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My Paella Travels and SimuLinen Host a Casual Yet Elegant Paella Brunch!

Dust off the paella pan, find your favorite Spanish recipes and put an egg on it! It’s a Paella Brunch!

Make it extra special with SimuLinen  products!



Have you every hosted a brunch with SimuLinen ?

Several months ago, I hosted a Paella Brunch for friends with my special guest Jeannie Min, Chief Operating Officer from SimuLinen. Paella and tapas are brilliantly colored and intensely flavored dishes from Spain. My friends deserve the best and tastiest dishes and only the brightest and colorful table and setting will do.

I must admit that I am a casual entertainer who likes to have a themed table but somewhat conflicted about all of the washing, drying and dry cleaner visits that will take place. Jeannie introduced me to SimuLinen Premium Paper Linen products.

SimuLinen is proud to introduce a whole line of Premium Paper Linen that will change people’s perception of elegance and durability.  The Premium Paper Linen looks and feels like real linen and is twice as absorbent. The prices are reasonable and I believe it is worth it rather than paying for dry-cleaning later or washing/drying/folding/ironing later. I would rather use my time for something fun!

I wanted something that makes the food POP and it did! The colorful, durable gold and white napkins and bright red table runners made me feel glad that I found out about these amazing products. SimuLinen gave the table that extra fancy spark that I was looking for.

SimuLinen gave the whole event an extra bit of finesse; that bit of something that let my guests know that I was willing to go that extra mile to create the atmosphere and ambience for enjoying our event together.

This is what I found out about SimuLinen.

They are proud to introduce a whole line of Premium Paper Linen that will change people’s perception of elegance and durability. The Premium Paper Linen looks and feels like real linen and is twice as absorbent.

Their Premium Paper Linen’s thickness, absorbency rate and overall general appearance are second to none. It’s gorgeous, true to color and very durable throughout the whole event. You don’t sacrifice elegance for convenience! I love my SimuLinen products and so did my guests!

SimuLinen utilizes only the best in raw materials and utilizing the latest technology, SimuLinen offers a wide variety of tabletop products for your everyday use. We are redefining durability and elegance in our everyday products.

Spanish Paella Brunch with SimuLinen and Jeannie

Jeannie and I enjoyed Spanish Bloody Mary’s while I prepared the Paella Mixta topped with crispy kale. The paella was filled Roasted Chicken marinated with Spanish seasonings and spices, fresh gulf shrimp, mussels and flavorful local sausages. Roasted red and yellow peppers, saffron, lemon slices and bright green kale create a brilliantly colored mouth-watering paella for my guests.


Gold embossed napkins and the bright red table runners were the perfect contrast for the colorful Spanish themed table. Isn’t it lovely? We enjoyed a tapas board of a section of Spanish cheeses, marinated olives and bread.


Roasted Patatas Bravas smothered with warm Spanish romesco sauce was fabulous with a fried egg on top of it! I am so glad to have shared my passion for paella with my friends at brunch and at the same time, discover a fabulous product and new friend, Jeannie Min.


Individual Spanish Flan is a cool and creamy finish to a lively Spanish Brunch. See how extra elegant each dish looks with the gorgeous rose napkins by SimuLinen?!?



Here is what I made the table extra special! Thank you, Jeannie Min and SimuLinen!

Premium Gold Napkins


Rose Napkins


Red Table Runners  


(not pictured)  Plum Table Runner 


Find out more about SimuLinen products an see the difference!

