Brussels Sprouts… Yum!

Brussels Sprouts for Dinner

One of my favorite veggies to have with dinner is Brussels Sprouts. Many people think they hate them, but so far I haven’t met a man who didn’t love mine! I love to make them with over easy eggs as a simple and healthy meal. Here’s the recipe:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels Sprouts
Portobella Mushrooms
Olive Oil
Garlic Powder


1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Cut the bottom end off of each sprout, and halve or quarter them (depending on how large they are).
3. Slice the mushrooms.
4. Combine in a bowl the Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, olive oil (enough to get a coating on the veggies but not drown them), salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Toss the ingredients to coat the veggies evenly with the olive oil and spices.
5. Lay the contents of the bowl in a shallow roasting pan, spreading evenly. Put in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until soft and slightly browned at the edges, tossing every 10 minutes or so.


Marrakech, Morocco — Hot Air Balloon Adventure!

Marrakech, Morocco -- Hot Air Balloon Adventure!

My guy and I are planning a trip in March to Barcelona, Rome, Marrakech, and Paris. I can’t wait! My favorite thing we have planned in Marrakech is a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the desert — a lifelong dream of mine.

Anyone have other tips to share for those cities?

Karpoúzi Salad

Karpoúzi (or καρπούζι) means watermelon in Greek, and this one of my favorite recipes for that delicious fruit. It showcases the classic Greek combo of watermelon + feta, a delicious juxtaposition of sweet and tangy flavors.

This salad is easy, sweet, and delicious. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or weekend barbeque.


1 mini, seedless watermelon
1 bunch fresh mint
4 heirloom tomatoes
1 six-ounce container crumbled feta
1 six-ounce container crumbled goat cheese

1. cube the watermelon and tomatoes
2. pull mint leaves from their sprigs
3. combine all ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle with honey
4. toss to mix all ingredients
5. garnish with a sprig of mint

This can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a day. To keep it even fresher, wait to add the mint and honey till you’re ready to serve.


Stanford Beats USC. Whaaa?!?

Yesterday we went to the Stanford vs. USC football game at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto. We’re partial season ticket holders, so we go to many of the home games, but had considered selling our tickets and shielding our eyes from the whooping that USC was undoubtedly preparing to unleash on the Cardinal.

Boy, were we glad we didn’t! Stanford’s cerebral strategizing overcame USC’s athleticism, and we won! It was an incredible game (albeit quite painful for USC fans, who’ve been begging quarterback Matt Barkley for a win against Stanford for 3 years now).

Afterward, Stanford fans rushed the field! It was my first time witnessing this, and it was AWESOME.


Exploring The Bay: North Beach, SF

Being a new Bay Area resident, I always love to explore different areas and restaurants. Santa Barbara (where I grew up) is a much smaller city, so exploring San Francisco and all there is to do in this area is lots of fun!

Today a coworker and I walked from our office on the cusp of the Financial District up Vallejo Street and over into North Beach. What a charming neighborhood! There are lots of authentic Italian restaurants, coffee shops (like the famous, 50-year-old Caffe Trieste) and cute boutiques. We went to Nico’s Tacos for their Taco Tuesday deal and got 6 chicken, steak, and pork tacos which were delicious for only 5 bucks! We also had their shrimp & peach salad special, which was a unique and fresh side to our meaty tacos.

Perhaps the best part: the view from the top! Here’s a shot looking from the top of Vallejo back towards the Bay.

Beautiful! Gosh, I love this city.

Pantone’s Spring Fashion Color Report

Pantone just released their 2012 Spring Fashion Color Report and I’m loving it. The report includes sketches by top fashion designers which incorporate the colors. They’re beautiful! Here are a few of my favorites:

Pantone Spring Fashion Color Report 2012

Apparently I’m feelin’ the mint and blue hues right now! Click here to check out the rest of the designs and read more about the designers.

How are you incorporating new colors into your wardrobe or home design?