combination went through many changes over the years including the changing of ingredients, overburdening the drink with fruit and changing tastes, but a group of old-fashioned purists wrestled back the Old-Fashioned into something eloquently playable and ready to be experimented with once more. You’ll find old and new recipes here, showing you a place to start as well as excellent places to travel with your favorite cocktail.

** My version of this book was available from the Los Angeles Public Library in print and ebook versions.

From Amazon.com…

A complete history of one of the world’s most iconic cocktails–now the poster child of the modern cocktail revival–with fifty recipes for classic variations as well as contemporary updates.

No single cocktail is as iconic, as beloved, or as discussed and fought-over as the Old-Fashioned. Its formula is simple: just whiskey, bitters, sugar, and ice. But how you combine those ingredients—in what proportion, using which brands, and with what kind of garnish—is the subject of much impassioned debate.

The Old-Fashioned is the spirited, delightfully unexpected story of this renowned and essential drink: its birth as the ur-cocktail in the nineteenth century, darker days in the throes of Prohibition, re-ascension in the 1950s and 1960s (as portrayed and re-popularized by Don Draper on Mad Men), and renaissance as the star of the contemporary craft cocktail movement.

Also featured are more than forty cocktail recipes, including classic variations, regional twists, and contemporary updates from top bartenders around the country. All are accessible, delicious, and elegant in their simplicity, demonstrating the versatility and timelessness of the Old-Fashioned formula. 

With its rich history, stunning photography, and impeccable recipes, The Old-Fashioned is a celebration of one of America’s greatest bibulous achievements. It is a necessary addition to any true whiskey- or cocktail-lover’s bookshelf, and destined to become a classic on par with its namesake beverage.

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** Many of these books may be available from your local library.
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March 19th, 2018 Comments off

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