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In Living Color

Happy New Years Eve Eve! These photographs are beautiful, vibrant and colorful…exactly how I want to go into 2015!

Harry Winston Cluster Bracelet, Shot By Bobby Doherty
Harry Winston Cluster Bracelet, Shot By Bobby Doherty
Walter Van Beirendonck, Paris Men's Fashion Week
Walter Van Beirendonck, Paris Men’s Fashion Week Photo: Kevin Tachman
Marni Jacquard Coat At The Greenbrier Hotel Photo: Juco
Marni Jacquard Coat At The Greenbrier Hotel Photo: JUCO
Reign Apiim At Brooklyn's Afropunk Fest Photo: Rebecca Smeyne
Reign Apiim At Brooklyn’s Afropunk Fest Photo: Rebecca Smeyne
Bottega Veneta Dress And Giorgio Armani Straw Hat, Shot By Oliver Stalmans
Bottega Veneta Dress And Giorgio Armani Straw Hat, Shot By Oliver Stalmans
Toshi Salvino At The Re-Opening Of Tokyo Rebel The Japanese ‘Lolita’ Subculture Takes New York Photo: Dolly Faibyshev
Toshi Salvino At The Re-Opening Of Tokyo Rebel
The Japanese ‘Lolita’ Subculture Takes New York
Photo: Dolly Faibyshev
Walter Van Beirendonck, Paris Men's Fashion Week Fall 2014 Photo: Kevin Tachman
Walter Van Beirendonck, Paris Men’s Fashion Week Fall 2014 Photo: Kevin Tachman
One-Half Nelson And Erickatoure Aviance At Susanne Bartsch's First Party In Brooklyn Photo: Rebecca Smeyne
One-Half Nelson And Erickatoure Aviance At Susanne Bartsch’s First Party In Brooklyn Photo: Rebecca Smeyne

Live life in color!

 

Celebrate the Holidays at Baleen Kitchen

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Photo by Gloria Plascencia
We recently visited the waterfront Baleen Kitchen in Redondo Beach to check out their new menu. Fresh, holiday libations started off the evening! This is the Anti-Oxident Mojito with Appleton Rum, Pomegranate juice, muddled blackberry, raspberry and mint. Cheers!

Mezcalero - Mezcal, Aperol and strawberries.
Photo by Wade Hammond
Mezcalero – Mezcal, Aperol and strawberries.

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Photo by Wade Hammond
As a starter we all shared the decadent Duck Carnitas. We had them earlier in the year and have been dreaming of them ever since. They are perfect for the holidays!

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Photo by Wade Hammond
The First Course was the Baleen Garden and was delicious. It was baby beets, farrow, tomato, quinoa, avocado, pea shoots, almonds with a soft lime vinaigrette. The texture of the farro, quinoa and almonds made this salad very unique. I would love to eat that for lunch everyday!

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Photo by Wade Hammond
The Second Course was a gorgeous Crab Salad full of avocado, haricot vert, and lollo rossa. They use both soft-shell crab and fresh Dungeness for this dish.

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Photo by Wade Hammond
The Third Course of Roasted Black Sea Bass with roasted mushrooms and sweet potatoes in a fabulous aromatic broth was so mind blowing that I took half of it home – it was just as amazing the next day!

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Photo by Wade Hammond
Last but certainly not least, our Fourth Course was the giant “Tommy Hawk” Rib Eye!

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The “Tommy Hawk” was quite impressive…tender and delicious!

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Photo by Gloria Plascencia
As you can see, a fun night was had by all! Book your upcoming holiday celebration at Baleen Kitchen or stop in for happy hour with snacks and cocktails!

Baleen Kitchen is located in beautiful Redondo Beach, CA at The Portofino Hotel right on the harbor at 260 Portofino Way. (310) 372-1202

Christmas Day they will have their famous À La Carte Brunch and “Build Your Own” Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar from 6:30am-1:00pm. Then a 3-Course Dinner from 1:00pm-10:00pm adults $59 with wine pairing $70/$22 kids.

NYE They will have a fabulous 5-Course Dinner from 5:00pm-11:00pm for $85pp with wine pairing $110.

 

Stella Proseyn

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting designer Debbie Talanian of Stella Proseyn and I fell in love with her edgy yet feminine style. I especially loved this outfit and couldn’t wait for it to go into production so I could get one! Finally, the weather has cooled down enough at night in LA to be able to wear it without sweating right through it. This art alley in my neighborhood was the perfect place to photograph it! Photos by Wade Hammond.

