Sycamore on a Sunday

I rarely go to Sycamore Kitchen on the weekend, but we were hungry after the John Malkovich Exhibit up the street, and braved the lines for lunch.

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Could Abe’s Fried Egg Tartine (Spinach, Arugula Pesto, Tomato, Avocado Hummus) be any more photogenic?!?

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My Mediterranean Chicken Salad (dates, hazelnuts, radicchio, kale, red wine vinaigrette) wasn’t as sultry…

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…but she still was pretty!
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And yes, both were REALLY good.

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Audrey n Friends

I’m so grateful for a magazine like Audrey, which is filled with beauty tips, fashion, and familiar faces that look like mine.  It’s also the only publication on stands that I can open up and say – page after page – HEY I KNOW THAT PERSON!  Which is massively weird and amazing!

I’ve never had the pleasure of being introduced to the current cover girl

Audrey Magazine

…but I was thrilled to see my blogging buddy Joan Chen

Joan Chen

Randall Park (I was actually on his couch when I discovered this article)…

Randall Park

Anna Akana (who I presented an award to at SDAFF 2014)…

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Jessika Van (we ate at Trois Mec the same night!)…
Jessika Van

…and uh, OMG THAT’S ME!!!!  Wearing Michelle Hebert’s creation (that Brandy later borrowed/rocked) at the KoreAm Gala.

Lynn Chen

I briefly met Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon at Sam/John’s wedding and I was really touched to read this feature on her life with lupus – she has a blog where you can find out more.

Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon

There was even a familiar place between the pages – Tart/Farmer’s Daughter.

The Farmer's Daughter Hotel

P.S. Audrey Magazine’s 2015 Fashion Show is coming up soon – March 28th.  I won’t be walking this year, but if you want to see the action follow #AFS2015 #LetsGoVIP on social media.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake

Here’s the bundt cake I almost messed up for Abe’s birthday.  As you can see, everything turned out just fine.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Cast of characters (yes, my peanut butter is as large as the cake box)…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

…I used this recipe with a few adjustments – there’s no oil in the cake, just pb.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

The cake was delicious, too.  It tasted like a peanut butter cup (there’s a photo of the inside on T.A.D.’s Facebook Page).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cake (adapted from Pillsbury)

Ingredients

    For the Cake

    For the Topping

    • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
    • 1/4 cup Chunky Natural Peanut Butter
    • 3 tablespoons Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • Handful crushed Dry Roasted Peanuts

    Instructions

    Mix almond milk, peanut butter, vanilla extra and egg whites in a large bowl. Add cake mix and stir till combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour into greased/floured bundt pan (I recommend baking spray) and bake in a 350 degree oven until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Leave in the bundt pan 10 minutes, then flip onto serving plate.

    After an hour of cooling, place the topping ingredients (peanut butter, almond milk, and chocolate) in a microwave-safe bowl. Nuke for 40 seconds, stopping halfway through to stir and melt completely.

    Immediately frost the entire cake, and sprinkle the peanuts on top.

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