Spanish Summer Dinner

August 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last night our great friends Caitlin & Billy had us over to their charming new apartment for a little Spanish inspired summer dinner. It was a delicious, simple meal highlighting all the wonderful veggies from our local farmers markets. I wanted to share this meal, because there was nothing too complicated or fancy and was a perfect meal for a group of friends.


We started with a lovely Sparkling Rose to accompany our appetizers: heirloom tomato bruschetta & roasted padron peppers. Grilled up some bread, rubbed a little fresh garlic on top, and smothered it with delicious fresh tomatoes… easy and incredible.

Our next course was a tasty gazpacho, garnished with cucumber, bell pepper, and freshly baked croutons… perfectly light and full of flavor. And I loved how Caitlin served it on the table in jars for everyone to help themselves (that way i got to add extra croutons to mine!)

Then the best part of the meal came out of the oven and right to the table… a spanish paella filled with shrimp, mussels, squid, chicken and sausage… it was incredibly delicious. Well seasoned, simple, and had the perfect crunchy rice layer at the bottom. I couldn’t get enough… completely over served myself, but it was well worth it! Oh, and I mustn’t forget the Tempranillo that flawlessly pared with the meal.

And of course dessert… which we all had to eat practically lying down on the couch… major food coma. However, the buckwheat cake with a little fresh whip cream and peaches was a ideal ending to the meal, and totally healthy… hello, buckwheat!!

I woke up this morning still thinking about how great it was… and how fun the night was with our friends. Thanks Cate & Billy for the wonderful evening! xx


shiny happy shoes?

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dinner with mussels & friends

September 7, 2010 § 2 Comments

Over the sunny holiday weekend we had some good friends over, threw some newspaper on the dinning room table and and enjoyed what turned out to be quite a meal. Very simple idea, no recipe needed, especially working with fresh ingriedents from the farmers market.  We made mussels with white wine, parsley, shallots, and hot peppers. Fresh whole wheat pasta with a homemade heirloom tomato sauce, a little basil, parmesan and a perfectly crunchy italian bread. A few greens were tossed in a light dressing and had on the side which served as a lovely palate cleanser.  The night was fun, easy and didn’t require anyone to be in the kitchen the whole night…. will certainly make it again!

Put this one in your Recipe Book!

August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Pasta with Prosciutto, Snap Peas, Mint and Cream

This recipe is amazing! We made it last weekend after stumbling upon some divine snap peas at the farmer’s market.  It was super easy and absolutely delicious.

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto shank, finely diced
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 1 pint cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/2 pound fresh snap peas, whole, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 pounds (3/4 box) pasta, farfalle or orechiette

Images and Recipe courtesy of Food52 .

In Store: Summer styles from Esquivel!

July 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

These adorable oxfords are a perfect pairing with all your Summer outfits.  With its removable flap, the white oxford looks adorable with shorts or a skirt, think backyard bbq meets golf tournament…so chic!  The tan style, sort of his take on a Summer boot, is awesome for all you city girls (sandals are what you want to be wearing but it’s 58 degrees outside and so foggy it feels like rain).  Whichever you fancy, both will help you make the transition into Fall with style!

In store: the perfect khaki

May 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Give your skinnies a break this summer with this awesome Khaki from Current/Elliot.  Famed for their boyfriend jeans, and most recently, the Bluebird Legging, this is the latest greatest from the So-Cal based design team and we love it!

In store: Sandy Simonian skirts

October 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Hawaii-based Sandy Simonian travels the world in search of inspiration for her handmade jewelry, and now she does the same for her clothing. We’ve received a small assortment of gorgeous skirts, all handmade and full of colorful details. No two items are the same, as Sandy strives to produce special pieces and only sells to a handful of stores. Here are some detail shots of her new skirts:




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