Archive for the ‘FOOD’ Category

07.25.19

A TIKI PARTY AT ROW DTLA

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

very excited to share the details on this party because we went all out and it turned out so pretty! it has been awhile since we got to host a party for no reason other than to celebrate and hang with friends on a warm summer evening and this ended up being perfect. the only thing we knew from the onset was that we’d be hosting it at ROW DTLA on one of their rooftops and that we wanted it to have a mixology tie in, i love when events have some type of interactive/learning element! it’s a good ice breaker and people walk away with a little knowledge they didn’t have before. we landed on the theme of Tiki which felt like the perfect combo of summer and celebration.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

the roof top offered a completely blank slate. the background is of downtown LA and has killer views so i knew we wanted to highlight that and to also create a relaxing, intimate environment.  i invited about 15 friends so i didn’t want the party to be too spread out. to create the atmosphere, i started with found rentals, which is an amazing furniture company in southern california. we’ve used them for many events and they have the best selection. they have a bunch of cool rattan pieces that were perfect for the theme and i mixed in some colorful rugs, pillows and tons of lanterns.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
 
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

we worked with of the flowers (she did my wedding florals too!) and she really nailed it with all of the details from the palms decorating the bar to the dried leaves and flowers over the day bed and the lanterns and greens hanging on the lights. she created small center pieces for the table we’d have room to make drinks but still have a punch of color and texture.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

for the food, we hired Haute Chefs who always do a great job of creating a vibe and they really focus on the details, which i love. we had a tropical fruit station to start and then passed appetizers like mini poké bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and mini pineapple dole whips for dessert. they also helped us curate the drink list which included a pain killer and the classic mai tai. since it was an all female crowed we wanted to have a female mixologist for the teaching portion and haute chef’s introduced us to Nikki who was perfect for the evening. she taught everyone a bit about the origins of tiki culture and bars and also how to make a mai tai, do a whip shake and some different elements to have on hand for creating tiki cocktails at home.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone really brought it with their outfits, so many pretty patterns, colors, kaftans, and breezy looks!

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

everyone was outfitted with their own mixology kit. the shakers and jiggers were from cocktail kingdom which is one of our favorite places to buy bar supplies, they have such pretty glassware! a linen napkin from hawkins new york (which has a gorgeous store at ROW DTLA and the best curation), a tiki mug that we collected from all over the internet at places like etsy and ebay, a metal straw (from Flask & Field, they also have a killer wine selection!) and a tiki drink pick.

a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest
a tiki party at ROW | designlovefest

this post is part of our year long partnership with ROW DTLA which is one of our favorite places in the city to shop, eat, drink and hang. we’re super excited to be hosted two more events there. you can see all of the shops and restaurants they have here.  and you can follow them on instagram to hear about new openings, events and parties!

07.23.19

STEAK WITH MISO BUTTER!

steak with miso butter | designlovefest

ivan and i were looking through Chrissy Teigen’s latest cookbook, “hungry for more” which is filled with great recipes, but one of them caught my eye as a must try asap. it was for a steak with miso butter, chrissy raves about the butter, something i’d never tried before so i wanted to give it a go. and wowowow, it is so good. i ended up taking the leftover butter home and started putting it on everything, toast with eggs, vegetables, pasta, etc. i may have gone a bit over board but it really is so good, the flavor is hard to describe, you gotta try it. we cooked the steak how i learned to in cooking school which is also the way chrissy recommends, dry steak with salt and pepper on each side, screaming hot pan, set the steak down and do not touch it, flip it and finish in the oven, perfect every time! – joanie 

steak with miso butter | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 

• 1 lb ribeye steak (we used 1lb t-bone steak)
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 glove garlic finely chopped
• 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
• 8 oz broccolini

miso butter:
• 1 stick of butter at room temperature
• 1/4 cup white miso
• 2 tablespoons finely minced chives
• 3 cloves garlic finely diced
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
• generous pinch of cayenne pepper

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

to make the steak, pre-heat oven to 375, heat a cast iron skillet over medium to high heat. pat the steak dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper. place the steak in the pan and let sit for 3- 4 minutes, undisturbed. flip the steak and cook for an additional 4 minutes pop in the oven for about 3-5  minutes. then transfer the steak to a cutter board and let it rest.

