Santa Barbara Getaway, Wine Tasting and Dog Beach.

Another Sunday and time to get a little personal here on the blog. This weekend we drove down to Santa Barbara to spend a night at a few friends house, and really made the most out of our 24h down there.

First out we got lunch at a local spot, then went to Pali Wine Co. tasting room and sipped on some yummy wines. As we all were still in the mood for more wine, we walked down to the pier and did some more tasting at Deep Sea Tasting Room – can highly recommend this spot!

Since we brought Merlin with us on the trip, our puggie, we decided to take him down to the Arroyo Burro dog beach and we timed it perfectly with a beautiful sunset.

Later that night we had a reservation at the newly opened tapas restaurant called Loquita, really good food, not too loud inside and cozy fireplace in the middle of the restaurant. We ended the night with beautiful drinks at this tiki bar next door called Ventiki Tiki Lounge and Lanai.

The next morning, which was today Sunday, we packed our bags and did one final stop at the dog beach before we drove back to Los Angeles. All in all a perfect little getaway!

Here comes a bunch of photos, mostly of Merlin lol, but I can’t help it, it’s just TOO CUTE!

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Our host couple to the left and my boyfriend and I to the right.img_7605img_7613img_7420img_7410

 

Wine tasting while wrapped in blankets – perfect California fall activity in my opinion.

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One last run on the beach before we drove back to LA! 

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Apple Cake Recipe & Video

I just can’t seem to get enough of apples lately, but it’s that time of year and I say why not! Apples are good for you, they taste amazing and there’s so many ways to cook or bake them. So I wanted to make a fairly simple yet yummy Apple Cake, and below is both the step by step written recipe and a video to show you my process!


Ingredients needed: 

Butter (for greasing the pan) 

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar 

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2/3 cup canola oil

3 eggs 

2 tbs orange juice

2 tsp vanilla extract 

3 apples (pealed, quartered and sliced)

1 tbs cinnamon + 5 tbs sugar (mixed together)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a Nonstick 9′ Springform Pan, tapping out any excess flour.
  2. In one bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and stir with a whisk until well blended.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the oil, eggs, orange juice and vanilla. I used an electrical mixer for about 5-7 minutes. Add the flour mixture and mix just until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan.
  5. In a bowl, toss the sliced apples with the cinnamon-sugar mixture until well-coated.
  6. Arrange the apples all the way around the edge of the cake so that the rounded side of the slices are standing up and the pointed end of each slice is pressed into the batter. Following the same method, make additional inner rows of apples until the entire top of the batter is filled with apples.
  7. Bake the cake for 1-1½ hours or until a stick inserted into the center of the cake comes out dry.
  8. Cool the cake on a wire rack for about 30 minutes, then release the cake from the springform (use a knife around the sides of the cake if necessary to loosen it from the pan).
  9. Cool the cake completely and dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.

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Breakfast Diaries – Favorite Breakfast Ideas for Any Hour of the Day Really!

My absolute favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and below are some favorites of mine from the past few months. And since it’s Friday, or how I like to call it “FriYAY”, I figured we all could use some food pics to get this day started off right 😉

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A fresh fruit platter is always a good idea whether it’s summer or winter.
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Smoothie bowls are so easy to make and you can top them with whatever you want or eat as is.img_3802This is a great one, oatmeal, fresh fruit and a Nespresso coffee – all time favorite of mine!

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A classic scrambled eggs a la Gordon Ramsay, bacon, toast and some sliced avocado. 61015-538-pm_5578d86cddf2b3611f8066a9

This one I can eat at any hour of the day, somedays I’ve literally had it for both breakfast, lunch and dinner lol. I know it’s bad, but AVOCADO TOAST people, it’s LIFE!

