No matter how divided we are all feeling right now there is one universal language that brings us all together and that is good food! I spend a lot of time with both Shyn Midili and Kat St John, two of my favorite people in all the land. I love these ladies hard and have mad respect for their artistry skills and passion for our community. When we hang out we drive our men crazy 'talking shop', they often run off in to the other room when we start chatting about the best new eyeliner or blush, we can't help it!! It is also a huge benefit that they all get along, and can bond over beer and music. But the truth is, each one of them can tell you what a bad contouring job looks like, so they listen
The makeup industry brought the three of us together but we also discovered we all shared a love, wait no.. an obsession with cooking really good food! In the summer time all three of us nerd out on what we are growing in our gardens, when to plant (current convo) we've taken many field trips to Sky Nursery, local blueberry farms and jumped on my neighbors boat to go salmon fishing. We have shopped smokers and BBQs, set up late night dinner parties and back yard hangouts that our passion for makeup almost becomes second. We had been talking about doing an official monthly cooking night, with a specific focus and finally we found some spare time in our busy schedules to make it happen. Our goal is to share with you what we love, show that community and friendship is king and show off some of our cooking skills! But like the perfect wine pairing we had to throw in a little makeup too, because as we are cooking along we are still nerding out on the newest and latest.. so I give you, Tacos & Tightlines! its perfect right?
So each month just sit back and let us entertain you with a monthly Food & Makeup post
About 5 years ago I was in Forth Worth Texas visiting a friend and we had THE best tacos at Torchy's, have y'all been? If ever in the Lonestar state drop in and try any of their tacos. My personal fav was a monthly special called the Tuk Tuk, it was a thai beef taco and damn it was good! The best marinated beef, loaded on to a flour tortilla and topped with pickled onions and carrots, cilantro, Hoisin and Sriracha.. yep!
Pickling your own garnishes is super easy, follow the recipe below
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Mix of the first three ingredients, slice your chosen veggies, stuff them in a jar and pour the brine over. Let set about 30 mins and you are ready to go! Make ahead of time and keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks. I used the leftover onions last night in a salad for an extra little snap of flavor
Oh and that beautiful jar of corn relish was thanks to Kat's mama, more on that with Kat this summer when she unveils her secret project!
The star of the Thai Beef Taco
1/2 cup of light soy sauce
1/4 cup of fish sauce
1/4 cup of toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger or you can use the paste but skip powdered
3 chopped cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of Sriracha or your fav hot garlic and chili paste
1 pound of flank steak
Mix and marinade over night, the longer the better. After you have all your toppings prepped grill or BBQ the meat then slice thinly
More division to deal with!! flour or corn? Your choice, I prefer flour I think that it goes well with beef but do what ya like no judgement here
For the toppings you will need
pickled onions and carrots
fried garlic, you'll find this in any Asian grocery and hey you're welcome!
Grill your tortillas up in a dry pan and then load them up how you like, me I like extra Sriracha!
We all added something to the meal, that is what we do, we make some fine food when we get together! Kat made some of the best damn chili verde i've had in years, topped with her mamas corn salsa and sharp cheese? Stop drooling already!
Shyn made this super yummy roasted green salsa, and I was floored how quick and easy it was! Read Shyn gush about how much she loves us (who she loves the most) and her roasted green salsa recipe HERE
We are not shy about drinking, we like to drink! We work HARD especially during the full swing of wedding season so its always nice to have the perfect little cocktail to end a long week, or day!
Mango Margs! First, take out that fancy bullet blender you got when you swore you were going to make those healthy green smoothies that is pushed in the back out your pantry. Now kiss that baby and tell it that you will give it the life it deserves blending smooth strong drinks!
Fill the blender cup with ice
3-4 count pour of your fav tequila
fill nearly to the top with fresh mango juice
2 tablespoons of agave or more if you like em real sweet
Blend, pour and top with fresh mango slices and candied oranges (trader joes for the win!)
So you are probably thinking, what on earth? When three artists hang out, we can't leave you without imploring you to try something new in your makeup routine! Tightlining is one of the best little tricks in your makeup bag, its a perfect little kick to pop open your eyes without doing much at all. It is not eyeliner, or even lining the waterline (the rim of your eye) it is adding liner to the spaces in between your lashes to give you a fuller lash look!
Aaaand its super easy!
Here I am using a the super black Minorque Khol liner from NARS and all you do is gently roll your upper eyelid up and smudge the liner in between your lashes, not above or below. You can use a gel liner and brush, a power shadow and brush and even a liquid liner felt pen. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Thank you for stopping by, I really hope you have enjoyed this little Friday night post! Stay tuned for next months topic, Cannoli's and Cat Eyes! We are giving a huge hug to one of the all time goddesses Sophia Loren
Thank you Kat and Shyn, I love you my dear friends! and for all of our followers please check out all of our pages, we often work together and always refer each other when we can't take a job.
Shyn Midili with Pacific Brides
All photos PNW Portraiture