I had always wanted to try fish tacos, but a part of me knew that even if I found an absolutely perfect restaurant here in New York—there are, of course, many contenders –the dish would still be lacking what makes them a West Coast phenomenon (I'm thinking sun, sand, and ocean waves). I figured homemade would be a good substitute, especially since this recipe is lighter than most mainly because the fish is baked and not fried. I used cod because it was available, but any white fish will do. The fun here is in the marinade, sauce, and accompaniments–and how wonderfully colorful the tacos look when assembled.
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
4 cloves garlic, grated or mashed
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 pound tilapia, mahi-mahi, or cod fillets, cut into chunks
1 (8 ounce) container reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup adobo sauce from chipotle peppers
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
salt and pepper to taste
1 (10 ounce) package tortillas (or homemade)
3 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 avocado, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 small head cabbage, cored and shredded
2 limes, cut in wedges
1. To make the marinade, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, seafood seasoning, black pepper, and hot sauce in a bowl until blended.
2. Place the cut fish in a bowl and pour the marinade. Turn to coat. Cover, and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
3. To make the sauce, mix the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste Cover, and refrigerate until needed.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove fish from marinade, draining and discarding any excess. Prepare tray with racks set above foil. Bake fish on rack in a preheated oven until it flakes and is opaque, about 10 minutes.
4. Assemble tacos by placing chopped fish in the center of tortillas with desired amounts of toppings. Drizzle with sauce.
To serve, roll tortillas around filling and garnish with lime wedges. Pair with beans and/or rice.
If you had asked me a few years ago what my favorite color clothing was I'd have said black. While it's often still my go-to (it's just so easy to match things when you're wearing it), I have a new appreciation for all sorts of colors, prints, and patterns. I love the pop of my yellow bag next to the watercolor design of my skirt, but most of all I adore my new bracelets: they're a pale minty green leather set off by gorgeous gold bars and they make any of my outfits more interesting. Amy Fine's shop carries these bangles in every color you could imagine, from periwinkle blue to bamboo yellow. So while black-colored clothing used to enjoy a starring role in my wardrobe, I find myself now using it to anchor the other hues I'm wearing.
Skirt: Gauzy Maxi Skirt in Multi-Color, Attention [was $25, available here]
Shirt: 1×1 Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Top in Black, Splendid [was $50,
Shoes: Leather and Cork Sandals in Black, Nine West [no longer available]
Bag: Uptown Tote in Yellow/Maple, J. Crew [no longer available]
Nails: "Provence," Revlon
[Photos from Just Jared]
Living on the East coast makes Coachella seem like it's a world away–but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the sun, music, crowds, and relaxed fashion vicariously through others. With its official end this past weekend, I found myself tallying its various sartorial hits and misses. So many celebrities seem to try too hard–I'm looking at you Emma Roberts and Katy Perry–and some barely try at all (you really should have done better Lauren Conrad and Lea Michele). Then some people get it just right. Technically this Rosie Huntington-Whiteley outfit had one too many trendy elements, but they suited the event and her style so perfectly it worked. Daisy-embellished shorts? A sheer, unbuttoned blouse with a nude bra? Lots of mismatched gold jewelry? Taupe ankle boots? A denim bag? Yes to all of the above.
What do you think? Did you have a favorite look from Coachella 2012?
[Photo from Style Stalker - 9 to 5 Shirt in White, Style Stalker - $119, available here]
[Photo from Saks - Chain Wedge Nappa Boot in Gray, Givenchy - $912,
[Photo from J Brand - Similar Style: 1214 Mid-Rise Boy Fit Jean, J Brand x Christopher Kane - $2250, available here]
[Photo from Westward Leaning - No 4 Teddy Roosevelt in Black, Westward Leaning - $225, available here]
[Photo from My Theresa - Lily Quilted Shoulder Bag in Light Blue Washed Denim, Mulberry - was $759,
To me, there is no more perfect café lunch than a slice of quiche with a side salad. Yet when I order one out I always feel a twinge of guilt knowing the amount of butter, heavy cream, eggs, and cheese that were certainly thrown into the recipe. My at home version is lighter thanks to a canola oil crust (which I use for everything from mini-quiches to dessert pies, it's fabulous) and part skim-dairy. I still think of it as a treat though and savor every last bite of filling and crumb of crust.
2-2/3 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup canola oil
6 tablespoons skim milk
1. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl.
2. Put the oil in a measuring cup then add the milk WITHOUT stirring. Quickly pour mixture into the flour and mix briefly. Do NOT refrigerate.
3. Flatten dough by rolling on floured surface or between two sheets of wax paper (the crust is easily repairable). Place in pan.
