October 2014 Stuff!!



This past Friday my manuscript was due, so I’ve been scurrying, testing last-minute recipes, shooting, and writing a whole lot in order to make the deadline. Turning it in felt epic. And this past weekend was the first few days I’ve had off in a while, and even then I was working. But there’s something about working from bed that doesn’t feel like it actually counts as real work, so I feel back to normal, refreshed and ready to have another busy-ass week.

October started off with my editor and friend, Dervla, visiting. We did normal LA stuff like have lunch at Sqirl and drink afternoon beers at Chateau Marmont. There was even a run-in with January Jones in the parking lot. V LA.


I was invited to hang out on my friend and DJ, Jason’s new food podcast, The Stew (if you like music, you’ll love his other podcast, Tall Tales). Here’s a link where you can listen to me talk about my new book, Peruvian food, Anthony Bourdain and a bunch of other stuff.

I helped my boyfriend with a private chef-ing job he had for someone’s 40th birthday party. There was an early visit to Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, which I never visit because it’s way too far from me, and they had these beautiful lettuces.


My solace, like always, were my evening walks with Amelia.


My friend and fashion blogger, Geri Hirsch (her fashion blog, after all these years, is still my favorite), had a gorgeous dinner at her house. I mean…it was glorious.

Also, it was probably one of the most Instagrammed dinners of all-time. About 80% of my feed that night was this dinner, which tells me I probably follow more fashion ppl than food ppl.


I went to the Isabel Marant store and had no desire to try anything on at all (rough season), but the outside is absolutely beautiful.


I made this apple pie. It was heaven.


Fall finally arrived in LA, and I celebrated by eating doughnuts while writing and working.


There were a ton of trips to Michael’s for crafting supplies. Amelia came in with me. She was a showstopper.


Martha took a jab at Gwyneth. HAHA.

I’m easily humored by stuff like this. Also, why you hatin’, Martha?!


My friend Natalie had an art show. This is her piece. It’s paper that she cut out, weaved and layered together to make up the inside of a fish bowl. I think it’s pretty cool.


There were a few early mornings at the flower market and they had these gorgeous pomegranates on their branches.


I had dinner at Josh’s work, Rustic Canyon, and it was seriously the best meal I’ve had all year. Their pastry chef Jun, makes some amazing desserts, including this no-churn honeycomb ice cream that was epic.


A furniture store near my house is closing and they’re having a crazy sale. Billy and I snuck in while picking up lunch and I made him pose all provocative-like. This is a vintage Knoll couch that has amazing lines but feels like an itchy-wool sweater. I could have it reupholstered, but it wouldn’t be cheap.



I went to dinner a few times in Little Tokyo and strolled into a few beauty stores. I bought these foot pads.

You guys, it’s wild. I put the pads on the bottom of my feet at night and then by morning the pads were black. WHHHAAT!

The idea is that they pull toxins out of your body, at first I was skeptical but after some online research a lot of people reported that after doing it a few times, the pads were white. SO CRAZY!


The month ended with Amelia’s least favorite holiday, Halloween.

She was an octopus because our dog store was out of the sweet pea costume. She thought it was dreadful but I kept telling her that Josh and I give her the world so sometimes she has to take the short end of the stick. THESE ARE VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS FOR HER.


Here’s to a delicious November!

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  • Reply [email protected] November 3, 2014 at 12:31 am

    OH Your little dog is so adorable in the last picture! Too bad it wasn’t orange she could of gone as those BBQ Asian octopus snacks! That dinner party with he fairy lights almost look like it was a photography shoot; you are so lucky to have such wonderful friends.

    PS The donut pictures made my day.

  • Reply Taryn November 3, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I dream of throwing garden dinner parties like that..

  • Reply Miranda | Miranda's Notebook November 3, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Oh dear, I couldn’t help giggling over Amelia’s costume!! How fab!! Martha’s jab was also pretty funny. That dinner party looked amazing! I’m envious of you all being able to eat outside still. Congratulations on meeting your manuscript deadline! How exciting!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 3, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Best weekend ever! There are a few pieces out of Isabel’s collection that I love but of course they are the most expensive. I picked up the red plaid which is so insanely soft and these olive button-fly wool high-waisted pants and I love them. Next Spring is amazing though, have you seen it?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Dude, the red plaid shirt was the only thing my eye caught. I saw another one from APC like moments earlier and wanted it but the fabric from the Marant one was like a million times nicer. Need to look at their Spring collection – haven’t, will probably want everything.

  • Reply Shannon November 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Ahhh…I love Amelia’s costume. All my dog got this year was a Halloween-themed collar with some skulls on it. She NEEDS to wear a costume next year 🙂

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  • Reply Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy November 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Looks like an amazing October! Amelia is too cute!

  • Reply Steph November 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

    LOVE your monthly wrap-ups! Now I’m inspired to think about my month too…

  • Reply Alia November 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    We make our corgi Mal wear the same hot dog costume every year because we think it is hilarious. He is not a fan.

  • Reply Francesca November 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    That garden party is the stuff of dreams. That, and Ameilia as an octopus.

  • Reply Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship November 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Those lettuces look so pretty!

  • Reply Cindy November 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Amelia just kills me! And I SO love that you and Billy are pals!! I wanna eat food and drink drinks with you cute people.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Billy is my FAV! He puts up with my daily craziness.

  • Reply Jen @ Fresh from the... November 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

    My boyfriend loves Rustic Canyon, how funny that your bf works there! We saw Joss Whedon there writing away one time, which was pretty cool.

  • Reply Brianne November 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    That podcast was freaking hilarious! It made my morning commute way better. Those guys are crazy, and it was fun to hear a bit about your upcoming book, what LA is like, and what/who inspires you. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Billy November 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm


  • Reply Zakopaneski November 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Amazing! Looks really pretty!

  • Reply dervla November 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    omg get me some of those foot pads, i wanna try!! Also, Amelia – i just want to kiss her, tell her to come live with me and i won’t give her any “valuable life lessons” hehehe

  • Reply Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet November 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    If you’ll be a guest on my podcast I’d love to have you!