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The Right Stuff

In Fashion on August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Missy Franklin photographed by Bruce Weber via vogue.com

I love the summer Olympics for all sorts of reasons, but most of all because of Wonder Women like Missy Franklin who inspire us mere mortals to be our very best. Seventeen days ago, I began the Go Shiggy Go 30-Day Challenge in hopes of tackling my total lack of core strength following my second C-section, as well as 20 stubborn pounds of residual baby weight. The GSG challenge was started by photographer Shiggy Ichinomiya, a friend of a friend, and has two basic rules: 1.) Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight and 2.) Post a photo of yourself exercising to your Facebook page (or on your blog) to keep yourself accountable. Even if that photo reveals crows feet and one’s propensity to sweat like a maniac.

Half way in, here’s what I’ve learned: I can always find 30 minutes—even if that means briskly walking the baby in the stroller around the neighborhood for a half hour or so. Second, having the right stuff, as in gear, is kind of essential to enjoyment. And last, it’s good to mix things up. So far I’ve relied on my very, very favorite form of exercise—running—as well as hiking the canyons and taking BRUTALLY challenging core sculpting classes at Pop Physique in Hollywood.

However, the most fun has been swimming! I hadn’t done laps since college and whoa, what a workout. To that end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “stuff” that has helped keep me on track for my challenge. I’d love to hear your favorites, too! Please post!

I’ve long been a fan of any and all René Furterer hair products, but this René Furterer After Sun Shampoo is the ne plus ultra of apres-soleil products. I can’t tell you how CRAZY I am about this product. Its secret weapon is palm butter, which helps remove chlorine build-up and leaves hair feeling refreshed and smelling great. I also love the leave-in conditioner spray from the same line.

Only after I googled did I discover that I’d purchased the same Speedo Women’s Vanquisher Goggles as Missy Franklin, only hers are more fun in pink. For those of you in Los Angeles, both colors are on sale right now at Big 5 on Wilshire Blvd. I love these as they don’t fog up or fill up with water.

Running shoes are such a personal thing, and I highly recommend you go to a professional running shop (like FrontRunners in Brentwood) to have your stride evaluated. Personally, I’ve hit my stride with the Brooks Trance (I’m on my second pair). They are lightweight and the cushioning helps reduce impact, especially running on roads.

It might seem counterintuitive that the best running socks are made of wool, but I’ve road-tested the hell out of these Smartwool Running Socks and they are hands-down the most comfortable athletic sock I’ve ever worn. According to the company’s website, “Research shows that because of wool’s effective moisture management, you maintain a lower and more stable core body temperature when wearing wool next to skin instead of synthetics.”

For sunscreen advice I turned to one my favorite Olympic golden girls, Kerri Walsh (how AMAZING was yesterday’s match???), who uses COOLA Organic Suncare. The COOLA Sport Mineral SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa is waterproof for up to 80 minutes, which is great for swimming laps or an intense run.

And finally, every girl knows that you can swim a little faster, run a little farther, climb a little higher if your nails look good. Currently I’m involved in a love affair with Tom Ford’s Scarlet Chinois Nail Lacquer. You should see just how pretty it looks while swimming the crawl…

You’re Invited! Boast/F+G Holiday Party

In Fashion on December 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm

THIS JUST IN FROM THE GOOD PEOPLE AT FRANKLIN + GOWER! Won’t you join the party tomorrow night from 6-9 pm at Franklin + Gower HQ at Crossroads of the World in Hollywood for a Holiday party and sale? There will be stock – as in, ready to take home for Xmas! – of the stylin’ F+G line, including men’s stuff, of course, but also the super-awesome new women’s jacket and short suit, which I highly recommend to all.

Now Shaking: The Foodinista Up Online at The New York Times

In Drink, Media on December 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Get thee to the Library Bar! That’s where you’ll find Matt Biancaniello, Hollywood’s king of cocktails (above, in a photo by Dylan Ho), shaking up some savory goodness. Read all about it in a short profile I wrote over at the New York Times: T Magazine. Don’t miss: Biancaniello’s white truffle egg nog. This is the egg nog they’ll serve in heaven.

Hot in the City

In Drink, Fashion on November 4, 2010 at 1:35 pm


© Franklin + Gower

There is something batty about 90- to 100-degree weather in November. I’ve been handling the situation with a daily fix of cucumber mint lemonade from Lemonade on Beverly & Doheny, and my favorite bespoke shorts from Franklin+Gower—a totally chic local operation that adds a little West Coast flair to Eastern Seaboard preppie classics.

I designed my shorts out of a super-soft red micro whalebone cotton corduroy with a poinsettia yellow, pink and red stripe down the sides. Franklin+Gower’s shorts and pants are gorgeous and 100% manufactured here in LA. Mr. Foodinista has a pair in seersucker that are going to be perfect for our visit back east to Gulf Stream next week to see my inlaws. You can buy a pair of F+G’s off the rack at Fred Segal, or design your own online by clicking HERE! (Apologies for the below photo—taken in the only full-length mirror in the house, which happens to be about 50 years old and located in Tiny G’s room.)

