Recipe File: Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

At first I didn't know how to feel about a zucchini bread, but this recipe really got me. With the combination of dark chocolate and grated zucchini, you get a perfectly moist and chocolate-y loaf of bread that's great as dessert or a simple breakfast.

This is also a fairly simple loaf of bread that comes together quickly and easily. Try it for yourself and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread: 

Servings: 1 loaf

What you need: 

  • 1 loaf pan
  • 1 cup of grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil (Chosen Foods 100% Avocado Oil is my #1)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips + a hand full of chocolate chips for sprinkling


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter your loaf pan.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar until fluffy. Stir in the egg, almond milk and vanilla.
  4. Add in your dry ingredients: flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder. Mix together until flour is just combined.
  5. Fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.
  6. Place batter into your loaf plan and sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top.
  7. Place into your pre-heated oven for about an hour. You can also check if the zucchini bread is done by inserting a knife or skewer in the middle and making sure it comes out clean.
  8. Let cool, then enjoy!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread


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By | 2018-03-16T19:34:59+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Cast Iron Buttermilk Cornbread

A great cornbread will never let you down -- whether it's for Thanksgiving or just as a weeknight treat.

This is one of my favorite cornbread recipes because it's simple to whip together and you get a great crust from the cast iron pan. Try it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Cast Iron Buttermilk Cornbread

Cast Iron Buttermilk Cornbread

What you need: 

  • 1 8" cast iron skillet (I love Lodge for cast irons!)
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F & coat your cast iron with avocado oil (any kind of vegetable oil will work) using a paper towel.
  2. Mix together the melted butter and sugar. Add in the egg and whisk together until fluffy.
  3. Whisk in the buttermilk and baking soda. Then add the cornmeal, flour and salt. Your batter will be slightly lumpy.
  4. Add in the batter into your cast iron skillet and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick or knife come out clean from the center when inserted.
  5. Enjoy!
By | 2018-03-03T11:22:33+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A Little Valentine’s Day Treat

Valentine's Day: the holiday filled with pink and red heart candies that ladies either love-to-hate or absolutely love. Whether you're a fan of the Hallmark holiday or not, it's a good excuse to treat yourself to something nice because you deserve it.

Take the fun quiz below to find your valentine's day bra personality and the bra made just for you. Then go ahead and treat yourself to something pretty you can wear underneath it all. Head over to ThirdLove and get 15% off your purchase with this special code all through February: BRABLEMSTL15FEB

Happy shopping and happy Valentine's Day!

By | 2018-02-16T20:24:43+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Fashion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Favorite Places & Spaces Along the Central Coast

The central coast of California is nothing less than a gem along the coastline. From the thriving wine countries to the beaches, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here are six of my absolute favorite places and spaces along the Central Coast that you have to visit if you're in the area. Enjoy!

1. The Station, San Luis Obispo

An old gas station transformed into a wine shop, market and event space. That's what The Station is.

You'll find carefully curated wines from across the globe that aren't readily available anywhere else. Peruse the shelves, buy a bottle or have a glass of wine they're pouring and take it into their open space to enjoy.

The Station also has a variety of great gifts from Stumptown Coffee and small-batch bitters and shrubs, to other specialty goods.

This spot also hosts its own events (such as an art bar, blind tastings and seminars) and has local food trucks swing by during the week (currently The Grilled Cheese Incident and Granada's Raw Bar that has a rotating menu of oysters on the half shell).

So visit The Station and grab a glass or a bottle (because wine not) of wine you won't find anywhere else in SLO.

The Station, San Luis Obispo

2. Centrally Grown, Cambria

Secluded along Highway 1 right across the Pacific Ocean is a place where you can enjoy lunch and dinner, take a free yoga class, have some drinks, and shop around the market. Centrally Grown is a unique happy place where you can take in all the Central Coast has to offer.

The restaurant is upstairs and overlooks the ocean, giving you a beautiful view as you enjoy a meal that features fresh and contrasting flavors that blend beautifully together. The vibe is comfortable and cozy yet fun and vibrant.

