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Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Foodies & Cocktail Lovers (For Her)

Not sure what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Everyone loves a good meal or cocktail! This list is a great place to start for an assortment of gifts for any food and drink lover in your life.

gift guide for foodies and cocktail lovers for her

For Her:

  1. Marble and Brass Single Bottle Wine Cooler | Goop | $68.00
  2. Evergreen Tangerine Soap | Etta + Billie | $14.00
  3. Red Wine Pairing Collection | Recchiuti | $28.00
  4. Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream Book | Chronicle Books | $19.95
  5. Cocktail Club | Shaker & Spoon | $50.00/month

Go To Tips: 8 Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

There’s no disputing that the modern lifestyle is a stressful one. What with extended working weeks, longer commutes, and the like, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the 21st-century crowd to strike the right balance between work and play.

 

Etta + Billie self care

If we let the daily grind take over, though, we do so to our own detriment. Not only does an overly-hectic life lead to higher stress levels, irregular sleeping patterns, and other marked health issues, but surrendering to work and study can spell the death of our personal interests and relationships. So how do you go about getting your life back? The following self-care tips are a great place to start.

  1. Take a break

Many people reserve self-care for after work, but since we spend so much time in employment, it only makes sense to set aside some health and wellbeing practices for the office. Especially important is stabilizing stress levels and making sure that you don’t stay sitting in a chair all day long – which explains why taking active exercise breaks is our first tip. Whether it’s a walk around the block, a mid-day yoga class, or even a couple of targeted stretches at your desk, allowing your body a moment to breathe will do every worker a world of good.

  1. Get back to basics

Your work life is likely complicated enough already; when you’re at home, then, get back to basic principles. This means keeping your space clean and decluttered, saying no to unwanted responsibilities (i.e. more work), and – most essentially – unplugging from social media. Think of your home life as one extended detox.

  1. Spend time in nature

A key part of getting back to basics, in turn, is spending time in nature. Kick off your shoes and go for a stroll in a local nature reserve – you’ll feel freer than you have in years.

  1. Sleep

If you regularly get less than six hours of sleep a night during your working week, then a one-day weekend sleep in just isn’t going to cut it in the long term. Challenge yourself – even if that means using an alarm –  to get to bed earlier every night.

  1. Hydrate yourself

You’d be surprised how many of us are on the brink of dehydration. To properly fuel your brain and body, make sure you’re carrying a high-volume water bottle each day, and set yourself a daily consumption goal.

And hydration doesn’t stop on the inside: it’s vital to apply the right treatments to the outside of your body as well, particularly if you’ve got naturally dry skin to start with.

 

 

  1. Get moving

The excitement about endorphins is well-deserved. Exercise is a natural anti-depressant, and what better way to re-energize and top up your optimism levels than by working out? So get moving!

  1. Strengthen your connections

Research demonstrates that loneliness can significantly impact health and wellbeing. If you’ve been wondering how an old high school friend is doing, get back in contact. If you’re after a new set of friends, consider signing up to a social group. Human connections are the elixir of life.

  1. Reflect

We’ve mentioned connecting with others; but what about connecting with yourself? Many people also find meditation and practicing the philosophy of mindfulness and presentism a vital part of their morning routines for this very reason. Simply sit in a comfortable place, and breathe slowly in and out, focusing on the rhythm of your exhalations, and visualizing a perfect sanctuary in your mind. Alternatively, keeping a diary might be the perfect means of self-reflection for you.

By implementing just one (and perhaps eventually all) of the above strategies into your routine, you’ll be well on your way to achieving equilibrium. Good luck!

Harper Reid is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand who loves relaxing outside in nature. You’ll often find Harper meditating in her yoga room at home or spending hours tending to her garden. Check out more of her work on Tumblr.

Where to Go? What to Eat? Kauai Travel Guide

Kauai Travel Guide

Headed to Kauai anytime soon? If not, you should really consider it. I know I’m lucky to live only a 5-hour flight away! It’s a spectacular island with varying landscapes, beautiful beaches, unreal coastlines, and some good food. This was my second trip to the Garden Isle with my entire fam (mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and husband) and luckily we all like to eat. We generally cook at home but went out here and there for lunches and the occasional dinner. So my list is not extensive but gives you some great food and location highlights.

The transition out of vacation was hard but compiling a list of my favorite spots and foods has made it a teeny tiny bit better. Read on!

NORTH SHORE

Hanalei Bay

Go

Hanalei Bay

The BEACH. Epic backdrop.

Eat

Pink’s Creamery – delightful ice cream and tasty grilled cheese sandwiches with kalua pork

Dolphin’s Fish Market – tasty fresh sushi rolls

Hanalei Coffee Roasters – good coffee, great smoothie’s (the shave ice place next door has INCREDIBLE macadamia nut milkshakes)

Hanalei Farmers Market – Saturdays from 9:30 am to noon.

