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I was in the car a lot yesterday. Traffic snacks –


Leftover Shishitou Peppers


After our respective auditions, Christy picked me up for a trip to Burbank!


(In case you were wondering what the title of this post stood for)

Love the catalog, but the stuff never looks as good in person


More fun to browse here than buy, I feel


Definitely not worth standing in this line for some napkins!


We did pick up some Swedish groceries though…


…wound up with some very boring crackers, but there was definitely some interesting stuff to see!


I remember these chocolate/coconut-covered marshmallows from my trip to Paradis – they’re GREAT smashed on top of ice cream


Haven’t eaten in their cafeteria since I was a wee one…I convinced Christy to go for dinner


For $4.99 you get a plate of balls…


…cream sauce and lingonberry jam + mashed potato…


…a make-your-own salad…


…with horrific dressing options (we decided on fat free italian)…


…garlic bread + a Diet Pepsi


Christy and I split the balls + bread – the taters and soda were all mine


We also shared the veg


Sadly, the meatballs did NOT live up to my fond memories of them. They were quite rubbery, like a really bad soy version


I think I may have finally outgrown this store?

Not that I would say no to this kitchen!!!


How much stuff in your house is currently from IKEA? There’s about eleven in mine, and that’s not counting all the non-furniture items like utensils, glasses, lighting, sheets, plants, frames, etc.

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  • xl

    ahhh, I’m so jealous! There’s no ikea in New Orleans :(

  • Kelsey

    is it just me or is Ikea getting bigger and better with each passing day!?! i mean, even their food looks better… i remember a few years back looking at their cafe food and thinking..hmmm, not quite sure how appetizing that would be…but this- major improvement!

    xoxo <3

  • Lisa

    Hmm, I actually don’t think we have any IKEA fare in the house. Perhaps because we’ve never lived near one, though?


    Um, thank you for telling me what IKEA stands for! And I feel the same way…. I get the catalog, get excited to go get something and then it just doesn’t excite me when I see it in person….

  • The Healthy Engineer

    I’ve never been/eaten at Ikea before!!
    I don’t think it really looks that appealing though…but it reminds me of Costco.

  • Parry Shen

    I’ve got these two guys stacked on top of each other in my office: (horizontal)

    I love ’em – 30 total little cubes of bookshelf space.

  • Ameena

    I agree – everything in the catalog looks great but once I’m there I end up buying nothing!

  • Cindy

    I think your palate has outgrown IKEA. Hmmm…I have about 7-8 items, bookshelves, etc. I’ve learned to go in with a plan otherwise you can walk yourself numb and I don’t eat there unless I’m desperately hungry.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    My loft bed, for one! And in a post I did this week about cutting a squash, that knife is from IKEA.

  • Pure2raw twins

    love IKEA. my place has about 5 pieces of furniture from it, we built it all from scratch. and it all turned out great! great store!

  • livinglearningeating

    I love the IKEA Daim tart!

  • Alissa @ Not Just Apples

    They’ve totally changed the meatball recipe in England too… they’ve kind of got spongey, which is so sad, because they used to be such a tasty treat!

    • Lynn at The Actors Diet

      aha – so maybe the version i had as a kid was better? i’m glad i didn’t buy a bag of swedish meatballs to go!

  • Shell Lewis

    Maybe the Swedish fish would’ve been a better option!! Ok joking aside their floating shelves are pretty cool and I admit I have a table top for my computer desk! It’s very shiny and only cost $18!