Cocktail Friday – Blood Orange Bellini

Cocktail Friday – Blood Orange Bellini

For the Friday before Valentine’s Day I wanted to share a festive easy-to-make cocktail and with blood oranges only in season for a little bit longer there are only a few more weekends to enjoy it! Serve this bellini with a special homemade breakfast this weekend to your sweetie, or start the evening with it – either way it’s sure to be a hit! Ingredients and directions below the photo.

Ingredients: serves 4
– Fresh-squeezed juice from 3 blood oranges
– 2 ounces of simple syrup
– Prosecco (or another sweet, sparkling wine)

1. Fill four champagne flutes two-thirds of the way with prosecco.
2. Pour a 1/2 ounce of simple syrup into each flute.
3. Pour 1 ounce of fresh-squeezed blood orange juice into the glasses (it’s important to pour this last).


Sleep Better with a Fiber Bed Mattress Topper

Sleep Better with a Fiber Bed Mattress Topper

Fiber bed is another type of mattress topper. Fiber bed is also known as down alternative mattress topper. Fiber bed is made of down-alternative polyester, which can add the softness to the mattress and make you have a comfortable sleep at night. It is a perfect replacement for down mattress topper. Moreover, since it is made of synthetic materials, it is a hypoallergenic product. This article will help you to know more about Fiber bed/down alternative mattress topper and know how to choose the best mattress topper you need.

Types of Fiber Bed Mattress Topper

Fiber Bed Mattress TopperFiber bed is made of various synthetic components, or the combination of different materials. Here are 4 main types of fiber bed.

  • Synthetic cluster fiber: This synthetic down alternative contains of clusters of synthetic fill, providing a soft layer that support its loft and comfort.
  • Micro fiber: this super small synthetic fiber provides an incredible lightweight and softness, at the same time, creates breathable surface which helps to cool down the heat.
  • Synthetic polyester fill: this is made of polyester threads with different benefits: the thinner strands of thread will make the fill denser and warmer, while the thicker ones can support the loft and durability.
  • Gel fiber fill: gel fiber is much better than polyester fill in supporting softness and light feeling. Gel technology also helps to prevent bacteria and allergies. It has great ability in retaining heat which make sleeper warm.


Like feather mattress topper made of down and feather, fiber bed made of down alternative matters the construction a lot, because it decides the even and smooth appearance for the topper. There are 2 types of constructions of fiber bed in general:

  • Baffle box: the baffle box construction has strips of fiber stitched between the top cover and the bottom cover, creating internal wall boxes in checkerboard patterns. It can ensure the fill even and fluffy.
  • Box stitch: box stitch design is as the same as baffle box, but instead of using strips of fiber to make the boxes, it use direct stitches to sew the top and bottom covers of the fill. It is perfect to enhance the fluffiness and puffiness of the topper.

Pros of The Mattress Topper Type

A down-alternative topper can cover almost all the benefits of a featherbed. And more than that, it is allergic resistant, because it is made of synthetic materials.

Down Alternative Mattress TopperLike feather, wool topper or latex mattress topper a fiber bed works really well in softening the mattress and comfort sleeper during sleep. Because of its amazing fluffiness and lightweight, it brings the cloud-like feeling when sleeping.

It also has capacity in eliminate the pressure points on sleeper’s body, helping to reduce the muscle pains such as back pain, hip pain, neck pain, etc. The fiber design can help to contour the body shape and weight to relieve the painting problem and uncomfortable feeling during the night.

Even though fiber bed is a synthetic product, it does not retain the heat during the sleep like memory foam or latex topper. Its design allows warming you up at night which is very helpful in cold winter. However, at the same time, it does not trap too much body temperature in hot nights and make you sweat. The tiny fibers of the down alternative polyester are breathable and allow the air circulation to work well.

What make the fiber bed different from featherbed is that fiber bed is hypoallergenic. The advantage of most of the synthetic products is some components to make it can be anti-allergic or anti-bacterial. You don’t have to worry about any allergies from your bed. However, fiber bed is an ideal environment for dust mites and mildew develop, which is why you need to wash it more often.

Having as the similar benefits and features as featherbed, so why we need to use fiber bed? For a reason: price. The price to purchase a fiber bed is much more reasonable than featherbed. The average price of fiber bed products is just about $60, while the average price of featherbed is $116. And if you want a high-quality featherbed, you usually have to pay more.


