I spent a relaxing, low-key Christmas in LA with some good friends. Here are some photos!
I made these before I left from this recipe of Martha Stewart’s. I love sweet things, crunchy things, things that go well with coffee, and most of all, almonds with cinnamon. These cookies are virtually foolproof, and that’s coming from a self-professed disaster in the kitchen. I made a double batch, omitting the decorative almonds on top, and made smaller, more bite-sized cookies out of the second batch, seen in the background. They were a huge hit!
I also got to meet my adorably furry nephew, Baxter. He’s a terrier mix, approximately 1.5 years old, and a total love bug. My friends A + M adopted him from an animal rescue in LA, and he, like his namesake from “Anchorman,” loves cheese and only speaks Spanish He’s still working on learning some doggie things, like playing fetch and going in and out his dog door, but I’m already a proud auntie!
We celebrated Christmas Day with a spread of heavy appetizers and wine, where I discovered my love for Trader Joe’s Sweet & Spicy Pepper Jelly. I think it’s a seasonal item, but if you get a chance, go out and get some, and you can thank me later.
We went to an early happy hour the day after at Fishbar in Redondo Beach, whose claim to fame is a bloody Mary garnished with a pickled spear of asparagus, a slice of smoked bacon, and a prawn. Yes, you read that correctly. Our server informed us that their bartender had just won “Best Bloody Mary” at some competition, but I’ll tell you that A and I weren’t blown away by the actual drink. It was peppery, but not really spicy, and would have been helped immensely by some citrus. Also, who doesn’t salt the rim of a Bloody Mary? These people, apparently. All that aside, the garnishes were fantastic, and their actual happy hour menu was delicious, so give it a shot!
So I don’t love wrapping gifts. My friends also really like their booze, so here are some of our contributions under the tree. Perfect Christmas!
I’ll leave you with this hilarious sign. As the daughter of parents who own a Chinese restaurant, I found it perfect (even though my parents’ place is closed on Christmas).