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  1. How to Host a (Homemade) Bagel Brunch

    Elijah’s Deli welcomed me with open Jewish grandma arms the first time my parents dropped me off in San Diego to start college as a freshman. And visit after visit, we always seemed to end up there for lunch or brunch. Nestled in an inconspicuous mall in La Jolla, it was the sort of place Continue…

    Going to Elijah’s felt like a visit to my grandparents’ house, where everything was friendly and familiar, and you got your food exactly how you liked it (but with a little extra butter and cream).
  2. How to Throw a Killer 1st Birthday Party

    All photos in this post are by the talented Rachelle Derouin. A few weeks ago, we celebrated our daughter Neko’s 1st birthday at my parents’ house. Not being much of a DIY’er in recent years, I went a little overboard with the planning, decorations, and cooking. I bought bamboo forks and hand-stamped the letter N Continue…

  3. How to Ask Someone to Dinner (And Plan the Perfect Evening)

    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d share some thoughts on what it means to ask someone to dinner. I’ve been married for almost five years so it’s rare for anyone to ask me to dinner but I’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of single gal stories about dudes who Continue…

  4. Gifts for a New Home

    Moving into a new home is an exciting time: it’s an opportunity to update the coffee table, add some fresh art, and recreate your dream relaxation space. Whether you’re on the move or know someone who is, here are a few ideas for cool gifts that say ‘welcome home.’ 1. Whiskey stones: For the friend Continue…

  5. Favorite Summer Kitchen Essentials

    Summer is in full swing here in San Francisco which means plenty of fog, jean jackets, sweaters thrown over breezy dresses, and outdoor tables. It’s my favorite time to cook and eat, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite summertime kitchen essentials with you today. 1. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Continue…

  6. 5 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Picnic (Sponsored)

    This post is sponsored by LG, who provided us with the LG Optimus G Pro to help us plan my birthday picnic. Read on to see how I used the smartphone and find my 5 tips for planning your own (stress-free) summer picnic. This year, for my 30th birthday, I decided that I wanted to Continue…

  7. 6 Ways to Create a Stylish Table Setting

    We love to entertain at our house (if you haven’t guessed) but we’re not the stuffy types. Since we spend so much time planning our meals, cooking, and selecting music for our gatherings, we like to keep things simple when it comes to table settings. But, every once in a while, we like to step Continue…

  8. How to Make a Cafe-Style Breakfast at Home: Recipes + Soundtrack

    There are few things I love more on a Saturday or Sunday morning than breakfast. Would I sound ridiculous if I told you it’s probably the number one thing I look forward to all week? Waking up without an alarm clock, lazily crawling out of bed, listening to some records while drinking coffee and cracking Continue…

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