Oven and Foil Shrimp Boil

Oven and Foil Shrimp Boil

Before the year started I set a goal for myself to travel to one new domestic city this year and one international country. So far, so bad. BUT it’s only July (depending on how you look at it), so there’s still some time left. For my next domestic trip, I’m #dying to head to New Orleans for a weekend to eat, tour the cemeteries, eat beignets, and hold an alligator. That’s right, when I dream, I DREAM BIG. So, as my mother would say, I “got a wild hair” this week and decided to make some shrimp boil filled with plenty of garlic, cayenne, black pepper and buttah. But, since city-living means that you don’t have a barbecue or a pit of sand to bury a shrimp boil in, I settled for my oven and probably four feet worth of foil to cook this shrimp boil.

Oven and Foil Shrimp Boil 
Ingredients (serves 2) 

1 lb. large shrimp, deveined
2 ears of corn, cut into six pieces
3 spicy sausages (pork or chicken, up to you)
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp. onion powder
2 tsp. cracked black pepper
1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 red potatoes, sliced
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 lemons, sliced
3 sprigs, fresh thyme

Oven and Foil Shrimp Boil

1. Preheat your oven to 420 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and cayenne together—this will be your spice rub for your shrimp.

2. In a non-reactive bowl, pour in your olive oil, minced garlic, spices and shrimp together. Cover and let marinate for an hour unrefrigerated or up to 3 hours in the fridge.

3. Meanwhile, rip off four sheets of foil to make two foil packets. Drop in the butter, thyme and potatoes and pop into the oven for 15 minutes. Once your shrimp is done marinating, put everything else into the foil packets and cook for 20 minutes or until the shrimp is bright pink.

4. Drizzle with hot honey, more butter and enjoy!

An Ode to SLO

If you know me fairly well, you’ve most likely asked me why I go to SLO so often. Did you go to school there? No. Are you visiting friends? No. (Also, if you know me, you’ll know that I have five friends, tops). Did you grow up there? Nope. Well, sort of. 15 years ago the aunt who took me to Disneyland every weekend moved to the central coast for what we all thought would be a short stint.

Lucky for us, it turned into fifteen years, SLO county turned into a second home for our entire family and a future home for many of us. Head to SLO for a week or a weekend and you’ll return feeling refreshed, charmed and extra grateful for small towns.

Here’s where to head if you’re planning on visiting San Luis Obispo county:Morro Bay Morro Strand Beach

Morro Bay

Morro Bay Taco Temple

Morro Bay: 13 miles north of SLO proper is the little retiree beach town of Morro Bay, where I honestly spend most of my time. Head to Morro Strand Beach with your dog or with your friends or family, take in Morro Rock from afar and collect real life sand dollars instead of buying them from the souvenir shop. Taco Temple has been around for a lot longer than we’ve been going there and that little California-fusion Mexican restaurant has expand their space but still serves killer seared scallop tacos.

Sunset Drive-in Theater SLO

High Street Deli San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo Classic Car

SLO Farmer's Market Bishop's Peak Hike

San Luis Obispo: Ahh, my favorite city in the whole wide world (for now). I can spend hours in downtown San Luis Obispo reading a book, walking around, drinking a chai latte from Scout Coffee and shopping at all of my favorite shops like Len Collective and these other cute shops. If you’re feeling outdoorsy and have the urge to sweat, hike up Bishop’s Peak along with every other SLO county resident in town and their dogs and admire the view from the top. Afterwards, go to High Street Deli for the best sandwiches you’ll ever eat (just thinking about the Doobie Dip is making my mouth water rn). Just a bit outside of Downtown SLO is the Sunset Drive-in Movie theater, one of that last few in California. The best part about drive-ins? YOU CAN BRING ALL OF THE SNACKS YOU CAN AND WANT TO EAT.



Los Osos: This tiny beach town with virtually no beaches is completely surrounded by coast—you pretty much can’t avoid looking at the deep blue sea the entire time you’re in Los Osos. Hike Montano del Oro to visit the tide pools (with actual starfish!) and eat greasy burgers and onion rings from Sylvester’s Burgers. 

