A Pretty and Perfect Day

Following some bad sushi last night, my weekend started to turn around. There was camaraderie with friends (and sadly my dear friend Leah, I have yet to chop-chop my goldilocks into bangs...soon, promise!)

Then this morning I woke up, the sun was shining, and I had my very favorite Running Buddy waiting for me in Santa Monica. We strolled about (no running...see reference to bad sushi above, my poor tummy was killing me) and got coffee from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (I got a soy double-vanilla tea latte) then we hit up the farmer's market (my favorite place on earth) and picked up some amazing food for the next week.
Some pictures I took walking along the water:

Highlights of the day included Running Buddy Selena spotting a 3-legged parsnip that most definitely had phallic references:

The flower stand:

And various and wonderful veggies:

Then I went over to The Boyfriend's house, and made him Italian Eggs with locally grown eggs from "Happy Hens", sold to me by the woman who owns the hens and promised me they were, indeed, happy, and organic basil and tomato, all from the farmer's market.

Italian Eggs
Serves 2

4 Whole Eggs + 2 Egg Whites
1/8 C. Chopped Fresh Basil
1/4 C. Soy Milk (unflavored and unsweetened)
Drizzle of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 Tomatoes, sliced on the side

Slice tomatoes and arrange on plate. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper. Whisk eggs, basil and soy milk together, drizzle a skillet with EVOO and pour in the egg mixture. Using a non-stick spoon, scramble the eggs until cooked.

Then, later, I had a massage from the best masseur in the world, Kelly. If you're in L.A., e-mail me and I'll give you her info. Best yet, I get the massages through my chiropractors office, so I only pay a $15 co-pay for a one hour massage. Pretty awesome, huh?

Now, I'm brainstorming dinner which is going to include quinoa and those fabulous artichokes from the farmer's market. I'm thinking it's going to become this Monday's Meatless Monday post for sure.

And guess what tomorrow is? A GIVEAWAY!!! So check back tomorrow, because this giveaway has two winners!!!

Hope you are all having a great weekend!


  1. Wow, such lovely pictures Erin! I often forget that there are other places in the U.S. that are actually warm and sunny this time of year!

    It looks so beautiful there! -Ali :)

  2. OMG the flowers are beautiful as is the ocean shot. AFter living for the past 10 yrs on the ocean or less than 3 miles from it (max), I have no idea what i am doing in phx. I miss San Diego sooo much. Back soon, I hope!! And then we can hit up SoCal farmers' mkts together!

    bad sushi = so sorry!!!!!!! Been there. It's the worst. Sooo awful. I have been sice 2x/life from bad fish and seriously, i was beyond sick. I was hospitalized w/ severe issues. Hopefully yours is more "minor". hang in there!!!!


  3. Looks like such a perfect day. The farmer's market looks amazing. I haven't tried too many markets in LA, I always go to the one in Calabasas- but this one looks great, and the artichokes ... YUM!!!!!!!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!!

  4. beautiful pix! i love the farmers market, we are so lucky living here in l.a....

  5. Your day was pretty, perfect and yummy :)

  6. Erin, you still haven't done it? Hahaha! When we meet for coffee, I want to see your bangs okay?

    PS...I'm still in SF now. I was done with fever but I'm feeling a little better now. xoxo

  7. I can't wait for that recipe on monday, I love quinoa and I've been dreaming of making some for a meal soon, I just hadn't been inspired yet ... so I'm looking forward to it.
    Don't worry, I work all weekend, so a monday post will be puuurrfect.

  8. Wow, so sorry to hear you had bad Sushi. Happened to me once and I completely understand the feeling. :( So glad though you got to go out and enjoy the day. Such strolls and days in general is something I miss. :) So I better move my butt and move back. hahaha. ;) Love the pictures...made it hungry. And I'll get back to you later about the massage thing...once I'm hopefully back in L.A. I may need it. :D xoxo

  9. Lovely photos, LA is so nice!!! Not to mention I'm jealous you don't need to wear a scarf and a heavy winter coat outdoors in the middle of January! :)


  10. how on earth do u get massaged through your chiropractors office...do u have a name really!??
    u can e-mail it to me if you dont want to post here..wiselauraj@gmail.com

    u would be my savior! I have the worst back


  11. awesome pics sweetie. Id love the info for that masseuse if you dont mind. Ive been looking for a good one! I havent been to that market in awhile but it looks so good!! There is a tiny one in Playa that ive been going to since its close. I love all the gorgeous flower pics! I hope you had a great weekend girl. Take care!

  12. Those pictures you took were fantastic! So beautiful! I almost drooled when I saw the artichokes and garlic - my faves!

  13. I'm pretty jealous of all those fresh veggies and the beautiful looking weather!


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