For the filling:
5 cups coarsely grated zucchini (about 1 pound)
3/4 teaspoons salt, divided
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Place grated zucchini in colander set over large bowl. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss to coat. Let drain 30 minutes. Working in batches, squeeze zucchini in towel to remove as much liquid as possible.
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
3. Add zucchini and lemon juice; reduce heat to medium-low and cook until zucchini is tender, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
4. Whisk ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan, egg, lemon zest, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Stir in cooled zucchini mixture.
5. Pour into pie crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until crust is golden and filling is set. Serve warm or at room temperature.
[Photo from Neiman Marcus - $975, available here]
You've done something right if your brand's signature look can be identified by just a few pared-down hardware details. This tote has the studs, skinny leather ties, buckles, and dangling mirror present on Balenciaga's most popular styles (like the Lariat, Arena, and Papier) but instead of lambskin, they're all attached to a colorful raffia weave. The warm tones have me thinking about summer and I must say this would make a fierce beach bag. While I worry about sand touching anything pricey, I do love to make a statement while vacationing or day-tripping.
When I get a new handbag I can't stop wearing it–I find a way to convince myself that it matches everything in my closet and that the rest of the world will see it as the statement piece I think it is. Luckily for me, both of these ideas are without a doubt true for this gorgeous neutral-colored clutch. I was positively stunned when it arrived courtesy of GiGi New York: the dyed textured surface is perfectly detailed, it can fit so much for its size, and it comes with a fabulous (and completely detachable) skinny shoulder strap. Even the packaging was luxe–I'm such a sucker for sturdy boxes and labeled dust bags. The only bad thing about owning this bag is finding reasons not to wear it.
p.s. Thinking of shopping GiGi New York? You should (!!!) and when you do, be sure to use the code BEAUTIFUL made exclusively for my readers–you'll receive 20% off your order!
Shirt: Button-Down Blouse, Elena Miro [vintage]
Pants: Artist Crop Jean in "Bright Indigo Destroy," American Eagle Outfitters [$49.50, available here]
Shoes: Ballet flats in Nude, Nine West [similar style available here]
Bag: Envelope Clutch in Taupe Embossed Python, c/o GiGi New York [$180, available here]
Jewelry: Assorted bangles, Alex and Ani; Evil Eye Bracelet, Macy's; White Watch, Nordstrom [old]
[budding trees in Central Park]
[subtly sweet blueberry champagne at brunch]
[fresh tomato basil bruschetta]
[well-manicured planters on the Upper East Side]
[the year's first summery sky]
The addage "April showers bring May flowers" may not apply this year–even though it's the middle of the pivotal month it's hardly rained a drop in New York. Except for a scorcher a few days ago and some randomly overcast days, the weather's instead been wonderfully mild. Winters in NYC can be brutal and summers just as intense, so I always try to take the time to enjoy the transitional seasons. This spring that means dressing lighter, walking the scenic routes, sampling lighter fare, and stopping to notice the flowers that I hope will continue to bloom all summer long.
If I could, I'd wear this vest every day–eventually someone would try to stop me from being so repetitive but really it's the sentiment that counts. I'm sure you know what a perfect knit feels like–so soft and cozy without being itchy or too heavy–and that's exactly what Vkoo managed to capture with their cashmere. I've worn this piece in the winter but right now I'm content to throw it over a light shirt and just head outside.
Shirt: Tissue long-sleeve V-neck tee in White, J.Crew [was $32.50, available here]
Vest: Cashmere Draped Vest in 'Frost,' Vkoo [was $338,
Jeans: Barely Bootcut in 'Nite Wash,' Skinny Jeans [$178, available here]
Shoes: Aria Platform Sling-backs in 'Nude Patent,' Pour La Victoire [were $250,
Bag: Python Print Drawstring Shopper Tote in Beige, Cole Haan [no longer available]
Jewelry: Jewlery: Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Necklace in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [from $795, available here]; Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Bracelet in Yellow Gold, Tiffany & Co. [$525, available here]; Rings [gifts]
[Photos from The Daily Mail]
Is Khloe my least favorite Kardashian? Possibly–I'm not the most avid watcher of the family's multiple reality shows but in the episodes I have seen (and of course enjoyed) she does seem to be the most meddlesome. Don't get me wrong, I love her outfits just as often as I do some of the ones put together by Kim and Kourtney. The hair, the shoes, the handbags– all consistantly trendy, expensive, and amazingly well-coordinated. This outfit caught my eye for two reasons: one, it's so floaty and spring-like, and two, those shoes. A 5.5 inch heel, two-toned bright color, and an ankle strap? Be still my heart. I love Jimmy Choo more and more every day.
[Photo from Zappos - Cascade Mini Dress in 'Side Porch Print,' Tucker - $368, available here]
[Photo from Fashion Forward - Letitia Platform Sandal in 'Coral,' Jimmy Choo - $1495, available here]