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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Spaghetti Bolognese

Do you like carbs? You do? Me too!  I know low carb is all the rage these days and it is a great way to eat, but I need to indulge every now and again in something good. I'm talking  big ol  loaf of crusty, buttery garlic bread  and a plate full of delicious sphaghetti good. That's the kind of good that I like:-) Yes, you will pay for eating this way, but if you do it in moderation and strive to be physically fit, its all good.

This dish is actually not unhealthy. I make this delicious spaghetti with  a blend of ground turkey and sweet Italian turkey sausage and use whole grain pasta. It's the garlic bread I love to eat with this that gets me in trouble. Did I mention that I love bread?  This dish is full of garlicky goodness and fresh herbs, but my secret ingredient to a great sauce is a touch of red wine.  If you are pressed for time, you can doctor up a prepared sauce with fresh herbs and wine, but homemade spaghetti sauce is super easy to make and tastes so much better. Serve this with a big fresh salad and fresh bread and you have a delicious well balanced meal:-)

Here, have some
 
 
Ingredients 
 
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage with casing removed
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
3 teaspoons chopped basil
3 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 
2 6 oz cans tomato paste
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
regular salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup of red wine 

Directions:
 
In large pot saute the garlic and onion until translucent. While the garlic and onion is cooking, start adding the Italian turkey and sausage.  Add the bell pepper, basil and parsley flakes. Cook the meat until brown.turkey until brown.  Puree the diced tomatoes and then add them along with the tomato sauce and paste and the remaining spices. Bring to a slow boil and stir in the wine. Let the sauce simmer on low for an hour.
Prepare spaghetti according to directions on package. Drain the noodles and spoon spaghetti sauce over each serving.
 
Makes 10 servings
Bon Appetit!
 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Skittles

I am enjoying these last days of summer so much. I had a great weekend with my little guy. We enjoyed some time at the beach and had a great time and I also got a chance to catch up with friends that I hadn't seen in a while. Quite a few of you have sent emails requesting to see more of my inspirational writing and recipes. You will see some great stuff coming up. The warm weather we have been having made me want to wear orange, which is among one of my favorite colors. I found this cute orange dress hiding in the back of my closet.

Most people know that I love bold colors. They just make me happy:-) These bold candy colored hues remind me of a pack of skittles. There is something I love about the color orange and yellow is my happy color. I decided to anchor these two bold colors with a  neutral blazer and a clutch that has a deep rich hue of purple and orange. Perfect summertime colors!
 You definitely do not blend into background wearing colors like this. What bold color combos do you like?

I love wearing rings even though I am starting to have a touch of old lady hands, LOL
Blazer: Bergdorf Goodman (old )Dress: H&M, Pumps: Urban Original, Clutch: Fashion District, Rings: H&M and Private boutique

I love the color and detail on this clutch. Do you like it?
These shoes are like the sun. So bright!


I really love statement jewelry. How about you?
Have an amazing day!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nobu Malibu (LV's LA)


There is something rejuvenating about sand, beautiful water and the breeze of ocean air. Nobu Malibu is a beautiful, posh restaurant located in the heart of Malibu.   A group of friends and I came here to celebrate the birthday of a close friend in our circle and what a great dinner destination this was! The birthday celebration was so much fun.  The location is breathtaking and the food is fresh and tasty, but be prepared to spend a small fortune for the ambiance and the tasty Japanese food that will play with your taste buds.

  The cozy couches and tables next to the ocean are definitely prime real estate here, so if you want to be seated there, you might fare better coming early or on a week day.

 We had a great spot with a view of the ocean and of course, lots of great people watching. When we saw Hugh Jackman walk by, we knew it was going to be an interesting evening:-)

 The food here is served tapas style in small plates, so we started with lobster tacos and this was definitely one of my favorites

 Lobster and shrimp tacos, brussel sprout salad

 Field Greens salad with Matsuhisa dressing

 This brussel sprout salad was tasty with a unique flavor, but one of my friends didn't care for it. I thought it was fresh tasting with robust flavor


 This Lychee passion fruit  refresher was sweet and delicious. So perfect with the complex flavors in the food. Yes the ladies in this photo  are looking right at me trying to figure out who I am, LOL


Yellowtail with Jalapeno


The first drink was so delicious, I decided to try the Acai punch. It did not look appetizing at all when they brought it to me, but it was very refreshing. It definitely tasted better than it looked
Shrimp tempura rolls


Okra tempura

The rock shrimp tempura is a must try. Definitely tasty and a large enough portion for sharing.


I snapped this image of the waves crashing from our table. Isn't this view amazing? 


We arrived early evening and it was low key and calm, but after it got dark the energy level here went into overdrive.

The vibe as the evening went on was LOUD, vibrant and energetic, especially in the bar. After dinner, we lingered in the bar to continue our celebration and met some interesting people. Definitely not a dull moment. We didn’t leave Nobu until close to their closing time because we were having such a great time and good conversation among strangers who became new friends.

 If you are after a quiet serene experience, come early. For high energy, come later in the evening. Lots of great people watching and a parking lot full of automotive eye candy:-)  I highly recommend reservations because it gets very busy here, especially on weekends. Dining here is a luxury experience, so when your toy size portions come out, just smile enjoy the ocean air and eat:-)

Nobu Malibu
22706 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
310-317-9140


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