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Black lace top, jacket and cropped pants Stella Proseyn
Houndstooth purse Michael Kors
Necklace H&M Shoes oldie but goodie Jeffery Campbell

Face: Marcelle BB Cream in Golden Glow, Revitalash Brow Gel, Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Mascara, the most amazing, plumping nude lip gloss (it tingles) by Hydropeptide in Beach Blush, cheek color Nars, highlighter on eyes Fairy Dust by Pixi by Petra, nails Imperial Blue by Pixi by Petra.

 

Norwegian Seafood with Chef Greg Hozinsky at The Strand House

Last week, upon my return from Hawaii, Wade and I attended an amazing 6 course tasting dinner of Norwegian Seafood at the beautiful Strand House in Manhattan Beach. This gorgeous restaurant has one full wall of windows that looks right out to the Pacific Ocean. It was my first time in the space since it has changed ownership and gotten a makeover. From Beaches, a place that my cousin Bonnie spent her weekend nights slinging drinks for many years to now and WOW what a difference! The Strand House is elegant and upscale but with that laid back California beach vibe. Chef Greg Hozinsky recently spent a week in Norway studying the Nordic seafood scene and we were lucky enough to get to taste what he brought back. His unique combination of flavors and intricate presentations of the dishes were superb. I will be dreaming about this meal for a long time and can’t wait to go back!

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Chef Greg prepping for the night

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The Amuse-Bouche started things off on a high note with Cod in a Celery and White Truffle Sauce with a Poached Egg

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The first course was a Smoked Norwegian Salmon ‘Pastrami’ Brioche, Pickled Beets, Horseradish Snow and Mustard Greens

Fotor01012153933 The second course was Pan Roasted Fresh Norwegian King Crab in a Brown Butter Broth, Sudachi and Corn Pudding

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The third course was Norwegian Halibut with Smoked Sunchoke Puree, Matsutaki Mushroom, Cauliflower, Yuzu Kosho and Hijiki

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The fourth course was Venison Strip Loin with Huckleberries, Root Vegetable Mille-Fueille and Grilled Chicories

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The fifth course was a Fried Brioche with Lingonberry Whiskey Sabayon and Pistachios by Pastry Chef Stephaine Franz

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The sixth course was a Warm Almond Apple Cake with Geitost, Brown Buttered Apples, and Cardamom Ice Cream also by Pastry Chef Stephanie Franz

As a lifelong seafood lover I absolutely loved everything! To quote our new friends from LA Foodie the Amuse-Bouche was “the best fish stick you have ever had”. The horseradish snow on the First Course was unique and amazing. The king crab in the Second Course rocked my world and I was surprised to have liked the Fourth Course venison as much as I did as I am usually not a fan. So, basically, Chef Greg can do no wrong. The desserts were of course as delicious as they looked! I highly recommend a night out at The Strand House sometime soon!

Thank you to The Strand House, Chef Greg Hozinsky and The Norwegian Seafood Council for having us!

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

 

Friday Faves: Hawaii Edition

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Aloha! Today I am writing this from MAUI!!! I am so thrilled to be here and grateful to have the chance to spend time with my friends Mary and Kevin on this beautiful island. We have only been here 1 full day but I am already in full relaxation mode. Today we are taking a helicopter tour and I am beyond excited! It will be a first for me! Here are a few of my favorite things this week…Hawaii style!

* Still being on CA time and catching the sunrise and sunsets!

* Finding this awesome Jasmine perfume on our first night here for just $11!

* Swimming in the warm ocean water and having salty sun drenched skin.

* Delicious champagne cocktails at Leilani’s!

* Sleeping to the sound of the ocean waves outside of our balcony.

* Waking up to the sound of exotic birds chirping in the trees outside of our room.

* The exceptionally friendly staff at The Hyatt and the delicious breakfast with swans! Yes, there is a swan pond off of the dining room!

* Using Maui Babe lotion over my spf30 to get the perfect golden glow!

* Not being able to take a bad picture because everything is so beautiful here!

* Poolside Mai Tai’s with my friends!

* Blogging with an ocean view while the sun comes up. It doesn’t better then this!

Whatever you do this weekend I hope its magical! XO

 

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