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Hey Zesters!

Happy Tuesday! I started my morning today just like every other day: one big cup of jo, some good music, and my daily dose of social media. Yes, it is a little sad I have gotten in the habit of checking my Instagram before checking the morning paper but hey, the world as we know it is becoming increasinly dominated by visually stimulated user-generated information! From hashtags to filters, Instagram has become the best and most popular way to share some of life’s best moments instantaneously. And it is now also becoming one of the most convenient ways to share wedding moments through a personalized hashtag for the happy couple! After scoping Pinterest and stalking some new, incredibly cute wedding shoots, I noticed that from invitations to signage, Instagram was a huge way newlyweds are encouraging their guests to become a part of the wedding experience.

What a perfect way for you and all of your guests to share special moments and candid snapshots of the big day! It is free and so easy, what could be better! Adding some encouraging signage to remind the guests could be a perfect DIY project for the bride to be and the bridesmaids, or just scope Etsy for some adorable and dainty signs that could only add to the wedding decor! This idea is not only limited to weddings, any event, birthday party, or gathering, it is a great way to collaborate and share photographer duties!

Yes, I know what some of you are thinking, all these photos are completely digital, belong to someone else, and what if I want them to be printed? Initataily I had the same thoughts, if it were my wedding I would want all the pictures too! What is great about the new Instagram updates is that there is now a share/message option through Instagram that allows the uploader to send it directly through the app! Also, there are some great new apps and websites that print Instagram pictures in all of their filter infused and perfectly squared orientation glory. Check out the links below for some awesome printing options!

Shutterfly

Printstagram

PostalPix (app on the iPhone)

 

Happy Instagraming

xx Brittany

 

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MMMMmmmonday: Grenada Bistro

IMG_9516Have you walked by this little gem downtown yet?? Chanda and I have always admired the design of Grenada Bistro with it’s mix of all the latest trends- brick, succulents, tolix chairs and cool lighting!! But after a client generously gave us a gift card we were ready to test out the food!! Also in case you didn’t know they are hotel too!! Chanda and I have both been to Grenada Bistro for dinner before but were excited to scope out their lunch menu, boy were we pleased!! I think we had bigger eyes than stomachs!!

IMG_9500IMG_9506IMG_9505IMG_9504IMG_9503IMG_9498Now that I showed you around for the amazing atmosphere, time for that menu!!

IMG_9502We started off with some classic bacon wrapped dates, let me just say they were amazing and we gobbled them up! Loved that they used blue cheese!

IMG_9508Then we had to balance that last dish out with some greens, bring on the salad! This shaved asparagus salad with prosciutto, parmesan cheese and slivered beets was killer!!

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And this is where we definitely couldn’t finish our food! But it was so delish and had great flavor!

IMG_9510A gorgeous fish and chips made with Local Rock Fish, lemon, homemade tartar sauce and wedges.

IMG_9511And not to mention their killer Cuban Panini filled with cuban braised pork, mojito aioli, aged cheddar, cilantro and pickled jalapenos. YUMMM.

IMG_9507All with a refreshing chamomile lemonade to wash it down:)

Not bad right?? Definitely stroll down town SLO to stop at this gem!

xoxo

Sam

 

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Savouring Saturday: Gazpacho

So, tomorrow is Easter and the feasting will begin.  The spreads of appetizers, baked ham, and scalloped potatoes will be delicious, but crazy rich.  We were already reeling from catering two events this weekend (aka being around a TON of delicious food), and knowing that the kitchen will be my abode for a good portion of the day tomorrow…..I decided to go light and fresh for this Savouring Saturday.  With the days getting longer and the thermostat getting a bit more friendly, I have started to crave one of my favorite summer treats: gazpacho!

Loaded with raw veggies and jam packed with bold flavor, this Spanish staple is an easy palate pleaser for sure.  The best is the fantastic simplicity in preparation….you don’t even have to touch the stove (an outstanding quality, especially in mid-summer when the temperatures tip the scales at 110F).  Here is an easy basic recipe that you can feel free to play around with a bit:

Grab you food processor……

 

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Add one pound of tomatoes, 1 to 2 red bell peppers (I only had orange:(but still worked), a cucumber, and a small red onion or sweet onion.  Now for some flavor punches!

20140416_175233I love to use two cloves of raw garlic and then a good splash of red wine vinegar.  (Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper as well…..raw veggies need a little lift from salt for flavor impact).

