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January 2017



LALA Land Part 2…

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Donut Snob Donuts Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
We were back in LA last weekend for a few days of adventure…we explored, enjoyed the sunshine, and ate some of our favorite goodies…

Donut Snob makes the best donuts I’ve ever had hands down. They are a delivery-only company yet sometimes you can find their donuts at coffee shops around LA…we were able to snag a few of their mini donuts at The Assembly Cafe in Beverly Hills…

Alfred Coffee in the Alley Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Alfred Coffee has locations throughout Los Angeles including this gem in an alleyway off of Melrose.

Alfred Coffee Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Their coffee is incredible and at this particular location, they also serve delicious bagel sandwiches…it’s very photogenic as you can see…

Splendid for Anthropologie Rugby Striped Duster Sweater | Deco Tartelette
Rufus is always thrilled when we return to LA…he insists on photoshoots at the famous Pink Wall off Melrose…

Jon and Vinny's Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Jon and Vinny’s is one of our favorite new restaurants in LA…everything is so fresh and scrumptious! I highly recommend their LA Woman Pizza…

Bottega Louie | Deco Tartelette
Bottega Louie should be a must-stop on every Los Angeles travel itinerary. The food is delicious and the space is gorgeous.

Magpies Soft Serve Silverlake Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
Magpies Softserve is wonderful! They make their softserve from scratch in-house in addition to all of their toppings. It’s such a treat! It’s hidden away in a mini strip mall…so LA…

J. Crew Velvet Flats | Deco Tartelette
No matter the time of year, lounging by the pool is always an option…a much needed kiss from the sun in the middle of winter…

Huckleberry Santa Monica | Deco Tartelette
One of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning in Los Angeles is in Santa Monica. We stop at Huckleberry, and take our breakfast to the beach. We then head to Record Surplus to stock up on classic vinyl.

If you are a classic movie fan, you have to check out the Nuart and the Aero Theatre
Santa Monica also has a lovely farmers’ market on Saturday mornings…

Hollywood Farmers' Market Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
If you miss the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market on Saturday, the Hollywood market on Sundays is spectacular.

Hollywood Farmers' Market | Deco Tartelette
No matter the time of year, it feels like summer. It’s the middle of January and I went home with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, heirloom cherry tomatoes, edible flowers, and every color of citrus one can imagine. I make sure to always stop at Roan Mills Bakery. They mill their own flour and their breads are out of this world.

Pink Wall Los Angeles | Deco Tartelette
By the way, we have some very exciting news…we are expecting! I am 21 weeks along and we are having a little girl…more to come on our growing Tartelette family!

Hop on over to LALA Land Part 1 to see more of our favorite spots in LA…

SHOP: Ribbed Tee: Anthropologie, Rugby Stripe Duster: Splendid, Skinny Jeans (Maternity) non-maternity here: Citizens of Humanity, Oxfords: Everlane, Sunglasses: Super

Photography by Cassie Winslow and Nicholas Winslow



January 2017



Dreaming of Spring…

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Berries + Cream Cake | Deco Tartelette
This Berries + Cream Cake is a favorite in the Tartelette household…layers of whipped cream, fresh berries, and floral sugar angel food cake. It is so light and pretty…it makes a perfect, springtime birthday cake…

Chamomile + Pink Grapefruit Paloma| Deco Tartelette
Chamomile + Pink Grapefruit Palomas! Palomas are perfectly delicious…using homemade grapefruit soda with a touch of chamomile and orange zest makes this recipe a special treat. Spring is almost here! Can you taste it?

Strawberry Shortcake | Deco Tartelette
Strawberry Shortcake with Chamomile Whipped Cream! Stacked high with layers of homemade strawberry scones, chamomile whipped cream, fresh berries, and strawberry syrup, this is the ultimate way to celebrate spring!

