Curried Chicken and Grape Salad with Walnuts

One of my favorite restaurants on the Westside of Los Angeles is the Urth Caffe. They serve a delicious chicken curry salad sandwich that I absolutely love. It’s fresh, flavorful, light and hearty, all in one delicious bite. I should also mention they have the BEST organic tea lattes EVER. Matcha tea latte and English Breakfast tea latte are my favorites!

Because of geographical challenges, I don’t always have the opportunity to dine on the Westside, but these days, one of my favorite ways to use leftover chicken is to make curry chicken salad sandwiches. In the past, I’ve never enjoyed fruit mixed with proteins or salads, but my taste buds are changing with age. I made a curried chicken and grape salad with walnuts on wheat toast and it satisfied my craving for Urth Caffe’s yummy sandwich.

While it doest have the same ambiance as Urth Caffe, not too long ago I packed a lunch for Aya-chan, Bebe E and I to enjoy at the “Happiest Place on Earth”. Continue reading

Kumquat Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies

It’s finally that time of the year!!! It’s Lakers season!

A week ago Saturday, I went to a pre-season Lakers game at the invitation of my family friend. I like to call my friend M-kun, my “lil’-brotha-from-anotha-motha.” (Apologies for my lingo, but I couldn’t help it!) His Dad is like a 2nd father to me and his Mom is like a 2nd mother to me. His older sister, Aya-chan, is like the little sis’ I never had and she was one of my bridesmaids. We celebrate all of our family holidays and special events with their family and we often forget that we aren’t blood relatives, but we really might as well be!

M-kun has access to great season tickets (roughly 10 rows back from the floor), and once in a while I am very fortunate to receive a text asking if I’m available to go with him to a Lakers game. I have to admit, that those are my favorite kind of texts. :) Earlier this year, on New Year’s Day, we went to a nail-biting game where the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings by 1-point, thanks to a 3-point shot by Kobe with only 4 seconds left in the game. It was a great way to start 2010 and the season ended with yet another Lakers Championship.

I’ve posted this photo before, but it’s still one of my favorites. :) It’s a reminder of the excellence of this season.

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White Chocolate, Almond & Apricot Scones – Game 5

Game 5 of the Lakers vs. Celtics NBA Finals series was a complete disappointment with the Lakers losing, 92 – 86.  The series is now 3 – 2 with the Celtics leading.  Kobe showed-up to the game in the 2nd half with over 30 points, but the rest of the Lakers team didn’t “bring it”, and with the Celtics shooting at roughly 66%, we were doomed.  If the Lakers can’t play championship-grade basketball, they don’t deserve to win.  What a disappointing loss and a HORRIBLE way to end an otherwise spectacular weekend!

We started off our weekend on Saturday by celebrating the first birthday of the daughter of one of my best girlfriends, N, at Bolsa Chica State Park. Unfortunately, it was a windy and chilly day for the beach, but that didn’t stop us from having a really great time. This was Bebe E’s first time at the beach and it was so much fun to watch her first reactions to so many new experiences.  She looked both frightened and mesmerized by the big waves in the ocean, and at first she wouldn’t crawl on the blanket over the sand because of the odd sinking sensation, but eventually she played happily with her beach toys, ran her hands through the sand, tasted a lava rock or two (and more than a few grains of sand) and overall had a fabulous time.

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Mock Devonshire Cream

One of the best things about eating scones is the Devonshire cream. I love spreading a generous amount of this sinfully, fluffy cream all over a warm scone. :) It’s SO good! High-tea isn’t complete without Devonshire cream.

I’m fairly certain, however, that all of the Devonshire cream I’ve tried at various tea salons throughout Los Angeles and Orange County is mock Devonshire cream and not the real, clotted cream made in Devon, England. This is because real Devonshire cream is made with unpasteurized clotted cream and only pasteurized cream is available in the United States. Continue reading