Favorite Things: August 26th

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Holy moly. The week flew by, the month flew by and I flew through the week feeling a little sluggish but a lot happy about what I do. Honestly, life is really different when you thoroughly enjoy your job and the people you work with. Plus, I relearned how to curl my hair this week! Get the scoop on my favorite things from this week.

A 10-minute messy waves tutorial from Hither and Thither.

Everlane is the sexiest company I know. They just released a new shoe this week called the Modern Oxford and it’s cute.

I am slowly chipping away at becoming a real adult. How? I became a wine club member at Nielsen Wines! Plus, I love coming home to a great bottle of wine.

Glossier did it again. I picked up the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Gen G in Crush and they are my new favorites. Milky Jelly takes off all of my makeup and leaves my skin super soft. Meanwhile, Gen G is brightening up my face with its hot, pinkish hue.

HELP: Does anyone have any favorite denim brands? I crush on AG jeans, but I’m ready for something new. Any recs appreciated!

 

Wednesday Wants: Madewell Fall Favorites

Madewll Fall Favorites

Guess who has a great new fall collection? Madewell, of course. The little sister of J. Crew is consistently turning out great stuff, and this fall is no exception. I’m loving the minimal prints, salmon pink and lush fabrics like suede, linen and soft knits.

Here’s what I want to wear this fall, all from Madewell:

Striped One-shoulder Dress  – This dress would be perfect to combat the famed Indian summers that strike SF.

The Octavia tassel sandal – Salmon pink, block heels and tassels are my literal dream shoe.

Small zip pouch in ‘antique cream’ – I’m a sucker for eye-catching prints, especially ones with little faces.

Sunpleat lace-up top – Alright, this is a double-feature, but I still love this top.

Suede motorcycle jacket – I. Love. Moto. Jackets. By the end of 2020, I want to have one in every wearable color.

Cape scarf in ‘Windowpane’ – What’s the best thing to wear when it gets cold? Blanket scarves. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with this plaid print!

‘Flea Market’ jeans – I’ve had light wash flare jeans on my wish list for a while. These little pockets (more flattering for the back, if you know what I mean), look super cute.

Inez ankle strap sandal – Low heels are perfect for transitioning from work to evening activities. Pair it with an ankle strap and I’m sold.

Striped lace-up sweater – Everyone around the U.S. is bundling up, while all of us in San Francisco have been ready for months. This lace-up sweater will let me show off my stone & very-cold bravery.

Modern linen top – With a little extra pizza incorporated into my diet, I’m crushing on tees that give me a little more room. A flared hem? I’m sold.

JM Drygoods embroidered shorts – Alright, I’m still banking on those few, short weeks of Indian summer with these shorts.

 

 

Korean Meatball Calzones

Alright, this was supposed to be a vacation-inspired recipe, but I couldn’t bring myself to cook something that brought back too many memories of a vacation, especially when I’m hardcore craving an exotic destination. Instead, I thought back to the days of summer vacation back when I was in college and waiting for the new school year to start. When it comes to meals in college, I can separate them into two buckets. Pizza and Korean food. How I kept my weight under 115 those years is something I’ll always be amazed by.

The summer before my sophomore year started, I moved into my very first apartment with three other roommates. While they were at summer school and while I was waiting for the year to get going, I would walk to Albertson’s across the street, pick up a frozen pizza and nosh on it for the rest of the week. Fast forward to senior year when I finally knew how to make somewhat real, pizzas were reserved for late night eats while Korean tofu was the norm.

When you grow up in a biracial family, you can have pasta for dinner one night and bulgogi the next night. So this Korean Meatball Calzone, had I known how to make one, would have been the summer vacation college meal of my dreams.

Korean Meatball Calzones
Ingredients

3/4 lb. ground pork (leaner than ground beef!)
1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of gochujang, Korean red pepper paste
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
3 cloves garlic
1/4 green onions, bias-cut (cut at an angle)
1 tbsp. freshly ground ginger
2 eggs (we had a double yolk egg!)
1 lb. pizza dough (you can get gluten free!)

