Goat Cheese Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Pesto

There are few things more delicious than the rich and savory, umami flavor of caramelized onions. Through trial and error, I’ve learned that making them requires some patience and a few basic rules to stick by. This pizza is the ideal recipe to perfect the art...

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

It’s the peak of tomato season! These beautiful heirlooms are everywhere and available in such variety at the moment. It’s definitely the right time to stock up at your local farmer’s market!   I absolutely love the inherent variety found in...

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

  These roasted fingerling potatoes are just about one of the easiest dishes to throw together in no time at all! I like to pick up a few bags of the multi-colored variety from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. They include the beautiful purple, Peruvian...

Arugula Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Pomegranate

Given that eggplant is one of my favorite foods, it really was about time for me to create my first ‘ode to eggplant’ post! The versatility of eggplant is why I love it so much- it easily soaks up the flavors of a unique dish. It is no wonder that eggplant...

Prosciutto Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese and Basil

This is a perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer to serve alongside an excellent bottle of red wine. A rich, savory flavor results from pairing the saltiness of the prosciutto with the sweet date, and the creaminess of goat cheese with the fragrant crunch of fresh basil....

Superfood Acai Bowl

My hunt for the best acai bowl around town has been on par with my search for nailing down my ideal locale for a breakfast sandwich. I have firmly decided upon GTA for the latter. As for the acai quest, I gingerly accepted Novel Cafe as my best option but...

Shrimp and Tilapia Ceviche with Mango

Ceviche is the perfect dish to whip up for a  dinner party or backyard grill-out. Packed full of fresh seafood and heaped with chopped veggies, it makes for the appearance of a great deal of effort and inventive cooking. In fact, it’s one of the easiest...

Chana Masala

This recipe marks my first foray towards a traditional Indian dish. The  health benefits of the aromatic spices and powerful herbs which comprise this dish are astounding. Ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cumin are all considered to be potent antioxidants with...

Cherry Baked Brie

Cherries, honey, brie- what more could you ask for in a simple, quick  appetizer? I have been meaning to give this recipe a try after coming across it on a fashion blog, no less. A recent effort to cut back on dairy and cheese in my diet has held me back. After a few...

Kale Salad

I simply can’t stop making this kale salad after getting my hands on Gjelina Restaurant’s recipe. Gjelina in Venice is an absolute favorite spot of mine. With it’s highly seasonal menu, farm to table credo, and effortless delivery of meals, it is...

Avocado Toast

This is yet another one of my favorite, quick and simple recipes adopted from Gjelina’s takeaway spot in Venice. A quality loaf of bread, along with just the right balance of lemon juice and sea salt to create the perfect kick, is what really takes this recipe...

The Perfect Breakfast Sandwich

Finding the perfect breakfast sandwich has been a long-time quest of mine. I have spent many a weekend morning hunting down the best of what Venice and Santa Monica have to offer. And believe me, the list is quite plentiful. Some of the best around town include the...

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