Wednesday, November 26, 2014

adventures in Santa Fe

District of Chic: Santa Fe

B and I try to make it out to New Mexico as often as possible to visit his parents (who live in the southern part of the state), but since we weren't able to make it last year, we all thought it might be fun to do something a little different this time and spend part of our trip in Santa Fe. B and I actually spent our honeymoon in Taos in Santa Fe, but we hadn't been back since, so this was a real treat for us. I cannot emphasize enough what a cool place Santa Fe is - fantastic food, excellent shopping, and a ridiculously well-developed artistic scene (we're talking over 200+ galleries representing both local and international artists). The notable residents list is equally impressive - Jane Fonda, George R. R. Martin, Cormac McCarthy, Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, oh and Tom Ford has this quaint little place south of town.

District of Chic: Santa Fe
Ready for dinner at the Shed, wearing an Accessory Street shawl, H&M jeans (love these), Dolce Vita over-the-knee boots (old, another pretty pair), and a Mansur Gavriel bag (sold out, great one here).

District of Chic: Santa Fe
Our hotel, the La Fonda, had over 400 pieces of original art (seriously, like a museum) with unique pieces in each room - our bedframe was a real eye-catcher.

District of Chic: Santa Fe
Tia Sophia's was so good, we ate there twice for breakfast. B liked their enchiladas Christmas-style (with both red and green chile) and I was a big fan of their chorizo scrambled eggs.

District of Chic: Santa Fe
A super cool place to check out if you're in the market for vintage westernwear, especially cowboy boots - Kowboyz.

District of Chic: Santa Fe
Wearing a Mango jacket (sold out, love this one), Project Social sweatshirt, Textile Elizabeth & James denim, Converse Chuck Taylors, and Saddleback bag for Santa Fe exploring.

District of Chic: Santa Fe
luminarias against the night sky

District of Chic: Santa Fe
blue corn enchiladas, a blue corn pinon pancake, and a side of bacon for strength at the Plaza Cafe

District of Chic: Santa Fe
communing with Georgia at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

nibbling on the world's best frito pie, found at the back of the Five and Dime

District of Chic: Santa Fe
The beautiful dining room at the La Fonda - so sad to leave but can't wait to come back!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Dinner: Honeyed Provencal Duck Breast and Fried Potatoes

Sunday Dinner: Honeyed Provencal Duck Breast and Fried Potatoes

In my opinion, duck is kind of the bacon of the poultry world - fatty and decadent and a little bit goes a long way. B and I were easily satisfied sharing one duck breast for this recipe, so feel free to cut it in half if you're cooking for two. Oh, and frying potatoes in the leftover duck fat is almost the best part (besides the duck itself, of course).

Honeyed Provencal Duck Breast

  2 duck breasts
  4 tablespoons honey
  3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (plus a little extra for marinade)
  1 1/2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  salt and pepper

Cut small slits in the skin side of the duck breast, without slicing all the way into the flesh. Brush the duck on both sides with balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Cover and let come up to room temperature (about 30 minutes).

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear the duck breasts, skin side down, for 7 minutes, reducing the heat to medium-low after 3 minutes. Flip the duck breasts over and cook them for an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until medium-rare. Transfer them to a plate and cover it with foil to retain warmth.

Pour the rendered duck fat into a clean container and save it for the potatoes. Turn the heat up to medium and deglaze the skillet with the honey, balsamic vinegar, and Provencal herbs, scraping up the browned bits as the sauce cooks. Simmer the honey herb glaze for 2 to 3 minutes, until it turns slightly thick. Season it with a small dash of salt.

Return the duck breasts to the pan, turning them a few times to coat them evenly with the honey glaze. Carve them and serve them immediately, garnished with a drizzle of extra glaze.

adapted from this recipe

Duck Fat-Fried Potatoes

  1/2 - 1 lb small potatoes (depending on how many people you're serving)
  duck fat
  fleur de sel

Place potatoes in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Boil until fork tender. Strain and allow potatoes to cool for a few minutes before quartering or cutting in half, depending on size.

Heat duck fat over medium-high heat until sizzling, then add potatoes and cook until golden brown and crispy, turning to brown on all sides.

Sprinkle with fleur de sel and serve with sliced duck and sauteed greens (I cooked broccoli rabe using this recipe).

Sunday Dinner: Honeyed Provencal Duck Breast and Fried Potatoes

Friday, November 21, 2014

guilty pleasure: Elena Perminova

I'm a little embarrassed to say that this article originally put Elena Perminova on my radar, but I quickly realized she was that girl that often dominates my pinterest during fashion week. Oh yes, everything she wears is enviable. But in all fairness, her lifestyle is so out of the realm of possibility that it's hard to be authentically jealous of her, just quietly stalk her instagram the way that one might follow NatGeo's - completely unrealistic, but so easy on the eyes.  (Did I mention she has 3 kids? Yup.)

Elena pics via Always Judging, Stockholm Street Style, Vanessa Jackman, Lee Oliveira, Popsugar, the Cut, Style du Monde, Vogue Espana, Stylabl

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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I always look forward to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale, this one particular because it was held at Union Market, one of my favorite haunts. The extra space was appreciated, too. Fewer elbows to the face and sloshing of cocktails as we all try to squeeze down dangerously narrow aisles. Yes this sale was highly improved and many many thanks to Popchips for sponsoring this always anticipated event and having me as their guest. They provided me with the very necessarily sustenance (I think I had like 5 bags, seriously) to keep searching for that jewel of a piece that I always seem to take home with me.

Gorjana studs
Bel Air coat (another pretty one here)
vintage sweater
Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet
M by Maggnolia ring
Zara pants (old, similar here)
Reiss heels (similar pair on sale!)
Mansur Gavriel bag (another option here)