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Paleta Juice Launch Party

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Paleta Juice Launch Party

Welcome to the world of Paleta! Nutritious and delicious food delivered to your door. Executive chef and founder Kelly Boyer has created an unparalleled food delivery experience focusing on the healthy and organic. But don’t worry, Kelly isn’t sending you a plain kale salad! Ohhh no! This foodie lover will have you swearing that all her dishes are just as tasty and lovely as their fattier, less healthy step sister dishes! Take it from fans such as Ashley Greene, Natasha Henstridge and Molly Sims!

Now, Kelly is making a whole line of fresh pressed juices and The Hostess Handbook was at the launch party to snag a taste! All of Paleta’s juices have the perfect combination of ingredients to create flavors that are layered and luscious!

My favorite is the “Sunshine State” which is a mixture of grapefruit, orange, blood orange, ginger and cayenne! So many different things going on in this Paleta juice and magically they blend together to create a wonderful taste that is both sweet and spicy while still being refreshing! YUMmazing!

My other favorite was “Rhubarb Punch!” Yup, you got that right! Rhubarb! Not the pie but just as good! This juice contains strawberry, rhubarb and orange juices!

Kelly also created this cold- pressed, fully organic juice line to use as a detox cleanse! If you are thinking about doing a detox, I can tell ya that these juices are amazing. If  your gonna do it, might as well taste good!

Of course, I was drawn to the presentation of the food and catering! Love these “Carrot” silverware bundles! So easy to DIY! That article is coming soon my DIY Divas!

The Hostess Handbook Pairs with LifeCrowd

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The Hostess Handbook Pairs with LifeCrowd

I am so excited to announce that The Hostess Handbook will be hosting events this summer for the uber fun website LifeCrowd! LifeCrowd is a place where you can sign up for unique events around town that are all provided by LifeCrowd and a “Host” focusing on that hosts area of expertise! Events such as “The Art of Counting Cards” and “Cocktails and Cupcake Wars.”

It’s super easy to sign up and a great way to do something different and meet new people. I love the idea and the people behind the site so I paired up with them and will be hosting my first event Sunday July 8th! It will called “Flower Power” and will focus on an array of unique flower designs for summer parties! Of course, I will be using a beer can for one of the arrangements so come thirsty for some lager!

I would love to see you there! Come and play!!

Sign Up Here

“Flower Power”- Sunday July 8th, 2-3:30,

Rolling Greens, 7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bandolero by Mike Isabella Restaurant Review

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Bandolero by Mike Isabella Restaurant Review

 Foodie Contributor- Lia Seremetis

Chef Mike Isabella’s follow up to the outstanding Graffiato in Chinatown did not disappoint. Bandolero is immediately striking with its open layout, exposed brick, an open kitchen and a unique, almost eerie décor. While waiting for my friends to arrive I took some liberties with the cocktail menu and ordered a pitcher of the “Bandolero” margarita with Espolon blanco tequila, Patron Citronage, lime, and blood orange. Delicious, refreshing, stiff. Did I mention this margarita was on tap? Graffiato boasts Proseco on tap as well– it speaks to Mike Isabella’s penchant for doing things a little differently.

Bandolero is a small plates restaurant meaning everything is meant to be shared. We went big and ordered what is essentially the “sampler platter” of dips. The guacamole came with house-made corn tortilla crisps and chicarrones, the “Sikil Pak” is a pumpkin seed puree (think hummus and tahini) with jalapeno and a hint of orange, and the “Totopos” are spicy tortilla chips served with a light crema to cool it down.

We moved on to slightly heartier fare and ordered the Snapper tostadas served with mango, jicama and peanuts. All that crunch pared with the lightness of the snapper was perfect.

Our stomachs were full and the first pitcher had turned to a third, but we powered through. We ended our meal with two different types of tacos. The suckling pig taco was delicious with apple and a house-made habanero mustard. If I could put that mustard on everything from this day forward I absolutely would.

Finally the wild mushroom taco with tomatillo and chipotle to finish our meal was wonderful, light, and very fresh.

Bandolero is located at 3241 M St. NW in Georgetown. Check it out!

Sliced Steak with Roquefort and Rocket

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Sliced Steak with Roquefort Rocket

 Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of  The Desk and The Stove

This thinly sliced steak with roquefort and rocket is the perfect spring lunch or light supper. The peppery rocket balances out the steak and the strong cheese. By serving on a large wooden platter, it’s easily shared – and, creates a fantastic centerpiece for everyone to gather around.  The Hostess Handbook suggests adding some toasted walnuts (not pictured) to elevate the dish even more. Serve with a Barbaresco for an easy drinking red that will complement this dish to perfection.