A fiber bed can become lumpy and uneven after a time of using. And it needs shaking/fluffing regularly to maintain loft and comfort.

Fiber bed can be easily decreased its quality and smoothness after machine washing. Machine drying may cause damage for the fluffiness of the topper. It is a big problem because fiber bed requires frequent washing to prevent dust mites. The better solution is dry cleaning.


Fiber bed’s performance is unable to compare with other types such as memory foam or wool mattress topper in its quality and comfort. However, with that affordable price, it is not a bad choice, especially if you can find top rated fibbed bed on the market. Let’s considers all the features of fiber bed which are mentioned above to purchase your perfect fiber bed topper.

5 DIY Easter Egg Ideas

5 DIY Easter Egg Ideas

Nothing quite says “Easter” like decorated Easter Eggs, and this year, there are more ideas than ever before on how to turn that small canvas into a work of art. To help you get started, I’ve gathered my Top Five favorite egg decorating ideas, from Gold-Leaf-Dipped to Marbleized Eggs using nail polish (don’t you love finding new purposes items you already have!?). My favorite part is all the options result in great pops of color for a Easter brunch centerpiece or festive spring decor. Resource links below the image.


Sources (clockwise from top) // Gold Leaf Eggs, Little Inspiration | Gold Confetti Dipped Eggs, Studio DIY | Confetti Dot Eggs, She Makes A Home

[Nibbles] :: Panko Chicken + Miso Salad + Brown Rice

[Nibbles] :: Panko Chicken + Miso Salad + Brown Rice

Happy Belated New Year to you all! For the first post in 2012, I’ve decided to share this delicious recipe for a Panko Breaded Chicken + Miso Salad + Brown Rice dinner. I first had this meal prepared by my uncle, and it was love-at-first-bite for me. He’s one of those “dash” of this & “spoonfuls” of that kind of cook – so I did some interpreting and put measurements to the ingredients and process. Turn on your printer, because this is one you’ll want to file! Read on for step-by-step instructions and photos…

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It’s easiest to break this dish down into three “mini-dishes”, which get layered just before serving.You’ll want to start by cooking the short-grain brown rice, this takes the longest (about 55 minutes). Do not take a shortcut here with instant rice – it makes a difference. I use Lundberg Organic Short Grain Brown Rice, and cook according to the package instructions – using half water & half chicken broth. Once it’s finished cooking remove from heat, and set aside.

Next step is preparing the salad –  you’ll need 3 cups baby arugula, 3 cups spring mix, 1 avocado (diced), 1 cucumber (peeled, diced) and 3 roma tomatoes (seeded, diced). Keep salad ingredients in separate bowls until ready to serve so everything stays fresh and crisp. For the miso dressing you’ll need 1/2 cup yellow miso paste, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Combine all the dressing ingredients, except the oil, gradually whisk in oil and set aside.

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Now it’s time to get your hands dirty…next step is the chicken. To serve four people, you’ll need 4 – 6 chicken breast cutlets, 2 cups flour + 1 teaspoon kosher salt + 1 teaspoon pepper, 4 eggs slightly beaten, 1 cup panko breadcrumbs (another important ingredient).

Slightly pound the chicken so it’s even then follow these three steps (1) coat both sides in flour mixture; (2) coat both sides in egg; (3) coat both sides in panko breadcrumbs, pressing lightly to get breadcrumbs to stick. Repeat with remaining chicken breast cutlets.

Using a cast iron skillet, pour in canola oil until it fills about 1/2- inch of the pan. Heat on medium-high heat for 3 – 4 minutes, until it reaches 350 – 365 degrees (a chef from a cooking class I took shared her trick, toss in a fresh herb to see if it sizzles – when it does, the oil is ready!). While the oil is heating, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Once the oil is hot, place two of the chicken breast cutlets in the oil. Turn over after two-minutes or once you see the edges becoming golden brown, cook other side for another two minutes then place on a clean baking sheet, lined with foil. Repeat until all chicken is cooked, then stick in oven for 5 – 7 minutes at 350 degrees.

