Hello friends! Back home and ready to get back in the swing of things. We had a great trip to Cape Cod and it was amazing to spend time with family. We arrived home on Saturday so we had Sunday to decompress. If your travels allow I highly recommend this. Anyway we discovered a great new restaurant in San Juan Capistrano (Southern California) on Sunday called Public 74. They have a fabulous beer selection, the cocktails looked amazing, and the food was fantastic and almost all organic. They JUST opened last week so they are still getting settled, but I highly recommend it.
You really must order the opal basil fries. Be warned, the portion is HUGE so be ready to share…but they are amazing.
Fun fact, the kids menu is so great and clever. I hate when I go to a restaurant and the kids menu is kraft mac & cheese, or american cheese slice grilled cheese. They have such great and clever choices for the kids, it was so refreshing. Let me know if you guys check it out! Would love to hear your experience.
We are huge fans of date bites in our house. But I was looking for something a little different to make, just to mix it up. I am LOVING these alternatives. Can’t wait to try them out!
Happy Friday my friends! Here is a little Friday fun for you. The inspiration to-go is the view I captured last weekend from the fabulous Pelican Hill Resort. My favorite pin of the week is this fabulous pink bike seat. And the recipe to try is this indulgent Baked Fontina with herbs and garlic! Let me know if you give it a try!
With spring here, we are getting so many delicious things in our CSA basket. Here is a salad I whipped up for a party we had this weekend. It was a huge hit with parents and kids alike. Even with the parents that shall we say don’t normally go for the quinoa! Enjoy!
PS. if you have kids that are not huge fans of salad, try calling them bowls instead.
We made a quick trip up to San Francisco last weekend with my brother and some friends to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had such a great time, and discovered such great spots I thought I would share with you an easy way to make the most out of a trip there. We flew up Saturday morning, returned Sunday evening, and even though it sounds like a super quick trip we had plenty of time to make it a fabulous visit.
We checked in to our hotel around 10am and then headed straight across the street to the Ferry Building. On Saturdays, the famers market is going on, and it is not to be missed. It’s the perfect place to pick up a Bluebottle Coffee, a few Oysters at Hog Island’s pop-up shop because why not, and even some cheese toast from Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick. Now this cheese toast is not just any ordinary cheese toast. It is made to order right in front of you, as they heat up a giant wheel of raclette cheese until it’s bubbly and slightly browning on the top, then the wheel is tipped over and poured over your toasts. Served along side homemade pickles and pickled onions. Um yes, it’s completely amazing.
Next we headed over to the Mission district to check out all the great shops over there. A standout for me was Paxton Gate. The shop is full of curiosities and DIY terrarium supplies. There is even a giant unicorn to greet you at the door. Yes this is a must.
From there we walked to Foreign Cinema for brunch. The food was great, and the space is really neat. The poached eggs over duck confit was to die for.
From here we needed a little pick me up so we walked to Dandelion Chocolate, to order from their chocolate milk bar. It’s a great place to get a chocolate infused coffee or in my case I ordered the almond, cinnamon chocolate horchata. It was beyond!
Late night we had drinks at the Tipsy Pig. They make the most amazing drink there with fresh strawberries called Strawberry Fields. Served in a mason jar, it is the most perfect drink. So there you have it, a day in San Francisco, jam packed with the perfectly curated activities. Enjoy!
My all time favorite thing to serve while entertaining is a charcuterie plate. I am constantly trying to create something new and exciting, so here are a few of my latest ideas. This is perfect for any party, gathering, or on a large scale it would be divine for a wedding.
photo via The Avid Eater // Photographer Nicole Franzen // Food Stylist Lauren LaPenna
I have been making a really big effort to meal plan for the week. To be honest some weeks are better then others but I find the weeks that I do meal plan I end up eating yummier, more fabulous dishes. Here are a few recipes on my radar for next week.
Brussels sprout bacon bean quesadilla with blue cheese dip
Gluten free apple & greek yogurt pancakes
Carrot and coconut soup
Do any of you meal plan? Share your tips with us!
I was looking at the huge pile of zucchinis we had from our CSA basket, thinking what can I do with these that everyone would just love? I came up with these super easy zucchini chips. They are so simple, and so delicious. They work for a snack, for an appetizer when you are having impromptu guests, or along side dinner. Your kids will love these I swear! And so will you!
Something my girlfriends and I have been talking about a lot is where to find inspiration and recipes for family meals. I promised them I would share my favorite resources, so here they are! Sometimes I find myself following the recipes word for word, sometimes I adapt them to fit ingredients I already have. Either way you are in for a big session of mouthwatering inspirations right now…
Roost is a fabulous resource, and the recipes are organized by season, which I love!
My latest obsession Oh She Glows is packed full of ideas like make ahead veggie burgers, and yummy sugar free sweets.
Gastrawnomica is fabulous and also has very innovative raw vegan sugarless desserts.
Pure Mamas has some really fun ideas and the photos are divine.
The Diva Dish, healthy living with a touch of sass, lives up to it’s name. Brilliant!
Last but not least, the beloved Camille Styles has the most amazing recipes!! Hope these resources help inspire you to make healthy, whole food dinners. Would love to hear what you try! xoxo