September 29, 2013

EAT: lobster rolls

If you've never had a lobster roll before, you are missing out!  It's such a seriously delicious and decadent sandwich - each and every bite up until the last is pure bliss.  Depending on where you get it or how you make it, it usually comes on a toasted buttered bun (mmm butter), the fat chunks of lobster lightly tossed in mayo, lemon juice and other goodies.  

Don't get FOMOLR (fear of missing out on lobster roll) - you can make a really good version at home.    I found this recipe in Bon Appetit's June 2013 issue and knew it was THE ONE.  It used simple, fresh ingredients that wouldn't over-power the lobster.  After all, it is the star of the show!  Everything else is kinda just there to enhance it, and this recipe does a great job of it.  Making it was super easy - even the live lobster handling part which I was dreading (although the hubs was gracious enough to do most of the man-handling on that front).  Hope you guys enjoy - I highly recommend you try this recipe!

Ultimate Lobster Rolls (recipe from Bon Appetit, June 2013 issue) makes 6 servings

  •  3  1 1/4-lb. live lobsters (I got mine at H-Mart for $6.99/lb. which is pretty darn cheap!)
  •  6  New England-style split top hot dog buns (warm, toasty, buttered rolls are key.  If you can't find New England-style buns, trim 1/4" from both sides of standard hot dog buns to remove the crust and expose more surface area)
  •  1  celery stalk, finely chopped
  •  2  Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
  •  2-3  Tbsp. mayonnaise
  •  2  Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  •  Kosher salt
  •  Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Pour water into a large pot to a depth of 1"; bring to boil and salt generously.  
  2. Add lobsters, cover and cook until bright red, 8-10 minutes.  
  3. Transfer lobsters to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool.  
  4. Crack lobster shells, pick meat from tail and claws, and cut into 1/2" pieces.   
  5. Mix lobster, celery, lemon juice, chives and 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper and add more mayonnaise, if desired.  
  6. Heat skillet over medium heat.  Spread flat sides of buns with butter.  Cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side; fill with lobster mixture (I buttered the bread and used a toaster oven to toast all the buns at once). 
Tip: *Lobster meat can be prepared 1 day ahead.  Cover and chill.  Toss with remaining ingredients just before serving.

Mmm Mmm Lobsta Rolls!
xoxo, NB

September 22, 2013

WEAR: graphic comic tees

BAM! Today's fun with fashion is brought to you by us via inspiration from Phillip Lim.  With the launch of 3.1 Philip Lim for Target Collection last week, we wanted to share with you guys our rendition of the the comic tee look (above).  We put together an inspiration board (below) of photos of Jessica Alba at the Phillip Lim show at New York Fashion Week, a montage of some Phillip Lim comic sweaters and the ever so stylish Lucy from the blog in a FW'12 Balenciaga comic tee (oldie but goodie, still obsessed).  See our inspiration board below and then a few pics we took with Andrew Chan around downtown Dallas in Deep Ellum.  We got the tees from Forever 21 and cut off the sleeves and the bands at the bottom and voila, your own customized designer inspired comic tee.  Make errrday  FUNDAY with these tees!


Top photo: courtesy of,  Middle photo: Google images, Bottom photo: courtesy of  Lucy from

xoxo. NB

September 18, 2013

DIY: rhinestone statement bracelet

It's about that time to put some statement on your wrist!  With statement necklaces in full effect right now, why should your neck get all the fun?  The inspiration for this bracelet came from the almighty queens of DIY - HonestlyWTF.  After seeing their DIY cuff earring, I wanted to make a different version of it by using the rhinestone clusters for a bracelet.  You can also use whatever material strikes your fancy for the bracelet part - chunky chain, friendship bracelet, etc. - have fun with it!

Rhinestone Cluster Materials and Instructions:  Follow the directions on HonestlyWTF to make the rhinestone cluster.  **One thing you'll want to do is to use rhinestone settings that have the loops on the ends in order to attach the bracelet part later on.  The settings I bought (from Michaels) had loops on each end, so I used pliers to cut off any that I wasn't going to use.

