Kimchi Deviled Eggs

Kimchi Deviled Egg recipe

Three weeks has quietly flown by, like a tiny little sparrow. Just kidding, I was gritting my teeth every time I saw anything resembling a pastry. Every time I walked by a coffee shop, I had to talk myself down from the ledge of caffeine. This week, I’ll start the reintroduction phase, but I’m going to throw it back to the start when I was totally jazzed on the elimination diet and whipped up these elimination diet-friendly eggs.

Kimchi Deviled Eggs 
Ingredients

6 large, free-range eggs
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/3 cup kimchi and kimchi juice
2 tsp. coconut aminos (sub for soy sauce)
1 tbsp. black sesame seeds
1 tbsp. gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)*
Salt, to taste

1. For perfect, hard-boiled eggs, bring water to a boil then add your eggs. Let them cook for 10 minutes, then promptly remove them and place into a bowl of ice water.

Tip: When it’s time to crack your eggs, crack them from the bottom! Trust me—that wider end has a hollow spot that makes it easy to peel off the shell.

2. Use a food processor to finely chop your kimchi. Combine your egg yolks, sesame oil, kimchi, kimchi juice, coco aminos and gochujang together and use a fork to blend until smooth.

3. Create a makeshift piping bag by cutting a small corner off of a Ziploc bag. Spoon your egg yolk mixture into the bag, then fill your boiled eggs up. Top off with a sprinkle of black sesame seeds and enjoy!

*I was on a nightshade-free elimination diet plan. So if you are too, skip the gochujang!

Chimichurri Roasted Salmon

Chimichurri roasted salmon recipe

Week one of Elimination Diet 2017 has been going. Well? Can’t say that—but I can say that I have gone through it with resolute strength at that creamy, roasted smell of the coffee shop on my corner every morning. Plus, I haven’t even grabbed a slice of pizza or deliciously buttery pastry at my weakest! Instead, I’ve been a slave to my diet and cooking everything du jour dans ma cuisine. Plus, I’ve embraced rabbit food salad as an actual lunch food group. Every time I pick up an unfamiliar snack or go grocery shopping, I pick everything up and read the nutrition label on the back—I must look like the confused math lady. But, it’s been somewhat fun figuring out what I can and cannot eat, plus I’m actually really impressed with myself that I haven’t caved (fingers crossed it won’t happen tomorrow). I  guess I’m not doing a great job at selling this elimination diet.

Read this part if you want to know the good parts: I cooked this delicious roasted salmon recipe and ate it with mashed sweet potatoes on the side. It’s totally elimination diet-friendly (no dairy, no gluten, no nightshades) and protein-packed. Another benefit of this diet? My jeans are feeling a little less snug!

Chimichurri Roasted Salmon
Ingredients

1 salmon filet
4 cloves garlic
3 tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

1. Preheat your oven to boil. To make your chimichurri, combine all of your fresh herbs, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper into a food processor. Process until your herbs are finely chopped.

2. I like to cook any fish in parchment paper or foil—it keeps it really moist and flavorful. Set a piece of foil, large enough to fold into a tent over your salmon, in an oven safe pan or tray. Coat your salmon in your chimichurri mix and bake for 10-12 minutes. An easy tip to make sure salmon is cooked? If it’s flaking easily with the touch of a fork, it’s ready to eat. Enjoy!

Winter Beauty Essentials

Winter Beauty Essentials

Winter is coming. Kidding, it’s totally here. The other day I put on a puffer coat just to move my car, so for a born & bred California girl it’s safe to say that anything less than 50 degrees is freezing. I might be eating my words in a week, but I’m lucky enough that my skin doesn’t suffer from any dry spots once the temperatures drop. So let’s dive into my favorite essentials from this winter.

  • belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched: After reading review after review of gel cleansers (and trying out Milky Jelly by Glossier), I hopped on the gel cleanser train. I’m all aboard now, since this one takes out every last drop of makeup, especially when you cleanse a dry face at the end of a long day.
  • Living Proof Dry Shampoo: I’ve also been skipping washes throughout the week (only every other day, okay!) since it’s way easier to curl my hair on a skip day. I can’t say I love this dry shampoo, but it does the job. I’m still looking for “the one” though.
  • Rose balm dotcom: I’ve already counted the ways that I love balm dotcom, so I’ll spare you. This winter, I’m reaching for this lightly tinted balm with the same all-day moisture.

