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Doma Kitchen Cafe Redondo Beach

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I love the artsy vibe at Doma Kitchen Cafe.

Doma Kitchen is located in the heart of Redondo Beach right on PCH. When I lived there years ago the space used to be a drive thru coffee shop but owners Stan and Angie have completely transformed the place into an eclectic little hideaway serving delicious, healthy food.

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The food, atmosphere and hospitality at Doma Kitchen will keep you coming back! We sampled breakfast, lunch and dinner and it was all delicious! I especially loved the kale salad pictured above center. It was voted the best in the South Bay!

The globally inspired menu is prepared with fresh, farmers market ingredients and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner all day!

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Our “Doma Foodie Crew”! Owner Angie is on the far left and Chef Kristina is on the far right.

Doma Kitchen is located at 420 North PCH Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

 

100 Things To Do In Los Angeles Before You Die Giveaway

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I am so proud of my friend Carrie Kim for having her first book published and it happens to be 100 Things to do in Los Angeles Before You Die. How cool is that? Carrie and the city of Los Angeles have a lot in common. They are both colorful and vibrant, full of energy and excitement, and someone/someplace that you really want to get to know. So, she was the perfect person to write this book. Like me, Carrie is always on the hunt for the fun and unusual adventures and experiences that are hidden all over LA. I have lived here since 1999 and have only done about half of the things in this book. That is one thing that I love about LA, there is always SO MUCH TO DO! Carrie has rounded up some really fun and diverse things in varied neighborhoods all over this vast city! Check it out and never be bored again!

Giveaway

Leave a comment below with one of your craziest LA moments, favorite things to do here, or something you would like to do in LA, and I will choose 1 winner at random on Tuesday April 1 (no, it’s not an April Fools Day prank) to win a copy of this book!! Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEXANDRA!!! YOU ARE THE WINNER! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED AND SHARED FUN STORIES! XO

 

Go Greek!

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1) Go Greek is a cozy little shop tucked into Bedford Dr. in Beverly Hills. 2) I am sucker for a gorgeous chandelier! 3) Me and Jonathan, the owner of Go Greek.

I love LA and blogging has given me the unique opportunity to meet so many new business owners in this vast City of Angels. I love the passion behind what they do and learning what drives them. This week I had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan of Go Greek, a hot new yogurt shop in the heart of Beverly Hills. Not only do they do “fro yo” but they offer fresh yogurt as well. They are so many possibilities here. It’s a little shop full of deliciousness. Perfect for a snack, dessert, bite to eat or something to go. If you are in the LA area and love yogurt you must stop by Go Greek. They take pride in making everything fresh and authentic!

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1) A delicious plain yogurt with a traditional Greek  Spoon Sweet or “carrot marmalade” topping. My favorite sweet treat of the night. They also have other unique Spoon Sweet toppings such as Rose Petal and Quince. 2) They have a huge selection of toppings for their fresh and frozen yogurt. 3) Go Greek also offers an array of Greek Honey from Crete as well as Olive Oil. 4) My favorite savory fresh yogurt of the night was the Greek salad.

The kind folks at Go Greek gifted me a jar of Pine Thyme Honey that we used to make a honey mustard for our Christmas ham this year. It was delicious! You can also use this recipe as a marinade for chicken or as salad dressing!

Honey Mustard Marinade and Dressing
1/2 cup Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
1/4 cup Go Greek Pine Thyme Honey
1/8 cup olive oil
2 table spoons white balsamic vinegar
pinch salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients together until even consistency is obtained. Its easiest if you add the honey last so it doesn’t stick to the bowl.

Go Greek is at 452 N.Bedford Dr. in the heart of Beverly Hills.

 

Cinnamon Horchata Coffee

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Last week Wade whipped up a thermos of this delicious coffee beverage to take on our stroll through Candy Cane Lane. It is perfect and festive for cold, holiday nights!

Ingredients
1 1/2 Ounces Rum Chata
1 Ounce Fireball Whiskey
6-8 Ounces hot coffee
1 Cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 Cup super fine sugar
1 Cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Whisk whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in a bowl until it gets thick and sugar dissolves or add to an N2O whipper, shake and charge. Combine the hot coffee, Fireball and Rum Chata in a coffee mug and top with whipped cream. Using a microplane grate fresh cinnamon on top and serve to the delight of your guests. Make sure you have one too! Happy holidays!

 

the ferry building


Outside with my Ferry Building treasures!

The Ferry Building is along the Embarcadero at the end of Market Street and is one of my favorite places in San Francisco. I always make time to stop by when visiting the city. The crazy thing is, I have friends who moved to the bay area and have never been there!? (Geri-I’m talking about you!) I think if I lived there I would go every week to eat and shop. This unique marketplace provides a space for the greater Bay Areas agricultural bounty and renowned specialty food purveyors to work together and sell their products under one roof. It’s like a cool, artists community with gourmet ingredients and goods. Originally built in 1898, The Ferry Building was a transportation focal point for the city. Later,in 2003,  it was renovated and reopened as a marketplace. Here’s some of what The Ferry Building has to offer:


We love the Blue Bottle Coffee Company. They take pride in their coffee and brew each cup to order!


They have a perfect cappuccino!


Miette means “little crumb” in French and this little pastry shop was inspired by the patisseries in Paris!


I am a sucker for sea salt caramels and Recchiuti Chocolates makes some of the best!


Do you remember doing spin art a kid? I do! Spin art chocolates, how cool!!


On this trip I tried to be good and just have a single sea salt caramel but I ended up going back and buying a box!


Delicious flavored olive oils from Stonehouse. My favorite is the Meyer Lemon!


I love that you can taste all the olive oil before you buy it!


Fresh, local seafood is abundant!


Fresh oysters anyone?


The  ground floor houses the shops and restaurants, the 2nd floor provides office space and the ceiling is a 660′ high skylit Nave that lets in beautiful, natural light.


Cheese glorious cheese at The Cowgirl Creamery!


The Hog Island Oyster Company uses Acme Bread and cheese from The Cowgirl Creamery for their famous and outrageous Grilled Cheese SandwichI love it when local businesses work together instead of competing against each other.


I got a delicious honey balsamic vinegar here at beekindI love the name!


More then 20 varieties of cured meats at Boccalone! The salumi are handcrafted in small batches across the Bay in Oakland, using sustainably raised, heritage-breed pork and the highest quality spices and salts.


For the true meat lover, Boccalone offers portable meat cones to enjoy while strolling through the marketplace!


If you are a mushroom lover like me, Far West Fungi is not to be missed!


Far East Funghi sells a “grow your own mushroom kit”. I bought one once, grew a bunch of mushrooms and enjoyed them for months!


We were drooling over these incredible looking tomatoes at Farm Fresh To You.


Enjoying a feast outside at The Hog Island Oyster Company.


The ridiculously good clam chowder at The Hog Island Oyster Company is made to order. They drop the clams into the flavorful homemade broth and when the clams open up its ready to serve!


The beautiful view of the bay from the Hog Island Oyster Company!

I hope you have enjoyed my little journey thru the Ferry Building. If you have been before, I hope this reminds you how wonderful it is (Sandy-I know you miss it) and if you haven’t, I hope you put it at the top of your list of places to go the next time you are in San Francisco!

 

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