busy bee.

You know those days that aren't outright awful, but are just kind of insane and leave you feeling like you need a giant glass of wine or a nap or a long run to get your head on straight?

That's pretty much been my last two weeks.

That's not to say it hasn't had some good - it has!

Last Sunday's agenda, for example:

6-9am: Make red velvet whoopie pies, brie en croute, homemade crackers (for a dinner party) and breakfast (for the bf). Oh, and some yummy chocolate/fleur de sel popcorn for book club.

9:30-12pm: Watch Shutter Island. I'd recommend this move! But I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending.

1-3pm: Book Club with some lovely lovely ladies (such as Mary). We'd read Water For Elephants and can I say I LOVED this book! Mary made snickerdoodle cookie sandwiches with vanilla ice cream with a caramel ribbon. All homemade, of course. Le sigh.

4-5pm: Visit with my dear dear friend Carly who has left LA to take an incredible job offer at Columbia in NYC. I can't wait to visit her!

7-10pm: Supper Club inaugural event (and the reason I woke up and got domestic at 6am on a Sunday).

It's days like that along with 15 hour workdays that have only led to one picture taken in 2 weeks:

It's true - Maximus has insisted I watch Idol this season. I said I'd never watch again, but I can't disappoint him...


buffalo weekend.

I'm immersed in a crazy workweek, but here's some photo evidence of my Buffalo, New York adventure...

Duff's hot wings - best ever...

A legit funeral home and apparently not an attempt at amusement. Am I Gone?

Buffalo Terminal (of Ghost Hunters fame, one of my fave shows!)...

Old mental hospital (creeeeepy)...

Colin thought I'd never seen snow before (ha)

Something that was never on my bucket list but I'm so glad I experienced it - Niagra Falls!

Saturday night shenanigans for Colin's bday...

Favorite trip adventure:
Walking across Rainbow Bridge to get a better view of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. The Canadian border officer was nice as can be. Had a (Canadian) beer (Rickard's White) at the Hard Rock, walked back, and felt like a felon at the U.S. border (yes, yes...I know the law changed 2 years ago or something re: passport requirements). All I wanted to do was ask the (22 year old or so??) border officer if he was any relation to Mr. Underhill (LOTR reference) because his name was amusingly similar (not to name names).



I'm taking the red-eye outta town this weekend. Away from the sunny (well, not sunny TODAY), 65 degree weather of LA LA land to Buffalo, New York.

I have never been to the east coast in the wintertime.

This should be interesting.



Yes, I'm crazy and I took a homemade glamour shot of my cat. Sorry friends. Really I just wanted a daytime shot that made his pretty blue eyes look not-possessed from the flash (example). Someday he will have a dog buddy. Like the Milo and Otis of the westside.

On a totally unrelated note, if you ever make it to Century City and decide to eat at Gulfstream, order the smoked salmon appetizer. It's house smoked and nothing like the kind you get at the grocery store (though I like that stuff too). It's so.much.better.


venturing east.

This weekend was a completely rare moment in my life where I didn't have one single predetermined plan for the weekend going into it. This never happens! And usually when it does I fill up the weekend with so many things I need a break from my break.

But this weekend I decided to hang out locally (for my sanity and my wallet). Yesterday D and I ventured to the eastside to check out Eagle Rock Brewery in (of course) - Eagle Rock.

I had the brilliant idea that taking Olympic Blvd. would be quicker and more direct that 4 separate freeways. We were jamming along fine (this being about 3pm on a Sunday) until we hit Echo Park. Gridlock traffic, so we tried a few different streets, taking us right past the actual park that is Echo Park's namesake. We hear and see a helicopter over the park saying "This is the Los Angeles Police Department. Please leave the park for your own safety." WHAT?!!?!? Cars were turning around and going the other way due to street closures, so we turned around and finally snaked our way through sidestreets (and more detours) to our destination. Ridiculous. What was going on? I have no idea even though I checked local news sources.

The outside of Eagle Rock Brewery is completely unassuming and I actually called to make sure we were at the right place. Ting (one of the owners) laughed - I guess this call is pretty standard from patrons! We went on in and we were the only two people there so we got to sit and chat with Ting while she poured us tastings of the three brews they currently have on tap, and we sat and enjoyed glasses of our favorites ($5/pint). D was a big fan of Manifesto, and my favorite was Solidarity. Manifesto was lighter with a yeasty flavor - not to sweet and a bit lemony which was refreshing. Solidarity was a very dark brew with a low alcohol content, and was surprisingly light! I love dark beers and have been known to cap a meal with a Guiness or an oatmeal stout on occasion, but those beers are usually so heavy one is plenty. Solidarity could easily be enjoyed over appetizers watching a game, and it could hold its own at dinner. It seems like local spots are lining up to get these brews on tap so luckily I have options on the westside to get some - score.

The tour of the brewery was also just us and was so neat - as much as I go wine tasting, I've never done a beer tour. Eagle Rock Brewery didn't disappoint. One fun fact: they recycle their grain out to a dairy farmer in Ontario - an eco-brewery, how LA!

We got some great local food recommendations from Ting, I bought a pint glass and we were on our way over to Oinkster for some burgers and pastrami! Apparently this joint was just featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and ohhhh lordy...the line was out the door and around the corner! TV ruins everything. But we braved the line and a mere 45 mins-1 hour later (seriously.) we had our takeout ready to go, for the 30 minute drive (freeway this time!) back to the westside. The food was definitely yum! I tried the piggy fries (no idea what's all on these but they are tasty) and the pastrami sandwich. Both great but I barely made it through half of each - so much food! I have to admit, pastrami and fries makes me miss The Hat dearly. Chili cheese fries for life.

(Image via eaglerockbrewery.com)