Home sweet home

Home is where the heart is, but my heart is in 2 places.  As much as I love SF because it’s the place that I met my future hubbie to be, part of me will always think of LA as home since that’s where my ‘rents are.  This weekend I took a quick trip back to LA and was reminded of all the things that I love about being “at home.”

Fresh homemade soymilk every morning with a side of the Los Angeles Times

My mom’s flower garden…

Our family magnet collection on the fridge.  I recently added the Eskimo magnet in honor of our Alaska trip.  🙂

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Winner winner tofu dinner

Do you ever get home from work and think “ugh, now I have to cook dinner?!”  Well here’s another winning easy, quick, and tasty weeknight recipe.  I usually hate bottled teriyaki marinades, but Soy Vay’s Veri Veri Teriyaki’s a good one (with bits of garlic and sesame).  Tofu your heart out!

Teriyaki Tofu Steaks

  • Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Marinade
  • 1 block of Firm Tofu
  • ~ ½ lb of ground up turkey (or chicken or beef)
  • Oil for cooking
  • 1 green onion or sliver of red bell pepper for garnish (optional)
  • Cooked rice or chopped cabbage/lettuce (optional)
  1. Slice tofu block into steaks (see picture).  Warm up 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in skillet until hot and gently place steaks on it.  Tofu should be slightly brown before flipping over to the other side.  Brown other side of tofu steaks as well.  While you wait for this to happen, start Step 2.
  2. In another skillet or sauté pan, warm up ½ tablespoon of oil until hot.  Add ground meat and sauté until meat is cooked through.  Add Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce until meat is covered.  Can add to taste.
  3. Now it’s time to plate.  If desired, either plate rice OR cabbage/ lettuce at the base.  Top with browned tofu steaks and top with the teriyaki meat.  Garnish with green onions and red bell pepper.  Time to chow down!

You’re either a polka dot girl or you’re not

I’m the former.  In elementary school, I had a polka dot navy blue and white Gap skort that I still dream about.  Good thing polkas are “in” again.  Double yeah!  I was at the Gap this weekend and stumbled across this button down.  Looks fab with my other pieces:  J Crew cardigan | Madewell white pants.  Bottom: Madewell bright green cords.

Uniqlo pops up on the West Coast

Uniqlo’s going bi-coastal come Fall.  In addition to their NYC stores, they’re expanding West to SF.  I’m very excited that I’ll have another source for basics!  As a teaser to the public, they just opened a pop up shop on 117 Post off Union Square.  They have a very limited assortment, but I’d recommend going just for the photo booth!  You can pose in front of it for a custom Uniqlo postcard. 🙂

You can NEVER have too many stripes

I’m pretty sure I wore an outfit similar to this in 1992..except instead of red skinnies, I had on baggy red jeans (Kris Kross style).  It’s funny how fashion always comes full circle.  One pattern that never goes out of style is stripes.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE stripes.  I am a firm believer that every stripe is created differently, so that’s why half my closet is some variation of a stripe.  Check out the stripe on stripe action below.  Kate Spade canvas cross-body is to die for!

Deets: Gap striped long-sleeve shirt | Madewell- Blank NYC red jeans | Kate Spade cross-body striped canvas bag

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Diane Nyad, You go girl

I don’t know if you’ve been following the Diane Nyad story, but I’ve been hooked.  In case you’ve been living underneath a rock…Diane is a 63 year old endurance swimmer who’s attempting (for the 4th time) a swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.  In an unfortunate twist today, she had to stop her 4th go at it because she kept getting stung multiple times by jelly fish.  Despite this, I still think she’s truly inspirational.  We live in a culture that rewards winning, but in this case, it’s the fight (and not the win) that’s admirable.  For her spirit, her courage, her drive….for all of this, I say “you go, girl.”  Kind of reminds me of this street artist that I see in my hood on occasion.  I can’t say that I’ve never seen him sell a painting…and quite frankly, his art is not really my thing…but he’s out there, every Tuesday joyfully showing his work to the world.  He does it because he believes in it.  For me, that’s what blogging is.  Not sure if it’ll ever amount to anything, but it’s my ‘swim,’ my ‘street art,’ my creative outlet.  Sure, I get made fun of by some of my friends and family who think it’s a total waste of time…I mean, even the taxi drivers in SF have food blogs (no joke!).  But I trudge on and just type away. One clickety clank at a time.

Hello, Goodbye TOM’s

The first time I laid eyes on Tom’s Shoes, I thought they were butt (as in butt ugly).  I was totally into the cause, but thought they looked like ninja shoes.  Eventually they grew on me because I tried them on and they were oh so comfy- the perfect lightweight commuter shoe that fit in my duffle bag.  Also great for shopping as you can easily slip ‘em on and off.  You know you’re getting older when you start making decisions based on practicality 🙂 vs. anything else.

Anyway, these are my old classic Tom’s shoes that have been beaten up, spilled on, stuffed in bags, and stepped on.  I had to retire them this weekend because they were beyond gross.  I’m going to miss the lil’ animal shapes on the inside.  RIP.

To fill their ‘shoes,’ I upgraded to the University Rope Sole style.  I’m not sure if Tom’s is only a West Coast thing, but I kinda don’t care.  New Yorkers- Are you rolling your eyes at the sight of these hippie shoes?

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City through the eyes of a tourist

Sometimes it takes seeing your city (and surrounding areas) through the eyes of a tourist to make you appreciate what you have.  So was the case this weekend when my future FIL (father in law) came to visit us in SF. Here’s a glance at a few spots that we hit up this weekend.

Up close and personal with the Golden Gate Bridge.  Foggy- so typical!

Outlook near the bunkers on the way to the Point Bonita Lighthouse.  Really safe 🙂

Point Bonita Lighthouse…very windy and Cape Cod-esque.

 

3 Random Tips for Jars, Stains, and Fruit

I’m no Susie Homemaker, but I get by around the house!  🙂 Anyway, here are 3 random tips that I picked up along the way.

1.  Rubber dish gloves for stubborn jars…creates more friction.  I also hear if you run the jar under warm water, that loosens it.

 

2.  Dish washing liquid for greasy stains.  I’m sure you’ve had those oh crap, WTF moments where you stain your favorite blouse (see me below).  No need to run out and get a special something something for it….just use something you already have at home- dish washing liquid.  It’s supposed to get rid of grease on plates, so why not on clothes and fabric couches?

 

3.  Wait to wash fruit until just before eating it.  Fruits have a natural coating that keeps moisture inside, and washing will make them go bad faster.  I’ve made that mistake one too many times!

 

If you want more clever tips and tricks with everyday household items, check out this BuzzFeed post “19 food tips you need to know.” You’ll never look at CD holders and hot dogs the same way again!