Food, Graphics, Typography

graphics // foodie ebook

Hello. I’ve missed you. Life has been just so busy. I miss my blog time.  Last year, I partnered with local foodie blogger {Taylor} and have been designing EBooks for her. I think I have designed almost 10 of them. Please visit her site, she has amazing healthy recipes to share – Food Faith Fitness {nourishing your mind. body. and soul}. Here is a glimpse of the latest Ebook – Gluten Free Weeknight Dinner recipes…

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Food, Photography

i heart chocolate

National Chocolate Day

Happy National Chocolate Day! In honor of today’s chocolate celebration, I’m sharing a recipe and photos of a delicious chocolate cake I baked this weekend for a special birthday.  I have never baked a cake before, but I found that making a cake is just like making a very large cupcake (and cupcakes I know!). The cake I baked is called Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. The only thing I added was a layer caramel between the two tiers and also at the top before the frosting. What I do know is that quality ingredients are important – a must! I was so pleased on how the cake turned out and tasted. Here is a glimpse of my first cake…

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Beauty, Celebrity, Fashion, Food

Link Love

Link Love

Hello + Happy Wednesday. Where did summer go? Autumn is just around the corner. I don’t think I’m ready for this. Here are some link loves to make this transition as smooth as possible.

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Food, Instalove

#instalove <3

#instalove

{@spoonforkbacon}

hello. My new #instalove for this week is Spoon Fork Bacon {@spoonforkbacon}. A few years ago, I discovered this amazing food blog. The recipes were so diverse, delicious, and unique. The food photography is beyond phenomenal. It’s one of the best food blogs out there. I now follow them on instagram to be reminded to visit the blog and be inspired by these fabulous recipes. #yum

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Design, Food, Interiors, Photography, Seattle

Seattle Scene. eat. v10

Seattle Scene. eat.v10

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v10. Last one of the year for 2014. Myself and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccurring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are, especially in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v9}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Yesterday, my favorite day Friday Eve, we went to a special place Lark. We discovered that Lark is the new Black.

Lark

Lark 2.0 opened it’s doors in early December of 2014. It is located in the Central Agency Building of Capitol Hill. Last night, Savanna and I visited the space to wine and dine and we absolutely loved it.  Our senses were stimulated in every way. We saw a modern, rustic space with the tall ceilings, large big windows, and dozen of Edison lights that made the space sparkle. From the outside, the space glowed and from the inside the sparkle experience was amazing.  We touched the rich textures of the dark plush mohair upholstered tufted booths paired with rich rustic wood.  When you enter Lark you immediately see the open kitchen which connects the dining experience to the chef’s cooking experience and diners can hear the kitchen at work. We also heard familiar bands from the Seattle music scene which included The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes, and Band of Horses.  Lastly, smell and taste – hands down we both agreed that our meal at Lark was the best meal we had in 2014.  Lark is special to us because our firm (Gensler) designed it.  We are very proud of this space.  Lead Designer Robert Cippollone designed the space to reflect the characteristics of Lark’s original space with the warm wood and subtle textures and colors. We absolutely loved our Lark experience. I would describe it as “romantical” and a perfect date spot. The top floor has a more casual vibe with communal tables and the metal topped bar. It’s an ideal place for a intimate private party.  We LOVE it. Here is a glimpse…

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We had a very late dinner and took pictures at the end of the night. Trust me the place was busy and packed.  Did I mention the food was to die for? We met head Chef John Sundstrom. He was nice to come visit us during our meal.  Chef Sundstrom has been recognized as one of the best chefs of Seattle and in 2007 won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Northwest.   We had wine and amazing food…

Durigutti Malbec, AR 2012
Burrata with Treviso, Billy’s honey, rosemary, olive oil croutons
Pleasant View foie gras terrine, pear vanilla comopote, brioche
Agnolotti with smoked ricotta, rosemary, dates and brown butter
Veal sweetbreak fricasse, farro grits cake, goat cheese, pickled peppers

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and more…

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until next year…xoxo

 

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Food, Holiday

what’s cookin’ good lookin’?

Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving? I definitely am. I’m looking forward to having some down time, spending time with my loved ones and eating amazing food.  The chef {Juliet} in our family will be preparing a delicious Thanksgiving feast for her small family. I will be playing the role of her sous chef. Every year she goes all out and puts her heart into making a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner. Here is a glimpse of our curated Thanksgiving menu…

THE MENU

the menu

Honey glazed ham

{recipe}

the menu

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

{recipe}

the menu

Rye Butternut Squash Dressing

{recipe}

the menu

Whipped Potatoes with Three Onion Butter

{recipe}

the menu

Twice Baked Sweet Potato with Bacon & Goat Cheese

{recipe}

the menu

Green Beans with Chanterelles and Cipollini

{recipe}

the menu

Rustic Biscuits

{recipe}

the menu

…and Pumpkin Pie

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Design, Food, Interiors, Seattle, Uncategorized

Seattle Scene. eat.v9

Seattle Scene. eat.v9

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v9. Hello again. The duo is back. Myself and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccurring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are, especially in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v8}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Yesterday we ventured to Broadway and dined at Corretto – Trattoria and Bar.

Corretto

Corretto opened its doors mid April of this year. The popular Foodie Source site Eater recommended this restaurant to us via it’s Eater Hot Map. Owner Travis Rosenthal launched the new trendy Italian restaurant in the Spring in Seattle’s East Broadway area. Executive Chef Laura Licona joins his team and adds her twist on Italian comfort food to the mix. Corretto translates to “corrected coffee” where Corretto bar pairs espresso with Italian grappa, amari, and other Italian liquors. Here is a glimpse…

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A stylish cafe by day and an Italian restaurant by night; the vibe of the Corretto is eclectic chic. Many antique finds decorate the space, which is a trend we see in a lot of Seattle’s restaurants. A handsome Gentleman’s navy blue is seen throughout the space and paired with the Modern Vintage graphic black and white wallpaper.

What did we eat?

Antipasti – Bruschetta Cannellini {white bean pate, balsamic tomato salsa, crisped leeks, grilled crostini}
Primi /Pasta – Gnocchi Al Pesto {fresh gnocchi and our waiter substituted our sauce}
Secondi/Entree – Agnello {three lamb chops, farro, pickled fennel, arugula, toasted almonds, basil oil}
Dessert – Limoncello Cheesecake {amaretti brown butter crust, seasonal berries}

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until next time…..xoxo

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