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Summer Travels

7 Aug

I honesfly cannot believe its August–and with this comes the realization that I haven’t been able to blog nearly as much as I would have liked. Instead I’ve been traveling loads. Here are some of my recent adventuress

(1) Roof deck of the Gansevoort Hotel on Park in New York (2) Upgrades galore at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York (3) Took a trip down to the city a few weekends ago to meet up with friends, but absolutely had to stop at a kosher deli before heading back to no-deli-land (boston) (4) Took a quick trip home to DC (5) Spent one night last weekend at Martha’s Vineyard where I saw this beauty on a casual stroll through Oak Bluffs (6) Oak Bluffs sign right next to the jumping (Jaws) bridge. So glad that Shark Week started this week or else I legitimately would not have gone in the water (7) always happy to come home to Boston

Life Lately According to My iPhone

16 Jul

Life Lately:

(1) On Friday night the BF surprised me by taking me to a wine tasting at The Urban Grape in the South End (2) I tried my first Vouvray, and absolutely loved it! We also did some gin tasting from a local distillery (3) I spent some quality time on the couch this weekend, reading through some old Do It Yourself magazines my mom had sent me. We’ve been having the hottest summer ever–and to stay hydrated I have been adding mint and blueberries to my water. Totally does the trick (4) Finally tried Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from  How Sweet It Is, and LOVED them (5) Went to the Jason Aldean, Jake Owen & Miranda Lambert concert in Fenway on Saturday. Basically was the best night of my life. (6) The most amazing flag installation at the MFA in honor of the Boston Marathon survivors.

Day Trip to Rockport

2 Jul

This past weekend the BF and I drove up to Rockport, Massachusetts for lunch. Rockport is this tiny fishing-turn-tourist-town about an hour outside of Boston. Neither of us have ever really been to the North Shore and were excited to explore what it had to offer. The weather forecast was supposed to be rainy and overcast, but somehow it cleared up right in time for lunch. We went to The Fish Shack for their famous Lobster Roll and then grabbed some ice cream at one of their local creameries. It was such a wonderful way to escape the city, even if just for a couple of hours.

DIY: Infused Vodka

30 Jun

Like I mentioned in last week’s summer check list post, I’ve been dying to make some infused vodka. It just seemed like a perfect way to make an extra-special cocktail by using some of your favorite ingredients. I saw this blog post while searching through pinterest a couple weeks ago, and knew that I just had to make a batch of pear-spiced vodka myself. Boulder Locavore has their own page in the blog dedicated to DIY vodka infusions–so many of which I cannot wait to try. Per her recipe, I made my own batch of pear-spiced vodka and am just itching for it to finish “infusing” so I can pop that sucker open and make a perfectly crisp cocktail.

Summer Checklist

23 Jun

SUMMER CHECKLIST

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Every summer, I make a check list. This should not be surprising to you, if you’ve read this blog before. I’m really into check lists, mostly because I live for the feeling of crossing a to-do list item off. Such completion and finality. I just can’t get enough. In 2011, when I started this blog, I would frequently post check lists (like here, here, here and here). And because it is currently 93 degrees outside, and the sun won’t be setting for another three hours (bless you, summer!)–I figured it was about time, I get cracking on another summer list. And this summer, unlike every summer prior, I am going to make realistic goals that won’t overwhelm me:

1. Learn to can. What a weird summer goal, I know. I probably just miss Maine so much that I want to make enough blueberry jam to last me a lifetime.

2. Go on a camping trip… again, I think I miss Maine.

3. Make flavor-infused vodkas like this, this and this for the perfect summer cocktails

4. Make a photo album of my trip to Barcelona & Lisbon

5. One red sox game

6. Two visits to cities outside of New England

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Six items to do before labor day. Wish me luck.

Intro to Rhubarb

18 Jun

Until last night at 10:30pm, I had never had Rhubarb. My dear mama came to visit me this past weekend and per usual she insisted on stocking up our fridge with groceries. While strolling through Whole Foods, I came across these red stalks that have been intimidating me for the past few years. My mom did the whole “for goodness sakes, just buy them!” and next thing I knew, I had rhubarb stalks in my kitchen. I spent approximately 5 hours looking through pinterest and martha stewart before deciding on a very simple, very easy, very safe rhubarb & strawberry crisp.

But while searching for the perfect recipe, I stumbled upon some visually appealing and (probably) incredibly savory recipes. From chutney to champagne spritzers, this fruit/vegetable/weird-looking-plant has to be the most versatile thing I’ve ever purchsed

(1) Rhubarb-Prosecco Spritzer from this blog (2) Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie from this blog (3) Coconut Rhubarb Scones from this blog (4) Rhubarb Muffins from this blog (5) Rhubarb on my counter (6) My final crisp– I used this recipe, but made some minor tweaks… mainly cutting back on some of the sugar and adding graham cracker crumbs in my topping… oh and not using butter. Basically I made my own recipe with some basic guidelines. It turned out so delicious, that I just had to call my mom and ask her how she deprived me my entire childhood.

And after a day of nagging and whining, the BF finally tried my Rhubarb-Strawberry Crisp… I tell you, he just could not get over the thought of eating red celery for dessert. Don’t worry, Rhubarb, you have two converts now.

Life Lately According to My iPhone

11 Jun

Life Lately:

(1) A few weeks back I went home to surprise my family–and spent approximately 94% of my stay taking pictures of my beloved animals (2) This is my new favorite picture of these three–what I like to call “our version of Homeward Bound” and if you haven’t seen Homeward Bound, you can make up for lost time and bad parenting (how could they deny you this movie) by buying the DVD here. (3) Oh and while I’m at it, here is an AM selfie of me and my “sassy” also known as Ringo (4) My mother also spoiled me with mussels and sangria (5) and the weirdest thing happened, where I found a mussel within my mussel… and was totally creeped out (6) Spent this past Friday at Boston Beer Works watching the Bruins game and celebrating their win (7) This photo my mother so rudely sent me while at work that made me ready for retirement–and make me start nagging the BF to take me strawberry picking (8) Spent this past Saturday in the North End walking around with the BF and grabbing a bite to eat (9) After lunch we made our way to Russo’s in Watertown, a specialty grocery store I’ve been dying to go to (ok, who am I) and absolutely fell in love with. They had buckets of Lychees for $3.99 a pound. I mean, come’on best thing EVER (10) Instructions I left my beloved BF on how to cook pasta while I was at some volunteer orientation… to which I received a text message saying “cooking pasta is hard” (11) Despite the minor  pasta set-backs, we started the week off right with an indoor barbecue