Thursday, December 27, 2012

Holiday dinner 2012: Spinasse - Seattle, WA

A few years ago, husband (my then boyfriend) and I started the tradition of a holiday dinner for just the two of us. I always look forward to these long dinners filled with delicious food and conversation, and they officially kick off our holiday season. So far, we've been to Rover's and Herbfarm, and this year we wanted to try Spinasse.

Spinasse started us off with the chef's creation of the night: rabbit pâté crostini with balsamic.

Parma prosciutto cured in-house for 14 months! Served with apple soaked in vinegar cider.

All washed down with an Italian red.

Crepe filled with roasted parsnips on top of walnut sauce and parsley.

Moving on to primi... Squash ravioli with sage and crumbled amaretti.

The star of the restaurant, proving that good food comes from simple, quality ingredients: hand cut egg pasta with butter and sage.

Secondi: braised, herb-stuffed pork belly with sunchokes and hard cooked egg.

Side of roasted beets with their greens and house cultured butter.

Ended dinner with a coconut panna cotta with huckleberries and toasted brioche and a flute of moscato.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Band of Outsiders x Target "Best Friends" beanies
On me: Madewell shirt and Michael Kors vest
On him: Wings + Horns thermal and Shades of Grey vest

This is our first Christmas card as a married couple! Lots of wonderful firsts this year. I hope you all have a warm and loving Christmas! Follow my Instagram for more holiday photos. :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Teacher uniform

Uniqlo gingham shirt (similar)
J.Crew cardigan
Rag & Bone alpaca skirt
Topshop booties
Marc by Marc Jacobs shoulder bag

Since changing professions to be a teacher, my wardrobe has also evolved into way more cardigans and pencil skirts than I ever thought I'd see in my future. Still, I try to add my style into this uniform. Anyway, tomorrow is the last day before two weeks of glorious winter break. I made it!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday dinner at our home


This weekend, we hosted a holiday dinner at our home with close friends. Husband spent all day making an elaborate and delicious menu of brisket, baked mac and cheese in individual ramekins, and maple bacon brussels sprouts. I contributed a festive holiday drink and dessert, as pictured below.

Honey sage gin fizz -- I've always thought gin tasted like Christmas tree (not that I've ever had a mouthful of Douglas Fir) so I wanted it to be the base for our holiday cocktail. I found the recipe here.

Pistachio brittle -- Husband is allergic to peanuts but sometimes he'll buy me peanut brittle anyway because I like it, so I wanted to make an alternative treat he can enjoy too. It's so easy to make and addicting to munch on! Find the recipe here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Wedding: Highlight video!



We got our wedding highlight video back! The soundtrack is the beautiful Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros, which was the song I walked down the aisle to. It's fun to see husband and his best friends tailgate at the first University of Washington football game of the year at the stadium nearby our venue -- a tradition they've had since college. The video captures the details of the getting ready process for both of us, and builds up to the first look, which was my favorite part of the entire day. When my husband-to-be saw me, he said, "You are so beautiful." and we both started crying. After the ceremony, husband and I escaped up to the roof for photos and alone time together throughout the night. We absolutely love the video and how perfectly it tells the story of our wedding day.

The husband-wife duo, Jarrett and Heather, behind First and Foremost Productions were awesome and so sweet to work with. Thank you two so much! :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Decorating our tree


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that we got our first Christmas tree as a married couple! We spent a cozy late afternoon over the weekend decorating our tree with the sparse ornaments we had. The last photo is an engagement ring ornament we received as a present last Christmas when we got engaged.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday nails: red wine and gold glitter

Funktional sweater (similar)
Forever 21 skirt
Rebecca Minkoff leopard loafers
Marc Jacobs shoulder bag (similar)

Oxblood is a buzz word madly circulating the interwebz at the moment. I was quite obsessed with the color last year, actually, when I got these burgundy jeans that I couldn't stop wearing. Well, I guess I wore them out because I haven't been drawn to them at all this year. On the other hand (pun unintended), I have only been doing my nails in this rich red wine color, which feels fitting for the winter season. I added a gradient of gold glitter this time for some extra festivity.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Birthday dinner for husband: pot roast (Pioneer Woman recipe)

For my husband's birthday dinner, he requested pot roast, and the weather has been perfectly chilly for a hearty meal. It was my first time making pot roast, so I turned to the Pioneer Woman for her recipe, and it got husband's stamp of approval!

Working away in the kitchen! The pot roast only takes prep time: caramelizing onions and carrots, and marinating and searing the roast. Once the sucker is in the oven, you have 3-5 hours just to do whateverrr.

Finished pot roast! This roast has been in the oven for 4 hours, and everything has browned beautifully.

By this point, the chuck meat is so tender, you can pull it apart with a fork.

 Pot roast with its carrot and caramelized onion stew, and a side of crispy rosemary fingerling potatoes.

Ice cream sandwiches from Cupcake Royale as birthday cakes: red velvet and pumpkin cardamom. Happy birthday, love!