Radish + Arugula + Cara Cara Orange Salad via Deco Tartelette
Bright arugula, sweet Cara Cara oranges, and spicy radishes together create the ultimate salad to celebrate spring. Tossed with a light blue cheese dressing, it’s the perfect addition to Sunday dinner or a weekday lunch…I love to serve this salad with a slice of toasted homemade rye bread with a pat of butter…

Homemade Donuts with Lemon Glaze, Fresh Berries and Edible Flowers via Deco Tartelette
These Homemade Donuts with Lemon Glaze, Fresh Berries + Edible Flowers are perfectly wonderful…with fresh fruit and colorful edible flower petals, these beauties are perfect for a spring gathering or to bring to your neighbors as a special treat…

Orange + Calendula Carrot Cake with Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting | Deco Tartelette
Celebrate Spring by making a homemade floral inspired layer cake like this gorgeous Blood Orange + Calendula Carrot Cake with Lavender Cream Cheese Frosting! Baking with edible flowers is a culinary adventure…flowers can really change the flavor of something so classic, like carrot cake, and somehow make it even better.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour | Deco Tartelette
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Whiskey Sour…The combination of strawberry-rhubarb isn’t just meant for scrumptious pies…the pair make a wonderful jam and cocktail as well! I love using jam in cocktails because, well, it’s the jam…you’ll see…

What are some of your favorite Spring recipes?

Photography + Recipes by Cassie Winslow



January 2017



4 Quick Ways to Lunch Like a Parisienne for Darling Magazine

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4 Quick Ways to Lunch Like a Parisienne | Deco Tartelette for Darling Magazine
I fell in love with tartines while we were in Paris last fall…it’s such a simple concept yet allows the ingredients to really shine. I typically choose 2-3 toppings for each tartine. This is a fantastic way to get creative (and a little Parisienne) in the kitchen!

Here are my current favorites:

Winter Tartines
~Fuji Apple + Blue Cheese + Lavender Honey
~Smashed Avocado + Roasted Pepitas
~Poached egg + Pink Peppercorn + Goat Cheese with Rosemary
~Almond Butter + Raspberry + Rose Salt

Lightly toast and butter a few slices of freshly baked bread (you can also pick up a loaf at a local bakery if you prefer). I made my homemade rosemary sourdough. Add toppings as you fancy! Here are a few tips for each:
Fuji Apple + Blue Cheese + Lavender Honey Tartine | Deco Tartelette for Darling Magazine
~Fuji Apple + Blue Cheese + Lavender Honey: Simply layer the blue cheese, thinly sliced apple, and drizzle lavender honey on top. Garnish with a sprig of organic lavender if you wish!

Smashed Avocado + Roasted Pepita Tartine | Deco Tartelette for Darling Magazine
~Smashed Avocado + Roasted Pepitas: Smash 1/2 avocado for each tartine with a spritz of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Layer atop the toast. To roast the pepitas, place in a small pan stove top. Toast for about 10 minutes over low-medium heat. Season with a touch of salt. Allow to cool slightly, then sprinkle atop the avocado layer.

Poached Egg + Pink Peppercorn + Goat Cheese with Rosemary Tartine | Deco Tartelette for Darling Magazine
~Poached egg + Pink Peppercorn + Goat Cheese with Rosemary: You can find peppercorn goat cheese at specialty markets and/or natural food stores. If not, you can buy plain chevre and season with crushed pink peppercorns. Layer atop the toast. To poach an egg, bring a small pot of water to boil and add about 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar. Crack an organic egg into a small bowl and gently place in the boiling water. Lower the heat to low and allow the egg to cook for about 5 minutes. Remove the egg using a slotted spoon and drain atop a paper towel. Place on top of the goat cheese layer and sprinkle with more crushed pink peppercorn. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Almond Butter + Raspberry + Rose Salt Tartine | Deco Tartelette for Darling Magazine
~Almond Butter + Raspberry + Rose Salt: This tartine is super simple. Think of it as a glamorous open-faced PB&J. Simply layer almond butter then fresh raspberries. Drizzle raspberry jam atop and sprinkle with rose salt.

Tartines pair perfectly with your favorite glass of wine such as a bright Champagne or light Sangiovese. You can also serve with a delicious winter salad if you wish!

Bon Appetit!

Hop on over to Darling Magazine to see the feature…

Photography + Recipe by Cassie Winslow



January 2017



Colorful Menton…

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Menton Harbor | Deco Tartelette
I still dream of this colorful village on the French Riviera…it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. It is absolutely gorgeous with so much history and charm. The locals were so friendly! When we were booking our journey to Europe (see our posts on London and Paris too!), we wanted to visit a place that wasn’t very touristy. We had read that Menton is the Pearl of France (it is!) and because it is somewhat off the beaten path, it’s charming streets were not so heavy with the footprints of visitors.

