This is a PSA (public service announcement) — if you haven’t tried a Thai Beef Noodle Salad then you need to make this your next meal. I have a crazy obsession with noodle dishes lately. Like I seek out restaurants that have one on the menu and then ask them to add extra noodles crazy. Instead of waiting until the next time I eat out, I thought why not combine my love of filet mignon (I am a born & raised Wisconsin girl) with my obsession of Asian noodles?
You didn’t think I was talking about spaghetti noodles did you?
Though I’m not sure my Thai Beef Noodle Salad recipe is overly healthy simply due to my heavy hand of noodles, it does pack a ton of flavor and one that will keep you coming back for more. I love the sweetness of the added mango chunks combined with the spiciness of the hot chili paste. Don’t be alarmed though, everything balances out nicely and it’s really not a “spicy” dish! READ MORE
As if time isn’t flying by fast enough, we’re already into June and Father’s Day is fast approaching. Just like everything in life, trends come back full circle and the art of a good quality, close shave is back. Electric razors are easy and all, but there is nothing more masculine than a lathered up face and a manual shave.
Unlike women, most men like to get a functional gift that they can routinely use. It’s not like they need 7 wallets to choose from! This handsome Father’s Day Shave Set from Harry’s Razor is giving the gift of practicality, but in a way cool gift set. It comes with a limited edition storm gray handle, engravable razor stand (Love You Dad!), foaming shave gel, (3) blade cartridges and a travel blade cover. This set looks so stylish that we actually wouldn’t mind it being set out on the bathroom counter (win-win)! READ MORE
In my eyes, once June hits it’s officially the start of summer! I’m typically not a big salad eater, but I do love a cobb salad as a light & healthy lunch or dinner option when it starts to get warm out. Instead of typically adding chicken, I swapped it out for spicy grilled salmon. The flaky pieces of salmon with just the right about of spice balanced well with the leafy greens, roasted corn, egg, tomato and homemade vinaigrette dressing.
Now that the warmth and sunshine is here to stay, I typically reach for a bottle of chilled white wine and I love the Cambria Benchbreak Chardonnay because it pairs so well recipes we make around the kitchen. The lively fruit aromas with the clean, crisp finish worked so well up against the spicy grilled salmon cobb salad. I picture many afternoons or early evenings out on the patio with this meal and wine combo! READ MORE
One of the best parts of living in the area from Camarillo up to Santa Barbara is that there are countless ways to keep exploring, get outside and discover something new. While my brother, Ryan, was out visiting earlier this month we decided to spend an hour or two exploring the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve hike.
I would loosely use the term “hike” and more likely call it a trail walk because there is very little change in elevation and it’s quite a leisurely activity overall. The Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is located directly off the 101 freeway at the Bailard Avenue exit making it incredible easy to get to, yet affords you gorgeous views throughout most of the hike. There are a few path options, one being approximately 1 mile round trip and the other 2 miles round trip. We opted for the longer route and upon parking the car, we head left where you’ll walk past a large park, then an industrial parking lot and eventually will hit the start of another trailhead. Stick on this as it winds its way along the bluffs. You will come to a point where you’ll cross over the train tracks and it’s not well marked, so don’t be alarmed when you come to that crossroads. As you can see from the photos below, the paths are well indicated and dog-friendly. READ MORE
It’s my favorite time of the year because The Container Store’s travel sale just started! If you’re on the hunt for new luggage, packing bags, toiletries, backpacks or inflight necessities this is the sale you’ve been waiting for.
Last year this travel sale conveniently happened right before we left on our 18-day trip to Italy. I quite literally stocked up on all the items I had been wanting, but wasn’t willing to pay full price for. Both of us got a full set of Eagle Creek packing cubes, sacs and folders along with travel adapters, inflight organizers, luggage locks, etc. Honestly, I knew it was a one-time investment and that I’d be using these items time after time when we traveled so I made sure to grab all my favorites while they were on sale at The Container Store. READ MORE
We are finally getting the warm, sunny days and my go-to outfit is wearing an off the shoulder summer style that’s effortless and comfortable to wear all day long.
Last fall it was like I had an epiphany when it comes to off the shoulder garments. I thought for sure this style would only look good on women that were in shape and had nothing to hide. Boy was I wrong. Since this girl has a bit of a tummy to hide (I blame the wine), I’m actually feel the most comfortable when I’m wearing an off the shoulder top or dress. Maybe it’s because the eyes are drawn up to the shoulders, but generally I find that the tops or dresses are looser fitting and aren’t clinging to your mid section which is 100% why they are quickly filling up my closet. READ MORE
Quick and easy meals are my kind of jam lately and this healthy, delicious miso glazed shrimp over cabbage slaw certainly fits the bill. Lately it seems I’m obsessed with any dish that gets served with shrimp. Besides the countless ways to serve it, shrimp cook in less than 6 minutes so meals are quite literally “quick.”
We wanted to break away from our go-to cast iron barbecue shrimp and opt for a creating a meal with an Asian flare. I’ve ordered miso glazed fish at restaurants and absolutely loved it so I whipped up my own glaze at home with a few simple ingredients and plated the shrimp over a bed of marinated cabbage slaw for dinner. It was so delicious and I love the flavor of the creamy glaze with a hint of sweet and salty. READ MORE
Our latest travels took us to New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a city full of historical heritage, an abundance of food & drinks and a cultural experience unlike any other. Come along as I share my 3-day travel log through The Big Easy.
Whether you refer to it as N’awlins, The Big Easy or the Crescent City (because of the bend in the Mississippi River), New Orleans has purveyed as a city that carries a rich history and a sense of loyalty of their heritage unlike any other. I’m lucky enough that one side of Sean’s family hails from this area of the south and have had the pleasure hearing stories of growing up in the neighborhoods, fishing in the bayou’s and eating decadent feasts all inspired by their childhood memories. I was eager to explore this great city as a true adult this time around as I previously visited New Orleans at the ripe ol’ age of 21. You can about imagine how that went (ahem … we never left Bourbon Street & I came home with a lot of beads). READ MORE