Bracelet Materials:
In addition to the materials listed on HWTF's page, you'll need materials for the bracelet part (I got mine from Michaels)

  • gold chain
  • 4 gold connector loops
  • 1 gold lobster clasp

Bracelet Instructions:

1.  After creating the rhinestone cluster, use a pair of pliers to cut off the post on the earring back
2.  You'll then add two connectors on each end of the cluster
3.  Measure out the length of chain you'll need and cut it. Then cut that piece in half. Next, attach each half of the chain to  the connectors
4. Afterwards, attach two more connectors and then lobster clasp on one of the ends

Enjoy your new wrist bling!
xoxo, NB

September 11, 2013

EAT: green tea soba noodles with uni and egg

Green tea errrythang!  I love green tea goodies.  Lattes, cakes, creme brûlée, ice cream, mochi, cookies - you name it green tea and you've got my attention.  I also drink hot green tea in the afternoons most days at work.  Word on the streets is it's packed with antioxidants and some of its health potential includes fighting cancer and heart disease.  Uh, SOLD.

If you're an adventurous foodie, you'll love this dish.  I found these green tea soba noodles at my local Japanese grocery store the other day and snatched it right up along with the dipping sauce (soba tsuyu).  I wanted to keep it simple but just had to jazz it up when I also spotted some uni (sea urchin).  And I pretty much throw on a soft boiled egg wherever I can (sometimes I just eat a random egg with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper).  If you're not the adventurous type, leave off the uni and/or egg.  The noodles are delicious enough to eat on their own with the dipping sauce.  


- Green tea noodles (here is the brand I bought, but for $5.95 at my local Japanese grocer)
- Soba dipping sauce (soba tsuyu) - here is an example of one brand
- 1 egg
- Sea Urchin (uni) - make sure to only buy fresh uni if you can find it at Asian grocery stores
- Sesame seeds for garnish


1.  Bring a pot of water to boiling, then add the noodles and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft.  Drain the noodles

2.  For the soft boiled egg, bring water to a boil then add one cold egg and cook for 7 minutes. Take out immediately and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.  Peel and halve the egg

3.  Plate the noodles, sprinkle with sesame seeds (lightly toasting them if you'd like), then add the uni and soft boiled egg on top

4.  To enjoy, simply dip the noodles in the sauce (or sometimes if I'm lazy I'll just pour some of the sauce over the noodles).

I'm turning Japanese I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so!

September 9, 2013

WEAR: how to wear white after labor

Hello!  Labor Day weekend has come and gone and you know that always marks the end of summer, summer Fridays and summer vacations.  However, contrary to popular belief, that doesn't mean the end of wearing white!  Pickie IPAD app has the scoop on how to do this properly and fashionably (glad we were able to help!).  Tap dat app to discover home, beauty, diy projects and fashion,  "wrapped up in a fancy personalized (shoppable) magazine just for you".  You can do this on Pickie without the hassle of multiple retail accounts, you can shop every product from one single account! We've been fortunately asked to contribute more regularly (yay to being Pickie Editors!) so continue to look for our picks of the week or month.

You can check out the story here: How to wear white after labor day 
-scroll through to find the page we contributed to and shop the look :)

September 4, 2013

GIVEAWAY: neato! bonito site redesign & whimsyletters

When our talented friend Carol Liang started her venture into custom calligraphy and hand lettering, we had to jump on the chance to have her re-create the neato! bonito logo.  Although we loved our original logo, we wanted something custom and one of a kind.  She did a fabulous job and we absolutely love what she came up with!  You can check out her other services and offerings (the cutest notepad!) via the Whimsyletters etsy shop.

Along with our new logo, we added some category links to help find favorite DIY projects, fashion, food and fun!  It's been on our (very long) to-do list, and we're super excited to finally have it here.  Hope you guys enjoy the new design - have a browse around, why don't ya?

And in the spirit of celebration and collaboration, we're excited to announce our very first GIVEAWAY!!!  Details below.


A custom "stay true" print by Whimsyletters with gold foil lettering and a beautiful hand drawn design (frame not included).  


Follow @neatobonito on instagram

Like Neato Bonito and Whimsyletters on Facebook

We'll hold a random drawing and the lucky winner will be announced on 9/18!

may the odds be ever in your favor!
xoxo, NB