Bites and Brews

Thursday, August 23, 2012




This past week we have been blessed by the abundance of old friends and good food in our home.  Our friend Casey came over TWICE last week and helped us make this delicious maple grilled salmon with white rice and asparagus:

from iowagirleats.com
She is leaving for China soon (read about her teaching adventures here!) so it was extra special getting to spend some quality time with her.

On Thursday we had our dear friend Kira over for some of these knockoff P.F. Chang's lettuce wraps...


from iowagirleats.com
...followed by a visit to LA's newest brewery, Golden Road Brewing.







Saturday we had our friends The Lopatas (who are also newlyweds!) over for some glorious homemade(ish) pizza.

Aaaaaand last night we had Amanda's oldest friend Desiree over for our favorite Summer recipe ever, Chinese Chicken Salad:

                         

Isn't there something so comforting about good friends and homemade food?  It definitely made our little house feel like a home :)

Nom,
T&A

Wedding Photo Sneak Peek

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Here's a little preview of our wedding photos by the ever-amazing Lauren Di Matteo!

Praying together before the ceremony

I just have to give Lauren a shout out.  She is one of the most incredible photographers I have ever seen.  Not only that, she is unobtrusive and so low maintenance.  I've been to weddings where it seemed the entire day was centered around the photographer and his or her lighting and equipment.  Lo has an amazing way of getting pristine shots without getting in the way of what's going on.  And she's super cool to boot :)

Check out her wedding portfolio here: Lauren Di Weddings

Restaurant Review- Kazoku Sushi

Monday, August 13, 2012

Saturday night Ty and I set out to find some good (and reasonably priced) sushi.  We've been to quite a few sushi bars around LA, but none of them really provided a happy coupling of fresh fish and decent prices.   Then we discovered this little gem...

Kazoku Sushi

Strangely, we found it in the heart of Little Armenia in the middle of a Thai strip mall (I guess that's LA for you!) Not only was their food amazing, their happy hour prices were unbeatable.


Most of their simple rolls were under $4 until 7 PM on Saturday and sushi is under $3!  Desserts and drinks were also included on the happy hour menu.



If you do decide to check it out, I would advise to not bother with the appetizers.  The Gyoza and Edimame were only so-so, and your money would be better spent on more fish!  The service is super fast and everyone there is extremely nice.  The parking is a bit of a hassle but it is totally worth it. 



Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

-Amanda



Dogs & Blogs

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I've learned there are two things you're supposed to do when you're a young Newlywed:

1. Get a dog.
2. Start a blog.

I'm still patiently waiting on the first of those.  But in the meantime, here we are.  I'm not big on doing things purposelessly so here are some of the reasons why we decided to carve out our own little corner of the blogosphere:

- We live in Los Angeles and, while my immediate family is close by, many of our friends and family are spread out across the country (and beyond!)  This is one medium through which we can keep in touch with those we love.

- My husband will be working as an intern for Malibu Presbyterian Church for the next year-ish.  He will be involved with the University Ministries and helping college students through some of the best/ hardest/ craziest/ most challenging years of their lives.  Retreats, peanut butter, and water ballons may be involved.  These things need to be documented.

- I've always loved to write, but I'm SO undisciplined with it.  This will be a way that both Ty and I can foster our talents.... and occasionaly wordvomit publicly.

So there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully the next post will contain news of the first part of that Newlywed requirement...

Til then,
Amanda