Food

Books: Gwyneth Paltrow's My Father's Daughter

The fabulous and thoughtful Johanne gave me Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.

In trying to achieve my 2011 cooking goal I’ve been attempting some of the recipes.
Well – let me tell you – I am SO enjoying this cookbook! ¬†It’s not much of a surprise that I’m working through the book in a backward kind of way – I’m starting with the dessert section first. Smart, right?

In recent weeks I made the “healthy” brownies, the thumbprint cookies, blueberry muffins, healthier blueberry muffins and the peanut butter cookies. Two thumbs up for everything so far.

The Friday Five: Food

I just love when food – desserts especially – are beautifully presented. These five sweets look delicious and are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

by Coco Cake

via Tokketok

Souvlaki for the Soul – Flickr

meringue stack with strawberries, Gourmet Traveller

Lemon coconut cupcakes, Tartelette

Is there any baking on your weekend agenda?

Fredericton, NB: Food & Flowers

Did you know New Brunswick is the only constitutionally bilingual province in Canada? Oui, oui! Fredericton is the capital of the province and has a population of almost 86,000 (city centre).

bilingual street sign in Fredericton

The downtown core has a few good pubs¬† along with a couple of fine dining restaurants. After a few days of pub food at¬† Snooty Fox and Dolan’s, a friend and I went to The Blue Door which was a nice treat. I had the gorgonzola tenderloin (yummy!) and she had the yellow thai vegetable curry (which was full of creamy white goodness).

The Blue Door, Fredericton

vegetable curry at The Blue Door, Fredericton

Although I was surprised to learn that there was no Starbucks downtown, on the recommendation of several people, on one afternoon I stopped in at Jonnie Java Roasters & Espresso Bar (in the Paradise Imports store) for some freshly roasted coffee. Although people told me “it was the best coffee”, I was a little skeptical. I have a thing for coffee, you may remember (read more here, here and here). Well, to my surprise, it was amazing! So amazing, in fact, that I had two cups of coffee – an espresso and a cappuccino – along with a delicious oat cake made with love by a group of ladies down the road. The coffee – and the people I met at Jonnie Java – definitely made my day!

A heart just for me!

coffee + oat cake = a delicious snack

Flowers were in full bloom last week in Fredericton and the lilacs – both white and purple – really caught my attention. So pretty!

Read more about Fredericton at Tourism Fredericton.

Photos by Jordana.

The Friday Five: Eataly

Eataly New York: We sell what we cook. We cook what we sell.

After several years of planning, Oscar Farinetti, Mario Batali, and Lidia and Joe Bastianich partnered together to open Eataly in Manhattan in August 2010. Eataly is a space to shop for, to eat and to learn about delicious Italian food. According to the Eataly manifesto, food unites us all, brings us all together, and the source of the greatest joy is what happens around the dinner table. Indeed.

If you have already paid a visit to this immense food emporium, then you will have wandered around in amazement. Only steps from the Flatiron building, Eataly is an incredible source of authentic Italian food products and it encourages a very lively atmosphere (kind of reminds me of loud family dinners, actually). Although I found many of the products to be  over-priced, Eataly remains one of the few places, if not the only one, to carry such a variety of true Italian eats!

Today I am sharing with you five photos from Eataly that my mom and I took on one of our most recent visits to NYC. For us, and hopefully for you, these photos are great reminders of Italy.

aqua minerale naturale (water)

Orzata was always a summer treat when I was a kid. It has a very distinct sweet taste.

Bialetti. No other espresso maker will do.

Mmm…chocolate torrone. The best ever.

How lucky are those New Yorkers who get to experience Eataly on a regular basis?

Photos by Jordana and FG. Pasta photo courtesy of Eataly.

The White Ramekin

I have no idea what I would use a ramekin for in the kitchen (anyone?). On my jewelry counter, on the other hand, I could see this being filled with my rings.

Perlee white ramekin, $36, Gearys

Friday Five: New Orleans Food & Flowers

If you’ve been following me on Twitter then you already know that I was in New Orleans last week. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my photos with you over the next little while. Today it’s all about some of the food and flowers that I came across in this √ľber-lively city.

Flowers in the French Quarter, New Orleans

Beignets (ben-yay) at Cafe du Monde, New Orleans

A popcorn snack at Hermes bar, New Orleans

Photos by Jordana

The Friday Five: Teapots

I’ve got a major work weekend ahead of me and when I’m working from home I normally have a pot of tea on the go. This weekend I can guarantee I’ll be drinking more than one pot of tea!

Halo teapot, $79.95, Crate & Barrel

teapot, $54, Ten Thousand Villages

Design House Stockholm teapot, $70, CSN

Normann Copenhagen teapot, $200, CSN

Le Creuset teapot, $24.95, CSN


Although I do love making chai tea, my most favourite tea comes from Hédiard in Paris. Loose leaf teas in cute little red tins Рperfect!

