August ’14 Stuff


Amelia |

I think it’s safe to say that August was a pretty rough month for the entire world. There was a lot of stuff going on; a lot of sad stuff.

For me on a personal level, it was pretty work-focused. I’ve been plugging away at finalizing the recipes and DIYs for The Year of Cozy and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’m excited and nervous, but mostly just crossing my fingers you’ll like everything as much as I do.

I tested these cookies a few times…


I made these doughnuts way too many times.

Doughnuts |

I headed to Sonoma to celebrate some friends getting married. On my way through the city, we stopped to get some lunch at Bar Tartine.

There was another stop at Hog Island Oyster, which seriously might be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. It was Friday and it’s safe to say most people blew off the afternoon and decided to head to the coast to eat oysters. Everyone was smiling because I came to the conclusion that if you can’t enjoy yourself at Hog Island Oyster, you might never find happiness.

Hog Island Oysters |

We ate tons of oysters and drank lots of reisling and beer.

Hog Island Oysters |

The next day we got all dressed up to see our friends get married.

I cried at the wedding at least five times; they wrote their own vows and hearing two people talk about the other person in this candid and real way just did me in. I was mush.


The next day there was a hungover-OMG-plz-feed-me-lunch at Fremont Diner.

Fremont Diner |

We got back to L.A. and I got strep throat and a tonsil stone formed. There are no pictures of the tonsil stone because I’d like you guys to return to my blog at some point in the near future.

Josh made a ceviche with salmon belly and pickled fresno chiles. IT WAS AMAZING and the exact thing you want to eat when it’s 90 degrees outside in mid-August.


I drank an absurd amount of iced lattes this month.

I also got these Sk8 Vans and have been wearing them non-stop. They have fun zippers in the back so the laces are sort of just for show.

Intelligentsia |

My friend Natalie had a birthday party and it kicked off this obsession with tiki drinks. I want to drink everything out of a coconut! I’m also really into this Fuji Instax Camera. The photos are so fun looking with the flash. Love them!


I did this other thing in August, which is very summer-appropriate: I drank cold wine in the shower. Umm…hello! Why aren’t we all doing this?! It was glorious. This is a really light red from La Clarine–it’s light, a littler mineral-y and perfect when cold. It’s perfect shower-drinking wine!


I took a photo of Amelia in profile and she is so dang long and funny looking.

If she was going to back to school this week, she’d definitely get made fun of. 🙁

Amelia |

The month ended with me heading to my friend Lien’s house to celebrate her birthday.

There were massive amounts of dumplings, which apparently I’m very challenged in forming.


My other friend Hourie, made this ridiculous ice cream pie. The crusted tasted like a Somoa cookie; it was chewy and delicious. There was coconut ice cream, coconut caramel and whipped cream and coconut flakes on top. I ate a whole slice and was mad I couldn’t have a second because it wasn’t my birthday.

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I hope your September is great. I really do hope that for you.

And I hope you find yourself rolling around in the grass like Amelia, because seriously in this photo she doesn’t have a care in the world and is just like, THIS GRASS IS BEAUTIFUL!

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  • Reply [email protected] September 3, 2014 at 2:18 am

    WOW! you had bust August but you also had some very fun food adventures. I can not wait till you post your next doughnut recipe; I am gathering the courage fry my first batch at home soon.

  • Reply Sophie September 3, 2014 at 3:45 am

    I absolutely love round-up posts, it’s like getting loads of posts in one. Sounds like you had a busy old month 🙂


  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan September 3, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Girl, you are gorgeous in that picture from the wedding! Also, cold shower wine for LIFE!

  • Reply Abbie September 3, 2014 at 6:20 am

    That is why dogs are the best. I tried to teach my two year old how to roll down a hill this summer – he thought I was insane. The dog on the other hand, had the best day of his life. “THIS GRASS IS AWESOME.” Sometimes it really is.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2014 at 10:58 am

      She encourages me to roll around in the grass. Haha.

  • Reply BT September 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Where is that dress from? Love it!

  • Reply Gina G September 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Your blog makes me smile everyday! Love these round-up posts!!

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little September 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

    The donuts and dim sum look like HEAVEN!!

  • Reply Evelyn September 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

    How do you stay in shape with all this deliciousness surrounding you every day!??!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2014 at 10:54 am

      I go to this bootcamp thingy like three times a week–I don’t really lose weight, I just sustain. Haha.

  • Reply Sarah September 3, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Good times, good times. Thanks for making me feel your joy this day reading your post! 🙂

  • Reply francesca September 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    grass roll hair down – fab august.

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog September 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    lady, you are one hot mama! LOVE that photo of you and Josh

    and um, amelia is the best corgi ever. i have all the ♡♡♡ for long corgis 🙂 that last photo: pure happiness 😀

  • Reply Leigh September 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Drinking wine in the shower?! GREAT idea! 🙂

  • Reply Eileen September 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    August was the worst. So glad it is over. However, I think a glass (or several) of cold wine in the shower would have been an excellent way to deal with it! I mean, maybe in a plastic cup (I for one have broken glasses in the bathroom before) but STILL. Also, PUPPIES and DUMPLINGS make everything better. And shouting too, evidently.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Definitely go with a plastic cup! I was living dangerously that day; definitely not the smartest move.

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Whenever I see photos of Amelia, I squeal! I want a dog! You and Josh look great in that wedding photo, love, love that dress.

  • Reply Serena (Domesticate Me!) September 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I too am I diehard fan of shower wine, and I appreciate you sharing its gloriousness with the world. Keep on doing you, lady.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      HAHA! I’m glad the shower-wine is what you brought you to comment. Love that.

  • Reply Michelle September 3, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I feel like I really need to step up my game with this whole shower-wine thing.

    Sounds like August was pretty fantastic all things considered. Even if it’s been crummy (hello world and your getting sick), you find some pretty great things to share. Dogs, food, drinks, and great dresses sound like great things to me.

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  • Reply Jen September 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Where can I get that delicious cookie recipe???

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Next Fall. It’ll be in my new book, The Year of Cozy! 🙂

  • Reply K September 4, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Glad to see you’ve survived August lady. It was a rough one.

  • Reply Jasmine September 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I spy a PS1 bag

  • Reply Beth September 6, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Well, now I feel like I’m missing out…shower wine?! Haven’t experienced this yet. Sounds like I need to try it.

  • Reply Loryn September 7, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Rock steady

  • Reply Emma September 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Hog Island oyster is the best of the best! Lucky you caught it on a sunny day 🙂

  • Reply dervla September 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

    i want those sneakers now too! Also what on earth is a tonsil stone?! Perhaps I just don’t want to know.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      You don’t want to know. If you’re insanely curious, search tonsil stone removal on youtube. It’s fascinating, ALSO DISGUSTING.

  • Reply Diana Williams September 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Doughnuts! Please more info! Thanks!

  • Reply Holly Henderson October 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    You and Josh look H-O-T! Glad you guys had fun. ; )