photo by Amy Covington for A Subtle Revelry
photo by Amy Covington for A Subtle Revelry
Last week Bethany and I stopped at the McGrath Family Farm to check out their Roadside Farmer's Market. You can pick pumpkins from their field and when in season you can come to pick berries! All of their produce is organic. You can find McGrath Roadside Farmer's Market off the 101 freeway in Camarillo, California. (Off the Central Ave. exit.) They are open from 9AM - 6PM daily! (That is until we set the clocks back on November 2nd! Then they will be open until 5PM!) Check out more info here!
Photographed by: Bethany Nauert
I came across these photos of Turkish ceramic bowls on Pinterst, and immediately was wondering where I could get them. I have this thing for bowls. (and plates, cups and clothes ;P) I love beautiful, bright color dishes. Here are some bowls that I really like!
*photos from decor8
1. Floral Bowl // Anthropologie 2. Stacked Bowls // Anthropologie 3. Color Glaze Bowl // West Elm 4. Teal Pattern Bowl // Anthropologie 5. Swirled Symmetry Bowl // Anthropologie 6. Striped Berry Bowl // Robert Siegel
If you're looking for something to do today or this week, (And are in the Southern California area.) there is a great pumpkin patch in Camarillo, where you can go into the patch and pick your own pumpkin! Bethany and I came here and had a really fun time! Her little dog tagged along with us too! Here is how you can get to Pete's Pumpkin Patch!
Here are some pictures to get you inspired for a Halloween party! I believe entertaining and food go hand in hand. You could be throwing a Halloween party where everyone comes dressed up to hang out, you could be throwing a small dinner party with a Halloween theme or you could be having a pumpkin carving party or a non carving pumpkin decorating party, either way there are endless ideas!
Picture above via Stylizimo
Pumpkin Name / Sign Holder photo via A Fabulous Fete
Decorated Pumpkins Photo via Glitter Guide
Chevron Painted Pumpkins Photo via My Sweet Savannah
Pumpkin Pie Pudding Photo via Dora Daily
Halloween Dinner Party Treats // Photo via Style Me Pretty
Candy Apples // Photo via The Perfect Palette
Pumpkin Carving Station // Photo via Lindsy Steinberg Events
I love me some gold accents! They are especially fun to incorporate into your kitchen! Here are a few items that I liked.
1. Raven Paper Straws Crate & Barrel 2. Raven Plate Crate & Barrel 3. Onyx Flatware West Elm 4. Boo Cocktail Pick Crate & Barrel 5. Decanter and Cup Crate & Barrel 6. Serpent Bowl Nate Berkus for Target 7. Bat Bowls Crate & Barrel 8. Skull Apron Williams-Sonoma
Here are some products that are perfect for incorporating Halloween into your kitchen or if you are hosting a Halloween party! Obviously, from all the details of the products you can see Crate & Barrel took home the win. They have a lot of cool stuff for Halloween but at low costs, which is nice when you're buying for a holiday. The bowl from Target is probably not for cooking but I felt like this would be cool if you're wanting to put out a dish of treats or for your trick or treaters. The great thing is that you can use that bowl even after Halloween!
Here is an amazing recipe that is great if you’re hosting a dinner for a larger group or if you want to have something for dinner a few nights during the week. (This recipe makes great leftovers!) I must warn you though this dish takes a lot of prep and many different ingredients and isn’t the fastest of recipes but it is well worth all of the prep and cook time! My boyfriend, Scott, made this for me recently and I really loved the recipe and wanted to share it with you all! There are three separate recipes that make up the entire recipe. The stew, the rice and yogurt sauce. You could probably skip the yogurt if you wanted to but I’d really recommend making it if you’re going to make the entire recipe, it really adds something to the final dish! Enjoy!
1) In a deep pan, heat olive oil.
2) Add garlic and onions, let cook until onions become translucent.
3) Add potatoes. Cook until browned. Add a bit more oil if necessary. Salt and pepper to taste.
4) Add zucchini. Cook until zucchini is browned
5) Add tomatoes, chickpeas, vegetable broth, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and cumin.
*I have cooked this recipe twice myself. Both times it came out great. The first time I used water instead of vegetable broth and put exactly ½ tsp of cayenne pepper. Then the second time I used vegetable broth like the recipe calls for and put about 1 tsp of Cayenne Pepper, I have to say the stew tasted about the same but the second time was super spicy! So if you’re not really into spice maybe just sprinkle cayenne in or use the ½ tsp no more than that but if you like spice feel free to give it some more kick by upping it to 1 tsp. As for the vegetable broth, I’d recommend getting a low sodium kind or if you’re like me and forgot to get the vegetable broth while at the store then you could use water ;)
6) Lower heat and let simmer 15-20 minutes. If it gets dry, add a bit more vegetable broth.
