Recipe: Sesame-Crusted Tuna and Miso-Maple Brussel Sprouts

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sesame crusted tuna and maple miso brussel sprouts | The Emerald Palate

Brussel sprouts and maple syrup might not be top of mind when you think, “Japanese cuisine,” but it sure can add a hearty and sweet dimension to a typically light, acidic dish. So instead of serving sesame-crusted tuna on top of a salad, try this version and serve a more substantial main dish for tomorrow night’s dinner.

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Celebrating Spring with Polka Dots

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Travis spring street style

It’s been getting warmer here in Seattle. To celebrate, we’ve been busting out the warmer weather wear, including colorful shorts and summer shoes.

One of our favorite patterns for this transitional season? Polka dots. They can add a subtle three dimensional component to an otherwise colorful palette and can play a subtly nautical role in any outfit.

To see where Travis got his mini polka dots, read more.

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Looking for a Healthy Alternative to Alfredo Sauce? Try Sunchokes With These Recipes

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Healthy Sunchoke Alfredo Sauce Alternative

Sunchokes are one of my favorite vegetables. If I see them on a menu at a restaurant, I’m like, “SOLD!”

I was at the Ballard Farmer’s Market last Sunday and saw a ton of sunchokes. I’d bought some with the intention of making some sort of puree underneath grilled meat, but mid-week I was inspired to pair it with pasta and see if I could make an Alfredo sauce with it.

If there’s one thing you should know about me, I. love. pasta. I grew up thinking Alfredo sauce was “healthy” (hey it’s milk right? Oh the woes of growing up in an Italian American family!), and it wasn’t until college that I had the painful realization how bad Alfredo sauce was for your health.

I regularly look for healthy alternatives to Alfredo sauce, relying on milk, cream cheese, and bechamel to recreate this creamy favorite. I also regularly see varieties with cauliflower in it, so I thought, hell, why not sunchokes.

Below are my interpretations of a healthy alternative to Alfredo sauce. I’ve provided three different versions, starting at the healthier and ending with a more indulgent variety. Choose your adventure and tell me in the comments what you think!

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10 Best Dressed: Our Favorite Street Style Looks

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We were chatting to some new bloggers recently and it wasn’t until we were talking about all of our most memorable photos snapped on the street that we thought to do a round up of some of our favorite looks from over the last 2.5 years. So here are the best street style looks from around the world. Click the image to see more looks.

3 piece mens suit

street style of a stylist Seattle

black and white graphic coat

Kids street style

Oversized Slouchy Sweater: Navajo Print

The Emerald Closet Street Style: American Apparel Employee

mens street fashion

Brick Lane Market London street style

NYC Street Style_Parson Student in Ralph Lauren Jacket

how to mix patterns women

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Street Style: How To Wear Bold Colors In One Look

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color told through street style

coral clutch close up

Jeffrey Campbell orange pumps

This outfit is showstopping. We loved the cool cobalt blue matched with the warm orange of the shoes and coral of the clutch. It’s colorful, yet subtle all in one. Plus, the cinching of the belt is very flattering, accentuating Anya’s curves. This is a great study on color and proportion, especially showing that corals and oranges, while seemingly different, can still work together. Gap dress, Jeffrey Campbell pumps.

Spotted: Downtown, 4th & Pine
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Adria’s Guide To Shopping in Nashville

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Nashville TN travel guide

I traveled to Nashville last week to visit a client and was excited for the opportunity to explore the local scene for good shopping and eats. However, since my trip ended up being a foodie’s disappointment, I’ll focus mostly on shopping in Nashville vs. eating out. Luckily, this guide will be continually updated as I visit this client again in the future — so stay tuned!

Read on for my guide to shopping in Nashville that includes bad ass vintage shops, a Google Map, and one awesome hipster coffee shop.

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In Our Closet: Brooklyn Shopping Finds From My Trip to NYC

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Brooklyn Shopping Guide | The Emerald Palate

Yes, I know, I’m obsessed with Brooklyn.

You might have just seen my breakdown of the best vendors at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg last week. You might have also seen my Brooklyn shopping guide article.

Well, I tried my hand at some more Brooklyn shopping during my visit to New York City a few weeks ago. I headed to the Brooklyn Flea (as always) and stumbled upon a great new boutique in Williamsburg. Check out the items I found and where you can get them (even if you’re not planning a trip to NYC anytime soon).

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Your Guide to the Brooklyn Flea’s Best Shops & Eats

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A Guide to The Brooklyn Flea | The Emerald Palate

Shopping in NYC can be freaking expensive. Unless you’re okay with strolling through the same old high street stores that are in every mall around the country, you will typically pay a pretty arm and a leg to buy anything from New York’s various boutiques. I’ve even tried vintage and second hand in Manhattan and still have trouble finding a mass of stores that don’t charge exorbitant prices.

It took me a while, but I finally figured out the secret – Brooklyn.

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New Year, New Recipe: Cauliflower, Celery Root, and Apple Soup

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cauliflower and apple soup recipe

Soup is one of my absolute favorite meals. I don’t care how hot it is, I crave it year round. To kick off the New Year and my 2015 cleaner eating resolution, here is a yummy and filling cauliflower, celery root, and apple soup recipe to get you through the cold and post-holiday coma.

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