hello from France!

Rhone Valley France / Love & Lemons Rhone Valley France / Love & Lemons

Hello from France!

This past week, I’ve been in the Rhone Valley touring vineyards, tasting wine, taking in amazing views and of course eating great food. I’ll be back later this week with a new recipe, but for now here are some photos from my trip – of course, follow along on Instagram to see more!

Au Revoir!

Rhone Valley France / Love & Lemons

Special thanks to Atout France & Air France for sending me & for my new friends at Inter Rhone for taking me around!

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Happy Friday! I have a fun little weekend project for you – take a few extra moments to make your own hazelnut milk! It’s so delicious, I promise it’s worth the effort.

Actually, it requires very little effort, it just takes some planning ahead for the proper amount of soaking and chilling. The result is a delightfully lightly sweet & nutty milk that’s so yummy mixed with espresso or coffee. This time I made lattes with Nespresso’s Solelio & Giornio coffees which are light and medium in roast with red fruity & white floral notes respectively.

These are absolutely perfect for lazy Sunday mornings.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

The hazelnut milk is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and gently spiced with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s quick to make – blend your (soaked and rinsed) hazelnuts with filtered water (and the rest of the ingredients), strain the liquid through a nut milk bag, and voila – “milk.” Bottle and chill it overnight for the best flavor.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Jack and I have this ritual where whenever we stay at a hotel, the first thing we do is look for the Nespresso. We love that the coffee is really high quality and Jack always loves the selection. So we’re really excited to be partnering with them on their “See Mornings in a New Light” campaign. Making coffee and espresso (the same machine does both!) with the VerutoLine Evoluo machine made our weekend coffee ritual feel like we were back on vacation.

Because the days are getting warmer, I poured my coffee over ice before mixing it with the hazelnut milk. (Tip, brew some extra coffee capsules ahead of time and freeze your coffee into ice cubes to retain the full flavor of the coffee)

I also used the Aeroccino4 to make froth (you can make hot or cold froth), which made my Sunday coffee all that much fancier.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

Jack and I usually spend our weekend mornings on the couch. This time, Jack snapped photos while Annie, our crazy little dog (who by the way is not allowed on the couch), told me all about her morning while she tried to get a lick of my coffee.

Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk Latte

One last thing I just found out about that I want to mention is that the coffee capsules are totally recyclable. They have a bunch of ways to do it (you can drop bags off at various stores or UPS locations, click here to search by zip code) and it makes me feel good that they thought of this.

Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

I’ve had a torn page from last month’s Bon Appetit issue sitting on my desk for the last few weeks. Whenever I’d look away from the computer or pace around the room while on the phone (P.S. does anyone else need to walk while they talk?), I’d glance at this pie recipe out of the corner of my eye and think “strawberry pistachio, YES! Why didn’t I think of this combo before?”

This red and green ingredient pairing of pistachios and strawberries is like christmas in July, er… June. This recipe works just as well with walnuts or pecans, but it’s just so pretty with pistachios.

Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

While I got the ingredient idea from Bon Appetit’s pie recipe, this recipe is actually a version of a peach & plum crumble that I made last summer. It’s not too unhealthy as far as desserts go and it’s much easier than pie. I use almond flour (that I make myself by blending raw almonds) so that it’s entirely gluten free. It’s also vegan, made with coconut oil instead of butter.

The crumble topping is so nutty and delicious, I also just love it raw on top of cold sliced strawberries. If it’s too hot outside to turn your oven on, make this parfait-style! The crumble will keep in a container stored in the fridge for at least a few days.

Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches

Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches

What’s better than avocado on sliced bread? Avocado in between soft seedy sliced bread… with lemon-edamame filling, sliced cucumbers, tons of sprouts, and pickled onions. This is a green monster of a sandwich.

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First let’s talk about this spread and why I was inspired to make it. Jack and I had a Sunday ritual where we ate lunch every week at a place here in Austin called The Steeping Room. I guess you could call it our church because we went every week like clockwork and dutifully ordered the same thing – I got the Lemon Edamame Tea Sandwiches with a cup of Tomato Coconut Bisque (and Jack got a roast beef sandwich, but we don’t need to talk about that…). Ok, we still go there and still order those things, but I finally made a version of the sandwich at home – only I made it a bigger sandwich because I like it so much.

Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches

Now the bread. I often get comments and emails asking what kind of vegan bread I like and where I buy it. Which is why I’m excited to share eureka!® Organic Bread (with whom we’ve partnered on this post) with you today – it’s entirely vegan, certified organic, and made with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. It’s super soft and SO delicious. Sometimes “healthier” breads can taste like cardboard, but not this one! It comes in many varieties – pictured here is Top Seed®, which is full of flax, sunflower and sesame seeds. The best part is that you don’t have to go to a specialty store to find it – it’s in most regular grocery stores (HEB here in Texas) and Target stores. (here’s a handy zip code locator).

Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches

I should mention that the edamame spread is also great all by itself on toast. There’s no avocado in the spread itself so it’ll last for 4 to 5 days in the fridge. I’ve found it handy for all of those moments during the week when I crave avocado toast but my avocados are either underripe or non-existent. I don’t know why, but creamy green stuff on toast is just delicious!

I hope you love this one as much as I do :)

Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches

Favorite Places in Austin to Eat & Drink

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

I get so many emails asking about my favorite places to eat and drink in Austin. It used to be pretty easy to make a list for people from out-of-town, but in the past couple of years Austin has really become a top notch food city. The list of restaurants to hit is becoming endless, so today I’m narrowing it down to just a few of my favorites and when (and with whom) I would go.

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And now, let’s eat!

Meet over Margaritas (w/ Guac tasting platter): La Condesa or El Naranjo

Brunch with Girlfriends: Josephine House or Café No Sé

Patio Perfect: Perla’s or Contigo

Breakfast in Bed: South Congress Hotel or Hotel St. Cecilia

All the tacos: Taco Deli or Veracruz All Natural

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

Very Veggie: Bouldin Creek Cafe or The Steeping Room

Most Instagrammable: Elizabeth St. Cafe

Something Sweet: Sugar Mamas (vegan & gf cupcakes!) or Lick Ice Cream

Dinner with the Folks: Odd Duck or Central Standard

Remote Office: Mañana or Seventh Flag Coffee

Yes way, Rosé: House Wine or Lenoir Wine Garden

When in Rome Austin: Dolce Neve Gelato

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

Table for Two: Lenoir

Quick Bite: Snap Kitchen or the Downtown Whole Foods

Hike the Town Lake Trail and Head To: Juice Society

Noodles! Ramen Tatsu Ya

This post is sponsored by Square Cash, all opinions are my own!