One of the things I will always remain the most thankful for is my family. My mom, dad and my little sister Casey. Throughout my relationship with Safi, he and Harlowe have become my own little family, too; and I couldn't be more thankful for them as well.
Our apartment kitchen is super small and has very little prep room, so for someone who loves to cook and entertain - its so nice to go home where we have the most amazing kitchen and all of the ingredients I could possibly need.
Thanksgiving is particularly fun and special, because it provides 4-5 uninterrupted days with my family for us to cook together, drink together, make my dad's famous Eggnog recipe (and drink it after its finished of course), open some nice bottles of wine, relax in the spa and take Harlowe on her favorite neighborhood walks. And of course, go wine tasting!
Below are some fun food-focused posts from our Thanksgiving time together. Check them out! What are your families' holiday traditions?
Hi my name is Kylie and I'm addicted to Baker Street Bistro eggs benedict. We have eaten at this place a few times now and I must say their brunch is absolutely amazing. The french-inspired restaurant is always incredible, and I cannot say I won't be posting another benedict in a future post.
This time, I switched it up a bit and I ordered Benedict de Baker Street Bistro which features ratatouille (or a mixture of vegetables) in place of the Canadian bacon on an English muffin.
Today, December 9th is mine and my boyfriend's seven year anniversary. It is crazy to think about all of the things we have been through together as a couple. When we first started dating I was still a teenager! This weekend to celebrate we are heading to Sonoma for a beautiful weekend amongst the vineyards, in our sweet B&B with a fireplace room and champagne upon arrival.
Tonight however, we kept things much more low-key and went to a local thai restaurant down the street. See our meal below!
My girlfriend Erin and I have a weekly date on Saturday mornings. We go on walks around our neighborhoods (Pacific Heights and the Marina) or walk to and on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Today, we walked and shopped rather than hiking around the city, and afterwards before my nail appointment we stopped at La Boulange de Polk for some fresh orange juice, smoked salmon open-faced sandwich, and pommes frites with aioli. Um, yum.
I'm very lucky that one of the first girls I met through my college (unpaid) internship and I remained friends.
I'll tell you a story, which is funny now. I was working away on the computer putting in time at my internship, and in walks this tall, gorgeous, skinny, tan blonde. I instantly thought a few things: "Who in the hell are you and where did you come from? The pages of a Free People ad?" "Why are you taller and skinnier than me?" "Could we ever be friends?" That last question I pretty much answered instantly, "no."
Funny thing about this - is I couldn't have been more wrong (about us being friends). She is now one of my closest friends and we get together all the time in SF now. Go us. Bashing stereotypes in the dust. #progression
We recently had a little date night at her boyfriends' place - see our delicious vegetarian meal below!
To note, her boyfriend's place and my apartment are blocks apart, and in between is this cute little market called the Marina Market. We met there and bought all our goodies then headed home to cook them on the BBQ. Which...we could not figure out how to use. We can't be good at everything.
As I've mentioned in the past, my boyfriend is Muslim and therefore doesn't eat pork. You heard me right. No pork!
No pepperoni pizza? No sausages at diners? Come again? I know. But we find a way to make this work for us (considering that I do eat pork, and enjoy it!)
I recently went to a happy hour with a girlfriend at an adorable wine bar called Ottimista in the Marina down the street from me. We ordered meatballs as a shared plate to split - something I typically never order when I go out to eat. I was shocked by how delicious this meatball was and inspired to make my own at home.
See my step by step on how to make delicious homemade meatballs for a perfect appetizer or dinner item!
These act as your base for the meatballs. To note, I only used half of each of these (probably a bit more beef as the turkey tends to dry out quicker than the beef).
After the meatballs are fully cooked, I then take the remaining sauce, put it on the stove in a pan until hot, place the meatballs in for a few minutes and then place in a bowl with sauce, freshly grated parmesan and a freshly cooked slice of bread (or two!). Then, enjoy!
Every Friday is date-night with me and boyfriend. We've been keeping track of all of the places we've gone to and give our best effort to go somewhere new every Friday. I'll get better about posting our nights out and our great dinners!
Because my boyfriend is heading to Vegas tonight (lucky) we made Wednesday our date-night this week and tried a fabulous restaurant that we've seen in passing many times but have never eaten at. It's a little French-bistro named Castagna. It's incredibly quaint inside - we were crammed between two tables but the experience was authentic and the food was typical French, which I love.
What made the night even a bit more fun was that a group of French tourists sat next to us and were speaking in native-tongue with the owner (our server) the entire time. It was fabulous!
I ordered two appetizers for my main meal in an effort to be a bit healthier (as I have a Vegas trip coming up too - gotta go light on the pasta and 1 billion jillion calories - unfortunately). See them below and definitely try this place out sometime!
Hi, My name is Kylie and I'm an ice cream addict.
I kid you not - if there is one thing I would devour everyday morning noon and night it'd be ice cream. I cannot get enough of it. I won't elaborate for fear of sounding like a monster - but I love ice cream. That's it.
My boyfriend and I found this little spot accidentally walking down Chestnut St. and I about died. Not only was the staff friendly, the owner serves up house made sorbet and ice cream - along with fresh baked cookies, and minipies. You can choose between any of their fresh of the day flavors and cookies and toppings - and get your 'scream in a cone, a cup, or in between a COOKIE. I mean, what?! The owner now knows me, and knows that decision-making is not something I'm particularly great at, meaning I must taste at least 5 different flavors before my taste buds are satisfied enough to choose which flavor(s) to put on that damn sugar cone.
After this date night in particular - I chose two scoops. #Vegas #sheddingforthetrip. Fail, I think not. I chose Banana and Chocolate while my boyfriend true to form chose Cookies & Cream (his favorite, Peanut Butter & Jelly was not featured this Wednesday).
See friendly greeting sign (which I wholeheartedly agree with) and our scoops below!
This salad is SO delicious it's almost not even funny. Eating lettuce every day can get really, really boring - let's be honest. Sometimes, the cheapest ingredients can make for the most delicious and filling salads out there.
This salad features green bell pepper, tomatoes, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, black olives, and cooked salmon. I made a mustard vinaigrette to go with it and it was so amazing. Give it a try!
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups soda water
a few sprigs of basil, one tendril of rosemary
stir, pour over ice and enjoy!
And when I say bartender, what I really mean is - well, me :)
This might be the easiest recipe ever. I made this recipe for my family while in Maui, but it is easy and simple as can be to make anywhere at any time!