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

in the same pan pour all but one tablespoon of steak grease out of the pan and return the pan to medium heat. add the butter and garlic and cook until golden, about 30 seconds. add the broccolini and chicken broth. cook until broth has evaporated into a glaze and the broccolini is al dente, this was about 5-7 minutes for us. season with salt and pepper.

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

mix the miso butter ingredients together in a small bowl.

to assemble slice the steak and arrange it on a serving platter, dollop as much of the miso butter as you eat on top and serve with the broccolini on the side.

steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest
steak with miso butter | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis

 

07.11.19

FAMILY RECIPE/TAQUITOS

taquitos | designlovefest

hey everyone! ivan here. i’m back with another family recipe that is so easy to make and way better than what you will find in the frozen food aisle. this classic dish of taquitos bring fond memories because my family would make them usually on birthdays or family gatherings. each person would have a task and i would always make the shredded cabbage slaw, guacamole or salsas while my mom was tightly rolling the taquitos. some items can be substituted if these ingredients are not available in your area. trust me, this recipe is fool proof and really impressive when you need to feed a lot of people. if you are looking for more family recipes you can find them in my previous posts here! – Ivan

taquitos | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 

serves 5-6 people 
• 1 package of corn tortillas
• 1 small rotisserie chicken (shredded)
• 1 small green cabbage thinly sliced (or iceberg lettuce)
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 lemon squeezed
• chili flakes
• dried oregano
• cotija cheese (or dry feta or parmesan cheese)
• crema (or sour cream)
• canola oil

toppings:
• guacamole (my family recipe here!)
• pico de gallo (store bought also works)

taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest

if using store bought tortillas, grab a stack and place between paper towels and microwave 10 seconds at a time until they are a bit softened. lay one tortilla out one at a time and place a thin strip of shredded chicken not quit in the center (the trick is not to overstuff them). then tightly wrap the tortilla into a roll. a great tip is to use a baking dish to place your rolled tortillas seam side down to keep them from falling apart.

once you use all the chicken and tortillas, heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. and fill about 1-2 inches with the canola oil. once the oil is hot fry the taquitos seam side down in small batches. fry until golden brown and when the tortilla becomes crispy, about 2-3 minutes. when we made ours, we used freshly made tortillas at the local hispanic grocery store. but in doing so the tortillas turned out a bit thick and the taquitos would roll out of it’s shape. a neat trick i learned is to keep the seam in place with a tooth pick. it doesn’t effect the taste whatsoever and they come out clean after frying the taquitos. so easy!

taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest

place the taquitos on paper towels to soak up the excess oil.

in a separate bowl place the thinly shredded cabbage. add the juice of half a lemon and lightly salt and pepper to taste. stir once or twice and add a few pinches of dried oregano and red chili flakes.

to assemble place the taquitos in a large platter. you may add the toppings all at once or can be placed on the side for everyone to add to their own. enjoy!

taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest
taquitos | designlovefest

images by: Ivan Solis

06.28.19

CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND!

summer cocktails | designlovefest

we got an image request from a frozen margarita recipe (pictured above!) we shared a few years back and it had me digging through the archives of all the pretty drinks we’ve posted over the years. here are a few of our favorites, a very appropriate post for friday, cheers! – joanie

summer cocktails | designlovefest

rosé spritzers! a little boozy and a little hydration all in one.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

frozen mango margaritas! you can also make with strawberries but the frozen mango does make them very creamy.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

rosé punch! for when you’re looking to serve a group of people with ease.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

pansy margarita! with a party sugar rim, this one is so good.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

spicy watermelon margarita! are you noticing a tequila trend? blending up fresh watermelon in the summer is the best, you can strain and drink alone or make it into a cocktail.

summer cocktails | designlovefest

blood orange margarita! so simple and sweetened with honey.

06.12.19

SUMMER GARDEN LUNCH

summer garden lunch | designlovefest

you might remember this floral cocktail post we did back in april highlighting the gorgeous Floral Libations book by Cassie Winslow. we loved the cocktails so much and Cassie reached out to say she’d be in LA last week and did we want to shoot a few more. we had a fun day putting these drinks together along with a killer lunch spread that we picked up at our favorite spot, Cookbook. Cassie is super sweet and talented and whipped up the perfect brunch or lunch time drinks for us. the cantaloupe bellini was so good! she’s sharing all her tips and recipes below. thanks, Cassie! and thanks to Ivan for the photos!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

first up, iced lavender coffee!

