by Meli C

Posts from — October 2011


{The lighthouse at Jose Ignacio, Uruguay}

With the date fast approaching, I wanted to tell you a little about our wedding invitations. After all, they turned out exactly how we wanted.

They are a bit more casual than the traditional invitations typically chosen in both Argentina and Venezuela, and we feel they represent us well. They also set the mood for the beautiful seaside destination we’ve chosen for our big day.

After considering many alternatives, we mostly loved letterpress and hand-written calligraphy.

Lots of research led us to Blackbird Letterpress.  We worked closely with Kathryn to decide what the invitations would look like. She sent us several paper/design samples, and we sent her photos of the lighthouse at Jose Ignacio, near Punta del Este for her to draw on for the design.

Kathryn spearheaded the design and collaborated with calligrapher Betsy Dunlap. We had seen Betsy’s work online and decided it would be perfect for our invitations.

{Final product: 5″x7″ invitation & matching envelope}

We decided on 110# Lettra cotton paper in pearl white with torn/deckle edges. We also chose to have our address letter-pressed to the back of each envelope.

{Final touch: Fran stamped wax seals on each one of the envelopes!}

Thank you Kathryn & Betsy for working your magic to help create our most beautiful invitations. We love them.

October 26, 2011   2 Comments

Chopped Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussel sprouts don’t automatically come to mind when thinking of what I can make for lunch.  However, I read an article recently that boasted about all the different benefits these little cabbage heads embody, and so I decidedly picked up a case during my last visit to the supermarket.

After browsing through different recipes online, I settled for creating my own. It consists of finely chopped raw brussel sprouts, tossed with sliced toasted almonds. I also think it would be great to add some dried cranberries or raisins to this salad for a contrast of sweet and tangy, but I didn’t have any at home.

The key to this salad, aside from its crunchy texture, is its bright and citrusy mustard vinaigrette. It’s so good that I’ll surely be drizzling it onto other salads very soon!

{I served the salad with pan-seared tilapia. Delicious!}

So here’s how to make it:

Take fresh, raw brussel sprouts (as many as you want) and finely chop them, discarding the stem. Transfer chopped sprouts to a large salad bowl. Mix in the sliced oven roasted almonds (I used this kind). The amount of almonds is up to you – I like to have at least one almond in every bite. Then, add two tablespoons of the vinaigrette and toss. Adding an extra tablespoon at a time as needed, to taste. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper and toss.

For the dressing, you will need:

2 tablespoons honey or light agave syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar (can be rice, champagne or any other white vinegar)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice with pulp
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons dijon or whole grain mustard
3/4 cup light olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large measuring cup or medium bowl, combine the honey or agave, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and mustard. Whisk together while slowly adding the olive oil until all the oil is incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Here you may add a little extra vinegar and/or mustard to the dressing if you wish.

This recipe makes about a cup of dressing, which is a lot more than needed for the salad. However, it should last about a week if covered and refrigerated.

October 24, 2011   1 Comment

Fake English

{video via A Cup of Jo}

 I’ve always wondered what the languages I speak sound like to those who don’t speak it.  Here’s a short film that shows what English sounds like…

October 20, 2011   1 Comment

Headboard Idea

{photo via Because I’m Addicted}

This idea really caught my attention. I’m definitely not ready to remodel my headboard yet – we love how it turned out -but I’d love to give this a try sometime.

October 18, 2011   No Comments

The Whale’s Rib

We discovered The Whale’s Rib while running an errand last weekend in Deerfield Beach.  All in all this little gem is a true beachside Florida classic.

The restaurant has been around for over 25 years, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you are ever in or around the Deerfield Beach area.

{delicious homemade and super famous whale fries}

{New England style lobster roll}

{the best crab cakes I’ve ever had…ever}

{blackened shrimp + whale fries}

All our food was finger-licking good! Specially the whale fries dipped in whale juice (their staple honey mustard dipping sauce that goes well with everything!)… We’d definitely plan a beach day at Deerfield Beach just to go back for lunch at this spot!

October 6, 2011   1 Comment

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