 Ingredients:

3 small filet steaks
2 cups rocket
½ cup Roquefort cheese, cut into small cubes
1 garlic clove, crushed with the heel of your knife
butter
olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper

 

Directions:

1-    Arrange the rocket and Roquefort cheese on a large wooden platter.

2-    Pan sear the fillet steaks in butter with the crushed garlic clove for 3-5 min on one side and 1 min on the other side (medium-rare). Baste with cooking butter whilst cooking. Remove from the heat and set aside to rest (2 min).

3-    Slice the steak thinly and arrange over the rocket and cheese.  Season with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and a few squeezes of lemon juice.

 

 

C Wonder Cheese Boards

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C Wonder Cheese boards

This past weekend I was in NYC visiting some friends and everyone told me “Jess you gotta go to C Wonder, its so your style” and sure enough I went in and fell in love with their home decor items! These C Wonder cheese boards are one of many things that I saw and thought were wonderful. Of course, I immediately thought of all of my readers and needed to share my finds with you! These cheese plates are great hostess gifts and so on your budget!

Mice Serving Board- $28

Monogram Cheese Board- $22

Which C Wonder cheese board would you like to give or receive as a hostess gift?

DIY Drink Markers

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DIY Drink Markers

Last week, The Hostess Handbook featured Fred and Friends “Wine Line Markers” as a super cute hostess gift and party accessory. This week, I am teaching you HOW TO make your own DIY drink markers for your next party that are super easy and unique. I love this DIY project because you can tailor the markers to the type of people attending!

 

Fred and Friends

 

DIY Drink Markers

Have a friend who drinks too much and cries or drinks too much and is a bitch or drinks too much and is just plain sloppy? Well, with these DIY drink markers you can label your guests drinks with phrases that match their personality. So fun!

HOW TO:

Take  a packet of Post-it Arrow Flags (1/2-inch)

Write fun phrases for your friends with sharpie!

Stick them on your martini or wine glasses and pass them out to guests or put them on display so people can pick out which marker fit them the best!

 

Envelope Clutch

Perfect Party Accessory

Envelope Clutch

I love a good bag and this one is oh so bright and cheery! This envelope clutch is perfect for a wild night out on the town or a chill afternoon soiree! The colors remind me of rainbow sherbet, a sure marker of the summer! This envelope clutch also has a retro feel to it that I am totally diggin! Also totally diggin the price! $24.99 at Target! The Hostess Handbook gives this a big Snap! Get it? Like a purse snaps but your fingers also snap which is like a hells yea. Ok you get it!

Home Made Fried Oreos

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Home Made Fried Oreos

This carnival food is a summer favorite and one that guests will swoon over at your next dinner party. Who makes fried oreos for dessert? You do! Cause your young, broke and fabulous! They are super easy to make and such a fun dessert!

I recently went on a family vacation to North Carolina and we were fried obsessed. These fried oreos were one of the many items we made while on our trip and definitely Hostess Handbook Tasty Tip worthy!

The Secret? Freeze the oreos for at least 30 minutes before dipping them in pancake batter! Yup, your run of the mill pancake batter will do and tastes delicious!

On our trip we went all out and brought a mini deep frier to make these babies, however, most people don’t have a deep frier just lying around. Thats ok! I don’t expect you to! You need to make a DIY deep frier. Take a pot, like one you would use for boiling pasta, and fill it half way with your choice of oil. Let the oil heat up until it is super hot and drop the pancake dipped oreos inside. Cook until the outside is a light brown! Voila!  YUMmazing home made fried oreos!

LA Cocktail Classic

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LA Cocktail Classic

This weekend Drink Eat Play is hosting a FABtastic Boozy event at the Vibiana in downtown LA. The LA Cocktail Classic will have an array of  top mixologists whipping up their most YUMazing drinks. Basically, a wine tasting amped up on Vodka and sugar! I’m in! The event will also have live music and boasts to be an epic time.

Don’t think you can show up in casual LA gear though. Nope! The LA Cocktail Classic is for the swanky crowd who likes to get dressed up to get sloshed! So get your GLAMtastic dresses out for a fun night on the town!

The tickets to the event are a bit pricey, running you $75.00 but I have been to some of their other events and they are super fun and totally worth it. Maybe a birthday celebration will justify it? Also, lets face it, going out is expensive anyway so might as well splurge Friday night and stay in Saturday. Will probably even out!

The LA Cocktail Classic takes place this Friday June 8th! Get your tickets Here!

