Author: Jax Risser

Something Borrowed, Something New: 8 Restaurants for Adventurous Couples

We consulted our friends at Reserve again for this next post. Are you the type of couple that dreams of jetting off to Europe on a moment’s notice? Maybe it’s backpacking through Asia you crave, or sailing through the Caribbean islands, lazily lingering over a beachy drink in the briny ocean air. While we can’t all escape to our dream destinations this weekend, a few choice restaurants offer a delicious taste of adventure — enough to make us feel magically transported for an evening (and cheaper than a flight to Paris!) New York City Mission Chinese Food At the revamped New York outpost of the San Francisco cult favorite, Chef Danny Bowien delivers his fiery, creative takes on classic brasserie fare with Asian-American flavors. The menu showcases a blend of Sichuan heat and spice, served up in a chic Lower East Side space decked out with a roomy bar, communal tables and red banquettes. Toro Boston-based Co-Chef/Owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette bring their Barcelona-style tapas bar to New York, with an eclectic menu combining regional Spanish …

Dining to Impress: 9 Restaurants to Bring the Future In-Laws

We consulted our friends at Reserve, the latest and greatest dining concierge, on this next blog series. We know where to eat can be just as stressful as deciding on what flavor of wedding cake you want, so read more to hear it from the pros. Here are a few of their favorite spots in three cities across the country to take the parental units for a meal that will make them welcome you to the family: New York City Telepan Telepan is a greenmarket-focused New American eatery with dishes focused on fresh, seasonal ingredients and local seafood. Located in a sophisticated brownstone, the restaurant’s dining room is unpretentious but still sophisticated. Quality Italian Quality Italian features reimagined adaptations of traditional steakhouse fare, served up in four unique dining rooms that draw inspiration from the traditional butcher guilds found throughout Italy. With showstoppers like Chicken Parm Pizza and to-die-for garlic bread — as well as a wine list bursting with over 325 bottles from around the world — what’s not to love? Pearl & Ash Pearl & Ash …

Healthy Zoodle Recipes for Your Spiralizer

We brought in the girls from Tovita Nutrition to show us a few ways to get creative with the hottest new kitchen tool, the spiralizer. Tovita is a virtual nutrition counseling and concierge service run by registered dietitians Molly Rieger and Leah Silberman. Their private counseling sessions take place via video conference, which eliminates that time in transit we dread to get to and from appointments. The girls work with clients to create individualized meal plans catered to their unique lifestyle and goals. Their blog is a space where they provide healthy recipes, debunk the latest nutrition fads, and share interviews with influencers in the wellness world. Now let’s get to it, the Tovita girls are sharing their top two zoodle recipes: Green Goddess Zoodles This recipe is a Tovita favorite. It’s a new way to get your greens on when you just can’t eat another salad. The edamame adds a plant-based source of protein to help keep you satiated, along with the high fiber content with the mix of veggies. The almonds also have a bit …

Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

If you’ve decided to write your own wedding vows but have found yourself struggling to transform those powerful emotions into coherent thoughts, you’re not alone. Many brides and grooms struggle to find those perfect words to express just how much they love each other on their special day. To help you get past your writing block, we’ve teamed up with our friends at POPSUGAR and their associate news editor, Laura Marie Meyers, to bring you a few tips. Her personal story and advice should help you get that pen to paper. My husband and I wrote our own wedding vows, and those words were the very heart of what made our ceremony feel so special — and so very us. Of course, there are plenty of ways to add a personal touch to your big day, and traditional vows can be just as meaningful, but in my experience, written vows were the right choice. So how, exactly, did we go about writing the words we’d share with each other during one of the most important days of our …

Preserving Spring’s Most Coveted Fruit with Strawberry Jam

Wish you could enjoy spring and summer’s fresh berries all year long? Before they go out of season, we’ve partnered with our friends at POPSUGAR to bring you a delicious strawberry jam recipe. Get ready to be eating this on toast, sandwiches, and muffins long into those winter months. INGREDIENTS 2 pounds ripe strawberries, quartered 2 lemons, juiced 3 tablespoons fruit pectin 1 1/2 cups sugar DIRECTIONS This recipe only makes one pint of strawberry jam, so it’s up to you whether or not you would like to process the jar or simply put it in the fridge after the can reaches room temperature. I’m of the nature to process any canned items I make, whether or not I plan on opening them that week. I think it helps destroy any looming bacteria, is an easy way to clean off the cans. Most importantly, I love that satisfactory snap when the can is processed correctly. After the sugar dissolves, taste the berry mixture to make sure it is sweet enough. Depending on the ripeness of the …

