Archive for the ‘FOOD’ Category

04.24.20

FRIDAY CHECK IN

a cozy kitchen cake | designlovefest
 strawberry sheet cake from a cozy kitchen! 

how are you? it’s getting really warm here in los angeles, starting to feel like summer. it has been fun to watch the seasons change while being mostly inside. southern california doesn’t have drastic seasons as it is but, i’ve found it comforting to watch and notices the changes that have happened. the flowers blooming that weren’t there two days ago, trees that are sprouting green. warmer nights, longer days, all signs of time passing. i’ve stopped gauging time as much in minutes, hours and days because they seem to mix together but i like noticing the passing of this period of time, these 6+ weeks that we’ve been inside. and i guess i must be feeling in the summer spirit because i included a round up of strawberry dessert images in this post, nothing says summer like fresh, juicy berries.  – joanie 

what are you making this weekend? i’m going to make another round of homemade pasta because my husband is making linguine with fresh clams, and i can’t wait. he is also making this brisket which might be poorly timed due to the intense heat and the hours of cooking time required but we’re going to go for it. and we’re also making alice waters fried sole (from the art of simple food which is an excellent cookbook). a seafood heavy weekend!

if you’re burning more candles than normal (i definitely am!) brooklyn candle studio is a great place to buy, the candles are wonderful and they are a small team who has been hard hit by the closures in NYC. they are offering 15% off with code STAYWELL. i love this trio. 

cake by izzy hossack | designlovefest
 strawberry lemon cake by izzy hossack

my aunt and i were debating the merits of different cookware. i think my #1 go-to is still the le creuset dutch oven which i basically use daily but i’m planning to add a great jones pieces to my collection soon. i love the colors and the price point is reasonable. bri has the dutchess which i’ve cooked with and liked. i also love dansk, i think it’s the most beautiful of them all, i have several pieces but the butter warmer size really gets used a lot.

our friends over at lacausa launched the cutest los angeles sweatshirts and tees. i love this one.

is it just me or have you been noticing the resurgence of crocs? i like the printed ones, the strawberry is cute and so is this floral.

i’ve been enjoying listening to taryn toomey playlists on spotify. you can look her up and follow. she is the creator of The Class and i like her taste in music.

before the heat wave, i was taking lots of baths in the evening. i love these lavender epsom salts  and  the milk bath from cuccio.

strawberry tarts | designlovefest

i hope you’re able to relax a bit this weekend! i just started reading, “such a fun age” and i’m excited to dig in. sending you all love!

strawberry tarts | designlovefest

 

04.10.20

A FRIDAY CHECK IN

pasta | designlovefest

happy friday! how are you doing? i think this is the close of week 4 of shelter in place. today was the first day i woke up and couldn’t remember what day it was. hope your week went okay. have you made anything delicious? i’m always looking for recipe recommendations. i made this pasta recipe on wednesday (pictured above!)  and it exceeded my expectations. i hadn’t attempted homemade pasta since we were in cooking school last year. it really is so easy and so rewarding. i felt proud of myself for how it turned out, we all need those little accomplishments right now. i plan on making it again soon. my juicer (that i love and use almost daily) also doubles as a pasta cutter. and i appreciate that the attachments come when you buy it, not as an add on.

we launched our new collection of phone cases with casetify today. it’s a very happy collection and a culmination of work from so many different artists. we’re proud of how it turned out. block shop textiles and bliss & mischief are two of the new artists we’ve added which is fun because we’ve been fans of their clothing and textiles for a long time. it’s cool to see it translate to cases.

pasta | designlovefest

image via naturally ella

if you’re looking for comfortable clothes to relax in but that don’t look like sweats i highly recommend these lola trousers by LACAUSA. they are an ethical local to LA, female owned brand that makes amazing clothes. vince is offering 25% off everything, which still means their clothing is out of my price range but i love the blue monochrome of this outfit and the pants are so chic. i’ve been wearing lots of monochrome outfits lately, it’s fun to play with tones. Beklina is a great small business to support and they are doing 25% off everything but shoes.

need supply which is home to tons of great independent designers is also offering 25% off their entire site. rachel comey, annie costello brown, and ganni are a few of my favorite brands to shop on their site. annie’s earrings are some of bri’s and my favorites and basically all of her designs are majorly on sale right now. she’s another rad LA designer.

pasta | designlovefest

image via gimme some oven

 

04.03.20

RECIPES FOR THE WEEKEND

recipes | designlovefest

we made it through another week! if you’re like us and find a lot of comfort being in the kitchen here are a few things we’ve cooked recently and have loved. bri made breakfast sandwiches on presently this morning and now i can’t stop thinking about how much i want bacon.

