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Livin' The Life 10/25/18

I know….I haven’t been around. I’m working on it! But life is happening and I’m just trying to keep up.

While I work on actually cooking more….here are some recent shots to show what I’ve been up to instead. Fall is my favorite season and I just can’t get enough of the crisp weather, freshly-picked apples, and ALL of the pumpkins and squash. Can we also enjoy this while drinking our obligatory cup of PSL? Yes, please.

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My family came to visit at the end of August and we FINALLY got to see The Lion King musical on Broadway!

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I know that I talked about Burger & Lobster in my last LTL update, but I went yet again! And I already have plans to visit in November. Judge not.

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This is my 3rd year attending the Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival. It’s outdoors and a pre-recorded opera is shown onscreen as the sun sets. Did I mention that it’s also free? It’s a great way to enjoy some of the final summer nights, as it happens usually the week before the Labor Day holiday. I will mention that the past 2 years, it was pretty chilly by the time the opera was finished, but this year it was hot and humid the.entire.time. Gross. But the opera was amazing!

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Trader Joe’s is my new favorite grocery store. I recently found out they sold a convenient meat and cheese platter, which basically means I’m eating meat and cheese for the next 2 days. Thanksbye.

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We finally went apple picking! I haven’t been in years but this year I reserved a rental car back in May (!!!) so that I would have absolutely no excuse not to do this. It was so much fun! I guess I should start planning next year’s trip now?

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I’ve been taking Sunset Yoga classes in the Antique Bakery event space in Hoboken. Two local yogis, Meghan Kramer and James Calleo, started this monthly event this summer. I’ve been to a few so far and they are so much fun. Imagine a hundred-person yoga class in a large beautiful room, overlooking the NYC skyline, and with the sunset on the horizon. Then, after you finish the class, there are usually some alcoholic treats to enjoy.

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Post-yoga NYC skyline pic

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I received one of the best birthday presents ever - an Instant Pot! I love this so much. I need to experiment more, but this is my inaugural attempt at cooking with it. I made Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loins. No I didn’t take pics, but this was so delicious that I would definitely make it again!

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We saw Richard Bona at his club, Club Bonafide. The show was fantastic!

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All about that meat and cheese plate. This is using the meat from TJ’s. We actually ran out of the cheese that came with the package. Thankfully I hoard cheese, so a crisis was averted.

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Flying out of JFK for a long weekend trip to Florida! The NYC skyline is so pretty.

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Lunch in Tampa at The Rusty Pelican. Loved their decor and their food.

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My friend’s balcony in Tampa. Yessssss!

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Got our culture on at the Salvador Dali Museum in Tampa. This was my favorite painting.

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There was also a Clyde Butcher exhibit at the Dali museum. This shot looks like it’s moving.

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Oh hey, melting clock!

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I’ve been having a moment with salads. I want to eat ALL the salads!

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Sunday morning walks on the beach.

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Bathroom pic at The Oxford Exchange. I’m obsessed with it!

Of course I didn’t see that open cabinet door until just now…

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Wall art in the hall leading to the bathroom. I could have stood here for a while.

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Lunch views at The Oxford Exchange.

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Not the best picture, but the real reason we went to Tampa was to see our Steelers dominate over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

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Checked out the new Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken spot in Hell’s Kitchen. Yummy!

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This year’s Bacon & Beer Classic was hot hot hot! It was held at the US National Tennis Center and yes, there was a lot of bacon and a lot of beer.

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Alert! Trader Joe’s is filled with pumpkin items. Get ‘em while you can!

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I revisited my Smoky Shrimp & Grits recipe. I forgot how good this is.

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Last week we saw Robert Glasper during his residency at Blue Note in NYC. He still has a few shows left on the schedule if you’re interested! The night we went, he was playing with Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride.

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I’m definitely interested in this halo halo. Nom! Mama Fina’s is the Filipino truth!

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I caught up with my dear friend Katie a few weeks ago and we had dinner at Pappardella. I’ll admit that we took a bunch of selfies before this one and I may not have looked my finest. How do you take a selfie with closed eyes when you’re the one snapping the picture…?

