Author: Jax Risser

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5 Kitchen Tools Real Chefs Register For

Back at our Los Angeles Zola Townhouse, we had the pleasure of working with Pace Webb, executive chef and owner of Taste of Pace, her catering company. She’s one of the most sought-after chefs on the LA food scene and after she cooked for our events, we could see why. She makes the type of food that is so pretty, but you’re not-at-all scared to eat it because you know it will be insanely delicious. And it was! Then we started chatting with her and we became full-fledged fans. We asked our new friend to tell us what real chefs like herself would register for. Here are her top five kitchen must-haves. Signature Round Dutch Oven, Le Creuset Flame, 5.5 quart “A right of passage for any adult—chef or not—is to own their very own Le Creuset piece! The Dutch Oven is an absolute staple of any kitchen and can last for generations. This all-purpose cookware is perfect for creating stews, cooking vegetables or grains, and one-pot meals. I love to braise meat in my Dutch …

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Zola Townhouse: Meet Our LA Host, Parachute Founder + CEO Ariel Kaye

Starting January 24 thru February 4, our West Coast friends can get the full Zola experience at the new Zola Townhouse popping up in The Parachute Hotel in Venice. If you’re in LA, stop by or make an appointment to shop hundreds of registry items and get inspired to build your newlywed home. Or just hang. You can always do that, too. Because, #humblebrag, the place is oh-so-cozy and we’re so happy with how it turned out. And a lot of that is due to our host and city guide, Ariel Kaye, Founder and CEO of Parachute. We chatted with the LA native about her recent engagement(!), her brand, bedding tips for couples, and The Parachute Hotel’s neighborhood. ZOLA: Congrats on your engagement! Tell us how it went down. And we have to know… anything you or your husband-to-be are excited to register for? AK: Thank you so much! My fiancé proposed on Christmas while we were walking our puppy by the beach in Santa Monica—just a few blocks away from where we grew up and used to hang out …

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Sweets for Your Sweet: 6 Must-Do Desserts for Couples

We consulted our friends at Reserve again for this last post of their series. Do you and your significant other find yourselves planning meals around what’s for dessert? Whether you’re an expert on the sweet stuff or just appreciate a sugary treat, restaurants these days are upping their game when it comes to the grand finales of their incredible meals. Whatever your pleasure — pies, cakes, ice creams (or heck, even waffles!) — get ready to be blown away by these restaurants’ latest drool-worthy creations. New York City ABC Kitchen – Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae A mighty mountain of salted caramel ice cream, candied peanuts and popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. ABC Kitchen & Michelin starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten invite you to enjoy their award-winning cuisine, curated in alignment with the farm-to-table movement. Cosme – Husk Meringue with Corn Mousse The most instagrammed dessert of 2015, a showstopper born of a happy accident (accidentally crushed pastries filled — on-the-fly — with sweet corn cream) has changed our lives forever. Inside a chic, softly lit space, Chef …

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Something Borrowed, Something New: 8 Restaurants for Adventurous Couples

We consulted our friends at Reserve again for this next post. Are you the type of couple that dreams of jetting off to Europe on a moment’s notice? Maybe it’s backpacking through Asia you crave, or sailing through the Caribbean islands, lazily lingering over a beachy drink in the briny ocean air. While we can’t all escape to our dream destinations this weekend, a few choice restaurants offer a delicious taste of adventure — enough to make us feel magically transported for an evening (and cheaper than a flight to Paris!) New York City Mission Chinese Food At the revamped New York outpost of the San Francisco cult favorite, Chef Danny Bowien delivers his fiery, creative takes on classic brasserie fare with Asian-American flavors. The menu showcases a blend of Sichuan heat and spice, served up in a chic Lower East Side space decked out with a roomy bar, communal tables and red banquettes. Toro Boston-based Co-Chef/Owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette bring their Barcelona-style tapas bar to New York, with an eclectic menu combining regional Spanish …

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Dining to Impress: 9 Restaurants to Bring the Future In-Laws

We consulted our friends at Reserve, the latest and greatest dining concierge, on this next blog series. We know where to eat can be just as stressful as deciding on what flavor of wedding cake you want, so read more to hear it from the pros. Here are a few of their favorite spots in three cities across the country to take the parental units for a meal that will make them welcome you to the family: New York City Telepan Telepan is a greenmarket-focused New American eatery with dishes focused on fresh, seasonal ingredients and local seafood. Located in a sophisticated brownstone, the restaurant’s dining room is unpretentious but still sophisticated. Quality Italian Quality Italian features reimagined adaptations of traditional steakhouse fare, served up in four unique dining rooms that draw inspiration from the traditional butcher guilds found throughout Italy. With showstoppers like Chicken Parm Pizza and to-die-for garlic bread — as well as a wine list bursting with over 325 bottles from around the world — what’s not to love? Pearl & Ash Pearl & Ash …

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Healthy Zoodle Recipes for Your Spiralizer

We brought in the girls from Tovita Nutrition to show us a few ways to get creative with the hottest new kitchen tool, the spiralizer. Tovita is a virtual nutrition counseling and concierge service run by registered dietitians Molly Rieger and Leah Silberman. Their private counseling sessions take place via video conference, which eliminates that time in transit we dread to get to and from appointments. The girls work with clients to create individualized meal plans catered to their unique lifestyle and goals. Their blog is a space where they provide healthy recipes, debunk the latest nutrition fads, and share interviews with influencers in the wellness world. Now let’s get to it, the Tovita girls are sharing their top two zoodle recipes: Green Goddess Zoodles This recipe is a Tovita favorite. It’s a new way to get your greens on when you just can’t eat another salad. The edamame adds a plant-based source of protein to help keep you satiated, along with the high fiber content with the mix of veggies. The almonds also have a bit …

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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: The Big Day

Your wedding day is finally here- take it all in! Whether you’ve been planning this day since you were five years old or for only a matter of months, the big day is always over in a flash. All I can recommend is to enjoy every moment! For these do’s and don’ts for the big day, we’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove. Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event, domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire. 1 | Don’t Be Nervous Calm your nerves. Weddings are such joyous occasions, but they can also be very stressful and a big monument of life. Vowing to dedicate the rest of your life with one person is no small matter …