A Taste of Bistro Menil at Home

A Taste of Bistro Menil at Home

I am drawing on the inspiration of one of my favorite lunches to create my dinner tonight. In Houston, tucked away in the lush area between the Museum District and vibrant Montrose neighborhood is the Bistro Menil. In a city that is known for its heavy Tex-Mex and love of meats, Bistro Menil delivers refreshingly light European fare.

One of my absolute favorite things to do in Houston is to spend the day at The Menil Collection. I start with lunch–a glass of sparkling rosé with the bistro Caesar salad with salmon at Bistro Menil for lunch and then hop over to the Menil to see the works of Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko and so many more, and finish off the day by sitting on a blanket in the many green spaces between the iconic museum and the Rothko Chapel.

Picnic at the Menil

Of course I can’t do any of this right now because of Coronavirus restrictions so I am bringing the Menil to my kitchen in Austin tonight. To make the Caesar salad, I am going to use a version of The Defined Dish’s Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad *minus the chicken* and my pan fried salmon recipe.

Pan Fried Salmon with The Defined Dish’s Caesar Pasta Salad

To make the Salmon:

  • 2 (4 oz.) salmon filets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced

Pat salmon dry and coat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, when oil is hot, but not smoking, add salmon–skin side up. Season skin with salt and pepper and cook for about six minutes. Flip over and add chicken stock and lemon juice. Serve with with The Defined Dish’s Caesar Pasta Salad and enjoy!

Let me know what you think of this recipe and what you are cooking tonight!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Picks

Brit’s Picks

As I reflect back on the past week, I’m rounding up my favorite items to share with you. From Sun hats to self-tanner, these are the items I am loving right now!

  1. Hanacure Mask 2. Tan Luxe–The Face 3. Agua by Agua Bendita Dragonfly Dress 4. Sarah Bray Sun Hat 5. The Sculpt Society App

The Hanacure face mask is a little bit pricey for an at-home mask at $29.99, but it is TOTALLY worth it! First of all, the packaging and way it is set up is so fun and it seems like you are doing something clinical, which I think is unique. Once you mix up the ingredients, you apply it on your face with the disposable brush they provide you and let the magic happen!

Within minutes, the gel like mask starts literally pulling your face back. It is really fun to look in the mirror throughout the process, because your face will look pretty different. Once you rinse it off, your face will look so refreshed and you will *almost* feel like you’ve just had a professional facial!

I purchased the Tan Luxe–The Face drops, a few weeks ago because I am a spray tan-addict and was getting quite pale. I was a bit skeptical and had never done at-home tanners before, but I was pleasantly surprised! For my face, I blended two drops of Tan Luxe with my Metacell Renewal B3 moisturizing gel and rubbed the two together in my hands before applying it on my face and neck.

Even though it is for the face, I wanted to see what it would look like on the rest of my body too, so I have also been blending the drops with my body moisturizer and applying it to my arms, legs and torso.

I am in love with this linen Agua by Agua Bendita Dragonfly dress! I found it in March at Moda Operendi and kept going back-and-forth about it because it is a little pricey. But luckily, Moda is offering 30 percent off of most of their styles right now with the code BEST30 and this dress was included so I took that as my sign to go ahead and get it!

This dress is just so precious to me and will be perfect for summertime! The linen is breathable, but provides coverage so the dress is not see-through and the dragonfly print is so lovely. I’m not sure if I will have any events to wear this to this summer, but it will also be perfect for having cocktails in my backyard!

Sarah Bray recently launched her beautiful sun hats with vintage ribbons and I could not be more excited for these them! Sarah is a well-established writer and editor who recently moved to Bermuda to be with her fiancée. If you follow her on instagram, you will see she has an impeccable eye for design and style and that comes through in these hats. She has not only created affordably-priced sun hats, but they are also chic and timeless. When ordering your hat, you can pick from 16 vintage ribbons to thread around the brim of the hat which is such a unique touch. You can order as many ribbons as you’d like so you can change the vibe of the hat depending on your mood or to match your outfit.

Finally, my other obsession this week is Megan Roup’s Sculpt Society. This app has been getting me through quarantine! About a month ago, I downloaded The Sculpt Society app and have been doing the workouts every day. Megan makes working out so accessible and fun and it is something I look forward to doing every day whether it is a 10-minute “quickie” dance cardio workout or a 50-minute full-body workout, you will feel so energized and refreshed when you’re done! If you don’t want to download the app, Megan has been posting live workouts on her instagram account that are great as well!

I hope you love all my picks this week!! Leave me a comment and let me know if you have tried any of these and what your favorite things are!

XO,

Brit

ABOUT BRIT

ABOUT BRIT

Thank you so much for visiting Basically Brit! For years, my girlfriends, family members and acquaintances have asked me for advice on what to wear, skin care tips, restaurant recommendations, travel ideas and more so I thought creating a blog would be a great way to put all of my thoughts out into the universe!

I am currently living in Austin, Texas, but have lived all around the United States. I was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to St. Louis, Missouri, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota, before I was five years old. I was mostly raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, but finished my last two years of high school in Manhattan, Kansas. Because I had never really experienced the American South and had a childhood dream to be an anthropologist of sorts, I decided to go to college at the University of Mississippi or “Ole Miss” as it is commonly referred to. While there, I studied Journalism and Public Relations and met my husband, Will, a couple of weeks after graduation. After college, we moved to Houston, Texas, where I worked as a brand ambassador for Milly at Neiman Marcus and as a writer for the Texas Medical Center news.

Outside of writing, I have always had a passion for fashion and spend way too much of my spare time shopping. I also love cooking, traveling, exercising, drinking wine and hanging out with my loved ones and I hope to share all of this with you! Leave me a comment if there is anything you’d like to know about me that I didn’t include and please follow me on Instagram @basically__brit . Can’t wait to meet all of you!

XO,

Brit