Pizza sauce
Your choice of cheese (we used mozzarella and smoked gouda)
Fresh pepperoni (from your local butcher)
Yellow onions (diced)
Black olives (sliced)
Padron peppers or any other hot pepper, sliced

1. In a non-reactive bowl, combine your pork, breadcrumbs, gochujang, sea salt, black pepper, garlic, green onions, ginger and one egg. Delicately mix with a spoon (or your hands!). Roll into small, 1/2 inch spheres or cylinders.

2. Heat a heavy-bottomed pan on medium heat and place your Korean meatballs in. Lightly brown the meatballs on all sides.

3. Meanwhile, let your pizza dough rest and reach room temperature. Flour a flat surface (countertop or large cutting board) and roll your dough until flat and as thick as a hardcover book flap.

4. Once your pizza dough is rolled flat, it’s time to stuff your Calzones. Layer on your stuffing on one side, then fold the dough over and push the edges together. Crack and stir the other egg together to create an egg wash, then coat the folds of your Calzones.

5. If you’re lucky enough to have a grill and a pizza oven, heat your grill on high and cook your Calzones until lightly golden-brown. If you have an oven, heat it to 350 degrees, then cook for 10-15 minutes, also until golden brown. Enjoy!

P.s. I’m not a registered dietician, but I do cook with fresh and local ingredients. This post was created as part of the Recipe Redux series, peep more here: 

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Grilled Corn with Chimichurri

Grilled Corn with Chimichurri

When the going gets tough, just grill up some corn (no BBQ required!). With little sleep happening as of late, the freaking cold weather in the city and leveling up in Pokémon Go (where it’s harder to catch them all)—it’s been a week. So sit back, pour up some wine and turn on some Bachelor in Paradise while you eat this corn.

Grilled Corn with Chimichurri
Ingredients
2-4 yellow corn cobs
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
3/4 cup fresh parsley
3 tsp. red wine vinegar
4 tsp. olive oil
5 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. cracked red pepper
1/4 tsp. cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1. In a food processor, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, cilantro, garlic, red pepper, black pepper and salt and pulse until combined. Set aside.

2. Shuck your corn and coat with butter. Heat your grill or if you’re grilling indoors, heat a grill pan on medium-high heat and coat with butter. Grill your corn until it’s lightly charred and once it’s done, coat with your chimichurri sauce and serve!

Favorite Things, August 12th

Trick Dog, San Francisco

Another cold week in SF where I questioned why I live here instead of warm, sunny LA where everyone is at least two feet taller than me and 15 shades more tan than I will ever be. Honestly, I’m starting to get a little peeved with San Francisco and, wait for it, miss the East Bay. While I get ready for work and put on a sweater and at least one jacket, here are my fave things from the week:

  • Want to know the best bar in San Francisco? Head to the unmarked Trick Dog in that weird and wonderful border between the Mission and Portrero and get ready to have the best cocktails in the city. Romanism & Rebellion (it’s button pictured above) has avocado purée and coconut whipped cream
  • These Bitch, plz shirts. This 2016 presidential race is all sorts of crazy and “is this real life?”, but out of all of it, #ImWithHer. Best campaign shirt so far? See the start of this sentence. These Industry Standard embroidered jeans are pretty cool too.
  • My wedgie fit Levi’s are my favorite pair now. Their high-rise, button-front makes me feel so tucked in throughout the day, but also very ’70s. I can dig it and definitely get on board with multiple pairs.
  • Frank Ocean’s album. Just kidding, it still hasn’t come out.

No-Fail Meatballs & Fresh Tomato Sauce

Easy Meatball and Tomato Sauce Recipe

If you haven’t noticed, I got a facelift! No, not my actual face (I’m offended if that was your first guess!), but the blog. It’s so much cleaner, easier to navigate and pictures are taking center stage now with higher resolution. All around, I just feel like the site looks smoother. As I was working on the transition this weekend, I took a long break to whip up some homemade meatballs and pasta sauce made from tomatoes straight from the farmers market.

