Natas Pastries in Sherman Oaks

 

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Tai’s baked salmon

So far this year, I have to say that my favorite restaurant in L.A. is Natas Pastries, a Portuguese restaurant in Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley AKA The Valley–yes, that valley that pop culture associates with so-called Valley Girls some decades ago. Needless to say, I usually do not venture out to the Valley that much, especially with the million distractions where I live right in central L.A. surrounded by the neighborhoods of Downtown AKA DTLA, Koreatown AKA Ktown, Hollywood, Silverlake, and Mid-City. However, as part of my local birthday celebrations (yes, on top of the Vegas shenanigans), Tai surprised me by taking me here one chilly winter¬†Sunday evening via the northbound 101 freeway. After she drove through and past the Hollywood freeway, I felt clueless about where we were going since I have limited knowledge of the territory beyond Universal Studios in North Hollywood. She parked in a residential street and we then walked over a few blocks to Ventura Blvd. and Fulton Ave. in Sherman Oaks. Once we made our way to the entrance of Natas, I became instantly excited since I love Portuguese food! Continue reading Natas Pastries in Sherman Oaks

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Meatless Monday: Eggplant Parmesan 

Who loves pasta?

We do! We do!

We don’t eat it much, but every once in a while (or when the budget says so), we eat pasta. We’ve traded off white pasta for whole wheat to get rid of a lot of the carbs and sugar white pasta has. The texture is a bit different, but it is hardly noticeable with a hearty sauce to accompany it. Last week I was craving eggplant parmesan, so when we took our weekly trip to the grocery store, we picked up the necessary ingredients. Continue reading Meatless Monday: Eggplant Parmesan¬†

Autumn Sangria

We had some friends from Melo’s cohort over for dinner not too long ago. If you know me, you know I love hosting small, intimate dinner parties. And since this was our *first* official “having friends over for dinner” party, I went all out with the menu! We had chicken adobo (a Philippine dish), corn casserole, beer braised carrots, brown rice, and gnocchi mac’n’cheese. For dessert I made The Pioneer Woman’s apple dumplings–so easy and delicious! But what I really wanna talk to you about today is the SUPER easy sangria I made for dinner. Continue reading Autumn Sangria