Cheers to a Long Easter Weekend

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter weekend, lovelies! What are you up to? Are you hosting, traveling or maybe meeting friends for a brunch? Balazs and I are hosting on Sunday, celebrating our 12th anniversary on Monday and meeting friends on Tuesday. Thank you so much for all the sweet comments about our anniversary and all the emails with your love stories. They are so touching and beautiful. One reader wrote that she met her now husband on a plane. What a cool way to meet, no?

Lovelies, have a relaxing, delicious and sunny Eater weekend and I will see you here Wednesday morning but in the meantime, here are a few fun links for you to check out. Enjoy!

Why 'side projects' matter?

Would you be brave enough to try fried ants?

Beautiful olive garland centerpiece - perfect for Easter!

NYC now and then.

If you fancy a mix of great food and amazing storytelling, you should check out Molly's blog.

Tartine croissants.

Is everything more delicious when you eat with your hands?

Jen had a bachelorette party epiphany!

Ana is giving away a full Blogger makeover worth $1500! (Amazing!)

This place makes me swoon!

Ha, genius chickpea tofu!

Tasting with your eyes...

Are you planning to paint eggs this Easter? Check those out!

Ah, beautiful!

Mad style.

How to make scented linen powder - awesome!

The big salad :)

The self-made modernist.

Oh boy, lemon herb ricotta agnolotti!

Embracing an open door policy.

How to turn Easter eggs into dinner.

Mung yoga bowl recipe. (Must try!)

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.
- and all things Easter.

P.S: Fancy a bit of chit-chat? Join me on Twitter, Facebook or even Pinterest.

(Photo via Rebecca)

This Week's Gems


A perfect little dress for now and for later...

Ha! How is this for an awesome bottle opener?...

This bracelet would make a lovely Mother's Day gift, wouldn't it?...
Aww....a new baby keepsake box...

What a charming little everyday necklace!...

This bag is a must for spring - so adorable!...

This poster would add so much zest to our spring kitchen. Love!...

Ahoy! (How sweet is this ring?)...

I can't get enough of those amazing Moka prints...

I love big bags:)...
Sassy!...

How swoonworthy is this antique Victorian beauty?...

Aww...chocolate diamond studs. Does it get any better than that?...

Love how elegant that dress is, don't you?...

What a cool tee for our boys...

Don't you just love this jumpsuit? I'm totally hooked on in!...

Happy Friday, lovelies! What caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys? xo

P.S: Fancy more gems

21 Swings in Montreal.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Do you like swinging? If you are in MontrĂ©al this spring, you should definitely have a go on one of those dreamy little swings that are part of the 21-piece swing orchestra located in the heart of MontrĂ©al’s Quartier des Spectacles. There is a piano swing, a guitar swing, a harp, and other instruments that can be played alone or together. The installation encourages strangers to get involved in creating music together using their whole bodies and the aim is to fill all the 21 seats as "we can achieve more together than alone". What a brilliant concept!

Oh, and to make it even more dreamy, as soon as the sun sets, all the swings light up! I’m totally getting nostalgic just watching that little video. Have a look for yourself!

Crikey, this must be the coolest swing I have ever seen! Don’t you think? xo

P.S: Rainbow staircase in Italy.
P.P.S: Plus, blooming hallways...

(Thanks, Pascale via Tiny Buddha. Photos by Quartier des Spectacles and via Gabe)

Sicilian Stuffed Tomatoes



Do you like stuffed tomatoes? Lately, Balazs and I have been eating less and less meat and replaced it with tons of veggies, fruits and fresh fish. Our new favourite quick dinner dish is those Sicilian stuffed tomatoes. They are a great combination of a healthy and a guilty pleasure - I am looking at you, cheese! We love it because they are so darn easy to make but they are packed with vitamines. We usually have them on their own or as a garnish for fish - either way they make our taste buds have a dancing party in our mouth:) So good!

What’s your go-to meal nowadays? Would you try this one?

Here is the recipe:

Sicilian stuffed tomatoes
(Recipe by Italian 100 Everyday Recipes. Makes 8)

Ingredients:
- 8 large, ripe tomatoes
- 100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed 115 g (4 oz) fresh breadcrumbs
- 8 anchovy fillets in oil, drained and chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
- 115 g (4 oz) freshly grated cheese of your choice (it can be Parmesan or any other cheese you like)

Cut a thin slice off the tops of the tomatoes. Scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon and discard, taking care not to pierce the shells. Turn the tomato shells upside down on the kitchen paper to drain.

Next, heat up 90 ml (3 fl oz) of the olive oil in a frying pan, add the onions and the garlic and cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs, anchovies and herbs.

Using a spoon, fill the tomato shells with the breadcrumb mixture, then place in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle the tops with cheese, drizzle with the remaining oil and bake it  for about 20-25 minutes on 180 C (350F). As soon as they look tender and the topping is golden brown, they are ready! Ta dah!

P.S: Plus, sun dried tomato pesto bread and grilled tomato 'lollipop' toast.
P.P.S: And a few other recipes you might fancy trying:)

(Photos and layout by exPress-o)

Girl Crush


Crikey, I think it would be a jolly good idea to take out one of my chunky scarves and bundle up this morning since the weather outside is certainly not springy. How is it at your end?

Somehow this little outfit above seems perfect for this overly coolish Thursday morning. Sassy, comfy, understated, yet cheery. The mustard scarf and the snazzy heels combination makes me weak in the knees. Which reminds me, I really need to start wearing heels more often with my jeans. They add such a great elegance to any simple outfit. Don’t you think?

P.S:  How to wear layers like a true French Mademoiselle.
P.P.S: And my ode to scarves:)

(Photo by Anna J. Wisniewski)

A Nifty Trick To Feeling Relaxed In No Time

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Here is a cool little trick to feeling rested and ready to tackle this busy pre-Eater week: whenever you feel like your energy level is dropping throughout the day and coffee doesn’t seem to work anymore, try practicing the rejuvenating Balasana aka child's pose for just a few minutes and you will feel relaxed in no time.

A few of my friends swear by it! I tried it this morning and it felt weirdly wonderful:) Will you? How are you feeling this week? xo

P.S: A little wisdom to a happier you:)
P.P.S: Relaxing = productivity?

(via Cheryl Hiebert. Photo by Ryan Behner)

Easter: 10 Handy Takes on Eggs


With Easter just four short days away, we really should talk about eggs all ways possible, don’t you think? Easter in our home consists of ham, freshly made Challah bread, salads and veggies, brownies and eggs all ways from deviled, egg salad and even chocolate eggs:) So to make your egg peeling, chopping, separating and poaching much easier this weekend, here are 10 nifty egg tips from the past four years!

Starting with the first one (above), the poched egg trick...

2. How to tell if an egg is fresh...

3. The perfectly runny dippy eggs trick!...

4. Nifty way to peel your Easter eggs. (Hint: Cut and scoop)...

5. How to separate egg yolks from egg whites with a plastic bottle:)...

6. Egg salad with a twist...

7. Egg fix: what to do when you drop an egg on the floor...

8. For breakfast after Easter: best baked eggs ever!...

9. Or an avocado and sunny side up egg breakfast pizza...

10. Plus, who can resist grilled cheese eggs, right?...

How do you like your Easter eggs? What's your menu this year? Are you hosting? xo

P.S: Plus, those two sandwiches (with eggs).
P.P.S: And, tons more recipes that might tickle your fancy!
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