20140416_175832Add 1 cup of good olive oil and then whirl away!

20140416_17590220140416_182426Now stir in a hefty handful of ice cubes and let it rest in the fridge for a skosh.

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In the meantime, I prepped a simple flatbread with some Trader Joe’s pizza crust……

20140416_183359A little olive oil and then a quick jaunt out to the garden for some fresh herbs (can you blame me? look how gorgeous my golden oregano looks!)

20140416_183454So, some fresh oregano and some smoked gouda….lookin’ gooooood.

20140416_183817Into the oven for some melty, golden magic while I prep some toppings for my gazpacho.  The best part of gazpacho is the toppings.  I love tiny diced cucumbers, red bell peppers, hard boiled egg and anchovy (ummmmm, don’t judge!)

This meal turned out beautiful AND delicious!  Perfect for eating al fresco.

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Bon apetit!

xoxo

Chanda

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Find & Fix it Friday: Candelabra Make-over

Today’s find & fix it is a quick an easy project, but sometimes those are the best! AKA I like instant gratification:) My cousin Krissa is quite a zester at heart, she is constantly remaking things from junk to beauty!! Sadly she is down in San Diego with the rest of my family, but the good news is she is my eyes and ears down there! She scored me this awesome candelabra for me to zest! I have been hanging onto it trying to decide what and better yet where to put it, that was until today….

IMG_0172So cute right?? Only tricky thing is my house doesn’t really have any blue….so time to fix it!

IMG_0178Remember this wall we painted at my house? Remember that BIG bucket of paint I scored at Restore? Time to bring some yellow to the other side of the dining room.

IMG_0173IMG_0174First I wiped any dust or debris off the candle holder….

IMG_0175Then became the zen of painting!

IMG_0180And voila! I added in some striping to bring more color, now I just need to go buy some candles and I am set for a candle lit dinner:)

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Thanks for zestin’ with us today, happy Friday!

xoxo

Sam

 

 

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Thrift Thursday: Playing with Concrete

Uh oh…..I think I may have a new addiction.  I have been hankering for a small fountain for my patio.  Things have been a-bloomin’ and my hummingbirds have been in full force, so the only thing missing was the peaceful serenity of trickling water.  Of course, this thrifty girl was not even tempted to shell out anywhere near $100-$200 for some fountain serenity.  Solution?  Well, I found a desktop pump at the thrift store for just a couple of bucks.  Since the desktop design was not going to cut it for my cute little patio, I pulled out the pump and started thinking: CONCRETE!

20140407_130626After reading a couple of tutorials, I felt confident enough to pick up a 60 lbs bag of Quickcrete from Ace and start to plan an attack.  Hunting through options of containers for a mold, I settled on a large circular bin.

20140407_130843Time to mix my Quickcrete with water.

20140407_13093020140407_13115820140407_131412Get ready, mixing takes some muscle….but the results were well worth it, just wait!  Hahaha, I love the paint sticks in these pics.  As if!!!!  Nope, those were quickly surrendered in favor of 2″X4″s.  Before pouring the mixed concrete into the bin, I oiled the interior so that my creation would pop out easily once cured.

20140407_13170920140407_13194820140407_13214620140407_13172620140407_132333Then it was time to oil up another circular container for creating the bowl shape I was looking for….

20140407_13324320140407_13324920140407_13325420140407_13332420140407_133458Making sure that we didn’t push the smaller container too far down, we weighted it and left it to cure.  But, I have to admit that I felt a wee bit like a little girl waiting for a present :)  I intended to bust it out the very next day, but as luck would have it, Zest had me too busy to fuss with it for a couple of days.  However, to my great pleasure, the oil did the trick and popping out the concrete was super easy!

20140414_150927First, I used a taller bin to invert the whole thing onto…didn’t want any crashing and cracking!

20140414_15100320140414_151032Viola!  Perfection. So easy and deeply satisfying.  Now time to play with that little pump!

20140414_151600Yay!  It works!  With a quick hunt for rocks in the yard, I was ready to finish my creation.

 

20140414_15233120140414_15234320140414_15240620140414_15245020140414_15244320140414_152431Project done! Serenity complete!  I am absolutely adoring my new little fountain.  I can even hear the pleasant waterfall from my bedroom window….such a nice way to fall asleep.

I must repeat how I began this blog….uh oh, I may have a new addiction: CONCRETE!

Some candle stands are coming next:)

xoxo

Chanda

 

 

 

 

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