Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Need plans for this weekend?? Look no further, I just got the scoop on the best place to be if you're looking to fill your belly with insanely good food! Check out all the info below! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Start Your Easter Egg Hunt at Panera

Start your Easter egg hunt early at Panera Bread with the festive Easter Egg Cookie. It’s a yummy shortbread treat caked with yellow icing, decorated with white string icing and topped with pastel colored chocolate candies.

This cookie will be available every day until Easter, April 20. Perfect for Easter Sunday, work, school, church celebrations…or just because. 

A special thanks to Panera for providing these stunning images and giving me the chance to try out these adorable cookies for myself. 

Be sure to call your local Panera cafe ahead of time as these treats are selling out faster than Peter Cottontail on the Bunny Trail! ;-)

Photos for this piece were provided by Panera Bread. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Transform Your Tofu: Caprese Appetizers

Since working with Nasoya, I have had the chance to tackle tofu far more often than I would have imagined. However, there are only so many stir-frys a gal can make. That's why I decided to think outside the "block" and find a fun new way to serve our soy-filled friend!

Tofu Caprese

1 block of Nasoya firm tofu
fresh cherry tomatoes
fresh basil
Italian Dressing

Using a melon-baller, scoop out balls of tofu from the block.

Place in a small storage container and cover with Italian dressing. Let marinate for at least one hour.

Skewer together the basil, tomatoes and tofu on toothpicks. Arrange and serve!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Do You Need a Granita?

This afternoon I had the chance to beat the heat and try the new Tea Granitas at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The two new flavors, Pear Berry and Passion Fruit are blended concoctions of tea, fruit puree and ice. Absolutely refreshing! My personal favorite is the Passion Fruit :-)

Right now, CBTL is running a social media promotion where if come up with your "rhyme-ita" and tag #iNeedaGranita then you're entered for a chance to meet Grammy award winning artist, Zedd.

I got in on the fun with this post below

Read on to learn how you can get in on the Instagram fun! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

LA Invite: Easter at Napa Valley Grille!


Executive Chef Taylor Boudreaux offers endless market-fresh selections including a Seafood display, Omelet Station, and Prime Rib carving station for Easter Brunch alongside new rustic Spring menus for Lunch, Dinner, and Weekend Brunch this April

WHAT:              On Sunday, April 20 from 11 am – 3 pm, Westwood’s Napa Valley Grille invites families to celebrate the holiday with a bountiful Easter brunch buffet ($45/Adult; $12/Child*) spread of rustic, wine country-inspired cuisine. Executive Chef Taylor Boudreaux will offer a selection of farm-fresh dishes alongside aSeafood Display of Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail, and House Cured Salmon; an Omelet Station; and Prime Rib carving station. Guests can top off brunch withBottomless Mimosas (additional $15/person) to pair with seasonal brunch offerings including:

§  Israeli Couscous Salad with dried apricots, fresh herbs, citrus zest, almonds, and olive oil
§  Lamb Merguez Sausage with poached eggs and white bean cassoulet
§  Brioche French Toast with cherry compote and vanilla-brandy syrup
§  Marinated Grilled Natural Salmon with roasted corn salsa
§  Housemade Seasonal Agnolotti Pasta
§  Espresso Tiramisu
§  Apple Crumble Tart

Additionally, this April, Napa Valley Grille and Executive Chef Boudreaux introduce new Spring dishes with ingredients such as Kefir Lime Vinaigrette over Thai Steak SaladPancetta Lardons atop Grilled Asparagus and Sous Vide Poached Egg; Soy Glazed Shitake Mushroom and Orange Miso with Morrow Bay Black Cod; and Lamb Merguez Sausage with Braised Rabbit.

To add, pair dishes with the new Springtime Liquid Therapy cocktails made with infused liquors and market-fresh ingredients. The seasonal selection include:

§  Arnold Pama with Tea-infused Tito’s Vodka, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Freshly Brewed Iced Tea, Lemonade, and Pomegranate Juice
§  Bing Cherry Lemonade made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Grilled Bing Cherry Puree, Lemonade, and Fresh Bing Cherry
§  Island Hopper with Hendricks Gin, Honeydew Puree, Lemon, and Soda
§  Lemonberry No-Jito (alcohol-free) with Flor de Cana, Strawberries, Lemon, Mint, and Soda

WHEN:             The Easter brunch buffet will be available on Sunday, April 20 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
                        Napa Valley Grille’s new Spring menu is available beginning in April

COST:              *Adults are $45/person++ and children under 12 years of age are $12/person++
                        Bottomless Mimosas are an additional $15/person
                        Prices for the new Spring menu range from $4 - $39

WHERE:           Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Ave.                                                       
Los Angeles, CA 90024                                    
Reservations can be made by calling 310.824.3322

Napa Valley Grille is located in Los Angeles’s Westwood Village neighborhood. It is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and for dinner Monday throughThursday from 5:30-9.30 p.m.; Friday from 5-11 p.m.Saturday from 5-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 5-9 p.m. Happy Hour at the bar and patio is available from Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and Reverse Happy Hour from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday Happy Hour is available from 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Valet parking and street parking are available. Reservations can be made by calling 310.824.3322. For more information on the restaurant, as well as special dinners and events, please, find the restaurant on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.