That is exactly what I need right now. I ssssooooooo need that. After spending last week in Los Angeles and eating (and drinking) my way through trendy restaurants, all I want right now is a cookbook that tells me (so I don't have to think about it) how I should eat....until my next excursion.
Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica, Sur in West Hollywood, Industrial in Downtown LA, and Bottega Louie in Downtown LA. And that is just the dinner spots. I ate so much food that I don't know where to begin. Rustic Canyon and Bottega Louie were by far the favorites of the trip. I had a Black & Blue somewhere - I think Bottega Louie, that I paired with a Carbonara that was out of this world. No dessert for me there; the Carbonara was way too rich. Rustic Canyon is a great little place probably only five minutes from the Santa Monica pier. The memorable moments of the night was this scoop of the most heavenly honeycomb ice-cream. It was seriously some of the best ice-cream that I have ever had. I only wish that I had had more than one scoop (who gives you one scoop anyways???) Oh Yeah, and Liam Helmsworth sat at the next table. I would glance, he would see me glace and so we both glanced all night at each other with our eyes meeting through the dim of the restaurant. He is actually way more cute in person. Sur had me snaping me pictures of a co-worker and Paul...or is it Peter? I think it's Peter....I don't watch the Housewives of Beverly Hills so I don't know, but he was a cutie. And what can I say about Bottega Louie???? I love this place; I am there everytime that I am in LA. The front of the house is French with its fabulous maccaroons and napoleons and the back is an ideal Italian with its wood-fire pizzas and freshly made pastas. Don't even get me started on the cocktails - I don't know what I had, all I know is that they were tasty...delish really.
So after not caring about what I ate except for caring that I enjoyed myself, this week is all about getting me back to my normal way of eating. Jasmine Hemsley's and Melissa Hemsley's new 'Good + Simple' book will help with the task! The chapters begin with breakfast, work their way through dinner, and end with desserts and drinks. Did I really just go there?
One of the things that I really like about this book is that it gives you a kick-start by listing the Hemsleys' principles of eating well and spring-boards into a full weeks worth of what to eat. The recipes are straight-forward and don't have a lot of crazy ingredients. Now that I'm thinking about it, another thing that I reaallly like about this book is that it provides various options of fixing recipes....think...pancakes 3 ways. And I love making salads or soups or soup-like thingees in mason jars - this book tells you how and gives you some healthy recipe options. AND, this book even includes recipes for the new craze....spiralizing! I am a happy camper with this book. I think I'll go sit on my front porch with my handy-dandy accountant yellow sticky flags and I shall flag recipes for this week. The drinks, uh I mean the juices and smoothies are looking pretty good right now!