Tuesday, February 17, 2015

city of love && bon apettite #2

so naturally my first choice of a weekend trip is nyc. however, this time, we were having too much fun in this city of love. 
i had been here once before to run the half marathon last fall while caleb was in houston. 
i was excited to share with him some of my findings from before but also to find new loves.
first, we went to some of the historical settings: liberty bell, independence hall && art museum. 
of course, running up the stairs as rockie would.
(no, we are totally proud to be called tourists. no shame.)
&& the perk with it being so cold, no lines. 

while researching places to eat, i found that bon appetite named the second best new restuarant in
... philly. 
i had to go. 
i called everyday for a week (i wish i was joking).
yet no reservations. 
however, thankfully, (i think my persistance won !!!) saturday at six, we were dining at high street :)

later that evening, a new favorite of ours is comedy clubs. 
there is something about going somewhere && just laughing. 
we love it. so we found the local comedy club, helium comedy  && laughed with the locals.

we also tried pats && ginos. 
i had no idea that you sat outside 
(which doesn't seem to make since considering philly's climate, but not my decision)

so caleb && i picniced in our car, trying the city's iconic cheesesteaks. 

caleb was persistant: "no, whiz!" && however, it was required (he had no idea)
our choice, hands down, pat's wins! 

finally, we tried the brewery, yards, and fell in love with their "love" beer. 
not one,but two bottles traveled home with us to go to celebrate the up & coming valentine's day. 
who knew, i would choose beer to celebrate love. 

philadelphia, you truly are a city of love. 
we will come back again. 
maybe you will choose to slow down your wind chill next time.

^^^ dinic's reading terminal. pork && brocolli rabe. 
recommended by many. however, our personal favorite in reading terminal was the chocolate molds && beiler's bakery

 ^^ second top restaurant according to bon appetite

 ^^ federal doughnuts. my second favorite to dough in brooklyn

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

bon appetite- rose's luxery

so i have come to terms. i may be obssessed with restauarnt reviews. 
yelp- my go to. 
bon appetite- yes, please! 
friend's recommendations- you may have recieved an email or two before (thank you)

choosing a restaurant may be the best && most difficult decision i make for any special occasion, saturday evening or vacation

naturally for my birthday, i wanted to visit the number one rated best new restauraunt

oh caleb, what a guy! 
we showed up at 5:30 when the restaurant opened- mind you, on a cold, rainy monday night after thanksgiving. 
a soggy wet line. 
a three hour wait. 
... oh that didn't stop us.
we were ready. 
&& boy was it worth every minute!

recommendations: "hot" chicken (if && only if you like spice, it was a little spicy for caleb), lychee salad, truffle pasta- i still dream of this dish, brown butter cocktail, pistachio icecream... 

^^ i can still smell && taste the truffles. divine

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.” - shauna neiquist

happy day!

good morning, baltimore!

my family was here for the holiday, so of course we dined, shopped && drank.
we headed to one of the best christmas light shows in the nation, 34th street in baltimore. 
&& what a sight it truly was. every inch was covered with... you guess it, lights!
we dined at a divine food market
there is truly nothing i love more than sitting around a table with my people- a little piece of heaven

followed by a stroll with mr. santa, himself!

^^^ my short ribs (onion ring on top- winning!

“Food matters because it's one of the things that forces us to live in this world -- this tactile, physical, messy, and beautiful world -- no matter how hard we try to escape into our minds and our ideals. Food is a reminder of our humanity, our fragility, our createdness.” - shauna neiquist

^^^ holiday market in baltimore
^^^ fishers farmers bakers. georgetown

give thanks.

“To those of us who believe that all of life is sacred every crumb of bread and sip of wine is a Eucharist, a remembrance, a call to awareness of holiness right where we are.
I want all of the holiness of the Eucharist to spill out beyond church walls, out of the hands of priests and into the regular streets and sidewalks, into the hands of regular, grubby people like you and me, onto our tables, in our kitchens and dining rooms and backyards.” - shauna neiquist 

 caleb && i were thrilled to host our first thanksgiving. i had bought every "thanksgiving" magazine on the shelves, cutting out recipes && finding the best gravy, the best mashed potatoes, the best cranberry sauce. caleb built a beautiful farm table. we were preparing for a feast. 

a storm almost haulted the plans and prayers went up. my family made it safely on wednesday night. thursday was filled with love and laughter. little hiccups, here & there. lumps in mashed potatoes, lemon juice on creme chairs, upside down cooked turkey (who would have known there is a- wrong way to turn your turkey); however, it was the most beautiful day i could ever imagine. 

a very, very thankful heart.

Monday, November 3, 2014

oh, new york.

