Weekend || Kentucky Derby, Pineapple Pie, Potato Balls

Hmmm where do I even begin?!

This was such a wonderful weekend filled with so much love, excitement, and happiness.

On Saturday, we went to the Santa Anita Race Tracks to watch the Kentucky Derby and enjoy food trucks and live music. The last time we went there was for the Santa Anita Derby. I picked the winning horse, California Chrome, and the Santa Anita Derby. When I found out that he would be racing at the Kentucky Derby, I knew I had to place bet. I just have a feeling about that horse!

Well guess what guys?! He won the Kentucky Derby!!!! I had no doubts! I put my money on him for the win. It was so exciting watching him race. I would love to go to the Kentucky Derby one day! I’m sending all my positive vibes to California Chrome! I hope he wins the Triple Crown. PS, I am naming our first dog California Chrome after my beloved colt.

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We also enjoyed some lobster rolls from Cousins Maine Lobster (of Shark Tank fame). This was the Maine Lobster Roll. It is served cold with mayo. Not exactly my favorite but was good nonetheless. Next time, I will get the Connecticut Lobster Roll. That’s serve warm with lemon butter. Mmmmmm.

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We also had nachos from the nacho truck! Very good!!

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We had such a blast! That night I premade a pie because we ended up going out to dinner. I love that! Unplanned. No worries. Just living and enjoying life how we want to :)

We ended up having dinner at my favorite BBQ place, Wood Ranch. It’s a little ironical, but I don’t really order meat or BBQ there. I always order the chopped BBQ salad with tri-tip. It is just so yummy!!

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And Sunday was a baking and family day!

I spent the morning baking a pineapple pie for his dad – it’s his favorite kind of pie and the last time he ate it was years ago! I found a recipe from the 1950s on Pinterest. It was very easy and quick to make, and surprisingly very good! His dad loved, his mom loved it, and he loved it. It was a major success :)

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We had a very yummy late breakfast made by his mom. Yes, that’s bacon! I haven’t had bacon in months!!!

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We are on a fitness kick! This week I worked out 5 days (with 3 straight days in a row!) and he works out almost everyday of the week. With that said, we have also been eating healthy (lots if soups this week) and only “treat ourselves” on the weekends.

This weekend’s indulgence, my chocolate chip cookies! I use to bake these cookies for us all the time! I forgot how good they were!

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I have a bag full of cookies to bring to work :)

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Before heading home, we made one last stop to Porto’s for potato balls! Every time we visit his parents, we always try to stop by Porto’s for some potato balls and treats.

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This time, I picked up a few extra potato balls for my dad. He loved them!

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Their guava smoothie is my favorite drink!

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We ended the night with a gym date :)

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

xoxo, kat

Where do I even begin…

It has been months since I last written anything…my last recipe post was way back in February (Srirachi + honey glazed chicken thighs).

What have I been up to? A lot. I am back in school!! I never thought I would ever go back, never. Once I graduated from my masters program, I always told myself that was it. But when the opportunity presented itself, I thought about it long and hard and I am glad I decided to go back. I started school near the end of February and go to classes twice a week at night after work. I’m working towards an accounting degree…something my dad has always wanted me to pursue. Let’s just say, that he’s happy :)

With school and work, the days just fly by (some fly slower than others lol) and before I realized it, we are entering May. Where has the time gone?! I have about less than 6 weeks of school left before my first semester comes to an end, then a few days after it will be my birthday and our big special 5 year anniversary.

I’m looking forward to summer days at the beach, museum trips, hopefully some Dodger games, and our end of summer concert (we’re going to the Eminem and Rihanna concert!!) at the Rose Bowl in August.

Until then, here are some pics of our fun food adventures and unplanned misadventures I want to share with you…

I went on my first trip to Big Bear! It was so much fun! And a few weeks after my first, I actually ended back at Big Bear for work. This time, I was able to pick up fudge at the the North Pole Shoppe for my family and co-workers.

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I also went to Lake Arrowhead! It is so beautiful and breathtaking.

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I’m in love with the mountains! I would love to go back there in the summer time.

We’ve also been making lots of beach trips! Our beach of choice, Manhattan Beach. It is perfect there!

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The sunsets there always take my breath away….

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I love walking along the Strand and trying out all the restaurants out there! Next up on my list is Mama D’s!! It is a strong contender for my birthday dinner :)

My favorite ice creamery is Manhattan Beach Creamery. It is the only place I know that sells cupcakes, macaroons, candy, and macaroon ice cream!

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I got the chance to go to my first USC football event at the LA Coliseum. It was such an awesome opportunity! We got to walk on the infield, take photos, had a behind the scenes tour and got to see the locker rooms, and watched a practice game.

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Bacon wrapped hot dogs!!!

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I’ve never been the hugest fan of sports but watching them in person is a whole different experience! I love them!! Hockey is one of those sports!

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We even got to spend a day at the Santa Anita Race Track for a Derby Day! There was a 5K event that happened earlier in the day and there were food trucks.

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My friend from work, he recommended the Fluff Ice Truck. He knows all the good food trucks!

