May Stuff!


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This month was a bit of a mixed bag. There was strep throat, hella stressful days, the most horrific heatwave to date…all weaved throughout some really good days. All in all, I’m glad May is over and I’m super excited for June and just summer in general. Go summer!

May kicked off with a trip to Palm Springs.

Amelia gets really nervous when people are swimming in the pool. So, she figures if she jumps in to be near you, all will be ok. Look at that form!

I mean, those toes. I can stare at this picture all day long.

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I bought some white Birkenstocks. I wear them ALL of the timez. They’re comfy and basically go with my entire wardrobe.

Please don’t ask Josh if he thinks they’re attractive. He thinks they’re a bit ugly but I barely care. I luv ’em.

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Josh had a meeting at work and I stayed in the car and waited. I checked Instagram a million times and took a selfie. I wasn’t brave enough to post it on Insta so here it is.


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Amelia found a pizza box at the park and was super bummed that it was empty.

No pizza for you, Amelia!

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I wash sooooo many dishes. I really do.

Amelia thought it would be a really cute idea to steal the sponge and not give it back.


There were a good amount of work days. For some of them, I headed to a coffee shop and had this tasty Strawberry Basil Lemonade. I like how they sliced up the basil.

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I ate s’mores. It’s a bit too soon, really, but ugh they’re so good.

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I headed to Costa Mesa and went to Taco Maria to eat the most beautiful Mexican food I’ve ever had. If you’re anywhere near Southern California, you should go.

The tasting menu is the only option at night, but it’s pretty affordable (at $50) and the Michelada is AMAZING.

It’s a special place.

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The most popular post this month was this Breakfast In a Box for Mother’s Day.

My mom looooved receiving this box. She received it a few days before Mother’s Day (a first for me, which I’m VERY proud about) and ate the granola in a day. It’s really my favorite granola recipe EVER.


Jacarandas were blooming all around Los Angeles. They’re so pretty. I can just look at them all day long.

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I’ve been testing lots of pie for a special project. This one looks good but is actually ended up being a disaster. The custard overcooked and it was like scrambled eggs. OOOF. It tasted DISGUSTING.

I’m working on it again this week. I’ll get it right. I’m determined!

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It’s not summer yet, but that isn’t stopping me from brainstorming and planning this year’s ICE CREAM WEEK! I’m so dang excited I can barely contain myself.

If you have any ice cream requests, write them in the comments!

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If you were anywhere near a Trader Joe’s this month, you probably picked up a bouquet of peonies for $6. Best deal ever, man. Love these things. I don’t care how girly they are. I just never get sick of them.


I ended the month with a beautiful dinner at Red Medicine. My friend Natalie’s dad was in town and he finds joy in treating her friends to fancy meals. It was awesome.

I’ve been here a few times and every time I visit I’m blown away with the preparation and how things actually taste good (not just look pretty).

The top is a granita made with pea jacket juice. Inside the (fish?) bowl is trout roe, creme fraiche, granola, peas and pickled onions. Most of his food is fantasy-like, fresh-tasting and really just beautiful.

June should be great. I’m ready for it!

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  • Reply Natalie June 2, 2014 at 5:08 am

    How about blackberry/basil ice cream??

    • Reply Anastasia June 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

      I was going to comment ‘blackberry’ as well, and I love basil so this sounds like it could be amazing!

      • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 2, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        Gonna do something with blackberry! You two have convinced me! It makes the prettiest color ice cream ever.

  • Reply Allyn June 2, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Jacarandas! Holy crap, there are two of those growing in my park in NYC and I’ve been so puzzled about what they are. THANK YOU! They’re so cool and smell like heaven.
    Any dairy free ice creams would be great for my poor allergic husband. I’ve been contemplating a pina colada ice cream using coconut milk…

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Yes! Done. Will do something dairy-free! 🙂

      • Reply stef June 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        Do it! And sweetened with honey? No I’m just pushing my luck lol

  • Reply Amy June 2, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I also spent a good amount of time staring at her feet! That dog is so cute, it hurts.

  • Reply Suzi June 2, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I would love to see a dairy-free ice cream recipe!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 2, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Everyone seems to be requesting this! I’m definitely gonna do something that’s dairy-free!

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little June 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Such a cute care package for your mum!!! And love the Birkenstocks – you somehow make them look surprisingly effortless chic! And you look so cute in that selfie (and that top is perfect) 🙂

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog June 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

    heehee, i like to wait in the car during meetings too 😀 your selfie is too cute, you should have insta-ed it!!

    and sigh, amelia. am i the only one who thinks amelia should start her own blog?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      I’ve been thinking of giving her her own Instagram account. But will I get any work done if I run that account, too? I’m not sure. 🙂

  • Reply fen June 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Aged balsamic,strawberry and black pepper ice cream!

