Tag: food

Everything I Baked in Lockdown

food, lifestyle, quarantine July 16, 2020

Before we get into this, I just want to make one thing really clear:

I didn’t become some baking Barbie because everyone else was doing it; I have a long (and well-documented) penchant for baking, and had the quintessential 6th-birthday party-at-a-bakery to prove it (just call my mother). To my super, not-green baking hands, lockdown was just an opportunity to manifest the hell out of my dreams about carbs; true story: one night, the vividness of my sex-esque dream about homemade fettuccini resulted in me purchasing a heavy duty, pasta maker before I could wipe the crust out of my eyes. So, if you ever questioned my standing in the food world, shame on you.

But, regardless, I’ll give you the recipes to make this bread.

My flirtation with making homemade pizza began with buying the pre-made dough at Trader Joe’s, which was extremely satisfying until I decided I wanted all of the credit for the pizza’s deliciousness, not just part of it (including the sauce, which I made with this recipe). Overall, finding yeast was the hardest part about making this, but once you sacrifice your first-born to the Saf gods, you’ll be good. I’ve been really satisfied with exclusively making Margherita’s, but I’m going to start getting really fancy and throwing on some spicy Italian sausage, peppers, and probably some mushrooms too. Whatever you fancy, I recommend starting with this dough recipe.

As for my precious sourdough…the first I’ve ever created (I’m so proud of her, even though I clearly forgot to give her the trendy slash); I highly recommend this with brie cheese, and for Italian sandwiches. If you take my foolish advice, report back with pictures.

My love of breakfast foods led me to make both of these, and along that journey, I found a new, deep respect for bagel makers (just check out this 7473-part recipe). They’re definitely worth the effort, but these southern-style biscuits  will require far less mastery.

Out of all my lockdown bakes, I’m probably proudest of this brioche (*pictured on the right with melted cheese), because it was the perfect pairing to the spicy, katsu chicken cutlets I made…and swiftly obliterated, before remembering that I wanted to write this piece.

…I won’t even lie, all of these recipes are probably going to have that effect on you too.

Easy, Vegan Recipes Non-Vegans Will Love

eat, lifestyle, los angeles, summer, youtube July 31, 2019

If your hot girl summer has been anything like mine, it has involved wayyyyyy too many Postmates orders to Pasta Sisters.

And though my orders have been decidedly vegetarian, it’s never a bad time to reign in the carb-fest with some plant-based goodness.…Or some vegan meals that have plants involved (but are basically a less sinister version of the hot girl summer I’ve been having thus far…)

Whatever health goal you’re currently trying to crush, here are some vegan recipes to the rescue!

Tofu Scramble

  • 1 box firm tofu
  • 1 handful of spinach or kale
  • 1 handful mushrooms
  • ½ of a small onion
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric (for color)


(watch me and my friend Jackie make this in our last mukbang)

Dump Cake

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 bag frozen fruit with raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry or peach and mango
  • 1.5-2 sticks Miyoko vegan butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup (without fructose), agave


(Jackie and I also made this after our Galentine’s date and it was to die for)

Vegan Margherita Pizza

  • 1 ball of dough
  • 1 jar tomato sauce **be sure to read the label, many sauces have cheese in them!
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 handful of basil
  • Vegan mozzarella (my favorite is from Trader Joes)


I know you know how to make a pizza…I won’t insult your intelligence

Still hungry? Good Clean Food is one of my favorite vegan-vegetarian-flexitarian guides!


eat January 3, 2017

One of the best (and worst) things about the holidays is having ample time to senselessly eat ourselves into another dimension. Whether I am, or am not speaking for myself, food and good company are incomparable, and the makings of a pretty damn good business model. Or, at least that’s what I’ve learned from Oliver Mernick-Levene, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Secret Food Tours.

We met like any other people interested in food and drink might: at a soccer match in Marseille. In one hand I held am ice-cold Carlsberg beer, as Oli did. The most riveting thing that occurred included no professional jersey-wearers, but belligerently drunk men climbing fences and spitting expletives at the police.Naturally, it seemed like a good time to strike up a conversation.

I learned not only that he’s a cheeky Briton, but also that he started Secret Food Tours after the success of his pub tours –which I had the pleasure of experiencing in Paris. A couple weeks later, we talked more about how a joke with his friend resulted in him heading the biggest food tour in Europe:

3 nouns make up your company’s name. Give me 3 adjectives to describe it: “delicious. fun. filling…All of our food tours are different depending on which country you’re in. At the moment, we’re doing tours in 6 countries.”

So, how does one country vary from another? “France is more of a shopping trip to amazing places where they sell meats, chocolate, and cheese. England is more about going to markets (think Borough Market), sampling sausages, fish and chips. And of course Spain is all about finding the best paella. We build tours based on environment; we eat based on how that culture eats.”

Do you think that that is what has driven the success of these tours?  “Absolutely. We combine amazing food with amazing guides who reveal local hotspots. But, ultimately, our guides are really friendly and cool and only take a maximum of 10 or 12 guests, which makes people feel like they’re exploring a city with a friend by the end of it.

All that said, this would be a sad interview without knowing where you were and what you were eating the last time you had a foodgasm: *obviously there were some giggles* “I was in Barcelona, eating paella right by the seafront in a restaurant famous for food from Salamanca.”

Learn how you can get in on Oliver’s delicious adventures, here. Happy eating!


Transient Solstice

europe September 29, 2016

Summer. Certainly, I can think of worse times to be alive. It was like a short-handed note. Something you penned after waking up from a daydream.

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Or you would’ve taken it to Ibiza and lost it on an EasyJet flight. Truth be told, sometimes you can’t help but be a forgetful prick.

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 A lot of the time, you wish you had paid closer attention. Your drifting eyes trapped on the sight of topless ladies.

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A street fight with glass bottles and pepper spray jilts you back to the present moment, an afternoon bike ride you took braless through the streets of Milan.

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So cultured.

You managed to not lock yourself out of your Airbnb that day. That precarious, exhilarating night.

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You’d fall into your feverish dreams under the sheet of one country only to widen your weepy eyes in another.

Memories of stationary work days, as uneventful as Paris permitted them to be, drip down the side of a cocktail glass at Le Perchoir, the Tour staring bleary eyed back at you and your crazies.


“work kills”

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Maybe you should’ve listened when your mom told you to drink less. As you sped across Ponte Sant’Angelo, the expletives she’d use to denounce the childish ways you play with your life play over and over in the back of your head.

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But, if nothing else, at least you stopped to talk to strangers. To pour the warmth of a full smile into their hands. To feed the mouths of hungry kittens with strawberry yogurt left in the hotel fridge. Sat still and quiet in deep reflectivity even when your legs wouldn’t stop moving.

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On day 84 you feel proud of everything you did. The smells and sounds and feelings of it all, now a ghost walking the corridor of the summer of your life.

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