Friday, 3 May 2013

Weekly Love: Week 133

I panicked when I realised that I have less than 8 weeks left living in Los Angeles and that there was so much I have not eaten yet. The two best meals I have had so far in the city have been my first ever Korean Barbecue experience at Soot Bull Jeep and fried chicken at Ludo Lefebvre's LudoTruck which I have been back to since. Both of these were food experiences I would not really go for; a minimalist shop front restaurant where you're looked at suspicious for being, well, not Korean, and a food truck; examples of why you must try everything and anything in life. I think this sense of panic was exacerbated by watching the first few episodes of Anthony Bordain's new documentary on CNN; Parts Unknown that you really must catch. While their is food it is not food centric; the first episode is a fascinating first look at Burma, somewhere where not many cameras have been before, and the second focuses on Los Angeles' Koreatown and a different side to the city most television shows really don't show you which I particularly enjoyed.
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1. I will never have had enough of the ocean. | 2. A mid afternoon fresh cut fruit snack. Local strawberries, cantaloup melon and thinly shredded fresh mint is my favourite combination at the moment. | 3. Recipe testing with baby broccoli stems and salami. | 4. Consulting The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook on the subject of pizza dough. | 5. Sage advice on the 3rd Street Promenade. | 6. Homemade anchovy pizza.




I think she is crazy, even if it is for a good cause, but my very good friend Sherin is going to be abseiling down the Broadgate Tower in London where she works (that is 510 feet!) in aid of Mile End Climbing Wall that focuses on encouraging disadvantaged youth to develop themselves through physical activity. You can sponsor her abseil via Just Giving a) to help the cause, and b) because she believes the more money she raises the more chance of her not falling and dying (her words, not mine!) and I quite like my friends alive!

Also, the end of April means another 'Project LA' column over at The High Tea Cast. This month I have gone for something a bit different and written a shopping and eating guide to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, one of my favourite hang outs and in my opinion the coolest street in the city. If you are planning on visiting Los Angeles any time soon, you would be amiss not to head down there for a meal and a wander.
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7. Chocolate No.3 from Georgetown Cupcake. | 8. One of my favourite nail polish shades of the moment, 'Cheeky Chops' by Butter London. | 9. Obligatory palm tree shot on Venice Beach. | 10. I never thought I'd see the day J.Crew copied something from H&M. These necklaces look familiar to anyone?! | 11. Writing notes to people back home on pretty note cards from Sugar Paper Los Angeles and The Hummingbird Bakery. | 12. More pizza, this time with roasted garlic and anchovies (my favourite toppings) from 800 Degrees in Westwood.




Finally, do you remember last month I wrote a post introducing the new project from SYCO and Youtube, The You Generation and their 'Fantastic Food' category? Today sees the launch of another of their categories which I think will be of interest to a lot of you, their 'Stylist' category. Click here for more information, and I can't wait to see some of your entries!


What have you been enjoying this week, and what have you got planned for the weekend? I've got an art gallery trip for my Art History class tomorrow morning, and apart from that I am going to be putting together another recipe post I have planned (though I am very excited for the one that is going to go up on Monday!) and try to get my dissertation proposal finished for next year. 

20 comments:

  1. That yellow nail polish is beautiful. And I love that billboard - so true! x

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  2. Oh man, all those photos are making me hungry! LA seems like such an awesome place for foodies to explore :) I usually just chill at home on weekends, so I'm looking forward to that.

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  3. I can´t even imagine how fun it must be living in LA! It must be difficult thinking of heading back home to the UK after spending so much time over there.. it looks like such a colourful and vibrant city :-D

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  4. these links are always aid my procrastination! love the new layout too!

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  5. I'm glad you like them, and thank you!

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  6. It is pretty amazing here, but to be honest I can't wait to get home to the English countryside, to London and my home in France. I adore LA but I could not stay here much longer; I'm an English girl at heart and I really miss home!

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  7. I can understand that! I used to live in Spain for a couple of years, which made me look at Norway in a completely different way, and appreciate it a lot more too. I just found your blog a couple of days ago, so I´m not familiar with your background, so hope you don`t mind me asking; do you live in France as well or ?:-)

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  8. If you don't mind me asking, how did you stumble across my blog? I'm glad that you've chosen to stick around though!


    I'm English and my main home is in England but I also have a house in Northern France that is more like a second home than a holiday home; I don't just go during holidays, I try to grab weeks to go whenever I can. I also spent an awful lot of time growing up in France so the country feels more like 'home' than any other country that is not England will be able to, I think. I'm hoping to get back after a few weeks in England when I move back from LA, so look forward to lots of French food and photo diaries towards the end of July!

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  9. Can´t state exactly how, but I was expanding my blog-horizon and was checking out different links I found on blogs, and one of them turned out to be your blog!:-)

    France sounds like a lovely second-home:-) I´ve got two second-homes.. One in Northern Norway and one on Gran Canaria, so I know the feeling.. It`s not just a holiday home. Definitely looking forward to beautiful photo diaries from France! I visited France back in 2010, and I hope to return someday soon:-) Such a beautiful country!

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  10. Those pizzas look incredible! Hope you have a lovely weekend :)

    www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

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  11. Literally can't wait to have you back in the UK. Also, totally drunk commenting on your blog right now.

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  12. I have so much love for you right now!

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  13. If you look under the 'Travel' tab at the top of the page and click 'Brittany', you can see all my pst photo diaries.

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  14. I love, love , looooove your blog. I'm constantly reading it for a really long time now and I so appreciate all your tips about LA. cant wait to visit it next year and try out all your recs!
    also I do have to say I'm so sorry for not commenting before. only now, when I just started blogging myself I realize how awesome it is if anybody comments on the stuff you put out there. so now I really wanna start connecting more and wanna be a better reader (:
    so, what I wanted to say is, thanks <3

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  15. Hi Elisa,

    You have no idea how much it means to me that you've finally commented - thank you, and I'm glad you've been enjoying the blog for so long! If you need any specific Los Angeles recommendations, feel free to drop me a line! I just popped over to check out your blog and your first recipe photos and your layout are fantastic; good luck! x

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  16. Thanks, though I can only take credit for one of them! Have a great weekend too! x

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  17. thanks so much for checking it out. I think its normal to feel a little insecure in the beginning. got a lot of good feedback from friends & family but its always something different to get a good one from a 'stranger' - especially since its all in german (:
    i loved your post about your walk alongside the little canal from the californication set - I always loved that location as well (:


    so again, thanks for everything and for being so awesome!!!!

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  18. Good luck with it! One tip, maybe as your English is really good you could put translations under the German text too, like a lot of non-English language blogs do, to open up your audience a bit? Even with French blogs where I can read the non-English perfectly well, I only read one where there is not a written translation, and Google Translate is so inaccurate!

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  19. Oh Rachel, your first sentence in this post pretty much sums up my feelings every time I travel! We're just back from a week in Miami and (though we ate incredibly well) I have a long list of places to try next time we're there...there are just too many other places to travel to first though! I love the role that food plays in building up not only our personal identities but also the identities of places too.

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