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Finally! Some IC Light on the East Coast! Watched the Steelers play at The Ainsworth in the East Village, which is the new home of the Steelers Nation NYC fan club.

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BRIC’s 2019 Jazz Fest featured Terence Blanchard, featuring the E-Collective. Love love love!

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Livin' The Life 8/5/18

Guys - I'm about to head out on an EPIC trip to Dublin and Amsterdam in a few days.  I'm frantically packing and trying to get everything in order, but I wanted to leave you at least with SOMETHING to look at until my return.  So here we go...

Visited Burger and Lobster for the first time for a girls night out..and it will not be my last.  Hallelujah!

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RIP Anthony Bourdain

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Really into "bowl" meals now.  And hummus.  Always hummus.

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Went to a few vineyards in Long Island and ended up at Coffee Pot Cellars, where they have a dinosaur (aka Winasaur) made out of wine corks!

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Gorgeous day to be sipping wine outside at a vineyard.

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Back in Brooklyn and checking out the street art in Bushwick

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Saw The Boys in the Band earlier this summer.  This play is amazing!  They're in their final week so RUN to see it!

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Street art

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Bridge + East River + new construction

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Finaly got to ride on Jane's Carousel!

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Found a hidden gem in West Wine Bar in Greenpoint.  They served popcorn with our wine, which is basically what I have for dinner, soooo they already know me!

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Quick work trip to Boston last month

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Serving some owl arm candy

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Can we board yet?

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Stunning purple sunset views

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R + R = NOW group playing at the Prospect Park bandshell

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Really cool light installation in Prospect Park

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Love is Love is Love

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Pirates vs Mets game

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Stunning view from Riverside Park

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Coney Island boardwalk

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Seriously.  How can I NOT get a scoop of gelato?

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Ship at Battery Park

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MOOD.

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Met up at The Smith with on of my mentors, who was in town for a few days

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The kale salad there was nothing short of amazing.

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Hazy Hoboken morning

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Cute spring decorations on Vourt Street in Hoboken

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Newly obsessed with Jack's Wife Freda and their menu.

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Haven't been to Smorgasburg in years!  Broke the streak and ended up with this fantastic Cochon de Lait po' boy.

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You knew this would happen.  If I'm going to Smorgasburg, I'm hitting up my favorite donut place of life, Dough.

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Me & bae at a fabulous Hudson Table cooking class in Hoboken.

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Livin' The Life 5/26/18

It's Memorial Day Weekend!  Finally, a 3-day weekend to relax!

Here's what I've been up to the past few months...

A really cool happy hour from 2Beans in NYC - a fruit and cheese platter and a glass of wine for less than $20!

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A beautiful rose

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Went to the Blue Note to check out Bobby McFerrin

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AMAZING show!!!

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Glorious spring sunrise!

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Mussels at Flex Mussels....on point.

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And do NOT get me started on their spectacular donuts.  We got Peanut Butter & Jelly, Chocolate, Fluffernutter, and Salted Caramel.  These are life-changing.  That is all.

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Loving the brick, teal color, and chandeliers at Sorellina.

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Massive paella at Cuba

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Enjoying some jazz at BFlat

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Met Jessica Merchant from How Sweet Eats!  She held a workshop at Word Bookstore in Williamsburg and we drank wine while making a sea salt hairspray and lip scrubs from her latest cookbook.  Yes, from a cookbook!  Don't mind my awkward stance below.  She's so tiny and I was trying to do a bit of a squat...Nailed it!

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As I was leaving, I accidentally (on purpose) ran into Peter Pan Donuts.  I may have purchased a few donuts to go.

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The fam came to visit and we went to The Ainsworth for dinner.  I can't even explain how amazing these brussels sprouts taste!

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My mom decided to have a mimosa at brunch...

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Drove into the city to catch Nicholas Payton at Smoke.  He was fantastic!

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Brunch time = chicken + waffles time at Sweetchick

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Post-brunch stroll through Brooklyn Botanic Gardens while the cherry blossoms were poppin'.

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Birthday cocktails at Boudoir

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Road trip up to Hudson Valley's Palaia Winery.

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Beautiful views at Benmarl Winery.

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Took a tour of the Benmarl wine vault.  So many dusty bottles!

