Seared Ahi Salad

I grew up in a family of sashimi eaters. Mom, dad, and my sister all loved raw fish but I couldn’t get past the texture. That is until one day I was given a bite of tataki, a seared tuna served with a citrus soy sauce dressing. From there I learned how to appreciate the delicate taste of raw fish. If you have a newcomer to the raw fish world, I suggest trying this recipe as a gateway to the world of YUM! This lightly seared tuna with the roasted sesame dressing does the perfect introduction without any of the ick factor. 

 

 

To Create this dish for yourself click the link below to my recipe posted on Bloody Decks Outdoors.

CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

 

Moving Day

I recently moved into my first apartment (YAY!!!) and boy has this been an eye opener. The whole process of just finding a place that fits your needs and wants is a whirlwind but the actual moving in process is nothing short of exhausting. (Stairs… you have become a mortal enemy.)

Here is my list of the top 5 things you need to know when moving into an apartment. (for the first time)

  1. HELP, ALWAYS accept help, friends, family, that random person who asked if you would like carrying some boxes.. Honestly you never realize how much energy it takes to move your life from one location to another so put away the pride and don’t be afraid to ask for help. (Be sure to properly thank and do your best to compensate the help though, I have noticed that drinks or dinner/lunch seem to work best.)
  2. Measure twice, cut once. My grandfather always told my dad measure twice cut once and I never truly understood the value of this saying until I had to buy furniture and fit it into the tiny space I now call home. Don’t get me wrong it’s a blast playing Tetris with your living room but measure once.. mark it down and then measure again… and then after that make sure you bring your measuring tape with you EVERYWHERE you go.. it will really save you a lot of headaches down the line.
  3. Invest in a tool kit. When I graduated high school one of the most memorable and used gift I received was a pink tool kit. It came complete with a hammer, all sorts of wrenches, screwdrivers (with tons of different adapters), a measuring tape (see item 2), and a “stylish” pink matching carrying bag. My 18 year old self couldn’t imagine the amounts of times that this bag would become my best friend. There are countless uses for a tool kit in every day life but it is a real life saver when it comes to moving. Furniture, doors, appliances that require some assembly… you name it! I cannot stress how wonderful it is to have a tool kit with you when you’re trying to tighten and tweak things for your new home.
  4. Toilet paper, paper towels, a plunger, and trash bags. You should not enter the doors of your new places without these items.. Just trust me.
  5. TIME It’s not a race. Take your time and really get into the idea that this is real life and not one of those reality shows where the person moves into a dump and after the commercial break the place is completely put together. You will have tons of boxes. You will have moments of wondering if you are a a delusional hoarder. You will get there and one day suddenly realize that you’ve done it! You’ve finally unpacked your last box. Even if it takes a year before that happens!

 

What are your tips for people moving into a new place? I’d love to hear some helpful comments or experiences of your moves.

7 Reasons to Escape to Palm Springs!

It’s no secret that I LOVE Palm Springs from the Palm trees, gorgeous architecture, tasty treats, to the fun places to see it just keeps growing!

Here are 7 of my reasons that you need to Escape to Palm Springs this summer!

 

 

1) You can score a fabulous luxury pool home rental at super affordable off-season rates!

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Acme House Company Vacation Rental  “Blanca Vista” 

 

Have you ever visited a place and stayed in a tiny hotel and had to pay hundreds of dollars for a tiny room and then have to pay for parking at the hotel? FEAR NOT I have the best solution! Stay with Palm Springs best vacation rentals ever! Who is that? ACME House Company! They manage some of the most gorgeous luxury rentals in Palm Springs! Wish you could live in a art exhibit? They have a house for that! Love the tart refreshing lemonade? They have a house for you! No joke one of my favorite houses is one called, Lemon Twist! It’s this tart little slice of sunshine complete with a pool, mini golf, and an amazing lounge by the outdoor fire feature. Treat your self and some friends and stay in one of these houses! You will not regret it!

