Whether you’re hosting a big brunch of family get together, there’s one thing besides chocolate and hot cross buns that make Easter even better. And that’s a DIY Caesar or Bloody Mary Bar. That’s right.
For my Canadian friends back home, we prefer a Caesar which is a Bloody Mary made with clam juice – sounds gross, tastes delicious. Here’s the Caesar mix we are loving right now. For my American friends, you can’t go wrong with a Bloody Mary EVER.
Here’s a little inspiration and ideas (above) from a weekend brunch I went to at Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica. They had the most EPIC Bloody Mary bar with all sorts of crazy things like oreos, pretzels, pepperoni sticks, fried mushrooms, pearl onions, olives, bacon strips, dates, marshmallows, hot sauces – if you could dream it, you CAN put it on or in a Bloody Mary.
So if you’re thinking of something unique to add to your Easter brunch or dinner – definitely do a DIY Bloody Mary or Caesar Bar… I’ll be right over.
Looking for an incredible all-night Happy Hour in Santa Monica?
I’ve been suggesting Michael’s non-stop to all my friends who work late or have a crazy commute home. This local bistro features top rate apps and happy hour specials with beer, cocktails and wine ranging from $5-8. Happy Hour runs from 5 PM to close -SIX nights a week. It’s a steal and a hidden gem located on Third Street just beyond where the promenade ends and across from the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. Here are a few of my favourites from a recent tasting I attended:
The Shrimp + Goat Cheese Pizza ($14) – This was a nice, light pizza to get our appetites wet with shrimp, goat cheese, fontina cheese, bell peppers and red onion. The crust had a nice satisfying crunch to it and the dough itself was still chewy. The mix of all the different ingredients played quite well together and it’s not often I see a shrimp pizza on the menu.
The Braised Pork Belly Tacos ($12) is served up with a homemade jalapeno relish, avocado cream and cilantro. This was one of my favourite appetizers of the bunch. The pork belly was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The relish provided a bit of heat and the crema countered it well. Continue reading →
I had the pleasure of meeting Ali Edwards this past January when I plopped myself down next to her during a lunch at ALT Summit. I was totally intrigued with her career trajectory and how she went from graphic designer to her very own scrapbook line via Ali Edwards Design. I found Ali’s story so incredibly inspiring – not only had she carved out her niche, she made a full-time career out of her creativity. It also made me think about scrapbooking again – something I started after my wedding, but never had a chance to finish.
If you’re thinking of starting a scrapbook to mark the milestone of your kids, to cherish the memories from your wedding or to gift one to your parents – I highly recommend checking out Ali’s story kits to get yourself inspired. Here’s how Ali got her start!
I read that you originally majored in American Studies, what made you want to choose a career in graphic design and go back to school?
With American Studies as my major I had planned to take the LSAT and head to law school. I’ve always loved reading and writing and the interdisciplinary degree (American Literature, American History and American Government) was an awesome fit for me at the time.
After graduating I decided I wasn’t ready to go directly on to law school – I needed a break. I was also in a relationship that was moving forward which also meant moving to a new town. I ended up working for a cellular phone retailer for a bit in the transition and it was definitely in the unhappiness of that situation that I ended up back in school studying graphic design.
The truth of the matter was that in addition to loving reading and writing I was also very visual and loved the visual organization of words and images on a page. On my very first day in my Graphic Design program I knew I was in the right place.
While traveling to Calgary, I had my own personal donut showdown at Jelly Modern Doughnuts. I had heard of this artisan donut boutique through various Calgary contacts and from the fact that they have opened three locations in my hometown of Toronto. Hunkering down with a large coffee, I devoured two of their mini 3-bite donuts in Classic Jelly and SaltedCaramel (above).
The most popular flavour of all is the Maple Bacon donut – nom! I found the yeast donuts to be very light and airy with no overpowering oily taste. Chef Grayson Sherman uses high quality organic and local products whenever possible and fry the donuts in a combination of palm and canola oil which is changed regularly. If you’re frying donuts at home Grayson suggests keeping a close eye on your oil temperature and not overcrowding the pan to avoid that oily taste. Continue reading →
Let’s be real. After a long, busy day at the office – the last thing that we feel like doing is washing our hair. I also don’t love waking up the next day looking like a complete disaster and having to deal with a crazy, frizzed out mane. So I decided to check out Klorane Dry Shampoo.
Dry Shampoo is basically a girl’s best friend. You can skip a hair wash while still looking fresh and put together. Second day hair is usually when your hair looks the best, but if it needs a little oomph, or you are onto third or even fourth day hair, look no further; dry shampoo to the rescue!
If you are already a fan of dry shampoo, it’s likely that Klorane is your go-to. It is one of the most recognized and favoured dry shampoos on the market. All of Klorane’s products use a variety of botanicals such as chamomile, desert dates, flax, pomegranate, and magnolia, among others. These natural ingredients provide hair with the moisture, shine, and texture that it craves. Continue reading →