While your chicken is in the oven, combine all the prepped salad ingredients from earlier in large bowl and toss with miso dressing. Once your chicken is done in the oven it’s time to assemble the plates. Scoop a 1/2 – 3/4 cup of rice on to the center of the plate, spread with a spoon to make a nice even layer. Next take 1 – 1 1/2 cup of the salad and place on top of the rice. Lastly, take your panko-breaded chicken and place on top of the salad.

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I’ve made this for dinner guests, by preparing the chicken in advance and putting in the fridge until I was ready to cook it. Turn on the rice when your guests arrive, have a cocktail and appetizer while it cooks. And have all your salad ingredients prepped so all you have to do is combine while the chicken is in the oven.


Rooftop Wine & Food Tasting Party :: Food + Wine

Rooftop Wine & Food Tasting Party :: Food + Wine

Today is Part 3 of my Rooftop Wine Party breakdown {click on the links to read about Part 2 (The Decor) or Part 1 (Overview)}. So let’s talk about the wine and food, the crux of the evening! A little background first, my husband and I love taking a 2-hour drive to Central Coast California to visit the wineries in Santa Ynez and Los Olivos. It was during a day trip up there earlier this year we decided we wanted to share some of our favorite wines with our friends.

Now there are SO many vineyards in that area, it was hard to choose the wines…but here was our line-up: Cold Heaven Viognier 2009, Demetria Grenache Rosé 2010, Alma Rosa Pinot Noir 2009 and Rusack Santa Rita Hills Syrah 2008.

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But before I dive into the pairings, let me back up to the beginning of the night. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine. There was also a cheese, dried fruit and nut platter in the lounge area. I served a blue cheese, drunken goat cheese, aged Gouda reserve and Italian black-truffle cheese…I had most of the cheese cut into bite-size pieces so guests were able to eat easily.

Once everyone had a chance to drink some sparkling wine and nibble on some cheeses, we moved to the dining tables. I wanted everything to be casual and relaxed – so I had no seating assignments and no sommelier. I did my research by talking to the wine makers and tasting room stewards at the vineyards, and also referenced Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. I had short description of each wine in frame on the buffet, so guests could read about the wines in advance of tasting.

Okay, now onto the food and wine pairings! This is where most of my research came into play…knowing which wine to pair with which types of food. For this tasting portion of the evening, guests tried 4 different wines paired with 4 fresh, farmer’s market dishes. The 1st pairing was the Viognier paired with Grilled Nectarines, Burrata, Toasted Hazelnuts and garnished with mint. The 2nd pairing was the Rosé paired with Homemade Pizza, Fresh Basil Pesto, Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onions. The 3rd pairing was the Pinot Noir paired with Salmon topped with Lime Butter Sauce and Sautéed Asparagus. The final pairing was the Syrah paired with Grilled Flank Steak and a Spicy Pepper and Watermelon Salad.

The food was brought out one at time, as it was finished (pretty much every 30 minutes). Loving to cook myself, I knew it would be impossible to host and cook…especially since everything needed to be brought to the roof! I did as much food preparation myself, and then hired the most wonderful caterer to do all the final preparations and cooking and bring up the food. He did an amazing job with all the food and I couldn’t have done the night without him. The food was served tapas style, so guest could remain seated and pass around the platters of food.

As if that wasn’t enough food, I made a dessert buffet filled with homemade mini-brownies, mini red velvet cupcakes, dark chocolate chip cookies with sea salt and a not-so-mini rice crispie treats! I’ll follow-up later this month with some recipes from this party.

Rooftop Wine & Food Tasting Party :: The Overview

Rooftop Wine & Food Tasting Party :: The Overview

Once a year I like to throw a small dinner party for our friends – an excuse to get together, outside of a birthday or shower.  Living in LA space is hard to come by, so when my husband and I bought our condo a couple years ago and found out it had a rooftop deck we were stoked. And I immediately thought of the all the parties we could host up there!

So this year, I took our love for wine and fresh farmer’s market food and hosted a Central Coast Wine and California Fare tasting party on our rooftop. Since there is no furniture on our rooftop deck, I always end up renting for parties. For the wine party I wanted to channel the feeling of being on a rustic vineyard, so opted for vintage furniture rentals from Found Vintage Rentals.

There are so many details I can’t wait to share, and will break the party into a few different posts: DecorFood + Wine Pairings and Favors + Other Tidbits. More to come soon, for now enjoy a few pictures!