The Friday Five: Egg Cups

Egg cups…perfect for the weekend brunch you plan on hosting…

RSVP egg cup set, $21, Amazon

Hunslet egg cups, 10GBP, Ben Pentreath

double egg cup, 6.25GBP, Heal’s

vintage egg cups, $24 (set of four), All Things White

Cico egg cup, $20, Alessi

or for a super mini floral arrangement, or for a safe spot to store your earrings.

Oh, and if you need an egg cup with a little more colour, let me know what you think of this one.

Toronto: Nadège

Just before the new year arrived, Johanne and I had a little pre-2011 celebration at Nad√®ge. It was delicious and so very white! Nad√®ge is beautiful, pristine and a breath of French goodness on Toronto’s Queen St. West. The pastries are edible pieces of art and if you sit at the back of the caf√© you can watch the bakers at work. We did…and we were amazed at the macaron Christmas trees!

photo by Jordana

If you’re in Toronto and have a craving for gorgeous French sweets, Nad√®ge is the place for you!

Bon appetit!

Introducing 20 Below

Welcome to a new feature on White Cabana: 20 Below.

Each week on 20 Below, I will post a white-hot item under $20. I hope this regular column will be inspiring for those who want to bring in a bit of white into their lives but aren’t quite ready to commit to living completely in white. And for all of you who already love white, I hope this feature will be another happy part of your day! Alright, so let’s get this started!

OXO digital thermometer, $19.95

Perfect for the chef in your family, this OXO meat thermometer gives accurate readings, a clear digital readout and it’s easy as a touch of button.

p.s. Many thanks to Kate for inspiring the title of this feature. I miss your old column.

What Katie Ate

I really feel like I’m the last person to find out about What Katie Ate, a most amazing food blog based in Australia and written by the talented Katie Quinn Davies. The recipes are delicious as can be and they are complimented by beautiful photographs. This is one site that shouldn’t be missed.


Most recently, What Katie Ate published an absolutely gorgeous Christmas magazine (free for all of us to read!). It features beautiful menus, delicious recipes, and a food tour around Sydney, New York and elsewhere. Drizzled in are giveaways, gift ideas, and plenty of chocolate goodness! This issue should definitely be on your Christmas reading list!

We do love coffee art here on White Cabana and what would go well with coffee? Nutella cookies, I’d say. (My sister is probably drooling right now.)

If cranberries are more your thing – maybe you’d like to try out these macadamia beauties.

In addition to recipes, What Katie Ate featured a few chocolate shops in this issue and took us on a tour of some beautiful food stores and restaurants. Yum! Yum!

I just love how polenta is on this list of cupboard items. I thought only my family ate polenta.

Honestly – the 495 pages in this issue are stunning and well worth your time. Let me know what you think!

Happy cooking. Happy baking. Happy eating!

All images courtesy of What Katie Ate.

Stocking stuffers for the foodie

by Johanne

White stocking stuffers for the DIY foodie:

Beaded napkin rings, $30 for a set of 4 at Urban Barn

Peppermint hot chocolate and handcrafted marshmellows set, $32.50 at Williams Sonoma

Personalized apron, $29 at Williams Sonoma

Stainless steel moose corkscrew, $30 at Urban Barn

Koi glass tumblers, $24 at Urban Barn

Cookie jar, $14.95 at Crate & Barrel

Classic Century sauce boat, $47.95 at Crate & Barrel

Milk frother, $19.95 at Crate & Barrel

Microwave egg boiler, $4.49 at Kitchen Stuff Plus

Stainless steel pierogi maker, $8.99 at Kitchen Stuff Plus

Handmade cocktail picks, $0.99 for a set of three at Kitchen Stuff Plus

Mini lettuce spinner, $24.95 at Crate & Barrel

Matryoshka measuring spoons, $8 at Urban Outfitters

Lace dish, $6 at Urban Outfitters

Monogrammed soap set, $29 at Pottery Barn

Images courtesy of Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Urban Barn, Urban Outfitters, and Kitchen Stuff Plus.

Heart of Goodness

Last week I wrote about my love of coffee. Turns out that Johanne (Fashion in Motion editor and White Cabana contributor) has a talent for making hearts in her latte! Who knew?

Made with love: I spy a heart!

p.s. I know – the cup/saucer combo is pretty cool too!
p.p.s. Johanne swears this is an easy DIY. Perhaps we can convince her to share the step-by-step how-to!

Photo by Johanne.

The Friday Five: Coffee

Ahh…coffee. I love the smell, the taste and the look. I love the feeling of drinking a coffee at my local caf√©. I love meeting a friend and catching up on gossip at a new caf√© or sitting alone on a patio with a cup in hand and watching the world go by.

I’m a fan of any kind of coffee…my choice usually depends on the time of day, the occasion and the caf√©. I like a latte or cappuccino in the morning or as a mid-morning break. I enjoy a nice espresso after a good meal or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

And yes – sometimes the coffee I drink is so special, it deserves a photo! I’m happy to welcome you to today’s caffeine-filled Friday Five!

1. I was in Ascoli with my aunt, uncle and father. We stopped in at Caffe Meletti before hitting the farmer’s market. The Barista wrote me a special message in my little espresso. Sweet, right?