There is something about the fall leaves, crisp air, && the month of November that inspires a visit to my beloved city, new york. It’s funny actually- the inspiration slash urge becomes almost like an itch. Possibly it’s the shows I used to watch growing up that took place in this city, like felicity && friends. Or all the good movies: you’ve got mail, serendipity && elf.
Or  it could be because three years ago, caleb proposed to me here. during that particularly special moment, of question and answering, I don’t know if he had any idea that I would be planning a trip to the same location at least once a year to celebrate, but now I think he is getting the clue J

On this trip, we decided to try all sorts of new things. I became borderline obsessed searching for restaurants, events, places to see. (at one point, I actually had to stop. Literally. Put the yelp app away, close the open table reservations, and take a breather… have you been there before? Too many choices.) I have decided plans are good && I actually get very excited in the process of thinking about all the fun we are going to have. But, I have also learned to “go with the flow” && enjoy the moments. Central park boats close up early for the season, runners decide to partake in a very long run, called a marathon, closing many roads,  it rains soooo you have to re-adjust. And, that is what we did.

Fortunatley for our own entertainment,  Halloween landed on the day we arrived in the city. We quickly realized that the subway ride became less of a chore and more of an opportunity for a great show. We saw several waldos, mummies && superheros. My personal favorite was a homemade jellyfish costume; caleb’s was a giraffe, but not the Madagascar giraffe, just a giraffe. Our costume: people watchers, the best kind.

A big part of planning a trip for me is the restaurant/food options. I become overwhelmed with the “hot” spots and the best places. It probably doesn’t help that my favorite thing to do is read food blogs (joythebaker, dashingdish), books  (anything by ruth reichl) & magaizines (yes, I look forward to the day my Living arrives in my mailbox). Our favorite spots during this trip were the brunch spots. Penelopes and Janes were relaxing, quaint and provided delicious sweet && savory dishes. Vanilla bean French toast- the name alone makes me salivate. Tacombi was another place that was so much fun! Tacos were made in a bus inside a restaurant that resembled the streets of a small Mexican city.  And, of course, we checked out the cupcake scene. Molly’s and Magnolia’s. Our fave goes to Magnolias, although Molly’s does have the nice bar with swings. There are so many food options in nyc, I always seem to leave the city feeling pleasantly stuffed, if not with a little tummy ache- but don’t worry, we left a little corner of room &&  finished the trip with my favorite brownies, witches brownies for the ride home. (seriously, if you go to Chelsea market, get the original witch’s brownies && lobster bisque… still dreaming).. ahh I wish at times eating was like walking. Not enough room to try everything.

To fill in the time between eating, caleb && I decided to walk the Brooklyn bridge (p.s. the scene when Miranda && steve reunite on the bridge. Ah love!). we also tried a comedy show at comedy cellar. We laughed so much && can’t wait to go back. Finally, an early morning wake up call to enter the Today show world was a cherry on top.

I could talk about nyc for hours. I actually tried to convince caleb to change our bus trip to leave at midnight. He didn’t fall for it. I am also trying to lightly break the news to caleb, I want to move here && of course become a today show news anchor. I think he may be catching on.

Until next time, new york. Keep shining.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

bye, summer. hello, fall.

life lately has included a jumble of events.  best friend visits from indiana. sister && husband from kansis city. soul cycle charity event with georgetown cupcake ladies (celeb sighting!!!... nbd). summer nights have become shorter && cooler. school has started. little sleep during the week && less alarm clock invitations on saturdays. sadly, less visits to farmer's markets (only because i just can't seem to get there before they close). more wanderings around pottery barn (preparing for my family's thanksgiving table...p.s. did i mention i am hosting !!!). cooler runs, warmer sweaters, more whole food visits (thank you butternut squash soup!).

as you can tell, this time of year there are lots of events, people coming, schedules flipped, temperatures dropping. 
things change. life moves. mind races. life is good. 
welcome, fall. stay a while. there are so many pumpkin recipes i need to try && so little time.

^^^ old town after farmers market

^^^ soul cycle with sophia && katherine. did i mention, we got georgetown cupcakes after the class... yes please. 

^^^ last dinner before school starts. fishers, farmers, bakers. my fave.

^^ my bff.

^^^ yes, he runs 0.0 miles. proud wifey

^^ dog park at 9 am in the morning.
 next time, i am visiting at a later time in the day. 
who would have known, dog parks are packed in the a.m.??

 ^^^ too much fun. i'm pooped.

^^ sister && husband's visit. 
pizza, pumpkin beer, old town walking tour

^^^ nannying complete for the summer :)
my treat from the boys= lobster eggs, truffle oil, brioche bread. 

^^ cheers to a lovely summer && excited for a cool fall. 
p.s. do you notice the pink drink, it is a hibiscous margaraita (&& nbd, it was on tap)