How to Make Your Own Spring Floral Arrangement

April 14, 2015 3:16 pm

These fast and easy tips will help you to create a florist-quality spring floral arrangement that you’ll be really proud to display in your home.

  1. Begin with the color palette. If you want to mix and match flowers to create your own bouquet, it’s best to have a color palette in mind. Stick with muted tones, a blend of bold primary hues, or variations of one color to create a cohesive look.
  2. Create a space for each flower. Cheat by creating a sort of grid guideline inside of the vase. Place a piece of chicken wire flat inside of the opening, or even create a crosshatch of durable florist tape across the surface of the vase. The goal is to have a series of 1-inch squares where you can place each type of flower.
  3. Start with the largest flower. Create a base by adding the largest flower (or branch or fern) in the center.
  4. Add the thickest flowers. Arrange thick, heavy flowers around the tallest one in the middle.
  5. Finally, add accent flowers. Add tulips, daffodils, roses or other eye-catching accents last.

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement by Ashley Woodson Bailey [Design Sponge]
How to Make a Cool Flower Arrangement: 8 DIY Ideas for Spring [Stylecaster]
Simple Spring Centerpieces [Better Homes and Gardens]

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Meats Are Slow-Grilled Over Charcoal at Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar

April 7, 2015 3:27 pm

Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner to serve upscale Asian Fusion cuisine in the heart of Carlsbad. Succulent and always fresh, small plates include wagyu beef dumplings served with kimchi and a soy-sesame dipping sauce; salt and pepper calamari with lemon aioli and sweet chili sauce; and Bao Bao Buns, which are dumplings of glazed pork belly and napa cabbage slaw.

For your main course, the Tsunami Roll is a popular choice. This particular roll combines tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and crab and is topped with seared tuna, green onion, garlic mustard, and a drop of chili. Or how about the Tango Mango, a roll of white tuna, salmon, and avocado layered with mango, wasabi, and chili? The "robata" portion of the menu offers skewered meats and vegetables cooked over charcoal, similar to American barbecue.

Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar gets crowded during peak hours, so be sure to make reservations.

Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar
2958 Madison Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-4959

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Happy Spring!

April 2, 2015 12:19 pm

Everything is starting to bud and bloom! What are you doing to enjoy this lovely change in weather?

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