February Stuff!


I decided in the month of January that this year I’d do a look back on each month. But January ended up being all about my dog and eating healthy, so I figured I’d skip it. Also, I sort of forgot. Ooops! But February, oh February was fun. No luxurious vacations, or crazy, expensive eating, just doing life. Going with the flow. Just livin’.

February started with me getting a new iPhone. I usually get new technology when the old version dies. The old version was 2 1/2 years old and cracked all over.

The first photo I took was of my pretty cappuccino from Intelligentsia. Designs in foam never get old to me. Never. Also, I’m very determined for a barista to make a corgi in my capp.

After I spent an absurd amount of money on a cell phone and Apple insurance, I ate a pile of this nonsense.

Good gracious, who do I think I am? There are fries under there, in case you were curious.

February was a cold month in Los Angeles, with temperatures in the 40s on the regular. That’s cold for us!

So, naturally there was lots of really awesome ramen (this bowl is from Men Oh Tokushima)…

And late-night spicy Korean fried chicken wings and beer from OB Bear.

Amelia has become my go-to chill partner on Friday and Saturday nights.

In this photo she waits for me while I buy chips for myself. I’m going on an annoying cleanse next week, have I told you that? It’s mainly due to late-night eating like this. Ugh.

Early morning and early evening walks have become my favorite time with her and Josh.

Having her forces us to get out of the house. I’m so into it.

I made my favorite egg salad. So simple and perfect. I haven’t made it again since the day of testing it and shooting it but I seriously can’t wait until Easter and eggs are totally in style.

Valentine’s Day came. I’m sort of meh about the holiday (I spoke about my reasons in this post), but this year was fun.

I found this cute card at Anthro.

And then I got super psycho and went to Michael’s to buy supplies so Amelia could make Valentine’s cards. She was into it.

I ate an amazing yeasted waffle at Baco Mercat. It tasted like beer and maple syrup and I know that description might sound a little gross but DUDE! So good!

Amelia went to the vet to get her final puppy shots. The picture on the left was taken the first week in January. This before and after shot makes me emotional.

I went on a road trip to San Luis Obispo for Josh’s cousins’s wedding.

Before Josh and I left, we dropped Amelia off at Teri’s house for the weekend.

Amelia was so excited about making new friends. They were less than thrilled.

I took the road trip with three sarcastic men: Josh, his brother Sean and his Papa.

It proved for a good time!

There were lots of debates about directions, where to park, general bickering and how the sunroof worked. #MEN

There was also a cool gum wall.

And some beautiful California central coast views. This state with take your breath away.

Toward the end of February, as in, like, yesterday, Los Angeles got pretty warm and beautiful out. Sunny LA weather called for a beautiful lunch at Suzanne Goin’s A.O.C to celebrate my friend/baker, Hourie, and her 30 under 30 award from Zagat.

The foccacia was incredible. The cocktail was amazing. Epic lunch.

February ended with walking Amelia.

She found a bologna sandwich in the bushes and ate it despite my crazy-psycho-mom yelling.

This is her post bologna sandwich. She’s looks a little terrified, like, she knows she’s in trouble, but internally she’s super stoked on life. I mean, it was on Wonder Bread!

(Photos taken by Joshua Pressman and me.)

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  • Reply RICK MENDOZA March 1, 2013 at 3:14 am

    really enjoyed these photos

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 1, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I love end of the month recaps! Your dog is too cute for words, so continue taking pictures of her and posting them! Also, I love that card from Anthro!!

  • Reply Rebecca March 1, 2013 at 3:41 am

    What for a cute cute dog <3

  • Reply Magda March 1, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Amelia is so cute. I can’t get over her huge puppy eyes πŸ™‚

  • Reply loryn March 1, 2013 at 5:16 am

    it’s only 8:17 am in NYC but already I feel sure that this will be the best part of my day. Thanks Dudette.

  • Reply RRA March 1, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I am forever shrieking at my corgi when he finds delicious things to eat in the gutters, particularly chicken wing bones. We live around the corner from a take-out place and someone tosses them on the sidewalk πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  • Reply Jenna March 1, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I love that dog. I feel like they have no knees because their legs are so short.

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks March 1, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I dig your Feb! (that sounded weird.)

  • Reply Nina @ ambrosia March 1, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I love your idea for a monthly recap! I loved seeing all your photos, especially of your late night food cravings and your walks with Amelia, they reminded me of the walks I used to take with my dog. I still can’t get over Amelia, she’s TOO cute! Lookin’ forward to March’s recap!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) March 1, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Haha, Amelia is adorable! And I’ve been to SLO (San Luis Obispo), because of my besties from college lives there, and it is beautiful. The gum wall is bizarre, but also pretty neat.

  • Reply Emily @ Tips on Healthy Living March 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

    If you find a place where they make Corgi coffee art, you will have truly found the greatest coffee shop on the planet. This was a sweet recap!

