French Connections

August 20, 2018

There is a point in the summer when it’s way too hot to turn on the oven or cook anything at all. But thankfully temps are starting to cool down a little over here in Southern California and I’m happy to get back into the kitchen.

Quite fortuitously, my copy of the Cherry Bombe cookbook just showed up in the mail. There are so many dishes calling my name and I’ve bookmarked every other page. I’ll be cooking up a storm over here while you enjoy these links!

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Minimalist Kitchen Essentials

August 6, 2018

Anyone who loves to cook spends a lot of time in the kitchen. And anyone who spends a lot of the time in the kitchen eventually gets overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have tucked away in various cupboards and drawers.

When I hit this point, I started decluttering like a madwoman and eventually whittled my kitchen stuff down to the absolute essentials. These are the 60 or so things that I use on a regular basis and that add the most value to my adventures in the kitchen.

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Guide to Big Bear, California

July 16, 2018

Big Bear is located in the middle of the San Bernadino Mountains alongside Big Bear Lake. The area is blessed with mild California temps but is lucky enough to experience the beauty of all four seasons.

Since this small mountain is only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and Orange County,  it is a popular weekend destination for adventure seekers. The slopes are a big draw in the winter, but there are plenty of outdoorsy activities available throughout the year.

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20 Lessons from a Tiny Book About Wine

July 9, 2018

20 Lessons from a Book About Wine | Alyssa Pacaut

Books about wine are usually stuffy and long-winded. And then there is The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson.

Though only 105 pages long, it’s jam-packed with info about wine from tasting and buying to food pairings and everything in between. You too can spend a weekend afternoon delighting in this tiny book or take a few moments to read twenty takeaways I’ve provided for you here.

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French Connections

July 2, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

One by one we gather around the table to pay our respects to Anthony Bourdain. A writer, a traveler, a cook, and all-around bad ass, Bourdain had deep roots in France and knew the divine simplicity of French dishes like coq au vin. And so, it makes sense to dedicate this round of French Connections to the man himself.

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Minimalist Tabletop Essentials

June 18, 2018

Minimalist Tabletop Essentials | Alyssa Pacaut

One way to take the stress out of entertaining is to get your tabletop essentials in order.

Getting together the essentials for modern entertaining is similar to building a minimalist wardrobe. Look for simple, classic designs that will be in style for years to come, and then opt for solid colors in a neutral palette so it’s easy to mix and match.

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6 Great Podcasts for Foodies and Cooks

June 5, 2018

6 Great Podcasts for Foodies and Cooks | Alyssa Pacaut

What did we do before podcasts? I can’t seem to remember a time when I wasn’t listening to one on my way to work or when cooking.

You probably listen to tons of great podcasts already. But if you are a foodie and love to cook, then here are six of my favorites that you too may enjoy!
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French Connections

May 7, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Hey there! How’s your Monday going? Did it start with a big cup of coffee and the tastiest toast ever? I sure hope so. We’ve had a few chill weekends in a row, which is good because this next one is going to be busy. Friends are staying with us so lots of fun is in store. Then, we’re hosting the fam for a Mother’s Day Lunch. I’ll enjoy the calm before the storm as long as you enjoy the links below, deal?
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Guide to Kauai, Hawaii

April 23, 2018

Cliff Trail near Shipwreck Beach in Kauai, Hawaii | Alyssa Pacaut

Known as a lush tropical paradise, Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and a great place for your next vacation. Some of the best hiking trails and beaches in the world line the edge of the island with a dense rain forest in the center that has been featured in action films like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

Outdoor fanatics will be right at home with endless opportunities to hike, surf, and get involved with water sports. Everyone else will have fun accessing some of the best vistas by car and enjoying the laidback vibe of the island. Party people will probably want to skip this island as nightlife is pretty much nonexistent.
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How to Survive Your First Yoga Class

April 16, 2018

How to Survive Your First Yoga Class | Alyssa Pacaut

One year ago today I took my first yoga class. Though I may have looked zen on the outside, I was a nervous wreck inside. Venturing into the unknown can be scary!

If you are thinking about starting yoga, then allow me to be the first to congratulate you. It is a fantastic practice for your mind, body, and soul. You may be nervous about your first class so here are a few tips.
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French Connections

March 28, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

There is no place like home, am I right? I just got back from a fun yet intense work trip that required 12 hours of travel time and, boy, was I happy to be home with my honey. We cooked a meal together, cuddled up to an episode of Jessica Jones, and then drifted off into the most blissful sleep. Hope all is well in your corner of the world and enjoy these links!
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