the fourth

photoWith the fourth of July on a Thursday and no exciting BBQ plans, Shawn and I went on a bike ride down to the beach. We hopped on the Ballona Creek bike path and rode to the beach. The ride is just long enough to feel like you’re going somewhere, but not too long to be strenuous. We hung out for a bit at Mustache Bridge, ate popsicles and just enjoyed the cool beach air.

bike rideIt’s been nearly a year since I tried to figure out some kind of exercise routine. I still haven’t figured it out. It’s really time to start being mindful of having more activity in my life, as much too much of it is spent sitting at a desk or on the couch.

Besides all that, the rest of the holiday was lovely. We feasted on vegan chili dogs and potato salad and watched SCARFACE and JAWS with friends.

vegan pizza day 2013

vegan_pizza_ 221vegan_pizza_ 220Vegan pizza day was this past Saturday and as usual we went all out. Joined by Jenn and Scott, we trekked out to Woodland Hills to visit the original Pizza Cookery. We’re huge fans of this restaurant. Not only do they have an old school family atmosphere, they’re also one of the last hold outs serving Follow Your Heart cheese (which I prefer over Daiya). They also have the most amazing cheesy garlic knots. I dream about these damn things. Which is all to say, it’s worth the drive out there, even if it’s 100 degrees out. We all split a southwestern pizza, which had a bbq pizza sauce and vegan bbq chicken. Good stuff. Great way to start the day.

vegan_pizza_ 223vegan_pizza_ 224vegan_pizza_ 222vegan_pizza_ 225 Next stop was Mowhawk Bend where we met up with a few more friends. They had a bunch of specials for the occasion including the infamous macaroni & cheese calzone. Unfortunately, the specials were all kind of a let down. I was super excited about the new trinity pizza topped with cashew cheese but it was severely lacking with no sauce and just a thin layer of cheese. The peach pizza was the biggest hit of the bunch, but more of a dessert than anything. Mostly we just enjoyed the drinks and good company.

vegan_pizza_ 219 No vegan pizza day is complete without a trip to Masa of Echo Park where we’ve visited for vegan pizza day last year and the year before. I can’t get enough of their deep dish pizza, which really means I can eat about two slices before feeling like I’m going to explode but they’re so good.

It was quite a pizza adventure. Maybe next year we’ll have our own pizza party.

goodbye google reader

Cake for breakfast. y/y?

It’s the end of an era with the end of Google Reader. The truth is, the more recent layout left me not wanting to use it. Instead I would follow blogs I love through twitter for the most part.

With google reader going away though, it seems like a great time to update my blog list. You can follow CUTE + DELICIOUS on Blog lovin’ or on Feedly.

Do you have any blogs you’re loving right now that I should add to my list?

Annecy part 2

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

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Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

One of the best parts about visiting Annecy was just wandering the old streets. Every day we would walk along the canal on our way to screenings. It felt as if life was more tangible, when you’re not separated from the world by a car or vehicle of some sort. With such old buildings you could feel the history of the place, even in more updated areas. In comparison, even some of the oldest building in America feel young.

There wasn’t a whole ton of vegan options but I made due. I brought a jar of peanut butter and a few other snacks to get me through. There were quite a few cheeseless pizzas and I had some delicious white beans in tomato sauce from a Greek spot. A special shout out to Luce who tipped me off to a cafe with a tofu dish.

My favorite thing about the festival was the enthusiasm from all the students and animation fans attending. The audience would sing along to the trailer before every screening and throw paper airplanes. The outdoor screenings were packed and overall people were just super excited.

Lake Annecy

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

Annecy 2013

I traveled with my mother to Annecy, France for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. In between seeing films, we spent a little bit of time on the beautiful lake Annecy. Though we never had the chance to go in the water, we did take a boat tour around the massive lake. The shoreline is dotted with ancient hotels and villas surrounded by the soaring French Alps. I would love to just hole up in a little house there and spend days by the water reading or bike riding around the entire lake. It really was the quintessential summer vacation place with its relaxed atmosphere and requisite sudden rainstorms. I’m sure the the stillness of it all has contributed to my overall feeling of calmness.