Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The addiction is real-- and it shows no sign of slowing.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for the friends and family that God has so graciously placed in my life-- for all the big hugs and delicious foods shared, laughter and sweet fellowship, and the daily reminders of just how much I am loved! Seriously, I feel like the luckiest girl sometimes. ♥

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Afternoon coffee break at Intelligentsia.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thankful for friendships and food. ♥

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I absolutely love street art, and downtown Reykjavík nailed it! ♥

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Board game night-- reminiscent of the old days.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Sometimes I joke that the key to my heart is food, especially good food with lots of colors and beautiful plating. République has been on my list of places to try for some time now, so I was excited to try it out! And this place delivered-- from the stunning high ceiling and brick walls to the explosion of flavors in each bite. ♥

Hanger Steak and Salad; maitre d'hotel butter and beef jus.

Smoked Salmon Tartine; avocado, pickled persian cucumbers, onions, capers, dill, lemon.

Kimchi Fried Rice; beef short rib, soft farm eggs.

Dry-Aged Beef Burger; cheese, caramelized onions, french fries.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Good friends and fun times-- just like college, only better! I love these kind of hangouts.

And today's election day as well. God help us all! And my sister really led the way today-- way to go trailblazer!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Since many of my friends have birthdays at the end of the year (near the holidays), I decided to make some birthday cards ahead of time. I brought out a few supplies like stamps, stickers, washi tape, brads, and eyelets. Each card was made for a specific person, so no two are alike! ♥

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What a fantastic night out at Napa Rose with dear friends dressed to the nines! We had a lovely time dining at the Vintner's Table with the kitchen in full view and impeccable service to boot. I was so excited that I couldn't stop smiling throughout dinner-- way to set the bar so high. It was such a fun time catching up, celebrating, and eating delicious food! Fancy restaurant with a casual, unpretentious vibe. ♥

goat cheese panna cotta; persimmon, applewood bacon, chives.

And as my friend wisely advised, trust them with the drinks-- it'll be better than anything you come up with!

bread basket; olive focaccia, onion rolls, crispy parmesan flatbread.

pan seared New Zealand sea bream and Baja blue shrimp; sweet potato curry, cauliflower espuma.

sustainable salmon; cauliflower, carrot and kohlrabi puree, almonds, golden raisins.

fish of the day and shrimp fritters; braised gigante beans, meyer lemon, salsify and light shrimp broth.

grilled hand harvested diver scallop and braised wagyu beef cheek; golden chanterelles, harvest squash truffle puree.

autumn apple salad; pheasant confit, endive, watercress, almonds, fiscalini cheddar cider vinaigrette.

hamachi yellowtail 'carpaccio' and oak roasted tender octopus; artichokes pine nut caponata, yellow tomato sauce. ♥

hand crafted parmesan reggiano gnocchi; forager mushrooms, english peas, mushroom demi.

pan-seared duck breast;

country rabbit sausage; green apple, rapini pesto, ricotta salata.

breaded pumpkin fritters; wild boar ragu.

honey pineapple sorbet;

truffled 'mac & cheese'; orecchiette pasta with parmigiano-reggiano.

roasted colorado lamb chop; pomegranate, acorn squash, bruseel sprouts, hazelnuts.

slowly braised angus beef short rib; harvest roots, applewood bacon, swiss chard, sweet potato fritter.

petit filet mignon roasted in a cast iron skillet; ragu of corn, potato, okra, rosemary tomato sauce.

Seriously, each drink was better than the one before.

Throughout the night, I was impressed with the plating. Look at the height of the salads! What beautiful works of art.

pumpkin filled bombolini; tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, pear, pomegranate.

Peanut Butter Croquantine with Manjari Chocolate Ganache;

pear soup;

After hours of eating, we ended the night with sparkly fireworks. Hooray!