Global Lookbook: Fashion Footprint

Wafaa from Fashion Footprint
Location: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Wafaa of Fashion Footprint styled the 3 Layer Fringe Boot for our Global Lookbook using the iconic back drop of Burj Khalifa. We asked her to share with us a few of her favorite spots to visit and things to do when in Dubai.

Do. I love to shop, style outfits, Roller-Blade and go to the gym
See. Burj Al Arab is a must see when visiting Dubai!
Eat. Wafi Gourmet is a delicious Lebanese restaurant
Go. Fujairah is a must see city to explore in UAE
Shop. Dubai Mall is the best place to shop!

Featured Product: Calf Hi 3 Layer Fringe Boot

Shop your favorite Minnetonka styles in the United Arab Emirates here.

Me to We Student Spotlight: Jason Lansing

At 18 years old, Jason Lansing is already a true leader in his community! A student at Farmington High School, Jason took on a huge leadership role within his school’s We Create Change fundraising efforts. Together as a district, Farmington Area Schools participated in We Create Change and raised over $10,000 to support school building in Kipsongol, Kenya!

Jason didn’t stop there! He then was able to fundraise for his Me to We service learning trip to Kipsongol to go see the impact that his community made. On his trip, Jason learned what it is to be a good global citizen and connected with people from another part of the world.

He also helped to begin construction on new school in Kipsongol – making way for the foundation of the school by moving rocks and mixing cement. Jason was grateful for the opportunity to empower this community and hopefully start a chain reaction of people helping people across the world.

Jason has also been an amazing ambassador for his community and Free the Children, appearing on television and taking part in interviews to speak about his experience with the We Act program and on a Me to We trip. He just can’t get enough – Jason is already signed up to travel with Me to We to India in 2015!

How are you making a difference in your community?  This November Minnetonka is celebrating the Month of Meaning. For every photo shared showing how you create meaning in your community, Minnetonka will donate $1 towards building a rain catchment system with Me to We in Marialapa, Haiti. Click here to learn more!

Made By Hand | A&J King Bakery

Andy and Jackie King, artisanal bakers based in New England, have certainly made a splash with their perfectly imperfect hand-made breads and baked goods at their headquarters cafe and bakery.

After opening up in 2006, A&J King quickly established themselves as a go-to for beautiful, well-made breads, utilizing traditional methods that match the historic ambience of Salem, MA, where they are located.

Andy and Jackie are no one trick ponies, also offering up delicious pastries, signature sandwiches and more in their full-service cafe.

The magic starts in the kitchen, where each step of the baking process is performed by hand, from kneading the dough to cutting the beautiful patterns on each loaf that are brought out during the baking process.

In 2013, Andy and Jackie published their first cookbook, Baking by Hand (MacMillan), further elaborating their philosophy on baking and the quality of craft they live by. They’ve shared with us their favorite recipe for the holiday season – bread pudding!

Bread pudding is one of Andy and Jackie’s favorite things to make at the bakery, and they’ve been making them since Day One! It is simple, can be adapted to whatever fruits or flavors are in season (or whichever ones you have one hand), tastes great hot, cold, or room temperature. There’s not a lot of science to it. You need a bread product to soak up your custard, and you need enough custard to soak into the bread. That’s pretty much it!

Pro tip — make sure to use stale bread (or stale it yourself by leaving it on your counter for a few hours, as fresh bread tends to fall apart when absorbing the liquid). Once you get the idea of how to assemble bread pudding, you’ll be off and running with your own unique flavor combinations.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

1 lb stale croissant, brioche, challah, or other enriched dough, 1” dice

3  large eggs

7 oz whole milk

7 oz half and half

2/3 cup sugar

6 oz roasted, pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin

1.25 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Whisk eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, pumpkin puree and spices in a large bowl until combined and smooth.

Add the bread, and toss with your hands or spoon until all the bread is coated with the custard. Let it sit at least 30 minutes (but no longer than an hour) stirring occasionally.

Put all of the bread and custard mixture into a greased circular 8″ pan or paper mold.

Bake at 375˚F until golden brown and it feels firm when pressed, about 45 minutes. When cooled, drizzle with maple sugar icing.

Maple Sugar Icing

(Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and lump free)

6.5 oz Maple Sugar

2 oz Confectioner’s Sugar

2 oz Half and Half

Learn more about Andy and Jackie at www.AJkingbakery.com.

Global Lookbook: Girls Off Fifth

Janelle & Jessica of Girls Off Fifth
Location: Washington Square Park & Macelleria, New York City

We are excited to unveil our latest lookbook celebrating the #MyMinnetonka style of 10 bloggers from around the world. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring each blogger’s individual style along with a few of their favorite places to go, eat and shop world-wide.

Janelle’s Favorite Spots in NYC to:
See. Brooklyn Flea in the summer months
Eat. Cafe Mogador in East Village
Go. Central Park is the perfect retreat in the center of the city. I love to go biking in spring, sunbath in summer, watch the leaves change in fall, and ice skating in winter.
Shop. Amarcord Vintage for something old or Bloomingdale’s for something new

Jessica’s Favorite Spots in NYC to:
See. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They have an incredible collection, plus there’s a stellar rooftop that overlooks Central Park
Do. Vintage treasure hunting. NYC has some of the best vintage and thrift stores
Eat.  Macelleria, the location of my shoot!  Delish food & beautiful atmosphere
Go. Heading to Bear Mountain for a fall hike to see the foliage change is my favorite weekend getaway!
Shop.  Nolita is great. It’s the perfect mix of unique boutiques, vintage stores, and quaint cafes to recharge after a day of shopping

Featured Product: Baja Boot, Tramper Ankle Hi Boot

Me to We Student Spotlight: Mallory Dudra

Last year at We Day Minnesota, Mallory Dudra got the opportunity of a lifetime!

Mallory was the lucky winner of the Minnetonka Me to We Trip Scholarship, a $5,000 grant offered by Minnetonka that provides one student the opportunity to travel to either Nicaragua or Ecuador.  Her strong commitment to community service made her application stand out from the rest.

From volunteering with Girl Scouts, to collecting cans for the We Scare Hunger campaign, to playing her clarinet at a fundraiser for abused animals, Mallory has been making positive change in her community for years.

Expanding her service internationally, Mallory chose to travel to Ecuador this summer on her Me to We trip. On her trip, Mallory was able to experience firsthand the importance of girls’ education for development.  She had an amazing time on her trip and is inspired to continue her community service initiatives! She has career goals of working in international relations.

How are you making a difference in your community?  This November Minnetonka is celebrating the Month of Meaning. For every photo shared showing how you create meaning in your community, Minnetonka will donate $1 towards building a rain catchment system with Me to We in Marialapa, Haiti. Click here to learn more!