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When college friends come to town, you brunch at L'Amico.

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Music. Is. Love.

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I'm kinda sorta getting back into runninng.  Foggy early morning views of the NYC skyline.

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I honestly can't get enough of shrimp and grits lately.  Picked this up at Peaches.

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Speakeasy above a Five Guys restaurant in NYC.

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Last week I did a yoga class at the Departed Soles brewery in Jersey City.  Now I'm obsessed....

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Dinner with a dear friend at Cucharamama

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But seriously...these empanadas!

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My most favorite donut in NYC.  Hands down.

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I love walking into Goorin Brothers.

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Livin' The Life 3/21/18

Hey hey!  I'm back again with more photos for ya.  I actually just got back from another successful trip to New Orleans! I considered doing an updated post to my 2013 NOLA post, but I'm not sure yet.  So many post ideas and so little time!

While i think about this, here's my photo dump from the past month.  Enjoy!

 

The walk home from work the other day - The Helmsley Building all lit up in blue and green!

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It wasn't Mardi Gras, but I still quite enjoyed a Mardi Gras Bock.

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The beer fridges at Beer Culture are out of this world!

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I haven't had these curry fries in a minute.  I didn't have the patience to make the sauce to go along with it, but these will do juuust fine, thank you.

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My current favorite red table wine

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I also remade this kale salad and I really prefer this type of kale vs the kind I used in my actual blog post.  This type of kale is just crunchier and sturdier, if that makes sense.  It can handle the dressing a lot better.  Anyhow, the point is that I must remember to update that post and the pics.

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Went to see Rachelle Ferrell at the Blue Note for Valentine's Day.  It was magical!

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Hanging out with the snow at Brookfield Place in NYC before a cooking class

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Fish soup! My cooking class team didn't make this, but the arrangement of the bowls really pleased me.

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Pizza for brunch at BIN14 in Hoboken.

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Late Sunday night jazz jam in Brooklyn.

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Went to see Black Panther and was greeted with this line outside...

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Had brunch with my college friends and their older kid brought her stuffed monkey.  Monkey and mimosa.

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Our friend Montaya performed at Apollo's Amateur Night.  I'd never been before and it was amazing!

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Dinner and girltime catchup at Antique Bar & Bakery.  This place is quirky and if you go on a Friday night, there's a DJ, a go-go dancer, and donuts!

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Really having a moment with hard-boiled eggs lately.  Freshly cracked pink salt and pepper for the win!

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I know you've missed the sunset pics ya'll.

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Livin' The Life 2/7/18

Helloooo! And welcome back to my Livin' The Life series!  I love this series and I've kind-of-sorta-DEFINITELY slacked on these posts for the past year, so I've decided to resurrect them.  So here we go again!
 

I went to see Kinky Boots earlier this year!  Never seen it before and it was so much fun!

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Almost Showtime!

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I'd also never been to Junior's before, so there's no time like the present.

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Don't tell me you don't love a grilled cheese with bacon.  Also, FRIES!

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I've been staring at the Bahamian calendar and this recipe for the entire month of January.  I will be making lobster bisque at some point in 2018.

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My boss came to visit a few weeks ago and had never been in Times Square before.  So we had to go!  Can you spot the NYE ball?

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Brunch at Burrito Bar in Brooklyn included this fancy pitcher of margaritas

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Another brunch photoshoot.  This time at The Smith!  Eggs, bacon, and of course - Fries!

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I'm having a huge moment with brussel sprouts.  I mean, I caught myself googling shaved brussel sprouts earlier today.  This is where I'm at right now.

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Playing around with my friend's new iPhone X portrait mode!

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Going away dinner for a friend at El Rio Grande. So sad! London Trip 2019 will be in the works soon!

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We got a tiny bit of snow in Hoboken the other day.

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Checking out Dinosaur BBQ in Brooklyn.

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The pulled pork is my favorite.  Also, FRIES! I am seeing a pattern here....

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Haven't had Indian food in ages.  Might have lost a life or two due to that vindaloo sauce.  Whew!

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Cooking again. Finally! Quickly roasted some sausage and peppers.

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Got some more snow today.  It's now turned into rain, sadly, but it was pretty for a few moments this morning.

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