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Date Night at Next Door by Josie in Santa Monica

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One of the things I look for in a date night restaurant is flexibility. We need to go when we can go because finding a babysitter isn’t easy for us. We have two wonderful babysitters – one that is so wonderful that she’s not available very much and another that is a student who can only babysit on the occasional weekend. My husband and I found ourselves having a last ... Read More »

Gluten Free Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins

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I’ve been baking gluten free for quite a while now. At first, there were hardly any sites to search to find recipes so I had to come up with my own. That has changed and now you can find gluten free recipes everywhere – in cooking magazines, online, and in cookbooks. There are so many recipes to choose from, but this one for Gluten Free Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Muffins is one of ... Read More »

Chinese Chicken Salad Wonton Cups Recipe

Chinese Chicken Salad Wontons

These Chinese Chicken Salad Wonton Cups are one of the easiest – and yet most impressive-looking – appetizers you can serve at a cocktail party. You will look like the Martha Stewart of your Book Club every time you show up with these beauties, trust me. And they really are easy. They just take a little prep time. The key is to make the wonton cups ahead of time and ... Read More »

LA Cookie Con: Sweet Fun for the Whole Family

LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show

Can you imagine a convention all about Desserts? Well, it’s called LA Cookie Con and it’s coming to Pasadena on January 25th. There will be sweets and treats galore – and fun for the whole family, with baking contests, baking demos, the First Annual Dessert Table Contest, plus celebrity bakers and oh, so much more. “LA’s Biggest Pastry Party” is the brainchild of Nancy Tei, a sweet-tooth from way-back, who ... Read More »

Chipotle Catering Review and a Tamalada

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It’s my 9th year living in Los Angeles and this was the first Christmas that my entire family has come for the holidays. I wanted it to be special  so I gathered up a group of friends last weekend and hosted a Tamalada – a tamale making party. As luck would have it, Chipotle contacted MomsLA and asked if we would review its catering service for 20. Chipotle Catering – I ordered “The Big Spread” ... Read More »

Where to Buy Tamales for Christmas Eve

Tamales (photo by Yvonne Condes)

Tamales are a traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Mexico and in plenty of homes in Los Angeles as well, including my own. And it’s no surprise, given how delicious they are and what a perfect comfort food they are to share with family and friends. They can also be made with fillings that work for Vegetarians, Vegans and those who are Gluten-Free. Perfect for Angelenos, who all have a different ... Read More »

Latkes for Hanukkah: Five Places in Los Angeles to Buy

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Happy Hannukah, Los Angeles! Hannukah begins tonight at sundown and lasts for eight nights, during which time it is customary to eat Latkes (or potato pancakes) along with many other traditions, of course. Here’s a list of a few places to get Latkes in Los Angeles this season – other than your own kitchen.   Linda’s Gourmet Latkes These Latkes can be shipped to you anywhere in the US (Alaska ... Read More »

Hotcakes Bakes: A Mom’s Empire Launches

Elfie Weiss at Hotcakes Bakes

In a little bakery in the del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles, a Single Mom is giving birth to an empire, and it’s going to be delicious. Elfie Weiss, the owner of Hotcakes Bakes, is poised to grow her business with the addition of a bread bakery and a café (and there are even plans for gelato) – and once she conquers all that, she plans to expand across SoCal. ... Read More »

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Review

100 Days of Real Food Cookbook Cover

Sarah was given a sample cookbook for review. All opinions about it are her own. This post contains affiliate links. The 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook is based on the very popular blog of the same name. Lisa Leake, the cookbook and blog author, decided her family’s eating needed to be overhauled after seeing Michael Pollan speak about our food supply on an episode of Oprah. Once she learned ... Read More »

Date Night at Riviera 31

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I talk about this a lot, but it’s not easy for my husband and I to get away for a date night. That made the invitation to a happy hour cocktail tasting at Riviera 31 Lounge at the Sofitel Hotel that much more exciting. We decided to ask our friends, who we do babysitting trades with, to watch our kids for a couple of hours and we went out. It ... Read More »