Soup season has officially arrived in New York City, so what better time to experiment with some new recipes. I came up with this one a few days ago when my best friend dropped by for a long overdue catch-up session. The cold and rainy weather made it the perfect time to warm up with a delicious bowl of goodness made from butternut squash, carrots, and lots of fresh thyme. Take a look at the recipe below, and happy eating!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup
Pre-chopped or Whole Butternut Squash (you need about 3 cups)
2-3 Large Carrots, Roughly Cut into Rounds
Fresh Thyme, about 10 Springs on the Stem
Medium Sized Sweet Onion, Sliced
3/4- 1 Cup Coconut Cream
2-3 Tsp Salt
2-3 Tsp Lemon Pepper
2-3 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
Dash of Smoked Paprika
4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add cut squash, carrots and onions onto a lined baking sheet with fresh thyme. Add olive oil so everything is lightly covered, salt and pepper and roast for 10-12 minutes until tender and veggies start to caramelize. Some of the veggies will char more than others, but this will add to the flavor of your soup.
Remove from oven and discard any excess hard thyme stems if needed. Remove some of the butternut squash, place in a small bowl and reserve for garnish.Transfer the remaining veggies to the stove top into a dutch oven or large pot on medium heat. Add more olive oil, and the veggie broth. Stir in more salt, and pepper, and add cayenne, smoked paprika and chopped garlic. Bring everything to a slight boil to make sure all veggies are soft enough to puree about 3-5 minutes. Use a spoon to start to break up everything to be sure.
Pour in coconut cream and stir until all combined and remove from heat. With an immersion blender, blend everything to your desired thickness. Add more veggie broth if you like a thinner texture. You can also transfer to a food processor in batches if you don’t have an a handheld blender.
Put soup back on low heat to simmer til ready to serve and add any additional seasoning to taste. Top bowls with reserved squash and cilantro.
Everytime I visit my hometown of Dallas, Texas, I am blown away by how much it has changed! At age 18, I left Dallas to go to Philadelphia for college, and over the years of coming back I have witnessed the slow transition of my city from a pretty cool place to visit to a must-see explosive arena of great shopping, food, and technology. On a recent visit to see family, I decided to be a tourist and check out some of the hottest spots in town. Take a look at my picks below.
RECHARGE at Houndstooth Coffee
I met an old friend and her adorable new baby, Valentina at this cool coffee brand’s Knox-Henderson location. The industrial interiors complete with pendant lighting and exposed beams gives the space a modern edge that is trending through many of the city’s restaurants and bars. www.houndstoothcoffee.com
Image courtesy of Houndstooth coffee’s Facebook page
STAY+EAT+ DRINK at The Joule Hotel
Got a quick bite and some cocktails at this downtown hotel, which is located on Main street a couple doors down from the very first Neiman Marcus department store. Growing up, downtown Dallas closed very early and you could barely get a meal after 6pm. Now, it never sleeps due to the many chic hotels, shops and bars in the area. I loved the speakeasy vibe of the hotel’s lower level lounge, Midnight Rambler. The small plates and drinks were inventive and delicious! www.thejouledallas.com
Image courtesy of The Joule Hotel’s Facebook Page.
Photo by Catherine Downes
SHOP at NorthPark Center
Funny story about this mall. I worked here at The Gap in high school and we had about 5 places to eat when it came to break time. Now, it rivals some of the best and largest malls in the country with tons of food options, a movie theater and every store you can imagine. I love going to the Neiman’s here and eating at the Mermaid Bar-– they have the best tortilla soup in town! Another favorite shopping go-to spot are the shops at Mockingbird Station. www.northparkcenter.com
Image from MockingBirdStation.com
DANCE at S4 and Havanas
I can’t visit Dallas and not visit the local gay-berhood. The strip, as Dallasites call it is a stretch of bars, dance clubs, eateries and shops along Cedars Springs Road. Most people on a night out will start with drinks at JR’s,a huge two-story bar with several rooms, video screens and an outdoor patio, then dance the night away at either S4 or Havanas. www.station4dallas.com
A new men’s statement sock trend has emerged over the Summer and is on track to continue throughout the coming seasons. Designers like: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, and coveted streetwear brands like: Off-White and Vetements have taken the once only utilitarian item from a mere whisper to a bold statement by incorporating whimsical details like: embroidery, logos, and even a reminder of which foot to place each sock on! (see below)
I’ve always been a fan of fun socks and have shopped brands like Happy Socks, religiously. These brands, however are leading the charge in the fashion sock revolution and with price tags reaching upwards of $80.00, don’t be surprised when you see more creeping out from under pants to over them.
Take a look at a few of my favorite shots featuring some statement socks of my own. I’m dying for these, next!
These from Vetements have “Left” and “Right” embroidered on them..in case you forget.
From Gucci. There’s an embroidered tiger on each side. See the full design, here.
Vetements with my favorite pair of Vans
This coming March, I will be visiting Paris– the alluring city of lights, and pray I can look half as cool as the models in the recent Spring/Summer 2018 shows. Take a look at five of my style standouts below.
Commes des Garçons
Images and full shows, here.
This pineapple margarita has become the go-to drink in our house because it’s so easy to make. The sweet and tart balance of ingredients is the perfect combo on a hot summer day. Have a sip on one this weekend, and let me know how you like it in the comments below!
What You’ll Need:
Fresh Lime Juice
Tequila (I use Don Julio Blanco as pictured)
Fresh Pineapple for Garnish (optional)
How to Make:
In a cocktail shaker, combine the juice of 1 lime, 4 ounces of tequila and 2 ounces of triple sec. Add 4 ounces of pineapple juice (if using the pictured Dole size, it’s a little over half of one can per drink.) Squeeze in a couple drops of agave and shake with ice. Pour in a salted 12 ounce glass and add more ice if desired. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
A Tasty Variation:
Use your favorite Mezcal or spicy tequila for some added smokiness or heat. 😋
This week, Virgil Abloh presented his Spring/Summer 2018 collection for Off-White, his street-wear and street-wise label, to eager fans at Pitti Uomo. Said to be Abloh’s most important collection to date, the presentation included politically-charged poems that were projected onto the walls of the building. The text which was re-imagined by artist, Jenny Holzer by incorporating light and bold typography dealt with the socio-political crises in both Syria and Palestine. In a recent interview with WWD, Abloh described the show as “highly influenced by the current time that we are in and I think there are relevant issues in terms of politics and the young generation versus the preceding generations..”
The collection titled, Temperature, was inspired by Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s controversial novel we all had to read (or pretended to read) in high school. Models charged the dimly-lit runway in a primarily neutral palette of blacks and whites. Abloh’s elevated street style aesthetic was present in exaggerated collars, unexpected zip-off details, and belted waists. Pops of oranges and blues were introduced with over-sized plastic bags, hoods and puffer vests all resembling elements of life preserving gear- a theme that ran through the collection as the designer’s nod to the many lives lost of refugees crossing the Mediterranean in escape of warfare.
Abloh, who is the son of an immigrant from Ghana, undoubtedly feels the closeness of today’s political climate to home. “In this climate, coming off recent elections, I have a voice,” the designer told Vogue in response to the collection… “In my work, I react.”
All Images from PittiImagine.com. See the full Off-White Collection, here