There are two components to this recipe, both of which are super easy to make. You just need a little bit of patience, a healthy queue of shows that you have yet to watch & something that you really want  to be distracted from. Seriously, I felt more at peace rolling meatballs than at a yoga class.

No-fail Meatballs
Ingredients

1 lb. fresh, grass-fed ground beef
1 egg
1/3 cup breadcrumbs (I used a frozen loaf, toasted, then used the food processor to crumbify them)
1/3 cup chicken stock or veggie stock
1/4 cup goat cheese
1 tbsp. dried parsley or 4 tbsp. fresh parsley, diced
1 tbsp. dried oregano
4 tsp. cracked red pepper
2 tsp. kosher salt
Cracked black pepper

1. In a non-reactive bowl, mix all of the ingredients together and begin to knead with your hands. Pro tip: Coat your hands with a little bit of olive oil when you begin to knead and when you begin to form the little balls of meat. This will prevent meat from sticking to your hands!

2. While you’re rolling your well-mixed meat into 1-inch diameter balls, heat a heavy pan on medium heat. Once you’ve got your balls all rolled (I feel weird writing this, trust), place them into the hot pan and sear until browned on the outside. You do not want to skip this step! This is how they get so juicy!

3. Once your meatballs have seared, set them aside to cool. You’ll be coming back to these later!

Fresh Tomato Sauce
Ingredients

1 lb. fresh, organic tomatoes (I used Early Girls), quartered
3 sprigs, fresh thyme
3 tbsp. butter
1 yellow onion
4 cloves of garlic, diced
Cracked black pepper
Salt

1. Heat a heavy pot (hello, dutch oven) toss in your quartered tomatoes and heat on medium-high heat. You’ll be cooking these babies down and drawing all the liquid from them, or for about 15 minutes.

2. In a separate pan, heat your butter, thyme, onion, garlic, salt and pepper on medium and cook down until the onions are translucent.

3. Once your tomatoes have cooked down, pass the remaining liquid through a strainer to get rid of all of the seeds. Mix in with your butter and onion mixture on low heat, add in your meatballs and simmer for 10 minutes. Have on it’s own or serve with a side of pasta and enjoy!

Favorite Things: August 5th

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Before we dive into favorite things this week, let me make one thing clear. The above picture is not from this week. Would you like a current update of the weather in SF? Think cold, grey and foggy. It was miserable. To cheer things up a bit, here were the things that I really crushed on this week.

This KQED interview with Aminatou Sowone of my favorite podcasters (from Call Your Girlfriend) and all around smart/funny/woke lady. Best quote: “I’m the girlfriend Drake fights with in “Child’s Play,” the one that takes his Bugatti to go buy tampons at CVS. God bless that woman wherever she is.”

Who What Wear’s floral print bomber from their fall collection at Target. A lot of my coworkers grabbed one from my place of work, but I missed out. Big time.

Stranger Things. I mean, who is not watching it right now? As of publication, I am only on episode three, but once I am done, I’m going to check out this list of books that The Verge rounded up.

If you ever feel a little low, see this tweet. It makes me laugh out loud every time. I’m 12.

 

Wednesday Wants: August Edition

Oh Wonderful Wednesday Wants: August

When anybody asks me, “What’s new?” I really and truly never have anything good to say. Like, do I want to brag about how many Pokémon I’ve managed to catch today while riding the bus? Do people want to know that I know all the words to “Childs Play” by Drake? Instead, my readers, I’d rather talk about the things I’m craving this month. Here are my August favorites from top to bottom and from left to right. Now I must go to read the Reddit threads and teach myself more Pokémon strategies.