Winter Beauty Essentials

  • Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream: This bb creamI’m a slather on and go type of gal. I have no patience for blending and disdain anything that feels like a layer of vaseline on my face. sinks right in and covers up those imperfections from any late night or too many pizza slices.

Winter Beauty Essentials

  • Moisturizing Moon Mask by Glossier: This one’s lightMaybe the trick to banishing any dry spots is a serious relationship with any and all face masks. , but doesn’t skimp on the moisture. Plus, I’ve read that you can sleep with it on. Now that’s a two-in-one mask.
  • Harry’s razor: Winter might not be the most optimal time for silky smooth legs. But when you discover Harry’s razors (now sold at Target too!), it’s hard to not shave even if your legs aren’t catching the faintest glimpse of the sun.

Winter Beauty Essentials

  • Replenishing Gel Cream by REN: Even if my skin’s not having a meltdown, I like to give it a bit of upkeep when it comes to preventing blemishes. I’ve been using this daily, underneath my moisturizer, to keep it 100%.
  • Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner by Marc Jacobs: Branded as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon, this is my one-way ticket to a quick and easy lined eye. I like to put it on before a big night, that way the smudges look more semi-smoky rather that unintentional by the night’s end.

White Bean and Beef Chili

Chipotle White Bean and Beef Chili

I’m two days into an elimination diet. It’s going well, thanks for asking. What’s been the hardest thing to cut out? Hm, I would have to say my morning coffee (esp. when you stayed out till 4 a.m. this weekend). For the next 21 days, I’ll be avoiding all things dairy, soy, alcohol, coffee, non-grass fed produce, grains and processed food. While I’ve been planning my diet-friendly meals, I realized that most of what I eat aligns with the elimination plan. Really, it’s all about eating whole, fresh and seasonal. But back to this chili—even though it was a three-day weekend, I was all about staying at home, getting caught up on some records that I needed to listen to and hunker down from the cold. So I reached for my adobo-soaked chipotles (my current favorite) and grass fed ground beef and went to chili-town.

White Bean and Beef Chili

White Bean and Beef Chili 
Ingredients

28 oz. canned and peeled tomatoes (try to get a BPA-free jar!)
20-23 oz. cooked and drained pochas beans (or you can use cannelli or navy beans)
1 adobo-soaked chipotle pepper
1 lb. grass fed ground beef*
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
Salt and cracked black pepper
Olive oil

1. In a heavy bottomed pan on medium-high heat, saute your onions, garlic, bell pepper, chipotle pepper and spices together until the onions are slightly translucent or about 10 minutes.

2. Heat another pan to medium-high heat and brown your ground beef with salt and cracked black pepper. Browning meat takes a solid 15 minutes, you want your meat to look edible, so look for a taupe-brown color, not a light grey. It’s called browning for a reason!

3. Once your onions and spices have seared, add in your canned tomatoes and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, then break apart your tomatoes with the back of a spoon.

4. Once your meat has browned, add it to your tomatoes, then add in your beans. Simmer for another 15 minutes and then take out the chipotle chili before serving.

5. If you’re not on a cleanse, serve it with cheese or sour cream on top. Or if you’re like me, try it with avocados. Enjoy!

*Grass-fed beef is cleanse-friendly! Cattle feed often contains soy and other additives which make it’s way into your meat.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Kale and Chorizo

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Chorizo and Kale

It’s raining, it’s pouring and I was snoring until 10 a.m. on Sunday. The biggest storm of 2017 (I hope) is hitting San Francisco, which made it optimal soup weather but not optimal leave the house weather. But when a soup craving calls, I have to pick up the phone. This soup is creamy, but has no cream, is spicy, but doesn’t burn your taste buds off and is hearty, but won’t make you feel sluggish. Plus, it only takes an hour tops to prep and cook.

Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Kale and Chorizo
Ingredients

1 1.5 lb. sweet potato, cubed
1 tsp. ground cumin
3 cloves of garlic
1 chipotle pepper in adobo
3 cups vegetable broth
1 link of organic chorizo, sliced
3 cups of chopped kale
1 tsp. cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. olive oil

1. Preheat your oven to 450°. Get your sweet potatoes ready for roasting by coating them with olive oil, cumin, cracked black pepper and salt. Add in your garlic cloves and adobo-soaked chipotle. Pop into the oven for 25 minutes or until soft and slightly golden.

2. In a separate pot, bring water to a boil and blanch your chopped kale for 30 seconds to tenderize them.

3. Once your sweet potatoes have roasted, use a blender or immersion blender to puree the potato, garlic and chipotle pepper in batches. Gradually add in vegetable broth as you blend.

4. In a heavy bottomed pot, brown your chorizo, then add in your newly pureed sweet potato broth and add in your blanched kale. Simmer for 15 minutes, then enjoy!

The Under Hundred Gift Guide

Happy holidays! Are you #stressing about getting gifts for all your big loves this holiday? Don’t worry, I am too. I am what they call a “visual learner” so I had to assemble a visual list to get all my gift-giving essentials in one place this year. Here are all my picks, all of which are clocking in at under one hundred dollar bills.

Here’s the Oh Wonderful gift guide for 2016: 

Under $100 Gift Guide 2016

What to Get Your Boo

If he needs a wardrobe refresh, opt for a pocket tee by Everlane where everything’s made in full transparency. If he’s into cooking (and you’re into eating), invest in his (or her) culinary future and your future meals by getting them a long-lasting cast iron Lodge pan. Help him keep his finances in line with a leather wallet from Tanner goods and keep him active with wool sneakers from All Birds.

What to Get Your Parents 

Out-gift your parental units this year and recap your favorite memory of the year with a photo printed from Parabo Press. Help them wake up with a gift box of coffee from San Francisco-based, Blue Bottle coffee. Help them serve themselves or their future guests with a bowl from Heath served straight from a cast iron pot from Le Creuset.

What to Get Your Best Friend

Help your gal pal keep her lips super soft with Glossier’s Balm Dotcom (you know I love it too), then help her keep her hands soft with Byredo hand lotion. Tell her and everyone else how dope she is with a charm necklace from Kris Nations. Have her gather all of her essentials into a leather travel pouch from Cuyana.

Mexican Beef Stew

Mexican Beef Stew Recipe

It’s getting frosty over here in San Francisco! It’s officially coat, cuffing and cooking soup season so there’s a 100% chance that I’ll be in the kitchen trying to warm up. The first winter soup to make the cut was this Mexican Beef Stew with rice. Think: Tender beef, a citrusy kick and a subtle spice that’s not too overwhelming.

Mexican Beef Stew
Ingredients

5 tomatillos, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 lb. beef stew meat
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp.chili powder
4 dried chili de arbol
1 jalapeno, sliced thinly
1 bunch cilantro stems
6 cups vegetable broth
2 tsp. honey
Salt and cracked red pepper
Lime wedges

1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pan, bring your vegetable broth, dry spices, chili de arbol onion and cilantro stems to a boil. Bring them back down to a simmer and add in the beef, cilantro stems, onion, jalapeno, tomatillos and honey to the mix.

2. Meanwhile, use a rice cooker or a pot with equal parts water and rice to whip up some rice. You’ll be putting this at the bottom of your bowl when you serve up your soup.

3. Cook soup for about an 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until the stew meat is fully cooked. Spoon rice into your bowl, then cover with soup. For an extra tangy kick, squeeze in some fresh lime juice and garnish with a few cilantro leaves. Enjoy!

Wednesday Wants: A Cool, Grey City Wardrobe

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I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls who look impeccably dressed no matter where they are—whether it’s the grocery store at 3 p.m. or the coffee shop at 7 a.m. Instead, I’m that girl who spends 40 minutes to achieve that dewy look and curls my hair so that it looks like I didn’t brush it. I think that the secret to those ladies is that they often know their color palette and they stick to it. Maybe Karl the Fog is influencing me or maybe it’s because I like it’s versatility, but I think grey might be my go-to color this season. Here are my favorite cool grey pieces to wear in this cool, grey city, clockwise from top left.

