November 25, 2014

AUDREY HEPBURN

Heya everyone. Only a few weeks left here at Smith. Crazy to think about. So once again, let's not. Instead let's watch a documentary. A documentary about the fantastic Audrey Hepburn. I mentioned the movie Funny Face (one of my personal favorite Audrey Hepburn movies!) in my Balanchine presentation in Dance History class this morning, and I see her whenever I open my computer since she is the desktop background. I truly love Audrey. Did you know she speaks quite a few languages? She was quite a lady. 





November 21, 2014

WHEN IN WASHINGTON, DC

I stayed with my cousin in Bethesda, MD earlier this year. It was March, my spring break – my much needed spring break – and I had never met my cousin's daughter Gabi so that was one of the reasons I flew down for the week. Turns out she's the cutest and one week was not long enough! Ideally this post would have been written while I was there, and up on the blog by April but I kept putting it off, and then forgetting about it, until I decided enough was enough. It's freakin' November, I don't know what's wrong with me. Anyhow, we went out a lot and ate so many delicious things. My cousin was nice enough to take me to all these different places that served lobster rolls (because Washington is so famous for their lobster rolls?! ahem). See, I'm always craving lobster rolls. Here are the places we went to...

Luke's Lobster
Rather normal prices for lobster rolls (and other rolls) for a place in DC. Good tasting! I wanted more. Maybe the roll could have been a bit bigger. Only complaint (but isn't it always).

Found this place by accident one day. Lucky accident. It was delicious & interesting ice-cream. Again, slightly on the expensive side but so good!

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One of my cousin and his wife's go-tos. Pho, and other amazing things. I got an incredible seafood salad in a pineapple as you can see in the picture above. Seriously loved it and have wanted it again ever since.

Another favorite of my cousin's. This peruvian place was fantastic. Fancy looking but not overpriced. Good service, good food. Ceviche is one of my favorite dishes ever, but I usually have it Colombian style. Peruvian style is delicious too! 


Red Hook Lobster - V Duracinsky
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Very fond memories of this lobster roll. It was so worth it. We looked for the location of the food truck that day, took the subway there, ordered two lobster rolls (yikes, price) and wished we had all the money in the world to order several more. Or better yet, to have a personal food truck follow us around for eternity, meeting our hourly lobster roll needs... one can dream. 

Vapiano
Such a fast pace and cute chain. Everything I've had here has been good. Their pizzas, their salads, their drinks. Inexpensive and perfect place to meet a large group of friends for sangria and a fun night out. 

tacklebox - V Duracinsky tacklebox 2 - V Duracinsky Tacklebox
I loved the tilapia tacos here so. so. so. much. The first time my cousin and I went, we split a lobster roll and the tacos. The second time (because I needed a second time) I just got the tacos. It was the highlight of my georgetown shopping afternoon. So good!! 

Georgetown Cupcakes
I've been told there's another cupcake place to look out for (but the person couldn't remember the name) as well. I'm not usually a cupcake person but during my week there, I ate about 4 cupcakes. My favorite was the salted caramel. I can't sell it enough. Try it. Try it. Try it. 



November 20, 2014

25 THANKSGIVING DINNER IDEAS

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Picture one: sweet Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake from the genius Smitten Kitchen


Thanksgiving stuff. I know, it's all around. The other day I thought it would be a fun idea to put together a list of thanksgiving dinner ideas; delicious things to make for your family and friends. If it were last year's me, this post wouldn't be written and up on the blog until April but I'm much more organized now (high-fiving a million angels). What I didn't know was that it would take soooooooooo sososososo long to find 25 recipes worth sharing. Not all of these are "traditional" but most have something that is somewhat holiday-ish or Thanksgiving-related in my mind. Like the salmon at n.6, you know? I saw 'maple' and thought, sure why NOT! Truth be told, I also prefer salmon to turkey anyway. Moving on. Expect a lot of pumpkin. A lot of glazed, bourbon, caramelized, maple, pomegranate, sage, brown butter... reoccurring words and tastes that I welcome into my blog and mouth.

Sidenote - I feel like an old person. My eyes hurt and I've zoomed the chrome screen into 125%. Is it just me or anyone else out there going to let me know I'm not alone?


  1. broccoli, cauliflower and pomegranate in tahini dressing, why not?
  2. three words: onion, fig, gruyere. YOU IN!?
  3. bourbon. pumpkin. cheesecake. 
  4. thin crust pear tart for a light dessert (in a way)
  5. cranberry rosemary spritzers, anyone?
  6. maple bourbon glazed salmon? say no more. I want this instead of turkey
  7. orange and pastis braised fennel - now this is something!
  8. simple brown butter biscuits to go with everything
  9. maybe start with a light ginger, apple, pumpkin soup
  10. these are my fav! glazed sweet potatoes with pecans
  11. more pumpkin, always! spice-kissed pumpkin pie
  12. uh... everything in this Friendsgiving
  13. pear almond galette oui oui
  14. caramelized shallots because I caramelize everything
  15. pomegranate & pear salad - something light and delicious
  16. pomegranate, sage... ignore whatever doesn't sound thanksgiving-y and make it!
  17. brussels sprouts salad with pomegranate
  18. pumpkin bourbon milkshake
  19. garlic mashed potatoes, yuuuum
  20. for the vegetarians (or lovers of tempeh, like me) maple grilled tempeh
  21. turkey... meatballs? festive? maybe not, but I'm into it
  22. thanksgiving roux bread here
  23. hmmmmm lemon and sage hot toddy
  24. rum and pomegranate roast duck - always! duck! yes!
  25. pumpkin pie with caramel brandy hard sauce. You are welcome. Goodnight.


November 17, 2014

BITS & PIECES

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A bit of a quiet week, I'll say. I'm trying to do all the work for my classes while remembering to enjoy every last second of my last 20-something days in Northampton. Last 20-something days of Smith College. Of college. Forever. Let's not go there again. 

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I've gone out quite a bit. I enjoyed another Lucky's Immune Boost juice from Haymarket last week while recovering from a cold, kicking it in the butt with trillions of packets of emergen-c. Kady and I finally tried out The Sierra Grille after too many people telling us it's one of their favorite places and how had we not gone yet? so we shared the poutine and the duck confit panini. Duck confit panini, food of the gods. Genya came over Saturday night and we split a pint of Stephen Colbert Ben & Jerry's. It was necessary. It was worth it. We talked for 5 hours non stop. Thanksgiving with her and her family is going to be a blast.

Here's to another great week. cheers x


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