Drinks

Berry banana smoothie

I love to start my day with a cold fruit smoothie, especially in the hot months of summer. I know, I know, it’s October. But here in Southern California it still feels like July, so I often opt for a cold smoothie over a pumpkin spice latte (sorry, world). Smoothies are perfect…

Sweets

Quatro leches

When I was going to school in Minneapolis, my friend Urmila made this amazing cake called tres leches. I swear I died and went to heaven that night. Best cake I’ve ever had, hands down. I’m not a huge cake person, but I would give my right arm for one more…

Main Dishes

Gazpacho

At the restaurant where I work, we always have a soup de jour. If you don’t know what soup de jour is, watch Dumb and Dumber—my friend Flo will fill you in. A few weeks ago the cooks made gazpacho and I fell in love. Hot soup isn’t always appealing…

Breakfast

Banana pancakes (two-ingredient)

These banana pancakes aren’t your average, run-of-the-mill, Bisquick pancakes, which is exactly why I love them. See, unlike many fellow humans, I’ve never really been a fan of pancakes. Unless they’re drenched in butter and syrup, I really don’t see the appeal. They’re just flattened pillows of blandness that get stuck to…