Last week I invited a few friends over to watch one of my favorite holiday flicks, Love Actually, and it was glorious. There was wine, appropriate yelling at the TV and/or characters, the inaugural celebration of the Love Actually drinking game, and of course, snacks. Oh, were there snacks.
Last weekend, my lovely friend Jamie hosted a Friendsgiving feast, and encouraged us all to bring bite-sized treats. As someone who will be going to FOUR Thanksgiving events this November, I considered the mini suggestion a welcome break from the inevitable food coma of Friendsgivings. (Plus, I have to save my appetite for the big day!)
These might take you one or two bites, but they’re still tiny and adorable. And hey, also delicious as it turns out! I’ve been meaning to make Smitten Kitchen’s Butternut Squash Galette forever, so I figured this was the perfect time to tinker.
Brunch is quite possibly my favorite thing. It combines breakfast food (always a winner), a chance to catch up with friends, and, if you’re doing it right, bottomless mimosas. Last week I discovered a great resource for Angelinos from Finer Things LA: a list of bottomless mimosa brunches all over town. Yesterday my fashionista BFF Jamie of Paint The Gown Red and I headed over to Tart for brunch, and it did not disappoint.
Tart hangs its little red hat in the heart of LA’s Fairfax district, right across the street from the Farmer’s Market. While we waited for our outdoor table to be ready, Jamie and I explored the Farmer’s Market for a bit. The Farmer’s Market has been a staple in my life since long before the Grove was around, so I’m always happy when I have an excuse to go explore again. After punishing ourselves with all the smells and sights the Farmer’s Market had to offer, we showed up at Tart completely ravenous.
You know you’re in LA when you spot Retta from Parks and Recreation and Yvette Nicole Brown from Community having brunch together a few tables away. After a brief fan-girl moment, I was able to settle in and chow down. Tart has a super kitschy farmhouse vibe to it, with gingham napkins, meticulously placed tool decor, and of course, giant mason jars.
Churro cupcakes, you guys. Churro cupcakes. That’s all I could think about as Cinco de Mayo approached. Let’s be honest – a tiny part of me wanted to celebrate the holiday just so I could make these cupcakes and have a reason to share them.
I don’t mean to brag, but these cupcakes are good. I mean damn good. If you have even the slightest handle on baking, you can make these. The dulce de leche sauce is a tad time-consuming, but the process turned out to be surprisingly simple…
For the most part, I don’t drink tequila anymore. Let me amend that statement: I don’t do tequila shots anymore. Tequila shots remind me of those hazy, study abroad days where I wasn’t yet embarrassed to be stumbling around and tripping over myself. (Alright, I still trip over myself – but usually stone cold sober.)
It’s been years since I’ve sipped on tequila – mostly out of appreciation for my liver – but when I found this blood orange infused tequila recipe, I knew it would be absolutely perfect for Cinco de Mayo!