the best chocolate chip cookies. i’ve made a lot of cookie recipes and this is my favorite.

this lemon chicken soup with tons and tons of dill is comforting but still light. i used white rice instead of orzo.

refried beans(recipe is half way down the post), it’s my mom’s recipe and it feeds an army. i didn’t have taco seasoning so i used a mixture of onion salt, garlic salt, chili flakes, smoked paprika, oregano and chili powder and they turned out great.

i’m making this red curry this weekend for the millionth time and i’m so excited. it’s the best and so versatile, just make it with what you have on hand for veggies and protein.

recipes | designlovefest

making your own pizza dough is easy and a family pizza party is a great way to use up produce that is about to go bad. you can set out toppings and let people dress their pizza as they please.

01.10.20

COOKING IN JANUARY

january can feel like a very transitional month. fresh off the holidays, not ready to jump right into the new year. there is pressure to set goals, hit the gym, eat less sugar, drink more water, discuss your future at length, etc. which frankly can seem a bit overwhelming to me. i like to view january as a hibernation month, a time to rest and reset after the holidays with little expectation on output and achievements. cooking at home, going to bed early, reading good books, taking walks to soak in the winter sunlight and anything that feels rejuvenating. i don’t like restrictions or cleanses to start off the year but i do like cooking balanced meals. it helps to think of it less as eliminating things and more as adding things in, more leafy greens, more veggies. here are a few ideas to cook up if you’re looking…

the broccoli cheddar soup from smitten kitchen.

this kale and squash bake that is just as good reheated.

refried beans to eat with fried eggs, tortillas or with a good ole’ rice bowl (recipe is half way down the post).

chicken noodle soup, always. you can sub rice instead of noodles or leave the noodles out all together and just make it chicken and vegetables.

this veggie curry, sub in sweet potatoes, add an extra can of coconut milk and double the spices. finish with a big squeeze of lime.

lentil soup. i made this twice in december. inexpensive and comes together easily. i use curry paste instead of powder.

tortilla soup. i wait all year for soup season, i love the simplicity and versatility of a soup.

roasted carrot and avocado salad. skip the cheese and just do the carrots with avocado. the warm spices on this make it perfect for colder months and i have been finding the best avocados at trader joe’s recently.

i hope you’re january is off to a peaceful start. – joanie

 

 

12.18.19

HOLIDAY PARTY AT ROW DTLA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we capped off our year with an epic holiday party at ROW DTLA  last week and it was so much fun! this event was part of my year long partnership with them where i’m hosting events (like the Still Life Ceramics class a few weeks ago), visiting their amazing curation of shops and restaurants and overall getting to support their vision for bringing something really special to downtown LA!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

they did the best job of picking out shops and restaurants that are destinations on their own and having them side by side and accessible with easy parking and car free streets adds to the experience. the murals, signage, and the layout of ROW is really well executed and makes for a fun outing.

of the flowers decked it out our dinner with tons of candles, a handmade tablecloth and the most beautiful wreaths i have ever seen (i love this shot of them in all their glory). 

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

for the guest gift, we created bags with a mix of items from some of favorite shops a gift card to go get em tiger for coffee (their almond macadamia latte is so good!), candles from Poketo, a pinch bowl from Hawkins New York, Jacobsen salt and mini bottles of liquor from flask & field. i also love Still Life Ceramics for beautiful handmade pieces, Myrtle for clothes (i bought a dress there a few weeks back that i wore to a wedding), LCD for a beautiful shopping experience, A+R for home inspiration and many more!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we hosted a tiki party this summer on one of their rooftops and for this holiday party we wanted to to utilize one of their restaurants. hosting an event at a restaurant really eliminates many of the stressors as the food, drink, table, chairs, place settings, etc are already there and we don’t have to bring in all of the elements to make it happen. the meal was family style and we did a wine pairing which made it feel laid back and fun. we all just rotated around the table and talked for hours.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

i highly recommend checking out ROW DTLA if you’re looking for a place to host an event. they have so many locations to pick from rooftops, to restaurants like M. Georgina (which is next on our list for a dinner party!) logistically it’s streamlined as there is plenty of parking and you can utilize the variety of shops inside.

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

we have hosted tons (100+!?) events over the years and there are so many moving pieces that go into each one. this party felt like one we could truly relax at and was really easy to plan from start to finish. and so nice to all get together before the holiday madness and fill up on pasta and champagne. i never ever regret a good friend’s dinner!

holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest
holiday party at ROW DTLA | designlovefest

images by: designlovefest, ivan solis, bonnie tsang, and denise bovee
location: ROW DTLA
florals by: of the flowers
gift bag items by: Poketo, Hawkins New York,  flask & field and go get em tiger

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