Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Market Cooking by David Tanis

I have long been a fan of David Tanis' elegant, authentic, and approachable style of cooking. I own all of his previous cookbooks and frequently consult them for inspiration. Working with him, in his home, and helping bring his newest book, Market Cooking, to life was a highlight of my career. I am so proud of how the book turned out. I think it's gorgeous, the food is all wonderful and delicious, David is an inspiring soul to be around, and Evan Sung takes such beautiful photos. If you are in the mood to do something nice for yourself, put on some lovely music, like jazz or bossanova, pour a glass of wine, doesn't need to be fancy, and cook from this book.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Quickie Kitchen Fix

I'm gonna preface all of this with the fact that really, I'd like to rearrange some walls and put in an entirely new kitchen. Big reno dreams. So, is this my dream kitchen? Nooo. But, after some clever DIY fixes, is it approximately one billion times better to live with in the meantime? Yes, yes, yes.

There are still a few things to finish, like installing a proper hood, updating the appliances (or maybe we wait to invest in those until that possible big reno?), and putting in the floor trim, but the facelift of the surfaces has made a huge difference (the power of paint, people!) and for only about $1,000. I can't take too much credit, I designed it and priced it out, but then I went off to LA for a big job and Scott stayed home and tore the whole place apart.

We painted and repositioned the existing cabinets, pulling them down off the ceiling (they were set too high). We replaced the countertops with a cheap faux black marble from Ikea, tiled over our linoleum floors, repainted all of the walls a nice bright white, and put in a bit of a marble backsplash. We also updated the sink and faucet and outlet overs and put in new lighting fixtures! The trim around the window got painted too.

You now when you buy a house and you're like 'I'm gonna whip this into shape in 3 months!' and then life happens and gets in the way and lots of that stuff gets put on the back burner? Yea. Me too. So, for now, reno dreams on pause, but easy facelifts all around the house full speed ahead.

More pics: before and after!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Quick post, not to say much, but only that I am missing some of these items that I either made or found in Portugal, and have gone off to new homes. I hope they are living their best lives.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Lisbon Favorites List Two

A small list of places I enjoyed visiting on this last trip to Lisbon. I made sure to not overlap with my Favorites List from two years ago, so be sure to check that one out too if you have a trip coming up! There is a ton to do in Lisbon and the surrounding areas, and the best part is the elegant 'doing nothing.' Sitting around in cafes, sipping galais, taking in the people and architecture. We also hiked around the natural reserves in Sintra which was gorgeous and smelled so amazing, being covered in eucalyptus. If you have been on the fence about visiting Portugal- GO. So worth it.

List here!