Menton France | Deco Tartelette
Menton definitely lived up to our expectations. It had a calm energy and was full of bright colors and delightful locals.

Beach in Menton France | Deco Tartelette
We arrived to Menton via train from Paris and had booked two nights at an Airbnb…we had no plan but to spend our days at the rocky beach, sipping cocktails and enjoying the sunshine of the Riviera…and that’s exactly what we did.

Menton Airbnb View | Deco Tartelette
The view from our Airbnb was endearing. We spent our mornings sipping coffee on the patio. We went to the neighborhood market and stocked up our kitchen with goodies. We were looking forward to taking a break from restaurants and eating simple meals on our patio, breathing in the air from the glorious Mediterranean Sea.

Menton | Deco Tartelette

Menton France | Deco Tartelette
Menton is nestled on the edge of the Franco-Italian border so the village provides a wonderful mix of French and Italian culture and architecture.

Menton | Deco Tartelette

Menton | Deco Tartelette

French Riviera Menton | Deco Tartelette
We did venture out to a seaside restaurant for lunch after lounging on the beach all morning. We ordered mussels and frites and housemade spaghetti with a light red sauce and fresh mozzarella…

Menton | Deco Tartelette
We walked to the harbor at sunset and shared a nutella crepe from a crepe stand unusually paired with a Menton classic, fresh lemonade. It was delightful in every way.

Menton | Deco Tartelette
We wish our stay had been longer in Menton…it was so wonderful and relaxing. Our next stop? Riomaggiore! Stay tuned…

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Photography by Nicholas Winslow + Cassie Winslow



December 2016



:: FRESH ::

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Winter Salad with Roasted Beets, Pink Grapefruit, Green Apples, Sunflower Seeds, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Arugula
The colors and flavors in this winter salad are such a delight. Fresh pink grapefruit, roasted beets, and granny smith apples tossed in goat cheese, arugula, and toasted sunflower seeds. The juice from the grapefruit and the creaminess of the goat cheese create a dreamy dressing so all you need is a little salt and pepper and this salad dresses itself. It’s rich, bright, and satisfying…it’s truly the simple dishes that can be the most enjoyable…find the recipe here

Shredded coconut, fresh ruby red grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, persimmon, and toasted almond oatmeal bowl via Deco Tartelette
What is more satisfying and comforting than a bowl of piping hot oatmeal for breakfast…or any meal really? This recipe is super simple and is chock full of all sorts of healthy treats…fresh pomegranate seeds, toasted almonds, ruby red grapefruit, shredded coconut, and warm spiced persimmons served atop a bed of oatmeal drizzled with honey…find the recipe for my Winter Oatmeal Bowl here

Toasts | Deco Tartelette
Toasts! Nectarine, Burrata, Basil + Maple Syrup…Basil Butter, Cherry Tomato, Fried Egg + Micro Greens…Fig + Blueberry Jam, Swiss Cheese + Rose Petals…feel free to substitute your favorite in-season ingredients…find the recipes here

Toasted Farro + Pistachio + Dried Peach Salad | Deco Tartelette
This Toasted Farro + Pistachio + Dried Peach Salad is so satisfying, and is exceptionally nourishing with all sorts of goodies: green apples, dried peaches, toasted pistachios, arugula and a simple naval orange and basil dressing. I love assembling this salad on a Sunday afternoon and stashing it away for weekday lunches…find the recipe here

Pepita + Dried Apricot Granola with Pansy Buttermilk Ricotta + Strawberry Jam
Making homemade granola is so simple and such a wholesome addition to your pantry. Feel free to create your own combination of nuts + dried fruits. One of my favorite combinations is this Pepita + Dried Apricot Granola with Pansy Buttermilk Ricotta + Strawberry Jam…find the recipe here

Photography + Recipes by Cassie Winslow



December 2016



Holiday Happenings…

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Vibrant Pink Peonies | Deco Tartelette
Holiday Peonies!

