Sticky Situation

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Can you believe it’s almost March?! As in, next week! Stupid February and its shortness. It always confuses me. Know what else I’ve been wondering about? Sticky buns vs. cinnamon rolls. I heard it was National Sticky Bun Day today, and it got me thinking. The best I can tell, sticky buns are just cinnamon rolls but instead of icing they are topped with something sticky like honey or syrup, and usually nuts. I have heard people rave about the cinnamon rolls at Sweet Jill’s on 2nd Street. I’ll be honest, I’ve never had one there. In the rare occasion that I was craving or needing to purchase something sweet, I’d been getting cupcakes. But in January, when Mr. requested a specific cake for his birthday, I ventured into Sweet Jill’s. Guys, they have an amazing assortment of treats! Everything from cakes and cookies to brownies, bars, muffins, and more! Here’s a tip: make sure you get something with their cream cheese frosting on it. So good! And, don’t worry; I won’t judge you if you don’t go on National                        Day…

 

 

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Star Trek

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I love livingtheBS, but sometimes, it’s nice to get away. Knowing that we have an upcoming 3-day weekend is giving me a bit of wanderlust. Just a little road trip. When I first moved to CA, I lived in Santa Monica for a few years. I drove across the country by myself. Not knowing anyone in Santa Monica. No job prospects. No apartment lined up. I lived in a motel for the first few weeks. I think – because of this – it will always hold a special place in my heart. (BTW, I got a job offer and an apartment both on the exact same day. I left my job interview and was on my way to sign my lease. The HR manager called me and asked me if I could come back and start working immediately. I told her I’d be back right after I signed my lease.) Anyhoo, I lived right by the beach (of course,) the Pier, and the 3rd Street Promenade. I spent a lot of time at each of these places. Riding my bike along the bike path on the beach from SM to Venice. So, when I think of taking a little trek, it’s almost always the first place that pops into my head.

There’s always San Diego (where Mr. and I went for our first weekend get-away.) Or Santa Barbara. Or Vegas. Vegas! Then I had an idea. Montecito. I’ve never been there. It would be my way of giving back to the community after the devastating wildfire. um, yeah. It was a good idea until I Googled hotel prices there. There’s always the mountains, but I gave up snow the day I moved away from Pittsburgh. Sure, it’s pretty late in the season, but I am not taking any chances. Palm Springs might be nice this time of year. Oh, how about LA? The Ace Hotel is one of our favorite places. (If you ever get the chance to see a performance in their theatre, don’t pass it up!) So, tomorrow is Friday, and time will tell whether we decide to branch out, or spend the weekend in our jammies, and possibly venture out as far as 2nd Street for brunch. oooh, Ventura…

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Vice

 

chocolateI think you’ve heard me mention in the past that I’m not a big fan of sweets. Well, there is one exception. Chocolate is my weakness. Good chocolate. The darker, the better. My one and only vice. aahhhhh! (I couldn’t even type that without laughing!) Anyhoo, if you eat sweets on the reg, or just like to have a special little treat every now & then, you’re going to be excited for this Saturday. It’s the 14th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival! It’s pretty much the same concept as Stroll and Savor; you can purchase a book of 12 tickets for $10. Then just wander 2nd Street, sampling a variety of chocolate goodies from participating vendors. Bring the kiddos, and make it a family-funtime event. Grab the girls, and have a Galentine’s weekend (tip: nothing goes better with chocolate than red wine!) Or cuddle up with your sweetie, and celebrate a pre-Valentine’s Day, because you can never have too much of a good thing…

 

Superb Owl

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday! What’s your favorite part about today? The game? The commercials? The halftime show? The food?! Since my beloved Steelers aren’t playing this year GO EAGLES!,) I’m all about the food. OK maybe the beer, too. I’m thinking I probably should have posted this yesterday, but I’m including a recipe for this yummy, gooey, hot crab dip. I like it because there’s no gross mayo. The only thing I do differently is that I mix everything up except the crab meat, then I gently fold it in at the end. In the recipe, she says, “The resulting mixture should be smooth and thick, without any clumps of cream cheese or crab.” Why wouldn’t you want any clumps of crab?! In case you already went to the store, just go ahead and make this for yourself next weekend. You don’t need a reason for great snacks and beer…