An espresso in Ascoli, Italy

2. I was in Gstaad with my good friend Shannon. Going to Early Beck easily became an afternoon routine for us. We shared many laughs and gossiped for hours.

A cappuccino & croissant in Gstaad, Switzerland

3. On one of my trips to Paris, I stopped in at a restaurant near the Palais Royale to write postcards and get re-energized!

An espresso and tarte in Paris, France

4. I’ll never forget the morning adventure my good friend Boba and I had in Montreal. It was pouring rain outside but we were determined to have breakfast at La Croissanterie Figaro, which came highly recommended by a friend. Even though we were exhausted after a busy work week in Montreal, we stuck it out and we were rewarded with a beautiful breakfast and a couple of delicious cappuccinos.

A cappuccino with a mountain of foam in Montreal, Quebec

5. I was on a 5-day vacation with Shannon (yes, the same friend) in Budapest and we stopped in for a coffee and strudel at the First Studel House of Pest. Our food and drinks were delish!

Latte at the First Strudel House of Pest, Budapest

How about you? What are your coffee drinking routines or memories?

Photos by Jordana.

The Friday Five: Cakes

I’m going to my friends’ wedding tomorrow and I’m so happy to celebrate! In honour of their special day, today’s Friday Five is all about cakes. Yum!

via sweet Paul

via The Social Secretary

The Chrysanthemum via Martha Stewart

via Real Simple

via InStyle

Congrats Michelle & Bill!

Images courtesy of InStyle, Martha Stewart Weddings, Real Simple, Sweet Paul Magazine, The Social Secretary.

The Friday Five: Birthday Edition

Happy Friday! I hope you’re all looking forward to a most fabulous weekend. I’ll be celebrating my birthday (yay!) in Paris (extra yay!) so you can imagine how excited I am feeling right now. Before I head out, here’s a very white birthday edition of the Friday Five.

A champagne toast via Real Simple

A big oui for brie and baguettes via This is Glamorous

Cake to share with friends and family via Real Simple

Make a wish upon a star, Moravian Stars, $13.50, Upon A Fold

Gift tags, set of 3, $3, Venerate

 

Oh – and please don’t forget to enter the CSN giveaway! Today is the final day to enter.¬†More details¬†can be found¬†here.

 Images courtesy of Real Simple, This is Glamorous, Upon a Fold,Venerate.

Travel: Beautys in Montreal

Beautys is quite simply the best diner I’ve been to in Montreal. The breakfast food is delicious, the service is friendly and the retro decor is hard to beat. While there we had a lovely chat with Hymie (the original owner) and learned that Beautys was actually Hymie’s bowling nickname. Sweetness!

Beautys Luncheonette

Beautys - at Mont Royal & Saint Urbain

¬†My friend and I couldn’t narrow down our breakfast choices so in the end we decided to take the easy way out and ordered everything…pancakes, French toast, real maple syrup, bacon, sausage, eggs, bagel, coffee, tea, hash browns, & a bowl of fruit. Needless to say, our meal was glorious.¬†A long walk there and back ¬†made us feel a little less guilty about our morning indulgence.

Hymie and Beautys in the press

BeautySmoothies

Have any White Cabana readers been to Beautys? Has anyone tried the Beauty Smoothie?

The Beautys website is currently under construction but the restaurant is very easy to find. It’s located at 93 Avenue du Mont Royal Ouest at Rue Saint Urbain.

Many thanks to Suparna for this breakfast recommendation.

The Friday Five: Coffee & Tea Service

If you like coffee or tea, then I hope you’re going to enjoy today’s Friday Five. Caution…objects are hot! Gosh…do I have to quote Paris Hilton for that?

Copo Porcelain Teapot, $89.99, Digs Showroom

Coffee or tea press, $29.95, Paper Source

Radiator cup keeps hands cool, $24, Bit Rebels or Yanko Design

Teatime, $25, Holycool

Zipper cups, $40, Uncommon Goods

 

Photos courtesy of Bit Rebels, Design Sponge, Digs Showroom, Holycool, Paper Source, Uncommon Goods, Yanko Design.

The Friday Five: Easter Goodies

This week’s Friday Five is egg-citing! Although pastel colours are taking over the stores at this time of year, there are still plenty of white items to get you in the spirit of Easter celebrations.¬†

Ostrich Egg, 7x8 art print, $25, Sharon Montrose at Etsy

Salt, pepper & spice shakers, $18, Rou Designs at Etsy

Ukrainian Eggs (pre-dye) via Design Sponge

 

Egg Platter, $19.95, Crate & Barrel

Egg photography, House & Home

Photos courtesy of Crate & Barrel, Design Sponge, House & Home, Rou Designs, Sharon Montrose.

Chocolates for April

It’s April and that means chocolate! (Well…Who am I kidding? Every month means chocolate, doesn’t it?)

Welcome to April!

I love the packaging on these Happy and Sweet chocolate bars by Kanella. Hopefully they taste as good as they look!

Happy & Sweet chocolate at Kanella

Simple on the outside & yumminess on the inside

 

 Photos courtesy of Kanella.