Oh, yeah, a plant update

The latest in my world of plants:

Wall O Water tomatoes aren't doing any better than the ones in the house under the lights

Wall O Water tomatoes aren't doing any better than the ones in the house under the lights

A few of the tomatoes I've been keeping under the lights in the house are doing GREAT

A few of the tomatoes I've been keeping under the lights in the house are doing GREAT

More plants from inside

More plants from inside

More tomatoes from inside

More tomatoes from inside

The mixed window box is doing great!

The mixed window box is doing great!

In early May I thought maybe I could leave it outside, but there was frost and it got a little damaged

In early May I thought maybe I could leave it outside, but there was frost and it got a little damaged

So I brought it back inside for a couple weeks to recover

So I brought it back inside for a couple weeks to recover

Frost got the beans, too. Also, I've never had any luck with beans

Frost got the beans, too. Also, I've never had any luck with beans

The wildflowers are doing great!

The wildflowers are doing great!

Last weekend I brought everything outside- it seems ok. This weekend we'll organize it and make it all pretty

Last weekend I brought everything outside- it seems ok. This weekend we'll organize it and make it all pretty

Cookie Puss wants to help

Cookie Puss wants to help

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Other things I’ve made lately

A crazy cheesecake for DM’s birthday. You can click the picture for the large printable version.
Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake

It was reallllllly good! Kind of labor intensive, but worth it!

Getting ready to make the cheesecake.

Getting ready to make the cheesecake.

 

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

Chicken, Mexican zucchini, and orzo soup

Chicken, Mexican zucchini, and orzo soup

Cheese and green onion quiche

Cheese and green onion quiche

Asian noodle soup

Asian noodle soup

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Pizza with carmelized onions, blue cheese, and asparagus

Pizza with carmelized onions, blue cheese, and asparagus

Is this a pizza margherita or a pizza checca?

Is this a pizza margherita or a pizza checca?

When I was in L.A. I grilled up some stuff one night

When I was in L.A. I grilled up some stuff one night

BBQ chicken thighs

BBQ chicken thighs

Grilled leeks- tasty but weird and hard to eat

Grilled leeks- tasty but weird and hard to eat

Grilled corn with honey chipotle butter

Grilled corn with honey chipotle butter

I wasn’t that great on keeping track of the recipes, changes I made to recipes, or even where I got the recipes this week, but if you are interested in anything specific, just comment and I’ll track down the info on what I did!

L.A. restaurants

Last week I went to L.A. We ate at the usual spots!
First was Amici Trattoria.
Mom and Chris at Tratoria Amici at The Americana At Brand, Glendale, CA

Mom and Chris at Trattoria Amici at The Americana At Brand, Glendale, CA

I have to figure out how to make this stuff!

Amazing bread at Tratoria Amici

Amazing bread at Trattoria Amici

Chris had their famous little meatballs and a salad

Chris had their famous little meatballs and a salad

I had penne with broccoli and pink sauce- delish!

I had penne with broccoli and pink sauce- delish!

Mom had a salad that I didn’t get a picture of.

Next up was my fave, Recess Eatery in Glendale. We actually went there a couple times, once just for tea and hanging out, and once for lunch.

This time I got some shots of the inside.

Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Recess Eatery, Glendale, CARecess Eatery, Glendale, CA

 

I love the atmosphere but of course, the food is excellent, too. It’s a pretty basic menu with all the things you’d expect, but everything is done really well. They do have a couple of quirky items, too.
Mom had a grilled tuna salad

Mom had a grilled ahi tuna salad

 

I had a salad with pears, cranberries, gorgonzola, and balsamic. I also added chicken to it.

I had a salad with pears, cranberries, gorgonzola, and balsamic. I also added chicken to it.

 This little spot is near mom and Chris’ office so they stop in for afternoon coffee and cookies all the time.

Village French Bakery, Glendale, CA

Village French Bakery, Glendale, CA

I had a latte and we shared a couple of cookies, which were really good and buttery, not like some bakeries

I had a latte and we shared a couple of cookies, which were really good and buttery, not like some bakeries

I had to stop by my house one night so Chris and Stephen went with me. They love Spitz, home of the Doner kebab (LOL). Oddly, I  had never been, even tho it’s right by my house. The food is really good, but better than that, they stay open late, and they serve beer and wine.

Spitz in Eagle Rock, CA
Spitz in Eagle Rock, CA
The rest of my pictures came out horrible, but here's a shot of the yummy sweet potato fries!

The rest of my pictures came out horrible, but here's a shot of the yummy sweet potato fries!

Along with the fries, we had some pita strips, Chris and Stephen had the classic kebabs- they come as a sandwich or a wrap, I don’t remember what they had. I had the chicken kebab sandwich and it was super good. I’ll have to stop by here more often when I’m in town.

We made quick work of it all. OINK!

We made quick work of it all. OINK!

I guess I pretty much go to the same spots whenver I’m in L.A but I am starting a list of new places to try- maybe next time!