Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween... with the Bluths

On Friday night, we had our awesome Halloween party... that we've been planning for one whole week.

Among the visitors were: 

1) An escaped convict and his... girlfriend. 

2) Steve Jobs and Siri. 

3) A lazy person.

4) And... the Bluths. 

The night before our party, Zach and I finally decided we were going to be Lucille Bluth and her grandson George Michael (from Arrested Development.) I wore Lucille's typical outfit (complete with martini, finger quotes, wrinkles, tazer and a wink) and Zach wore George Michael's short sleeved button up and banana stand apron (with a "Mr. Manager" name tag.)

See the resemblance? No? Well, it's close enough.


What were you for Halloween?


It's official, today my blog (Urban Lace, in case you don't know which blog I'm talking about) reached 5,000 views!

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I know it's probably just because my mom logs in every hour to check for new posts. But, even if that's the case, I don't care. It would take me a long time time to count to 5,000 (partially because I would get bored and sidetracked). So, it's a number I'm proud of. 

Thanks for all your support, readers!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Decor

With Halloween being only being only 2 days away, our house is now festively dressed...

With a larger than life spider web.

Bats flying across the wall.

And a spooky mummy pumpkin.

In other news, our last-minute Halloween party was a success! Pictures to come.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy

So... there's a huge pile of clean laundry on my couch, just waiting to be folded. And, for the past 2 hours I've pretended it doesn't exist. Why?

I've been looking at puppies on the internet instead. 

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Zach and I keep talking about getting a puppy... and I'm starting to feel ready. But, we can't decide on what breed we want. Right now, I want an American Eskimo...

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or a Cairn Terrier (this is my cousin's little guy)...

or a French Bulldog...

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Zach wants a wolf. 

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I can already tell this is going to be a hard decision. We can't get anything too girly, and it can't bark, and it has to like small apartments. Oh, and it has to be a cute dog... not just a cute puppy. Suggestions, anyone?

Then again, the West Los Angeles Animal Care and Control center just posted this little guy. He's 2 months old, part Beagle, part Manchester Terrier.

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Now, I just need to convince Zach...

Monday, October 24, 2011

No Scaring Allowed

Out of all the holidays, Halloween is probably my least favorite.

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I'm an anxious wreak already, so I don't play well with scary things. One year I even boycotted Halloween... Instead of going to a party with my friends, I sat on my couch and watched re-runs of Full House (followed by a bedtime of 10pm.) Oh yeah.

Since then, my views have changed. Now I'm much more open to the idea of "Halloween..." mostly because it's another excuse to see my friends.

So, at the end of last week, Zach and I decided to throw a last-minute Halloween party. I'll be decorating the apartment and my friend Angi is making (in her words) "red wine choc cake with marscapone topping" (score!) I'm getting excited!

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And, for the record, there will be no scaring allowed.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Our Favorite LA Restaurants: Part 1

Zach and I love a good plate of food.

And, now that we live in Hollywood, we have easy access to some of the best food in Southern California.

We're not technically foodies, but if you're ever in the LA area and need a place to eat: here are a few of our humble suggestions.

1. Susan Feniger's Street in West Hollywood.

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This is definitely one of the most creative restaurants I've ever been to. All the food is based on street food from around the world... just more sophisticated. Everything's served tapas-style, so in one meal you can have Mandoo Vegetable Dumplings, Burmese Melon Salad, and Thai Rice Noodles. Yums!

2. Shaky Alibi in West Hollywood.

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We literally eat here once a week. Think you've had good waffles before? Then, you've never had these. These waffles blow all other waffles out of the water.

Zach's go-to order? Savory waffle sandwich (with Turkey and Swiss) and extra Cholula sauce.

My fav? Sweet waffles (sans syrup) with dark chocolate spread and bananas.

3. The Village Idiot on Melrose.

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If you're in the mood for fabulous gastropub cuisine, this is your place. From pot pies to burgers to grilled chicken, the food here is crazy good. It's always crowded though (ignore the picture above) - so make sure you're ready to wait for a table. It'll be worth it, I promise.

4. Viet Noodle Bar in Atwater Village.

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If you like Vietnamese food, you will LOVE this place.

That's all.

