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Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, Calif.: The Happiest of Hours

As I'm sure you have realized by now, I have a love for fashion and great food. Nothing can really stop me from dragging along a friend to try a new restaurant in town or a happy hour I have yet to try.

The latter is what brought me to Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Though I've been to this lovely restaurant a few times, I had never tried their happy hour or their sangria that everyone raves about. So, I decided to give it a shot and see what all the talk was about.

For those who don't know, Luna Red is a restaurant and bar with a fantastic outdoor patio that you should choose to sit at if you get the chance. The restaurant serves tapas -- or small plates -- that are unique, fresh and absolutely mouth-watering.

I mean, where else can you find chorizo stuffed dates that are bacon wrapped, duck confit crepes or blue crab lasagna in San Luis Obispo? That's what I thought.

Luna Red's $5 happy hour is held Sunday through Wednesday from 3 pm - 6 pm and all day Thursday (seriously, all day). During happy hour, drink specials are $5 and select menu items are $5.

My friend and I ordered sangria, the smoked paprika hummus with flatbread, blue crab hushpuppies with an avocado remoulade and two arrachera skirt steak tacos. Though service was slightly slow, everything else was amazing. If I had to choose one dish that you must try during Luna Red's happy hour, it would be the blue crab hushpuppies. You won't be disappointed.

As for the sangria... it was the best. I completely understand why everyone raves about it. And for $5, how can you say no?

Luna Red, San Luis Obispo

For a delicious (and pretty happy) happy hour, visit Luna Red at 1023 Chorro Street.

By | October 11th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Apple Bread Pudding

If you're in need of comfort food that is slightly sweet and completely delicious, this apple bread pudding recipe is calling your name.

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe | Chicisms



What you need (for 1 - 8 inch square pan):

  • 6 slices day-old bread (I used Whole Grain Honey & Oat bread from Trader Joe's)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 box (or 1 oz) raisins
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced apples

For the Vanilla Sauce:

  • 1/6 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 - 1/3 cup water
  • 1.5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Apple Bread Pudding Recipe | Chicisms
Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the bread into cubes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, sugar, butter, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Add the sliced bread cubes, apples and raisins into the egg mixture. Slightly toss so that the bread cubes are coated.
  5. Pour the bread and egg mixture into a well-greased 8-inch square pan. With a fork, slightly push down on the bread and apples so that they are somewhat covered by the egg mixture.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  7. While the bread pudding is baking, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a saucepan.
  8. Stir in the water until the mixture is smooth.
  9. Bring to a slight boil over medium heat and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  10. Remove from heat. Stir in the butter, vanilla and nutmeg. Serve with warm bread pudding.

Happy eating! :)

 

 

By | July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Santa Barbara Public Market – A Place Filled With Treasures

If you happen to find yourself on the Central Coast of California, be sure to stop by the Santa Barbara Public Market.

Santa Barbara Public Market

Walking into the Santa Barbara Public Market, you're greeted with a bright and beautiful interior. The Market is bustling with people trying samples of Chocolate Orange Bread at Crazy Good Bread Co. and enjoying lunch at Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar. Organic produce and drinks line one wall while the rest of the Market is filled with individual businesses offering something unique.

As you take a lap around the Public Market, you will find everything from delicious cupcakes, an indoor wine and beer bar, and fresh seafood (the oysters caught my attention). And that's not even half of it.

The LEED certified market opened on April 16 of this year in downtown Santa Barbara, just blocks away from great shopping. On their website, Santa Barbara Public Market states that "with an ardent focus on local farms and artisanal ingredients, the Public Market will present Santa Barbara residents and nomads alike with a very well-stocked pantry for their daily foraging." And that they do.

In addition to organic produce (in a location that they wonderfully call "Foragers Pantry"), the Santa Barbara Public Market features a collection of unique "purveyors" who each bring something different to the Market. Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar features authentic noodle bowls inspired from Thai and Taiwanese cuisine. Pair cheese and salumi from The Culture Counter Co. with handcrafted loaves of bread at Crazy Good Bread Co., then take it to the Wine + Beer Bar. Sustainable and humanely-raised meats can be found at Belcampo Meat Co., freshly made pasta at The Pasta Shoppe and fresh seafood at Santa Monica Seafood. Try olive oils and vinegars from il Fustino.

For non-alcoholic drinks, Green Star Coffee offers coffee from 100% organic fair-trade coffee beans roasted locally. JuiceWell also offers fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices.

For dessert, make sure to grab unique and delightful cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes and/or organic ice cream from Rori's Artisanal Creamery.

Santa Barbara Public Market has something to offer everyone, whether you are just looking for organic and fresh produce or are looking for a bite to eat.

The Public Market is located at the corner of West Victoria and Chapala streets and opens at 7 a.m. daily, though hours may differ for each shop.

Enjoy Cupcakes, Cupcake Flight

The cupcake flight of the week from Enjoy Cupcakes. This week's flight was (from left to right, back row first): Strawberry Orange Creamsicle, Chocolate Blackberry Syrah, Salted Caramel Bailey's Cream, Maple Cookies and Cream, Ginger Peach Chardonnay, and S'mores.

I absolutely loved each and every one of these cupcakes. They were light, not too sweet, and tasted so great. It's too difficult to pick just one favorite so my top three are Ginger Peach Chardonnay, S'mores and Chocolate Blackberry Syrah.

Enjoy Cupcakes also offers cakes, mousse cups and cake puddings. Yum!

Culture Counter Co.

 

Culture Counter Co. offers a curated selection of cheese and salumi from the U.S. and a mix of cheeses from around the world. What's neat is that they offer "Culture Cones" which are cones of either meats or cheeses. Talk about a great snack to have as you wander through the Market!

By | May 19th, 2014|Categories: Food, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie



Smoothies are quick to make, healthy and taste oh-so-good. Make yourself a refreshing kiwi strawberry smoothie for those hot spring/summer days.

Ingredients  (for 1 serving):

  • 2 kiwis (cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup tangerine (or orange) juice
  • 2 spoonfuls plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth!

By | April 30th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Recipe File: Avocado Toast

Looking for an easy breakfast or a simple snack to get you through the day?

Try avocado toast! (Yes, I've hopped onto the avocado toast trend and it's totally okay). Not only does this quick meal take 5 minutes or less to make, but it's also healthy and delicious.

Keep scrolling for an easy avocado toast recipe...

Avocado Toast




Avocado Toast

What You'll Need:

  • A really good and thick slice of bread. It's all in the bread for avocado toast. Choose a thick piece of toast (a nutty whole grain is preferred, but a simple sourdough works great, too!) as the foundation.
  • Ripe avocados. The amount of avocados you use depend on how much avocado you want on your toast. I used half an avocado for one slice of sourdough for a semi-thin layer.
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • A shake of red crushed pepper

Steps:

  1. Toast your bread! You can either choose to toast your bread first, then drizzle a little olive oil over it, or toast your bread in the toaster oven with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Mash your avocado(s) in a small bowl with 2-3 drops of lemon juice (for half an avocado) and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. After your bread is toasted, spread your avocado mixture on top.
  4. Shake a little red crushed pepper (again, to your liking) to finish it off.
  5. Enjoy!

Do you have any favorite avocado toast recipes? What do you like to add to it? Share with me in the comments!

xx, Leila

 

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By | March 25th, 2014|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |0 Comments