Friday, July 29, 2011

Foodie Friday: Smoothies

Summer calls for any and everything cold. Smoothies are good for breakfast in the summertime; cold, healthy, energizing and actually filling!

What you will need (for this particular smoothie):

Frozen Strawberries
Frozen Pineapple Chunks
1 Fresh Banana
Coconut Milk
Orange Juice


1. Toss all the fruit in (approximately 8 oz. of the strawberries, 4 oz. of pineapple chunks and one whole banana).

2. Pour about 8 oz. of the coconut milk and 2 oz. orange juice.

3. Blend!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Amarin Thai

I'm a big lover of thai food and Amarin Thai is the best in San Diego I've come across! I've been eating here for about three years and it really doesn't get much better. I love the location (in the heart of Hillcrest), the amount of spice is perfect (I usually get a 7 or 8), they have a wide variety of lunch specials, offer mangoes and sticky rice (my all time favorite thai dessert) and everything looks traditional from the decor to the servers wardrobe. I love the feel of coming here and I always get excited when someone picks Amarin for lunch or dinner.

Appetizer, Tofu Tod.

Gaprow and yellow curry, both delicious and full of flavor.

Location: 3843 Richmond Street San Diego, California 92103
Neighborhood: Hillcrest - just south of University Avenue

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pesto Cream Cheese

When I get on a kick, sometimes it lasts a really long time, especially when that kick is inexpensive and delicious. Lately that has been bagels. You can put all sorts of stuff on bagels!! But most recently I started mixing Tofutti cream cheese and pesto sauce then smothering the deliciousness onto a toasted bagel with some tomato and salt and pepper. Mmm Mmm!

Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY - frame for polaroids

After stumbling upon Meredith's DIY frame + 52 weeks of instax project I thought this would be an excellent idea for one of Jon's birthday gifts. I had a lot of fun making it, with the help of a friend, and very happy with the turnout!

What you will need:

wood frame, wire or some sort of string, frame hanging eyelets, mini or regular size clothespins, ruler or measuring tape, pencil and possibly a hammer.

I originally wanted to buy a frame, sand it a bit and paint it orange, but I came across this lovely, already rustic-esque blue frame that works well with the colors in our living room.

You'll want to measure and mark the distance between eyelets to match on each side so the string or wire will hang straight. This is where a hammer came in handy, lightly hammer the eyelet in where you marked until you can grasp it and twist them tightly in.

Now feed your string between eyelets, tying tight knots!

You can clip the string to not show or leave it long, whatever your preference. If you use wire, twist the wire to make sure it isn't poking out.

Lastly, hang the frame and clip all your photos on with clothespins.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jon's 28th Birthday Festivities

Friday was Jon's birthday and although the day was filled with old man jokes (he's only 28), we had a lovely day celebrating his existence in Long Beach, LA and stuck in traffic, ha!

First we started the day off with coffee and cherries for the drive up to Long Beach.

Birthday cut for the birthday boy.

We picked up his friend + girlfriend and headed to Holé Molé for lunch.

From there we shoved off to Los Angeles for two art shows and a bit of window shopping.

If you're in LA during the remainder of July, be sure to check out Gallery 1988 to see Crazy 4 Cult 5, where 100 artists aim their art at classic cult films.

Oh, and ice cream! ...which was a bad idea in this heat.

Poor Jon dropped his phone and this subsequently happened.

Jon chose Veggie Grill for dinner, which was no surprise.

Yesterday Jon continued his birthday weekend at Comic-Con!

We also visited The Flaming C fan-art gallery. Congrats to the ever-amazing Rachele who had her print up at the gallery. If you live in San Diego and want to check it out, the gallery is still open until 5 o'clock tonight.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

link love v.11

Ridiculously awesome US cutting/cheese boards by A. Heirloom. I will take one of Utah, please.

These talking twin babies having a conversation is too adorable.

DIY frame + 52 weeks of instax! I made something similar for Jon's birthday... post coming soon!

The process of head shrinking, crazy!

Jenna Marbles makes me laugh and The Biggest Blogger video is too good not to share.

Whoa, this slow roasted tomato and jalapeño ketchup with roasted potatoes sounds fantastic!

Interesting You Are What You Eat series of portraits made by examining the interiors of refrigerators in homes across the United States.

Want to view your instagram photos and friends online? and Inkstagram now allows you to!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Foodie Friday: Trader Joe's Yellow Curry

I'm not a curry fan, but Evergreen made me a true believer once upon a time so Jon and I like to make a similar yellow curry with potatoes and carrots when I'm missing home...

Evergreen curry vs. Trader Joe's curry

What you will need:

6-8 small yellow potatoes
3 whole carrots
1 bottle thai yellow curry sauce
1/2 can light coconut milk
brown or white rice


1. Cut potatoes and slice carrots into bite size pieces and boil them together in a pot.

2. Once tender, drain all the water and transfer to a large skillet.

3. Pour entire bottle of yellow curry sauce over the potatoes and carrots.

4. Pour only half the can of light coconut milk over the mix and simmer on medium heat. Cover.

5. Everything should take about 10 minutes to cook thoroughly, just be sure to stir frequently.

6. While simmering, this would be a perfect time to cook your rice. We used Trader Joe's microwave rice pouches, they take three minutes and cook perfectly.

7. Plate your rice and pour curry mix over the top, enjoy!

more Trader Joe's posts here.