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Just Three Things: Breakfast in Bed

Valentines is just a few days away and we've come up with the perfect plan -- wake up late and stay home!! Here are two recipes (one sweet and the other savory) for a fun and simple breakfast in bed to prepare for your special someone. The best part is, you only need three things. 
You Will Need
Pancake Mix
Hazelnut Spread
Make the pancakes according to package instructions. Smother Hazelnut Spread and top with heart-shaped strawberries. 
You Will Need
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
Toast bread. Cut out a heart shape in the middle and remove the bread inside the cookie cutter. Grease both sides of the metal cutter and place back in the bread. Melt butter in a small pan and put the bread in with the cutter. Break an egg in the middle and wait til cooked. Place on a plate and slowly remove the heart shaped cutter. Serve with bacon.
That was easy enough, right? Have a good weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!
Your Purveyor-at-Large,

Hostess Gifts Made Personal

My mother always told me never to show up to a party empty-handed. The hostess with the mostest put time and effort into the event and is welcoming you into her home. Bringing something thoughtful is always a lovely way to say thank you for her kindness and hospitality. Here we offer a few ideas to fit every hostess personality. 

For the hostess who likes all things natural and organic, why not bring a bushel or two of of whatever is in season? Functional finds to help her prepare for the next party are always welcome. 

Flattened Glass Cheese Plate and Carabao Horn Cheese Knives Set is all she needs for entertaining at home. 
Farmer's Market Apron to keep her outfit pristine while cooking.
This All-Purpose Clothespin Jar is always useful.
Twine Roll for wrapping gifts and maybe even leftovers. 
Kinfolk Magazine for inspiration. 
Halong Bay Oval Bamboo Basket for storing fresh fruits and veggies.
If she likes color and flair, she will love these practical gifts inspired by the Orient sure to brighten her day.
The Ba Gia Multipurpose Doll is not just cute. It is also doubles as stacking bowls to keep trinkets and whatnots. 
The Hang Voi Coffee Mug's handle adds an Asian touch to her morning cup of joe. 
Lao Cai Embroidered pouch for a pop of color while carrying all her little necessities. 
L'auturelle Handmade Soaps smell divine. Don't be surprised if you see it in the powder room next time. 
The Hang Mam Placemat Set is reversible. One side has a bright floral print and the other is camouflage. 
Bungalow 300 Scent Diffuser in Mango Mandarin for a whiff of something to set the mood.
White Metal Leaf Tray for condiments or trinkets. 
Hang Bai Oval Bowl for serving food or storing fruits.

It's not a party without cocktails and gifts in punchy colors are sure to get you invited back for the next happy hour. 

The Rococo Cheese Platter comes in happy colors and can be used to serve drinks as well. 
The Pineapple Canister is a fun piece for decorating and can be used to store festive straws and stirrers. 
Flamingo Placemat Set because everyone needs pompoms in their lives. 
Dominica Ice Bucket to keep the party going. 
These Linen Cocktail Napkins are beautifully hand-crocheted. 
And of course, no bar cart is ever complete without Mrs. Lilien's Cocktail Swatchbook.

After entertaining, your hostess will be looking forward to her downtime even more with these thoughtful gifts with her relaxation in mind. 

Periwinkle Art Nouveau Bed Tray for breakfast in bed or stacking her books.
Grey and Lilac Floral Ceramic Cup and Saucer for a cup of tea. 
Betty's Flowers Pillowcases gets softer with every wash. 
Aciete de Coco Luxury Soap Chips to make her Me-Time more special.
Bunglaow 300 Handcrafted Wax Candles burn a soft, relaxing scent. 
Fille et Fils Tranquille White Tea Mist to spray on her pillow or bed for the ultimate experience. 

What are you bringing to your next party? Let us know!


Your Purveyor-of-the-Uniq,


Fresh Tomato and Olive Bruschetta

To celebrate our Italian Riviera collection, we present a step-by-step guide to making a simple Bruschetta mixed with olives in honor of its Mediterranean roots. This is easily an HQ favorite. 
First step is to get all your ingredients together.
You Will Need:
Any Hard Bread that you prefer
(Baguette, Ciabatta or French Bread works best)
Fresh Tomatoes
Black Olives
Fresh Basil
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Start by chopping the tomatoes into cubes. 
Then chop the olives, onions and basil.

Slice garlic in half horizontally for the bread and set aside. Chop a few cloves into small pieces too.
Mix all wet ingredients together and add olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper. [Bonus points if you're using the Morela Salt and Pepper Set
Add chopped basil into the mix. [More bonus points if color coordinated with our Hang Phen Mini Bowls]

Mix everything up well and let it soak for a bit. See how pretty it looks?

Now slice the bread and grill for best results. Using a toaster is fine, too. 
Rub with garlic (the one we set aside earlier) as soon as it's warm and toasty.
 Place mixture on top of bread and garnish with a basil leaf. 
Marvel at your creation and ENJOY!
Your Purveyor-at-Large,

Handcrafted Cocktail 101: Pineapple Mango Rum Slush

We're trying to set the bar (high) on cocktail crafting while embracing the return of classic entertaining. We admit to having a little penchant for bar carts and everything else that comes with it. We like it well-stocked and well-styled, donned in our classic HWTM maxi when entertaining.

Concoctions are taken seriously as we have embarked on a search for STU's signature cocktail. In this space we share recipes we've tried and liked, whether its for an after work de-stressing situation or for some mid-day boozy libation. 

The art of cocktail crafting is one we want to master among other things. Number one rule is to use good quality spirits along with fresh ingredients. Second, is to substitute creatively should parts of the recipe are not locally available. And last but dare not least-- garnish and serve with chic accoutrements!

So on to our first crafted concoction. The Pineapple Mango Rum Slush.

All of the above fruits you can get fresh from your local markets. And if there's one good golden rum we can recommend, it has got to be, proudly Filipino made- Don Papa

Start by peeling and dicing the mangoes. Followed by the pineapple. Drop everything in the blender along with 4 ounces of rum and blend away! 

Pour over old fashioned glasses and garnish with pretty contrasting fruits. Top with ice if you fancy.

A cocktail is never complete without the right accoutrements. Paper straws do the job very well!

The verdict? It's refreshing with just the right amount of kick! Is this our signature cocktail? We haven't decided yet.

Try it at home and do share if you think this is worth the STU signature cocktail stamp.

Meanwhile, cheers, Seekers! 


Your Purveyor of the Uniq,