Grilled Peaches + Vanilla Ice Cream

Summer Peaches
Grilled peaches and vanilla ice cream go together like peanut butter and jelly but without two slices of bread. Fashionistas and easy recipe go-toers, I have found your next dessert  for your next dinner party or intimate dinner date. These warm summer months have resulted in bringing incredibly fresh produce this season, especially in the Pacific NW. These are the items you will need to make grilled peaches + vanilla ice cream:

  • fresh  peaches (one large peach has about 4 slices. 2 slices for each dessert)
  • fruit knife
  • maple or brown sugar
  • canola oil (2 tblsp.)
  • vanilla ice cream

sliced peaches
Take your knife and carefully cut around the pit of the peach. One large peach has about 4 slices.
4 peach slices
Once the top and bottom of the peach are cut off, carefully remove the peach pit.
canola oil + sliced peaches
Add 2 tblsp. of canola oil on plate. Flip each side of the peaches so that the top and bottom are lightly coated in canola oil.
Medium heat on the BBQ

Carefully place each slice of the peach on the BBQ on medium heat. Peach slices do not take long to cook, depending on the their size (3-5 minutes). Make sure they’re soft but do not over cook them.
grilled peaches
Once they’re seared on each side, take the peaches off the BBQ and put them aside. Lightly sprinkle brown or maple sugar (only if needed). Scoop vanilla ice cream into your bowl of choice and add two slices of peaches. Serve immediately  – they taste best fresh off the grill.
Add vanilla ice cream
Ta-da! Super simple and very delicious. Grilled peaches + vanilla ice cream.

Nordstrom Stacked Wrist Winner!

Sorry everyone – it has been too long and I owe you all so much. I have been busy settling down into a new job and my life has gone from a comfortable pace to a rapid one. Now that I’m settling in, I am excited to announce that in the time of absence, I was one of Nordstrom‘s Stack Wrist winners (click here for details). @Nordtrom‘s Instagram handle encouraged its followers to take a selfie of your stacked bracelets and wrist combo accessories and hashtag your photo with #stackedwrist. In order to be considered in the contest, you were also encouraged to sign up for the sweepstakes on their website. I was SO excited to enter and add the hashtags to all my wrist shots (accessories are probably one of my favorite things to Instagram). Check out my @TediTsuruda Instagram here. What do you think of the #Stackedwrist instagram images below? Think they’re worthy of being a Nordstrom winner?

Nordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 1Nordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 2 - Hong KongNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 3 - ShanghaiNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 4 - PortlandNordstrom #StackedWrist - Jazz Night, PortlandNordstrom #StackedWrist - Portland FleaNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 5 - YogurtLand Nordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 6 - Portland StreetsNordstrom #StackedWrist Photo 7 - Oregon Coast

So what was the big prize? I won $500 to Nordstrom! I had no idea the prize would be that generous. I made a “Nordstrom Lust List” of what I want to put the $500 towards! Take a look, what do you all think?

Nordstrom Lust List

Click the image above for product details here. Thanks everyone, so happy to be back! xx

Eggplant Panko Sandwich

eggplant panko sandwich
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.

Ingredients Needed for Eggplant Panko Sandwich
Eggplant Panko Sandwich Ingredients: Serves 5

  • 1 eggplant
  • basil
  • 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)
  • kosher salt
  • frying pan
  • crumbled feta cheese

Sliced Eggplants and Tomatos
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.
Sliced Eggplant + Egg + Panko
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.

Egg and Panko

Panko Eggplant Ready for the Pan of Olive Oil
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.
Construct your sandwich
Now, it’s time to assemble your sandwiches. Take two pieces of eggplant, lettuce, tomato, basil and feta and Ta-Da!
End result - Panko Eggplant Sandwich
Enjoy!

Spring Scarf Tutorials

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.

Martha Stewart Dip Dye Scarf
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

Tian Zi Fang, Shanghai, China 田子坊,上海

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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