Kileaua

Go

Anini Beach Kauai Hawaii

Anini Beach – calm water (though there is a current), solid snorkeling and good public facilities. 

Kileaua Lighthouse – gorgeous views!

Garden Island Chocolate – tours on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Learn about a variety of tropical plants, how cocoa is cultivated and then taste about 20 different kinds of chocolate. Delightful rain or shine.

Garden Island Chocolate Kauai Hawaii

Eat

Kilauea Bakery + Pau Hana Pizza – solid pizza, pastries, coffee and good bread.

Kileaua Fish Market – delicious fresh fish in the form of burritos, tacos, salads and you can take pieces home to grill up (we did this one night and it was fantastic).

Kileaua Farmers Market – Kilauea Neighborhood Center – Keneke Rd off Kilauea Lighthouse Road, Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Palate Wine Bar & Market – Wonderful wine selection, salads, and flatbreads. Buzzing atmosphere with really warm service. 

EAST SHORE

Kapaa

Eat

Foodland Super Market – solid poke (lots of options) and a great place to get groceries. They even have a natural foods section.

Wailua Shave Ice – ok, I didn’t actually make it to this place but have heard amazing things about it so I’m going to recommend it anyway.

IN BETWEEN

Lihue 

Go

Napali Coast Kauai Hawaii

Plane ride – get a spectacular view of the island.

Eat

The Right Slice – second outpost with a completely automated shop (ie pie is in vending machines). Sounds a bit nuts but it works. The Lilikoi Cheesecake and Chocolate Coconut Macaroon were my favs!

Kikuchi’s – solid kalua pork bun with pickled veggies and the chicken karaage was perfectly cooked. 
 

SOUTH SHORE

Go

Beaches – sunny and lovely and some have solid snorkeling.

Poipu/Koloa

Eat

Makai Sushi Kauai Hawaii

Da Crack – another spot I didn’t actually go to but my friends and family loved it.

Makai Sushi – great sushi spot in an unassuming shopping center grocery store.

Kalaheo

Eat

The Right Slice – The original location of this amazing pie spot.

Hanapepe

Go

Salt Pond Beach Park Kauai Hawaii

Salt Pond Park – lovely beach with snorkeling and good public facilities, plus I saw the biggest sea turtle ever there!

Waimea

Go

Waimea Canyon Kauai Hawaii

Waimea Canyon – the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Spectacular.

Eat

Porkys Cart Kauai Hawaii

Porky’s Cart – Owner, Justin makes a damn good hot dog with kalua pork and fresh pineapple relish. He’s opening up a cart in Kapaa!

Ishihara’s Market – great selection of really fresh poke and other fun items (baby octopus was SOO good).

 

Labor Day Weekend Recipe Round Up

Labor Day Weekend always feels like the last hurrah of summer, even though summer isn’t technically over until September 22nd. This weekend is the perfect time to gather with friends and family outdoors before the we are in the midst of falling leaves and chilly days. Take advantage of the last of the seasons fantastic produce and grilling weather. I’ve gathered up recipes to try this weekend using some of my favorite summer ingredients like figs, stone fruit, blue berries and sweet corn. Get them now, otherwise you’ll have to wait until next summer.

Etta + Billie Labor Day Weekend Recipe Round Up

1. Spicy Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Parsley | Bon Appetit

2. Fig and Lemon Fizz Cocktail | My Diary of Us

3. Grilled Cord with Honey Basil Butter | Feed Me Pheobe

4. Grilled Watermelon and Donut Peach Salad with Balsamic Reduction | Brooklyn Supper

5. Blueberry, Peach and Lavender Pie | Hummingbird High

Additional recipes that caught my eye:

Cucumber Mint Gin Coolers | Heather Christo

Roasted Onion and Fingerling Potato Salad | The Gouda Life

And of course you can always find more at my Pinterest page.

In the Kitchen: Summer Recipes for Foodies

Happy Culinary Day!

Clearly, Etta + Billie is heavily influenced by food. You can smell all the food inspired scents in each of our products. Since it’s Culinary Day I made a recipe round up as an ode to the art of cooking and to share my love for food. It’s also an acknowledgement my two grand mommas Etta and Billie, whose fondness for cooking and baking helped me develop my appreciation to variety of scents.

Summer Recipe

Grilled Fig with Prosciutto + Halloumi cheese
by Tomayto

Ever heard of Halloumi cheese? If you’re a fan of mozzarella and had some thoughts of grilling it but you know it can’t happen then you should give this a try. Halloumi cheese is sourced from goat, cow, & sheeps milk. It has a high melting point which made it ideal for direct grilling or frying without needing bread crumbs.

Roasted Carrot, Chickpea, + Harissa dip
by The First Mess

I enjoy time with friends and we can spend endless hours chatting away, that’s why I always make sure to have some easy snack recipes on hand. Lay some crackers, toasted baguette and/or fresh veggies on a platter and you’re good to go!

Smoked Ancho Chile Salted Steaks with Drunken Burst Sweet Cherries + Burrata
by Half Baked Harvest 

Not everyone is a fan of spicy food however this recipe will definitely be a crowd-pleaser. The sweet drunken cherries tone down the spiciness of the poblano peppers rubbed to the steak. If it is still too peppery for you, try increasing the amount of Burrata (who doesn’t love more cheese?) which perfectly counteracts hot flavors.

Blueberry Mojito Popsicles
by Broma Bakery

In season blueberries are just awesome. Add a little mint and this will be an absolute dessert slash thirst quencher!

Fourth of July Recipes to Try

The Etta + Billie team and I pulled together a list of recipes to try out this Fourth of July weekend. Hope you’re inspired and please share any photos or recipes you think we should try!

Lottie + Doof Marinated Mozarella

Photo: Tim Mazurek, Lottie + Doof

Marinated Mozzarella
Tomatoes and cheese is always an epic combination but this recipe takes it up a notch. Perfect for summer evenings as a shared snack or a light dinner.

Garlic, Rosemary and Chili Almonds
The Etta + Billie team has some serious snackers (we talk about food at least 2-3 times a day) and our intern loves this recipe because it keeps guest happily munching while you complete the meal. Caution though, these nuts may develop into a serious addiction. Bonus: points since these are done on the stove top, you won’t be sweating intensely over a cranked up oven.

Bon Appetit Corn and Nectarine Saladphoto credit: Bon Appetit

Grilled Corn and Nectarine Salad
Take advantage of all the fresh corn and nectarines out there with this delightful salad. A really great side for grilled meat.

Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad
I pretty much love anything Nigella Lawson creates and this salad is no exception. A lovely combination of sweet watermelon and salty olives and feta.

Draft Magazine Steak with Dubbel ButterPhoto: Jon Edwards, Draft Magazine

Grilled New York Strips with Dubbel Butter
As part of a great American tradition, no 4th of July celebration would be complete without some form of grilled meat. Or beer. So this recipe kills two birds with one stone, and is sounds AMAZING.

Honey Mustard Vegetable Kabobs
This recipe seems like a great way to add a twist to a traditional veggie grill plus it will satisfy both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The bittersweet flavor of honey mustard, perfectly complements the smoky grilled vegetables.

Maple-Bourbon-Brown-Butter-Peach-PiePhoto: Morgan from Host the Toast

Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie
Touches on a great American tradition but definitely not your ordinary Peach Pie. Lightly sauced with maple and bourbon with a fine sweet crunch of pecan streusel. Ready to be topped with vanilla ice cream.

Last but not least, the cocktails!

Cardamom Moscow Mule
A few of my favorite things, all in one cocktail – Ginger Beer, Cardamom and Lime. Try it with Bourbon for a little more depth.

Strawberry Basil Smash Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Vodka Smash
A nice alternative way to use in season strawberries and basil.

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Last Minute Father's Day IdeasWith less than 24hrs till Father’s Day, it’s time to get serious about gifting. Rather than rush out to the nearest department store to find a last minute “Best Dad Ever” mug, why not treat Dad to something a bit more meaningful, like quality time. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite ways to spend time with Dad.

  1. Volunteer.
    What better way to make a connection with Dad while contributing to your community. Dad will be pretty pleased to spending some quality time together while volunteering for places like Habitat for Humanity, your local food bank, animal shelter or just hit up your local park/beach and pick up litter (my dad is notorious for doing this every time he goes to the beach).
    Concert Lights Fox Theater Oakland
  2. Music Appreciation.
    You may not have the same taste when it comes to music, but help your pops relive his youth by treating him to a concert featuring one of his favorite bands (or even a comedy show). Check out some of the concerts coming to the San Francisco Bay Area venues like Shoreline,Yoshi’s in Jack London Square, The Fillmore, Greek Theater or find last minute entertainment options at Gold Star/Travel Zoo.
    Family Biking Angel Island San Francisco
  3. On the Road.
    Hit the road, whether it’s skating, biking to a mini road trip. Bonus points for choosing something he taught you how to do (my dad taught me to ride a bike and drive a car, we both made it through, mostly unscathed). Pack a picnic, find a diner with Dad’s favorite food or his favorite brewery and head on an adventure.
  4. The Great Outdoors.
    Take Dad out for some outdoor fun, whether it’s a hike, beach day or bocce at the park. The down time will give you the chance to talk and connect on a deeper level plus you’ll get to enjoy a little pre-summer sunshine.
    Olivier Butcher Meat Case
  5. Grill Master.
    Make dinner with Dad. Choose his favorite dish or recipe and bond over some serious grilling and chopping. He’ll appreciate how thoughtful you are and you’ll get to enjoy a fantastic meal together. Get recipe inspiration at our Savory and Boozy Pinterest boards.