Lookin' Back: June 2013

How did this month go by so fast? I feel like as I get older, the days just go faster and faster. Remember when you were a kid and all you wanted was to grow up!? Man, we've got it all so backwards. Haha. Anyway, although this month went by pretty quickly there were some pretty memorable events:

  • attended an Oscars Outdoors screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom and reunited with my pal Glenn. The movie was amazing and I still highly recommend that you all go see it! I saw it again with D recently. 
  • finally launched my own blog! as much as I have loved tumblr it was just time to move on. Tumblr is not for words and i'm all about words. 
  • D's birthday was this month and I had fun racing against time to make him a birthday cake before he came home from work! Also, it was so hard keeping a secret about his birthday gift. So lucky he doesn't have instagram or else he would've known when his Tame Impala record came in the mail haha.
  • For D's birthday we caught Cold Cave at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts and we had a major danceathon! It was pure luck that JoJo messaged me about taking his tickets. It was last minute but we didn't have any plans--go with the flow they say!
  • Befriended some kittens! I bring them water whenever I see them.
  • FINALLY made a new playlist! What better way to celebrate the start of Summer than with a dedicated playlist, right?
  • Marc threw a BBQ! We ate good food and spent good quality friend time. We went geocaching which was a ton of fun and witnessed the Supermoon!
  • I started an internship at the beginning of the month and i'm enjoying every minute of it. I get to spend all day hanging out with jewelry and clothes and researching fashion trends and looks. Work doesn't feel like work! I love it and i'm learning a lot!
  • One of the friends I have known the longest is getting married this year and I went to her Bridal Shower and played photographer for the day. More photos from that coming soon!

June is coming to a close but i'm glad, i'm excited for the rest of summer. I still haven't gone to the beach yet and i'm stoked for many more BBQs at Marc's. Also can't wait to post more cooking stuff since my new cuisinart food processor has totally inspired me to cook, cook, cook! One thing i'm definitely NOT looking forward to is the HEAT. It's starting to feel way too hot for me to handle. I've never done well when it's hot outside. It's worse when it's hotter in my car than outside. What a nightmare! I gotta find a local paletería because that's the only way to cool off when it's hot! I hope you guys had a good June!

Art Files: Helixduplo Halfaxa

My really good friend Glenn is a fellow book hoarder and he also makes amazing art. His art lies somewhere in the realm of abstract and surrealism but it is uniquely his. I have admired his art since high school and am so glad that he is still making his art. He has grown so much as an artist and has definitely honed his craft. There is something about his art that I just love and I would love even if he wasn't my friend.

He recently made this illustration inspired by Claire Boucher aka Grimes and I am dying to get an iphone cover of it:

He has a Society6 page where you can get a phone cover, print, shirt, whatever of this illustration. I'm sure he will have more illustrations up there coming soon so check back occasionally.

If you would like to look at his work he's pretty active on instagram so check him out: HelixDuplo

He owes me this illustration:

I can't wait to frame it and hang it up near my work station.

Just Rambling: Model Behavior

I started an internship earlier this month at ThreadSence and it's been super awesome. I originally didn't want to write about it and I've been pretty selective with telling people about it, mostly because I didn't want to jinx the great time I am having. I am learning a whole lot and I thoroughly enjoy the days that I get to go to work at TS headquarters. Who would've thought that I could ever feel excited about going to work!? Haha, I know, it's silly but I'm so glad to finally get a chance to do something that I truly enjoy.

Anyway, the screen capture above contains a few outfits with the awesome model Ashley Chung from LA Models and it just so happened to be the very first photoshoot that I helped out with. I was not expecting this girl to be ridiculously amazing and friendly. I expected a diva model, but she was so personable and was actually interested in what I had to say. She obviously left a very positive impression on me! I was having a tough time the week prior to this shoot because I'm a silly introvert who finds it hard to interact with strangers. I am the awkward person who needs to be introduced because if i'm not I will just stand there and not take the initiative to introduce myself. I tell myself that it's easy and that next time it happens I am going to take initiative but then when i'm in a situation where it's necessary I just freeze up! It's really stressful. I just need to get through that first introduction and then I can open up, without it I just come off as a silent weirdo.

