I was so excited when my friend Tara asked Lazyjack Press to design custom pocket squares as groomsmen's gifts for her wedding last October. She decided to go with our "All Tied Up" design in classic black and white. It added a little something extra and fun to the classic tuxedo and was a great gift for the groom to give his groomsmen. The wedding couldn't have been more elegant (it was just featured on stylemepretty.com). I'm really honored that Lazyjack Press was a part of it!
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What holiday is more bacchanalian than Mardi Gras? Hands down New Orleans corners the market when it comes to Fat Tuesday festivities. But it doesn’t have to be all about booze, beads and boobs. The name of the day comes from using up all your fancy food to make way for a time of fasting. No one is saying you need to do the fasting bit, but I know I never pass up a chance to chow down on some festive fare. And if I can’t make it to the best carnival celebrations in the world, you can be sure that I will be enjoying myself locally.
There are many traditional foods when it comes to Mardi Gras. Fastnachts, king cakes, and pancakes top the list but if you want to feel truly naughty you need something with a healthy amount of HEAT. At LJP, Miriam is her Highness of Hotness when it comes to spice. Just sample a few of her famous bloodies and you may need to call the fire department. I should probably buy stock in Tabasco. This spicy jambalaya incorporates my favorite decadent ingredients with enough heat to make the ladies want to tear off their tops and earn some of those beads. Pair with your favorite Abita beer straight from the Big Easy itself. Bon appétit!
1 ¼ tsp paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp dry oregano
½ tsp dry thyme
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cups chicken broth
3 links andouille sausage, sliced (not a smoked variety) must be raw
1 sweet onion, diced
1 cup sweet pepper, diced (I used Yummy Orange but use whatever you have on hand)
3 stalks of celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
14 oz canned diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
1 cup medium grain white rice
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste
Optional: Growing up in MD I like a little Old Bay on my shrimp. Feel free to use this to season the shrimp instead of the spice mix in the second to last step.
It's still freezing back east with no sign of spring ahead. That means one thing: all of us gathering at our favorite watering hall at happy hour and/or on the weekends to stay warm with our favorite beverage. My drink of choice is tequila. It hasn't mistreated me the same way vodka, gin (barf) or even the brown stuff has.
I can't help but take notice of the influx of recent articles documenting the health benefits of tequila. That's great news! Not only are experts hailing it as the "healthiest" liquor, but it aids in digestion, lowers bad cholesterol, helps with depression, lowers blood glucose levels, and since the agavins don't enter the blood stream, it can help you feel full longer. And as an added bonus, if you eat the worm at the bottom of the mezcal bottle, you've just added protein!
Buzzfeed recently came out with a list of 24 "glorious" ways to drink tequila. I want to try EVERY recipe in this article, from the sparkling champagne margarita, tequila mojitos, to the spicy tequila cocktails there is something in this article for everyone, even the beer drinker!
Here's the link to the recipes.
Lazyjack Press doesn't just make ties and bow ties. We also make a variety of other accessories, some of which are perfect for your next getaway, especially if you're trying to escape the polar vortex!
My uncle, Shahram, is an renowned fashion photographer. He's lived most of his life working in London, Paris, and Milan. Let's just say, he's worked with everyone (and he has great stories!) To see some of his photos (including lots of hot models) and for additional information, visit: shahramsanai.com.
Besides being a talented photographer, Shahram is also a huge fan of Lazyjack Press. Below are some photos of his recent trip to Miami with some of his favorite LJP accessories.
Pictured: Lazyjack Press Go-Bag ($60-$70), our flip flops w/Re-Rack ribbon ($39), and our signature cap in cornflower w/ our Re-Rack design on the back closure ($26). All of these accessories are made here in the good 'ol USA! Shop these products here.
Half the fun of this sandwich is in the name. From the people who brought you a restaurant called Pho King (pho is pronounced ‘fuh’), the Vietnamese seem to have cornered the market on the double entendre. For those cheeky gents who like a good pick up line, simply ask, “Do you wanna bánh mì?” Although this could earn you a slap in the face, hopefully you will get a confused look and a “pardon me?”, whereupon you regale the young lady with your culinary prowess of how you can whip up some great street food, perfect for the post bar munchies. Also tasty for romantic picnics in the park, whip up your bánh mì, throw them in your go-bag and watch as this tasty sandwich enlivens the taste buds of your adventurous date. Just make sure you both partake! As huge garlic and onion lovers here at LJP, this is the cardinal rule of eating with your mate.
ăn ngon miệng nhé!
While it looks like a lot of ingredients, for the most part you can do a lot ahead of time.
1 lb lean ground chicken
1 scant cup chopped cilantro
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/3 cup whole wheat panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
1 tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tbsp fish sauce
salt and pepper
1 tbsp lemongrass paste (or finely chopped fresh)
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
Combine all ingredients and form into balls. I like to use a very small ice cream scoop that some bakers use for drop cookies. This will keep your hands cleaner. Heat a table spoon of neutral oil and pan fry on all sides. You can also bake them in the oven for 15 minutes or so depending on the size of the balls
1 small cucumber
1 tsp soy sauce
pinch of sugar
pinch of salt
Using a vegetable peeler make long or short strips of carrot and cucumber. Mix remaining ingredients together and marinate the vegetables to create quick pickles.
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 clove crushed garlic
¼ cup mayonnaise
Combine all ingredients and set aside. If too loose add more mayo.
1.5 baguettes or 6 club rolls (heated in the oven until warm)
6 tbsp chicken liver pate (1 tbsp per sandwich)
½-1 cup cilantro leaves
Franks Red Hot Sweet Chili sauce
garlic lime mayo
¼ of a red onion sliced
Split the rolls and spread 1 tsbp of pate per sandwich. Add the pickle, cilantro and onion. Add one layer of meatballs and drizzle with mayo and chili sauce. Press down when closing sandwich so that the meatballs flatten making it easier to eat.