We’ve never been big Nutella people, but we will now be stocking it at all times because we want to be able to whip up these delicious brownies whenever we want. They require only three ingredients and take and grand total of fifteen minutes to make – start to finish. We were a little wary at first. These sounded a bit too easy and a bit too reminiscent of the foul “Diet Coke Brownies” that 25-year-old girls make (don’t make those, ever). Happily, we were wrong and these are delicious. We spotted this recipe on A Cup of Jo where they are called four ingredient Nutella Fudge Nut Brownies. The fourth ingredient – being nuts of any kind – is clearly optional so all you need besides Nutella is one cup of flour and two eggs. You should have these things, if not you can probably get them from somewhere in walking distance, or even ask a neighbor if you have neighbors that you speak to. All you do is mix all these things together and throw them in the oven for 10 mins. Because there are only three ingredients the texture is not quite as fudgy as regular brownies, but the taste is perfect and baking them in muffin cups is genius because it leaves each individual brownie with crisp edges and a gooey center. Win! If you have nuts, we definitely recommend using them because they make these look a little fancier – we used roasted almonds. Recipe below. Original recipe say to whisk everything but we would recommend just quickly whisking the eggs and then using a wooden spoon to do the rest of the mixing. The batter is too thick for whisking and it gets stuck.
Three (or Four) Ingredient Nutella Brownies
1 cup Nutella
1 cup flour
(¼ cups chopped nuts)
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
Whisk eggs, add Nutella and stir together with a wooden spoon. Add in flour and stir until combined. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
Bake 8-12 mins until the tops have just set. A toothpick in the edge should come out clean, but in the middle it should still be wet and fudgy. Let cool 5 mins in tin and then remove to cool completely.
Naturally we want everything from the Dries Van Noten show. Such good colors. The punchy graphic floral prints don’t hurt either. And of course we love that the looks come with a 3D version of the print pinned right on them too. What fun! The matching Louie brightens up navy but still looks refined. We want to pair it with a classic white shirt and relaxed khaki pants.
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You know we love a classic and it doesn’t get much more classic Beverly Hills than Nate n’ Al’s. It’s been around since 1945. You can tell this because the majority of the patrons are well into their retirement years. The younger patrons almost always grew up going there with their grandparents. All of this customer loyalty is a sure sign they are doing something right. The waitresses are generally as old as the gray-haired patrons and call everyone honey and sweetheart. It’s fantastic. The menu is huge and full of classics that you can order anyway you want. Hotdogs even get their own section – hooray! (And they are served in pairs. Legit.) If you are feeling a bit lost, start with the sandwiches. You will notice that pretty much every table will have at least one massive sandwich on it. Piled so high they are almost impossible to eat, and served with a little cup of coleslaw or potato salad – this is lunch as it should be. We like the salads too as they are always perfectly chopped and dressed, and also huge. You should probably start with a cup of their perfect no nonsense Matzo Ball soup to round out the experience. Of course you can get breakfast all day here – another feature we always love in a restaurant. Nate n’ Al’s bonus features: #1 – they give you a plate of pickles the moment you sit down. Pickles for everyone! #2 – you can finish your meal with a black and white cookie to go. The perfect little treat.
Nate n’ Al’s
414 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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We’ve always made the simplest smoothies possible – frozen berries, whey protein, milk/almond milk. Zero prep, instant satisfaction and a perfect post workout breakfast. Plus, we enjoy eating vegetables and we do so on a very regular basis so we never felt the need to drink them as well. But these days green juices and smoothies are inescapable so we thought we might as well try an at home version. We were looking for something with a nice blend of green things and fruit, something easy to whip up in less than 5 minutes and of course something that really, truly tasted good. Obvs a smoothie shouldn’t really require a ‘recipe’ but we wanted some proportions to work with. We started with this recipe and made a few slight modifications. IT’S SO GOOD. We’ve become addicted. The original recipe claims to serve one but you end up with an almost full Vitamix, which is a ton so you’ll definitely have enough to share (or save for a mid morning snack). We subbed fresh mango for the berries (this keeps the smoothie a nice fresh green color, frozen will work too) and added some whey protein because you know, pilates is tough.
Original recipe found on thegreenforks.com.
Here’s how we do it:
¾ cup water
½ cup chopped cucumber (a 2-3 inch piece)
1 cup peeled and chopped mango (half a mango)
½ – 1 frozen banana (cut into pieces before you freeze it)
1 apple chopped
2 big handfuls spinach (at least 2 tightly packed cups if you want to measure)
a little ice (½ to ¾ cups), if you use frozen fruit you can skip the ice
1 scoop whey protein
Blend everything together until it is nice and smooth.
