diner en blanc vancouver

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Diner en Blanc Vancouver happened this week, and we enjoyed our evening! If you don’t know what this event is, it started out in Paris, and now in Vancouver, it’s an annual tradition. Bringing your own table, chairs and food may seem silly, but the outcome is really an experience to be had.

I obviously went with my hubs, and we had our meal catered by the italian eatery, Cioffis Cucina… now that was a charcuterie board, yes?

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If you have the opportunity to go to one in your city, do it. At least once!

  

life lately

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Happy Friday! I’ve been SO bad at blogging lately! Don’t lose faith in me! If you’re on Instagram and Snapchat with me (erincsousa), y0u’re up to date, and honestly, that’s where I share the most, so I hope you’ll pop over to join me.

Summer has been so busy and wonderful thus far! It was my birthday (this lemon vanilla cake from Sweet Bake Shop was beyond), our first anniversary, and there have been lots of fun outings and events to take part in. On top of that, and primarily, it’s been work. I’ve been so busy with clients – the business has really blown up and I’ve been having working so, so much.  For the later part of the summer, I’ll be heading to Osoyoos for a mini holiday before the summer ends at Watermark Resort, and to Pemberton for Araxi’s epic long table dinner, and staying at Summit Lodge in Whistler.  It will be really needed to get away for a bit, so I’m really looking forward to it!

 

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Deighton Cup is a day at the races, and I was so excited to wear a fancy lady hat – thanks so much, Hive Mind Hats!

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For our anniversary, I gifted Roberto a Hudson’s Bay blanket – he’s always wanted one. I say perfect for picnics, and he says he won’t let it touch the ground…

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Poolside content creation for a client – dying over this Barefoot Contessa romper and hat.

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Ava is too much. Especially in cute sunnies (from Barefoot Contessa)

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A business trip for Sparkle Media’s client Uptown Shopping Mall took us out to Victoria for a few days! This sunset was like nothing I’ve ever seen.

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Working anywhere has it’s perks, and sometime it’s from a hotel bed in Victoria.

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This oil is so lovely – it’s from Aerin’s fall collection! Estee Lauder is really doing some fun stuff for fall, and I was able to get a sneek peek at their fall launch.

our favourite summer dinner

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A few weeks ago, we celebrated my mom-in-law’s birthday, and I had NO time to focus on menu planning. Thank gosh for my hubs who came up with the most brilliant idea: Greek barbecue! Ok, so not sure that’s actually a ‘thing’ or that this meal is really all that Greek, but we had pita and tzatziki, so it kind of was, yes?

This is seriously one of the most tasty and easy meals to make and we officially decided it would be our go-to for entertaining. It’s as simple as getting some veggies (peppers, zucchini, red onion – toss in olive oil and a generous amount of salt and pepper before you poke ’em), and some meat (we chose chicken thighs because they aren’t only tastier, but more affordable than breasts). We marinated our meat in piri-piri sauce from Nando’s… do they have Nando’s in the US? Such an easy cheat. Pile everything onto your soaked skewers and you are ready to bbq!

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Grab your olive oil brushed pita, and warm them on the grill, get your homemade tzatziki ready, and some feta! I would love to nix the meat next time, and add pineapple to these skewers. I like to wrap everything in the pita, but you can eat them separately, too. I see it all as a form of self expression, really.

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And we must take a moment of silence for this cake. It’s a Lemon Meringue Cake from Sweet Bake Shop. A new fam fave (like, literally, the fam goes crazy for it). Isn’t it gorgeous?

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quick and easy tzatziki

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We recently celebrated my mom-in-law’s birthday, and we were hosting. I’ve been busier than ever (you’re like, “I know, you hardly even blog anymore”… I’m sorry!), so fitting in the time to meal plan, shop, prepare and cook was an overwhelming thought. Husband to the rescue! he came up with the most amazing greek menu that was super easy to execute.

He made this ultimate easy tzatziki for our Greek feast that I just had to share with you – it was tasty, cooling and just perfection! I’ll share the rest of the meal with you next week!

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GREEK TZATZIKI (serves 6)

  • ½ a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1½ cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • juice of one lemon
  1. Grate the cucumber and drain with a papertowl (squeeze the cucumber with a paper towel until all the water is removed – hey, keep that cucumber juice and add it to your water later…. his reco!)
  2. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, lemon, and salt in a large bowl. Leaving it in the fridge overnight helps the flavours combine, but it’s fine if you don’t have time.

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  3. Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Garnish with paprika and a few olives if you’re fancy like us.   Serve chilled with warm pita bread for dipping.

an urban picnic on robson street

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I seriously LOVE entertaining. as I move through life, I’ve learned that it’s also something that I do quite well! I’ve found so much joy in my home, decorating, and feeding loved ones! I’ve worked with Robson Street before, and when they asked me to host an intimate media lunch to promote their Pop-Up Picnic area, I was so excited!

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For bigger projects with plenty of lead time, I’ll usually start a secret pinboard to hold inspiration… I find this useful to really see what i’m attracted to, and I let this guide me. I never copy anything I see – I want everything I do to be authentic to my taste. For this project, I only had 10 days to pull it together, so I simply used the idea of an urban picnic, and went from there. I knew I had a space (in this case, a small patio area right on Robson and Thurlow), tables, chairs, and a takeout menu (the meals had to be chosen from the restaurants on Robson Street since this event was to promote the picnic area space that is ‘popped up’ for the summer, only).

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Working with that, I had a small budget to pull together other elements like the linens from Taffete Designs, napkins, cutlery, drinks, flowers and extras. I always like to create unique elements, so I used my own personal vases, cake stands, straws, mason jars, and made special placecards out of custom hasthtag macarons from Sweet Bake Shop.

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A little goodie bag full of Karameller Candy (in red and white, of course!) was the perfect take away. While I wanted the picnic to feel elevated, I wanted to stay true to the rustic ‘picnic’ feel, and added some watermelon, a vintage picnic basket (from Whiskey and Cake Home) and garden flowers from Flower Factory. When hosting, I always consider the comfort of my guests so I wanted to make them feel special, and give them plenty of opportunity for a great time, conversation with friends, and of course, the perfect photo opp! It was such a fun day – cannot wait until next time!

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