Tarnished

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Golden Milk. Turmeric Latte. Liquid Gold. It’s all over the internet. It’s supposed to be the new wonder drink. It helps build immunity, and relieve a cold. It’s good for your digestion, and your liver. It’s anti-inflammatory, and helps fight cancer. It helps you sleep. It helps you sleep. So while all of the other health benefits are appealing, it was this last one that most interested me. It’s basically coconut milk, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper (the pepper is supposed to help the turmeric absorb better, or something like that.) This is the recipe I kind of used. I didn’t add the sugar (but I did add back pepper,) and I didn’t measure anything except the milk and water. I think there should only be 1/2 cup of water. The first time I made it, I sipped it slowly about an hour before I went to bed. It didn’t help. The second time I made it, I drank it quickly right before I went to bed. It didn’t help. So, while it certainly did not meet up to my wishes for a better sleep, I may still drink it occasionally for the health benefits. Oh, BTW, the third time I made it, I didn’t make it; I just had a couple of cocktails before bed…

 

Snug

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It’s been a little chilly lately. It’s so nice to be able to snuggle up under a warm blanket, with some fuzzy socks, maybe even a cup of tea. But what about all of the homeless in our neighborhood? Socks are the #1 most requested item at homeless shelters. Most men and women without permanent housing walk miles and miles each day, and their socks can be left threadbare and damp. The C.A.T. is holding the 7th annual Sock It to ‘Em sock drive to benefit 6 area agencies: MHA Village, COA, Precious Lamb, Beacon for Him, City of Long Beach Multi-Service Center, His Little Feet, Long Beach Fire Department’s HEART homeless outreach program, and Long Beach Rescue Mission. You can drop off your donations at Belmont Athletic Club on 2nd Street, or at Bay Shore Church (after hours, leave them on the front porch by the office door.) The sock drive runs through the end of the month, so you still have plenty of time to get out there and shop. Think of how good it will make you feel, just knowing you are helping someone sleep a little better each night…

 

PSA

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So, we are finally getting some much-needed rain. I know we can really use it, but it just made Monday seem so much more Monday-er. And it’s supposed to continue. I just wanted to give you a heads-up that’s its a law in CA, if your windshield wipers are running, your headlights need to be on. Also – on a much lighter note – if you’re like me, and melt like wet sugar when it rains (which means you didn’t make it to the grocery store today,) know that there are a ton of local restaurants that deliver through third-party partners. You can get Roscoe’s from Postmates. Or Taco Surf from Eat24. Or go directly to George’s or Domenico’s websites. But don’t worry, it should be over by Wednesday. Just in time for Hump Day, which, as we all know, is practically the weekend…

 

 

Prelude

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I’ve been thinking about something inspirational to write as we roll out a New Year. I’m just going to keep it simple. Be kind. Try harder. Challenge yourself. Love yourself. Love others. Relax. Explore. Inspire. Change. Don’t change.

Sending light into your world for 2018…

 

Hole in One

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Drinking Buddy and I were out yesterday for our last Thirsty Thursday of the year. We had a beer, and a bit of a nosh, and were ready to move along 2nd Street for more tasty tidbits. As we were wondering where we would end up next, he suggested AI. Sounded like a great idea, since it was a little chilly, and we could see from across the street that there was a sunny table available there. As we were waiting for the light to change, I challenged him, “You don’t really want to go to AI! You want to go to the (newly opened)  The Pie Hole!” Long story short, he dragged me we went to check it out. It’s a nice, bright location with big windows. Clean lines, with white tile floors, reclaimed wood walls, and navy blue accents. They had a couple of glass cases with both large pies and individual-size pies in them. There was a cooler with some unique sodas. They also have a selection of coffees, specialty lattes, and tea. There was surprisingly a decent assortment of savory pies. I recall seeing a chili pot pie, a mac and cheese pot pie (!) a kale and veggie hand pie, a chorizo hand pie, a quiche (all individual-sized,) and there were more that I can’t remember. The reason that I was surprised by the savory pies is that I’m not really a fan of sweets (especially pastries.) But, you can always get me with chocolate and I can tell you that we did not go wrong with the Mexican Chocolate pie…