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New York’s McNally Jackson Books

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You guys, the past seven days have been rough. Mostly due to the fact that I missed Jay-Z and Bey at Coachella last week. And I am so mad at myself! I was being an old lady on that fateful Saturday night and justified dismissing Nas’ performance because ‘he hasn’t come out with anything in forever’. Obvi that should have been my first clue that something awesome was going to happen. Ugh, serious bummer-central. Oh, and I have some serious wheezing/coughing going on from that nasty dust storm on Saturday. Hot beverages and soup have been my go to all week, even though it’s been in the 80s all week in Napa Valley. But I digress.

Right now, all of the warm food and beverages I’ve been consuming are making me miss my New York travels a lot. I miss the matzo ball soup from Katz’s. I miss seeing the Statue of Liberty in the distance and the awesome tour of that lovely Lady Liberty. I miss the hustle and bustle on every single street we walked down (Napa is pretty boring in that regard..). Although, one thing I was seriously don’t miss was the sleet, snow, and ice rain during my pre-Polar Votex stay. Honestly, you New Yorkers are tough. One way I coped with the severe frigidness I experienced over the majority of my few days in the Big Apple was to drink lots of wine sneak over to my new absolute favorite cafe.

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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hello there friends! Apologies for being MIA. But do I have some fun news to make it up to you!

A few weeks back, some lovely ladies and I got to scheming about a cookie swap. Allie from Sweet Potato Bites, Karla from Foodologie, Jazzy from JazzyJonez, and Coco from Urban Chick’s Foodie Ventures and I decided that we would all make cookies, send a half-dozen to each of the participating ladies, and then share our recipes on our blogs. Allie, Karla, Coco and I are all residing in California, while Ms. Jazzy lives in Washington D.C. so we wanted to get creative in the naming process. And thus, Coast to Coast Cookie Swap was born!

I was determined to finally post about my absolute favorite cookies I’ve made. Seriously, this will be the only recipe you’ll ever need to either make yourself happy or impress a guy/girl/family member/potential family member/boss.

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Getting Ready for Coachella 2014

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Well, as you can see, I’m still figuring out how to use Polyvore for my blog. Since Coachella is less than a month away, I thought I’d do some Polyvore-ing for outfit ideas. It’s always been my thought that if you’re going into the desert, you need light and airy clothing. Being that I’m now a veteran of Coachella, I offer you an idea of what I’ll be packing for this year’s adventure.

Coachella 2014
Coachella 2014 by innatsshoes featuring short shorts

I strongly feel that I will need some close-toed shoes, as I do not want my feet turning brown from the sweat/beer spillage/mud/grossness that is Coachella. These shoes should do the trick! And obvi a hat for sun protection (along with sunscreen, duh). Who else is going this year? I’m totes excited about Lana Del Rey, HAIM, Foster the People, Lorde, MGMT, Capital Cities, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, and the bagillion other awesome bands playing. If anyone is going Weekend 1, let me know!

Here are the items in the set above:

Blue peplum top
hampdenclothing.com

Short shorts
delias.com

Oh, and if you’d like to see how I managed to survive my first year at Coachella, click here and here.

Statue of Liberty Tour

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I’ve been putting off writing about my trip for so long! It’s not that I don’t want to, but rather, I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and go through all of my photos, ticket stubs, and journal entries (yes, I journaled!). Heck, Chef hasn’t  even seen any of my photos that weren’t up on Insta either (P.S. totes add me on Insta if you haven’t already!). So, in an attempt to appease those of you whom have mentioned you wanted a post, I will entertain your wishes with this photo essay of my trip to the Statue of Liberty! Read the rest of this entry

Let Me Upgrade You: German Chocolate Bars

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It’s been quite the week and I want a plate full of everything bad-for-you in front of me! Okay, I shouldn’t complain because it’s my second 4-day week in a row. Don’t hate. But, sometimes I just crave something gooey and chocolatey. Like, I’m tempted to grab a jar of chocolate fudge sauce or eat raw brownie batter. Let’s be real, you do too. When that happens, I usually make these German Chocolate Bars.

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Secretly Healthy Turkey Chili

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Oh happy, happy Friday! I know this week was only a 4-day work week for most (myself included), but I’ve been all thrown off because of it. Luckily, it’s now the almost weekend, and I’m particularly excited because Chef and I will be jetting off to the Mile-High City to celebrate his birthday and drink lots of tasty beer. If anyone has recommendations for Denver, please send them my way! It’s supposed to be frigid during our stay. Like, high of 48/low of 29. Gross. But I’m sure we’ll have a blast because birthday, food, and beer.

I’m sad to leave the gorgeous weather we’ve been having in the Valley, however, according to this update on SFGate.com, we’re in for more rain, yay! Looks like I’ll be making this absolutely delish (and secretly healthy) chili next week!

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Two Years of Adventuring

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I was totally MIA last week, and I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies! I’m not sure if it was a case of writer’s block or how incredibly sleepy/lazy the rain makes me. But let’s take a second to recognize that California is finally getting rain!  However, I could not wait to acknowledge what today is.

Two years ago today, I registered for a WordPress account and started sharing my adventures (and sometimes misadventures) in the kitchen, while traveling, and my attempts to craft with anyone who would listen (Hi, Auntie Donna!). I’ve been introduced to some lovely bloggers, tweeters, commenters and pinners online over the past two years, and even had the chance to meet some of you (the romantic and the hubs!) or at least visit your favorite places or make your favorite things.

While I’m still figuring out how to balance my blog and real life (read: a 40+ hour/week job), I’ve learned a lot over the past two years. Like participating in any sort of food related exchange not only gets you more followers (and let’s be honest, free food), but you get to know some awesome people from all over (like Jazzy and Allie). Or that despite having made the food/craft in advance and despite the best of my attempts to write a post, I’m really bad at scheduling posts more than a week out. But that’s okay and I’m totally still working on it. Promise. I’ve even learned that people apparently like going on adventures in the kitchen. Because I’m not a professional food/travel/craft blogger, and that means nothing turns out perfectly, recipes aren’t followed to a tee, and that I am 100% using my iPhone camera for all of the photos I take. This blog is a hobby, and I truly appreciate everyone for understanding that.

So, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite posts and some of my most frequented. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy sharing them with you!

I can’t wait to tell you all about some recent adventures and all of the ones in the future. Cheers, friends! xx

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P.S. It’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy a glass (or 3) of wine/beer/cocktail of your choice while reading through these. I mean, I’m not encouraging you to drink alcohol, but it’s what I’m currently doing. And it’s adventurous.. right? Right.

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