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Travel: Carlsbad Beercation

  Recently I rolled down the Southern California coast to go on a  Carlsbad Beercation – that’s right, beer-centric tourism is not something of your dreams…it is alive and booming (especially in San Diego’s North County)! Where I’ve not been one to follow the beer trends (which is hard to keep on top of with

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Blueberry Cardamom Manhattan With Homemade Bitters

We’re back at it again – making blueberries a part of our yearly holiday celebrations! (You might recall this delightful blueberry shrub concoction from last year…which is still getting put on annual rotation – can we talk about those prosciutto wrapped blueberry garnishes btw). But this year I wanted to try something different and learn something

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Tea Party With Matcha Deviled Eggs

There’s something about this time of year that makes us all want to immediately jump into the spirit of the season – cooler nights, cozier get-togethers, holiday preparations… trying to wear that new sweater regardless of it still being 80 degrees outside! It’s true, not all parts of the country are quite feeling like winter just yet, but

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Bring The Holiday Spirit: Tips For Being The Best Party Guest!

  ‘Tis the season for holiday party hopping! With all the upcoming festivities, you better be prepared to show the host appropriate appreciation. By arriving to the party with a spirited gift that contributes to the evening’s merriment you’ll be taking stress off the entertainer while providing a little unexpected delight to the scene. So

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You Got Served: Photographer Arielle Vey

“You Got Served” is a DXD Original Series where selected bloggers, stylists and/or tastemakers are picked to exemplify their own unique styles by sourcing and photographing a table setting from a box of mystery props.     You know those instagram accounts that make you slow your scroll…literally.   That is how I first came across photographer Arielle

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GINGER SPICE TEA INFUSED MARSHMALLOWS

What is it about the holiday season that brings out the baker in all of us!? I’d like to say it’s the cooler temperatures and the desire to turn on the oven, but these days Southern California feels like the oven is turned on all the time. Where cookies and brownies are my go to,  I decided

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Roasted Radishes with Kalamata Dressing

If there is any time of year where side dishes can be more than a side act – it’s Thanksgiving. The holidays beg to go big on flavor and one of my favorite (and easiest) vegetables to roast up this time of year are radishes. I knew Julia Turshen was my kind of gal when

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Friendsgiving Table Styling With Lamb Tagine

How did we find ourselves here already? It seems November arrived far too quickly this year – but the good news is that means it’s time to start setting the table…holiday style!   Regardless of being in the constant state of Holiday Spirit since early June (oh the confused seasonality of a stylist), I’m actually very excited

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Spanish Potato Salad With Tuna & Boquerones

I’m currently in an easy-kind-of-get-er-done meal “making” phase…as in, eat what you can scrape together and maybe even over the kitchen sink if you’re lucky. Pretty sure that’s because I’ve been working non-stop on developing and shooting holiday eats/drinks/feasts for work since June (and I’m not seeing that end any time soon). Seasonally confused much!? HELP! It’s strange to write

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Adventures in Robotic Housekeeping: bObsweep

My husband and I (oh and don’t forget our Soft-Coated Wheaten puppy Ginger!) recently purchased our first home and have dove headfirst into the joys and the hard work that comes with turning a new house into your own home. Which involves all the exciting things like picking out new light fixtures, testing out new paint colors…and

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You Got Served: Laura Clausen, Dish Wish

“You Got Served” is a DXD Original Series where three individuals (bloggers, stylists and/or tastemakers) are picked to exemplify their own unique styles by sourcing and photographing a table setting using the same box of mystery props.    There is a seriously stylish prop rental company hiding behind a garage door on a quiet street of El

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Grilled Octopus Citrus Fennel Salad

  Sunday afternoon is my jam. It’s a day where happy hour at home feels right. A time away from the errands, the emails and a moment to just sink into a state of relaxation before being flung into the (hopefully not too hectic) start of the week.  Sunday afternoon is the time to whip up

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You Got Served: Marissa A Ross

  There’s a funny lady in town…and she actually knows a thing or two about wine. In fact, this past year after scoring herself a much deserved Editor’s Choice in the Saveur Blog Awards, she was then scooped up by Bon Appétit as their new wine editor…got a book deal…and has been dizzy from several

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Espresso & Almond Biscotti Crumble Ice Cream

  Are you up to your eyebrows in sunscreen yet? Are you in need of a new unexpected frozen treat that maybe doesn’t contain fruit!? We are real humans after all…and by real humans I mean a little chocolate. Good! Because summer is in full swing and it is time to break out the ice

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Three Stylish Summer Bar Carts

You know we love to entertain, but summer gives us extra reasons to put on a stylish show! Longer daylight hours to lounge in the shade (or hide in the air conditioning) with a cool cocktail sounds like the perfect way to spend the weekend. So we’re giving our drink station a makeover…actually THREE! Everything from chic coasters to

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Miele Culinary Adventure: New York

Recently the fine folks at Miele asked me if I’d like to go on a whirl wind culinary adventure and play with some of their appliances… I basically asked how quickly do you need me to pack!? Shortly after I was on my way to New York  to experience 48 hours of food-filled wonder in the

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