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holiday delight

In gift giving, Good Eats, holidays on December 28, 2010 at 2:54 am

This Christmas I sent A.P’s parents homemade caramel apples and a few movie tickets…it was one of those gifts I would’ve hoped to receive myself. I can’t wait to get home from traveling to make these again. I’ve had some requests for chocolate & caramel dipped apples, so those will most likely be next.

I’m picturing a chilly night, fireplace going, a big comfy blanket and the Sound of Music. I know, I know, I’m such a nerd but isn’t this what the holidays are all about – the familiar, the comfortable, and the most wonderful of things.

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pumpkin ravioli and pr

In Good Eats, Los Angeles on December 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm

After finally getting on each others schedule I met up with one of my near and dear friends W.B! W.B is a guy who took a risk by quitting his ‘perfect’ corporate job and moved out to LA to defy the norm – and he’s doing it, really, really, doing it!  We met at our fav spot, Rush Street in Culver City. The dimly lit bar/restaurant resembles a Chicago style sports bar with an entire wall opening up to main street.

After spending the first thirty minutes talking a million miles a minute with crazy hand gestures and arm movements we finally order our meal. After some back and forth with the waitress we end up ordering the same thing: Pumpkin Ravioli.

UNBELIEVABLE. INCREDIBLE. PHENOMENAL. PERFECT. (my camera phone photos don’t do it justice AT ALL)

I never savor food, this time I savored every single bite. W.B and were so caught off guard by the deliciousness of this dish we barely talked except to say: Ohmygoodness! and wow – is this for real? and do the whole roll your eyes, put your fork in the air, and salute the food gods for the mix of velvety pumpkin puree surrounded by a slightly chewy ravioli pocket and topped with roasted butternut squash, a hint of curry (we think) and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Delightful.

We told the table next to us. Yep, we did. We were those people telling other people what to order with no shame  – ” sir, i’m telling you one bite of this amazing concoction and you’ll regret ever thinking about ordering the steak”

We cleared our plates and then spent another hour talking work (PR for me, Acting for him) – talking about what we do – who we want to become – how we’re going to get there – and how when we’re there we’ll look back and say, “remember that pumpkin ravioli at Rush Street…yeah that ravioli was out of sight.”

~j.ayers

flower biscuits & eggs

In Good Eats on December 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Earlier this week I ran across an ad for a breakfast sandwich with heaps of bacon and sunny side up egg on it and got the urge to bake (yes, as in cook) some biscuits from scratch.

And by scratch I mean Bisquick –  2/3 a cup of milk and 10 good kneads later I was forming the dough to make what I thought would be these large fluffy perfect biscuits.

Maybe it was because I placed the random left over biscuit dough on top of the cutouts that seemed ‘sparse’ or maybe it was when I decided that if I put two biscuit cut outs on top of one another it would make a super biscuit….either way I ended up with some WEIRD looking bread.

Never one to accept a failure I dubbed these “Flower Biscuits”  – as the tops resemble flower buds!

I drizzled honey over the Flower Biscuit, made an egg sunny side up and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Cheers to that!

Also! These GORGEOUS photos are courtesy of Becky Reams Photography – she did these on the spot by adding just a crack of pepper and moving a lamp shade – unreal.

~j.ayers

Going Back To Cali

In fashion, Los Angeles, Work-Fits on December 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

During a random YouTube binge I ran across an old school gem: Going Back to Cali by LL Cool J.  As I watched the video two things happened:

1.  I was able to recognize a lot of places in LA – rad!

2. It hit me that this video was made in 1989 and the fashion in it is pretty similar to what we’re wearing now.

Here are four pieces I think will be timeless – ok let’s be real, these are four pieces I hope will never go out of style.

Going Back To Cali
  • Stripes: I LOVE stripes, and have loved them for as long as I can remember. They are so versatile : with white shorts and sperry’s they’re the perfect touch to a Hampton’s inspired outfit – with a tight black skirt, suede pumps and attitude you are ready to turn heads at any upscale lounge – or throw a striped shirt on under a boyfriend blazer, with dark skinny’s, and quilted flats, voila  you are work place chic!
  • Wayfarers: Classic. So classic that any age, shape, height, or outfit can be topped off with a pair of these.  I’ve worn them with sweats and then with a dress/heels. I’ve seen every one from tweens to senior citizens rock these shades and frankly, they look out of sight (a little phrase I picked up from one of my 80 yr old great aunts at Thanksgiving).
  • Tall boots: In Cali people wear boots year round – it’s strange but when hobo-chic is the city’s signature style you tend to adjust.  In the summer, tall boots look killer with a print dress and a jean vest, in the winter, pull them over a tights and toss on a warm baggy sweater…love.love.love.
  • Big fat gold watch: I know gold goes through phases when it’s really classy and then really tacky – I’m praying to the fashion Gods that it stays classy for at least another 10 years!  I’m a firm believer that a bold time piece is the finishing piece to any ensemble.  In the Going Back to Cali video, LL Cool J’s watch is sooooo gaudy but soooo bold!

Going Back To Cali by jayers21 featuring silk t shirts