Have a dreamy weekend!

It's Friday! Woot, woot. This week has thankfully flown by. And the weekend is jam packed, so hoping it won't go by as fast. :) Tomorrow I'm doing castings for a new film I will be directing in the spring. Yay! And hopefully, I'll watch a few Oscar contenders before the big show on Sunday night. Will you watch the Oscars? I would love for Beasts of the Southern Wild to win for anything, or Zero Dark Thirty. Both blew my mind.
Link time!
When your ex is nominated for an Oscar. Good read!
Very cool espresso maker.
A sweet without the guilt.
I really wanna see this film (with Ryan Gosling:)
This had me in stitches. Can't get enough of this website.
I am obsessing over Emerson Fry's Spring collection. So pretty.
Isabel Marant's country shack. Looks like such a nice life. :)
(photo via The Sartorialist)

Guest Post: Youjin's Korean Cooking Night!

Me, Lori, and DOPT's Cifuentes girls, Lisa and Karina (far right)
Written by: Youjin Kim

My dad loves to tell this story about how I came home from dinner at a friend’s place when I was young and said I felt bad for my friends – compared to a typical Korean meal, the meat and potatoes I (probably) had was so simple and bland (this was in Columbus, Ohio). On the other hand, even the most simple Korean meal involves many different components (and therefore, ingredients) - rice, a soup or stew, a protein dish (meat or fish,) and a few different kinds of banchan (side dishes – often vegetables) and of course, kimchi. 

Sounds like a lot of work for every meal, right? Okay, that is probably what most families have in Korea but even as a single person like me living thousands of miles from Korea, my Korean meals must absolutely include rice, kimchi, and a soup.

Fortunately, you just need a few basic ingredients for seasoning almost everything – soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar and garlic (and sometimes vinegar and alcohol/ wine/ mirin.) Soups require a meat, anchovies or soy bean paste for the base.
So, voila. Read on for the full Dreaming of Palm Trees Korean Dinner post!

We're going to Tulum!

We are finally doing it. We're going to Tulum! For those who know me, I've been talking and asking friends who've been about going to Tulum in Mexico for way too long. So finally, on a whim, we booked our flights! We're going for Memorial weekend, which is not close enough! There are so many yummy restaurants I want to try and things I want to do. Recommendations welcome, pretty please!

I'll see you soon, Tulum!

Book to read: Blood, Bones & Butter

I am dying to read this book! It's a memoir by chef Gabrielle Hamilton, owner of Prune. The book follows her journey through all the restuarants and kitchens she's worked in over her career and also goes back to the rural kitchen of her childhood, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand (love that!) Even Anthony Bourdain describes it as "Magnificent. Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever."

In fact, I think I'm going to buy it right after work. I don't usually post about books I haven't read before, but thought it'd be fun if I shared it and then we talk about it post-read? Oh, also, they're turning the book into a movie. And guess who's playing Hamilton? You guessed it. Gwyneth Paltrow, of course.

(photo via Blood, Bones & Butter)

You gotta try this: beet hummus

For those of you still on a New Years healthkick (I am, sort of...eeps) I highly recommend trying this tasty beet hummus. It'll knock your socks off. ;) And if you're anything like me, it's nice to take a break from the same ol' classic hummus. Believe it or not, but this dip is actually super tasty with melba toast! Remember those? Hope you try it!

Summer T-Shirt Dress

Since we (Charlie and I) booked a recent trip to Tulum, Mexico, I've been on a hunt for a good t-shirt dress. Nothing too snug, but cotton-y and light feeling. Love this one by Alexander Wang, although I wouldn't pair it with black boots as pictured, but maybe a pretty wedge sandal. :)

(photo via Shop Bop)

Have a dreamy (fearless) weekend!

the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

This cute video, by Bianca Giaever, is circulating the interwebs and it's too adorable not to share. Need some advice when you're feeling scared? Then check this out! Happy weekend, folks! Stay cozy! 
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