Month: November 2015

Register Early & Let The Gifts Begin!

So he (or she) was down on one knee it seems like less than five minutes ago. With all the emotions, excitement and phone calls, the next few days can feel like a whirlwind in the best possible way. After all the necessary congratulations, you’ll find that everyone in your life, for better or worse, has a question (or 50). When is the wedding? Where are you getting married? Do you know what kind of dress you want? Who is in your wedding party? Is my daughter your flower girl? Where are you registering? It’s easy to just nod along and respond with, “it’s only been half an hour Grandma! I’m still in shock!” as most of the questions above require careful planning and other considerations. But one of the first steps you should take as a newly engaged couple is to start the registry. Once the news hits social media, loved ones, family and friends all want to share in your celebration and start buying you gifts. So why not make sure the gifts …

Rum and Vanilla Poached Pear Recipe from #ZolaCouple Lorin & Matt

Matt, Executive Sous Chef at Per Se, and Lorin, a personal chef for a family, met while working at the world-renowned French Laundry in Napa Valley. For their first holiday as husband and wife, this Zola couple dishes on one of their favorite recipes for a Thanksgiving Day dessert. Rum & Vanilla Poached Pears Will need: medium cast iron or sauté pan with lid Ingredients: 2 Anjou pears 2/3 cup sugar 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 T ground cinnamon 3 T dark rum 1/3 cup water 2 tsp vanilla extract (or can scrape 1 vanilla bean) How to: Preheat a cast iron pan or medium sized sauté pan (not nonstick) over medium/high heat. In a small bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Stir to mix well. Peel the pears and split lengthwise. With a small spoon, scoop out the core and seeds. Place pears facedown in sugar mixture and then facedown into hot pan. Allow the face of the pear to caramelize until golden brown (5-8 minutes). Deglaze with rum and then add water and …

Brooklynites and #ZolaCouple Wed: Veronica & Tom

They locked eyes across the bar and a match was made! Read on for Veronica and Tom’s story, including their favorite meals and go-to dessert. How did you meet? The better question is probably how we didn’t meet! One night in late 2011, we happened to be at the same Chinatown bar – late. We saw each other across that bar and couldn’t stop staring, to such an extent that Veronica assumed Tom would make a move. The hour passed, though, and he was too shy, so Veronica left the bar…good thing she decided, before getting into a cab, to give him her number! She went back into the bar and (because he was already chatting with friends) dropped her number in his coat pocket and left…he found it later that night. How did you get engaged? Tom proposed at our favorite place in our neighborhood, on the beautiful Brooklyn Heights Promenade (with the help of an accordionist playing La Vie en Rose, or course). What was the first thing you did after you got engaged? …

Beginner’s Guide to: Hosting Essentials

Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess or your idea of entertaining is having friends over for movie night on the couch, these hosting essentials will have you covered for all your in-home social events. What is it? Basically, think of this as your one-stop-shop for all of your entertaining needs. I need this if? You need this is you ever plan on having anyone over for more than just a few minutes. Think friends, family, coworkers or even that nice lady down the hall. How many settings do I need? At the very least, you need the basics. For starter homes and apartments, we recommend getting a solid base of just the essentials to account for 4-8 guests. For a more spacious layout or those with additional storage space, we suggest enough settings to host 10-12. What style is right for me?  Great question! And an easy answer, too. With so many styles to choose from (think Art Deco, engraved, patterned, rustic, floral, solids, modern etc.), pick whatever suits your fancy. Mix and match or keep …