Road Trip: Cambria to Los Angeles

When in Cambria, take a walk along the coastline...

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...visit Nitt Witt Ridge...

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...and the Elephant Seals.

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Also, be sure to grab a slice of Olallieberry Pie from Linn's - where they have a gluten-free version that is really impressive! I ate mine live on Instagram and couldn't quite pinpoint what an olallieberry tastes like - but it's a hybrid of a blackberry and raspberry.

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Our B&B hosts told us about this town nearby called Harmony, where the population is 18 and once had a cat mayor. You can watch the video I made there on my YouTube channel or at the bottom of this post.

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On our drive back to LA we stopped at Mission Street Ice Cream in Santa Barbara. I cannot stop thinking about this peanut butter frozen yogurt, which was so reasonably priced for the size and addictively delicious.

Mission Street Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Santa Barbara, CA

Mission Street Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Santa Barbara, CA

Christmas 2017

Yesterday was my birthday and it was perfect.

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Whenever we're in LA on X-mas Eve, Abe and I like to drive to places that we usually avoid because of traffic and crowds. I've been wanting to visit Malibu Farm Cafe for a while, which is located at the end of the pier. Yesterday we got delicious matching vegan salads and enjoyed the view.

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Abe surprised me with some treats from Rising Hearts Bakery, which is entirely gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. A yummy cookie sandwich (above) and some gingerbread cookie dough that we studded with vegan/gluten-free chocolate chips and baked off this morning for a potluck party tonight.

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We've also been going to the theater a lot with our Movie Pass - Call Me By Your Name and Downsizing were both wonderful.

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Our Hawaii trip was our gift to one another, but Abe still got me something to open up - this old skool (but newly released) Polaroid camera. I plan on documenting 2018 highlights and framing it all at the end of the year.

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Happy Holidays!

Recipe: Rye Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friends Roxana Jullapat and Daniel Mattern have opened up Friends and Family in Thai Town! They're open for breakfast/lunch (dinner soon) - it's the perfect place to grab coffee/pastry and work, or meet friends. (And family, if you'd like.)

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I met up with my buddy Nastassia Johnson - nothing gluten-free for me but I did buy a Rye Chocolate Chip Cookie for Abe. He loved it so much, I got the recipe for you. It would be the perfect thing to bring for any holiday potluck.

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Rye Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Yield: 20 Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Roxana Jullapat

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 3 cups whole-grain rye flour (we favor Grist & Toll Rye Flour)

  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In the stand up mixer set with the paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugars for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the baking soda, and salt, and cream for another minute. Add the eggs one by one, and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined. Add the flour and mix until a dough forms. Add the chocolate chips and just mix to combine. Using a cookie scooper, portion out the dough into 20 balls. You could also portion them using a regular spoon and rolling them into balls by hand. Transfer the cookies to a tray, cover with plastic film and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to two days.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375º F. Set two oven racks to the middle positions of the oven. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

  3. Remove the cookies from the refrigerator and transfer to the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.

  4. Put the cookie sheets in the oven, and set a kitchen timer for 7 minutes. Then turn the cookie sheets, and bake for another 7 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are brown but the center is still a little gooey. Remove sheets from the oven. Let the cookies cool completely or enjoy while they are still warm.

Notes

The cookie dough freezes very well and you could prepare the dough and freeze up the shaped cookies up to 2 weeks in advance if you wished; after that the dough can acquire an off freezer flavor.

Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies

We're having our first sleepover in decades with my cousin Finny! Which means I need to make him a fun snack. We've got a lot of freeze dried fruit and oatmeal in the house, so I decide to do a spin on regular Raisin Oatmeal Cookies and make some Strawberry Oatmeal ones instead.

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