Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Simple Herb-Roasted Tilapia + Wine Pairing

 Thirsty Thursday. Simple Herb-Roasted Tilapia. Wine Pairing.
This week we’re celebrating Thirsty Thursday with vino & Tamara from Bottle Rush! (If you’re detoxing check out this one or this one.)

When I asked Tamara to suggest a wine to pair with this Simple Herb-Roasted Talapia (get the recipe here) here answer was too good not to share verbatim, so here it is:

“I love the Mediterranean flavors you paired with the fish so I selected a wine that I would drink if I was eating it in a sleepy seaside town on the coast of Italy (A girl can dream). Gavi di Gavi.

Aside from Gavi being one of the best kept secrets of Italian white wines it's crisp acidity, almond & minerality notes make it the perfect pairing for oysters or white flaky fish.  

The wine I selected is La Scolca Gavi Di Gavi White label - it's excellent but might be hard to find.  A back up option is the Vigne di San Martino Gavi.”

Are you interested in seeing a specific dish you’ve seen here (or elsewhere) paired with the perfect wine? If so let us know by leaving a comment below.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Hair Product Picks

I’m a bit of a beauty product junkie, an occupational hazard. I’m constantly testing out the next best thing for work (& pleasure). Every summer I hunt for the perfect product to achieve beachy hair even if I’m not at the beach. My usual obstacle is most “beachy” hair products dry my hair out, but there is hope & I've found it in three products!

These three game changers, plus a cute hair scarf have become staples in my daily hair routine. None of them weigh my hair down so I can use them by themselves or layer them together. What’s even better is that they are all double duty products & really deliver.

Here are the reasons I’m loving these summer hair products:

Olivine’s Love + Salt Beach Hair & Body Mist
  • is scented like nostalgic days at the beach.
  • adds beachy tousled texture without over drying hair. can be used as a body mist too!
  • texturizes without drying thanks to the coconut oil in it (You know how much I love coconut oil.)
  • made with ingredients I can pronounce & eat (like Himalayan Salt!!)
  • 5% of each sale goes to Every Mother Counts
Acure Leave-In Conditioner Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell
  • ultra-hydrating leave-in conditioner providing weightless body & shine.
  • protects hair at the cellular level & helps to strengthen it at the root. 
  • a few spritzes helps to revitalize waves at the end of the day.
  • it can also double as a facial mist!
The lovely ladies at Lauren + Vanessa introduced me to Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream 10-in-1 Complete Correction
  • use it alone or layer with other products.
  • 10 benefits in 1 easy step for perfectly polished hair.
  • worked through damp hair helps moisturize, smooth, shine, soften hair.
  • I apply this & then let my hair air dry without any worry of frizz.
  • it even provides UV protection for when you’re getting beachy waves naturally!
What are your go-to products this summer?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Better Home Cooing Basics: #35 Place a Damp Towel Under your Cutting Board to Keep your Board from Moving.

Better Hom Cooking Basics.  Place a Damp Towel Under your Cutting Board to Keep your Board from Moving. cooking tips.

As much as I like to think I have control of all things in my kitchen sometimes I need a little bit of help. In order to keep my cutting board from sliding around my table or counter top I place a damp (paper or dish) towel flat underneath my board & it stays put.

Get more of my better home cooking basics here.  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto
At lunch time I peruse the Union Square Farmers Market in NYC. It’s usually after I’ve already gone grocery shopping for the week but I can’t help but pick up the farm fresh produce they have. I mean there’s always room for blueberries & peaches & those random veggies I’ve never heard of.  A few weeks ago I saw garlic scapes for the first time offered at the farmers market (first time I noticed them that is). I looked at them & gave them a slight head tilt of curiosity & kept walking. Later that day on my Facebook feed Cookshop (a very tasty farm-to-table kind of New American style restaurant) had a photo for garlic scape "frites" they were serving that day.

I took it as a sign from the universe to check them out. So I did a bit of research (read: I googled them) & found out that they’re the top flower part of the garlic that grows out of the ground. They can be used the same way as green onions. They have a mild garlic taste. You can sautee them in olive oil & butter & toss them with tomatoes & pasta like my friend Kara does or even mix them into your meatballs like my friend Kim or make them into a pesto like I did & will be showing you today.  Whatever your choice of recipe, know that the season for garlic scapes if very short so if you see them buy them they might not be at the farmers market next week. You can even freeze them for later use!

How do you use garlic scapes? Please share below as I'd love new recommendations.

Have a great weekend!