2) Bonding time –

spending low key quality time with your peeps. Just spend most of your time floating in the pool, laughing, connecting – you never really have to leave the house! Vacation should be easy!

3) The Certified Farmers Market moves inside to the air conditioning! Looking to browse fresh produce but not ready  to brave the summer temps? Palm Springs has an amazing Farmers market indoors! Check it out at 401 South Pavilion Way Palm Springs (CLICK HERE FOR HOURS)

 

4) Ice cream. Need I say more? On the north side of Palm Springs take a stroll over to the Arrive Ice Cream & Shop (pe) for one of their delectable flavors! Sample them all and then buy a scoop! Did I mention there are FREE self serve toppings?

5) We’re OPEN! Unlike in the past summers where Palm Springs would all but close up for the “off season” stores and restaurants are staying open all year long! Wish you had gotten a chance to eat at EVZIN  but could never score reservations? Now is the chance to taste some of the most amazing dishes the valley has to offer! Locally owned healthy plates of YUM what more could you ask for? Stop by for dinner, or lunch on weekends even!

6) Over the Rainbow Desserts – magic from Roman in the form of his cupcakes is so worth the trip. After you have had a great meal at Evzin and then an amazing desert at the Ice Cream & Shoppe it’s time for SECOND DESSERT! Yes ladies and gents step right up for cup cakes that are small in size but never in flavor! And by small.. I mean you can fit it in you hand.. and not look like a complete glutton.

7) Destination Palm Springs.

20180509_GirlsTripDay2_176 How often do you visit a touristy trap store and see the same old key chains with the names of the location swapped out. Or maybe a cheap tacky shirt. Have I saved the best for last!! Destination PSP is the ultimate shop for everything you want to take home from Palm Springs (Even if you live here). This one of a kind shop features local artists as well as custom designed apparel in Palm Springs Mod style.

 

So what are you waiting for! Book your stay in Palm Springs this summer the Hottest destination!

The most beautiful…

Tucked away in a magical shop in Palm Springs, aka The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five, lies a room filled with the most BEAUTIFUL vintage scarves I have ever laid eyes on! The first time I walked in was true love at first sight! Bold colors artfully matched with patterns of flowers and shapes, I couldn’t help but feel transported to another world. I’m gushing about Candice Held of course!

When you visit desert looking for a piece of vintage Palm Springs Style you absolutely must visit the Candice Held Boutique. There are two locations, one in Palm Desert’s El Paseo Shopping District and the other inside of The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five. If you’re lucky and you visit the Palm Desert flagship store you might even run into the artist herself.

For the West Elm Girl’s Trip powered by Acme House Company I had the honor of being styled by Candice herself! Never have I worn a piece of clothing that felt so light and breezy. The Palm Springs climate is notorious for being hot and sunny but wearing these silk scarf pieces felt like a cool breeze. I loved the way that every piece had fashionable ties that helped to custom fit every piece to my body.  The scarf tunic was one of the most amazing of the pieces because of it’s ability to more from one style to the next being completely reversible!!! (No joke I must have worn this 4 different times in 4 different styles because I loved this one so much.) Going on a vacation? Take this piece with you and instantly and effortlessly rock a resort chic look.

Can you tell that I am in love with the entire Candice Held line yet? Elegant silhouettes, breezy silks, beautiful vintage inspired prints, custom fits?! Should I keep going on or are you ready to run over and pick up one of your own.

10 Tips on surviving a long flight.

I can’t remember the first plane I was on.. Apparently I was only a few months old. But since then I have been flying all of my life back and for from California to Hawaii to visit family every few months. There are tons of lists teaching you how to pack your luggage or what to not bring onto a place (*cough* guns, bombs, knives *cough*) and so forth but here are my top 10 list of tips on how I survive long airplane flights.