The Oh Wonderful picks for an all-grey wardrobe: 

Rivington Sweater Coat by Madewell: Hurry up, this sweater is selling out fast! This jacket will be a long duster coat on my 5’1 frame, but I’m excited to pair it with my favorite jeans and mini dresses this season.

Cluse ‘La Boheme’ Watch: You can’t ever go wrong with a classic timepiece. Trends come and go, just like the time. Not sure what I was trying to do there.

Vans Pig Suede Court DX sneakers: I need to get lace-up low tops this season and you can bet that I’ll look for a suede pair. These grey ones by Vans will go with anything.

Eugenia Kim Fedora: I’ve been a fan of Eugenia Kim and her toppers for a while and each season she gets better and better. It’s a #goal to own one of her hats—so why not start with a grey fedora?

Sole Society ‘Selena’ Backpack: As the temperatures drop, I’ll probably want to keep my hands warm and cozy in my pockets. A backpack to store all of my essentials will keep me hands-free as I head to work.

Wool Coat by Mango: If it starts to get really cold, I’ll layer on a grey wool coat over one of my favorite moto jackets. It doesn’t hurt to double the warmth, right?

Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005 in Silver Metallic: The famed and headband wearing makeup-artist, Pat McGrath has unleashed her fabulous collection at Sephora. I’m crushing on the sliver metallic set, after all, I do have a cool skin tone.

Grey Turtleneck by J. Crew: Jeans, ankle boots and a grey turtleneck have been my outfit of choice as of late. I only expect to add a couple more grey turtlenecks by the end of the year.

‘Taye’ Boots by Sam Edelman: I’m all about versatility when it comes to getting dressed, from my hair to my boots. I like a boot that I can dress up with a shimmery mini dress or dress down with distressed jeans and a tee. These fit the bill perfectly.

Spicy Clam Linguine with Roma Tomatoes

Clam Linguine Pasta with TomatoesBack at it again with another easy to make, but will quietly blow someone’s socks off meal. In my humble opinion, if you add seafood and herbs to anything, the meals instantly upgraded from #basic to “oooh, you fancy”. This recipe is perfect for putting on some good tunes (or podcast), cracking open a bottle of wine, using some of it for this recipe and then drinking the rest. This pasta sauce is meant to be spicy, but you can tone it down or up depending on how much wine you plan on drinking. 

Spicy Clam Linguine with Roma Tomatoes
Ingredients
1 lb. Manila clams
1 cup, unsalted butter
1 cup, dry white whine
5 roma tomatoes, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp. crushed red pepper
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
Freshly cracked black pepper
1 handful of linguine pasta

Clam cleaning tip: Before you cook your clams, let them soak in a bowl of water for at least 20 minutes. Once they’ve soaked, scrub them with a soft bristle brush under cool, running water. There you have it, grit-free clams! 

1. In a large pot, bring enough water for your pasta and a pinch of salt to a boil. In a separate pan, begin to melt the butter on medium heat. 

2. Once your stick of butter is about halfway melted, bring the heat down to medium-low. Add in your tomatoes and garlic to the mix. 

3. Once your water is boiling, add in your pasta and cook for 8-9 minutes, or whatever you prefer. Drain and rinse with cool water. As for the sauce, before all of the butter melts away add in the clams, white wine, pepper and thyme. 

4. Bring the sauce down to low and allow the clams to simmer with the sauce. 

Tip: If some clams don’t open up within 15 minutes, they have died and gone to clam heaven. AKA, they’re no good so don’t even try to open them! 

4. Add in your freshly cooked pasta to the sauce pan and mix everything together. Cover with some fresh Parmesan and serve. Enjoy! 


A Weekend Guide to Seattle

A couple of weeks ago, I took a quick jaunt up to the Pacific Northwest for a long(er) weekend away in Seattle. The weather forecast called for lots of rain, which meant that we were going to spend most of our time indoors either eating or shopping. If you’re wondering, we did both.

