Take Me to the Grove, The Coconut Grove November 05 2014, 0 Comments
Glitz, glamour, and a club filled with palms! That was the Coconut Grove Club of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angles. In it’s heyday, from the 1920s to the 1960s, it was frequented by Hollywood’s who’s who of the time.
The Coconut Grove club opened in 1921. At the beginning it was too small to fit the country club crowd and the wilder Hollywood crowd, so it converted to a thousand seat club. The LA hot spot was born with many fabulous parties.
What's not to love about a dinner club with papier mache palm trees, high ceilings lit with stars, and the biggest and best jazz bands playing music.
(Images courtesy of Google Images)
ecru's Soundtrack, Harry Belafonte's "Sweetheart From Venezuela" November 03 2014, 0 Comments
We started thinking of a new destination for our upcoming collection, but we still have the tropics in our minds and hearts. While Harry Beleafonte sings to his “Sweetheart From Venezuela”, it makes it hard to stop thinking of the South American jungles.
Bananas! October 13 2014, 0 Comments
One of the most exciting things about ecru is seeing how the inspiration turns into a product. It usually starts with coming up with a concept of the collection, in this case, Take Me to the Tropics. Inspiration for the Banana print came from vintage encyclopedia prints and images of tropical fruit stands. These images shaped the design of the Banana print that turned into our bright table linens.
Banana Napkins can be found here.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest and ecru)
ecru's Soundtrack, Little Richard's Tutti Frutti August 21 2014, 0 Comments
The weather is still scorching hot, but it's the weekend and we will be cooling ourselves on a frozen fruity treat. So here's Little Richard singing Tutti Frutti to satisfy our thirst.
Put the Lime in the Coconut July 14 2014, 0 Comments
With these long summer days I just want to drink something cold, refreshing, and sweet. A coconut and lime slushy sounds like the right fix to have. This Coconut Frozen Limeade recipe does the trick, and it’s the perfect mix of sweet coconut and sour limes.
Makes 4 Servings
2 1/2 cups crushed or small ice cubes
1 cup coconut milk, well-shaken if from a can
1/3 cup lime juice (from about 3 limes)
3 tablespoons granulated or superfine sugar (more or less to taste)
Lime slices for garnish
Blend every thing until it reaches your desired consistency — almost smooth, for a crunchier effect, or fully smooth, for a milkshake/creamier effect. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime.
(Recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen)
A Taste From The Tropics June 16 2014, 0 Comments
Nothing tastes more tropical than coconut and pineapple. In this sweltering heat, I just want to cool down with something freezing and delicious. I cannot wait to try this Pineapple Flurry and Coconut Chia Pudding to help me escape the heat.
18 ounces of fresh pineapple juice
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of plain strained yogurt (or substitute with almond milk or coconut water)
1/3 cup of chia seeds
honey to taste, about 2 tablespoons (or other sweetener)
Pour pineapple juice into a shallow pan. Freeze for about one hour. Scrape ice crystals forming on the edges of the pan to the center. Repeat every hour until icy and flaky, about 4/5 hours.
Stir yogurt, coconut milk and honey in a bowl to combine. Add chia seeds. Let sit at room temperature for at least 3 hours.
To assemble, place chia seed pudding at the bottom of a cup and add pineapple flurries to the top.
(Image and Recipe courtesy of Honestly Yum)
ecru's Soundtrack, Louis Prima's Banana Split for My Baby April 14 2014, 0 Comments
We are just two weeks away from our tropical event and summer 2014 collection launch. As the temperature rises we've been craving some ice cream. Louis Prima's "Banana Split for My Baby" is the perfect song to listen to as we enter the sweltering summer.
A Bright Home April 02 2014, 0 Comments
Every once in a while you come across a house that you fantasize about living in. A bright colorful home in the middle of a tropical paradise. All these qualities are in Adam McCulloch and Emma Sloley’s Yucatan retreat. The design of the house utilizes the space with glass curtains as walls, to mix the beautiful outdoor garden indoors. With bright walls and the use of space, we cannot help dreaming of moving to the Caribbean and having a home in the tropics.
The Royal Mango March 31 2014, 0 Comments
It’s that time of the year, and what that means is Alfonso mongos are in season. Every spring these delectable treats make their way in our fruit bowls for a short season. We can’t help adding some Alfonso mangos to all our salads. Here’s a tasty Red Cabbage and Mango Slaw to add to your next outdoor barbecue.
For the dressing
7 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon coconut aminos or tamari
1 green onion, sliced
1 red Thai chili, sliced (optional)
4 tablespoons walnut or macadamia nut oil
For the slaw
1/2 a red cabbage, finely shredded
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
2 large mangos, cut into strips
broccoli sprouts or other micro greens
seeds or nuts
To make the dressing, heat a saucepan and place the lime juice, maple syrup, sesame oil, coconut aminos (or tamari), green onion and red chili in it.
Boil over medium-high or high heat until liquid is reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
When the dressing is cool, strain into a bowl. Add the oil and whisk vigorously until well combined. Chill in refrigerator.
To prepare the slaw, place the shredded red cabbage and red onion in a large mixing bowl.
Add the chilled dressing, one tablespoon at a time, and toss gently to coat the vegetables.
Add the mango slices and broccoli greens, and toss a little bit more.
Sprinkle with seeds or nuts (or both!).
(Image and Recipe courtesy of Tartine and Apron Strings)
Catch The Toucan March 20 2014, 0 Comments
The exotic toucan has us mesmerized with his bright and majestic beak. We had to add a toucan print to our ecru's latest summer collection. This beautiful bird inhabits the tropical forests of Central America and South America. So here's a look at our toucan print, and our inspiration behind it.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest, Goolge Images, and ecru)
ecru's Soundtrack, Astrud Gilberto's The Girl From Ipanema March 18 2014, 0 Comments
As we are in the midst of producing our latest collection, influenced by all things tropical, Brazil is on our mind. Naturally we have to add Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl From Ipanema" to our soundtrack.
Tropical Bath February 03 2014, 0 Comments
When you don't have the time to go to the tropics, you can bring the tropics to you. I thought the best way to do this is by adding plants to my powder room.
Plants make any bathroom fresh, lush, and inviting. They almost recreate the essence of a tropical jungle. And since it's still cold and gloomy outdoors, I can try to escape my reality while I take my daily shower.
(Images courtesy of Pintrest)
Tropical Delight January 20 2014, 0 Comments
The tropics are on our mind. We are in the midst of winter, but we can’t help thinking about lying on far away beaches sipping on some exotic fruit drink. So the best we can do while we wait for warmer weather, is to make a delicious tropical smoothie.
1 cup non-fat milk
1 cup greek yogurt, plain, vanilla or honey
1 ½ cups ice cubes
1 banana (if frozen, leave out some of the ice)
1 mango, about 1 cup chopped
⅛ cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
chia seeds (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Serve with chia seeds additional coconut and chopped mango if desired.
(Recipe and Smoothie recipe courtesy of Foodie Crush)