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Oh hello, fall. Here you are already. The transition in Los Angeles is slow, because it’s still so freaking hot out. It’s time to whip up a batch of Pumpkin Ice Cream and start embracing Halloween. Here is what I’m loving right now for autumn.
Chili Paste in a Tube – Entube makes Harissa and Indian Curry Paste in a tube. Kind of like those tomato paste tubes that you keep in the fridge – you use it when you want to add a flavor bomb to whatever you are cooking with. I’ll squirt some into mayonnaise or mustard for a condiment with a kick, or add a dash to scrambled eggs if I just can’t handle facing the day and need a pick-me-up. Pretty soon, they’ll release their Umeboshi flavor, which I’m especially excited about. I use that stuff in Vinegar form right now to alkanize/balance myself after eating too much sugar.
Zoya Nail Polish in Britta – That’s the color you see above! I would never think to pick this color but the folks at Can Can Parleur chose it for me at a recent mani/pedi session. It’s got a metallic sheen to it and boy does it stay on. I’ve had it on for over two weeks and it hasn’t chipped once. Not bad for a vegan, toxic-free nail polish!
Vine American Party Store – Before our No Kid Hungry Pancake Breakfast, Dawn McCoy asks me to stop somewhere and grab a couple balloons. I’m near Vine American Party Store on Melrose, which is a mecca. They not only have everything you would ever need to throw a soiree of any theme, but Halloween costumes too. (Photo credit: Bernadette Low)
Rolla’s Skinny Stripe Shirt – The shirt I’m wearing above reminds me of a pajama top you can wear in public. It’s made from 100% Viscose, the oldest man-made fiber. It breathes well and it doesn’t matter if it gets wrinkly. I’m becoming a big fan of this laid-back Australian clothing company – they also have a pair of denim overalls that I have my eye on.
Standard Shirt – While we’re on the subject of clothes, there’s something for the dudes too. Standard Shirt Company makes high-quality, tailor-cut white button-downs. They design dress shirts to wear to everything from work to weddings, at a price point ($59) where you can buy several as part of a uniform.
Locali’s Vegetarian Reuben – I can’t believe it’s been six years since I first experience the wonder that is this sandwich. Their Russian Dressing goes perfectly with the sauerkraut. I asked for the recipe, but sadly they declined. So I’ll just have to keep ordering it from Amazon Prime Now, which is so easy I may never cook again.
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