My L.A. Foodie Bucket List

Posted July 19, 2017 by Rowena in Friends | 8 Comments

I live in a city that is filled to the brim with trendy restaurants, cafes, diners and just everything a foodie lover could want and I don’t take advantage of being so close to some of the best restaurants around. I’ve lived in Los Angeles County all of my life and as a creature of habit, I don’t venture very far from my comfort eating spots.

I’m hoping to change that this year. I’ve been bugging my friends about starting up our foodie group again but well, one of my friends moved away and the rest of the group has chaotic schedules that it’s hard to get together often.

Well, my schedule has opened way up with Brenna graduating and I have a lot of free time on my hands so…why not make a list of the trendy spots I want to try and then drag my friends with me on these foodie adventures? I will find a way to make it work and B Nice, Tasha, Hanah and Theresa? We’re going to be busy this year!

Here’s a list of the stuff that I want to try before the year ends.

1. Magnolia Bakery (Banana Pudding)
2. Georgetown Cupcakes (Cupcakes)
3. Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken (Fried Chicken and Pie)
4. Republique (Banana Cream Pie)
5. The Apple Pan (Apple Pie, Hickory Burger)
6. The Pie Hole (Pie)
7. Jongewaard’s Bake & Broil (Pie)
8. Cofax Coffee Shop (Chorizo Breakfast Burrito)
9. Dodger Stadium (Dodger Dog)
10. Honey Kettle (Fried Chicken)
11. Pink’s Hot Dogs (Hot Dog)
12. The Griddle Cafe (Pancakes)
13. Toast (Breakfast)
14. Nick’s Deli (Breakfast Burrito)
15. San Pedro’s Fish Market & Restaurant (Seafood)
16. Shake Shack (Something Borrowed)
17. Milk (Baked Goods)
18. The Loop (Churros)
19. Paradise Bowl (Acai Bowls)
20. Lemonade (Salad)

I’m starting with 20 and then will add anything else that catches my fancy. I’ll also be tracking what we try out and maybe writing up a post about it or something. Should be fun.

Have you guys tried any of these places? Anything that I should add to my foodie bucket list that isn’t there already?


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Week in Review (60)

Posted July 17, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

Brenna is in Colorado right now and I have a lot more time than I know what to do with. I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out with my friends and am really enjoying being in their company and just doing things that we haven’t done in ages. We tried the banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery that I’ve been bugging everyone to try with me. We’ve done a lot of walking at the beach and watching street shows and eating street food in Downtown L.A. We’ve done a lot of L.A. touristy things and I’m having a blast. I miss my kid like crazy though. I can’t wait for her to come home.

What I’m Currently Reading

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:

– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:

– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

My reading has been slow going but I’m starting this book today so wish me luck. I’m hearing good things about it so I’m excited to read it.

What I Read

Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne | 3.75 out of 5
When Its Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the week goes to When It’s Real by Erin Watt. It was such a fun story about a superstar and the fan he falls in love with. I was really excited to read this one as it had fallen off my radar with my review pile taking up most of my time so thank goodness for us choosing to read this book together this month. It was good!

What I Reviewed

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
Second Chance Season by Liora Blake

What I Posted

Graduations, Vegas & Future Planning
Eye Candy Friday: Matt Erikkson from Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

What I Got

I’m sure I got some stuff but hell if I can remember what they are right now. I’ll update next week. For sure.

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?


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Eye Candy Friday: Matt Erikkson from Stay

Posted July 14, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

This week’s eye candy goes to Matt Erikkson from Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. This book was such a great book and for me, my enjoyment was in large part because of the hero, Matt. He’s a single father trying to do well in his career as a hockey goalie but still be a relevant part of his kids life. His ex-wife has the girls for most of the time but he makes the most of the time that he does have the girls and he gets it all done with the help of his virtual assistant, Hailey.

I think what I liked most about Matt was that he was so…normal. I mean, sure he’s a famous hockey player but he’s also just a man. A father. An ex-husband. He wasn’t this overwhelmingly alpha male that has to dominate everyone in his life. He was manly but he was also a simple man’s man who tried to keep his promises to his kids and flirt with his assistant as well.

He was also sweet and charming and I absolutely adored him. I’m really digging his Single Dad vibes and ugh, I just loved him to pieces.

This is my Mark Erikkson:

Memorable Quotes

“He’s already one up on me. He’s been on the receiving end of a couple of Hottie’s kisses.

I’ve got nothing. It’s the first time I’ve ever been jealous of my dog.”

Matty Cakes had a crush on his assistant long before he met her and I thought that was too cute.

“Maybe I can convince you to kiss me again. I’m right here, honey. Come get me.”

*happy sigh* Can I have my own Matty?

“She has no idea how much this means to me. I’ve spent the last year believing myself unfit to be anyone’s partner. And maybe it’s true. But by spending her day with me – and her night – Hailey lets me believe I’m not a lost cause, that my messy life is worth sharing.”

Yessss!!! He was so worthy of love!

Buy the Book

Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
June 20, 2017
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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Until next week, enjoy!


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