LA Trip Recap

LA Trip

LA was awesome!  I flew in super early Wednesday morning and got to spend the day with my aunt.  We went to the flower district and picked up a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece (which I forgot to take a picture of but really great Thanksgiving colors), we went back to her house where she cooked and I snoozed.  My sister and uncle came and we went to Brent’s for dinner–chopped liver and hot pastrami sandwich with matzah ball soup. . . . yuuuum!  We then went to A Sweet Design and picked up some cupcakes.  I may have gone to three different cupcake places this weekend so we shall do a comparison post in later on this week!

I then got to ride in my sister’s new (to her) Ford Mustang convertible. . . so much fun!  Thanksgiving day we went bowling with my cousins.  Every year they do a sport as part of the pre-Thanksgiving ritual.  Prior I had been to football and whiffle ball and then a few years ago they decided contact sports were not a good idea so bowling it became.  I may have sucked royally (never got above 60) but had a good time!  Then Thanksgiving dinner, mmmmmm!  All good there!  My sister wanted to get a TV so we went on over to Best Buy and she bought a nice Smart TV for a good price.  I knew I wanted a new iPad so we went to the mall but Apple was closed.  I did go to Victoria’s Secret and get some bras (really pretty ones too!) and Gap for clothes that were 50% off.  I got my iPad the next day so all was good there.  I also got a new bag for my laptop from DSW (Ivanka Trump).  I think those were all the Black Friday sales.  Friday night we went out to sushi with a friend of Danit’s.  The restaurant was meh.  The service was terrible.

Saturday we laid low and then went out to dinner at an awesome Italian restaurant in Los Feliz called Trattoria Farfalla.  The food was really good.  I had penne ala norma which had eggplant and lots of cheese and the star was the torta della nonna, so good!  I tried to get the recipe but they said they got it from an outside store.  Must. Make. Again!

Sunday I caught a cold and hung low while my sister went to work and then we met some good friends of mine for dinner at a Persian restaurant.  The food was good but because I was sick, I wasn’t really tasting (I hate that part of being sick).  We did make it to the 2nd cupcake place, the famous Sprinkles and tried their ice cream which was super yummy and I bought some cupcakes from the ATM.

I then decided it was my mission to fill my sister’s freezer so I made her 2 mac and cheeses, 2 lasagnas, a pot of chicken soup and 2 dozen muffins which I froze all individually:

Danit's Freezer

It was worth it and I hope she eats well for awhile!  I then met her and saw where she works which was fun.  We went out to lunch to a super good sandwich place called The Carving Board.  I had tomato and goat cheese soup and the turkey dinner sandwich.  I then stopped at the mall on the way home (sadly didn’t buy anything) and got more cupcakes from Velvet Cupcakes and wrote my sister a sweet note on the box for such an awesome weekend.

I ended up spending yesterday sick in bed and am still hacking. . . yes I was that person on the plane that we all hate :/.  Oh well.

Now back to real life. . .

Random question: I have one blog post that gets spam comments ALL the time!  Any tips to stop them?



Flying Out West

So generally speaking I like to do a Foodie Friday post on Friday but this is a special occasion!  My baby sister is graduating college this weekend!  I am the oldest of three kids and my sister is the baby of the family, we have a brother in the middle-three years younger than me and five years older than my sister.  I’m sure I’ll write more about the rest of my family later but today I’m going to write about my sister!

Danit is eight years younger than me and has always been one of my favorite people in the world!  I remember the moment my parents told me they were having another child and I remember when she was born and every moment in between!  I know I have pictures from when we were younger but at the moment they are in boxes and scattered all around so instead I have pictures from probably the last ten years or so.

Danit and Rachel

The weekend of Danit’s Bat Mitzvah-nine and a half years ago.

Although it’s been about ten years since we’ve lived in the same city at the same time, we still talk on the phone and text every single day.  We did spend three summers at camp together, two of which sharing a room-now that is an experience!  But I think we made a pretty good team!

Danit and Rachel

The picture on the top left is us at the Oregon Coast in 2005 I believe.  Below that is Hanukkah 2005 and below that is my college graduation tea party in 2006.  The top right is Danit’s visit to New York in 2010 when we did a tour of the village and were outside Murray’s Cheese.  The bottom picture is from a family cruise in 2006 (and we are soon to be going on another one!)

Danit and Rachel 2

Top left is us at camp one summer, top right is at Avenue Q in 2010 in New York.  Bottom left is me and her at my MAeD ceremony–same school she’s graduating from!  And the bottom right is us on the family cruise at the safety drill.

She is graduating with her BA in Psychology and planning to stay in LA for the next exciting venture.  Right now she’s very interested in stage management and has been working on a lot of plays in the area.  I am super proud of her and so honored to call her not only my little sister but one of my closest friends!

I will definitely post about the weekend next week but for now, I am flying out west!