Oh Los Angeles

by Koko on June 11, 2014 · 1 comment

in Cooking, Recipe, Travel, Uncategorized

I will never stop loving you. The food, the people, the stores. I love when I get to visit my family and friends. Since Q had some training in Arizona, I extended what was originally a 24-hours trip home into 8 days visiting with family and friends.

There were delicious deck dinners at home.

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And fabulous dinners out.

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There was a girls’ weekend in Palm Springs where we cooked, drank wine and tanned (perfection).



A fun OneRepublic concert.


And lots of girls’ dinners.



What a week it was!


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San Fran

by Koko on June 2, 2014 · 2 comments

in Family, Travel

This weekend I flew from Georgia to San Francisco to spend time with the women in my family. My grandma and aunt flew in from Hawaii, my mom flew up from LA and my cousin and aunt live in the city. I was worried about leaving Q and Carl, flying out on an afternoon flight after the last day of school and the exhaustion that I felt from my last 10 weeks of student teaching. But I am SO happy I went.


It was a fabulous weekend spent together wandering around the city. We ate at my favorite restaurant, The Slanted Door, twice. I got to shop my all-time favorite farmers’ market at the Ferry Building. My mom and I finally got to go out to Alcatraz and take the night tour (highly recommended). And we spent a lot of time together as a family, which is so rare. And SO nice.







And now I am in LA for a little while, spending even more time with the family before heading back to Georgia. June is crazy for us as Q has training, I am starting to teach swimming lessons for the summer and I am getting my final certification paperwork in order to start teaching in the fall. Busy, but so exciting.


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Quick Weekend Trip

by Koko on April 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in Restaurants, Travel

This weekend I went home to celebrate Easter with my family and friends. It was a quick trip packed with appointments, dinners with friends and family time. It is still so weird to me that I have been gone for almost 18 months.

During this trip, I stopped at the newly opened Georgetown Cupcake (YUM, and in my opinion better than Sprinkles), Gracias Madre (great atmosphere, so-so food), and Connie & Ted’s (the lobster roll is to die for).


We did Easter with my family and friends at the spot of our wedding. Oh the memories! IMG_1703


PS Dress is Modcloth and one of my favorites (very similar style here).


While in LA for our girls dinner, I made my favorite caprese summer pasta and this fantastic  kale & quinoa salad from Elise. HIGHLY recommended for an easy dinner.

Happy Monday y’all!

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Chicago Part 2

by Koko on March 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Travel, WCR

Over the weekend I realized I never finished recapping how much fun I had in Chicago during the rest of the Women’s Chefs conference. With a conference consisting of incredible women chefs, you have to know the food is going to be knock out. Each meal was unreal, mostly created with ingredients supplied by the sponsors (think Wisconsin Dairy (cheese), Gallo Winery (wine), In Harvest (grains), and Tabasco. This cute ramekin was filled with spicy hash and topped with a fried egg – to die for. Oh and that was only one out of maybe ten freshly made breakfast items available.


For the big gala on Monday night, there were Kitchenaid centerpieces (my mom and I both were plotting to take one home) and more food than you could even imagine (check out that cheese plate, there were two of those per table!)).  photo 3

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On Tuesday, I took a few breakout classes. The first was about pairing beer and cheese. Apparently beer pairs better with cheese than wine does because of all the bubbles (clears your palette better between tastings). I learned about different craft beers and cheeses from smaller producers. Most importantly, I learned how to put an ideal tasting together (start with light cheeses and lagers and move towards blues and stout beers). I can’t wait for Q to get home so I can show off my new skills!


My mom took a class on butchery where they butchered the whole lamb and talked about the different cuts and how to use them. I stepped in at the end trying to learn something to bring back for Q, but all I took away is that he is a far better butcher than I am.

I met an amazing pizzeria chef, Ruth Gresser and bought her pizza book to give Q and my Friday night pizza tradition more excitement. Those of you in the DC area may know her for Pizzeria Paradiso IMG_1322

And then sadly, I had to fly home. My mom and I were both originally on mid-morning flights out, but with the storm that was hitting Chicago, we raced to the airport and got on earlier flights. Our earlier flights ended up being delayed until past our original flights, which ended up getting canceled. We were just glad to have gotten out of there. And this guy was very happy to have me home.



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