Mud On Your Face, No Big Disgrace

My friend April has perfect skin.  I think it may actually shimmer.  One day I asked her the secret to her perfect skin and she took out a pen and scribbled something on a cocktail napkin, handed it to me, and told me I could get it at Whole Foods.  She told me I could mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar or water, but she …

The Power of Chocolate

Chocolate is good for the soul. I think everyone can agree on that. How good does it feel to eat chocolate? Especially after a chocolate craving!! Remember a long time ago when one of your friends told you that chocolate is good for you? You were skeptical… how could something you had classified as candy for your entire life be good for you? Furthermore, some …

The BIG Tote

Having spent a lot of time on both coasts, people are always asking me the pros and cons of LA living versus NYC living. I think the two largest differences are obvious: 1. The weather 2.  The transportation As a freelancer, the adjustment of not having my own personal vehicle to keep my stuff in while out and about during days and evenings was the …

Ringing In ‘Year of The Monkey’!

Growing up I always thought I was the year of the Tiger.  My parent’s friends who were into Symbology/Astrology would always get me Tiger paraphernalia: figurines, stuffed animals and such.  I was well into my twenties when I discovered that being an early January birthday my Chinese Zodiac birth year was actually an Ox.  I adjusted accordingly and now I’m an OX.  What’s your Chinese …

Sipping Cardamom in the Window

When I was in Victoria, BC last summer I stumbled upon a little ice cream shop called Cold Comfort. The evil genius, as she’s called by the locals, makes a gluten and diary-free tamarind & cardamom ice cream sandwich and WOW I’d never tasted anything like it. I must have devoured at least two a day while visiting the island and even made a solo …

Reasons I keep a journal and you should, too

When I was doing my undergrad at Chapman University I was an intellectual groupie of a few different professors…and by that I mean that I would fill up my schedule every semester with the classes these specific professors had available because I would learn so much from them.  One professor in particular was a former Broadway dancer turned sociology professor named Dr. Barney McGrane and I …

When The Moon Hit My Eye… *Best Pizza in NYC*

When I first arrived in New York last February everyone told me that I had to have authentic NYC pizza.  I’m a pizza snob; my father is Italian and makes homemade pizza from scratch and even spins the dough on his finger like in the movies so naturally no restaurant pizza ever compared to the homemade pies my father makes… Until I discovered Fornino.  In all fairness, …

Nostalgia Found in Williamsburg

“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ― Carson McCullers You can tell everything about a town by their second hand shops. Growing up, my great-grandmother Tooty lived in a classic old Los Angeles home in Highland Park right above Wilshire. …

Gingersnap [Un]Cookies

I joke that my only real addiction in this incarnation is espresso.  But if one were to examine my life a little closer another addiction would become apparent… one perhaps a little less likely.  That other addiction is… drumroll please… Gingersnaps. My favorite gingersnaps are from Trader Joe’s: they’re the Triple Ginger Snaps and my mouth waters just thinking about them.  I could eat the …

Hometown Turf

Few places in this country match the beauty of Southern California. From the mountains to the desert to the sea, even a lifetime spent here doesn’t dull this region’s majestic beauty. The Santa Monica Mountains separate the valley from the sea with 40 miles of exquisite purple mountain-scape running parallel to the Pacific Ocean.  For nearly eight thousand years the Native American Chumash tribe populated …