My time was up that day before the shoot actually ended and it was time for lunch time, which I dreaded, because I just wanted to go home so I didn't have to suffer another lunch on my own in an office full of people who knew each other and ignored my existence. But Ashley wasn't having it--she insisted I stay for lunch and hang out. We talked like old friends--it was so cool. I probably sound like i'm fangirling here I know, but she was just not what I was expecting. I think growing up always being jealous of models and their "awesome" lives and believing that myth that they are brainless girls who just look pretty all day and don't eat, really tainted my perception of who a model really is. First of all, surprise, surprise, models are just like you and me. They just happen to be ridiculously pretty. Sometimes some have nasty personalities and sometimes some are amazing human beings...just like you and me. Sometimes we have bad moments, sometimes we have awesome moments. I guess it's silly to be so old and still think that models are these un-relatable creatures, but I just had never encountered one and after years of dealing with actors, I just didn't really have any high expectations. This Chinese-Israeli beauty really opened my eyes and taught me something. You can't just let your reservations rule your life, you have to be a little adventurous and let people get know you. You can't judge a book by its cover! After all, everyone just wants to belong.

All in all, I'm so glad that she has helped make this whole internship experience a positive one. I wish her all the success in the world and I hope that our paths cross again sometime. In the meantime, i'll just fangirl over her instagram and you should too!

Supermoon Barbecue !

One of my bffs threw a BBQ this weekend, just because we haven't gotten together in a long time and it was long overdue. He has this amazing backyard with lots of space, a rad pool, and a super awesome BBQ area that he never uses. What better way to kick off Summer, right? We had burgers & hot dogs, went on a Geocaching adventure, saw the cool Supermoon, watched a ridiculously terrible movie (A Talking Cat!?!), and talked through the night. We are definitely having more BBQs this summer and I'm super stoked. I really needed friend time.

"This is your park"...yeah a pathetic piece of dry land. Thanks. 

Um. So. Have you guys been Geocaching? It's ridiculously awesome. Greg is apparently an expert Geocacher and had to tell us all about it. Basically, it's an outdoor treasure hunt. Initially it was done with the use of GPS devices, and now our ever so trusty smart phones. You basically have coordinates, and you search for a treasure that someone before you has left behind. You then can write about your adventure on the Geocache logbook. It apparently has been around for a very long time but this was the first I had ever heard of it. It's super cool and I hope I get to do it again soon. I don't go outdoors much, so it's pretty good incentive. There's more information on the Geocache website if you are interested! 

Marc found the hidden treasure!

We left our team name hidden inside the treasure. We were Team Rocket, of course. 

Also, did you guys get a chance to take a look at the Supermoon? Ridiculously bright and beautiful!

So much fun. I can't wait til the next BBQ. 

Tuneage: Summertime Clothes

It's been a ridiculously long time since my last playlist. Sorry! I suppose I have been relatively uninspired lately. But I mean, it IS officially the first day of summer now, so what better way to celebrate than with some tuneage, right? Right. This playlist is for the coming of summer, days spent dancing and days spent singing loudly in your car with the music full blast. Summer always makes me feel so young, refreshed if you will. I never used to like summer, but now, summer is great! Looking forward to sunny days spent at the beach with my love, cold lemonades, and dancing. Lots of dancing. Enjoy!

Summertime Clothes:
  1. Clash The Truth // Beach Fossils
  2. Funny Heartbeat // Kisses
  3. Painful Like // Austra
  4. Bipp // Sophie
  5. Gypsy (Fleetwood Mac Cover) // Gardens & Villa
  6. This Chain Won't Break // Wild Nothing
  7. Head On // The Jesus & Mary Chain
  8. Van She // Idea of Happiness
  9. Secret Garden // Selebrities
  10. I Don't Care // Summer Twins
  11. We're So Cool // Au Pairs
  12. What You Were // The Drums
  13. Warmth // Craft Spells
  14. Real Life // Tanlines
  15. Summertime Clothes // Animal Collective

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Trend Spotting: Overalls or Over it?

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Overalls. I've tried to ignore them, but you really can't deny their comeback, because they are EVERYWHERE I look! I still can't get around the whole trend, but I will accept that there are some people who do overalls well--I'm just not one of them. While I think the tapered overalls can only be done well by slim girls, I feel like the more loose fitting they are (like the ones on Free People"4") the more forgiving they are for everyone else. Although, I still don't think it's something I personally will be trying soon.

