How To Make The Best Pie Crust For Thanksgiving

By Krista,

I’ve been obsessed with pie for some time now. In fact, you may not know this, but my first job at the young age of 15 was working at Marie Callender’s. And so the obsession began!

A few months back I visited Montana to attend the Paws Up Upper Crust Pie Camp, learning from some of the best how to make the perfect lattice top pies, crostatas and more in the middle of Big Sky Country. The crust that I learned to make from Kate McDermott of the Art of Pie was so delightfully flaky that I had to share the recipe — and video —with you here. You can check out some of Kate’s top pie baking tips in the video, and get the full recipe by reading on. … Continue reading

Meet Turducken Ramen, The Ultimate Japanese Food Mash-Up

By Krista,

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Turducken ramen is a thing, a very very delicious thing. It’s the ideal solution for Thanksgiving leftovers, or to make for a Friendsgiving feast. Check out the recipe that I developed in tandem with Justin Cucci and Mashable here.

Video: Best Tips For Eating At LAX Airport

By Krista,

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Getting around LAX can be a lot like navigating the city of Los Angeles; for the uninitiated, it can seem like an absolutely daunting maze, especially during the upcoming holiday season. But I grew up in L.A., and have some helpful hints for how to make the most of any layover or pre-flight experience in L.A. You can check out my tips over at, and be sure to watch the video below.

10 Off-The-Beaten-Path, Undiscovered Destinations

By Krista,


It’s hard not to get swept up in what’s #trending, especially when it comes to travel. Trouble is, once you get to a destination that’s been infiltrating your feed, you realize your friends somehow managed to crop out the throngs of tourists that populate it.

If you’re looking for something a little more off-the-beaten path, something that harkens to the early, undiscovered days of your favorite destination, I combed the map to find an alluring alternative for each one. I picked out 10 destinations that make fine replacements that are worth exploring now—before they catch up to their siblings.

You can read my full story for Travel + Leisure here.

British Airways High Life Mag: Guide To District La Brea

By Krista,

Photo credit: Dylan + Jeni

Photo credit: Dylan + Jeni

Check out my latest for one of my new clients, British Airways in-flight, on my own neighborhood favorite, District La Brea. This area has grown up so much even since I moved here 1.5 years ago, offering amazing shopping, super cool local eats, and a great bar or two. Here’s the guide. Enjoy!

The Dishlist: What To Eat In Tokyo For Travel + Leisure Magazine

By Krista,

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Remember way back when I started that Dishlist column — you know, the handy dandy one that gave the rundown on the absolutely essential dishes you have to try in a given region, city, or country? Well, it’s baaaaaack! And now, in Travel + Leisure magazine!

I first started this series because as a food-focused traveler, I’m always looking for a list of must-trys before hitting the road, how to say the dishes’ names like a native, and where to find the best.

I started my first installation for T + L with none other than Tokyo, a city I fell in love with a few months ago on my first trip to Japan.

Characterized by an unrelenting attention to detail and the persistent pursuit of excellence, the megalopolis of Tokyo is known as one of the world’s best eating cities.

You can read the full story at T + L here. 


Diving into Anguilla’s Seafood

By Krista,

Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Anguilla, a teensy Caribbean island located about 20 minutes north of St. Martin by boat. I flew down for the Festival Del Mar, a local celebration of everything the sea has to offer, from traditional Anguillan sailboat racing to bountiful seafood.

I tried everything from massive lobster and crayfish to cowfish, which looks a lot like puffer fish, but isn’t nearly as poisonous as fugu.

What were my favorite bites? Take a look to find out!

A Little Love From The New York Times For My Story On Shilajit, India’s Ultimate Health Drink

By Krista,



A while back I wrote about an old Indian health drink called shilajit that is regarded by Ayurvedic healers for its restorative properties. This resin pitch is made of humic substance, and it’s very rich in fulvic acid, which is created by the decomposition of plant material. Translation: you’re drinking really old, hardened compost. When the weather warms, the stuff oozes out of the ground — mainly in Himalayan mountains between India and Nepal — to be collected by its believers.

Which is all well and good, but let me tell you, the stuff tastes gnarly.

At The Springs, an adorable multipurpose restaurant, workspace and wellness spa in DTLA, they dilute a brand of shilajit called PurBlack with water and sell it in a 1 oz shot form with a lemon wedge chaser for $4.  I couldn’t resist a taste when I heard the crazy story from one of the bartenders, and ended up writing about my experience sipping on the stuff for a story headlined “L.A’s Latest Bizarre Health Drink Tastes A Lot Like Bong Water.”


Apparently the ridiculous recounting grabbed the attention of NYT writer Brooks Barnes, who did a bang-up job of making me chuckle in his story about The Springs, which you can check out here. I can’t blame him for poking fun of L.A. in this story. I mean, much as I am obsessed with the design of The Springs, the place offers everything a caricature of a health crazed Angeleno would need: yoga, food, juice, music, and colonics, all under one roof.

So, tell me, have you tried shilajit? What’s the strangest thing you’ve done for the sake of health?


My Fave Design Hotels In L.A.

By Krista,



L.A. has always been a destination for starry-eyed Hollywood fans, but the city has been making name for itself outside of Awards Season, with an incredible local food scene, top-notch shopping, and hotels to match. I’m pretty darn proud of my native city! Thankfully, there’s been a cadre of design-forward properties opening in L.A. as of late, with more coming down the pike, meaning that you have plenty of opps to stay in outside-the-box spaces.

Mama Shelter will be opening their first American outpost this summer in Hollywood, and the historic Hotel Figueroa is in the process of receiving an L.A.-style face lift.

For a peek at what I’m digging now, you can check ’em it out here.