5. Lemonade in lots of different places.

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Lemonade now has locations throughout the Los Angeles area. So, I'm never really far from one. This is good - because I never know when I'll get a craving for a "cauliflower, almond, golden raisin, and curry" salad, or a "turkey, dried cranberry, gruyere" pot roast, or a cucumber-mint lemonade. (Yep. It's always a party in your mouth.)

More to come...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Soupy Soup


Los Angeles is FINALLY cooling down. And, The Weather Channel says it's supposed to stay cool... at least for the next 10 days (and the people rejoiced!)

Cooler weather is a godsend - I'll finally have the energy (and temperament) to start cooking again. Um, who wants to make a hot meal in a hot oven on a hot day? Not I.

And, cooler weather means I can start making my favorite cool weather meal: soup.

This fall, I already have plans to test-drive some new recipes from my favorite foodie blogs. 

Smitten Kitchen's Roasted Red Pepper Soup:

Annie's Eat's Cauliflower Soup:

Brown Eyed Baker's Butternut Squash Soup:

And I'll probably be making my go-to, all time favorite a few times.

Real Simple's Smoky Corn Chowder

Don't these pictures make you want to curl up in a cozy chair next to the fire with a good book and a warm, delicious bowl of soupy soup? Yum. 

That's all for now, friends. Have a souper day! (Sorry. I had to.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ms. Spade

Last week someone asked me about my favorite designer. 

I'd never thought about that question before. Do I even have a favorite designer? 

After stuttering for a while, I finally answered... "Kate Spade. She's classic, but fun."

Ah. So apparently Kate Spade is my favorite designer. And, I think that's a pretty darn good choice.

See more at Ms. Spade's website.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Dress Code

I'm on the hunt for the best Halloween costume.  I need something easy, but awesome.

Here are the ideas so far:

1) It's raining cats and dogs. (Yes, I did steal this idea from a child.)

2) A bee keeper (in honor of my love of honey.)

3) A swamp person (yea)...


Not the best options so far.

I've been pretty proud of my costumes in the past. In college I was a ninja turtle (I'm the one in red.)

When we first started dating, Zach and I were tourists...

...and won second place in a costume contest!

Last year, Zach was Josh Groban (his costume was a suit jacket and jeans) and I was a crazed fan. We didn't get an pictures, but the resemblance is uncanny, right? 

Sigh. I'm at a loss. Ideas anyone?!?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Autumn in Oak Glen

One of the things I miss most about Portland is... autumn. 
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When October hits in the Northwest, it really feels like fall: the mornings are foggy and crisp, people start wearing their sweaters and boots, the leaves change colors, and pumpkin patches crop up everywhere.

It doesn't really work that way in LA. In fact, this week it was 100 degrees on multiple days. (Ugh.)

So, since autumn has failed to show itself in this city, Zach and I decided that we were going to find it for ourselves. And this weekend, we made the 1.5 hour drive to Oak Glen - a little town in the mountains that's popular for it's cooler temperatures, apple orchards and autumn celebrations. 

We might have picked the wrong weekend. 

Remember how I mentioned that LA was a complete furnace this week? That still made Oak Glen a spicy 85*. Nonetheless, we managed to have fun and "experience" fall - despite the heat.

We stopped at Snow Line Orchard to see the multiple varieties of apples they sold... and to experience their "famous" mini apple donuts and apple cider (sugar overload!)

Tasty little guys.   

Then we headed to Los Rios Rancho - where we toured the pumpkin patch and corn maze. 

(Seriously? I married a model.)

 One of my favorite parts: watching cider being made.

 Hubs wasn't feeling that well, so we spent part of the afternoon in a little park napping under these amazing trees.

 We didn't want to drive all the way back to Los Angeles in the evening, so we booked a night's stay at the Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley (I'd found it on the internet.) It turned out to be a random little campground (?) with cabins and tennis courts and lavender fields...

Zach was feeling really sick at this point, so we didn't get a lot of time to explore the grounds. But, I did sneak away to get a few pics...

Even though we didn't necessarily get to experience "autumn" weather, I still feel like we had a nice break. Today, we're completely relaxed (Zach's feeling a lot better, for the record) and ready for a new week!

Happy (almost) Monday!
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