Iced Lavender Coffee

This is one of my favorite morning drinks to make for guests, especially on a warm summer morning. It’s so easy to make and best to prep the night before so it will be waiting for you right when you wake up the next day.

Makes 4 beverages

Ingredients:
4 cups hot, freshly brewed coffee
1/4 cup lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
Ice cubes
1-2 cups whole milk or cream
sprigs of fresh organic lavender for garnish

Directions:

In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together the hot coffee and lavender simple syrup. Place the mixture in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight to chill.

When you are ready to make the coffees, fill each glass with ice. Pour 1 cup of the coffee and lavender mixture into each glass followed by 1/2 cup of whole milk or a splash of cream. Stir until combined and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

You can also make these beverages the morning you would like to serve as shown. Simply make the lavender simple syrup and allow guests to add the amount of sweetener they prefer to their own glass. This also makes a lovely coffee bar situation and guests and serve themselves.

Lavender Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
3 tablespoons of organic dried lavender

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the food spread, we focused on light and bright items that paired well together. a little citrus, the salt from olives, crunchy toast with a creamy beet spread, cured meat and 6 minute eggs. all so good!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

she served this drink with a garden party sugar rim that really took it to the next level!

Cantaloupe + Chamomile Bellinis
This is the perfect libation to serve at a summer brunch. The chamomile garnish adds a cheerful touch and the fresh cantaloupe is a wonderfully refreshing treat.

Makes about 10 cocktails

Ingredients:
3 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe from about 1 medium-sized cantaloupe
1 bottle sparkling wine
a handful of organic edible chamomile blooms

Directions:

Place the cantaloupe in a blender and blend until liquified. Strain the cantaloupe through a find-mesh sieve set over an extra large pitcher. Add the sparkling wine and stir until combined. Pour the Bellini mixture into 10 champagne flutes and garnish each glass with a few chamomile flowers.

Note: If you feel like being extra fancy (as shown), rim each glass with Garden Party Sugar…here’s how you make it:

Garden Party Sugar

Makes approximately 1 1/4 cups
Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon each:
organic dried hibiscus flowers
organic dried chamomile flowers
organic dried lavender
organic dried rose petals
organic dried calendula
1 cup cane sugar

Directions:

In a food process or spice grinder, combine the dried flowers and pulse until the blooms resemble small flakes. In a bowl, stir together the sugar and ground flowers. For optimal flavor, wait about 2 weeks before use. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To rim each glass, place a lemon wheel on a small plate and an even layer of Garden Party Sugar on another plate. Gently glide 1/2 of the rim on the lemon wheel. Then, gently dip in garden party sugar.

Use the extra sugar in your favorite baked goods such as homemade cookies, cakes and scones. It’s nature’s confetti….

summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Lemonade

I absolutely adore the color of this beverage. The hibiscus simple syrup is SO vibrant. Mixed with freshly squeezed lemon juice, this libation is the prettiest of pinks and will make your guests swoon with delight.

Makes 2 beverages

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup hibiscus simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Place lemon juice + hibiscus simple syrup in an extra large ball jar or pitcher. Stir. Slowly add 1/2 cup water until you find the combination you enjoy. Store in the fridge.
To make into a cocktail, simply place 1 cup of the hibiscus lemonade in a glass. Add 2 ounces of gin. Serve over ice. Cheers!

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

Hibiscus Simple Syrup
You will need:
1 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon of organic dried hibiscus flowers

Place all ingredients in a pot over the stove and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so the mixture is simmering…simmer for about 5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup. Let cool for about 10 minutes then strain. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

for the bread, we toasted it in olive oil and then we did a generous spread of something creamy across the top  (one each with butter, mayo, and beet hummus) with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. and layered our ingredients on top of that, usually a little crunch, fresh herbs, and some protein, either cured meats, egg or a smoke fish. the creamy layer is key for taste but it also helps everything stay on the toast and not slide off.

summer garden lunch | designlovefest
summer garden lunch | designlovefest

cocktails by: cassie winslow
Images by: Ivan Solis

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