  • Reply iscribbler March 1, 2013 at 7:30 am

    What a fantastic February! And Amelia is adorable!! She makes me want to go get a one myself. πŸ™‚ Those eyes! I loved reading about your month since not only was it a great roundup, but it made me think about my own month. It’s so easy to get swept up with things that we forget to celebrate all of the great moments that happen (even the smallest of small!). Thank you for a great morning post (morning for me, at least!).

  • Reply Tina March 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Love love love this! It’s so personal thank u for sharing these. I feel like I know u already (sorry if that sounded kinda freaky). I just ordered bags of intelligentsia coffee on amazon. Hope it won’t disappoint! Happy weekend love!!

  • Reply Nicole March 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I am in love with your dog. *squee* And can’t decide if I’m excited that it’s warming up or if I’m dreading it (since I live in the Valley and it gets like 1000 degrees here when it’s hot).

    Oh, and I want to eat everything you posted pictures of. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca March 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Recently started reading your blog….I live in LA and I love your recipes and this post!

  • Reply kickpleat March 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I’m not one to gush over dog photos, but if I can insert a super excited babble, she’s so super adorable. Cute. Obvs a great month. Love the recap.

  • Reply Stacey March 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I loved reading this and I’m super psyched you’re going to keep doing it. I hate that dogs only stay puppies for like 5 hot minutes, but yours manages to get even cuter as she grows!

  • Reply Jessica Leigh March 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE your food posts, but this post was especially fun!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Teresa March 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Amelia is just insanely adorable!! I can’t get over it…!

    Funny – the look on the cats’ faces as they met their houseguest for the weekend you were away. πŸ™‚ { ha ha — thinking of the captions that could go with that picture! }

    The gum wall … ew. πŸ™‚

    And the picture of the cattle in the pasture is so striking — the beautiful greens and blues.

    love the recap!

  • Reply Lucia March 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Loved the post and the pics and Amelia so cute. What breed is she?
    Adorable. Love her ears!
    Love the post! Need to do a cleanse now just reading it.

    • Reply Adrianna March 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

      She’s a corgi!

  • Reply Alexis March 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I love love love that before and after of Amelia. We have a jack russell (Igby) and we swear there is some Corgi in him, you’d have to see to know what I am talking about. Too cute!

  • Reply Sophie March 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

    CAANT get enough of Amelia Bedelia!! she reminds me so much of our corgis, growing up. only, she is way cuter! i mean it! the bologna sandwich story… i die! so funny. i’m glad you had a great February! stoked to read more of your awesome recipeeees

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition March 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I laughed out loud at the picture of Teri’s cats. TOO funny. Love the shots of SLO!

  • Reply sandra March 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    amelia is a real cutie. you must be one happy mom.

  • Reply Michelle March 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    No amount of yelling makes a dog stop eating bad things. I swear it’s like encouragement. There is an alley behind the house, and I’m almost certain Roma ate something resembling a marshmallow. A marshmallow. In an alley. Sigh.

    Your February = awesome. True story.

  • Reply Lindsey March 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    i’m digging the month end wrap-up. that waffle looked insanely amazing. and your dog, super cute!

  • Reply Jayne March 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    That gum wall was both gross and cool. I can’t decide! And that bed of fried under cheese and sauce. I can’t even….

  • Reply B March 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Dogs will make you crazy, but in a super sneaky way. You will love her so much and talk to her like a human when you think no one can hear because it’s only crazy when other people hear it, you think. You will silently judge the people that baby talk and ask rather complex questions to their dogs in public. But you’ll only judge a little because when you come home and EVERY SINGLE TIME your dog acts like it’s the single greatest thing that has ever happened, you will understand what makes grown people willing to seem like quasi-idiots in public talking to their dogs. Love. Dogs are the best – full stop.

  • Reply cindy March 2, 2013 at 6:18 am

    “ugh, don’t eat that!” is something I mom-yell at my dogs more often than I’d like…it happens and even though they look so ashamed about it…they also look SO satisfied. ha! this post makes me miss California SO MUCH!

  • Reply Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen March 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    This post makes me happy. When I thought I couldn’t love your blog more, you went and got the world’s cutest pup. Loving all the photos of her!

  • Reply Jaime @ laviejaime March 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Your pup is the cutest! Happy March!

  • Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    So jealous that it’s warm enough where you are to wear shorts. We are approximately 4 months away from shorts weather where I live. Boo.
    But aside from my jealousy, I totally loved this post!

  • Reply dervla @ the curator March 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    umm you’re already wearing shorts?! WTF Also, Feb looks like it was an awesome month for you. Amelia just kills me, every single time.

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance March 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Amelia is adorable!! I can’t believe I missed the cards at Anthro.

  • Reply Danielle H March 7, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    those ears, so cute! also this was basically my two favorite things: dogs and food. bravo, i say!

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  • Reply Evi April 24, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Love the monthly review- and it’s crazy how Amelia grew up so fast!!! Great photos, and it’s nice to look back!