However...when we start talking overall shorts / overall dresses (or jumpers) we jump into a whole new territory. I feel like these are the most forgiving types and if you are wanting to jump the trend bandwagon but aren't too sure you can pull off tapered overalls, this is a good place to start. My favorite way to get a touch of the overall trend is the Urban Renewal Overall Dress "8", it's perfect! You get the trademark top part of overalls, but you can wear it as a cute dress! I feel like this is a win-win situation. Overall shorts are also pretty neat and can feel pretty effortless. I find them a lot more forgiving too! Although, i'm not too sure i'm ready for overall shorts, I find myself leaning more towards overall inspired dresses, pinafores, and jumpers like the ones Erin of Calivintage "11" and Mara of MLovesM "12" have been sporting lately.

This was the last time I was seen wearing overalls:
What about you?
What's your take on overalls?

Baking Experiments: Super Easy Chocolate Cake!

As you're probably all aware, Friday was D's bday. We both had to work and I had to run errands at my parents' place and then we ended up with tickets to Cold Cave, so dinner like I had planned, didn't really happen. D doesn't ever care about birthdays, but to me they're such a big deal! Everything has to be great and exciting on your birthday! And even though we were in such a hurry I couldn't NOT do anything remotely special for my boy. So in turn I decided to make a super quick and easy chocolate cake. I would've done the Choco-Flan my boy loves so much, but our kitchen is so small and I'm lacking some necessary kitchen tools for it. Choco-Flan another day, you guys!

I'm a big believer of using what you have and if sometimes you can substitute some things in a recipe for something you actually have, i'm all for it. Whatever if it doesn't taste EXACTLY as the recipe tells you its supposed to. That's the whole point of cooking/baking, it's all a science experiment that you get to eat in the end.

Super Easy Chocolate Cake recipe adapted from the great foodess.

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar (I used brown, that's just my preference, but you can use white granulated sugar)
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder (preferably unsweetened, but I had to go and make it extra sweet and rich and used Godiva Dark Chocolate cocoa)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of almond milk (you could use any kind of milk, we just don't ever have milk anymore unless it's almond or coconut, we're lactose intolerant. sad face.)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • a medium bowl of fresh strawberries
  • a small bowl of chocolates (optional...could be anything you like, I chose godiva gems for this one)
With the frosting there's a lot of leeway. Some people like heavy frosting, I don't. I suggest you just start with some basics, and taste as you go. Everyone's got different tastes!
Start with:
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup and 3/4 cup of confectioner's sugar (you can put more if you want, depends how sugary you want the frosting)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  3. Grease and flour baking pan (you could also do this as step 2 and set aside, it doesn't really matter)
  4. Pour batter evenly in baking pan. This is something I learned from my mom when she used to bake cakes on the side: do not use a knife, or spoon, or spatula or anything to even out the batter on the pan. If you must just tilt the pan until the batter settles in where you want it. I don't remember exactly why this is important, but i've always done it and when has my mother been wrong when it comes to baking? haha.

    bake in oven for about 35 minutes. I use the 35 minute mark to check the cake with a skewer stick (lol), if there is cake stuff sticking to it, it's not ready. All ovens are different, so 35 minutes might work amazing for some, and for others 35 minutes is a good time to check it. For my oven it takes 45 minutes.
  5. This is VERY important....let the cake cool off COMPLETELY before handling. I was under a time constraint because D was going to come home and I was trying to finish the cake before he did, so I ignored my own very important advice and my cake cracked a little. But if this happens you can handle it from there, it shouldn't be a big deal. Nothing some frosting can't cover up! ;)
  6. Once the cake has cooled completely, take some thread, about 3-4 strands, obviously longer than the cake sides, and slice the cake in half. You can also use a cake leveler if you are fancy and have one ;)
  7. Then, with a cake lifter separate the top of the cake from the bottom
  8. Now the strawberries come in!

    Thinly slice them and layer them on top of the bottom cake layer
  9. If you are adding chocolates, break them apart or slice them if you need to and add on top of the strawberries
  10. Then using the cake lifter move the top cake layer onto the bottom cake layer
  11. Now put all the ingredients for the frosting in a large bowl and mix until you get the consistency and taste that you want. I personally don't like heavy frosting, or the kind that's fudgey and gets all over the place. I like when it hardens a little after being in the refrigerator. So for easier handling, after i'm done with the frosting batter, I like to put it in the fridge for a few minutes (4-5) so the frosting can harden a little making it a little bit easier to manage. When it's in a good working shape, just use a spatula and smother your cake in frosting.
and there you go. a super easy simple chocolate cake! 

