Friday, April 8, 2016

Tiki Dinner Party

This year in honor of my brother's 27th birthday we hosted a Tiki Dinner Party complete with tiki torches, guava mai tais and coconut cake. We asked guests to dress in festive Hawaiian attire and filled our home with fresh orchids and palm leaves. 

The evening started with assorted Pu Pus:

Whole Fried Local Ridgeback Prawns from Santa Barbara dunked in Hot Chili Sauce

Coconut Chicken Satay and Farmers Market Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce 

Grilled Kurabuta Sausages with Spicy Mustard

For cocktails, we served fresh Guava Mai Tais - all the way - complete with little umbrellas, fresh pineapple and stir sticks along with ice cold Tahitian beers. 

Sit-down Dinner followed with Bone-in Hawaiian Ribeye Steaks, Japanese Tomato Salad, Charred Broccolini and Six Layer Coconut Cake to finish. We ended the evening with full bellies and even fuller hearts. Our resident photographer, Wylie West Creative, was on hand to capture some of the magic. We are already counting down the days to Mateo's next birthday. xx 





























Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spring Lust List


Every season I like to rotate a piece or two into my kitchen to keep things fresh and on trend while continuing to always pay tribute to the classics.  I'm still feeling drawn to lots of metallic hues, clear glass, and white marble, with pops of spring colors here and there. Just wait until you see the new hibiscus hue from the Oasis collection via Le Creuset; so completely lust worthy. 


Iona Cheese Boards via Anthropologie ($30-42)


Glass Beaker Dish via CB2 ($9.95)


KitchenAid Copper Metallic Series Stand Mixer via Crate & Barrel ($599)



Hand-Carved Japanese Spoons via Best Made (set of three $84)



Mint Enamel Collection via Terrain ($8+)



Handmade Ceramic Growlers  via Kaufmann Mercantile ($64+)


The new Hibiscus hue via Le Creuset 


Lucite Bar Cart via Anthropologie ($698)


Stainless Steel Fustis Beverage Dispenser via CB2 ($169)


Vintage French Glass Ice Buckets via F52 Provisions ($79)


xx

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!


 

Wishing you and yours a beautiful 2016!

We stayed in last night with big pot of chili, our coziest socks and this bottle of champagne. It was the perfect end to 2015. There is so much to be grateful for and look forward to. 

I shared a toast with my nearest and dearest last night and this morning, I share it with you.

//

May Fortune Still be Kind to You
and Happiness be True to You.
May you always distinguish between the Weeds and the Flowers.
May you have Warm Words on a Cold Evening
and a Full Moon on a Dark Night. 
In the Year Ahead, May we treat our Friends with Kindness
and Our Enemies with Generosity. 
May it be the Best Year Yet. 
A Votre Santé!  

//

xx

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Print Guest

I have some very exciting news to share with you!

My dear friends, Drew and Buck, have launched a company called Print Guest.



First, a little bit about Print Guest :


Print Guest is about friends. Each week we invite a friend who inspires us to produce a poster for you. For the next week, they invite a friend who inspires them to create something. And on and on.
We print beautiful archive posters printed on high quality matte paper. We can also frame them for you in a handsome hardwood frame. Each poster comes packaged and shipped to your door. Easy!

 Today the website launches and I am over the moon excited and honored to be their first guest. Three of my prints will be available for purchase for a limited time - just 2 weeks! They would make incredible holiday gifts folks. 

I selected three photos featuring local farmers market produce - more details about each print can be found on the Print Guest website along with pricing and size / frame options.  




Happy Holidays! xx 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Harvest Moon Hoedown

Julia Child once said, "People who love to eat are always the best people".  I love contributing to events designed for these types of people. Food People. This was my second year taking part in the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar corporate holiday party and each year it just keeps getting better and better. The event is designed by creative mastermind Wylie West Creative and I was one of a big group of culinary vendors included in this year's festivities. Here is a look at the cheese and charcuterie display we created for their outdoor hoedown at Newport Beach Dunes. 

All photos were taken by our friend and photographer, Andrea, of Andrea Patricia Photography.

























xx