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And at the Derby, I picked the winning horse!! I hope he wins the Kentucky Derby :)

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On the weekends, we have been going out, taking walks, trying new places, and just enjoying our time together. One of my favorite museums near us is the Norton Simon Museum. This is one is my favorite ballerina sculpture from Edgar Degas.

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I have been kicking school butt and treated myself too a brand new baby during one of the many Friends & Family Sales that were happening. My favorite was the Shopbop Friends & Family Sale…meet Becky, she is my new Rebecca Minkoff bag. I’m love with the color and soft leather. For work I use Longchamps, but for the weekends I have been trying to downsize. This bag provides more organization and space than my Cambridge Satchels.

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Somewhere in between all the fun and weekend outings, I got hit hard with a terrible stomach virus. I’m still recovering from the tummy flu and taking it easy. So I was very pleased we had a nice relaxing Easter :)

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We brought Porto’s over for his family to enjoy. My favorite are their potato balls and guava strudel. For Lent, I gave up cupcakes and cookies. Did I make it! Well, the cookies is debatable and the cupcakes, yes!! My belly was deprived of cupcakes for 40 days and 39 nights!

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And this weekend, we squeezed in some beach time and a very yummy sushi date!

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Oh, and bottomless guava mimosas and watermelon mimosas!

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I’m looking forward to continue blogging and sharing bits and pieces of my life with you.

Wishing you all the best!

xoxo, kat

Surprise!!! What We Did for Valentine’s

Surprise!! The mister and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early! A whole week earlier! Actually, I think he had it all planned out, and I just kept shouting “Surprise! Happy early Valentine’s Day!” at every perfect moment :)

We started off the day doing our usual: morning snuggles, me glued to my iPad pinning every cute picture of a dachshund puppy I can find, and him skimming his morning paper/reading his computer programming books (I love my hunky nerd!).

We were doing errands and he surprised me by taking me to our local Sunday farmer’s market in Claremont so I can pick out my favorite tulips :)

I must be growing up because instead of picking out tulips, I asked for an herb plant. We settled on a beautiful rosemary plant. I love it! It’s so fragrant and just perfect!! It was the most present ever!

Our rosemary plant is that big tall one on the left :)

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We stumbled upon a nearby cheese store and went to Trader Joe’s to pick out an assortment of cheeses, meats, bread, and of course, wine!

All that cheese!!

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Our yummy cheese/meat plate! My favorites were the gruyere and Brie…

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And we spent the night cooking dinner together. Meats are his thing, so handled that. And I tried a new pasta recipe and roasted some asparagus in the oven.

We’re already using the rosemary!

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Rosemary pork chops….

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My garlic infused pasta…

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and the oven roasted asparagus!

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The final plate :)

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Aside from staying in and cooking, we also got the chance to take a stroll outside, shop, and eat at Toby Keith’s!!

One of my favorite finds at Urban Outfitters! I want this teapot!!

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For a late lunch, we went to Toby Keith’s! There is just something about this place that keeps me wanting to come back…

Maybe it’s the deep fried pickles! I love me my pickles!!

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But this last trip…I lost faith in Toby Keith…

Our mahi mahi was served with a side of rice…in a bag…. Sigh, another place that serves microwaved food. I was crushed :(

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But the ribs were good! Good not best though….

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And lots of mustard for my fries :)

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And lastly, I expanded my soup repertoire! I made a corn and potato chowder!

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Soup in bed was the perfect way to end our Valentine’s weekend!

Wishing you a wonderful three day weekend!

xoxo, kat

Dear Valentine…

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I like you…but I love you so much more!!

My dreamboat hunk, the man of my dreams, the love of my life, my soulmate, you are my present and my future…

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

PS, who needs the Penny Saver or Facebook when you (half) own a blog! :)

I hope you get to spend today and everyday with the one you love and cherish. Happy Lovers Day everyone!

xoxo, kat

Cooking Adventures :: Flames

Hi guys!!

I just wanted to pop in quickly and say hi. We had a wonderful weekend eating yummy food, exploring our local Sunday farmer’s market, and spent the night cooking dinner together. He did a flambé!! It was amazing watching that huge burst of flames! He was very proud of himself and I’m very proud of him hehe.

He wanted me to share and would be sad if you don’t watch. Please leave a comment. I know it would make him very happy :)