Doesn’t this room look so cozy? (Spotted on Domaine of course, our fave site.) The dark paneled walls could be a bit daunting but with the indigo rug and pops of bright orange everything looks rich without looking too serious. The flashes of bright in the pillow, side tables and art add the perfect punch. The resulting Louie strikes a similar balance. We’d love to pair this one with a tailored camel coat over jeans and a t-shirt for a slightly dressed up weekend look.
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We want everything in this shop. Really everything. We’d like to move right in. Nickey Kehoe has a perfect mix of vintage furniture and carefully crafted home goods. The current set up in the front is our dream living room. The store is not huge but it takes us awhile to browse here because this is the sort of place where we feel we must touch every item as though making contact with all these beautiful things will make our own home more stylish. It’s doesn’t work, but its fun. Mid-century lounge chairs, Alvar Aalto stools, Moroccan poufs – they have everything you want to put in your house right now. The shelves are stocked with elevated essentials that will instantly upgrade your place. Its hard to pick favorites put we’re really into the linen kitchen towels, walnut cutting boards, pewter candlesticks, adorable heart print pillows, and paper taxidermy. There are even stylish playing cards and they carry our beloved Caran d’Ache pens too. But really the first item we want to buy is the super stylish broom. With a light wooden handle and black bristles it’s the chicest cleaning item we’ve ever seen. Sweeping has always seemed like a fruitless task to us, but with this in hand, we’ll be getting up early to do our chores.
7221 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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If you haven’t yet devoted an entire weekend of your life to Frank Underwood, we suggest your clear your calendar. House of Cards is just so good. We’ve yet to meet anyone who wasn’t instantly hooked. Kevin Spacey’s Underwood is a master manipulator, making everyone in DC do exactly what they don’t want to. It’s amazing. And while he is far from the good guy it is still hard not too root for him. Spacey’s occasional asides to the camera are perfect. It’s pretty clear he is going to get what he wants so its real just a question of how long he can keep people from finding out how he got it. Robin Wright is equally implacable as the senator’s wife, with a pretty serious wardrobe too. If you have little faith in politics this is just the show for you. Of course, since all of these wavering deceitful people are not actually in charge of our country these antics are quite amusing. So far, its all still less ridiculous than Scandal so you know, totally realistic.
We have had absolutely no winter in LA this year, but seeing as how it is now almost March it seems fair to look towards spring no matter where you live. And when we do that we imagine ourselves wearing a breezy shirt dress just like this one. The blue at the shoulders is just fantastic. Until we track down a perfectly color blocked dress of our own, we’ll pair this Louie with a crisp white button down, jeans and sharp flats for an equally casual yet pulled together look.
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The Beverly Hills Hotel is an LA icon and we’ve been in love with it since Troop Beverly Hills selected it as their overnight campsite (Neffler, Bungalow 4). We’ve already recounted our love for the Fountain Room, but on occasion an above ground lunch is in order and on a warm sunny afternoon, the Polo Lounge is magic. The number one rule of the Polo Lounge is that you can only come during the day and you must always sit outside. Because it is lovely, and because it is easier to people watch behind sunglasses. Even if you think you are too cool to care about celebrity sightings, you should take a quick glance around because you might see George Clooney, or T.I., or George Clooney high fiving T.I. Or just some well dressed old dudes drinking martinis at 11 am. The food, while stupidly expensive, in delicious. We recommend the tortilla soup, the McCarthy salad (you’ll see at least one of these on every table), and the burger. The West Hollywood salad is pretty delicious too as is the steak tartare – its presented perfectly and feels so fancy. And we always order desert here because desert at lunch seems perfectly indulgent and when you just had a $33 salad, there is no reason not to follow it up with a piece of cake. We sometimes ask them to bring up a piece of key lime pie from the Fountain Room and of course the waiter just nods ‘of course’ because the real joy of the Beverly Hills Hotel is that they will bring you absolutely anything you ask for and they make all requests seem perfectly reasonable.
The Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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This is the bootie people. If you own one pair of boots, booties, closed toe shoes – this should be it. We resisted buying these for years. We were certain we could find a pair of black booties that were different and thus better then the ones everyone else had. We even tried all the other Rag & Bone booties. But then we realized that everyone has these ones for a reason. They are perfect. Let’s start with the heel. The thick three inch wooden heel is the key to making these all purpose shoes. They are substantial enough for jeans, in fact they are perfect with jeans. But of course the real beauty of the Newbury booties is that they are also fantastic with dresses. Sleek and simple and free of extraneous straps and buckles they are just tough enough to tone down fancy dresses, with out making you look like a rebellious teen. Our favorite part of these may be that the zipper is on the back. A very nice touch and we are pretty sure this makes them easier to get on and off in some strange way. Also the insole is just plain leather but it feels just a tiny bit padded which means these are super comfortable to wear all day. We promise. They come in tons of colors now so while we very strongly recommend the black leather to kick things off the navy suede and gray canvas are strong contenders.
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