Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tasty Tuesdays | Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Oh, sweet, sweet potato. Your recipe limits are endless. You're like a regular potato, but sweet. You're also softer, more satisfying and even better for me. Until I fry you up into crispy, gooey goodness and gobble you up faster than you can say "Turkey." I got the idea to try this recipe after eating maple-glazed sweet potato tater tots at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood and not being able to stop popping them in my mouth one after another. You might have seen proof of that on my Instagram. They were so tasty, I vowed to try my own twist on this new favorite. I omitted the maple glaze, because I wasn't sure how the chef dressed the sweet potato. I didn't want to end up with a soggy tot (yea, I said it), so I grated my spuds, formed them into rectangular logs and fried them up like normal. I paired them with a creamy maple syrup Dijon mustard dipping sauce that took the earthy and savory flavor of the sweet potato tots there. See below for recipe and don't forget to check out Instagram for behind-the-scenes action.

> 2 small sweet potatoes
> 1/4 cup all purpose flour
> 1 clove garlic, crushed
> Salt and pepper to taste
> Vegetable oil 

Peel each sweet potato and grate as you see convenient. Some use a food processor and pulse about 10-15 seconds to get small bits. I chopped up my sweet potatoes and used a traditional grater to reduce my clean-up time. Combine grated sweet potato with flour, garlic and salt and pepper. Form mixture into tot-size logs and line on a clean plate. Heat 1/4 inches of vegetable oil on medium-high. When hot, drop tots into oil and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove and place on paper towel-lined plate. Enjoy warm!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Apres Weekend | Rose Bowl Flea Market

Before watching the greatness that was the Golden Globes and swooning and flinching at the red carpet fashions, I was at the Rose Bowl Flea Market on one of the coldest days of the year, where I walked and haggled with the best of hipsters in Los Angeles. I also hit starvation levels of hunger until I FINALLY found a taco stand at the farthest end of the antique mall and nearly swallowed a carne asada burrito whole while sharing a standing table with some dude and his cobalt blue macaw. True Hollywood story.

Seeing as it was my first time at the famed flea market, I went there with a mission in mind: to find antique brass sconces. However, I also planned to make my way around the whole of it to check out every single item lugged there by very kind and patient vendors. This is why I go shopping alone. Most people don't make it out alive with me. While I did find the most beautiful antique brass sconces dripping in mint condition crystals, the lady was firm on the price tag and my Armenian negotiation tactics were exercised in vain. I did come across some other beautiful trinkets, like two mini urchin objets that now decorate my nightstand and three super thin yellow and rose gold rings, which I snapped up immediately. That's not to say I didn't fall in love with other pretty little things. Check out my fave finds below and don't forget to follow La Petite Gigi on Instagram for daily behind-the-scenes shots!

Just wasn't meant to be.

Gotta have fresh horchata!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Summer Shoe Envy | Espadrilles

Though LA's uncharacteristically frosty climate of late has called for more shearling than swimwear, it's hard to not daydream about summer fashion and the six-pack abs I will have acquired by doing nothing but stress eating and loafing around. Isn't that how every California girl gets to look good in a bikini? While I attempt to will my way to a beach bunny body, I can't help but think about my summer style and the trends that will suck me in when temperatures start rising. After spotting so chic Chanel espadrilles on blogger Aimee Song's Instagram recently and Missoni ones on Malin Richardson's Swedish feet, I know exactly what my shoe closet will look like come June. My abs are another story.

1. Tory Burch | 2. Brian Atwood | 3. Valentino | 4. Chanel | 5. KG by Kurt Geiger | 6. Missoni

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thursty Thursdays | French Hound Cocktail

I love surprising myself by making choices that I don't usually make, all in the name of being an adventurous foodie and not judging a food by my preconceived notion of what it will taste like. On New Year's Day, my sister and I ventured out and about to burn off some holiday calories and get out of the house for a few hours. We stopped at The Grill on the Alley in Thousand Oaks and found that they had a pretty substantial happy hour menu that surprised us with its quality and selection of Grill classics and some unexpected favorites. The French Hound cocktail immediately piqued my interest, even though I rarely gravitate towards grapefruit. I chalk this up to a childhood spent picking fallen grapefruits from my mom's garden and repeatedly trying to convince myself that the gorgeous pink color of the fruit would taste sweet and floral. I was consistently wrong. Now that I think about it, I probably expected it to taste a bit like what I now know elderflower liqueur tastes like: sweet, fragrant and floral.

Well, the elderflower liqueur in the French Hound got this francophile and I was on my way to Parisian heaven upon first sip. The bartender used Absolut ruby red vodka, St. Germain liqueur and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice poured over ice. It was fresh, crisp and unexpectedly satisfying, with bits of a now tolerable pink citrus fruit muddled at the bottom. Lesson learned. Don't forget to follow La Petite Gigi on Instagram for more pics of my latest foodie adventures!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tasty Tuesdays | Sweet Potato and Sage Butter Casserole

When I invited my friends over for a Friendsmas party, my Pinterest followers had already gotten a sneak peek at all of the yummies I had in store for my guests. I wanted to cook up some holiday favorites for a very special group of ladies for whom I am thankful year round. My favorite dish of the evening was a sweet potato and sage butter casserole that I had swiped from Ms. Martha. Everything about it screamed "Christmas": sweet potatoes, sage, breadcrumbs. And let me tell you: the second that freshly chopped sage hit the bubbling browned butter, I was in olfactory heaven. Now, four days later, I'm still heating this bad boy up and gobbling it down with glee. Check out my party pics below and find me on Instagram!

What was left of the casserole.

Yummy chocolate cream pie cups!
Cheese board
Baker of the chocolate cream pie cups!
My peeps.

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