Breakfast for Dinner: Skillet Huevos Rancheros
We present a simple and delicious 30-minute meal. Prepared in a cast iron skillet, this Mexican egg dish is intensely flavorful and seriously filling—not to mention quite a feast for the eyes.
Snag the recipe for this ridiculously yummy-looking dish on the Birchbox Man Guide.
Now, we’re no slouches but we’re constantly meeting entrepreneurs who put us to shame. Take, for example, Runa cofounder Tyler Gage, who started the gamechanging tea company with Dan MacCombie when they two were still undergrads at Brown. Now based in Brooklyn, the company makes tea blends powered by organic guayusa, a naturally sweet leaf that is native to the Amazon. Runa sources all its tea through fair, sustainable efforts that support over 2,000 producers in Ecuador. And thanks to the guayasa, their blends have more caffeine than your typical black tea, double the antioxidants of green tea, and taste ridiculously good.
We caught up with the globetrotting Gage in between trips and got his take on the best way to enjoy tea (hint: you might have to hop a plane) and a killer recipe for a heat-beating Arnold Palmer.
You and your cofounder have both spent a lot of time in the Amazon—what is your best tip for anyone visiting the region?
Wake up before sunrise. Dawn is the most magical time in the jungle - the bird calls and light breaking through the canopy are magical. Also, chew raw garlic and put lime in your water to protect your guts!
We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultra chic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous.
There’s no better summer mal than a light, fresh, and healthy salad. Get your gal pals together and serve one up on mismatching vintage china with pressed linen napkins to keep things casual-chic. Lately I’ve been serving wine Italian-style in these juice glasses from Fishs Eddy, $1.49 each. And even if you’re dining for one, don’t forget the red lipstick. Read on to get my recipe for mango avocado salad with shredded chicken and goat cheese:
Have you ever wondered what you would eat for your last meal? Melanie Dunea has. When she’s not interviewing people for her blog My Last Supper, she spends her time as a freelance portrait photographer and casual instagramer. And this week, Melanie is sharing her favorite beauty, food, and photography tips on the Birchbox blog.
J’aime Paris. No, really. I love, love, love Paris. My first impressions of the city came from Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline books. I was enamored of that cheeky little girl, scared of Ms. Clavel, the teacher, and had a mad crush on Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador’s son who lived next door. But, mostly, I lingered over the drawings of Paris and dreamed of sitting in a café eating, drinking, and just being Parisian.
Fast forward to the late 1970’s. I found myself in a restaurant in Paris sitting in an overstuffed chair, perusing an oversize menu and feeling très Madeline-esque when the waiter came over and served us a plate of Gougères. I was surprised, as we hadn’t ordered anything yet. I looked at my parents who encouraged me to try the cheesy puffs and explained that they were compliments of the house. Free food? Paris was getting better by the minute. I popped one in my mouth and savored the warm gem as its flavor exploded on my tastebuds. I have never forgotten my first Gougères.
Many years and many Gougères later, I began baking my own. I’m always ready to slap on my apron to make a triple batch. I love to have them on hand for when visitors drop in unexpectedly. I have experimented with many recipes over the years and I think this one is the best. Pop open a bottle of cold champagne, cue up some Serge Gainsbourg, close your eyes. The taste of a warm Gougères will transport you.
Hail Merry’s Recipe for a Delicious Chocolate and Strawberry Macaroon Parfait
We have a serious sweet tooth when it comes to snacks, but sometimes we need to pick something a little healthier than our usual supply of cookies. That’s why we’re partial to this chocolate and strawberry parfait featuring Hail Merry Macaroons. Despite their sweet taste, these vegan treats are surprisingly good for you thanks to their key ingredient—organic virgin coconut oil. We’ve told you before about the multiple uses and benefits of coconut oil in beauty treatments and in cooking. But since we haven’t mastered using it in our baked goods just yet, we’re turning to Hail Merry.
While the macaroons are great on their own, this parfait caught our eye because it adds in other healthy ingredients like flaxseed oil and fresh berries—hello, tasty 3pm pick-me-up.
Hail Merry Chocolate & Strawberry Macaroon Parfait
• 6 oz. unsweetened coconut milk yogurt
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 Tbsp. organic flaxseed oil (optional)
• Sprinkle of cinnamon
• 1-2 Hail Merry Choco Macaroons, crumbled
• 1-2 Hail Merry Strawberry Macaroons, crumbled
• 1 cup organic fresh berries (if you use strawberries, remove the stem and chop into quarters)
1. Mix the yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon and flaxseed.
2. Spoon a layer of the yogurt mixture in a bowl, top with crumbled Hail Merry Choco Macaroons and then half the berries.
3. Spoon another layer of yogurt, top with crumbled Hail Merry Strawberry Macaroons.
4. Top with remaining berries and enjoy!
Still craving more sweet and healthy snacks? Try this chocolate love smoothie created by nutritionist Dr. Frank Lipman and goop.
6 Seasonal Cocktails That Are Perfect For a Warm Day
The weather is starting to really warm up, and I’m eager to lay out on my roof and enjoy a drink or two with friends. And while I love a nice glass of Pinot Noir or a simple whisky ginger, sometimes I want something a little fresher to get into the spirit of spring. So I’m scoping out my local produce stands, picking up a few of my favorite seasonal ingredients, and getting inspired with these six fruity cocktails.
Strawberry Mint Julep from The Forest Feast
A twist on the classic derby drink, this cocktail is made just a little sweeter with the addition of some fresh strawberry simple syrup.
Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail from Martha Stewart
I love the pastel peach color of this cocktail. If you don’t know where to find edible blossoms, talk to the producers at your local farmer’s market to find pesticide-free flowers that are safe for consumption.
Spring Sangria from Eat Drink Love
This is definitely a recipe to share with a few friends. Toss together some white wine, Sprite, pineapple juice, and several citrus slices, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect spring sangria.
Blood Orange 75 from Scout.
Definitely plan ahead for this dark citrus cocktail. The blood orange takes 30 minutes to properly steep, so consider preparing the simple syrup early and storing it in the fridge until you’re ready to break out the gin.
Pimm’s Cup from me!
There are a lot of Pimm’s Cup recipes out there, but I’m partial to an easy and extrafruity mix that I think many of you will also love. This English staple takes me from the first sign of spring all the way through September.
Rhubarb Mojito from Not Without Salt
I’ve been eagerly awaiting rhubarb season just to try this drink myself. Mint, rhubarb, fresh lime juice, and rum? Yes please.
Looking for something filling to go with your cocktail? Try one of these 6 delicious spring recipes.
Food first is SAVEUR’s motto. This week the magazine’s senior web editor, Helen Rosner, is sharing her favorite recipes and culinary picks in honor of our limited edition Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection.
There’s something perfect about a sunny spring evening: The long day at work fades away, there’s a whispery promise of summer in the air, and the rich yellow sunlight stretching all the way to dinnertime feels like it’ll go forever. You could crack a bottle of Pinot Gris and kick off your heels or make the evening even better and spend 30 seconds making my favorite warm-weather drink: A simple effervescent mix of two parts Dolin Blanc vermouth to one part seltzer, with a subtle sweetness (and some color) thanks to a thin-sliced strawberry.