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 Read More

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, Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More