This cake came out so chocolatey inside (probably all the godiva) that it is best when paired with a glass of milk. Almond milk, in our case. hahaha. I feel like this recipe is great because it's not fancy at all and you don't need lots of time for it. 

Show Recap: COLD CAVE @ Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Jojo couldn't go to Cold Cave at the last minute so he gave me his tickets. It was D's birthday on Friday and we didn't have any plans, although we were thinking of going to CSS at The Observatory. But you don't say no to tickets for a sold out Cold Cave show!

I'm so glad we went. It was a lot of fun and certainly muuuuch better than the last time we saw Cold Cave. It must've been because it was an actual headlining show instead of opening.

Anyway, Wesley Eisold and co. played a really good show. D and I had a major danceathon and came out of the venue drenched in sweat. I can't speak for the many, many people NOT dancing. Like, how do you go to a Cold Cave show and not enjoy yourself? It doesn't make sense. For a sold out show it sure didnt look like it.

More than 75% of the time few people had their phones out instagram-ing, vine-ing, facebook-ing, etc., the whole show. Don't get me wrong, it's totally cool if you wanna take a few pictures for your Instagram or your blog or whatever, lord knows I definitely took one picture, but do you really need to be on your phone the whole entire time? What you do on your own time is definitely your own business but I can't help but feel that social media, as great as it is, is hindering our ability to just solely enjoy ourselves. Take a few pictures, a short video, whatever, then put your phone away. Enjoy yourself! Maybe even dance a little, you might end up having a much better time.

Film Babble: Twenty Feet From Stardom

Friends, the film 20 Feet From Stardom is now out in select theaters. If you love music you have to see it! The film is about a few back-up singers who have spent their lives in the shadows of the performer and oftentimes unjustly going uncredited for some of their work. One of the women mentioned in the film is the wonderful Claudia Lennear, whom I have had the great pleasure of knowing for a few years now and even still, her past life never ceases to amaze me. Claudia could've been a big success, she had the drive, the talent and made pretty big-name friends along the way, but like she says in the film, "There are no guarantees in entertainment." 

Aside from Claudia, the great Ikette, the film centers around the great Darlene Love & amazing Merry Clayton, women whom you have probably at some point or another heard but didn't necessarily know you were listening to. The stories are just amazing. The director of the film did an excellent job of asking important questions and centering around the hardships these women have had to overcome. I mean, if this film does anything aside from move you deeply, it will educate you. 

The film does a great job of focusing on key backup singers ranging from the early 60s to today, with the most recent being Judith Hill, who has been on The Voice (USA). She performed at the screening I went to, and she was breathtaking. Trust me, you will enjoy this documentary!

(Judith Hill, The Waters, & Merry Clayton performing at 
the Oscars Outdoors screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom)

Watch the trailer:

Beauty Talk: Birchbox, Jem & The Holograms, and Me

I don't generally review anything that arrives in my Birchbox because there are just soooo many blogs out there that are specifically focused solely on subscription boxes and I feel like they have probably better ways to describe their products and such. I personally don't know much about beauty products anyway. For any of that info I consult my bestgay, Marc, who is my make-up & skincare guru. But with Birchbox's rebranding and super rad new box I figured, why not? right? right.

 Their logo has changed and it looks much more sophisticated. Now that they have expanded internationally, they needed something that looked very professional and something that really represented that they mean business. I didn't take a photo of that but i'm sure if you really feel the need you can look at their site.

The new boxes themselves have changed also. The box lids now have a much more simplistic look and i'm not sure if this new printing is anything related to this but the box itself actually doesn't smell awful. It doesn't smell like roses either but at least it no longer smells like that weird damp humidity smell that cardboard often ends up smelling like.

As with all subscription boxes, some boxes are a hit and others are simply a miss. Or oftentimes, I find myself hating most of the box except for one particular item. This time around, everything was lovely. But what mostly impressed me was the inside of the box! I know, i'm like those kids during christmas who get more excited about the wrapping paper than the actual gift. lol. But seriously. LOOK AT THE INSIDE. it's like zig zaggy awesomeness. The boxes never looked so sophisticated before! I'm totally in love. I like to keep my boxes and store sewing stuff in them usually but now they can even double up as a gift box. All you have to do is put a sticker on the top of the lid or something so it doesn't say birchbox anymore. Recycling is fun!

