Since we’re part French here and Coco & Cowe (we have a few Frenchies in the house. Holla!) We decided to celebrate summer with a backyard picnic inspired by one of our favorite places on the planet, Paris.
My fellow Frenchmen (Frenchwomen?) insist that the French are huge employers of the K.I.S.S. method of living. That’s right, they stress the Keep It Simple Stupid way of life – beauty in simplicity – and I’m so cool with that!
So, when planning what to serve at this picnic in our own little fictional ‘Paris’ we decided to not go crazy and make a whole wack load of difficult dishes but rather made a few fresh salads, chopped up some fruit, picked up a roasted Cornish Hen, got some cheese and meats and made a charcuterie board of sorts.
Though the food was simple, we wanted it to still look beautiful. Let’s be honest, what is French and not? We achieved this by placing everything in pretty dishes from (told you it was simple!) By adding depth to table layout it made the presentation appear not so flat. How to add a bit of sneaky height to your table? Books! I snuck stacks of books under the tablecloth in strategic areas to give height and depth.
And finally, to make the picnic complete, and perfectly French, we had to have champagne, Perrier Jouet, of course (how beautiful are their bottles?) and gorgeous pastries…
The incredible bite sized pastries were made by Nadege. Cannot claim to have anything to do with them but putting them delicately on a blue tray. lol. Gosh they were stunning!
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We recently got to play dress up with Kleinfeld to see what the ultimate bridal experience is all about. From beginning to end this place has it all. From a concierge who gets you settled into one of their huge fitting rooms, to the grand shoe salon, the accessories, the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses to the main event – the most stunning collection of bridal dresses, like ever, Kleinfeld really has it all.
Check out our video to see for yourself!
Kleinfeld in Toronto is located at Hudson’s Bay on the 7th floor.
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Montreal is a city that holds a special place in our hearts here at Coco & Cowe. Over the years, we’ve all visited this amazing city on multiple occasions whether it is for work or play and we’ve had the opportunity to discover an array of amazing restaurants, cafes, hotels, stores and more.
Montreal is one of those cities that’s close enough for a weekend getaway and far enough that you can totally spend a week there discovering, eating and having a good old time.
Hope you love our new Montreal guide and if you have any cool spots we’ve missed, let us know in a comment and we’ll be sure to check it out the next time we are in La belle province!
Although the summer thus far has been questionable, there’s no amount of rain that should deny a summer cocktail (or ten). Yes, yes, I love pineapples – clearly. BUT don’t tire of me and my obsessions just yet. This tasty summer fruit not only tastes delicious in this traditional cocktail remix, but it can also double as a decoration. That’s right, just chop off the top of a pineapple, core it and pop in some fresh flowers, BAM! An arrangement right after Martha’s heart.
There’s no denying the deliciousness of sangria but to me, arguably the best part is playing with a recipe and making it different every time. This one is extra special because it uses not only yummy pineapple and peach flavours but also this time I decided to sweeten things up, not with sugar, but with a flavoured vodka.
Grey Goose La Poire, though not actually sweetened, gives the sangria a nice fruity vibe without it being sickly sweet. More of an essence. I also added some mint to freshen it up and kept the peach slices bigger for show because they’re so pretty! The peach and pineapple puree I made was basically achieved by blitzing up about a handful of pineapple and peach in my Vitamix.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe. But as I said before, adjust to your tastes. If you like it sweeter, try adding a sweet wine like a Riesling and/or some simple syrup.
Pineapple Peach Grey Goose La Poire Sangria
– 1-2 cups of pineapple & peach puree
– 3/4 cup of Grey Goose La Poire
– 2 cups of gingerale
– 1 cup of club soda
– 1 bottle of wine
– a handful of mint
– a cup of chopped pineapple
– 1-2 peaches cut into slices