Thanksgiving has passed (we’re still recovering from major food coma) and that means Christmas season is in full force. We’ve got our Christmas trees and decorations put out in our homes and fresh holiday sugar cookies baking in the oven. Christmas welcomes one of our favorite holiday flavors: peppermint. It’s the only time of year we can eat peppermint with just about anything. Here are a few of our favorite peppermint treats that we look forward to every year:
1. Peppermint Bark: We love making our own using this recipe because it’s so simple and easy and they make cute small holiday gifts. The peppermint bark at Williams Sonoma is also really good.
2. Peppermint Pretzels: Extremely delicious and addicting.
3. Peppermint Salt Water Taffy: These are actually available all year long (thank goodness). We got these from our local candy store.
Today marks the day after my one year Wedding anniversary and I’m reminded of the all wonderful and priceless memories from my dream Wedding day and honeymoon. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and although I knew it was going to be chilly there in December, I had to spend our honeymoon at one of the most romantic places in the world. We went to three different cities: Venice, Florence and Rome. All were breathtaking with so much history, artwork and amazing architecture, but I must say Venice was my favorite and also our first stop in Italy. The structure of the city and its canals makes Venice so unique and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places to visit.One of our favorite restaurants in Venice was La Zucca. It took us over an hour to find the place since we weren’t used to the dozens of narrow and short streets, but it was worth it. The food was amazing! We had delicious pumpkin flan, pasta and tiramisu. It’s always a good sign when the entire menu has no English on it.
Our next stop was Florence, my second favorite city. If you love high-end designer shopping, this is the city for you. The Duomo at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was my favorite site. Every inch of this place was so detailed and beautiful. Our last stop was Rome, the largest city of the three. My favorite sites were the Vatican and the Colosseum; the beauty and amazing architecture of both far exceeded my expectations and I loved learning the history behind them.
The food in Rome was also extremely delicious. The Italian food back home still just doesn’t compare.
This trip was so sentimental to me and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am so blessed to have married such an amazing person. Happy 1 year anniversary to my hubby.
Both of us absolutely love Thanksgiving. We enjoy spending this day with our families, eating delicious food, and remembering what we are thankful for. Thanksgiving is the one holiday where we can really reflect on our lives. There are so many things we are grateful for, but this year we are extremely thankful to you for reading our posts. We use this blog as our creative outlet and try to post what we think people will enjoy reading. Cake & Couture is a little part of our lives, and we hope you enjoy what you see! Thank you for reading, and we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!!
Paris has been on my mind lately because I just love Paris in the Fall. Yes, it’s a bit cold, but it’s so fun to wander the streets of Paris all bundled up in your latest Fall/Winter clothing. If you haven’t been to Paris, you must pay a visit. It really is the most beautiful city in the world. I love roaming the streets, discovering cute little shops and trying the different foods. Everything is better in Paris from the city itself to the food and fashion.
The first thing I MUST do in Paris is enjoy my favorite macarons. Everyone loves Laduree, but my favorite macarons in Paris are from Pierre Herme. They have the most unique and delicious flavors. When in Paris, I make it a point to have one macaron a day because you really can’t get better macarons anywhere else.
Every street and every corner in Paris is absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. This trip I wanted to take in the sites like a local, so everyday I would visit a different area of the city, getting lost and discovering new things. I would start my day with a cafe latte at a cafe or boulangerie and then walk all day long. Every street has something different and the food at any corner is absolutely delicious.
I always like to bring a little bit of my travels back home for friends and family, so I just had to stop into Fauchon, a gourmet food store, to pick up some delicious sweets as souvenirs. Naturally, I bought some chocolates for myself as well. I also have to have my favorite meal of steak frites. No trip is complete without a visit to the flagship Chanel. This is where I like to splurge and buy a little something for myself to remember the trip.
I would end each night in Paris sipping on champagne or a delicious cocktail at some swanky bar. My favorite is the bar at Hotel Costes. No matter where you go, make sure to admire the Eiffel Tower at night. It is absolutely breathtaking. Paris truly is my favorite city in the world.
During this time of year, we really look forward to holiday parties and gatherings to catch up with girlfriends we haven’t seen for months and of course, indulge in delicious food, drinks and desserts. Although we love hosting in our homes, we also enjoy the stress-free aspect of attending as guests, especially since the holiday season can get a little hectic. Sometimes it’s hard picking out a hostess gift to bring with you to a party, so we’ve compiled a list that we think most people would enjoy.
