kitchen makeover on manhattan nest

August 27, 2013

interiors / kitchen

i love daniel’s style and blog so much – but after recently buying an old fixer upper, i had no idea he could make the kitchen this good this fast. i am swooning over every element in this room!

check out the huge transformation.

manhattan nest before

manhattan nest after

manhattan nest

he DIYed the butcher block counters (they’re not really functional to chop on but still look amaze), he did all the subway tiling himself, fixed the ceiling, and used cheap pegs as hardware to save money. oh man i want to own a house and not do anything nearly as good as this. check out the full process here.


wood chairs


i’m really into natural wooden chairs right now. maybe sitting on wood isn’t the most comfortable thing to sit on – but it look real niiiice.

i’ve always loved and wanted the pioneer chair ( # 05 ) and have spent a year telling gideon it’s more comfortable than it looks i’m sure. fingers crossed.

wood chair roundup | via almost makes perfect

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eating this : fried shrimp tacos

August 26, 2013

recipes / seafood

fried shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw | via almost makes perfect

i am really really really into tacos. we eat tacos in our house a few times a week. sometimes a few times a day. i mean, we live near about 45 good taco places. and sometimes, we make tacos at home. and then SOMETIMES… i decide to share my absolute favorite taco recipe with you.


it takes a little time and a lot of mess to make these, you have to bread and pan fry the shrimp, make the cabbage slaw, and make the crema, but you will impress your taco enthusiast or just taco enjoying guests and i SWEAR it.

shrimp tacos


for the crema & slaw
1 ripe avocado
1 cup crema
2 tsp. plus 2 tbs. fresh lime juice
1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
2 cups shredded savoy cabbage or green leaf lettuce
1/2 cup diced english cucumber
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 serrano chili, seeded and minced
3 tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbs. minced onion
freshly ground pepper, to taste

for the shrimp
12-16 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp with tails removed
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp greek seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
canola oil for frying
flour tortillas
* 1 ripe lime

halve and pit the avocado and scoop the flesh into a food processor. add the crema, the 2 tsp. lime juice, 3/4 tsp. of the cumin and 1/4 tsp. of the salt. blend just until smooth. transfer the crema to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

in a large bowl, combine the cabbage, cucumber, bell pepper, the 2 tbs. lime juice, 1 tbs. of the olive oil, the chili, cilantro, onion, the remaining 1/2 tsp. cumin and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. stir to mix well. cover the slaw and refrigerate for 1 to 6 hours.

rinse the shrimp with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. mix the flour and spices together in a shallow bowl.

in a second shallow bowl, beat the eggs. dredge the shrimp in the flour, then in the egg wash, then back into the flour and coat well. place on clean plate.

cook shrimp in batches on a hot skillet with oil over medium high heat. the shrimp take about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes per side.

cook tortillas straight on another burner on medium heat for about 30 – 45 seconds per side, carefully flipping with tongs.

once the shrimp are all cooked, assemble the tacos with 3 – 4 shrimp per tortilla and liberally add the slaw and crema.

* FINAL AND MOST IMPORTANT STEP : squeeze limes on top. i can’t stress this enough, but ANY item of mexican food you eat will be better when it’s covered in lime juice. whether it’s tacos, burritos or tortas – they all taste that much better when limed. my boyfriend taught me this and changed my life. do not forget the lime.

(adapted from honest cooking and williams sonoma)

fried shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw

i link you

August 22, 2013

i link you

i’ve decided it’s time for me to start sharing my favorite links of the week. because the internet is FUN.

i link you 01


corey feldmans birthday party (and life) are just as awkward as you might imagine (via vice)

i’ve never had the urge to make gazpacho… but add some strawberry and i’m intrigued (via spoon fork bacon)

25 weird ways to explore los angeles. i must say i’ve done quite a few. (via timeout)

super exciting news : how bubbly can boost brain power (via forbes / image via)

an appreciation of six feet under on it’s 8th anniversary (via flavorwire)

this rope covered extension cord DIY is perfect and simple (via

peter dinklage hula hooping at a gay bar (via warmingglow)


an office update

the apartment / workspaces

like i was saying last week – i’ve spent almost zero time fixing up or organizing the office since we moved in. but last weekend, i bought a bulletin board from target and it already makes a huge difference.

office snippit

i’ve been having so much fun pinning up memories and inspiration. like too much fun.


and speaking of too much, you know you’re a huge dork when you are ecstatic about your new screensaver. OMG. i love my new screensaver you guys.

new screensaver