Madewell White Courier Shirt
Georgia Perry Drake Pin
Polaroid ‘Snap’ Instant Camera
Bunnies in LA ‘Pizza’ Charm Necklace 
J. Crew Signet Bag
Madewell Pre-order Sunpleat top (sold-out already!)
Quay ‘Princess Polly’ Sunglasses 
Saddle Stool by Target
Vintage Levi’s
RMS Lip to Cheek Stain

 

Cute Shop: Only Child, Berkeley

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Raise your hand if you’ve taught yourself a new skill, then launched a business within a year. Any takers? Haley Tucker of Only Child can raise her hand (seriously high) on that one. Tucker, a San Diego native and Bay Area transplant, started Only Child in November of last year when she was still working at a San Francisco art gallery and making clothes on the side. Her minimalist, do-it-all pieces became so popular that she went off on her own to focus on Only Child seven days a week. Literally, when I met her she had just taken her first day off since she’s started.

Only Child Clothing
Only Child Clothing

Only Child was born out of her desire to create high-quality pieces that are ethically made (everything’s handmade in her Berkeley studio) and serve as those dependable, go-to workhorses of your wardrobe. As a firm believer that your outfits influence how you feel, Tucker set out to create elevated basics that weren’t boring. The women who wear her clothing are the ones who are always on the hunt for minimalist, easy-to-wear and versatile pieces that can be dressed-up or down and worn all around town. As Tucker put it, “can she look cool and still do a million things?”.

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Most of the silhouettes that make up Only Child’s collection are a little bit boxy, but come in the softest colors and fabrics that I’ve ever seen. Expect ultra-layerable kimonos, easy tunics that pair perfectly with your blackest jeans or your most distressed pair of skinnies, and tunic dresses that need just a stacked heel and a bangle to complete the “look.”

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Even though Only Child initially started as a venture to fill her own closet with pieces that she couldn’t find in stores, Tucker’s found this incredible niche when it comes to designing and marketing her clothing. With one hand on the ‘gram (Instagram, that is) and a serious hankering towards thinking outside the box, Tucker partners with well-known style bloggers like Style Bee and Cali Vintage to co-design limited edition Only Child pieces.

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Only Child Clothing

Even though it’s barely been a year since Only Child has sprouted, Tucker’s thinking big when it comes to her small studio in Berkeley. She’s already done West Coast Craft, fostered perfect partnerships with style mavens and already has her sights set on finding a bigger studio (eventually) and continuing to grow the line. This fall, expect to see deep hues of purple, grey and black—all in the silkiest and smoothest fabrications that you’ll ever lay your paws on.

To get your paws on Only Child clothing, head to her site and be sure to check out her blog to get the behind the scenes scoop on the latest Only Child updates.

Heirloom Tomato Pie


Last summer, I was OBSESSED with A Chef’s Life. Every night I would fall asleep to an episode and by summer’s end, I had watched every season at least twice. Through all of my watching and re-watching, there was one recipe that I still haven’t stopped thinking about. Enter the heirloom tomato pie. Heirlooms have exploded in popularity and were once those weird looking tomatoes at the farmers market, but are now what everyone crowds around. Get this—some heirloom tomatoes are actual family heirlooms with seeds being passed down through generations. Payne family, where are our tomatoes?

Heirloom Tomato Pie 
Ingredients

1 lb. of heirloom tomatoes, sliced
6 oz. goat cheese
Cracked black pepper
Shredded parmesan cheese
Kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, grated

For the pie crust:
1 cup flour
8 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 cup ice water

1. Slice your tomatoes and allow them to drain for 30-40 minutes—you don’t want your tomato pie to be soggy! Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine the flour, butter and spices in a food processor and pulse until the dough mixture resembles a lot of small peas. Gradually mix in ice water, then transfer to a large bowl to hand knead. Cover in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

3. Once the dough has chilled, hand knead into a pie tin, a cast iron pan or a tarte dish and coat the bottom with goat cheese and cracked black pepper.


4. Layer on your heirloom tomatoes and grate a bit of garlic over each layer. Once you’ve used all of your tomatoes, grate parmesan cheese over the top and more cracked black pepper. If you’re feeling like it, put a few sprigs of thyme on top.

5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown! Slice and serve like a piece of cake, minus the frosting or the candles. Enjoy!