Celebrate the Oscars Like a Celebrity
By Fabiana Santana
Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is almost upon us. What better way to celebrate the Oscars than with a celebrity-inspired soiree of your own! Here are some must-have items to help you feel, look and party like an Academy Award winner.
Serve it up like Mario Lopez with Nescafe Dolce Gusto – When deciding on fancy beverage ideas, take a note from Mario Lopez’s book and break out the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine. You can easily create coffee cocktails – spiked or not - that will make your guests feel like they’re indulging. Mario’s specialty is the Espresso Martini. Simply combine Bourbon, Amaro and Espresso (made with the Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine) and then add ice. Stir with a long spoon (don’t shake), strain into an up glass and garnish with one Luxardo cherry.
Recreate Angelina Jolie’s Bold Blood Red Lip – If Angelina Jolie is walking the red carpet, all eyes will be on her. Her perfect pout is legendary. Recreate the look with Ellis Faas Creamy Lips. Famous for the creation of red shades inspired by blood, Ellis Faas is one of the world’s most famous makeup artist. From celebrities to fashion week, she is always in demand. Get the look she made famous with a smear of Creamy Lips in Ellis Red. A little goes a long way and the look will last all night.
Take a Sip of Eppa Sangria like Twighlight’s Kellan Lutz – Kellan Lutz is a regular on the red carpet. Once he settles inside at the party, his drink is red, too. His favorite drink is the Eppa SupraFruta Sangria. . Eppa is America’s only sangria made with real, organic SuperFruit juices and organically-grown grapes. Just pour Eppa sangria (red or white) over ice and serve to your guests. Garnish with some fruit and you’ve got a quick, delicious and red carpet worthy cocktail that is sure to impress.
Style Yourself like Alessandra Ambrosio and Go Casual Chic in Bella Dahl – As host, it is your job to look good. But you can’t look like you’ve tried too hard, can you? Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio always looks flawlessy perfect while still being on trend. One of her favorite labels is the chic California line Bella Dahl. Handcrafted detail make each piece one-of-a-kind. Wear a shirt once and you will know why Ale loves hers so much.
Make it Mexican Like Jennifer Aniston – Jennifer Aniston has never been shy about her love of Mexican food. If she’s hosting a party, you can bet on a buffet of chock full of it. “It’d be chips and guacamole, quesadillas, enchiladas, a big tostada salad and nachos,” she told a reporter. Make it easy on yourself and put out plates of refried beans, grilled chicken or shrimp, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, chiles, and taco shells. Have your guests prepare their own tacos. Or make them yourself with the recipe below.
Go Glam with Moroccanoil Root Boost like Starlet Kate Beckinsale – When Kate Beckinsale has to walk the red carpet, she relies on her glam squad including Sascha Breuer, celebrity hair stylist, who comes prepared. Moroccanoil Root Boost is Sascha and Kate’s go-to product for a full style that lasts all night long. Just a small amount will add body, movement, and flexible hold to your party style.
Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup dark Mexican beer*
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup Mexican crema** or sour cream
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Oil, for frying
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
2 pounds skinned halibut cut into 5 by 1/2-inch strips
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 cups tomatillo salsa (store-bought or homemade) for garnish, optional
Pickled jalapenos, for garnish, optional
For the Beer Batter:
Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Gradually add in the beer while whisking. Set aside and let the batter rest for 15 minutes before using.
For Cream Sauce:
Add the mayonnaise and crema to a medium bowl. Whisk in the lemon zest, lemon juice and water. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper (can be made 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated).
For the Fish:
In a large skillet, over medium heat, add enough oil to reach a depth of 1-inch. Heat the oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F or when the end of a wooden spoon sizzles when inserted into the oil.
On a large plate, combine the flour and salt. Season the fish pieces all over with salt and pepper and coat with the flour. Working in batches, dip the fillets in the beer batter and coat on both sides. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
Make tacos with the tortillas and fish and top each with cream, shredded cabbage, tomatillo salsa and pickled jalapenos, if desired.
*Cook’s Note: Crack open a cold Mexican cerveza like a Negra Modelo or a 2 Equis (XX) Amber to make this tasty beer batter, which will change the way you think about fried fish! You can use it for vegetables, too.
**Cook’s Note: Mexican Crema is Mexico’s version of creme fraiche and is found at many supermarkets and can easily be substituted with sour cream.