09.27.17

GREEK BOWLS

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ivan has a very specific memory of going to the mall with his family growing up and eating greek bowls in the food court. it’s a memory he loves and an experience that introduced him to greek food, something he still loves today. he really wanted to re-create it for the blog and i’m so glad we did. i love that we used chicken thighs instead of breasts as the meat turned out really moist. the bowl is packed with veggies and really full of flavor, it’s a real crowd pleaser! enjoy! – joanie

greek bowls | designlovefest

greek bowls
serves 4

chicken thighs:
• 6 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 3 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 lemon

greek salad:
• 4 persian cucumbers
• quarter red onion
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano

for the bowls:
• 2 cups Jasmine rice
• 6 oz feta
• fresh parsley for garnish
•shredded romaine lettuce
• olives
• tzatziki

greek bowls | designlovefest

• in a medium bowl mix together the olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, and salt. add the chicken to the marinade and let sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. in a frying pan cook the chicken thighs on low to medium for about 6 minutes on each side; until chicken is no longer pink inside and has a nice browned outside. remove from heat, squeeze the lemon on top. cover with foil and set aside. chop before serving!

• cook the 1 cup of rice according to the packaging directions.

• to make the greek salad, chop the cucumbers, red onion, cherry tomatoes. mix well with the olive oil, red wine vinegar and dried oregano. add salt and pepper to taste.

greek bowls | designlovefest
greek bowls | designlovefest
greek bowls | designlovefest
greek bowls | designlovefest

to assemble bowls add the rice, chicken and greek salad, garnish with shredded romaine lettuce, olives, tzatziki, feta cheese and parsley.

greek bowls | designlovefest
greek bowls | designlovefest
greek bowls | designlovefest

photos by: ivan solis
styling by: ivan solis and joanie cusack

09.22.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 86

“today’s colors are inspired by a photograph.” –

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09.22.17

SUPER MARCHÉ

we’re excited about victoria from ‘s new online shop, she has so many pretty vintage treasures that she sourced in france. everything is selling out, but there are so many pretty one-of-a-kind pieces that are still available… here are a few favorites, and you can shop the full collection .

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09.22.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 82

with the seasons changing i’m looking for ideas to give my home a bit of a refresh. first up: the bathroom. sometimes something as simple as switching out your shower curtain can give your bathroom a fresh look. my three favorite ways to switch things up in the bathroom are to 1) load the space with plants, 2) update your mirrors with one  in a unique shape, and 3) get a new shower curtain or bath mat you love. i’m also a huge fan of switching out your shower head! it’s a great way to make an impact in your daily routine. happy decorating this weekend! –

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09.21.17

TRAVELING THROUGH ITALY FAVORITES

my boyfriend and i have been planning this big trip through italy for many many months now and it’s coming to an end very soon. i wanted to give you 25 of our very favorite things to do, eat, drink and see…along with some tips about traveling through italy. it’s been so memorable and i’m so happy we decided to just go for it!

thank you to my friends who gave me recommendations and i hope this list helps plan your next trip. it can be kinda stressful planning a longer trip (we did 1 month) but it’s so incredible to immerse yourself into a culture.

we started with 5 days in rome…

1. was one of our top favorite meals in rome. make a reservation at la salumeria (it’s busy!) and order la gricia pasta and the burrata with sun dried cherry tomatoes. the cheese and meat plates are also insanely good.

2. is an awesome little bakery in a popular square. grab a few slices (wish i could try them all! my favorite was the ham) and a beer and enjoy on the street while people watching. cheap price and amazing taste.

3. is a cozy little restaurant with eclectic decor and good food. i also really enjoyed walking around that neighborhood. please get the squash pie with melted fontina. so unique!

NOW TRAVEL: ROME >> POSITANO

it’s a little tricky to get to positano but not too bad. we knew that the pricy part of our trip was going to be in the south of italy. there’s so much tourism there and it feels like all the prices just go way up for hotels, food, and transportation. but it’s worth seeing for sure, so you gotta just let that part go. we chose 2 nights in positano and 2 nights in capri and ended up extending capri by two more days. it was definitely the right amount of time for us.

we took a train from rome to naples and then got a private car to drive us to the hotel. our hotel was gonna charge like 150 euros for the drive (around 1.5 hours) but we used this recommended driver that charged us 120 and she was really great. it’s gonna be your most expensive transportation probably. the roads are very windy with extreme cliffs, i am not sure i would recommend driving it yourself. but that’s just me.

you can email [email protected] and they wrote me back immediately. tell them what time you want to be picked up from the train and they handle it all from there.

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