Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Travel :: The Charleston Food Scene

A month and a half later, I'm finally wrapping up my posts from Charleston.  And of course I saved the best for last -- the FOOD!  Asides from it's seaside location, historic architecture, and overflowing charm, one of the main reasons we chose to go to Charleston for a girl's weekend was it's booming restaurant scene.  As soon as we booked our hotel we got straight to business on picking restaurants {just one of the many reasons Brooke is my best friend}, and to be honest it was nearly impossible to decide!  Read on for my favorite spots...

Husk: Often listed as one of the top restaurants in the US {and voted best restaurant in the US by Bon Appétit in 2011}, visiting James Beard Award-winning Sean Brock's Husk was a given.  And thankfully the farm-to-table Southern restaurant did not disappoint.  The restaurant has a rotating menu that changes daily and includes any and everything, as long as every single grain, protein, vegetable and spice included is from the South.  

Jeni's Ice Cream: As a former Columbus, OH resident it's not the first time that I've waxed poetically about the perfection that is Jeni's Ice Cream.  Jeni is all about creating unique flavors with locally and sustainably sourced ingredients - think strawberry rose petal, goat cheese with roasted cherries, and sweet potato with torched marshmallows.  

Poogan's Porch: For a casual brunch, visit the classic Poogan's Porch.  Located in a beautifully restored Victorian house the impossibly charming Queen Street - Poogan's is all about low-country cuisine.  The Chicken & Waffles with Blueberry Maple Syrup are a must!

Peninsula Grill: Located inside of the beautiful Planter's Inn, Peninsula Grill is a perfect restaurant for when you're wanting to get dressed up and enjoy an elegant evening.  If the weather allows - you must sit outside in the stunning candlelit was definitely one of the more romantic places I have ever dined.  And for dessert, it's all about their famous Ultimate Coconut Cake.  I don't even typically like Coconut Cake, but trust me...this is life-changing!

The Ordinary: This seafood and oyster hall is located inside an old bank.  The ambiance is lively, the design is stunning {talk about swoon-worthy branding!}, the cocktails are unique, and the oysters are as fresh as can be.  This would be a perfect place to go with a big group for dinner and drinks before going out on the town!

Images via Dreams in HD and restaurant websites

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Interiors :: The Thanksgiving Table

This past weekend Ryan and I went to a Thanksgiving cooking class at Williams Sonoma, and being there seemed to increase my excitement for the holidays tenfold.  While we still go home for Thanksgiving, I look forward to one day when we host the big meal ourselves.  I envision a tablescape balanced with formal and casual, gilded and natural.  What about you?  Is your dream Thanksgiving table more traditional?  Or do you like things a little more eclectic?  Regardless, I'm definitely going to be recreating the asiago truffle mashed potatoes we made in our class...they were pure heaven!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Recipe :: Roasted Pear and Brie Tartine

Well hello strangers!  My first week on the job was fabulous and I'm excited to see what this next week brings me.  I'm not going to lie - things have been a little hectic around here, and I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to cooking.  So today I'm going to be sharing with you a recipe I created for Taffeta & Tulips last month for our blog swap.

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and this Roasted Pear and Brie Tartine is a festive option for a indulgent lunch or a holiday hors d'oeuvre.  You could easily cut the tartine into rectangular slices or serve it on small slices of baguette as a crostini.  The combination of sweet and savory, crusty and creamy, rich and light, makes for an absolute treat. 

Roasted Pear and Brie Tartine
Serves 2

2 bosc pears {I used one red and one green}
2 thick slices of rustic french boule or your favorite crusty bread 
6 oz brie
4 tablespoons chopped pistachios
Extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt
Fresh thyme
1/4 c. pomegranate seeds

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Carefully slice pears vertically, removing core as need be.  Place pear slices on a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes or until pears begin to caramelize. Remove from oven and let stand.

Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees.  Brush both sides of bread with olive oil and bake for approximately 5 minutes until the bottom side begins to get crispy.  Remove from oven, flip bread slices over, and cover with thick chunks of sliced brie.  Bake for approximately 6-8 minutes or until brie starts to melt.

Remove from oven, place pear slices on top of brie, and return to over for an addition 3-4 minutes or until brie is bubbling over the sides of the bread.  

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped pistachios, pomegranate seeds, fresh thyme, and Maldon sea salt.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil.  Serve immediately.  Bon appétit!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Interiors :: An 18th Century Sag Harbor House Tour

When I came across this home on The Plumed Nest last week I just knew I had to share.  The cozy 18th century Sag Harbor home of interior designer Ari Heckman and his partner Ethan Feinstein {which conveniently is next door to Feinstein's parent's home} seems like the perfect place to cuddle up next to a roaring fire and sip hot cocoa.  I love the wide planked floors, wood beams, bright and airy palette, and contemporary art collection.  For the full home tour you can visit the original article in Lonny.

Images via Lonny Magazine

Monday, November 10, 2014

Today is the Day!

Today is the day!  I'm starting a new job and couldn't be more excited.  Things may be a little quiet on Dreams in HD this week as I'm traveling for work and I'm sure will have an adjustment period as I settle into my new role, but I am so looking forward to see where the next year takes me.  Wish me luck!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Art :: Overgrowth

Overgrowth is an ongoing artistic collaboration between photographer Parker Fitzgerald and floral designer Riley Messina.  Aren't the anonymous portraits just beautiful?  They remind me of Kari Herer's work, one of my favorite Etsy artists.  Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Interiors :: A Dream Farmhouse Tour

Oh. my. gosh.  I need to prepare you for this one.  This Oklahoma farmhouse is overflowing with warmth, charm, pops of color, and rustic elegance.  I love the gorgeous views, the sprawling porches, the whitewashed walls, the outdoor spaces, and the stunning kitchen.  But my favorite part of the house?  The two adorable reading nooks!  For more photos read the full article on Style Me Pretty Living.