//florida rides//orzo with bacon and summer vegetables//backyard wild flowers//new tevas *view from above*//

//the dali museum installation tree//morning coffee c/o dutch monkey donuts/postcards inn photo installation//new favorite ponce city market building//

//kapa vita summer livin'it live @byzantine museum//delicious greek food//sea shells picking//my favorite beach in greece//


Tea-poached salmon noodle bowls.

This plate has been cooked in our kitchen on a regular rotation and I have to admit that it's one of my favorite salmon recipes to date. It comes from one of my favorite recipe books, The Sprouted kitchen, and I daaaare you to try it out. I often find myself to really wanting to sample a new recipe just because it's giving me those signs it's going to be a good one, but most of the times "this mom" doesn't have all the necessary ingredients. So, I try to find ways to use what I have available in my pantry that may not change the overall taste/texture/flavor. After all, kitchen is a place to experiment, isn't it you guys? This time, I made some changes to some of the secondary ingredients the original recipe uses, such as using wide noodles instead of soba, substituting fresh ginger with ground one or replacing tahini with smooth peanut butter, and I assure you the result was non other than one of the most addictive salmon noodle bowls around.

Soba bowls with tea-poached salmon (adapted from The Sprouted kitchen)

Serves 4

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons agave nectar
Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 bunch broccoli
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Pinch of sea salt
3 bags green tea
1 tablespoon peppercorns
½ cup mirin or dry white wine
1¼ pound wild salmon fillet
1 (9.5-ounce) package soba noodles
4 green onions, white and green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal
½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup white or black sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, tahini, agave nectar, lime zest and juice, tamari, and grated ginger until smooth. Set aside.
Cut the broccoli into small florets, including some of the stems. Combine the broccoli in a bowl with the olive oil, garlic, and salt and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven.
In a saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a gentle simmer. Turn the heat down to low, add the tea bags and peppercorns and steep for 3 minutes, then discard the tea bags. Add the mirin to the poaching liquid. Gently slide in the salmon, skin side down. Cover, and cook until the salmon is just barely cooked in the middle, 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. If in doubt, it’s better to undercook the salmon a bit rather than overcook it. Remove the salmon to a plate and flake it with a fork (you will notice a natural grain). Set aside and loosely cover with foil.Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the soba noodles according to package instructions or until al dente.
While the noodles cook, chop the roasted broccoli. Drain the noodles. In a large bowl, toss together the warm noodles, broccoli, dressing, green onions, and half the cilantro. Divide the noodles among four bowls, top with a portion of the salmon, and sprinkle the remaining cilantro and the sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately.


Designer of the week: Maiyet.

So psyched for this collection from Maiyet for pre-fall '15. Be sure to check on this one-


Take me there.

Such a greatly decorated boutique hotel, in one of my top of the list places to visit: Internacional design hotel, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Simply loving it and absolutely craving the bamboo details, omg..


The little things.

/flower arrangements/

/favorite shells from mexico/

/fresh berries for topping pancakes/

/awesome breakfast at the Flying biscuit/

/old and new/

/birthday cakes/


Music of the day.

heard this supreme ;) song the other day and I'd love to share with you guys-

The Supremes-Where did our love go


Tomato cream pasta sauce.

Wow. I have tried out lots of different tomato sauces, simple or not, but none of them was the perfect one for my tastes. I experimented with lots of spices or the additions of onion, garlic and peppers or not and I ended up with the conclusion that this recipe uses the exact right ingredients in the exact right amounts. Of course, there is a key ingredient called: whipped cream which achieves this perfect pink color at the end, however I'm a strong believer that if you left it out, the result would still be one of the best recipes for simple yet so tasty tomato sauces I have ever made.

Tomato cream pasta sauce recipe (adapted from Pioneer woman)

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 whole Medium Onion, Finely Diced
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 cans (15 Oz. Size) Tomato Sauce Or Marinara Sauce
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Dash Of Sugar (more To Taste)
1 cup Heavy Cream
Grated Parmesan Or Romano Cheese, To Taste
Fresh Basil, Chopped
1-1/2 pound Fettuccine

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
Heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for a minute or so. Pour in tomato sauce and add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Stir and cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in cream. Add cheese to taste, then check seasonings. Stir in pasta and chopped basil and serve immediately. (Thin with pasta water before adding basil if needed.)

Dig in and enjoy!


Karen's time machine.

As you may have noticed by now, I'm a huge fan of Karen Walker collections. I love the brand's style, the patterns they use, the cuts, the 'so now' aesthetics combined with this sense of vintage feel that I'm always in search for in my everyday wear. Oh yeah, maybe the most important thing about every collection is that every piece makes a statement without being too bossy, if you know what I mean?
Yeah-way to that too of course!

This is from the latest 'Time Machine' collection.


Music of the day/Song of the summer.

This is my song for the summer..........it was played on repeat during our road trips on the greek islands, a tune I stuck to from the first time I ever listened to it-

Parov Stelar/Keep this fire burning


On Ikea news.

Just how cool are the upcoming collections of Ikea?

Hemsmak one is all about pickling and preserving, consisting of some beautiful made carafes, jars and bottles, but the thing I'm more excited about is that part of the collection are some really pretty labels and tags in different shapes and sizes along with cute strings, pens and tapes that your delicacies project can be more fun. DIYers unite!
Collection coming out August 2015.

Sinnerlig collection is a beautiful collection of furniture and things for your working, dining or lounging space. Some of the things I love from the collection are the ceramics and the tables and couches. What is really great about this one is that the products designer Ilse Crawford used have so nice details and are made of natural materials such as cork, ceramics and glass that feel so good to touch and use. Well done!
Available from October 2015.

first three photos from Sinnerlig collection/last four photos from Hemsmak collection


Designer of the week: Vilshenko.

Olga Viskenko for Vilshenko.
Such a unique aesthetic, perfectly imperfect pairings for this sophisticated line. This is pre-fall 2015.