A couple things about San Luis Obispo:

  • Everyone’s nice here, so don’t bring your city jerkiness to these people.
  • Always pack workout clothes and hiking shoes—you never know when you’ll want to pull over and explore.
  • Bring plenty of cash. This is the place where I discovered the joy of farmers markets, so discover them for yourself too!

Honestly, this (brief) travel guide to San Luis Obispo is really just a way for me to remind me of the place I love most. I hope you love it too!

Favorite Things: July 8th

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Always in love with The Station

Need Supply Co.: If you’re on the hunt for pieces to fill-up a simplistic and modern wardrobe, look to Virginia-based Need Supply Co. Brands like The Horse, Baggu, LNA and Comme de Garçons can be tracked down here. Bonus points: They’re having a sale right now!

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen: Finally contributed to Luna’s college fund. You’re welcome, Chrissy! All of the recipes are super easy to make and there’s a 90% chance everything you need is already in your fridge or cabinet. Plus her recipes are so simple, they make the perfect starting point for making something exxxxxtra fancy.

Brainstorming recipes: Going off of the theme of cooking up a storm from Cravings, I couldn’t stop thinking of new recipes to get down in the kitchen with. Expect some in the coming weeks, everyone!

‘In Common’ by Alicia KeysOkay, I know that I’m late to the music game on this one by listening to the new single by Alicia Keys. Serene, calming and catchy is how I describe it and you can bet that I’ll be listening to it all week. Plus, read this piece that Keys wrote for Lenny.

Wednesday Wants: July Must Haves

Wednesday Wants: July Must Haves

New month, new me. Just kidding, same old me with some new cravings that I’ll lust over for the entire month and twiddle my thumbs over my laptop debating on whether to spring for them or not. Five days into the month, I’ve already given in to one of these items (the succulents). We have to start small, don’t we? Here’s what I’ll be thinking about this month, from top to bottom, left to right.


Madewell Pieced Straw Hat

Succulents c/o your local hardware store

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Feed’ Bag in Guava (Out of stock, similar here)

Goop + Murchison-Hume in French Sandalwood

Cuyana  Small Zip Around Wallet in Cobalt

J. Crew Field Jacket 

Wednesday Wants: Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials 2016

Summer is here in San Francisco, but it’s not hot, hot, hot! On one hand, I’m lucky that I’m not stifled by humid air and dewy by the time I get to the office. But, there are (many) days where I wish that I could just wear a dress to work without getting goosebumps. But I guess having an SF summer means that my beauty routine doesn’t have to drastically change or lighten up. Here are this summer’s beauty essentials, in order from left to right, top to bottom.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer, SPF 45: Having an oily t-zone means that you look sweaty by the middle of the day, regardless of whether you worked out or not.I can’t recommend this for a visit to the beach, but I can recommend it for daily city venturing and in-office wear. It’s lightweight, moisturizing and has a pleasant fragrance to boot.

Belif, The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb: My love for Belif has been documented already and it’s definitely not coming to an end anytime soon. I’ve been using this moisturizer every night and my skin is baby smooth in the morning and hasn’t felt cracked or dry at any moment.

Balm Dotcom by Glossier: Another repeat appearance of this beauty essentials, but it really is the cure-all for anything chapped or uber-dry. I use it exclusively on my lips and all I have to do is apply it once a day—it’s that good.

Boy Brow by Glossier: Alright, you might be thinking by now that this is just recycled content because of another repeat appearance from Glossier. I have been #blessed and #cursed with thick brows and Boy Brow tames up the ever-increasing bald spots and keeps them in place all day.

Florence by Tocca: If you ever meet my mom, she’ll probably tell you the story of how we went to Sephora, I sprayed on too much of this and then she was stuck in a small car with me for the rest of the day. I guess if that’s the most embarrassing story she can tell, I can consider myself lucky. Filled with my favorite  notes of jasmine, tuberose and gardenia, it’s the ideal scent if you’re looking for something a little woodsy and a little floral.

P.S. You can still get 20% off at Glossier with this link here!