The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen

dirty-dozen_clean-fifteen EWG

{photo credit: EWG 2014’s Shopper Guide to Produce – Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen}

Whenever I’m grocery shopping, I’m always debating whether to buy organic or not. Is it worth it paying the extra 20 cents sometimes extra $1 or $2/lb for that organic variety?  I finally took the time to do my homework and found an extremely helpful list published by the EWG (Environmental Working Group).  

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Foie Gras Ban Overturned

Wuhoo!  The California ban on foie gras is over.  In 2012, Foie gras was banned in California through a bill that restricted restaurants from importing and serving foie gras….I’m not a huge foie gras eater, but do occasionally like to indulge when the occasion calls for it.  However, one of my many gripes of this law was that I would never get to try Animal Restaurant‘s (located in Los Angeles) legendary Loco Moco!  This dish features seared foie gras and spam (of course!) on top of a burger patty and topped with a quail egg.  Doesn’t that just sound luxurious??  This restaurant has been on my bucket list for awhile, just never found the time to go.  Hopefully, with the California ban lifted, it means the restaurant will bring back this dish!  So that I can indulge..yum

Foie Gras Loco Moco @ Animal Restaurant

{photo credit: Grub Street-Foie Gras Loco Moco}

Because, it is a fairly controversial topic, how do you guys feel about the lift on the Foie Gras Ban?  Are there any legendary foie gras dishes you are hoping will be added back to CA restaurants?


Apple Picking at Homestead Farm

Homestead FarmIt’s true. Growing up in California, I never got to experience seasons.   Since moving to DC, it’s one of the many things I’ve come to enjoy about the West Coast. Despite the muggy Summers and the bitter cold Winters, I enjoy the change in seasons mostly because of Fall. The cool breezes, sunset colored leaves, and Fall activities make the grueling Summer and Winter weather worth it. And with Fall officially here, I was so excited to go Apple Picking this weekend! It was a beautiful (and a bit toasty) this weekend, but it was gorgeous and I did not want to wait till later into the season to go Apple Picking [Last year- we didn’t go until the end of October and most of the apples had been picked through}.

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iPhone 6 and the Confusing AT&T Plans

For Apple lovers and iPhone aficionados, plans for this weekend seemed to boil down to two options: Camping out at the Apple Store or Camping out at a Cell Phone Carrier Store (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint). It was incredible going to the mall this weekend. I saw ridiculous lines outside not only the Apple store, but the AT&T Store and the Verizon Store. Even the Sprint store posted signs outside notifying customers that they were out of stock for the iPhone 6 Plus. All in all, it was reported that Apple sold 10 Million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones this past weekend… CRAZY right??

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Mani of the Moment


Summer Mani of the Moment!

One of my favorite things this summer is Essie’s Fifth Avenue nail polish!  It’s bright and fun and the perfect pop of color for the summertime! I originally discovered this color at the nail salon.  I was headed off to a vacation in Hawaii and tried to picture…what color would look great on my toes as they wiggled in the sands of Maui.  This was it!

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