  1. Get comfy, If you can wear clothes and are non constricting. Skinny jeans and a lace up corset type might be comfy to some but your body tends to bloat and retain fluids to allow for some wiggle room. Bonus points if you have a pair of classy looking pajamas.
  2. SHOWER. Not only for yourself but for your fellow passengers. No one wants to sit next to someone who hasn’t showered since yesterday. Maybe even wear some deodorant. Avoid strong perfumes cause there is nothing worse than sitting next to a cloud of AXE body spray.
  3. Pack your own headphones. Having your own pain guarantees that you will have some sort of entertainment available to you no matter where you are in the air. Many airlines have you purchase the pair, so save yourself the trouble and bring your own noise canceling buds.
  4. Stretch. Before you get on the plane, some time during the flight, and probably after. Sitting in one place is not good in any situation and cramped in a tiny airplane seat is even worse. Get up if it’s more than two hours and move around or if you are capable stretch in your seat.
  5. Drink water. The thought of having to  shut yourself into one of those airline bathrooms is less than glamorous but drink water, the air is even more drying inside the cabin and you will get dehydrated easily. PRO TIP: If you have your own water bottle bring it EMPTY and fill it once you get inside. TSA Lets you bring an empty water bottle through security.
  6. Bring your own spa. If you are into those paper face masks bring one along! When else are you gonna have a few hours of me time! Completely cut off from the phone and with a valid excuse that you were unavailable!
  7.  CHARGE EVERYTHING! As in all of your battery operated items.. cell phone, ipad, kindle, mp3, lap top, ETC Whatever it is! Charge it before you get on the plane. Some of the newer planes offer USB outlets that you can plug into and a few lucky ones have real power outlets but most do not. A dead battery means you have to rely on the in-flight entertainment which might not be so great.
  8. Bring a pillow. These make life sooo much better than using one of those flimsy cottonballs they give you on the plane. Lumbar support? CHECK, Nap time? Sure why not! Pillows are 100% worth every bit of extra effort to bring on the plane.
  9. SLEEP. Okay.. I know this one is kinda like the previous one but seriously! Take a nap.. rest. Sleep! You’re going somewhere far away and it’s probably gonna take every bit of energy to make it though the day so a nap is definitely in order.
  10. Have fun! You’re on an adventure! Try not to get caught up they they ran out of your preferred in-flight chicken.. meal. Be kind to the flight attendants and look forward to all of the great things that you are headed towards!

 

Do you have any tips on how to survive a long flight? Post them in the comment section below I’d love to hear them!

“MVKT” Most Valuable Kitchen Tool

You know that feeling when you put on your favorite outfit. The one that you KNOW makes you look and feel like a 10! That’s how I feel about my chef knife!

It’s such a simple and lightweight tool that its kinda funny really. Second in my list of most valuable are chopsticks but let’s not go there.

The knife that I am absolutely in love with right now is actually a stainless steel Daiso knife. What is Daiso you ask? Daiso is only the best freaking place in the world! It’s my disneyland for all things that I didn’t even know that I needed! And here is the kicker! Most of the items are only $1.50 each! Dollar fifty? Who cares we have dollar stores all over the place but WAIT! This brightly lit store is filled with items worth soooo much more! Everything from gardening tools to stationary and cooking pieces!!!

If you’ve never been to Daiso it could best be described as a Japanese Dollar store. And this is where I purchased my absolute favorite knife! Not only is it suuuper sharp but it is the perfect weight for my cooking needs. I know what you’re thinking… chef knives should be heavy duty and strong but don’t underestimate the power of this little tool! Every day chopping and dicing are made effortless because of this little baby! And it’s so cheap you could almost treat it like a disposable… Almost.

For me I try to keep an extra knife hidden away somewhere just in case something does happen to my precious Daiso knife but so far I have only had to replace it ONCE in the course of a couple years after daily use. Not bad for a $1.50 right?

What is your MVKT? Let me know in the comments below!