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Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a happy time with family or friends. Apart from the massive sugar rush, I love this time of year. To be able to eat a meal with people I love, and watch little ones getting…

Slow Cooker Osso Buco

Osso Buco is one of my favorite winter dishes. It's a Milanese dish which literally translates to "bone with a hole." Usually made using cross-cut veal shanks, I've also made it with beef shanks. If you can't find this cut…

A New Year

Happy New Year! I've been taking a break and contemplating what this coming year will bring. Rather than drawing up a list of resolutions to try to stick to, I'm approaching 2017 with a mindset of reducing stress, while saying…

Wrap it!

Los Angeles is having a real winter this year! Not compared with the plummeting temperatures and snow blanketing a lot of the country, but we're wearing coats and boots! Inspired by the cozy, wintery weather, I'm wrapping my Christmas gifts…

First time voting!

What a great feeling, voting in my first US federal election. It's my right as a new citizen but also a great privilege. I voted by mail almost two weeks ago. I liked doing it that way. I knew who…

Favorite places – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

The Hollywood Bowl is L.A. It took me a few years to discover it. Now, summer in L.A. isn't complete for me without at least one night sitting under the stars in a Terrace Box (if I'm lucky) with three…

5 Modern (but comfy!) Dining Chairs

Folio leather dining chair from Crate and Barrel - $399 We've had our braided seagrass Pottery Barn dining chairs for a decade and they've given great service. They've witnessed countless family meals and homework hours, along with all of our birthdays,…

8 Modern Outdoor Fire Pits

Hollywood Hills Modern (source: lapoolbuilders.com) I'd never even seen an outdoor fire pit before I moved to California. For me, they epitomize the West Coast lifestyle. I've since spent many a fun, happy night sitting outside with friends, sipping drinks…