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Best Bloody Mary recipe + 8 garnishes for your epic bloody mary bar

Oct 29, 2014

A serious discussion keeps coming up in friend circles across San Francisco: Why is there no legitimate Bloody Mary bar in the city? One with crazy garnishes and spicy mixes that are almost as thick as steak sauce. Apparently, Chicago is known for them. And yet in a city where you can get gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, third wave coffee, and honey-lavender ice cream, the lack of a proper Bloody Mary bar seems a bit absurd. 

And so, we decided it was time to host an epic Bloody Mary bar at home, complete with a full spread of garnishes. Check out the anatomy of a perfect Bloody Mary, and the best Bloody Mary recipe this side of the Mississippi.

Best Bloody Mary Recipe

48 oz of Clamato or Tomato juice
1 can beef consume
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups Absolut Peppar vodka (a little less if you don't want your Bloody Mary to be too strong)
Tobasco sauce, lime juice, steak sauce and pepper to taste

Mix and pour over ice
Garnish with whatever your imagination can cook up
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We joked (but were actually serious) about putting those little mini quiches on the skewers as well. But our skewers weren't long enough. Clearly, we needed longer skewers.
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These Bloody Mary's were so delicious! Perfect for a boozy Sunday brunch. And with all of the garnishes, it seriously felt like a meal. Also, thanks so my friend Kimmy and her family for teaching me at an early (but not too early!) age what a damn good Bloody Mary should taste like. Cheers!

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Red Rock

Oct 27, 2014

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Romper ~ Boutique in SF (similar here)
Flats ~ Tieks
Bracelet ~ c/o Hipanema
Sunglasses ~ Ray-Ban



These pictures are making me miss Sedona and all of its unique beauty! We shot these on our last day in Sedona, when we decided to drive up to the airport knoll and take in the amazing 360 degree view one last time before flying home. Sedona is known for their "energy vortexes," and whether or not you believe in that sort of spiritual thing, they also happen to be the most beautiful spots, so we spent a lot of time there. This airport knoll is one of those vortexes, and the views are hard to beat. We watched the sunset from there the first night in Sedona, and I swear I didn't use a filter on this insta pic!

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On the table

Oct 22, 2014

Today we're cooking up a storm on WTFab! Over the weekend I got to try out Plated, which is a pretty nifty service that delivers fresh, pre-portioned ingredients for recipes that you've selected. Seriously, everything you need to cook your meal is in the box that you receive. Such a great idea! I really enjoy cooking, but there are two things associated with cooking that I'm not so crazy about: grocery shopping/rummaging around my pantry for ingredients, and the clean-up. Plated takes care of the first part, and lucky for me, my wonderful fiancé takes care of the second. ;) (Don't worry, we keep things fair by putting me on clean-up duty when it's his turn to cook!)

I made two dishes—duck tacos and moussaka (if you haven't had moussaka before, it's a Greek dish with eggplant and ground beef or lamb, and it's one of my favorite quick yet delicious recipes to make). Both recipes were super easy and turned out pretty good! It's amazing how much time you save (and how much more enjoyable it is to cook) when all the ingredients are right there in front of you and you don't have to go grocery shopping or even measure anything. Even the spices in their cute little packets are already measured for you!

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Some friends of ours had just gotten back from their honeymoon in Italy (Jealous much? Noooo, never!), so we had them over for a little dinner party Saturday night to catch up, hear tales of the Amalfi Coast, and of course so they could help us taste test my Plated creations. We were enjoying ourselves (and the wine) so much that I forgot to snap photos of the moussaka in the cast-iron skillet with my DSLR before we cut it up and served it on everyone's plates. I was bummed, because it looked gorgeous in the skillet! This is why I should not drink and blog. But I did remember to take some instagrammable (new word?) photos of the food on our plates...because what kind of blogger would I be if I forgot that?

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Plated is currently offering a great deal to WTFab readers so that you can try them out! Their dishes are all really healthy and they have a variety of different types of meat or vegetarian options. They're perfect for a quick meal for two, or if you want to whip something up for a little dinner party like I did. If you try Plated, let me know what you think! You can tweet me at @wtfab1.

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Thank you to Plated for sponsoring this post. And thank you to you guys for supporting the brands that support WTFab!

Stripes + Florals

Oct 21, 2014

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 Top ~ Zara (similar here)
Skirt ~ c/o 1802 (use discount code Fab15 for 15% off!)
Heels ~ c/o Target
Bracelet ~ c/o Marissa del Rosario



Hi friends! We're back from our mini vaca in Sedona and getting back into the swing of things. We shot this outfit after brunch one morning where we dined along an adorable little creek at L'Auberge de Sedona.

The weather was perfect for this striped top and flowy floral skirt combo. I accessorized with a bunch of my new favorite handmade pieces from 9th & Elm. Founded by a husband and wife team, 9th & Elm selects independent designers who create beautiful pieces to be part of their online store. I love that a lot of the pieces have are really unique and have customizable touches to them. The gold ring that I'm wearing, for example, has "E&O" (for Elise & Omied) engraved on the inside. And the California necklace has a heart stamped over the bay area (you send the seller your city/state info, and they create your custom necklace). When you're browsing the site you'll come across tons of unique designers, and their daily sales make the prices remarkably affordable for handmade and independent designs. And now they've got me eyeing this adorable San Francisco locket...

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