xoxo, kat

Happy Weekend

Hello world! I hope you are having a wonderful start to the weekend. I just wanted to pop in and share a few moments from last weekend :) We spent Saturday roaming the streets of Pasadena and strolling up and down Colorado Blvd., one of my favorite blocks for outdoor shopping and late brunching! Last time we branched at Mi Piace, and this time he took me to Barney’s Beanery. It’s a great place to unwind and relax…and enjoy a beer (I prefer framboise, this still had beer taste lol)… 20140125-195721.jpg Or maybe two. This was an apple cider. These are semi-dangerously addicting :) 20140125-200115.jpg I found Daria! It was my favorite cartoon growing up! 20140125-200502.jpg And here’s what we had! Nachos, fish + chips, and a side of chili! 20140125-200625.jpg Everything was just so yummy! The fish + chips, fried to perfection! Nachos, deeeeelicious! And that chili! Oh my gawl, so chunky and bean-free! Did I mention that it was just packed with tons of meat? Every spoonful! 20140125-201248.jpg PS, he doesn’t like olives. Hates them! And always picks them off of everything I order with olives….but I happily eat every olive he discards :) 20140125-200426.jpg On Sunday, we just relaxed. We had an early morning gym workout then spent the later half of the morning with his family. His mom makes the best soups! This one is my fave!! 20140125-202008.jpg We spent most of the day lounging around, napping (me), and watching Hulu and me nap (him) hehe. We also whipped up a quick weekend dinner together! I love love love cooking with my partner in crime, we make quite an awesome duo :) 20140125-202532.jpg And that was last weekend! And now I’m just Netflixing the night away and waiting for another beautiful day with my mister! How are you spending your weekend? Wishing you all the best! xoxo, kat

Insta-Life Lately

Hello everyone!

Can you believe it’s only a few more days until the start if a new year?! Wow, where has the time gone!

Sigh, as I get older I’ve realized that time goes by quickly and there’s never really a way to pause time and just take a moment to enjoy it before it’s over. I guess you can say that’s why I am obsessed with taking pictures of everything…everywhere we go (and collecting keychains along the way), our precious one-on-one time dinner dates (even if it’s the same plate of sushi, I’ll still snap a quick pic of it), and just pausing to take a beautiful shot of the sun setting. Sigh, call me a sentimental sap (at least that’s what he calls me) but I just want to have memories that I’ll be able to share with our future puppy (ahem, still waiting…hint hint) or our children (if we ever decide to start a family) and be able to re-live it 5 years, 10 years, or 30 years from now. It saddens me that he just doesn’t understand me sometimes.

With that said, here’s a few snaps of my latest mis-adventures…

I’ve been down with a cold/cough combo for the past few weeks now, so making chicken noodle was a must!

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And drinking yummy soups made by my boyfriend’s mom didn’t hurt either :)

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It didn’t hurt that there were lots of smooches under the mistletoe hehe

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And I love pampering myself on the weekends with Annaliese Body Care (thank you Claudia!) for my body and giving my face some TLC from Lush!

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Sunsets like this take my breath away….

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Last weekend, we were fortunate enough to spend a wonderful morning at the LA Arboretum distributing toys and food to children and low income families through the Foothill Unity Center. We manned the arts and crafts booth and I may of had a little too much fun at the glitter table :)

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We followed that day up with a nice stroll in Pasadena. My favorite thing that we are do is going out and trying new brunch places. There’s nothing more perfect in my book than a late sidewalk brunch with my love. We went to Mi Piace on Colorado in Pasadena. I had my first eggs benedict and their margherita pizza is pretty yummy too!

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Later that night, we went to our professor’s (his mentor’s) retirement party at our (more like his) alma mater. We haven’t returned since we graduated last year. It was like a mini economics reunion…and everyone there in that room had nothing but amazing things to say about him.

This university will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where we met. On that first day of school. The very first person I said “hi” to….grad school sweethearts :)

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Sometimes I just can’t contain myself and want to step on every crunchy leaf I pass by…

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December 23rd was Festivus!!! Did you guys remember? I celebrated with a black and white cookie hehe

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For Christmas Eve, I took him to my favorite waffle spot, Bruxies for brunch. And I am happy to report that he liked it!! I’ve been trying to get him to come this waffle place for as long as it has been open but he never would budge because he’s not a waffle person. Alas, it was a Christmas miracle :)

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Fried chicken and waffles!

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With their signature maple syrup!

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We spent Christmas apart so that meant belated Christmas presents from his family for me to open :D

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One of my presents included at mandoline! I can’t wait to start using it! Bye bye my fingers! :(

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This weekend, I spent all Saturday resting and watching the whole fourth season of Glee. Then today, we spent a lovely morning strolling the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I must admit, some of the street performers there are really talented.

We also had gelato. It was simply amazing.

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Then we headed to Culver City to lunch at Father’s Office in the Helms Bakery District. If you haven’t been to Father’s Office, you must try! It’s one of the best gastropubs I’ve ever been to and it is definitely one of his favorites. He wants his birthday party there!

A must get is their fries with the garlic aioli sauce

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And of course, you can’t come without trying their signature Office Burger. That’s his burger :)

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I had the Liberty Duck Confit Salad, so good!!!

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We also ran into a friend of ours from grad school! It was so great catching up. Random that we ran into him there of all places, but great nonetheless. I know it’s only been a year since we graduated, but it’s so crazy how grown up we’ve become. It was a great lunch and a great way to end the weekend!

This was a wonderful month, a month of reflection….One of my favorite quotes from my tea bag lol :)

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I hope you had a wonderful weekend and an even more amazing 2013. I know I’m excited to ring in the New Year in my new glitter Toms :)

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What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?

xoxo, kat