the best job…

IMG_3837Last month I got to work at two weddings in the Bay Area with the best caterers. My main job once dinner rolled around was serving tables, but before that time, I was asked to photograph appetizers and as many other dishes as possible. I felt super honored to be asked to do that, and prayed for good lighting and good photos :) In the end, I was pleased and Gemma & Murray were pleased, plus I had a ton of fun.

P.S. Those Mango Panna Cottas pictured above? Sometimes I dream about them. Continue reading

the ideas i have while working out

IMG_1571In general, I listen to music while I work out. That facilitates one of two things: attempting to sing along while doing sprinter starts or counting reps/seconds. Clearly listening to music is a good idea, because the alternative is silence and that facilitates thinking.

I think about all sorts of things. This morning, I thought about dessert. I thought about how my brother has been after me to make some cinnamon swirl bread. I thought about how I think cinnamon swirl bread is rather dull.

Next, I thought about how I could make a better version of cinnamon swirl bread. Continue reading

twosday | sweet treats

Twentieth Street

I’ve been following along with Stephanie Court’s photography project, Twosday, for a while now. Now that I’ve finally jumped in, I hope to participate more in future weeks!

Visit Stephanie’s blog to read the simple guidelines and themes, grab your camera, and link-up! :)


P.S. These photos are from this recent ice cream post on my food blog.

cheese board pizza | berkeley, ca

IMG_4354Cheese Board Pizza. I loved the concept first before I ever even tasted the pizza. Tuesday through Saturday, the folks at Cheese Board serve up a different kind of pizza each day. You have no choice, which makes ordering really easy. You either want a whole pizza ($20), a half pizza ($10), or a slice of pizza ($2.50). It’s always meatless, with fresh ingredients and cheese. You can view the current menu at the start of each week to decide which day to go, or just go and be surprised. Continue reading

eat | austin, tx

IMG_3600We did not go hungry in Austin, nor were we even slightly disappointed by any of our meals. Everything we ate made me want to further explore the food that Austin has to offer! Continue reading

day 1 | breakfast

photo-124{potato and egg breakfast taco}

Here it is! The first day of September, the month in which I will repeat the August Break photography challenge.

P.S. That’s a homemade corn tortilla that’s as big as a flour tortilla. Both are amazing… actually, the flour is probably better but I resisted the temptation of gluten. (I gave in later on at Water Street though. Let’s be real. Their bread is too good.)

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
630 West Santa Gertrudis Street
Kingsville, Texas

dinner inspiration // southern

When I was at Whole Foods over the weekend, I scored some beautiful organic leeks. Things like that really excite me… haha, it doesn’t take much! When I bought them, I already knew that I wanted to use them in this recipe for Chicken and Biscuits from my April issue of Bon Appetit magazine. The soup looked yummy and fresh, and I had already mentally marked the page.

Yesterday the May issue of BA came, and one of the very first recipes was for a Banana Cream Pie. My Uncle John has really been wanting someone to make him one for the past few months, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. Now the perfect opportunity presented itself.

So on Tuesday I’ll be making both of these new recipes. As I planned it in my head last night all of the sudden it hit me… gosh, this sounds kind of… southern! Ha! I’m not too familiar with Southern cuisine, having never experienced it firsthand… but I always think butter, heavy cream, and fried chicken. I’m sure part of that is stereotype, but Paula Deen certainly does nothing to help refute it.

Anyways, I’m hoping that the “lighter” soup will sort of offset the heavier pie. Either way, both should be delicious, and I’m looking forward to it!


Photo Credit (from top): 1 // 2