5 Things Friday

The holidays are almost here…and almost over. This is my first Christmas in Los Angeles and I knew it would be busy and crowded, but I’m still somewhat alarmed.

vodkaMy vodka infusing experiment is going pretty well. I bought small jars at Target and some ingredients to make six sweet flavors and six more savory flavors. I have habanero, coconut, garlic, skittles, raspberries, cucumber, marshmallow, rosemary and more. I took the habanero out after 24 hours but I’m going to let the rest sit for another day and test them out tomorrow.

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5 Things Friday

Oh, what a long and stressful week it has been. I’m so happy to finally relax a bit. Here are my five things of the week:


I’ve had the nastiest sweet tooth lately. Seriously. I’ve never been too huge on sweets, I would rarely crave them. Now, I need them all the time. Recently the Boyf and I discovered a Neveux within a short walk from the house. Not only do they have crazy, unique flavors like Basil Olive Oil and Pepper Peach, but they have some of the best knock-you-in-your-face coffee around. If I ever need a boost that a simple cup of coffee won’t fix, I head straight to Neveux. My absolute favorite is the Salted Caramel affogatto. The flavors blend perfectly.


This little guy. Earlier this week I was sitting on the Annenberg patio and someone sat down for a meeting right next to me with this sweet little pug. I’m not a massive fan of dogs (I’ve always been more of a cat person) but I had to get out of my seat and put him. His person said his name was Hugo and is super friendly. I didn’t realize until I was petting him, but he was missing an eye! I think owning Michael has made me a total softie for “broken” animals. I know, it sounds worse than it is, but I just want a collecting of special needs animals to spoil them rotten.

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Visions of Vodka

The Russian speaking community in West Hollywood is the largest population outside of New York City. We constantly hear Russian speaking families in the surrounding apartments and there are plenty of little Russian markets within walking distance. Being a lover of food the boyf was dying to try one of the nearby restaurants. traktir

This past week we decided on Traktir which is a little hole in the wall on Santa Monica Blvd. and Crescent Heights.  Of course no Russian experience is complete without vodka.


Traktir infuses their own vodka which was super intriguing so we had to try it. We first tried the horseradish vodka which was served with a pickle chaser. I was expecting it to be extra spicy but it had a nice subtle flavor. We also tried the garlic and raspberry which were both nice and subtle. The raspberry was especially pleasant since it didn’t have that ultra sweet taste like a typical flavored vodka.

Last month I had the brilliant idea to make my own flavor infused vodka for holiday gifts. Since I’m on a college student budget I thought it was a great way to make something with a personal touch that could actually get some use around the holidays. After our experience at Traktir I can’t wait to plan my recipes.

I found a great recipe via Craftsy with a few flavor ideas and infusing times here. I think I’ll make a batch with savory flavors and a batch with sweet flavors.