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This is one of my all-time favorite summer meals (right behind this Caprese Pasta). I love sitting on the deck, eating this while enjoying a crisp glass of white wine. I usually associate pasta with fall, but this lighter take on it is prefect for an easy deck dinner. All it takes is twenty minutes and voila, dinner is served!

Linguini with Shrimp Scampi


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 3/4 pound linguine
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon, grated
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds
  • 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) hot red pepper flakes


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boiling, add enough salt so water tastes like the ocean (about 1 tablespoon) add the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.
  2. Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.
  3. When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.


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Oh Hi!

by Koko on July 15, 2015 · 0 comments

in Travel


Oh hi friends! I’m so sorry for being MIA for 9 days, where did the time go? Well… I went on a fun weeklong vacation! I, of course, thought I was going to blog while I was gone and, of course, didn’t! So here I am: back and refreshed!

It was a great trip filled with friends, lots of laughter and good food (and a solid new tan!).


I think I mentioned last week that I started my LA job! Two-three weeks in LA followed by a week or so back in Tennessee. It has been so great to be in LA with my friends and living back home with my parents. (PS There is nothing like having your mom do your laundry and grocery shopping again! Although I have already gotten chastised about a dirty room.) But I miss Q and Carl dearly! I will be bringing Carl out here to live once Q’s work schedule gets more intense and he can play with his LA cousins (who are less than thrilled to add a third dog to the mix).


While in LA, I’ve been working out using this amazing app/website called Class Pass. Basically you pay $99 a month and can go to hundreds of boutique workout classes across the city. There is a ton of variety of times and classes to choose from. You pump in a location and time slot and dozens pop up. Today I went to spin, tomorrow a sculpt class. It works perfectly with my needs and my schedule (sometimes I take class at 7AM, other days at 10AM). If you are in LA or a big city, you should definitely check it out.


On a food note, this week my girlfriends and I are trying to get into Jon & Vinny’s for pizza- I’ll let you know how it goes! And if you ever go to New Orleans, the pizza at Domenica’s is insane. We had it on our flight home from vacation and were loving it.


The Inn at Fontanel

by Koko on July 6, 2015

in Travel


With my new traveling work schedule (2-3 weeks on, a few days home, repeat), I wanted my first trip back to Tennessee to be a special one (especially because I am missing spending Q’s 30th birthday with him). I decided to take the boys (Q and Carl) on a little staycation. I had read about the Inn at Fontanel in a random issue of Southern Living (how Southern am I now?). The Inn was a Southern Living idea home, which basically means it was built by Southern Living to give homeowners ideas of how to design their own homes. The idea home was built in 2013 and originally was just for tours. After 8 months, they divided the home up into 6 rooms and turned it into a bed and breakfast.



Once I had read about it, I looked online and saw only fabulous reviews, so I thought we would give it a try. We rented the South Queen Bunkie for three days, which is a mini cottage next to the main house with two queen beds. It was SO charming and quiet! The room was dog friendly, so Carl got to enjoy our little vacation as well. The staff at the hotel were incredibly accommodating and helpful. They even called a cab for me this morning at 5AM and were outside waiting for me to come out. Each morning there is a private chef who cooks you breakfast at whatever time you wish (spoiled!) and there is a 5PM hot snack each night in the main house. There is a restaurant, winery and distillery all on site as well, so that made for a fun day! Seriously no need to ever leave the property.



We did venture out on the 4th of July to celebrate Q’s birthday. We went down to Franklin (about 20 minutes south of Nashville) for a fun dinner at a restaurant called Gray’s on Main. Oh my word, the food was soooo good. Farm to table, shareable plates, and some of the top rated cocktails in the nation. We were in heaven. And are now convinced we want to live in Franklin when we are older.



Stay: Inn at Fontanel, White’s Creek, Tennessee

Eat: Gray’s on Main, Franklin, Tenneseee

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Iro Jacket

by Koko on June 29, 2015 · 0 comments

in Clothes/Shoes/Bags, Fashion


This weekend, I ran into Nordstrom Rack for what I thought was a quick grab and go trip. I grabbed the chapstick I needed and on my way out, I spotted this incredible jacket. And now it could possibly be one of the best things I’ve ever worn. Normally Iro jackets run about $600, but this one was $185. Complete steal, right? (PS lucky for you, I also found it online!).

I wore it straight to dinner with my favorite toothpick jeans, Target sandals and simple white tank. PS my sunglasses are Jessica Simpson and I never want to take them off.


Jacket: Iro $185 / Sunnies: Jessica Simpson $45 and similar $55/ Tank: J. Crew $25/ Necklace: Similar / Sandals: Target $15 / Jeans: J. Crew $128 Purse: Stella McCartney