emmulate Los Angeles has always had this ephemeral air about it. Shrouded in perpetual sunshine (and smog), there's no semblance of time. Seasons come and go as fast and as slow as the rolling waves on Manhattan Beach. The fluid calm washes over you like savasana after a liberating yoga session- time stands still and when you come to, it's hard to tell if you've been entranced for minutes or hours.
Maybe that's why I've always felt at home here. It's a place where dreamers dream without interruption. It's everything you thought it wasn't & nothing you don't want it to be. It's the city of angels, where demons still lurk at every turn.
This God forsaken city will forever be my first love. The memories made, the families built, the adventures had will forever remain near and dear to my heart. Every time I'm back, I'm tempted to stay & reclaim it as home. But if there's one thing New York has instilled, it's that change is inevitable. Suffering is optional. (written as I peel off the multitude of layers brought about by the onslaught of arctic temperatures this week.)
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  •   mattatouille LA rules. 4d
  •   nndesai I'm RSVPing for a date the next time you're actually here for more than a minute 4d
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  •   mi2wilson Great words and perspective! I grew up in LA also and living in NYC. Every time I visit, I'm also tempted to stay. When asked if I would move back and why, I never hesitate with a quick yes, but don't have a real reason why. Or at least I couldn't put it into words. You just pretty much summed up why I would move back, but also why I haven't done so. Thank you! Would you ever move back yourself?? 4d
  •   emmulate @nndesai I had actually hit @kevin.schroeder and was on the phone with @iluvitwhenucallmebrettcolloton abt how we should all hang this week. except I had to cancel my trip to head home early. so next time, for sure!!! 4d
  •   emmulate @mi2wilson glad that essay resonated with someone besides myself, haha! appreciate the kind words. ive always said that I'd "settle down" in LA, whatever that means. i have a few years left of globetrotting & adventuring before that happens though :) 4d
  •   mi2wilson Haha it definitely resonated with me and thanks again! I see myself in the future also. NYC is too fast pace and stressful lol. It's fine right now, but each time when I experience the way of life in LA, I miss it. I want it back in the future! Yes yes travel as much as you can! If settling down means marriage and kids, it'll be hard time travel once that happens. I was reading an article in Facebook about Pasadena. Ugh made me miss the west coast :( 4d

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emmulate 87% of my life decisions are for the adventure & subsequent story. @wvxx, we've had our fair share in the last year. I couldn't think of a more fitting way to end this chapter than with one that involved baked treats, NYC in its true element and endless laughter. You're an incredible pastry chef, but far better friend... and comedian. Seriously- think about that career change
You'll forever have a home here, or wherever I need shelves built! NYC is losing a gem this weekend. Safe travels home & see you on your side of the pond sooner rather than later!
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emmulate SOHO SHINING ### 5d

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emmulate NO CHURCH IN THE WILD /// 6d

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emmulate Bonded by miles, meals & laughter. NYC wouldn't be what it is without you crazy lot.
Special shouts to @shaebutter for ShaeBNB. My brother @midnite_marauder for holding down turkey duties. Cheesecake twin @soupssss for arranging this year's shenanigans. And of course #CREWLOVE for bringing us all together.
@wvxx - my crummy français and I will be bothering you in Paris come February. you've been warned. it's been a helluva year, kid. we love you!
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emmulate Apple cheesecake (amongst a myriad of other edible goodies) for #freamsgiving2014. Anyone who knows me knows that I only cook for those nearest & dearest to my heart. Love my running fam to no end. And so, unbelievably thankful for all of you. Let's eat, kids!
#NYLife #notpaleo #wishyouwerehere #brooklyn #fall #dessert #friendsgiving #favourite #colours #apple #cheesecake #fatkidclub #epic #globalnotlocal #rustic #shutupneat #tier5 #tminus37 #yurtdreaming #pinterestwin
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emmulate "Sometimes the best journeys are those, that start when we do not plan, continue how we do not expect and are taking us places we do not know." 2w

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emmulate Find what lights your heart on fire & go the distance. 2w

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emmulate Life is like this image: multi-dimensional & complex to navigate, but beautiful nevertheless & worth every stair climbed.
I'm here. Present. Breathing. Absorbing. Smiling. Capturing moments to be relived time and time again.
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emmulate "I learned that all things must come to an end. It is an inevitable part of the cycle of resistance, all things must conclude. Take the analogy of a tree that grows in Brooklyn among the steel and the concrete with all its glorious branches and leaves... one day it too will pass on its legacy through the seeds it dropped to the ground and as the wind carries these seeds throughout wherever they might move, a new life will begin for each one of them as they stand as a monument to the one that came before it." ///
Feeling 50 shades of blue after the best day ever. Figured a line or two from Jay was appropriate.
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emmulate 21 days sans processed sugar, carbs, gluten, grains, legumes, dairy or alcohol.
The most peace I've felt.
The happiest I've been.
The best challenge I've endured.

Immense gratitude for this life, the incredible people in it & the chapters to come. A touch of sweetness to jump start the week. Inspired by my boo thang @soupssss!
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emmulate PSA: this is legitimately the BEST #paleo banana bread in the world. I haven't felt this type of way since Carter jumped over Weis in '00. (only my hoops nerds are going to get that reference.)
Want one? Comment below or email me: nomnomnom@emmulate.com
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emmulate Over the last few months #HashtagLunchbagNYC has grown beyond my wildest expectations. This Sunday, we will finally surpass the ever-elusive goal of feeding 1,000+ neighbors!!! Join us for this momentous occasion & come experience #LivingThroughGiving!

Sunday 10/26 @ The Royal
• 10am assembly
• 12pm distribution
• $10 donation requested
+++ There will be a costume contest! Dress up for your chance to win two tickets to Six Flags.
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emmulate Of everything I cook/bake, there's only one thing I consistently screw up: poached eggs. Zut alors. 1mon

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emmulate Half the struggle of expelling negative vibes from our lives is recognizing where those vibes originate.
Onward and upward, y'all.
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emmulate Casual #charcuterie spread for Saturday football. Cheese & meats from Barcelona, wine from Washington, pickled goods from upstate NY and homemade #paleo kale pesto, tuna tartare & sweet potato chips. Totally casual. #21dsd #stillonit #nomnomnom 1mon

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emmulate Day 3 #21dsd: cod en papillote (cod in parchment paper) with cilantro cauliflower rice.
Honing my culinary skills for the next few. Holler if you wanna come over and be my taste tester/ guinea pig.
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  •   et.l Em! I might be in NYC in November!! Hopefully you're around and we can grab a bite! @emmulate 2mon
  •   a.maze Can I get a sample? 2mon
  •   shegotgame *gets on plane* 2mon
  •   emmulate @alexsjpark cooking for you this weekend babe! @et.l when?? I'm actually home next week for a few... Let's def catch up! @a.maze of course! you back in NYC soon? 2mon
  •   a.maze Will be there for the holidays. 2mon
  •   jess_from_les Looks good! 2mon
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  •   emmulate @nomnompaleo every bit as delicious as I 'd hoped. thank you! 1mon

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emmulate here's lookin' at ya, kid. 2mon

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emmulate Loving New York more than I ever thought possible. Thank you @alanhjou @alexsjpark @ryanslee for always putting a smile on my face. The best of days with the best of friends! 2mon

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