Monthly Archives: May 2012

Girls weekend: Yao Noi Thailand.

A few weeks back, six of us girls hopped on a quick, 3 hour flight to Thailand to celebrate our friend Mo’s upcoming nuptials.

We were so lucky to get to hang out in such a beautiful place!

I just couldn’t get enough of the limestone pebble islands. It really was a lot like Halong Bay, only in Thailand.

All we really did the whole weekend was gab away and look at the changing vista.

The weekend was a little bit of a send-off, reunion as well as one of our dear friends who had moved back to the States was in town from North Carolina and three of the gals are moving back to the US in the next few months… so it was especially nice to have this time together.

One big, last hurrah! And lots of marriage advice for Miss Monique as well.

The resort we stayed at was affiliated with the floating cinema I wrote about a little while back and they had a cool, outdoor theatre set-up year round.

To get to the resort, you have to take a 30-min car ride from the airport to a marina and then a 45-min boat ride, but the boat trip is definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

We caught the start of rainy season so we got some crazy thunderstorms… but the weather changes so quickly so we also got a few really nice sunny hours. To avoid the rain, we traveled around the rainforest in golfcarts. All the little villas were spaced apart so we kind of felt like we had the resort to ourselves.

Above, a view back on the resort from the boat.

The wildlife around us was crazy.

We had our own little lilly pond, complete with croaking frogs.

Pretty flowers!

And these crazy trees laden with heavy berry bunches… I’ve done a lot of googling and can’t figure out what they’re called, but they very pretty and very exotic.

There were lots of nice areas to hang out… and chat, chat, chat.

A lot of food we ate was grown on the premises and they even made their own rubber… pretty cool.

Oh and there is *free* gelato 24/7. Every resort in the world should have this! What is a vacation without free ice cream?

All the ice cream was made on site, but it was the passionfruit (from trees on the resort) that really stole my heart. Best sweet/tart combination ever. Ever!

There was a pretty beach that we never made it to… sticking instead to the rain-proof pool area, which also had a water slide!

Our friend Lindsey took advantage of it!

And here we are in our matching Old Navy pareos… the little favor gift for the weekend.

Next up: some pics of the actual wedding shower part of the weekend!


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Fave new kitchen gadget: Batter dispenser.

Oh my goodness! I wish I had bought this 2,000 cupcakes ago…

If you make cupcakes often, you have to get this batter dispenser. It saves hours of spooning, wiping, and generally going insane. I think it is the best $14 I’ve ever spent. Even though I actually prefer to make cakes, I think people like cupcakes better… they’re less intimidating, don’t require cutlery and are just super cute. People–still years after the cupcake craze–go nuts for them!

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Apertivo alla Milanese: Waffle cones & café gelato.

As I was in charge of all the sweets for the Milanese dinner, my last little project was homemade mini waffle cones with homemade coffee gelato. Yum!!

I had a lot of fun with this project!

I borrowed a panini maker from my neighbor… this one didn’t have grooves. I think grooves would be preferable, but it still worked fine. The key is to get it really hot and to use a small scoop of dough.

It is a little time consuming as you make two cones every 7 minutes or so… it’s okay though if you have another kitchen project you can do intermittently.

Then comes the painful part… holding the circle half around a paper cone. OUCH! It really burns… you have to count to ten… and then it’s over!

The dough recipe is from the Food Network. And the cone cut-out and further instructions are from Panini Happy: here.

Little labors of love!

Then there was the question of how to serve the mini cones to dozens of guests. I decided to spray paint mini egg cartons gold and fill them with coffee beans, to tie in with the coffee gelato.

It worked perfectly, I have to say.

And honestly the cones and gelato were so tasty!! Yum. Here is the gelato recipe I used… it was perfect… I did it with fresh espresso. It is very simple, but you do end up with a lot of egg whites leftover so do try to think of something else to make with them… or just keep them in a tupperware for healthy omelets. Also, I needed to triple it to fill my Donvier… and trust me… you will want to as well! It’s so tasty!!

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Apertivo alla Milanese: Shoe cookies.

I hope you enjoyed all the pretty food shots yesterday… thanks so much for the kind words about the visible bump, too! Today I wanted to show you my Louboutin shoe favor cookies, which I think tied in really well with the shoe tabletop.

I am getting better at this whole frosting thing, but it takes a steady, Eddy hand… and I don’t really have one!

But they were a lot of fun and I think everyone liked them… which is why I love favors. Everyone leaves so happy and feeling so loved. 

Shoe cookies were EVERYWHERE! 

Here they are all packaged up.

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Apertivo alla Milanese: Food.

I promised to show some food photos from the Once Upon A Table Apertivo alla Milanese event last weekend. 22 bites were served up… and even though they were bites, not courses, it was still really impressive!

Homemade rosemary and sea salt focaccia.

Guests enjoying the harbor view! A very tasty take on bruschetta.

The cooking crew in front of a pretty view of IFC!

Mushroom cappuccinos served with breadstick cigarettes–the tip is poppyseeds. How clever is that? 

Since three of us hosts are preggers, we decided to take a funny smoking / drinking shot together!

Crostinis with lardo crudo and truffle honey. So basically the most delicious pure fat you’ve ever eaten.

Melon shots with a little proscuitto and mint!

And last but not least meatballs and meats from Linguini Fini! Next up: dessert!!

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