Update: This just in!!!! Franklin + Gower is extending Foodinista readers a special discount, 15% off, good through the end of the year. Checkout code: foodie

A Roof with a View

In Design, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on September 3, 2010 at 10:11 am

© Soho House West Hollywood

How am I spending these last days of summer? Missing Mr Foodinista, who has been in New York all week. So drinks with one of my dearest friends on the roof at Soho House in West Hollywood tonight is just what the doctor ordered. The space is quite simply GORGEOUS. Designed by Waldo Fernandez, the club features 360-degree views of Los Angeles. I love the reclaimed herringbone parquet floors in the bar and have serious paint envy in the lobby. Can’t wait to be clinking glasses with Booth in a few. Cheers to the weekend!

© Soho House West Hollywood

All About Eve

In Food, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on August 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm

This weekend we hit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery again, this time to see All About Eve on the big screen. Obviously we had to knock back a few stiff Gibsons (see above clip!), made with Tipsy Onions, which are packaged in French Vermouth. You cannot believe how great this savory cocktail tastes with our friend Matt’s epic Crabbies:

Delicious! As were Mr. Foodinista’s Sweet Soy Grilled Short Ribs:

And Lizzie‘s and my salads, a Crunchy Noodle Salad and Super Slaw respectively, were perfect peanut-y, gingery complements to the ribs.

But the pièce de résistance? Check back tomorrow for Claire’s UNFORGETTABLE apple galette!!!!

I ♥ L.A.

In Drink, Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 31, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Cinespia is just one of the many reasons to love LA. My friend Lizzie snapped this pic the other night at an outdoor screening of North by Northwest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Is there a better location to watch Hitchcock? Look at the moon. It was incredible to watch it rising from behind the screen as Eva and Cary lit up the night. I can’t remember a more perfect start to summer. We arrived with our friends Katie and Matt A., Lizzie and Matt M. a couple hours before the movie started to picnic while listening to the DJ. Matt poured these all too drinkable whiskey sours. This recipe (from the Barefoot Contessa) will undoubtedly be in heavy rotation all summer:

We made it through two 40-ounce Thermos Stainless King Beverage Bottles, which got me thinking that’s a hell of a lot of lemons and limes that Lizzie had to hand-squeeze. Thanks, Lizzie! Katie made two awesome salads—lentil and feta, and panzanella (Italian bread salad) with grilled vegetables. We brought orzo with artichokes and prosciutto and Bourbon Molasses Chicken Drumsticks, whisked off the grill moments before we jumped in a cab to meet the gang and still piping hot when we tucked into our loot:

Check out these LED flickering tea lights. Even the hipsters next to us couldn’t get enough of these bad boys:

But the pièce de résistance had to be Lizzie’s Chocolate Oatmeal Carmelitas, a recipe first served to Lady Bird Johnson. Each bite is loaded with chocolate chips, pecans, rolled oats and dulce de leche. Talk about a Hollywood ending…

Bourbon-Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

In Food on May 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Check back tomorrow for pics from last night’s adventures in Cinespia. Really and truly one of the most fun—and delicious—evenings in memory. In the meantime, here’s a taste of the main event: grilled Bourbon-Molasses Chicken Drumsticks from the July 2004 issue of Bon Appétit, the first issue in which my name appears on the masthead coincidentally. The chicken’s raison d’être was to complement the superb whiskey sours our friends Lizzie and Matt made for our picnic last night, and its bourbon-based marinade was a grand slam. In fact, these drumsticks were so damn good that we are repeating again tonight!

Mr. Foodinista simmered the glaze earlier in the day:

Here are the drumsticks on the grill—they go for about 25 minutes before you brush with glaze:

And the finished product. Bon Appétit!

LIVE with Paul Bartolotta!

In Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

Last Friday night, my husband, our friend Amy and I went behind the scenes at Jimmy Kimmel LIVE to cheer on our friend, Chef Paul Bartolotta, who did this awesome cooking demo w/ Jimmy and actor Dax Shepard. Not only is Paul a friend, but one of the most talented cooks in the US (he has a couple James Beards Awards to prove it), and Mr Foodinista and I make at least one pilgrimage a year to Sin City specifically to eat at Ristorante Bartolotta at the Wynn Las Vegas!! On the heels of the Jimmy Kimmel/Jay Leno tango last Thursday, we were super excited to go to the show on Friday. We hung out in the Green Room for most of the taping, but were ushered backstage to watch Paul’s segment! So much fun and seriously funny stuff. Dax Shepard was hilarious as sous-chef, and helped prep one of my favorite recipes of Paul’s that we make a lot here at home, Gamberi e Fagioli Cannellini (warm shrimp with cannellini beans). I’m making it tonight for my book club. It’s really easy and is a great way to feed a crowd!

And here are a couple nerdy backstage shots with my second-generation iPhone: