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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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