Sunday, January 29, 2017

Eat / Redbird / Birthday

114 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Decor / Living Room Lighting

I finally got rid of the torchiere floor lamp that we had for 12 years!! We kept it as long as we did because it did a good job of lighting up the room. I liked that light pointed upwards and it bounced off my high white ceilings and made it brighter in the living room. But, man, it was ugly! And I had a bad feeling Stella might knock it over and break it like she did with another floor lamp we used to have.

So, after a few months of searching online, I decided that I wanted a long arm sconce. Not only does it have to look nice (for obvious reasons), but it also had to be able to swivel upwards. My living room walls are white so I wanted to make good use of bouncing the light off the walls. And, it needed to be plugin because I didn't want to hire someone to install a hardware light as the old torchiere light was also a plugin.

Now, I'm a big fan of mid-century design, so when I found this replica Greta Grossman Cobra Sconce from France and Son for $135 shipped, I was done. (The real deal would've cost me $400.) I found a few other but picked this one because of the size and color. And I enlisted my friends to pick their favorites and this was it. I see it as an art piece and it blends into the background nicely, right?

Other lights I thought about // France and Son Antony Wall Sconce, $175, or Cocotte Wall Sconce, $145 / CB2 Mantis Wall Sconce, $129, or Swing Arm White Wall Sconce, $79.95 / west elm Mid-Century Overacrching Wall Sconce, $279


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Eat / Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
8850 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232


Eat / sweetgreen

8840 Washington Blvd
Culver City CA 90232

Guacamole greens // organic mesclun, avocado, roasted chicken, red onion, tomatoes, tortilla chips, fresh lime squeeze, lime cilantro jalapeno vinaigrette

Hummus tahina // chopped romaine, shredded kale, herb falafel, local feta, tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, za'atar breadcrumbs, housemade hummus, cucumber tahini yogurt dressing

Create your own // warm quinoa, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, tortilla chips, organic carrots, umami walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eat / DineLA / Faith & Flowers

Faith & Flowers
705 West 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Scallop ceviche // main scallops with red yuzu kosho aguachile, served with taro chips

Deviled jidori eggs // korean chili, kimchee, blacked sesame

Young kale and pear salad // sultana raisins, toasted almonds, roasted pear vinaigrette

Temupra fried green beans // chermoula dipping sauce

Roasted turkey BLT // applewood smoked bacon, green goddess aioli, dutch crunch roll, served with fries

7oz. mesquite grilled burger // gruyere, bacon, pickled red onion, whole grain mustard aoili, served with fries

Smoked trout and little gem lettuces // heirloom cucumbers, buttermilk vinaigrette, everything bagel spice


Monday, January 16, 2017

Decor / New Side Table

I wasn't in the market for a new side table but when I took my cousin decor shopping on Sunday and I found this beauty. We started at the Pottery Barn Outlet (in West Covina, CA) hoping to find any home accessories that might fit her style. While walking around towards the back room, I noticed these West Elm nested marble tables. There were two prices on each of the nested tables: $149 and $89. From past experiences here, two prices mean one for the top table and other for the legs. But since each table had 2 prices, the total was $500. Now, that didn't make much sense as I didn't think that was such a great deal. Then, I had assumed that since these are a set, the larger table was $149 and the smaller priced at $89. (These prices made more sense, this being at an outlet.) I snagged the price tags immediately (as this is how you claim the items by taking the tags off). The sales associate ranged up the items for a total of $260 (including tax).

As my cousin and I started to walk away with the tables, the she informed me that she only charged me for one table. I was a bit disappointed that it was just one table. I didn't think much of it except in my head, I thought I had been ripped off. A few hours later, I was checking my e-mail and noticed one in particular that titled "side table." After I left the outlet, the sales associate realized she had made a mistake and she did charge me for both tables as they are a set. She and her manager wrapped up the other table and informed me that I can pick up the table at my next convenience. So, today, I stopped by real quick after lunch and as promised, it was waiting in the front with my name on it. In all, I really appreciated their customer service to reach out to me regarding this mix-up.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Eat / DineLA / RedBird

114 East 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Chicken pot pie // hearts, thigh, thyme, hen of the woods

Kabocha soup // coconut faffir lime espuma

Basque baked eggs // short rib, morcilla, piquillos, potatoes, ossau iraty

Oak grilled half chicken // preserved lemon, olives, wild fennel, curry, carrots


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Decor / Other Side of My Living Room (Part 2)

Here's the updated view of my living room. The slat wood entry bench fits nicely in that nook! I'm hoping, eventually, to declutter that area more once Stella is more comfortable climbling up and down the stairs and I can put all her toys in her room. Oh, and that torchiere light needs to go, badly. For now, the playmat foam is gone (YAY!) and the IKEA pillow works as her floor cushion.

Did I mention I have a case of the grays? I think I kinda like it, too!

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