Here’s our list of holiday hostess gifts:
1. Wine decanters make great gifts for wine lovers, especially those who love to entertain.
2. We love this personalized stationery set. Who doesn’t like their name on cute notepads?
3. Give your hostess her favorite bottle of wine. One of our favorites is a Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon.
4. This cheese board is also great for entertaining and can even be paired with the wine decanter.
5. If your hostess has a sweet tooth like we do, bring her favorite box of chocolates. We love John Kelly chocolates.
6. Scented candles go well in any home to set a relaxing tone. We love these Diptyque Paris holiday scented ones in Orange Chai.
One of our favorite things about the holidays are the delicious treats and desserts during parties and gatherings. We found this adorable holiday recipe for acorns and made them for a potluck we went to that day. They’re such a cute snack or dessert to bring, especially if there are kids around. The recipe so simple and only requires 3 core ingredients shown below (Hershey’s kisses, Nilla wafers and butterscotch chips, but you can also use white or milk chocolate chips). We used tubed frosting, which acted as paste to put all the pieces together. These were such a hit at our holiday potluck! We are definitely making these again for Thanksgiving.
With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, we thought we would share some of our favorite tools for the perfect pumpkin pie. If you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to make your own pie crust and filling, you must get this pie crust mix & pecan pumpkin butter (one). All you have to do is add a few ingredients for a quick, easy, and flavorful pumpkin pie. Of course, no pie is complete without the perfect pie dish to bake it in. This red pie dish (two) is perfect for baking and displaying your finished product. For a beautiful crust, you must get these pie crust cutters (three). They will add a little something extra to your pumpkin pie. Lastly, you should definitely invest in a pie crust shield (four). It will keep your crust that gorgeous golden brown while you pie bakes. These are the pumpkin pie tools you need for the perfect thanksgiving pie. In case you don’t have a favorite recipe, here are links to some of our favorites:
November 12, 2013As mentioned in this post, I recently went to Kauai, Hawaii with my husband for a week of relaxation, which was long overdue. The only other island I’ve been to in Hawaii is Oahu, but I love the more secluded feel and the non-city nature of Kauai. Everything is so pretty and although there’s not a ton of things to do, especially at night since everything closes early, this is exactly the type of vacation we love and wanted. We got to bike along the coast, try local fish markets, zipline, snorkel, kayak on the Waiula River and have local drafted beer on the beach. The best part about our trip was the extremely beautiful scenery and nature we were constantly surrounded by. The seafood and fruits were so delicious. My favorite were the two different kinds of poke (spicy & sesame) we got from a local fish market. They were absolutely the best pokes I’ve ever had. The tuna was locally caught that day so it was extremely fresh and mouthwatering good.
We stopped by the historic Kilauea Lighthouse and saw breathtaking views before heading home.
I had such an amazing and relaxing week. We completely fell in love with this island and are definitely coming back in the very near future.
With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s nothing like a good jacket to welcome the colder weather. We both usually spend some time in Northern California with family during the holidays, so we always need to bring a few daytime and nighttime jackets with us. We love pieces that look great for multiple occasions and can easily be converted from day to night. Here are some Fall jackets that we’ve been eyeing this season.
One of my favorite things to do is to try new restaurants. This past weekend I wanted to catch up with one of my friends, so we grabbed dinner in Little Tokyo. Our first stop was Marugame Monzo, a restaurant that serves amazing udon. I highly recommend sitting at the bar for the best experience. That’s where you can watch the chefs hand preparing the udon. We started off with the Beef Tataki and then moved onto the Curry and Uni Udon. I think I found my new favorite restaurant. The meal was deliciously satisfying.
After dinner, we strolled around Little Tokyo, popping into the little trinket shops. For dessert, we hit up Cafe Dulce for the best Green Tea Donuts in town. I also tried the Fruity Pebble Donut.
As I was trying to leave, I spotted Mikawaya, a small ice cream shop with both gelato and mochi. Their mochi is only $1! Even though I was full, I just had to try the mochilato, mochi filled with gelato. I tried the Mint Chocolate Chip mochilato. It was definitely worth the extra calories.
If you’re ever in Downtown LA, make sure you stop by Little Tokyo for some amazing food. Everywhere you turn there’s a small shop with great trinkets or delicious treats.