But with that rainy weather (seriously, it was their biggest storm of the year for them!), that meant we got to try out some seriously good food spots. Without having to worry about missing out on the outdoorsy stuff. As if we would really care if we did. Here’s my weekend guide to Seattle.

Where to Eat in Seattle

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Il Corvo Pasta

Il Corvo is the one spot that you must pasta pencil into your itinerary. This 2016 James Beard Award winner makes fresh pasta made to order in this sit-down spot. They’re only open for lunch from Monday to Friday between 11-3 so make sure to show up before the weekend rolls around.

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Anything by Renee Erickson

I’m just going to call her the Queen of Seattle at this point. I was #blessed to eat at every restaurant she has to offer in her city. With three restaurants in the young and hip Capitol Hill hood and one in the quaint and waterfront Ballard. Make a reservation at Bateau for individual, dry-aged steaks and the best corn (buttery, the right kind of cheesy and topped with chili threads). Head to General Porpoise for Stumptown Coffee and stuffed donuts. Then, if you need something from the sea and in a french-inspired setting, stop by Bar Melusine just two doors down.

Walrus and the Carpenter is her most famed-spot which is nestled just off the main drag in Ballard. It’s small plates and family-style eatery is experienced best with good company and one of their fine wine selections.

Other Seattle Eateries: 

  • Mr. West Café Bar: Thought you could only find avocado toast in California? I guess it’s taken over Seattle too. Mr. West had darn good coffee and a curry and mustard seed avocado toast.
  • Ballard Annex Oyster House: Freshly made bloodys and freshly shucked oysters make a perfect afternoon brunch.
  • Starbucks Reserve: There’s more to Starbucks than just PSL’s, which the Starbucks Reserve proved. Head here to see coffee roasted in at least four different ways.

Where to Drink in Seattle

Weekend Seattle Guide

Fremont Brewing Company

Just down the hill from the Fremont Troll and across the road from some Seattle-exclusive houseboats is Fremont Brewing Company. You can expect a lot of warm, hip company here (plus a fireplace inside) and an outdoor patio for when the weather’s nice. Plus, organic beer. Need I say more?

Weekend Guide to Seattle

Damn The Weather

Aptly named, Damn The Weather, this spot is the perfect place to hunker down from any and all bad weather. However, if I lived in Seattle, this is where I would be rain or shine. Nice wine, nice bartenders and even nicer cocktails.

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Barnacle

While you wait to grab a seat at the aforementioned Walrus and the Carpenter, grab a seat at Barnacle for a glass of Italian wine and a teaser plate of oysters.

Where To Shop in Seattle

Seattle Weekend Guide

Elliot Bay Book Company

There isn’t one city that I can go to without stopping by a bookstore. Maybe it’s because I like to pretend that I’m Belle from Beauty and the Beast in my very own library. This one has a mini-Oddfellows nestled right in there, so buy a paperback and head into the café for a blackberry lemonade.

Seattle Weekend Guide

Pike Place

As cliché as it is, no Seattle trip is whole without a visit to Pike Place. Grab a cup of coffee from Starbucks, see some fish being thrown through the air and grab some freshly cut dahlias for your hotel. Plus, you can’t go wrong with some quintessential (and food-centric) Seattle treats to bring back home.

Other places to shop in Seattle: 

  • Moorea Seal: Stop by the bright and airy spot in Belltown for their handmade jewelry that’s far from kitschy, smart wall art and some desk goods that I 100% want to have on my desk.
  • Prism: This is the store that’s so hip that you’ll feel square no matter how cool you are. Expect to find jewelry from Baleen, apothecary goods from Herbivore and other hip(ster) goods.
  • Nordstrom Flagship: The one Nordstrom that started it all. It might just be me or is everything even more carefully curated here? Plus, a fresh flower boutique at the entrance?
  • Horseshoe Boutique: Did you forget a sweater at home? Need another layer or a new pair of jeans? Horseshoe has you covered with Mother Denim, Frye, Sundry and my favorite fragrance, Kai.

Thanks to Pacific Northwest for yet another great trip!