Holiday Fancy. Channeling My Inner Bianca Jagger

 

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Mango Blouse \ Zara Skinny Scarf (similar bow blouse here) \ ASOS Denim \ Goldy Watch (c/o Barbas & Zacári)

Now that the holidays have officially arrived, I have decided to embrace my inner Bianca Jagger and don the bow blouse like I’m the style maven making a grand entrance at Studio 54 back in 1979. Not that I need an excuse to rock the pussy bow trend with abandon, but it is always nice to have another option when you are making the rounds at this year’s holiday soirees.

Along with its day-to-night versatility, this trend is so easy to don. It can be worn with jeans, dressier trousers, and it can even be paired with with a skirt or dress.

The best part?

If you still have that silk, skinny scarf that was all the rage last season, you can actually style it with your favorite button down confection to create a whole new look that embraces the bow blouse trend.

Eats. A Local Lunchtime Favorite

 

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I have to be honest, the first time I tried quinoa I was completely clueless as to what it was, or even how to pronounce it (I still don’t even know if I’ve mastered the latter). However, one thing I did know was that the grain was being heralded in as the next big thing in the vegetarian world, and not being much of a carnivore myself, I had to see what all the buzz was about.

Fast-forward to now, and I not only seriously enjoy this edible seed, but I actually actively seek it out on menus. One such menu that is included in this search is the one at North End Cafe in Louisville. This restaurant boasts a variety of options for those seeking vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free plates, and my favorite menu item is the chickpea and quinoa cake.

The cake is a baked combination of chickpeas and quinoa seeds that is topped with grilled vegetables that are locally-grown, crumbled goat cheese, red pepper coulis, and a balsamic reduction that is lightly drizzled on top. The vegetables are grilled perfectly to a crisp in order to balance out the softer consistency of the cake, and the goat cheese tangos beautifully with the balsamic reduction. These elements, combined with that coveted feeling of being satisfied and not stuffed after eating, are what make this one of my favorite lunch dishes in the city.

To learn more about North End Cafe and to see there menu, click here.