I kick started my trip to New York with an amazing Influencer Dinner sponsored by the gracious Perrine Restaurant at The Pierre Hotel NY for female Muslim bloggers in the area in support of the NYFW All White After Party Pop Up Shop I co-organized with Nora Chamaa from Veiled Collection.
So I have to share some more photos with you from my recent trip to San Francisco. I mean seriously if you haven't visited yet, then you gotta get yourselves there on your next vacation. It is truly a one-of-a kind adventure. I've got to say, one of my favorite things about vacations is seeking out the best local flavors and cuisine and let me tell you, I had an incredible experience during my culinary escapades.
Excited to share this Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and Spinach Lasagna! After a few attempts experimenting with this combination, I’ve finally come up with a recipe that fits the bill! What a combo right? I bought squash and zucchini and wanted to make separate dishes out of them until it dawned on me that they would go perfectly together. I’m sure you’re going to love it, and the video of it makes it so easy to visualize how it all comes together.
Ok ladies, you’re in for a treat – literally. It’s pumpkin season, and while I’m not crazy about the quintessential Pumpkin Spice Latte (don’t hate me!), I’m crazy about Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. But there’s a twist. I’ve added a secret ingredient to them: ZUCCHINI – yes zucchini. It adds so much texture to the cookie and has a unique subtle flavor. Trust me they are TO DIE for! I’ve been posting pictures of them on snapchat and kept getting requests for the recipe so I figured I’d add it to the blog.
The first course starts off with soup, which is generally Harira, a tomato based soup full of herbs, vegetables, and meat. Click here for an authentic Harira recipe. Then for the second course you have a bunch of different mezzes, which are small appetizer-like dishes meant to be eaten with bread usually. My favorite was a popular eggplant puree dish called Za’look and a potato with raisins dish. Click here for the recipe. Of the main highlights were the fresh Moroccan olives soaked in spices overnight that were absolutely to die for!!! I know I’m getting too excited, it’s ok.
I know I live in LA and am by default supposed to love Sprinkles Cupcakes, but I will forever be a Georgetown DC Cupcake girl. I just can't get enough! Don't get me wrong I definitely like Sprinkles (especially the sprinkles cupcake + icecream combo YUM) but I prefer Gtown Cupcakes for a few reasons:
I recently grabbed dinner with a few friends at this hidden cute and romantic French + Mediterranean inspired spot in West Hollywood called The Little Door. I would definitely recommend this place for both its food and atmosphere. Be ready to enjoy a very delicious meal set on a romantically dimmed courtyard.
If you're in Santa Monica and are looking for a cool spot to grub check out The Misfit. It's one of the most popular spots near 3rd St Promenade. If you're going for dinner on the weekend you can expect at least an hour wait, but it's so worth it!
This place takes you on an experience unlike any other coffee spot. It’s not your typical stand in line approach that you’re probably used to. At Go Get Em Tiger, you walk up to bar and place your order directly with the barista. Oh, and you pay after you’ve finished your drink. Many people just stand and enjoy their drink by the bar; others take a seat on the stools - it’s really up to you. And if you’re envisioning what the typical “bar” scene looks like, it’s quite the contrary. This place is sophisticated and doesn’t serve alcohol. It has a very simple and minimal look to it with a relaxed vibe. What I love is how they’ve made ordering and drinking coffee a more personalized experience.
Tres Leches cake lovers: if you have not been to Mercado you are MISSING out. This infamous 3-milk moist cake is to die for, and from all the places I've tried Mercado definitely takes the plate. I like my tres leches to be really moist and usually depending on which piece you get, it's just not moist enough. This one is uhmaazing. It's incredibly moist, literally could melt in your mouth and oozes milky goodness as you take each bite.