Posts Tagged ‘Casual Entertaining’

Berlin Dinner Party

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My mom took these pictures of the dinner party Buck hosted for her visit to Berlin last month. He is in grad school in Frankfurt but lives most of the time in Berlin while running a company based in New York. Brother Buck is so cosmopolitan.

How darling is the presentation? If you don’t have platters just lay some parchment on the table and go to town.

A spartan student budget doesn’t mean you can’t entertain with style. A cluster of votive candles in a white dish is always elegant.

Looks delicious!

xo,

Lydia

Sunset Magazine

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Growing up in Chicago, Sarah was influenced by the copies of Gourmet magazine her grandmother savored and saved around her house and you have heard us mention our love for Martha Stewart Living many times. Our A & O weekly menus are often influenced by recipes from Food and Wine and Bon Appetit but there is a lifestyle magazine we have never mentioned.

Sunset Mag

I grew up in Marin County, California and my mom subscribed to Sunset Magazine. In fact our back deck was once featured in the magazine to showcase my parent’s cool DIY  flower “planters” made from raw corrugated metal tubes.

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While the feature in Sunset held bragging rights for a few years in the late 80’s, I never ever purchased a copy of Sunset Magazine after I left my parent’s house for adulthood. Well that is about to change, this wonderful article from the New York Times inspired me. I can’t possible sum up the true California casual chic values of Sunset Magazine better than this article from yesterday. Read the article, browse around Sunset.com or subscribe to Sunset Magazine and let’s cook some dishes from the mag together!

Sunset headquarters

Heidi Schumann for The New York Times

This is my favorite excerpt from the article by Kim Severson:

Today, if you were to go to Ms. Fairchild’s house for dinner looking for a quintessential California meal, she would serve chili-rubbed grilled chicken, a pot of long-simmered pinto beans and a large green salad shot through with avocado and orange, and seasoned with red wine vinaigrette. There would be a pitcher of from-scratch margaritas. For dessert, fresh fruit and a lemon bar or maybe a brownie.

“The fresh with the indulgence — that’s very California,” she said.

YUM! What a down to earth and fresh idea for a dinner party menu or the next time you host a sports game viewing.

xo,
LE

PS- Thanks to Anjali for the article