What’s On Repeat? (Summer Playlist 2017)

In the spirit of the sunny summer days ahead, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite songs right now. Most of these aren’t exactly “new” but nevertheless, I can’t stop listening. Hopefully you’ll find one or two you like and hadn’t heard before!

  1. Come Over (Filous remix) – James Hersey
  2. Here in the Moment – Vinyl Thief
  3. Help Our Souls – NIHILS
  4. Come Back to Me – Urban Cone
  5. Withdrawal (Super Duper Remix) – Max Frost
  6. Gone – JR JR
  7. Sing to You – John Splitoff
  8. Seeing Stars – BORNS
  9. Capsize (Stint Remix) – Frenship
  10. Hear Me Now – Alok
  11. White T-Shirt (Golden Coast Remix) – Ofelia K
  12. All of Us (Ermez Remix) [feat. ANIMA!] – Dirty South
  13. When I’m Down – Whethan

What’s on your repeat list?

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Best Places to Drink & Dine in Dana Point

After having lived in Capistrano Beach for a year, I can safely say that Matt and I have nailed down our favorite spots in Dana Point. We split our time evenly between these three restaurant/bars so I’m not sure I can rank them since each has it’s own vibe. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, make sure to check them out!

Jimmy’s Famous Tavern

Between the whiskey shrimp, parmesan fries, and any of their 5 juicy burgers, Jimmy’s has super tasty food. Top that off with their kick-ass ambience and we have ourselves a winner! The wait can be long so reserve ahead or plan to grab a couple drinks at the bar.

Waterman’s Harbor

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Hang out at one of their fire pit tables and catch the sunset over Dana Point Harbor while you slurp down oysters. Waterman’s has some great happy hour options and is our go-to spot pre-dinner or post-work.

StillWater Spirit & Sounds

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Want to get your groove on late at night? Go to Stillwater (they have live bands). Want to enjoy a drink outside, even when when it’s chilly? Go to Stillwater (they have fire pit tables). Want to have an awesome Halloween dance party with no cover? Stillwater again.

The perfect spot for practically any 21+ occasion, Stillwater is right in the middle of DTDP (Downtown Dana Point), making it super convenient as well.

Honorable Mention: Blue Dolphin

I haven’t dined here…only drank, but this is a great spot for late night pool!

Do you have other Dana Point favs? Comment below!

 

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Avocado Toast with Strawberries & Chocolate

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Life gets hard when you’re trying to eat healthy, but your sweet tooth comes a knocking, amiright? Here’s a recipe that allows for both. It sounds weird, but just try it and you’ll see what I mean.

Ingredients:

  • Whole grain bread
  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Dark chocolate syrup
  • Kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Toast your toast
  2. Spread with fresh avocado
  3. Slice up a few strawberries and put on top
  4. Drizzle some dark chocolate syrup on top
  5. Sprinkle with a dash of kosher salt

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Prosciutto & Arugula Homemade Pizza

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I’m not much of a baker, so I stick to other peoples’ instructions when it comes to anything made with flour. In the case of my go-to homemade pizza dough, Jane Thornby makes it super easy on me with her recipe from “What to Cook and How to Cook It”. It’s so simple, but it makes some bomb non-greasy dough for thin crust-loving folks like myself.

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Measuring cup from Anthropologie courtesy of my dearest friend Deanna. Read about her Vietnam adventures here.

As far as our toppings, we like to go outside of the basic pepperoni, combo and margarita toppings when we’re not ordering takeout.

Enter prosciutto and arugula.

Matt has an odd obsession with arugula and I like to think of prosciutto as arugula’s long lost brother. The flavor combo they make when mixed together is anything but heaven in your mouth. Then you add cheese and we’re talking pure foodgasm.

I like to put some arugula on before baking and save the prosciutto and the bulk of the arugula for post-baking toppings so they maintain their fresh flavor.

Toppings

Prosciutto
Arugula
Cherry tomatoes
Ricotta, goat or feta cheese
Homemade red sauce (also from the cookbook)

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Office Space Complete!

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Our apartment living room is shaped like a big L and it’s HUGE, so we were able to set up a little desk area in the smaller part of the L, behind the couch. We pieced our “office” together over the first couple months of living here, starting with a new desk and propping my old bookcase vertically.

However, we couldn’t find a chair that worked. We wanted something cozy and unique, and thought a cute upholstered dining table chair could work. Turns out, those are typically too short for desks since you don’t have the ability to adjust them.

Luckily, I was able to use my new Home Decor Cheat Sheets book to figure out the kind of chair that could work. Since it goes through all of the basics of interior design and what things are called, I know it’ll be extremely useful when we buy a house and tackle some remodeling.

After a few months of searching, we finally found the perfect chair and I was finally able to bring our windsor chair back to its proper spot at the head of the dining table.

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Desk – World Market

Chair – Wayfair

Rug – Joss & Main

Bookcase – Ikea

File holder – TJ Maxx

Globe – Target

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