Details:

Tickets- $75.00 each

Vibiana 
214 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM (PT)

Wine Glass Markers

Hostess Gift

Wine Glass Markers

Summer equal tons of pool parties with crisp, cold white wine. At least in my mind! But what also comes to mind is forgetting which glass is yours and yada yada. Now, you can bring these kitschy wine glass markers as a gift an ensure that you will be never loose your yummy white wine!

These Fred and Friends ”wine lines” are so FABtastic and so Hostess Handbook style. They come in three different varieties to cater to your crowd! Choose from “Vintage,” ” Cheers,” “Nutty with a Kick” and “Woozy.” Gotta love those names! Our favorite is the “Cheers” collection which has the lines, ” Mazel Tov,” “Down the Hatch,” “Bottoms Up” and “Salud!”

This hostess gift will get everyone talking at the party and be an item to remember! The young, broke and fabulous are always FAB and never DRAB! Good thing these wine glass markers are super cute and super cheap! Only $5.98! Yippy, get tipsy in style!

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How To Design a Plant Room

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How To Design a Plant Room

 I love flowers and gardens and nothing makes me happier than seeing a home with a plant room. These garden rooms immediately make one feel more relaxed and add a unique flair to any house!  They are also great in the winter when you are dyeing for a piece of summer and vibrance! Luckily, this look is super easy to make yourself with Hostess Handbook tips on how to design a plant room.

How To Design a Plant Room:

First- Paint your walls with a dark coral or rose color. Pick something that you really like and will look good paired with white!

Second- Get white garden lattice and 2 inch wide molding from any Lowe’s or Home Depot in the length and width of your wall. You will probably have to get a couple panels for each wall as it will be much easier to install and transport home. Nail the Lattice to your wall and frame with the molding!

Third- Finish the look by adding plants and shelving to create a complete look with differing colors, textures, heights and depths!

 

Celebrity Summer Beauty Secrets

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Celebrity Summer Beauty Secrets

People.com

Taylor Swift-  Uses Cover Girl Flipstick lip color in Cheeky to create a bright coral look!

Natalie Portman swears by- Dior skin Shimmer Star to give her cheeks a nice summer glow!

People.com

Jessica Biel- For a Boho hair look use curling iron and then separate and run Alterna Bamboo Style Moldable Texture Paste throughout!

 

Caprese Salad with Burrata

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Caprese Salad with Burrata

Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of  The Desk and The Stove

This classic Italian summer salad gets a facelift with the substitution of Burrata. Made from a mixture of mozzarella and cream, this cheese is a staple from Apulia.  If you can’t find it, use buffalo mozzarella for a smoky and creamy flavor that will enhance the tomatoes.  The Hostess Handbook suggests you pair the salad with a light-bodied Chianti or crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients: 

4-5 ripe tomatoes on the vine, sliced
1 large ball of burrata or 2 balls of buffalo mozzarella
8 basil leaves, chiffonade
balsamic glaze
olive oil
salt and pepper
 

 

Directions:

1-    Drizzle the balsamic glaze on a large white plate. Arrange the tomato slices on top and season them with salt and pepper and a dash of olive oil.  Sprinkle the basil chiffonade all over the tomatoes.

2-    Place the large ball of Burrata in the middle of the tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.  Or, if using buffalo mozzarella, cut into slices and place on top of the tomatoes.

Chalk Paint Decor

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Chalk Paint Decor

Forget wall paper, mirrors and signs and discover chalk paint. We love this kitschy decor which is becoming all the rage inside the home. Most people have only seen chalk paint art in restaurants and stores but no more! It is making a huge leap into the home and we are obsessed!

 

Paint a portion of your wall in your kitchen with chalk paint and draw bowls, pitchers and silver wear. You can also write down a menu or recipes on the chalk board as if you had a little restaurant in your home! So cute!

The Hostess Handbook thinks this design is beyond FABtastic! How amazing is this door? What a great idea and fantastic way to add a unique element to you kitchen. You could also do a door like this for your office, linen closet or bathroom!

Memorial Day at Fiesta Hermosa!

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Memorial Day at Fiesta Hermosa

The Hostess Handbook loves this arts and crafts fair! It is such a great time, with tons of live music, beer and a variety of carnival food. Umm, did someone say funnel cake? Yes, it was us and we want five funnel cakes stat!

The arts and crafts fair takes place the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day in downtown Hermosa Beach! There are two music stages with bands playing cover songs from classic rock artist like Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac! The food court features 18 different ethnic options which are all amazing!

Check out the jewelry and home decor booths..they have really unique and well priced options for the young, broke and fabulous! Happy Memorial Day! Send us pictures from you outings!

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