des moines // malo.

on friday night, [J] + I had date night reservations at a new restaurant downtown des moines, malo. let me just say, it was so good ..it will be hard for me to NOT want to go there every date night. the craft cocktails, the scrumptious food, the great service [ask for amelia!], and the fun atmosphere.

[J] + I determined it goes down as one of our top 10 best dinners. ever.

[we even contemplated going there for brunch the next morning, but concluded that would be a bit excessive].

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

the highlights besides the entire meal: [J]’s cocktail – the templeton mule, the tacos, the complimentary chips & salsa always a win in my book, the extra-large silverware, and the cheeky “cigars & coffee” dessert [which was chocolate cake balls formed into cigar shapes, and served with thee most amazing coffee gelato].

take me back, now.

happy monday.

holiday qualifications.

the super bowl has always been a holiday to me.

why? because it meets all of my holiday qualifications ..

• it’s something I look forward to every year.

• I can spend the entire day drinking. and it’s completely acceptable. even encouraged.

• the food can only be described as delicious. or “worth the wait”.

• calories don’t count.

• meat, cheese, and tortilla chips become the only three food groups.

• I stop to think: “has there been a moment today I didn’t have food in my mouth?” then I answer, no.

• the dress code is comfortable.

• there is entertainment.

• and sitting on your couch is the only requirement.

what is not to love?

so clear your calendar of any engagements this sunday. and get to the grocery store before the velveeta cheese + rotel tomatoes are gone! this is serious business folks.

the next three days I will be sharing with you food & cocktail recipes to make the big game that much more enjoyable.

and on sunday, I’ll be live tweeting  during the game. mostly about commercials. but obviously, football too. and photographs of what I’m drinking & eating, because that’s important.

holiday qualifications // LLinaBC.com

see you tomorrow!

and come hungry :)

DIY: wine decor.

DIY: wine decor. // LLinaBC.com

just when you think you should slow down your wine intake on account of the new year, you discover it’ll help spruce up your home. so you continue as you were.

I believe in the beauty of wine bottles. and in recycling, or better re-purposing them. as candle holders. or possibly a vase.

DIY: wine decor. // LLinaBC.com

DIY: wine decor. // LLinaBC.com

DIY: wine decor. // LLinaBC.com

I was searching for a way to divide the eating portion of our peninsula from our sink, and think I found the prettiest barrier.

DIY: wine decor. // LLinaBC.com

DIY: wine decor. // LLinaBC.com

and of course, we keep the corks. and any significant dates like [J]’s golden birthday we make sure to document before adding to our collection.

DIY: wine decor. // LLinaBC.com

have I convinced you?

time to go restock the wine rack!

happy wednesday.