#NewYorkTimes Best Seller & @TheBiggestLoserNBC's" #Celebrity @ChefDevin's 'You Can Have it!' Cookbook launch sexy fun.
So when this invite pops into your email inbox, you kinda have to attend, don't you agree?! They had me at heavy apps...Or maybe it was the VIP gift bag?
No seriously, it was the chance to support New York Times Best Seller & "The Biggest Loser's" Celebrity Chef Devin Alexander and meet Host of NBC's Emmy Nominated "American Ninja Warrior" Akbar Gbajabiamila at the WEST COAST RED CARPET LAUNCH of Devin's new cookbook "You Can Have It!"
I've watched her career grow ever since hearing her speak at an IWOSC meeting where she sat on a panel discussing her career trajectory years back. She was driven back then, is driven now and I am excited and happy for her success. And congratulations to her on her new baby.
It was a fun, albeit cold, evening in the open and inviting Cambria Gallery which overlooks the ocean in Manhattan Beach, CA. Always wondered what those stairs lead up to, and now I know. All kinds of goodness...
All the Manhattan Beach regulars were there in full force and enjoyed the specialty drinks, waffle fry BBQ bites, Harissa Chicken Skewers, Brussels Salmon Sliders, Parmesan Garlic Squash Fries, and Patron cocktails, as did I, despite the coldness of the food that I wish had been served hot. I'm much more enticed to try recipes when the food tastes great and serving it cold didn't do the food or recipes justice. I never understand why catering companies think heating up food is better than trying to cook it hot on the premises, but that's just me.:)
However, the cold, refreshing cocktails more than made up for it and set the mood which you can replicate at home following these recipes.
The amazing jazz trio who performed the entire time were grand and you can hear them perform via the link below.
Download Jazz trio - (working on a restricted computer so download their performance to hear them live, or go to my Instagram to hear and see more. It's worth it...) Despite the bitter cold (for Los Angeles), locals wore their best cocktail attire and were jealous of my long winter coat because I dressed for the weather, not the occasion. In partnership with the American Diabetes Association, this private event was filled with food and drinks sponsored by CAMBRIA and PATRON and was sexy fun.
I recently tried the cheesy lasagna roll ups recipe at home and it was quite delicious. Very easy to make and healthy too. For a finished pic of the final product, I'll have to refer you to my Instagram again. And that's your healthy cooking minute.