bondi harvest // santa monica, ca

on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy
on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy
on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy
on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy

guys! only five more sleeps until i wake up in france — i can hardly contain my excitement! (and, soon, my inability to pack efficiently & non-emotionally. v pumped for that!) the past few days, i've been working my way through all the france-related lonely planet books. i do this fun thing where i read about a restaurant in a book, google it, compare the write-ups, then decide if it's worthy of a reservation. it's fun but also a little too time-consuming. does anyone else do something similar? what are some of your favorite travel sites? leave them in the comments plz!

last friday, i (somehow) peeled myself away from my captivating travel book/google search game to go meet my girlfriend for lunch. she lives in santa monica and is v pregnant, so when we were deciding where to go, i immediately thought of bondi harvest! bh is a casual, australian-inspired eatery that just opened up a few months ago and happens to be just a couple blocks from my gf's place. when i brought it up as an option, she texted (exact quote): "it's my favorite place on earth!" and with that type of endorsement, how could we not go?

so, as it turns out, my friend was spot on. bondi harvest was everything she promised & more (more = matcha lattes). and because i rarely eat without my camera in hand anymore, i made a little impromptu #onthedfhotspot out of our girls lunch. (ps sarah, if you're reading this, that was our last non-baby-in-tow lunch for a long, long time. so glad we got those fries!)

on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy
on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy
on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy

bondi harvest is located in this cool, fairly-new industrial stretch of santa monica that's filled with startups and studio space (heyyyy tastemade!). the indoor/outdoor restaurant space is filled with sunlight, worn-in wood, & beach house + skater vibes. and unless you come with a big-ish group, communal dining at picnic tables is where it's at.

on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy

whirley bowl: chimichurri-dressed cauliflower rice with grilled market fish, slaw, avocado, & hand-chopped pineapple salsa (order it without the yogurt tartar to keep it df!)

on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy

on the left: ancient grain salad with farro, turmeric quinoa + chickpeas, heirloom tomatoes, & fermented veg

on the right: surf shack decor inside bondi harvest. that distressed white wood wall would make a a great food photography background!

on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy

avo toast tartine: smashed avocado, smoked paprika, sea salt, & evoo. will i ever get tired of this combo? not likely, especially if they all taste this good. 

on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy

sarah's salad! the cobb salad: mixed greens, chicken breast, bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, & balsamic vin (order it without bleu cheese to keep it df!) 

on the df hot spot- bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy-4.jpg

my new obession: almond milk ice matcha lattes. this one was pretty good! it was less sweet than other versions i've had around la and the perfect amount of thickness.

on the df hot spot: bondi harvest, santa monica | #onthedf #dairyfree #bondiharvest #santamonica #healthy

which one is your favorite? i want "snacks shark" painted onto my kitchen wall asap.


a few other great df options: 

  • quinoa breakfast porridge: df white coconut creme tea-infused quinoa with organic acai & granola
  • floret salad: chili, lime, ginger, & coconut-dressed broccoli and cauliflower with activated almonds, cilantro & toasted sesame seeds
  • peanut butter bomb smoothie: cocoa, peanut, frozen banana, almond milk, & maple syrup
  • the rad bowl: chimichurri-dressed cauliflower rice with kale, turmeric quinoa, fermented veg, poached eggs, & dukkah (order it without the halloumi to keep it df!)
  • acai breakfast bowl: you had to've known this was coming, right? it's made with gf granola, raw wild flower honey, thyme, & fresh berries. served all day!

until next time, bondi harvest! i will be coming for that acai bowl big time. 

-ab

overnight chia oats à la blue bottle coffee

overnight chia oats à la blue bottle coffee

so, to set the stage: it's 12:40am, i'm on hour five of 30 rock reruns, & my poor brain is running 30 miles a minute. which, and i'm no runner, seems extremely fast. i made the mistake of taking a daytime allergy pill at 11pm (read labels v carefully, friends!) and have a feeling i'll be paying for it until at least 3am. which is probably about the time netflix will swap out the "still watching?" prompt for "do you know what time it is?" or "get a life."

usually, this would drive me crazy — there's v little in life that gives me more anxiety than knowing i won't get 8 hours (did i say 8? i meant 6). but since we're leaving for france next week and i have exactly zero reservations made, i'll probably just stay up all night, researching the best baguette spots in paris, then go make these macarons for breakfast!

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snickerdoodle macarons with swiss chocolate buttercream filling

snickerdoodle macarons with swiss chocolate buttercream filling

one thing you should know about me is that some of my favorite things in life are also some of the hardest/most challenging things ever, including:

1) hot yoga: who enjoys doing forearms planks for a hour in 108 degrees? 

2) packing: this is tough but usually means you're getting ready for a fun trip! 

3) moving: i'm constantly scanning zillow and realtor.com, to the major dismay of my husband.

4) denim shopping: bc nothing worth having comes easy? 

5) macaronsthe most finicky dessert in the world. cracked shells, footless cookies, failed buttercream... so many opportunities to blow it. 

ever since trying my first macaron a few years ago, they've been my v favorite treat. i seek them out everywhere we go bc i live for finding a new df macaron! but bc most macarons are made with a cream-based filling, i'm typically held to trying just the fruity varieties with more of a jam in the middle. but sometimes you just want a rich, v chocolatey cookie that doesn't make your stomach hurt and tastes a lot like your favorite childhood cookie: snickerdoodles!

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savory chickpea pancakes with spice-roasted carrots

savory chickpea pancakes with spice-roasted carrots

friends! before we jump into these savory chickpea pancakes (and we will! promise!), i'm currently knee-deep in the interwebs, researching for our upcoming eurotrip! we leave next weekend and will be spending time in south of france (nice, cannes, st. tropez), paris, and london! but i have next to nothing actually planned... halp! i would love your recommendations, so plz leave a few in the comments if you have any good ones! 

okay, so, this past week i decided there's no use in avoiding my oven bc this heat is just not going to subside — and neither are my homemade pizza cravings. and you know what? it was exciting. we made cookie brittle, tons of roasted veggies for dinner, and even started testing out a few recipes for my only-in-my-wildest-dreams macaron recipe (more about this recipe coming soon!).

since i've been over here performing my rain dance a la hot air circulation, i managed to sneak in a batch of my husband's favorite savory pancakes, made with just chickpea flour, olive oil, & water. they're v italian and make him so happy that it's impossible to deny his request. plus, i made these for the blog earlier this year and felt like it was time to update the photoz. perfect timing!

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chocolate chip cookie brittle

chocolate chip cookie brittle

i told myself i would stop turning on the oven. i promised myself. not until the heat wave subsides, i said. (or, at the v least, not until i invest in a much sleeker kitchen fan). but then, like i mentioned in this post, i got to hang with my blogging bud holly (of the modern proper!) last week and was instantly reminded of how badly i wanted to make tmp's cookie brittle!

i was so intrigued by this recipe — turning such a *sacred* treat into a fancy brittle. but being someone who has always preferred a crunchy cookie over the chewy kinds, i knew i would love these. also, i'm a v big fan of any dessert made in large format with a lot of butter (even if it's df butter) bc the more butter you smash into a dessert, the flakier it will turn out. and in my dream world, desserts are so flaky that they can barely be held. 

can you imagine?

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