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What I Am Loving Lately – September 2016

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I am. I’m looking forward to some yummy home-cooked meals and relaxing on the couch with my favorite human and pup.
It’s time for my monthly post What I Am Loving Lately, where I round up my favorite things, both food-related and not! I hope you guys like these posts because I have a lot of fun sharing them with you.

Let’s get to it!



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Whenever I buy anything online I always google “xyz Promo Code” (the xyz being the name of the store). There are so many coupon and promo codes floating around out there, that usually I am bound to find something that works, even if it’s just 10% off or free shipping.

I read about Honey in a Buzzfeed article back in May, and I immediately installed it into my browser. Honey does the coupon and promo code searching for you, so you don’t have to spend time googling around. All you do is install it into your browser, and whenever you are about to check out of an online store, click on Honey and it will automatically begin searching for qualifying promo codes. If anything works it applies the code directly to your order. Magic!

Admittedly, there are some cases where it doesn’t pick up on a promo code that I know exists, but for the most part it’s awesome. Definitely get it if you’re a bargain shopper like me.


Lenny’s Deli

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I was recently invited in for a meal by the amazing team at Lenny’s Deli in Westwood, Los Angeles. Travis and I were so excited because we both LOVE deli food. Surprisingly, neither of us had heard of Lenny’s, but when I looked it up I saw that it’s a Los Angeles institution.

When we walked into Lenny’s, it was packed, so I immediately knew that we hit the deli jackpot! Travis and I ordered a bowl of matzoh ball soup, a hot pastrami sandwich on rye, and potato pancakes to share. In typical deli fashion, there was more than enough food for the both of us — the soup in particular was HUGE — and everything was delicious. The pastrami was lean, but so flavorful and the matzoh balls were the perfect texture. They also had a big bakery in the front of the store, but we were too full for dessert after our meal. Just another reason to go back soon!


Under Sink Organizer

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Recently, I’ve been on a rampage to organize every square inch of our apartment. I’ve always loved to organize (everything musttttttttt be put in its place!), but I think this time I’ve taken it to a new extreme (more on that in another post).

After being sick of bottles and cleaning supplies being thrown all over the place under our kitchen sink, I purchased this under the sink organizer from Amazon. The assembly was very easy (and this is coming from someone who dreads assembling anything), and it’s seriously helped reduce clutter under our sink. I love that you can move the shelves around to fit your specific sink, since everyone’s plumbing is different.

(Am I officially 80 years old because I get excited about sink organizers…?)



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I am embarrassed to tell you how many packages of Barnanas I’ve gone through in the last two months. I’m so obsessed. Each bag contains small pieces of dehydrated bananas coated in various delicious flavors.

The peanut butter and coffee flavors are my favorites! If you love the combination of banana and peanut butter, you will love the PB Barnanas! I usually have 1-2 of these after a savory meal, and it always hits the spot and curbs my need for any other dessert. I buy the bulk pack on Amazon (#SomeoneHelpMe), but you can also find them at Whole Foods.


Sword and Scale

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I am so late to the podcast game. After getting hooked on Serial (about 10 months after everyone else), I set out to find other similar crime podcasts. I’ve always enjoyed crime books, movies and TV shows, so my taste in podcasts is no different.

I came across Sword and Scale and loved it after one episode. Admittedly, some of the topics are too gruesome for my taste (we’re talking about people doing some pretty horrible things), so I skip over those ones. Each episode follows the story of a crime, some you’ve heard of and others you haven’t, and they use real interviews and clips to explain the details of the case. Also, the narrator, Mike Boudet, has a fabulous voice that I could listen to all day.

If you’re into true crime, I highly recommend this one. Unless of course, you’ve been listening to it for years, and again I am just way behind the times.


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Loving Lately

What I am Loving Lately – September 2015

Hi guys! Happy Friday! Any special plans on the agenda this weekend? We don’t have much planned, but I am reaaaaaally looking forward to a quieter weekend so I can finally make time to cook and catch up on a few projects I’ve been putting off.

I haven’t done a What I am Loving Lately post in awhile, so why not today then?

Let’s get into it, shall we!?


Deli Food

Wednesday was Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, and it is customary to fast from sundown to sundown. Many families have a specific “tradition” to break the fast after sundown. For most that means take out, going out to eat, or a catered meal with a group (because who wants wants to cook on a day when you’re fasting?).

This year, Travis and I decided to get Jewish deli for our break the fast meal. Unfortunately, we don’t live very close to the best delis in Los Angeles. We knew of one up the street from us that’s been around for years, but we’ve avoided it due to poor Yelp reviews. But, on Wednesday evening ALL WE WANTED was deli food, so we decided to just go for it!

Izzy's Deli Man, did it hit the spot! We ordered a large hot pastrami sandwich, matzoh ball soup, and potato pancakes. Travis and I both have a serious love for classic Jewish deli food, so this was perfect for us.


A Train for Rescue Dogs

You know how you see the most RANDOM articles on your Facebook news feed and even though they seem ridiculous, you still click on them? Well, this was one of them.

You guys know I have a serious place in my heart for rescued animals (hi Bessie!), so I fell so in love with this story of a man who built a train for the stray dogs he rescues.

Train Dogs


“Auntie Justine”

Travis’ sister, Justine, was in LA visiting us for the last week, and it was SO special having her here.

Justine has the very special ability of making you feel like you’re the only person in the world when you’re talking to her. She has a ridiculously good memory and always asks about the little things that even you forgot you’d mentioned. Plus, her awesome memory means that she’s incredible at quoting movies (something I am terrible at!). Needless to say, she kept me and Travis laughing the entire time she was here.


Travis and I call her “Auntie Justine” because technically she is Bessie’s “aunt.” Justine used to live in Los Angeles, but moved back to NYC about a year ago. When she lived here in LA, she used to watch Bessie for us and take her on extra long walks. They have an adorable bond. Bessie was just as sad as we were when Justine had to fly back to NYC on Tuesday.

Justine and Bessie

Come back soon, Auntie Justine!


Fall TV!


I am so excited that so many of my favorite TV shows are back this month (Empire, How to Get Away with Murder, Homeland…). There wasn’t really much summer TV that I was into this year, so I am really excited that some of my favorites are back.


Challah French Toast

Challah French Toast

My favorite french toast recipe made a comeback this weekend while Justine was in town. We wanted to make something special for brunch on Sunday morning and this recipe is always a winner. If you haven’t made this one yet, you MUST!


Whine About It with Matt Bellassai

Whine About it

Have you guys seen Whine About It? I think Matt’s series is HILARIOUS. Basically, he gets drunk off wine and talks about things he hates (which are usually things we all can relate to). I especially love this one about The Worst People at Restaurants. If you have some extra time today, watch them all. But be careful if you’re at work because you’ll likely find yourself laughing out loud!


Alright, that’s it from me. Have a great weekend guys! I’ll see you next week with some delicious new recipes!