A passion for food + fashion

Posts Tagged ‘lifework’

Fried Egg Sandwich with Sriracha Aioli

In Food, Media, Recipes on October 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

I unabashedly consider myself something of an expert in the field of Fried Egg Sandwiches. The morning after my sister and I ran the 2007 Los Angeles Marathon, we hobbled over to BLD for their exemplary version with Neuske’s thick cut bacon and Gruyère on sourdough. Claire and I are also regulars at Huckleberry Café in Santa Monica. After a Saturday morning run out at the beach, we hit Huckleberry for a version that includes Niman Ranch bacon and arugula on country bread (and the blueberry corn cake is out of this world). It’s a little heavy handed with the arugula but delicious all the same. Check it out:

Not to be outdone by The Oaks Gourmet in Hollywood with their ooey gooey Breakfast Sandwich loaded with fried egg, fresh mozzarella, pancetta, basil and garlic oil on Tuscan sourdough.

But—I humbly submit—the best version is served up at home, thanks to my “secret” weapon: Sriracha aioli. Sriracha is a staple in southern California—a Thai-style chile and garlic sauce that finds its way into all manner of goodness. Yesterday, I shared the recipe for my fried egg sandwich over on Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog in an ongoing series called “Good Taste.” It’s a carefully built sandwich that balances nutty, spicy flavors with the warm comfort of a fried egg. I actually prefer a chewy, nutty multigrain bread to sourdough in the mix. (Rudi’s Organic 7 Grain with Flax avail at Whole Foods makes a surprisingly good one.) One thing I forgot to add in that recipe is to sprinkle a teeny bit of pimentòn over the egg for a subtle smokey note. In the meantime, here’s a peek at mixing my not-so-secret Sriracha sauce, a dollop of mayo and a squirt of Sriracha. Voilà! And is epic on a cheeseburger, too:

For The Foodinista’s Fried Egg Sandwich recipe, click HERE.

Good Taste: Horseradish Cream with Baked Potato Chips

In Food, Media on September 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I’ve been meaning to post this all day, but whoa, what a busy one. But don’t feel too, too sorry for me—I just got back from judging a chef competition at Loteria Grill in which Eric Greenspan from The Foundry challenged Akasha Richmond from her eponymous restaurant in Culver City to a taco challenge. More on that tomorrow…but back to the news at hand. Today I started a new feature called “Good Taste” over on Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog. In it we’ll be featuring great snacks and lunch ideas for the home office. Starting with my personal favorite, horseradish cream with cracked black pepper potato chips. It’s inspired by a the house-made potato chips they put out on the bar at Suzanne Tracht’s Jar restaurant. So head on over to Herman Miller for the recipe, and check back for more!

Listen While You Work

In Media on September 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

So much fun—one of my co-contributors over at HERMAN MILLER asked me to put together a playlist of what I listen to while I’m working. Click HERE for interview and playlist!

It’s really sort of embarrassing to share your musical tastes with a whole lot of people, especially when a whole lot of those people listen to all these awesome indie acts you’ve never even heard of. Which is why you’ll want to check out some of the other playlists Herman Miller has run from the likes of The New Yorker’s art director, the groovy founder of Brooklyn’s UM Project, bloggers, performance artists, chefs and more.

In the meantime, a song from my playlist for this moody Wednesday morning.

Coffee Talk with Herman Miller

In Drink on July 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog has a fun new feature called Morning Coffee in which we learn how the duo behind Unhappy Hipsters, Design Milk, Apartment Therapy and more take their morning coffee. Today’s post features……..The Foodinista! Or more accurately Ristretto Roasters‘ unbeatable beans…


In Baby Love, Design on May 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

It’s been a busy, busy week with a three-day weekend arriving just in time. To see what we’ve been up to and for the latest pictures on the home office, head on over to Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog for a look at the garage doors and the beautiful azores-colored paint—the color of sea off the Portuguese coast, the Schoolhouse electric cage lights (above, and more on those later), and the bookcases (here and here). Hope your weekend is off to a gorgeous start! It’s sunny here, and Tiny G and I are heading out to blow some bubbles. But first we need to put on his shoes

Friends and Pho

In Food, Media, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on May 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Is there any better way to spend a lunch hour than slurping pho with a favorite friend? Today, my friend Lizzie (author of awesome new blog, Tomboy Style) and I hit Pho Cafe on Sunset for some steaming bowls of Vietnames pho—beef soup with rice noodles, basil, lime, bean sprouts and peppers. I like to get the #13 with free-range chicken instead of beef, and a side of Silver Lake hipsters in requisite knit caps on a sunny LA day:

Pho Cafe also serves a mean iced coffee with condensed milk.

Perfect fare for discussing our home office routines, namely what Lizzie listens to while she works. For the inside scoop, head on over to Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog, which today features Lizzie’s home office and play list. Rock out.

Photo by Lizzie Garrett Mettler

We Have Walls!

In Design on April 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Check this out. Up go the walls! For more before/after pics, head over to Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog, where I’ve been chronicling the reno. What you’re looking at took place earlier this week, so I’ll share more in the coming days of the gorgeous rough hewn beams we put across the ceiling, and the drywall that’s been going up today. It’s really, really, really exciting. In the meantime, is it wrong that I want to play with these?

The Dye Job

In Design on April 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

I’ve been blogging about our garage remodel over on Herman Miller’s LIFEWORK blog, and was waiting for pics of the new cement floor to go up over there before sharing some more here. I never thought I’d get so excited about CEMENT. But check this out. Above was a test patch on which we tried two different seams (we went with the smaller seam on the left) as well as a test run on stains (we used a combo of the two, heavier on the dark claret color). Using the smaller seam, we had it scored to look like a New York City sidewalk—my husband is a New Yorker and loved the nostalgia of what our contractor calls the “city seam.”

From there, the guys sprinkled stain on top and worked it in with a trowel, at the same time removing the rough edges around the seams. Working with stain is not something that’s recommended for DIY. As one person put it, it’s like a tattoo—you get one shot at getting it right. The results are GORGEOUS, adding subtle warmth and depth.

The Big Break Up

In Design on April 7, 2010 at 9:55 am

Head on over to Herman Miller to read the latest blog entry about our garage remodel and plans for the new floor. In the meantime, take a peek at what’s (not) left inside:

File This Under…

In Design, Drink, Fashion on January 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

Check out today’s post on the Herman Miller Lifework blog about my groovy new file cabinet from MUJI, an awesome Japanese company that designs with an eye toward earth-friendly, innovative materials. MUJI also makes fantastic reused yarn socks, which Mr Foodinista wears religiously.

Next time I’m in New York, I want to pick up one of their Silicon Ice Ball Makers. I mean, how great would this be in a glass of scotch?