Anyway, the products were pretty good. They sent these adorable postcards with ridiculously cute illustrations that i'm not sending out because i'm a hoarder and i just so happen to collect postcards. Yes. I admit it. The color club nail polish is a really cute pastel green and the Davines Love Smoothing shampoo and conditioner smell amazing! D took over the shampoo & conditioner since I'm on a strict shampoo regime and can't steer off it (the downsides to color dyed hair), and he won't stop talking about how great they are. I'm assuming he's hinting at me to get them for him. lol. I just might though because I love how good his hair smells and they do a good job of keeping his locks tamed.

But the standout product for me was definitely the Laqa & Co. "Lil' Lip Duo". They are these mini lip pencils that have this super creamy texture with a satin finish. They also have this sort of minty feel to them (reminiscent of the tarte lip pencils). I got the bright pink one and it is SO RAD. It's ridiculously  bright. It's LOUD if a color can even be loud. Mixed with my hair it makes me feel like i'm living some 80s barbie dream. I think more accurately, some Jem & The Holograms dream. Haha.
I mean...LOOK at how bright that lip color is! I'm just so obsessed with it. The best part about it, aside from it being ridiculously bright, is that it lasts all day. Like FOREVER. EVER EVERRRRR. I'm serious. I only applied once, early in the day, and the brightness didn't fade away. It's like magic. Definitely something i'm going to need to order in bulk before it's sold out and i'm left lusting over it. For $16 for the mini pack, it's really not bad, considering the tarte lip pencils I normally use are $24 a pop. If you want their full size ones though, they're on the Laqa & Co. site for $18. Not bad!

See. Super bright still. I promise I will try to not look so unenthused in future photos. I sure wish D had told me my bangs were doing that awful claw thing. If you look really closely i'm wearing my glasses underneath my sunglasses. Because i'm ghetto. Actually, because i'm poor and haven't gotten around to getting prescription lenses on my sunglasses. Lenscrafters tried to charge me $300 for that and I was like, Yeah, NO THANKS. 

I'll leave you with a not so bitch-faced photo:

I'm laughing because D decided it would be a good idea to take photos and skate at the same time. Silly boy. 

Rx Glasses // Derek Cardigan via Coastal.com
Pyrite Square Necklace // Erica Weiner
Meteor Sunglasses // Ray-Ban
Denim Jacket // Thrifted
Tee Shirt // Target
Skirt // Tulle

Festival Style: Bonnaroo 2013 Edition

Bonnaroo begins today and I couldn't be any sadder about not being there. I knew i'd have to do an internship this summer or find a job, and I couldn't do any of that if I went off gallivanting throughout the U.S. coasting festival to festival like I have spent other years. Being an adult sucks. hhahaha. Anyway, since I am not able to spend the next four days with my good pal, Mark-Adrian, complaining about the humidity and drinking cold lemonades while watching some of my favorite bands, all I can do is coordinate pretend outfits!

Bonnaroo Day 1 would consist of:
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 1

Bonnaroo 2013, Day 1 by atthisvolume featuring a white umbrella

yeah that's right, actually comfortable shoes. none of that "heeled booties" crap. Don't get me wrong, heeled ankle booties are pretty great, but they do not belong at a music festival where the only ground to walk on is GRASS. Obviously a parasol is a given if not wearing a hat, because the killer sun rays are not my friend. And because the sun is not my friend, you bet i'd be lugging around 70+spf plus another set of sunscreen moisturizer for my face (the new coola brand is so rad and smells like cucumbers!) and you know i'd be reapplying every 2 hours. I'm just that crazy. Limited jewelry of course, because who wants accidental weird tans? 

Bonnaroo Day 2:

Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2

Bonnaroo 2013, Day 2 by atthisvolume featuring dr.martens sneakers

I'm serious about the comfortable shoes thing, you guys. I know it'd probably be suuuuper hot, but you shouldn't wear sandals at a festival! Take care of your feet! Do you really want a bro to step on your feet while you're trying to dance to Animal Collective? Didn't think so. 

Bonnaroo Day 3:
Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3

Bonnaroo 2013, Day 3 by atthisvolume featuring a heart shaped umbrella

How great is this Jen's Pirate Booty tunic? You know what would make it better? Slit sides! Because i'm gonna need maximum wind power coming at me from all sides. Okay, i wouldn't slit it all the way up obviously, just would make it more comfortable. I did this before for a similar tunic I wore to Coachella in 2008 and it was 100 times much more comfortable than it originally was. Also can I mention how much I love my Fjallraven Kanken backpacks? I hate that the yellow one is nearly impossible to clean, but damn, I still love it so much. Why do I love backpacks so much more now that i'm NOT in school? sigh.

My blue kanken is actually a mini, so the parasol would definitely not fit in it (even sticking out), but I would totally come up with some way to ghetto rig a strap by tying some ribbon or something to the top of the parasol and right before the handle. Something to make it easier to lug around after sundown. Unless of course Bonnaroo has lockers! I'm not sure if they do, but if they do I highly recommend getting one so you don't have to carry things around all day. If a festival ever offers lockers, you get one! It'll make your life easier.  

Bonnaroo Day 4:

Bonnaroo 2013, Day 4

Bonnaroo 2013, Day 4 by atthisvolume featuring an agate bracelet

Have you guys tried the tarte lip tints? They are amazing! They smell good and they last ALL DAY. If there's something I truly hate about make-up it's having to reapply. Who has time for that? Who wants to look vain by reapplying their makeup several times a day? NOT ME. Plus, i'm lazy. Sorry i'm not sorry. haha. 

Okay. Man. I sure wish I was at Bonnaroo right now. I think i'll go make myself a nice cold lemonade and lurk instagram for Bonnaroo updates.  

Burger Time: Mustard Aioli Mushroom Burger

It feels only fitting to have the first "real" post on here be a Burger Time post. Because I mean, burgers are the reason I exist. Truly.

Last night, D & I spent our evening making these delicious cheeseburgers with sautéed mushrooms, arugula, and dijon aioli. And to accompany those, we made some roasted potatoes with garlic sauce. We got the burger recipe from Jessica of HowSweetEats.com and the roasted potatoes recipe from Jo of   JoCooks.com.

Can i just tell you how AMAZING this was? Okay, well, IT WAS AMAZING. Don't be jealous! you can make your own too! But if you do, I have some tips for ya.

For the burgers:
(cheeseburgers with sautéed mushrooms, arugula and dijon aioli recipe)

  • if you are running short on time, don't make the mustard aioli sauce--Trader Joe's sells it in a jar! (we made the aioli according to the recipe and while it was really good, there was just way too much leftover. i mean, do it according to recipe if you wanna know what's in it/love it and want to keep it around in the fridge to use for the rest of the week)
  • if you are confused, like i was, about what kind of mushrooms to get, crimini mushrooms also work fine, because they're actually the same thing as baby bella mushrooms. i bought some crimini at trader joe's and then went to albertson's where i found "baby bella"...but after close inspection (and a quick google search that i should've done in the first place) i found out they were actually the same thing. doh!
  • make sure you check the size of your buns when you are making the patties and size the patties accordingly, or else you'll end up with fatty patties that are actually much smaller than your buns width-wise. 
For the potatoes:
  • first off, you actually want to start with the potatoes before the burgers because these take the longest
  • in Jo's recipe, she says to "2. Put the garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle and crush the garlic until it becomes a paste..." howeverrrrr, you actually want to do step 3 and then step 2. 
  • Step 3 tells you to clean potatoes and cut into wedges etc. While the potatoes are in the oven you can do step 2 and that'll save you some time
  • if you read step 2, it says you should use a mortar and a pestle...don't have one? then just do what i did and use the side of your knife and smash the garlic heads. then try to slice them all into thin little pieces. throw the pieces in a small-ish bowl and grab something you can crush the garlic with. lol, seriously:

  • throw in the amount of salt it asks for and then crush actually. (obviously make sure you wash whatever you're using to crush the garlic with)
  • if you're not getting an arm workout, you're not doing it right
The garlic potatoes were amazing, but don't expect to kiss anyone after. We're talkin garlic city. But who cares? Garlic is good for you!

p.s. got a burger recipe that's amazing? drop a comment and i'll have to put it to the test ;)


Burger Leeds

Hello There!

Welcome! This once used to be NiceThingsThatLookGood and it was abandoned in 2009. In my attempts to find a place where i can easily blog about my life and have some text heavy usage, i am back.

Disillusioned by the tumblr acts of reblogging and deleting text and sources by some of its members, i felt it necessary to move to a little corner of the internet that i can truly call my own. Why waste a perfectly good piece of internet real estate right? That's why i moved back here and gave it a revamp and a face-lift.

Join me as i experience life at this volume! Expect to find personal tidbits, recipes, adventures, music playlists and everything in between.