I love eggplant – especially when it’s dipped in egg, rolled in panko and then fried. I found this recipe when I was on my favorite app, Flipboard on my iPad via Matt Romero’s Eggplant “Sandwiches”. I thought this would be perfect for when I have my vegetarian friends over for dinner. Check out this simple recipe below! Enjoy.
Eggplant Panko Sandwich Ingredients: Serves 5
2 large eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup panko
4 large lettuce leaves chopped in half
2 tomatoes (I love tomatoes – so you only need 2)
crumbled feta cheese
Slice the tomatoes and eggplant in 1/2 inch slices. Cut the lettuce leaf in half or smaller pieces. Note: I put the eggplant in salt water – but you should actually lay the eggplant on a paper towel and sprinkle them with salt to let them “sweat out the moisture.” This will allow the eggplant to stay firm while you build your sandwiches.
Beat the two eggs in a separate bowl and put the panko in another. The original recipe called for flour, but I think it burns the oil and the eggplant takes a lot longer to cook, there are more calories for my fashionista friends, and the eggplant pieces look perfectly golden brown when just frying it in panko.
On medium/low heat, heat up the olive oil while you are prepping the eggplant. To test to see if the oil is ready, place a few panko crumbs into the pan. If they begin to sizzle, the oil is ready.
Make sure the front/back/sides of the eggplant are covered. Then start your frying!
Once the eggplant is golden brown on each side, take the eggplant off the burner and transfer it to a pan with paper towels. Dab off the excess oil and sprinkle the eggplant with kosher salt.
Now, it’s time to assemble your sandwiches. Take two pieces of eggplant, lettuce, tomato, basil and feta and Ta-Da!
Spring is in the air! This time of the year I love to accent my clothes with scarves. Seriously, I can have three different outfits when I change one article of clothing – my scarf. I found a couple of videos from my favorite bloggers and I would love to share them with all of you. Check them out!
I love this video from Wendy’s Lookbook – she does such a fantastic job showing her audiences on 25 Ways to Wear a Scarf in 4.5 Minutes! Even though this video is two years old I still look at frequently. I have used this demo video a dozen times to find the perfect way to wear my scarf for that particular day and outfit. If you need a new fashion blog to follow, or have no idea who Wendy is please check out her fabulous style blog here. You’ll love it!
I was looking through my Pinterest a few days ago and found this awesome new Head Scarf tutorial from the blog, Kalani’s Korner by Kailani Andrade. I am so excited I found her blog via Pinterest – I love when I stumble on new people doing new things! I tried doing Step 3 with the hair all up and it was perfect with my vintage Christian Dior scarf because it’s small and square. I would also love to try to do a turban scarf, I know, I might sound crazy but I just when a scarf acts like basically a hat. It’s amazing.
I found this DIY Dip Dye Scarf craft via Martha Stewarta few months ago and have been dying to make my own ombre scarf. I think dip dying an old white scarf or customizing it the way you want is perfect for spring or it’s great to have in your closet for all year round weather. Don’t you love the blue dye? I think it’s perfect. Enjoy! Go scarf crazy this season. xx
Shanghai, China is my favorite city in the entire world (I know – big statement). The reasons why I love Shanghai are: fashion, historic/international architecture, multinational cultures, world renown restaurants and Shanghai’s culture itself. My favorite spot in Shanghai is Tian Zi Fang 田子坊. Tain zi fang consists of old alleyways and houses that have been converted into cute boutique shops, art galleries, cafes, and bars – the past four times I have been to Shanghai, I have visited this adorable space. Tian Zi Fang is always my number one place to go when I visit this city. I apologize for my stack of photos for this post, but I am seriously in love with this little spot. You can find souvenirs, expensive lattes, and perfect photo opportunities in this cute, cramped space. I recommend coming to this tourist destination on a week day, and not on a crowded weekend. I had the opportunity to come here on a Wednesday afternoon, and it was pretty much empty. If you get the chance to visit Shanghai – Tian Zi Fang must be on your places to visit! x
I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter! I’ve been wanting to try marbled Easter eggs for quite a while. I have to say that it was pretty tricky to get the colors and dipping the egg just right, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy. See the image below for the items you need to make marbled Easter eggs.
NOTE: Wear disposable gloves (it makes a huge difference).
NOTE: To make a “drained egg” take a raw egg and a safety-pin. Carefully poke the top of the egg and make the hole larger by moving the safety-pin in a circular motion. Make sure you break the yoke. Flip the egg around and poke another hole. Blow through one end and empty out the raw egg. Rinse with water and let it dry.
Slowly add your color combination into the plastic container. Use your disposable chopstick or mixing stick to make a marbled pattern on the water’s surface. Take your drained egg, and dip it QUICKLY in the water. Sometimes I had to add in colors a second time and do the other side of the egg. Make sure that the design you want to see on your egg is the same design you make on the water’s surface.
Once your egg is dipped, use your egg carton as a place to dry and store your eggs.
Once they’re dry add the eggs to your Easter basket or use them to create a colorful centerpiece. Have fun! This is the perfect project for the fashionistas who save all their nail polishes . xx
Yeee a “Pretty Things” post! This post focuses on my trip to Hong Kong. My Tangerine Tote and I were ready – passport + airline tickets in hand, Starbucks black tea, Nike+ FuelBand, and colorful accessories (ready for an adventure)! Starting from Portland –> Seattle –> Beijing –> HONG KONG! I know the multiple flights weren’t ideal, but who cares – it was worth it! I got to see my wonderful, other half, Winnie and my two lovely sorority sisters, Hana and Jamie.
I was well rested and ready to get moving after my long flight to Hong Kong. My trusty Sony NEX and I made our way to Victoria Peak to take in the view and capture some photography. I love walking around Hong Kong and exploring Hong Kong’s neighborhoods, even if it’s by myself. I used to live in Shenzhen, China, the next city closest to Hong Kong, and I used to venture to Hong Kong all the time to shop, see friends and eat amazing food.
I love the high tea culture in Hong Kong. This was my second time trying this tasty east meets west high tea at the W Hotel Hong Kong. See my exclusive post here about the food, tea and amazing company.
After high tea, Winnie and I were on the hunt in Kowloon for “hot spicy noodles” (my favorite). I love Kowloon’s neon lights and lively atmosphere. We finally found my favorite noodle soup dish on a street corner. We ate like locals – sitting on a stool on an outside table, enjoying this noodle soup I can’t find in the States. I loved it.
One of my favorite things to do at night in Hong Kong is to venture at night to Lan Kwai Fong (LKF), Hong Kong’s bar street. It’s truly unique. LKF’s is a steep and windy, narrow street with small alleyways venturing off offering small bars, cafes, hookah lounges and dance clubs. You can stay up and party as late as you want or you can relax on a weeknight at a small cafe and have a glass of wine. My first LKF night on this trip was crazy – we danced the night away and ventured up and down the cobbled stone streets in our heels. Amazing. I couldn’t have asked for clearer skis in Hong Kong during my stay. I will be back next year, Winnie! I can’t wait to see my best friend again, shop and eat amazing food. Maybe one day I’ll get to live in this dynamic, multicultural city. Until next time, Hong Kong. xx