Weekly Snapshots

8 Nov

Lunch at one of my favorite places in L.A. I have an entire post dedicated to this lovely spot coming up. In the mean time, can any locals guess where this is?

As the end of my first semester of college draws near, I have been swamped with endless reading assignments and essay deadlines. I cannot believe time has passed so quickly–my weeks spent mostly in the library, nose buried in a pile of books. My workload has not allowed for much experimentation in the kitchen, nor have I longed to do so, quite honestly. While I maintain a healthy diet, my meals have slipped into a monotonous pattern dictated by simplicity and efficiency.

This past week, anything that I could pile onto whole wheat toast (homemade tuna salad, almond butter and bananas, and scrambled eggs with basil) qualified as dinner. My breakfasts have been sad repeats of a granola bar and fruit, usually wolfed down while power-walking to class. So this weekend, I look forward to indulging in foods I crave during the school days. This means obligatory visits to my favorite breakfast café and the newly opened Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Glendale. That’s what weekends are for, right?

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Every week, my mom surprises me with a different, hand-made flower arrangement in my room. One of the top three reasons I love coming home (after a good, long shower and clean sheets).

Flatbread pizzas from The Bread Lounge in the Downtown Arts District.

Homemade salad topped with the most perfectly soft-boiled egg. Eggs add richness and satisfaction to any vegetarian meal.

My family and I went out to our first dinner in months at Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood. It doesn’t get much better than classic American desserts, done right.

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3 Responses to “Weekly Snapshots”

  1. Mary@SiftingFocus November 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Maral, it appears to me that for a college student you have remained fairly conscientious about your diet. Tuna on whole wheat and granola and fruit for breakfast sound pretty darn healthy. How sweet of your mom to have beautiful flowers awaiting you when you return home. I too, make sure to have flowers in my daughter’s room when she visits. You’ve enticed me with the desserts from Connie and Ted’s. Although not in my immediate neighborhood, they look worth the drive to West Hollywood.

    • letslivelavida November 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Hi Mary, thank you so much for your sweet comment. One of my goals is to mix up my college diet with more recipes that are simple and easy to prepare. I highly recommend visiting Connie & Ted’s. All of the seafood dishes are very fresh, but my favorites are the fish and chips and lobster roll. And, of course, dessert is amazing. 😀

  2. Mira L April 19, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    I really like all the healthy ideas I’m seeing on this post 🙂 Great photos!

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