Hemingway Getaway Cocktail

May 29, 2015

Hemingway Getaway Cocktail

Hemingway Getaway Cocktail

Hemingway Getaway Cocktail

Hemingway Getaway Cocktail

Hemingway Getaway Cocktail

Is it cocktail o’clock? ‘Course it is! Anytime is cocktail o’clock here on the blog (or in person). Today I’ll like to share with ya a recipe I prepared for West Elm for a classic; the Hemingway Daiquiri. Now, the sound of daiquiri kinda makes me think of grenadine and cough-syrup-tasting drinks, so I gave this bevy an update and called the Hemingway Getaway.

The inspiration came from Hemingway’s Havana house – a total retro gem full of lush vegetation, beautiful light, and tropical vibes.

You can find the full recipe to make the cocktail over at Front & Main. It’s a goodie!! (careful, it goes down sooo easy). Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers! *cling cling*

Coconut Chia Pudding with Orange Passion Fruit Granita (Vegan)

May 26, 2015

Coconut Chia Pudding with Orange Passion Fruit Granita

Coconut Chia Pudding with Orange Passion Fruit Granita

Coconut Chia Pudding with Orange Passion Fruit Granita

Coconut Chia Pudding with Orange Passion Fruit Granita

Coconut Chia Pudding with Orange Passion Fruit Granita

So after quite a few (insanely) busy weeks, I’ll finally have some time to chill and eat like a decent adult and not like a human garburator who has a strong penchant for pizza and salsa verde chips. That being said, I still love my desserts, gotta keep it balanced, right?

This week I didn’t have enough time to bake something yummy, but I did whip up a breakfast treat. Well, it can be eaten any time of the day really. I spotted the recipe in the new issue of Donna Hay and was like “whoa, gotta make this”. Mind you, her recipe has papaya – now, I don’t know about where you live, but papayas here in the north pole are eeeexpensive. Basically it’s a papaya or a dinner with friends, yah, no thanks – passion fruit and orange will do just fine instead! To enhance the flowery notes, I sweetened it with elderflower syrup, but you can use any sweetener you want. I also added a touch of almond extract, which you can swap for Amaretto, because, BOOZE (amaretto would turn it into a nice dinner dessert!).

Oh and also it’s dairy free! Guys, seriously, it’s delish. It’s citrusy, tangy, creamy, icy, and super satisfying.

Get the full recipe after the jump!

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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!