Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Party Essentials

Chicken and al pastor tacos
Jarritos Mexican soda
There's nothing I love more than a theme party. Beyond its ability to get people in the soiree spirit, it's a genius way to simplify the planning and execution of any event. Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite "holidays," because of its many possibilities. You can stick to traditional Mexican fare by serving your run-of-the-mill tacos, chips, salsa and beer or spice it up with updated recipes that still stay true to the event's theme. Here, I've rounded up a few of my favorite recipes and details that will make any Cinco de Mayo fiesta . For more ideas, check out my Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crepe Cake - Dulce de Leche

Three years ago I was working at a fashion e-commerce company after having spent five years in fashion editorial and styling. However, I missed the creative nature of editorial work and the constant sources of inspiration I was surrounded by. I needed a place where I could dump all of my obsessions and passions on my own terms. Blogging was the most intriguing avenue for me to combine what I loved with what I was good at. A little over three years later, I have reached a milestone that may seem small to some, but is a huge accomplishment for me, personally. Thank you for coming along for the ride!

To celebrate, I made a crepe cake (recipe taken from my favorite old school cookbook, Cooking Month by Month by Mary Norwak) dripping with dulce de leche (caramel) sauce and whipped cream, a decadent and delightful way to say "thank you" to my readers. Wish I could share a slice with each of you!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Restaurant Review: Bestia

My sister and I are eight years apart and, despite a sizable age gap, we are as close as can be. Thick as thieves, even. Growing up with a cool older sister was a challenge, however, because the activities in which we could both participate were limited. What could a hip, 25-year-old with a penchant for a luxury lifestyle and her 17-year-old baby sister who liked everything she liked do on a Friday night? Sister date nights were born, when we would make a list of the hottest new restaurants in town and check them off one-by-one, weekend after weekend. Ten years later, I'm proud to say we have covered serious ground developing our palates and earning our foodie badges.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lucky FABB Best Dressed + 100K!

Top: H&M | Faux leather pants: Zara | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag

Thanks to my newfound blogger friend, Kasia of I'd Absolutely Love To, who I met at Lucky FABB, I learned that I was on Lucky Magazine's Lucky FABB Best Dressed list! Super unexpected, but much appreciated. Did you read my Lucky FABB recap? Check it out for all the deets!

Another fabulous development as of this afternoon: La Petite Gigi has reached over 100,000 hits! Not including my own! As a way to thank my faithful friends and followers, I will be hosting a giveaway next week, so look out for that! Thank you, thank you, a {hundred} thousand times thank you!!

La Petite Gigi

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Homemade Hummus Recipe

Growing up in a household with Middle Eastern roots, it never occurred to me that not everyone considers hummus a staple. Eating meat? Dip it in hummus! Making a sandwich? Spread some chick pea love on the bread! Bored? Hummus! When the "hummus craze" hit health food circles a few years ago, I thought, "Welcome to the party. What took you so long?" I had been helping my mom make the dip since I could stand tall enough to reach the kitchen counter, so when my friends and coworkers became curious about my claims that the homemade kind is far superior to store brands, I knew I had to help them discover the natural goodness of the dish.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Lucky FABB 2013 Recap - What I Did, Who I Met and What I Wore!

Even though I've been blogging for about three years now, I've never considered myself part of the "blog pack." Let me explain. Being a writer by trade (and nature), I don't know how else to live but to document my thoughts and feelings about myself and practically everything else. There is no other option for me. What has fascinated me all along is how many other people in the world, writers or not, share my passion to, well, share! There is no better place to find this out than at a blogger conference, and Lucky FABB was no exception. Two days surrounded by creative minds and friendly faces--I was home! More than the invaluable networking opportunities and posh accommodations, the panel discussions and breakout sessions offered great insight into both the business and creative sides of blogging.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Roasted Spiced Rainbow Carrots

Something happened when I spotted these rainbow carrots at the market. I fell into a fairytale dream of sweet suckling pigs and savory meat pies presented on a slab of freshly-chopped lumber from an enchanted forest. The best part of any harvest feast? Freshly plucked root vegetables from the lady's vegetable garden. When I snapped back to reality, I knew I had to include roasted spiced rainbow carrots alongside my family's Easter Sunday feast of Moroccan spiced lamb and glazed ham. On second thought, this recipe would be perfect on any spring lunch or dinner table. I was so inspired by the rustic elegance of these carrots, I could have snapped a million photos of them (and I did. You're lucky I know how to edit my content). This recipe was extremely simple: coat approx. 2 pounds of carrots (any kind) with olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, sugar, cinnamon and salt and roast for 30 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. The original recipe calls for adding white raisins and lemon juice after the carrots have roasted, but I omitted those steps (e.g. I forgot). How was your Easter feast? Have you tried any new recipes lately? Please share!

Roasted Spiced Rainbow Carrots Recipe

Roasted Spiced Rainbow Carrots Recipe

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