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Grilled cheese goes chic with Haaps & Barley’s elevated spin on an American classic. Jill’s recipe kicks up the flavor with roasted tomatoes, which “need slow, low heat, so they take a while to cook, but you can make these ahead of time,” she says.

It’s a bit of a departure from the comfort food sandwich of our youth (and if I’m being honest, those broke college days, broke young adulting days…those lazy adulting days…). Hmm, guess not much has changed. Except this:

Add garlic, cheddar and a fried egg on a few slices of good, fresh bread and you’ll have yourself one satisfying sandwich. Save me some? (See lazy adulting, above).


Chic Grilled Cheese

By Haaps & Barley


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This is Solana Beach, my go-to spot to watch the waves whenever I’m in North County. Last weekend, I was maxed out of my favorite barre class and had some time to putz around while I waited for the next one. To fuel up, I picked up a Salted Caramel Latte from Lofty Coffee on Cedros and walked over to Fletcher Cove Park, perched on one of the table and admired the waves.*

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Saturated Saturday is a new photo series highlighting some of my favorite images, with enhanced vibrant colors courtesy of the photo editing apps I like at the moment. These include: VSCO, Instagram, A Color Story. Most photos taken with iPhone 5C.

*If I wasn’t in Solana Beach for my a.m. barre class, I’d be waiting for a table at this popular brunch spot.

The last time I was in New York City, I was checking into a brand new hotel with the World Trade Center looming in the background of our room window. My family and I sampled the tourist circuit as first-timers to the concrete jungle often do. We scaled the Empire State Building, admired Rockefeller Center, scooted through Battery Park (Razor scooters were hot back then), slurped up noodles at some Thai restaurant in SoHo.

Back then I was unimpressed, overwalked and like my burgeoning taste for the world beyond my pacific island home, a developing palate.

Now, on my most recent visit to the city I welcomed the kaleidoscope of fall leaves, interesting people and the even more provoking dining scene. Below, part one of a three-part summary of my trip through a sample platter of NYC’s eats, served with a side of antics, as twenty-somethings girls often do when they get together.


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