Festive Vintage Mercedes | Deco Tartelette
Crusin’ around Santa Cruz drinking cozy beverages and listening to classic holiday tunes…

Homemade English Toffee | Deco Tartelette
A holiday tradition…making my Grandmother’s English Toffee…find the recipe here. This year I used milk chocolate and walnuts…

Velvet Pointed Toe Flats a la J.Crew | Deco Tartelette
‘Tis the season for velvety toes

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies | Deco Tartelette
Homemade Cocoa Nib Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies…perfect for an evening of snuggling up with your loved ones and watching holiday movies…what’s your favorite? I love Meet Me in St. Louis, Holiday Inn, and of course, It’s a Wonderful Life…

Dessert Cheese Board | Deco Tartelette
Our Dessert Cheese Board from last year which will be making another appearance this year in some way, shape, or form…

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Deco Tartelette!

Shop: Striped Pajamas, Ballet Pink Scarf, Velvet Flats, Velvet Joggers, Pinstripe Coat, Marble Pastry Board, Holiday Plate, String Lights

Photography by Cassie Winslow + Nicholas Winslow



December 2016



Peppermint Stick Milkshakes

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Peppermint Stick Milkshakes | Deco Tartelette
These festive beverages are just what you need after a long day of holiday shopping…treat yourself to a delicious ice cream delight!

Peppermint Stick Milkshakes | Deco Tartelette
Peppermint Stick Milkshakes
For two milkshakes
1/2 pint organic vanilla ice cream (you can also use Tillamook’s White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Ice Cream)
1/2 cup organic milk
2 candy canes
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend! Pour into a glass of your choice. Garnish with a candy cane. Enjoy!

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Photography by Nicholas Winslow + Cassie Winslow
Recipe by Cassie Winslow



December 2016



:: Paris, Part 2 ::

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River Seine Paris via Deco Tartelette
The day we walked all over Paris…oh my! We covered a lot of ground in one day…we were so thrilled to be there that with jet lag still haunting us, we were running off of pure adrenaline and cafe au laits.

River Seine | Deco Tartelette

metro paris via deco tartelette
We took the Metro from Montmartre to Rue Cler to pick up some goodies for a picnic by the Eiffel Tower. The Metro was super simple to use…we pre-purchased 10 tickets/5 rides each which was perfect for two days.

Rue Cler | Deco Tartelette
Rue Cler is famous for its specialty shops…1 street filled with bakeries, charcuteries, fromageries, flower shops…we grabbed a baguette (but of course), a bottle of wine, and cheeses aplenty and headed toward the Champ de Mars to nibble on our goodies and take in the view.

Eiffel Tower | Deco Tartelette

eiffel tower via deco tartelette

Pont Alexandre III | Deco Tartelette
After filling our bellies with rich treats, we set off to walk along the River Seine. We found ourselves walking all day which was lovely.

Jardin de Tuileries | Deco Tartelette
We walked through the Jardin de Tuileries where we kicked up our feet for a bit, watching families take their daily stroll and kiddos hopping off and on the carousel.

jardin de tuileries | deco tartelette

j crew handbag paris via Deco Tartelette
After stopping for a few cappuccinos along the way, we finally made it to Paris’ Left Bank in the 6th Arrondissement.

chez leveque paris | deco tartelette
I absolutely loved this area. Full of so much history and delightful corners everywhere you turned…it was magical.

shakespeare and co paris | deco tartelette
We stopped to pick up a novel at Shakespeare and Co. before heading to the Notre Dame to watch the sunset over the River Seine.

les deux magots paris via deco tartelette
Before heading back to Montmartre, we stopped at Les Deux Magots for dinner. Classic Paris…

See Part 1 of our Paris adventure here!

For our trip, all I brought was a small handbag and this backpack. Yep, that’s it. I went back and forth about it for awhile before we departed, especially since this was our first trip to Europe. I wanted to bring everything with me of course, yet also wanted to have the ability to get up and go, hands-free. I’m so happy I went this route. I packed staples that layered well and somehow didn’t even wear everything I brought. Our excursion was 15 days total and we typically did a small load of laundry at each of our Airbnbs…

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Photography by Nicholas Winslow + Cassie Winslow
Film Photography shot with an Olympus 35RC