Friday, May 29, 2015

happy friday

happy friday! i'm in richmond this weekend with my family. hope you get to see all your favorite people, as well :) illustration by justin tran. see more of his work here or grab one for yourself at orange.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

chef's table

i'm so excited to be sharing our meal at rezaz, a mediterranean + middle eastern restaurant in asheville, nc, on the blog today. when it comes to birthdays, justin and i usually pick a restaurant to go to and then gift some kind of experience (concerts, day trip, etc.) this year, he combined the two and got us seats at the chef table at rezaz to celebrate me turning 24. i had never done anything like this before, and the whole thing blew me away.

when we arrived, we were seated directly in the kitchen of the restaurant, where we could see all of the cooks preparing the evening’s meals and chef rezaz orchestrating the whole show. it was actually a really peaceful and quiet atmosphere, with none of the yelling you see in the kitchens on food network. we sat under a huge chandelier made out of the original pans chef rezaz used when he began the restaurant. our waiter introduced himself, and he became our culinary tour guide for the evening. it was amazing how well-versed he was about the food. he knew every detail about what we were eating, even though all five courses were off the menu. in addition to some great drink pairings, he also wisely warned us not to try to eat everything on our plates since you’re served full portions, instead of a tasting menu, or we would never make it through them all. this was really difficult because each plate looked like something you would be served in los angeles or new york. check it out:

course 1
seared scallop, crab cake and soft shell crab on top of chilled pea soup with greens

course 2
red snapper with herb butter on top of a white bean puree and dolmades garnished with pesto

course 3
duck three ways (grilled breast, pulled duck confit and ground cracklin) with a berry compote and spanakopita

course 4
lamb steak and sausage with eggplant, greek salad and olives

course 5
presian baklava,  date shortbread cookie and cardamom, honey, cinnamon gelato

it was hard to choose a favorite. i love seafood, so course one was definitely up there for me, but the dolmades blew me away and the persian baklava was like nothing i had ever tasted (more savory than sweet). over all, the menu is very moderately priced for the quality and quantity of food that you receive. i would definitely recommend this experience to any adventurous eaters out there. if you’re interested in trying the chef’s table, rezaz can accommodate parties up to 12 guests, and you can call 828-277-1510 or email to make a reservation.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

the station: summer wedding shoot

the station does it again. wedding chicks just published their "cacti love you" photo shoot, and it blew me away with its creativity and beauty. suzie lombardo of statice did the floral arrangements and angela cox took all the photos. cacti, ranunculus, a crocheted wedding cake…they literally thought of everything. it's so inspiring to see the great work coming out of this little gas station in the village of west greenville. you can go through the entire gallery here and be sure to check out that prickly pear margarita recipe. you can also check out the station’s bridal brunch shoot from last summer here.

all images via wedding chicks

Monday, May 18, 2015

greekfest tip

saturday evening, our friends coaxed us off the couch and over to the greek festival.

Friday, May 15, 2015

happy friday

happy friday! we are headed to the farmers market and the lake this weekend, so i am looking forward to lots of sunshine and relaxing. hope your weekend is full of the same :)

image via

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

weekend edition: shaky knees

shaky knees music festival was this past weekend in atlanta. we had such a good time, and i thought it was one of the best organized festivals i have been to. central park was a great location with plenty of room to spread out the crowds while still keeping commuting time between shows to a minimum. plus, there were lots of trees to provide some shade in the 90 degree heat. there were even a tented stage and a stage in the parking lot, so you wouldn't get muddy if it rained. my only complaint would be that lines for the food trucks got a little crazy at dinner, but water, drinks and lunch were all very easy to access...and oh yeah, the music was amazing, too. some personal highlights were the strokes, brand new, and minus the bear playing menos el oso in full. i can't wait to be back next year. be sure to mark your calendar because they've already locked down may 13 - 15, 2016. if you're curious, here's some photos posted throughout the weekend:

food images via
festival images via shaky knees + alive coverage

Thursday, May 7, 2015

vintage now modern

i recently had the chance to take a paint your own piece class at vintage now modern, and with mother’s day around the corner, i knew i had to share. vintage now modern specializes in annie sloan products – including the wildly popular chalk paint, waxes and brushes. if your mom is crafty (or has always wanted to be), two spots in the next workshop would be a great gift for mother’s day – not only do you get a new piece of furniture in the end, but you can spend some quality time together too :)

i had so much fun redoing an end table. deb runs the store and is an absolute delight. she's very knowledgeable about all of the products and techniques, and she also serves as your own personal cheerleader. she has such a warm personality, she’ll make you feel like you’re a professional interior designer with the best taste in the world. to paint my end table with two coats of french grey, it took about two and half hours. you wash, paint, dry, sand and wax your piece right there in the studio in that one session. it takes a little elbow grease, but in the end your piece is completely transformed. people had all kinds of pieces from foot stools to formal dining chairs that ended up looking rustic, bohemian and a la francaise. deb can help you achieve whatever look you’re going for. and if you get hooked, which you probably will because you can use this stuff to redo just about anything, you can buy annie sloan chalk paint, brushes and how-to books in the store (or online if your mom is from out of town).

vintage now modern
651 south main street, greenville, sc 29601

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

food truck pile-up

looking for lunch plans tomorrow? swing by the new lunchtime pile-up! i’m so excited that the food trucks have finally found a place to park downtown. it’s always been a little frustrating that you couldn’t get better access to them at lunch time. when i lived in DC, it was so nice to be able to just walk over to the park, have variety of quick/easy options available, then sit outside and enjoy the weather and my meal.

luckily, other people felt the same way. tired of waiting on the city to reach an agreement about the food trucks, euphoria and table 301 have teamed up to provide them with some space to congregate downtown. starting tomorrow and running through october, there will be four trucks on the corner of broad street and falls street every wednesdsay from 11 am – 2 pm. the lineup will change weekly, so be sure to follow along with euphoria on social media. this week, ellada kouzina, the chuck truck, sweetly twisted, the nomadik few and the brand-new automatic taco will all be in attendance. i love how greenville businesses are able to collaborate, and i can’t wait to see how this helps the food scene grow:)  and don't forget to post your photos/thoughts/comments with #lunchtimepileup.

lunchtime pile-up
wednesday 11 am - 2 pm
corner of broad st. and falls st., downtown greenville, 29601

Friday, May 1, 2015

happy friday

happy friday! what are you up to this weekend? i'm a little sad to be missing the opening of the farmers market downtown, but also really excited that justin is taking me to the biltmore to see all of the flowers. my birthday is on monday, so i think he has a few fun surprises planned :)

image via paper & stitch