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Easy Weekday Dinner Idea

Even though I sometimes like to go all out on a weekday, just to make it feel a little bit special and luxurious, I of course prefer an easy recipe 9 times out of 10. As was the case today. Both my boyfriend and I were looking at each other after work and wondering if we should go the lazy route and order take out, or actually cook something. I flipped through pinterest for a few minutes and came across these two recipes. Seemed easy enough and we already had more than half of the ingredients at home – sweet!

The Greek Beef Patties turned out so freakin’ yummy, all those spices that you mix in and the feta cheese really adds so much flavor. So definitely follow the recipe to the T – you won’t regret it!

Italian Roasted Potatoes: www.asamalaysia.com/italian-roasted-potatoes/2/

Greek Beef Patties: www.reciperunner.com/greek-meatballs-tzatziki-sauce/

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Healthy Snack – Apple Slices with Toppings

I know I’ve posted about this before, but I just can’t help but writing another one about this super easy, healthy and pretty looking snack. I love to make these in the afternoon to make it through those last few hours of work. Since I work from home most days, I definitely need that extra boost of energy to stay focused and keep going.

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I made a few variations of toppings based on what I had in my pantry, so hopefully you might get some ideas or find inspiration to create your own.

Almond butter with coconut flakes

Raw organic honey with sliced almonds

Almond butter with dark chocolate chips

Cinnamon with brown sugar

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Apple Stuffed Pork Loin – Fall Roast

For last nights Sunday dinner I made a Fall inspired dish where I stuffed a pork tenderloin with a sugar and cinnamon glazed apple stuffing and a orange and brown sugar glaze. I found the recipe from  Jo Cooks.

I realized while cooking and attempting to photograph the process that some dishes are so much harder to properly capture, this one was definitely it lol. But I did my best so please bare with my photos and head over to Jo Cooks for the recipe and more detailed step by step instructions.

1. First I pealed and shopped two apples then mixed them with 1 stick of butter, 1/3 cup of brown sugar and and 2 tsp cinnamon. Let them caramelize for 3  minutes on one side, flipping the apples over and caramelize them on the other for 3 minutes again. Then set the apples aside and let cool.

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2. Next I prepared the pork loin. When  I bought mine at Ralph’s they came in sets of two, so I simply made two pork loin “rolls”. First off you want to carefully open up both pieces and create a flat sheet out of the meat, this method is called “Butterflying” and here as a good videon on the technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz391Urnk30

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3. Once the meat is prepared, I simply added the caramelized apples to the center of the entire meat and rolled it together. In order to keep the roll from falling apart, use butcher twine to tie a few knots along the entire roll.

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4. This is how my rolls turned out after tying the butcher twine. Then you will want to sear the meat all over in a hot pan for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Keep turning the roll so that each side is seared and gets some color.

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5. Here you can see how one side is seared and I’ve rotated the roll to sear the next part of it.

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6. Before putting the pork loin in the oven for about 1h and 15-30 minutes, you want to mix 1 cup of orange juice and 2 table spoons of brown sugar, and pour the mixture over the meat. Below is my final result after the meat has been in the oven for about 1h and 15 minutes and I also added some oven roasted veggies for a side.

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Stockholm AC & Brunch in front of Saturday Night Live

I think I might make Sunday’s the day of the week where I share some more personal details on the blog and some highlights from the weekend.

On Saturday my boyfriend and I had tickets to the first annual music festival called “Stockholm CA“. This is a festival with all Swedish artists, art, food and other sorts of entertainment, and since I’m Swedish this was just so much fun. They served imported Swedish beer “Pripps Bla”, treats such as “mazarin” and lots of great artists; Veronica Maggio, Icona Pop, Otto Knows and many more.

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Today we started the morning off just right with homemade brunch and last nights episode of Saturday Night Live. This has somewhat become of a tradition in our house, breakfast & SNL on Sundays. My boyfriend and I were in the mood for slightly different things, so I made us each our own plate. It all turned out so yummy, and for the scrambled eggs I followed Gordon Ramsay’s recipe that I posted about a while back.

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!
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