7) Serve on top of rice (*recipe below), top with fresh cilantro and yogurt sauce (*recipe below)
1) In a shallow pan, add the water, a touch of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil
2) When boiling, add basmati rice, pine nuts, and raisins, stir.
3) Cover and turn heat to low, about 20-25 minutes.
4) Fluff with fork.
Yogurt Sauce Recipe
1) Mix the yogurt, garlic, dill and cucumber all in a bowl. Stir well.
2) Let sit in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes for flavors to incorporate.
Serve your rice on a plate or a bowl, then top the rice with the stew and top the stew with the cilantro and then the yogurt sauce!
Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich & Bethany Nauert
Photographed by: Kristen Hettich
Camera Assistance: Bethany Nauert
Recipe: Scott Diorio
I know these pins might seem "inappropriate" for the season but being a Florida girl at heart, summer, sun and bright colors go all year round down there! Every now and then I notice things in my posts, pictures and/or wardrobe that are things I'm drawn to because of my roots. I love teal, bright colors and fruits (especially tropical ones!). Here are some pins that recently caught my eye. Have a great Tuesday everyone! :)
*Photo above: The Mod Collective
I absolutely LOVE everything about this outdoor kitchen area!
Photo by: Gaelle Le Boulicaut for Lonny Magazine (more pictures of this backyard and home can be found in the link!)
My all time favorite color is the background on this photo, love me some aqua/teal! (and some yummy fruit!)
Photo by: Vanessa K Rees (Her work is beautiful definitely check out her website!)
Photo from ModCloth (these were for sale but they are out of stock right now :( such a pretty picture though!)
Beautifully styled pantry!
Photo via Instagram @mizmaggieb // @catrinekelty + @whiteloftstudio
photo from Practising Simplicity
I love this pin! It inspired me to set up or to one day have a area for a jucing station in my kitchen or near by. I think this would be so cool!
photo via Pinterest
Pineapples are just pretty!
photo from Helt Enkelt
So beautiful! Great food + prop styling!
photo from Ginny Branch (you can check out all her styling work on her website!)
This is a restaurant that hasn’t been open that long here in Los Angeles,(maybe a couple of months) but I’m definitely late on getting this review and trying this spot out. This one is for the vegans! Gracias Madre is a plant based Mexican restaurant situated on the popular Melrose Ave in West Hollywood. I am torn on whether I love the food or the décor of this restaurant more. Great food and great atmosphere make for the perfect dining combination. Here’s my review of Gracias Madre!
8905 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Weekend Brunch: 11am-3PM
Weekday Lunch: 11am-4pm
Weekday Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm
(*They also have a location in San Francisco!)
2211 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
First Impression: The first time I dined at Gracias Madre was in the evening; I immediately loved the vibe of the restaurant. The atmospheres from daytime to nighttime are similar but also very different. I enjoyed both.
Taste: For lunch I had “The Bowl” which has romaine lettuce, brown rice, black beans, guacamole, tempeh chorizo, pico de gallo and cashew cream, which is their vegan version of sour cream. I switched the tempeh for their coconut “bacon” (which is amazing and I recommend trying!) I also had their salsa trio (this comes with a mango salsa which is sweet, a pico de gallo that was spicy but not too hot and my favorite the pineapple salsa which has a kick to it!) To drink I had the green juice of the day which had kale, apple and cucumber. Everything had lots of flavor! It’s really great place to go with your friends that are vegan or vegetarian, whether you’re in a large group or a small group. I think everyone will enjoy the food!
Décor: Beautiful, amazing, perfect! I think that’s my favorite part of the entire restaurant is the décor! I’m always drawn to a place where the interior is beautiful! Gracias Madre really nailed modern boho laid back vibes in the middle of the city. I love the tiles on the bar inside and all the different types of seating and colorful pillows. The restaurant is just so aesthetically pleasing. It’s really just a beautiful restaurant!
Price: Very reasonable for locally grown organic food in a trendy restaurant and location in Los Angeles. The Bowl costs $13.00 their salsa trio is $10 and their juices and drinks (juices, coffee, teas) range from $4-$6. I don’t drink but I’ve heard great things about their cocktails too! Those run a little more! $ ;)
Service: Great! They are really fast with getting the food out even when they are busy!
Ambiance: Lovely! Again, it’s just such a beautiful restaurant. I love the indoor seating area as well as the outdoor seating. Lots of options! Great for a business lunch, dinner date or even a group of friends!
Overall Experience: Great! I really love Gracias Madre. It’s a great option for vegans and friends of vegans! A lovely dining experience for sure!
Written, Reviewed and Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich