Archive for April, 2010

Just want to share another beautiful wedding at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, California.  Enjoy your weekend!

Venue:  Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Dana Point California –

Floral Design:  Enchanted Florist  -

Thank you, It’s Your Beautiful Day, for the feature on their blog!  I can’t wait to work with Cassandra and her team in a few months!  Cassandra Santor is an expert wedding consultant and coordinator in the Southern California area.    Her wealth of experience, great style and great resources have made her one of the best event planner in the States and around the world.    I am excited for Sade and Nick.  Can’t wait to see you and your family this summer.



The Kraemer are one of the cutest couples I have ever met.  They had an intimate ceremony at the glass chapel – the Wayfarers Chapel designed by Lloyd Wright.  This is one of the most beautiful and serene wedding locations in the world.  The glass chapel is perched on top of the grassy hill overlooking the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The couple met in Vegas (who said what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas?) and fell in love with each other.  They are fun loving but well grounded, and both have close-knit family and friends.  It was such a wonderful and beautiful wedding.  Thank you for sharing your special day with me.   

Ceremony:  The Wayfarers Chapel, Palos Verdes CA

Reception: Hilton Long Beach CA

Spring is here.  It is warm and sunny outside but it’s still a little bit chilly in the evening .  I’m craving for something satisfying without the meaty heartiest.  Grilled cheese sandwich comes to my mind and I think it’s perfect for the season. 

Here are some of my favorites from my latest “study”.  

Grilled cheese with aged Cheddar is the classic.  I love to serve this with creamy tomato soup and a side salad.  Any type of Cheddar cheese will do the job.  If you are looking for something a little bit fancier, the sandwich can be dressed-up by crispy bacon, grilled onions, sauteed mushroom, or sliced tomatoes.  Make sure all the ingredients are as dry as possible before you assemble the sandwich.

I love Brie cheese.  Pick French Brie if you prefer less fat content for your diet.  Nuts can be a great complement for this sandwich.  Coarsely chopped toasted hazelnut or walnut will be awesome.  This sandwich can be simply served as is or with a glass of champagne.  Another variation for this sandwich is to use fig preserves in place of sliced granny smith apples. 

This is one of the new recipe I tried recently.  I love beets salad with crumbled goat cheese and fresh snipped dill.  So I think it will be great to make a grilled cheese sandwich with the same concept.  This sandwich is on the hearty side which I would prefer making this as finger sandwiches as part of the grilled cheese sampler.  If a more creamier sandwich is preferred, you can simply fold in some creme fraiche or sour cream with the crumbled goat cheese in a bowl before spreading the cheese mixture on the bread.  Or you can use chevre, the cremier goat cheese.  

Yes… I posted this before but I am addicted to this grilled cheese sandwich with Brie cheese, bittersweet chocolate and minced basil lately.  It won’t hurt to post this again if it is that GOOD.  It is adapted from a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis.  I use minced basil in lieu of sliced fresh basil because I hate having too many things sliding around in the sandwich when I am eating.  This sandwich is perfect with a glass of full bodied red wine.

Have fun and enjoy!

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