Art by Hsiao-Ron Cheng

May 19, 2015

Art by Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Art by Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Art by Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Art by Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Art by Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Careful, don’t trip on my jaw – I’ll pick it up in a bit, just let me get myself together ’cause these portraits are just making me lose my shit. GAH! Are they cool or what? This is the second time I feature the work of Hsiao-Ron Cheng and I honestly could do it over and over again.

Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a Taiwanese digital artist and illustrator whose work is blowin’ up everyone’s business. She’s been commissioned to do amazing work for several companies, mostly fashion related, and boy oh boy, are the results pleasing. If you’re as in love with her work as I am, you can get some of her prints over here.

Raspberry Commodore Cocktail

May 15, 2015

Raspberry Commodore Cocktail

Raspberry Commodore Cocktail

Raspberry Commodore Cocktail

Raspberry Commodore Cocktail

Raspberry Commodore Cocktail

Dear kitties of the interwebs, I have a surprise for ya! For the last few months I’ve been (secretly) working with West Elm on a series of cocktail recipes featuring their new – amazingly classy – barware. From sparkly drink-a-roos for entertain big crowds to mid-century sippers, we tackle it all!

The barware and featured cocktail can be found in the latest catalog and the full recipe can be found on West Elm’s Front & Main blog. So excited to show you what I’ve prepared for y’all. Hope you like’em!

Now, it’s Friday for fuck’s sakes, stop readin’ and get boozin’! Go on and make this fruity mid-century inspired pick-me-up, full recipe here.

Happy weekend! :D

Jasmine Tea White Wine Poached Pears

May 12, 2015

Jasmine Tea White Wine Poached Pears

Jasmine Tea White Wine Poached Pears

Jasmine Tea White Wine Poached Pears

Jasmine Tea White Wine Poached Pears

Jasmine Tea White Wine Poached Pears

Poached pears are one of those things that you can make any day of the year and they’re a hit. They’re one of my go-to recipes whenever I’m an a hurry to make something sweet for a dinner party or potluck. Depending on the season, you can do some minimal tweaks to the recipe (mainly the spices) and you’re good to go.

For this spring-inspired version I paired them with some chardonnay, jasmine tea, and vanilla bean.  Floral, sweet, and fruity? Totally sexy!

You can get the full recipe and instructions over at La Crema’s blog. Enjoy!


 

Created in collaboration with Jackson Family Wines. All views my own. Word.

Styling + Photography Workshop in Vancouver

May 8, 2015

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You guys! I’m so so excited to introduce the very first Styling + Photography Workshop taught by yours truly in collaboration with London Fields Shoppe in Vancouver.

This hands-on workshop is designed to teach you the basics of styling and photography. It will be jam-packed with pro advice to take your styling game to the next level.

Lessons include: the process of styling from beginning to end, natural light and composition, basics of photo editing, affordable photography equipment and props (including practicing with some rad products from London Fields Shoppe and a few DIY tips), and tips for using images on social media.

Food, interiors, products – you name it – this workshop shall help you create beautiful content for your business or brand.

Space is limited so make sure to sign up! REGISTER ONLINE OR in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday). For more details you can check out London Fields Blog.

Hurray for getting schooled!

Mascarpone Strawberry Lime Hand Pies

May 7, 2015

Mascarpone Strawberry Lime Hand Pies

Mascarpone Strawberry Lime Hand Pies

Mascarpone Strawberry Lime Hand Pies

Mascarpone Strawberry Lime Hand Pies

Alright kitties, it’s time to get baked! These mighty – tiny and cute – hand pies are now up on Baked The Blog. They’re super flaky and packed with flavour. Oh and they’re made with the good stuff, a.k.a butter. Get the full scoop over at baked!

Cinco de Mayo Popsicles: Spicy Margarita, Coconut Amaretto, and Watermelon, Strawberry & Mint

May 5, 2015

Watermelon, Strawberry and Mint Popsicles #CincodeMayo

Watermelon, Strawberry and Mint Popsicles #CincodeMayo

Coconut Amaretto Popsicles #CincodeMayo

Spicy Margarita Popsicles #CincodeMayo

So here’s the truth about cinco de mayo – IT AINT REAL! Sorry but not sorry. Yes, something happened in Mexico on May 5th, we kicked the french out of the country (wish we didn’t! haha), that’s all. We don’t celebrate it. Somewhere in there, Corona or some very smart marketing people went like “hey, cinco de mayo sounds cool..let’s make it a holiday!” And the rest is history.

Now that you got a grumpy lecture on Mexican history, I’ll let you know that I do always take advantage of this hallmark holiday, I mean, loads of Mexican food and celebrations just because? Yes please! Never say no to an opportunity for good times with tacos and booze.

Following the tradition, I helped create some fantastic popsicles for work, they were mighty tasty my friends, and you should make them regardless of the date, ’cause delicious ripe fruit is starting to pop at the markets like wet gremlins (memba those?). You can get the full scoop to make these popsicles over at Luvo’s Fresh Blog!

Ps. the spicy margarita is my fave! Obvi.

Pistachio Lemon Raspberry Tart (Dairy Free)

April 28, 2015

Pistachio Lemon Raspberry Tart (Dairy Free)Pistachio Lemon Raspberry Tart (Dairy Free)

Pistachio Lemon Raspberry Tart (Dairy Free)

Last week I woke up with the biggest urge to bake a tart. After all of you gave a warm welcome to the rhubarb tart (the last post) I thought I’d give another try to the fluted-side pan but now with even more spring injected into it. Edible flowers included. This is a classic french dessert minus the dairy. Love the nuttiness of the crust combined with the tart filling and the fragrant raspberries, not without a touch of sweet white chocolate, of course.

Get the recipe after the jump!

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