Friday, November 14, 2014

Big Sur

Big Sur will forever hold my heart.

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary last weekend at Ventana Inn & Spa and enjoyed an Outstanding in the Field dinner at a "secret location" just minutes from the property where were married just over a year ago. We took morning beach walks, afternoon hikes and spent the early evenings reading books together in our outdoor hammock. It was more relaxing than our honeymoon which I didn't think was possible. We brunched at Big Sur Bakery (my favorite) and drank lunchtime Bloody Marys poolside at the Inn. Everything was incredible.

 HUGE thanks to Joni, Tiffany and the entire team at Ventana. THANK YOU.

The staff at Ventana had a local florist replicate my wedding bouquet for this 'welcome' surprise 

Smoked Mussels + Pork + Uni by Chef Clark Staub
Mobile Wood-Burning Pizza Oven

Abalone Soup with Gold Leaf  
Chanterelle + Sea Bean Salad 


Monday, November 10, 2014


We just walked in the door from an incredible weekend in Big Sur (more on that later) and on the car  ride home I came across some super exciting news. 

In honor of National Food Day a few weeks back, Marie Claire and Harpers Bazaar named me one of the ten "chicest food-obsessed instagrammers to follow".

  // pause for silent screams and BeyoncĂ© dance moves here // 

Read the online post here >>> via Harpers Bazaar 

Also, take a minute and check out the 9 other instagrammers on the list - I'm a big fan of them all and I couldn't be more honored to be included.  

Follow me on Instagram  @LaFemmeEpicure 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Things I'm loving this week >>>

Compartes Cereal Bowl White Chocolate Bar ($9.95)

Tinsel Drink Stirrer Set via Anthropologie ($18)

Marshall's Haute Sauce Spice Rub Gift Pack ($35)

Bobo's Mountain Sugar // Wood-Fired Maple Syrup via Terrain ($18)

Jeni's Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallow Ice Cream ($12)

A Boat, A Whale, & A Walrus: Menus & Stories by Chef Renee Erickson ($25)

Quin Artisan Crystal Baking Sprinkles via Provisions ($48 for all 6)

Heath Ceramics Deep Serving Bowl in combo Matte & Gloss Holiday Red ($70)

Sauria Dinosaur Cake Stands via Burke Decor ($85+ each)


Monday, October 27, 2014

House Cider Rules!

'Tis the season for bourbon spiked cocktails and mulled wine. Which is exactly why this cocktail is going to blow your mind. It's tequila based but feels just as festive as the rest of those other, more expected holiday libations. The recipe below is my interpretation of a cocktail called "House Cider Rules!" from one of my favorite books, Craft Cocktails, which is filled with brilliant recipes by Brian Van Flandern, most of which were developed during his time working as head mixologist for Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York. 

makes one cocktail

1 3/4 oz fresh nonalcoholic apple cider (look for one at your local farmers market)
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice 
1/2 oz agave nectar 
1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila (I like Casamigos) 
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 
Garnish: cinnamon stick 

Place all ingredients in a cocktail tin and dry-shake, to emulsify the cinnamon. Add large ice cubes and shake vigorously. Taste for balance. Double-strain into a tumbler over fresh ice. Garnish and serve. 

Notes // I also added a little mini apple wheel for garnish and a Jacobsen Citrus and Spice Cocktail Salt rim.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Caramel Apple Party

 I recently collaborated with Jami Curl of Quin Candy on a piece for The Chalkboard Mag that is out today! She is selling these amazing Caramel Apple Party kits exclusively through Food 52's Provisions and they include everything you need (except for the apples) to make the best caramel apples EVER. 

Check out the Full Article & Q+A we did >>> HERE

Here were some of my finished shots //