10 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes For Summer

Summer doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your slow cooker. This kitchen tool is absolutely not a seasonal utensil, which is why we’ve teamed up with our friends at POPSUGAR Food to bring you their delicious slow cooker recipes that are perfect for those warm weather months. 1. Slow-Cooker Pomegranate Pork Tacos With Quick-Pickled Red Onion   Get the recipe: slow-cooker pomegranate pork tacos with quick-pickled red onions. 2. Slow-Cooker Bloody Mary Soup Get the recipe: slow-cooker Bloody Mary soup. 3. Slow-Cooker Blackberry Jalapeño Chicken Sandwiches Get the recipe: slow-cooker blackberry jalapeño chicken sandwiches. 4. Slow-Cooker Chinese Beef With Zucchini Noodles Get the recipe: slow-cooker Chinese beef with zucchini noodles. 5. Slow-Cooker Potato Corn Chowder Get the recipe: slow-cooker potato corn chowder. 6. Slow-Cooker Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup Get the recipe: slow-cooker tomato basil tortellini soup. 7. Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili  Get the recipe: slow-cooker vegetarian chili. 8. Slow-Cooker Quinoa, Chicken, and Kale Soup Get the recipe: slow-cooker quinoa, chicken, and kale soup. 9. Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Style Barbacoa Tacos Get the recipe: slow-cooker Chipotle-style barbacoa tacos. 10. Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken Get the recipe: slow-cooker roast chicken. Get the full collection of POPSUGAR’s Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes here. Images || …

How to Incorporate Wedding Photos Into Your Home

Once your wedding day is over, you’ll have so many amazing memories to look back on — especially with the help of your wedding photos. No matter if you’re splurging on an amazing photographer or simply asking your guests to share their photos with you, those special moments are going to be brought to life with photography. We turned to our friends at Wedding Party for decor tips on displaying your photos in your newlywed home, so you can commemorate and celebrate your big day all year long. When it comes to using your wedding photos as home decor, there’s a number of unique ways you could showcase them. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ideas below — they strike the perfect balance between unique but tasteful, subtle but statement-making. Don’t be surprised if you’re inspired to put your wedding photos on display all over your home after this! 1. Coffee Table Book The perfect set of coffee table books can really pull the living room together. Why not add a personal touch to your …

Guilt-Free Chocolate Doughnuts

It’s almost Friday, and if you’re like us you use the weekend as an excuse to indulge. At Zola, we can’t pass up the opportunity to snack on a doughnut. It’s our sweet of choice. But today, we’re turning to our friends at POPSUGAR for a healthy take on a simple craving we can never be cured of. Yes, you heard that right – these are guilt-free doughnuts that taste amazing. Just maybe wait to tell your fiancé and friends what’s in them until after everyone has taken a bite… I know what you’re thinking. Chocolate frosted doughnuts on a health and fitness blog? They have to taste like cardboard, right? But no. Oh no. While baking a batch, the sweet chocolate aroma lured my dessert-loving husband into the kitchen, and after inhaling one, he reached for number two as I casually said, “They’re vegan.” And he said, “I can’t even tell anymore.” Woot! Seriously. These. Are. So. Good! Like wouldn’t-guess-that-there-are-chickpeas-in-these-doughnuts GOOD! Yes, you heard right. There are chickpeas in these delicious doughnuts, adding protein, fiber, and a satisfying softness. Obviously, at 180 …

Wedding Tablescape Ideas To Inspire Your Table At Home

From the tiniest details like guest name cards to the big ones like color scheme and floral, we think wedding tablescapes are a truly stunning aspect of all the planning that goes into your big day. The only downside? You can only enjoy your wedding tablescape for one night! So, we asked the experts at Wedding Party for a few ways you can style these tabletop trends in the comfort of your newlywed home – so your big day last that much longer! Psst — we want to let you in on a little secret about weddings. Beautiful ceremonies and receptions are great for inspiring brides for their own special day, but did you know you can use ideas and inspiration from these celebrations for MORE than just new weddings? Think about it: that dessert table you repinned on Pinterest might just look great for a birthday party, and that one reception vignette you saw at last month’s bridal show might just be a starting point for building a beautiful living room! One of our favorite places to draw inspiration …

Home Bar Boot Camp: 9 Essential Techniques To Master

Now that the weekend’s in full swing, we figure it’s okay to ask a classic question: what are your plans tonight? While you two might be staying in together with a movie or on the flipside dining out (two options we can totally get behind), if you’re entertaining tonight (or just like to in general), then listen up. Master these bartending techniques from our friends at POPSUGAR Food just in time for your guests to arrive. If you’ve resolved to master your home bar in 2015, then look no further; take cocktails from basic to brilliant with indispensable bartending techniques that go beyond shaking and stirring. From rimming glasses with salt or sugar to dry-shaking egg whites to add volume to light and frothy cocktails, these nine skills will add flair and flavor to your cocktail hour. 1. Strain If you prefer your cocktails served up, versus on the rocks, you’ll need to strain out any ice and solid ingredients after shaking or stirring your drink. This can be done either using the strainer built into a cobbler …