The Centrally Grown grounds also feature edible gardens and ocean view patios for you to relax in. There's plenty of seating throughout the grounds so you can grab a couple glasses of wine from the market and enjoy lunch or a snack outdoors.

Centrally Grown, Cambria

3. Sycamore Springs and Resort, Avila Beach 

Escape and relax at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa nestled in the hills right before you hit Avila Beach. You can choose to stay at the resort if you're spending a couple days in Avila, but for those who are just looking for an hour of relaxation, visit their hot springs.

Sycamore has 23 naturally heated hillside mineral spring tubs that you can reserve by the hour. You can unwind with a drink in the hot springs and enjoy the hills surrounding your secluded mineral spring tubs. Sycamore's hot springs are open year round until midnight with the last reservation at 10:45 pm.

Friendly tip: Make a reservation beforehand.

4. Ember Restaurant, Arroyo Grande

Enjoying a meal at Ember Restaurant is a must while in the Central Coast. Featuring a seasonal menu that changes monthly, Ember offers authentic food and an impressive wine list where local wines reign.

Each dish is fresh, honest and served beautifully. Ember also features an open kitchen setup and a wood-fired brick oven where amazing pizzas (and other dishes like Wood Fired Octopus served with padron peppers, baby frisee, pancetta vinaigrette and lemon aioli) are cooked.

Ember Restaurant, Arroyo Grande

5. Thursday Night Farmer's Market, San Luis Obispo 

Thursday night's in San Luis Obispo are known for a farmer's market that brings life to downtown SLO from 6-9 PM. Higuera Street is taken over with the smell of BBQ, fresh produce and the sounds of people dancing, cheering and enjoying the night.

With over 120 vendors at the Farmer's Market, you don't want to pass it up. Of course you'll find the many booths of flowers and fresh produce from local farms as you walk along Higuera, but you'll also find an incredible amount of food. From the tri tip and mini donuts to kettle and roasted corn, surely you will find something for dinner or to snack on as you walk through downtown.

Don't miss a chance to experience a lively and fun stroll through San Luis Obispo's popular Higuera Street on Thursday nights for Farmer's.

6. Black Hill, Morro Bay

Enjoy the outdoors and hike Black Hill in Morro Bay. The hill is a 661-foot volcanic peak and is part of the Nine Sisters of San Luis. The Nine Sisters are a group of nine ancient volcanic mountains that extend in a line from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay.

Black Hill is a fairly easy and short hike at 0.6 miles round trip but you get a stunning view of Morro Bay and the surrounding coastline.

Black Hill, Morro Bay

By | 2018-02-16T20:24:51+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Fig Galette

I love seasonal fruit and flowers (peonies anyone?) so when I saw figs at Trader Joe's last weekend, I instantly reached for them.

Stuck on deciding between the black Mission figs, Tiger figs and green figs... I chose the green figs to try something different. Green Kadota figs are a little less sweet than their cousins but reach the perfect level of sweetness when paired with mascarpone and honey.

In addition to snacking on fresh figs with some prosciutto and thinking about the several things I could do with them (fig jam, roasted figs and honey, bacon or prosciutto wrapped figs...), I settled down and decided to make the easiest of desserts - a galette.

Recipe File: Fig Galette | Chicisms

Recipe File: Fig Galette | Chicisms

Recipe File: Fig Galette | Chicisms

What you'll need:

  • Pie dough (I cheated and used store-bought pie dough I already had in the freezer)
  • 1 pound of fresh figs
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Cane sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Prepare your pie dough, whether you're making it yourself and grabbing a pre-made one.
  2. Wash your figs and cut them lengthwise in 1/4-inch thick slices.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together honey and water (you can warm up the honey beforehand in the microwave so it's easier to blend).
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet, roll out your pie dough into a circle. Top with figs in concentric circles, leaving about an inch and a half border. Fold dough edges over the figs.
  5. Brush the figs and dough with the honey and water mixture. Sprinkle cane sugar on top.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the fig juices begin to bubble.
  7. Let cool for about 15 minutes. Enjoy warm or at room temperature!
By | 2017-04-17T15:28:18+00:00 August 9th, 2015|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |2 Comments