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06 2016

Celebrate Texas Flavors with Smashed Guacamole from Jack Allen’s Kitchen and My Baja Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema

Unique Southern-Inspired Cuisine infused with Southwest flavors 



Several years ago when I lived in Austin, I discovered one of most amazing and culinarily creative restaurants in Austin (very close to my house),  Jack Allen’s Kitchen. JAK is a southern-inspired restaurant with southwestern influences using local ingredients from Texas Farmers that “reveals the rich history and evolution of Texan cuisine.”  Every dish that was eaten was a culinary experience including the Bacon-wrapped Texas quail with jalapeño jam, Cark Miller’s Layered Chunky Queso with green chile pork, Chorizo-stuffed Pork Tenderloin with a Chipotle Cream Sauce and especially the chunky, Smashed Guacamole. I find myself frequently longing for that Austin culinary experience, so once I got my hands on the cookbook, I have been recreating some of the dishes that I loved so much. The chunky fresh guacamole is not a complicated dish and the less manipulation to the guacamole the better! At the restaurant, it’s made to order and sprinkled with cotija cheese and roasted pumpkin seeds. My extra touch is fresh, juicy sweet-tart pomegranate seeds!

My Baja Crispy Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema

Each taco is filled with crispy cornmeal-coated and fried slices of Mahi-Mahi, a cool slaw, pico de gallo and topped with Chipotle Lime Crema.

You don’t even need a recipe for frying the fish. Just toss the slices of fish in seasoned corn meal and fry. Fill a tortilla with the above ingredients and top with this easy to make, homemade Chipotle Lime Crema:

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

2 T Chipotle Adobo Sauce or more to taste

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

3/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon grated lime rind

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 garlic clove, minced

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix and chill for 30 minutes.

Pair this meal with a great summertime Sparking Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail! Follow this LINK to the cocktail recipe!

Smashed Guacamole Recipe BELOW!



This is a great base recipe but you WILL have to TRIPLE it when serving to guests!

Smashed Guacamole with Pomegranate and Pepita Seeds
Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: southwest
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut in half,peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup Pico de gallo
  • 2 cups small-diced tomatoes, ¼ inch
  • ½ diced white onion, ¼ inch
  • 2 T seeded and minced Jalapeño
  • 1 T cilantro, chopped
  • Fresh Lime, juiced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • s/p to taste
  • 2 T grated Cotija cheese
  • Fresh Pomegranate seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds (Pepita)
  1. Make Pico de Gallo in a separate bowl
  2. Smash avocado, pico and seasonings together to form a chunky dip
  3. Toss pomegranate seeds lightly
  4. Top with Cotija cheese and pumpkin seeds


04 2015

Lisa’s Thirsty Thursday Wine Pick: Barahonda Barrica 2011 – A Full-Bodied and Sexy Spanish Wine Pairing with Your Weekend!

Hey Nashville! What are you drinking this weekend?

Barahonda Barrica 2011 is a sexy, full-bodied and complex Spanish Wine that is just perfect for sharing with friends or pairing with your favorite meal!

75% Monastrell 25% Syrah,  Priced around $20


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Barahonda 2011 is synergy: the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. 

The Yecla region in southeastern Spain has hot, dry summers that are ideal for the late-ripening Monastrell grape. Low rainfall and the temperature variation between night and day contribute to slow ripening, intense color, flavor and aroma concentration.

Monastrell is a rich, dark, fruit-driven red wine with meaty, herby and distinctive aromas and with strong tannins.  Blending Monastrell with another Spanish favorite varietal, robust black grape Syrah, with flavors and aromas of blackcurrant, licorice with strong tannins and distinctive black pepper on the palate creates a mouthwatering, balanced wine with all of your favorite aromas and flavors that you love in Spanish wine.

 The synergy of this blend is truly a gift for the palate! This is a sexy wine!

It is quite floral, spicy and muscular with a well-developed full body you can see in the glass and taste on the palate. Fragrances of dark, ripe blackberries rich with spiciness and a generous touch of licorice and minerality from the limestone,clay and sandy soils. A sturdy backbone of tannins with a hint of smokiness creates a wine that is big, bold, aromatic and luscious all at the same time!

A Pairing for You!

Here is a leisurely meal for the weekend with Spanish Paella filled with chicken, shrimp and mussels with bold spices including smoked paprika and saffron.  Home-smoked briny olives (ask me how!) served with Spanish cheeses are the perfect tapas to complete this wine pairing dream!

PaellaOlivesPicMonkey Collage




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