Category Archives: Fun stuff


Guys. I found this guy on YouTube who makes lovely videos with the simplest, most beautiful recipes. He’s Spanish, so I’ve been translating his recipes so I can use them later, but even if you don’t speak Spanish, the videos are worth watching because they’re so dang gorgeous. Everything is styled as rustic, as if you lived in a tent or an old country house, with handed-down dishes and rough surfaces and of course, amazing light. I know that it’s styled, and not necessarily true-to-life, but why can’t it be? Why can’t we create a life that is beautiful and rustic?

For example, if you were the Gipsy Chef:

You could have this gorgeous old pot for cooking quince paste in the forest.

worn pot for camping

And then you’d use a vintage knife to spread that goodness onto your toast.

awesome spreader for jam 2

Of course you’d keep your whipped cream in an old enamel cup.

whipped cream in an enamel coffee cup

Speaking of enamel cups, you’d also use one to mix softened butter with whole grain mustard, minced cilantro stems, and lemon juice.

mixing butter in an enamel coffee cup

You’d have this simple but beautiful scalloped bowl that you’d casually use to mix pancake batter.

using pretty scalloped bowl as mixing bowl

You’d use an old cookie tin filled with vintage silverware to weigh down fish while you cured it with salt, sugar, and berries.

using cookie tin with spoons as weight

You’d just flip over a pan lid to transfer a perfectly fried egg to your plate.

pan lid for transferring fried egg

You’d have super-juicy citrus that you’d juice by hand with a fork into a glass for breakfast.

juicing grapefruit with a fork

You’d use a giant block of butter to grease your griddle.

giant block of butter for greasing pan

You’d steep spices, lemon peel, and sugar with milk and tea leaves, then pour that over cocoa to make chocolate tea.

choco te - star anise in milk

And you’d do it on an old table outside.


Seriously. Go check him out. This video is a good place to start – somehow he makes breakfast sexy.

A beautiful mess.

One night, we went to Kate & David’s home to eat bangers and mash and make cranberry-popcorn garlands and paper snowflakes. We read tarot cards, listened to old tunes, and had a wonderful time. At the end of the evening, there were popcorn crumbs, paper clippings, and bits of string all over the living room floor. David said, “what a beautiful mess.”

We made a little video. Happy Christmas!

A Beautiful Mess from Crystal Esquivel on Vimeo.

Derby Day!


Every year, we look forward to Derby Day. We get dolled up in our finest and spend the day at a farm drinking mint juleps and cheering on random horses (whichever has the best name) and generally having a great time. This is all thanks to our wonderful friends David and Joe, who host the city’s best Derby Day party every year. (You can see all of our photos here.)

I also made a weekend video! It’s been a while since I’ve done one, and I’m not sure why. They’re so fun! Here are the basics for this weekend:

Rachel & Logan came to our casa so that Logan could whip up an amazing sushi dinner. He always goes all out – miso soup, edamame, snapper with cucumber and crab, salmon with avocado and cucumber, inari, chocolate mochi cake with strawberry gelato and tiny jugs of Yakult. He rocks.

We hung out at home with coffee and toasted, buttered baguette, and a lunch of hot dogs and mashed potatoes (we’re classy, yo). Then it was Derby Day madness! Rather than my usual dress-and-large-hat combo, I opted for a 40s look, in vintage goodness. Justin was gorgeous as always. There were Dizzy Derby races, juleps, games of corn hole, bocce ball, and all kinds of preppy fun. After Derby Day, a huge group of us cabbed over to Foreign & Domestic and ordered everything on the menu. Literally.

We relaxed at home in the morning, and then Kate and Meghan stopped in to produce a photo shoot for a local magazine on our lawn. I got an amazing vintage canning book out of the deal. In the evening, I walked down to Winflo to meet the girls and celebrate Jodi’s big win. On my walk home, I saw my friend Alex at Clark’s, and so of course I met Justin there for bubbly and oysters.

Derby Day 2013 from Crystal Esquivel on Vimeo.

Such a fun (but exhausting) weekend! I’m looking forward to some quiet time tonight. Just me, a kitty cat, and a book. I hope you all have a wonderful week!