  • Reply Laurie June 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Love your white Birkenstocks! They are such great shoes for the summer. All of the gorgeous food pictures make me hungry! 🙂

  • Reply Courtney June 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Coconut sorbet, please!

  • Reply Frank Mosher June 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Question: What is that clam? dish pictured??? Comment: Great blog. Ice Cream-don’t overlook one of the best, by Alton Brown, Roasted Peach! Really a stand-out! thanks.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      It’s an aguachile dish with kanpachi crudo, cheromoya, serrano pepper and citrus. And I believe it was garnished with edible flowers. Really fresh-tasting and zippy!

  • Reply Cheryl Metcalfe June 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Strawberry balsamic ice cream!

  • Reply Cindy June 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I can’t wait for ice cream week!

    My mom totally loves taking my friends and myself out for fun meals. She always asks who’s available and it’s totally fun…who doesn’t love food and good company?!

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  • Reply Michelle Verkerk June 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I love your Corgi. Cute pics with the sponge and laying in the flowers. We have two Corgis. Love them!

  • Reply Denisse @ Le Petit Chef June 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I love your white Birkenstocks! They’re totes making a comeback.

    And I cannot wait to see what you come up with for ice cream week! eeek!!

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession June 2, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    ICE CREAM WEEK sounds glorious!!!!! Soooo needed in this scorching summer heat! perhaps, something with tropical fruits, like a mix of mango, coconut, pineapples and the works! Amelia is SUCHHHHH A SWEETHEART! I wish I could reach out to her and give a nice, bear hug and some cuddles! :* And that mom’s special gift basket for Mother’s day! JUST GORGEOUS!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      She would LOVE the hug. She loves any sort of attention.

  • Reply Lene Svingel June 3, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Love your photos – and your dog. She seems to have a lot of personality 🙂
    Intriugede (hope that’s spelled right!) by your custard and (and peach?) pie.
    Will you share the end resultat?
    Ice cream is not that big here in Copenhagen – so the ideas here sounds wildly exoctic to me – but something with mint or caramelized walnuts…?
    Anyway – have fun 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      It’s for a special project that I’ll definitely be sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Elle June 3, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Hmm, Really trying to get the hand of a Persimmon(ish) sorbet. If you can make that I’d be grateful! Although I’ve try making one myself.

    May seemed like a great month for you! Looks so fun!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Oh! Well, that’d be a bit tough because persimmons are no where to be found right now. This is a November sorbet!

  • Reply Kate Mai June 3, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Good morning! I would like to know more about those doughnuts, please……

  • Reply Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion June 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I love your dog, so cute. If its to early for s’mores right now, then I’m all kinds of wrong in January!

  • Reply chris June 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Oh my gosh!! I lived in Costa Mesa about 20 years ago (how time flies) and worked in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Now I live back in Michigan. I am looking for a Corgi and I love the white Birkies!!! Some kind of salty caramel with cashew ice cream. 🙂

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      You’re like my east coast twin! And thank you for the request. Salty Caramel and Cashew sounds amazing.

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  • Reply Natalie June 4, 2014 at 6:55 am

    How to make ice cream with two egg yolks? They’re sitting in my fridge, and I don’t know what to do with them! Thanks:)

  • Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land June 4, 2014 at 8:13 am

    EEKS Amelia is SO CUTE swimming! love the white birkenstocks – i bought a pair a few summers ago when i was pregnant and my feet puffed up like brontosaurus legs, comfy and stylish! (and haha, yes – my hubby is not a fan. man repeller material?) you are so talented, i want to snuggle your dog, and i am very excited for ice cream week! xoxo

  • Reply Kathy June 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I would love to see Bisque ice cream! I don’t know if this is just a Pennsylvania flavor, but the two places that made it for years both closed.

  • Reply Kathy June 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The base is vanilla and it has almond macaroons crumbled and mixed in it.
    Another flavor that is soo good is peanut butter ice cream with
    Tastykake’s  peanut butter Tandy cakes crumbled into it. Tastykakes are out
    of Philadelphia, another PA thing. Interesting how different regions of our
    country have their favorites but one thing for sure, ” I scream, you
    scream, we all scream for ice cream!”
    Looking forward to ice cream week.

  • Reply Amanda June 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

    This is more for the Fall I suppose, but our local (Ontario) ice-cream shop had Pumpkin Pie ice cream……it was my undoing.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Well, I’d love to do this in Fall. I looove pumpkin everything.

  • Reply dervla June 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    a special project, eh?? Can’t wait to hear! ;-P

  • Reply Lori June 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Yay for Amelia pictures! Does she have an Instagram page? I’d be her first follower. Totally serious too.

  • Reply Cheryl Frueh June 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Dairy free horchata ice cream! Yea! This is going to be fun.

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food June 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I love Peonies!

  • Reply Mary Beth June 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    you are so gorgeous, adrianna! such a bummer that your pie didn’t work out. it does look great and i’m sure you put a lot of time into it! 🙁