I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive ways to decorate our place and as much as I love the pretty brands of soap they sell at Anthropologie (hello Lollia, Wind + Wisper and Barr Co.), it’s hard to justify the expense. Especially since I basically just buy them for ‘show’ to pretty up the guest bathroom and rarely even use the soap inside.
Raise your hand if you like chocolate. *raises hand*
This savory-ish chocolate dipping sauce is inspired by our trip to St. Lucia. One of the hotels we stayed at while we were there was the Boucan (read the post here), which sits on a lush cacao plantation. Their restaurant incorporates cacao into pretty much everything on their menu in some of the most inventive ways (like cacao gazpacho, cacao gin Mahi Mahi and Rum Baba with cacao whipped cream).
One of my favorite things about living in Oakland is how close we are to wine country. We can hop in the car and in a little over an hour be kicking back on a beautiful vineyard, sipping on a glass of wine. So when it came time to decide how I wanted to celebrate my birthday, wine country was the obvious choice. I had been wanting to check out Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, CA, so we decided to start there.
If you’re looking for a light and refreshing cocktail, this is it. I’m not normally a fan of grapefruit on its own, but there’s something about the way the bitterness almost cancels out the overly sweet/floral taste of St. Germain (elderflower liqueur) that results in cocktail perfection.
I’m really excited to share our bourbon themed bar cart with you. I’ve been obsessed with getting my hands on a gold bar cart for as long as I can remember. Fine, maybe not forever. When I saw this bar cart at Target, I knew I had to swoop it up (I’d hesitated on a different model and they sold out fast). I thought it’d be fun to go thematic, and since we love us some bourbon around here, it was the likely choice. When I say we love it, I mean we really love it. We collect the stuff and even hosted a bourbon tasting at our wedding.