Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Links: The Latest in Spring Celebration

Currently in my apartment // pink peonies and a Cocoa & Hearts painting
Even if you're not celebrating Easter this weekend, why not put a little extra effort into Sunday brunch? Restaurants will be packed, so a fancy brunch at home sounds perfect to me.  If you need some inspiration, check out Waiting on Martha's Easter tablescape - how beautiful is that?! Almost as beautiful as her Easter dessert table. Not sure what to cook? I have a whole board dedicated to brunch recipes.

Speaking of recipes, I love discovering new food blogs to follow. Check out Saveur's latest nominees and winners of their Best Food Blog Awards. I'm especially loving the baking blog Oh, Ladycakes (great name!) and I can't wait to try some of the sophisticated desserts by Vegetarian Ventures. Umm can you tell I'm in sugar withdrawal?! Obviously wavering on this cleanse.

Sam Sifton of the New York Times gets lessons in pizza dough making from Anthony Falco of the famous Roberta's. I'm guilty of buying prepared dough for make-your-own-pizza nights at home. That changes now.

For those not sure how to properly use spices in your cocktails. Please learn, and then make me one.

Cheers!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Inspiration // DIY's & Printables

There's no shortage of fun & pretty DIY ideas for your Easter celebrations this year. Here are a few of my favorites - click the image captions to be redirected to the designers' websites.
Easter Treat Bag Printables // Julep
Mini Basket Place Settings // The House That Lars Built
Printable Easter Basket Tags // Lia Griffith
Peeps Bunny Place Card Holders // A Beautiful Mess
Wooden Rabbit Drink Stirrers // Merry Thought
Glitzy Easter Placecards // Oh Happy Day

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Food Styling Class at Haven's Kitchen with Rebekah Peppler

Learning a few secrets of food styling from Rebekah Peppler. Check out her website for her beyond gorgeous food photos. Above, brushing olive oil onto roasted grapes with cardamom-honey yogurt and pistachios. Take a peek at the latest schedule at Haven's Kitchen for food-related classes like this one or the edible gifts class I posted about over the holidays. Or just stop by their cafe for a delicious lunch. This is easily my current favorite place in NYC!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekend Links: The Latest in Spring Celebration

Bright is my favorite color // Rainbow of mats at Abhaya Yoga, Dumbo
I'm leaving you a day early this week because I'm taking some food styling classes this weekend! Which hopefully means a lot more recipes around here very soon. Follow me on Instagram where I'll be posting some updates.

Speaking of food: Eater has released it's updated lists of 38 Essential Restaurants by city. I always start with this guide when I'm traveling to a city I've never been to.

According to the New York Times, the casserole is making a comeback.

Reese Witherspoon is launching a lifestyle company. (Lonny) And if you're interested in celebrity decor, someone tracked down items from Mindy's apartment on The Mindy Project. (Popsugar)

Need a playlist refresh? Try Darling Magazine's monthly music mix: Singin' in the April Rain.

For those in need of retail therapy, I've added this perfect summery dress by Rebecca Minkoff to my Spring / Summer Style board. I also think this embroidered linen dress is the perfect item to take you from beach to lunch. Is it summer yet!?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Update: Farmers Market Products

My favorite part of spring by far is the return of farmers markets in full force. It's so much nicer choosing fresh local produce from their stands than sad looking vegetables that have traveled across the country, or worse. Here are a few products I'm considering this spring for the market & my kitchen:

Mercado Multi-Compartment Farmers Market Tote 
Admittedly, I already have about a thousand tote bags. But the organizational nature of this one I saw on Shop Quirky caught my attention. "No more fruit bruising, yogurt spilling, lettuce getting smashed... Mercado protects your farmers market haul from carelessness. It has pockets to harbor delicate fruits and veggies, loops to hold bottles in place, and transparent compartments that keep the rest organized. Outside, it has two small pockets for quick-access items (cash, keys, etc.) so you can whip out your wallet at one farmers market stall, then the next, then the next..." 

Nantucket Bowls
These new woven seagrass bowls from Serena & Lily are the perfect container to display produce on your kitchen island. I love the navy, but the fuschia and saffron are also perfectly appropriate for summer.

Herb Kitchen Scissors
I'm usually very anti-gadget when it comes to my kitchen. I read somewhere that a good rule of thumb about kitchen items is that if something only does one task (like a garlic press, which I personally find useless) then you should toss it. A non-cluttered kitchen only contains multi-purpose objects. But how many times have I bruised basil when cutting it in a hurry? That's why I'm considering these herb scissors from Terrain, "the essential tool for snipping fresh herbs into favorite dishes, five parallel blades cut herbs quickly and evenly, without crushing tender leaves." 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Long Distance Gifting: Whimsy & Spice

As much as I love baking and gifting treats to other people, there are times when your own homemade goods just aren't feasible. Ie: when you're on a health kick, or when the recipient lives several states away. For these situations, I turn to local Brooklyn husband and wife - run company Whimsy & Spice. I've been sending their gift boxes pretty frequently since 2010, and they work for any occasion you can think of - thank you, birthday, new baby...anything. Once I even sent a box to a very nice man from the airport who shipped me a bottle of wine that I would otherwise have had to throw away because the check bag line was too long. Their baked goods are delicious and refined - with shortbread flavors like fennel olive oil and honey lavender, these gift boxes are definitely suitable for adults. Best of all, they make every box to order, so when I send one I'm confident of the quality. It's seriously the next best thing to baking something myself!
Photo Credit: Whimsy & Spice
There are two sizes of the gift box, classic and deluxe. Beyond shortbread, the boxes include biscotti and brownies (in the classic) plus marshmallows (in the deluxe). You can also order their different items and flavors individually to mix and match. Their products can be found in select retailers (like my beloved Foragers City Grocer) and at Brooklyn Smorgasburg