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.

SERVES 4
  • 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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Summer holiday: London

September 24, 2009 § Leave a comment

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We were recently on holiday in London with our family and wanted to share some of our favorite stops along the way. We’re big food people, so eating is always priority, especially on vacation. Here are a few of our favorite things:
The Borough Market is a huge outdoor farmer market, with all kinds of amazing fresh produce and food stands. We tried everything: green curry bowls, famed grilled cheese sandwiches (definitely a favorite), fresh oysters, homemade breads and pastas, and the list goes on. The immediate surrounding area has great little pubs and shops to check out too. The market is only open Thursday through Saturday, but it’s the perfect way to spend a day.

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The Botanist was great for lunch and dinner. They had awesome hamburgers, delicious cocktails, and a fun atmosphere for people watching.
The Engineer was a quaint pub in a wonderful little neighborhood. They had a lovely outdoor patio in the back that’s perfect for a late lunch on a sunny day. Right across the street is an adorable little market with daily fresh foods and all kinds of other wonderful goodies. Awesome cookies for dessert!

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The Daylesford Market is probably the coolest specialty store I have ever been to. It’s beautifully built out with a warm feel. If I lived anywhere near, it would be the only place I would visit for grocery shopping. They have a unique selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables, a butcher shop with the most knowledgeable butcher, a bakery, café, and more! We could have spent hours there looking at all the different types of local honey, fresh jams, and homemade sauces—yum. If you like to cook and love good food, you’ll love this place. Also, it’s in Notting Hill, which is such a cute area to visit.

Warhorse was the best play we’ve ever seen. It was powerful and spectacular—it struck every emotion. Definitely a must see. – Xoxo, Catie G.

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CARROTS takes on Manhattan(s)!

September 18, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Here at Carrots, we gals are big fans of Manhattan cocktails and have spent countless hours (hard work, we know) discovering where to go for the best of the best. If you’re also a fan of the tasty whiskey-and-vermouth bevvy, you absolutely must try the classic Bix Manhattan. They’re always made to perfection and served in a true Manhattan glass. Doug, the owner of Bix and our dear friend, went above and beyond by getting us our favorite brandied cherries to top it all off! And what could be a better atmosphere for a cocktail after work?

The runner up for the best Manhattans in the City goes to Nopa. They have a fantastic drink menu and the bartenders definitely know what they’re doing. They offer a top-shelf selection of Bourbon, rye whiskey and bitters, and they’ll customize your cocktail exactly how you like it. Cheers to the weekend!

Sale away: Further reductions!

August 12, 2009 Comments Off on Sale away: Further reductions!

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All spring and summer collections and accessories are now 75% off. Yigal Azrouël, Kaufman Franco, Vanessa Bruno, and Thakoon are just a few of the collections on sale now. The summer season is already crawling to an end, but don’t fret — fall is near and it’s our favorite season!

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