Oh, Snap: Comfort Food

How many times have you heard the following from friends, family and your partner: the way to my heart is through my stomach.  But did you know that their statement actually holds weight? One thing that I didn’t know until I read a fascinating book on Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman is that not only are there a significant amount of serotonin receptors in our stomach, but most of the serotonin we posses is manufactured there!  Lining the walls of both the intestines and digestive track are loads of enterochromaffin cells and these little guys are responsible for creating a whopping 90% of it.

I’ve always landed firmly on the taller side of life.  When I was born I was 19″ and a tad under 6lbs – leaving me pretty tall and lean on the BMI chart.  Growing up, not a whole hell of a lot changed – by 4th grade, I was taller than all my gymnastics instructors and realized that was definitely not my calling.  By 6th grade, I was 6’0 and had stopped growing – but when it came to filling out, I didn’t. My metabolism is somehow quicker than my mouth and no matter what I ate, or how (in)frequently I seemed to hit the gym – gaining weight has never been my strong suit, especially after I stopped playing competitive sports.

I never intended to be a foodie. In fact, I know a considerable amount of people – including my family – who  consider my love of cooking, nomgasms or food porn absolutely ludicrous.  It’s not that I’ve found food repulsive or I hate eating – it’s merely the fact that ever since I can remember – food and I have had a fairly indifferent relationship with each other.  I used to find myself going throughout the majority of the day without a meal; granted, I was grumpy, fatigued and not exactly pleasant to be around but at the time I attributed that to having high anxiety or being diagnosed with depression.

Thankfully, I have a support system that both lifts me up and fills my stomach –  they’ve taught me that comfort food has a purpose and a nourished stomach is a nourished soul.  I’ve found that one of the most important things about food, fitness and nutrition is to have both a routine and a goal; one without the other is slightly pointless.  I’ve gone from bypassing lunch to scouring the dessert bar, from breakfast on the go to breakfast in the apt – and it’s really made all the difference.  For the first time in my adult life, I can honestly say that I love food and thanks to living in Los Angeles, I’ve had the chance to experience so many different restaurants, as well as almost any type of food you can imagine!  I’ve slowly but surely been collecting a list of my favorite noms and I’m stoked to be able to share this with everyone =)

 

Loaded Mac & Cheese from Elephant Bar

Bacon wrapped asparagus from Sushi USA

Uni – my ultimate.

Basil, tomato and mozzarella skewers; made fresh by yours truly!

Shrimp, avocado, tangello, cucumber and tomato salad. Also known as veggies that are really fruits.

Drumstick ice cream cones; omnom!

If you’ve never had Calypso Lemonade you’re in for a real treat =D

Only the best for my sweet tooth – Sour Patch Berry Kids and Mike & Ike Tropical Typhoon!

Macadamia, raspberry pancakes – proof the best recipes are still in your head =)

Mango & Sticky Rice!

Potstickers: I could survive off these.

Mango & Vanilla Creme Puffs from Beard Papas; only the best!

Can’t go wrong with a Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup!

Steak, medium rare. Always.

I ❤ Sushi.

BTA Benedict from Tart – my breakfast standard.

Waffles Versaille from the French Crepe Company at the Grove

Dim Sum @ Bao

My Step-Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

January in the Rear View

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Blogging is a two fold enterprise in my mind, it’s cathartic – it helps me stay organized, it gives me space to work things out, it lets me reflect and evolve; on the otherhand, it’s also a wonderful way to keep track of the moments – small, big, earth shattering-ly large – that have made us into the people we are and have prevented us from becoming those other people.

This year, there’s a lot on my plate but it’s nothing I didn’t put there – almost like instead of getting a meal, I went for the all you can eat life buffet and I simply can’t get enough!  The limited time I have is now spent bouncing from my volunteer gig at the Kitty Bungalow, directing the social media content of Beatnet, getting my fitness on, adventuring around Los Angeles and spending quality time with good people.  I feel more than rewarded for the time and effort that I expunge upon my life and I fully believe that this year – it shows.  So take a gander at the best that January had to offer me, and cheers to a fruitful February!

I’m officially a runner now =)

…a FIT runner…

..and I’m getting faster =D

Got my House fix with Richard Vission and Donald Glaude

I submitted my DNA to 23andme and finally got some answers about my ethnic background

We got the old crew back together for some karaoke and catching up in Koreatown

…I also made some new friends and we went on an adventure to the gorgeous Getty Villa – now I can knock that off my LA Bucket List!

Attended the LA East Yelp Elite Kickoff Event only to walk away the winner of some major swag and pampering.

Saw Coachella Weekend 1 tickets come and go; but I’m okay with that since I’m not paying for my ticket this year 😉

Spent some major cuddle time at the Kitty Bungalow; since we have such a fabulously high turnover rate I’ll probably never hang out with these kittens again!

..and they have a mini-Sake!

I ate beyond well last month – it helps that I’m a sushi freak =)

I’m also addicted to the BTA Benedict at Tart

..and you can’t go wrong with Dim Sum from Bao!

The past 31 days have been beyond  crazy, wonderful and beautiful – they’ve been filled with great friends, wonderful food and fantastic memories to last a lifetime.  With January over and out and a kickass lineup for my February weekends,I’m stoked to see how the rest of my year is going to play out: bring it on!