Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weekend Recap: Hurricane?

This weekend, we were preparing for Hurricane Irene so I don't have many photos or stories to share. The hours were spent mostly hanging around, eating, and playing games. The power went our for a few hours (hence the dark photo above) but luckily it was restored. My parents and siblings did not fare as well - they remain powerless still. Everyone is safe though so we are fortunate.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Trip to Eataly

Last week Nikki and I ventured into the city despite a crazy thunderstorm and had a wonderful time! After a lovely dinner at Pommes Frites, we met up with her good friend Laurie and continued on to Eataly so we could drink some beers on the roof top. Birreria was crowded but an adventure. During the storm, the rooftop decided to open, drenching the people eating underneath. It continued to blow open until five workers had to manually close the ceiling and hold it tight. After our brush with the Thunder Gods, we moved downstairs for more prosecco, wine, and beer. It was a very fun evening and the atmosphere was neat. Though a bit expensive and very crowded. All in all, a great night with great friends!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Friendly Inspiration: Erin

All images courtesy of Ballets with a Twist.

Erin has been one of my best friends since the seventh grade (13 years?!) and I have never had an opportunity to see her perform her passion - ballet. I am so very excited to finally have the opporunity tonight at Lincoln Center. She dances with a company called Ballets with a Twist, which seems like a very funky and moden company. It is such a great feeling to be able to share something so special with such a special person. Good luck Erin!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Baked Potato Pizza

So my lovely roommate, Nikki, and I had this novel idea of making baked potato pizza. No one has ever thought of this before, right? Wrong. I did a quick Google search only to find many recipes for the same idea. But I am going to ignore those recipes.  So here are photos of the first-ever baked potato pizza!

First we shredded and sauteed about 2 potatoes and a white onion.

Nikki taught me how to roll out and shape the dough (which was purchased at Whole Foods), making sure to get rid of most air bubbles. We own a pizza stone which is great for making tastey crust.

We cooked the potato and onion mix for about ten minutes to make it crispy. Shredded Mexican blend cheese was spread on top.

Pre-baked bacon crumbles were then sprinkled on top.

For a finishing touch, we added chives. Isn't it beautiful looking? This was so delicious! Next time I would add a dollop of sour cream on top, however we did not have any for use. But I highly recommend this idea. Remember folks, you heard about baked potato pizza here first!

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's Been a Weekend

Here is a little recap of what my iPhone did this weekend. Beer, some fresh bowling shoes, an overdone peach cobbler, and Mom's key lime pie. Below is a photo I wanted to share because I think it is silly. It looks like Lyndsay and I are mommies to this beautiful baby.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pink Lemonade Deliciousness

First of all, I am a dummy. I somehow discarded the recipe I used to make the above cupcakes and am unable to find it now. Forgive me? Second, you should make them somehow. Here is an alternative that could work - though I make MY cupcakes from scratch.

These pink lemonade cupcakes were delish! I received some good reviews from my co-workers and friends regarding them. I enjoy lemon. I do apologize for the mundane baking photos but these were the only times I did not have flour or icing all over my hands. So some simple ingredient and lemon zesting shots will have to do for now. I would, however, like you to take note of my unplanned and coordinated pink lemonade outfit. (Please note this blog is not sponsored by Williams Sonoma.)

I am on a mission. A baking mission. A cupcake baking mission. I want to try and bake a different flavor each week and have found some pretty interesting recipes I am more than excited to try. If you would like to be a member of my baking committee or taste testing group, please contact me. Then I can shout orders at you and hopefully not eat a dozen cupcakes in one sitting. Calorie-watchers need not apply.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Mustard Lady

Dress from Modcloth. Shoes from Anthropologie.

I guess I didn't feel like smiling, huh? The photos above were from a Sandy Hook Shoot some weeks ago. I really love the color and longer length of this dress but I haven't figured out a good place to wear it. Someone take me on a date (circa 1950)?

Have you ever been told you look better in some colors more than others? I'm pretty sure magazines say yellow on my skin tone is an absolute disaster. Still, I am so drawn to mustard clothing. I now own m.y. sweaters, scarves, a skirt, blouses, and shirts. Maybe I'm a self-destructive dresser. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bud Light Lime Nights

This is just a silly picture to get us through the work week. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Sushi Daddy

I have had a sushi kit for a couple of years now and really enjoy using it. Recently, I had the most successfully sushi-making-session to date. What was so different? This recipe from My Sushi Daddy. The Seafood Dynamite topping was so delicious. The other ingredients that were used were salmon, crab meat, scallops, avocado, shrimp, tuna, seaweed wraps, cucumber, hot sauce, mayo, and of course rice. Let's make sushi together!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Friendly Inspiration: Lisa Conover

I had a date. With Lisa Conover. Only one of my most favorite ladies ever. I remember registering for classes senior year of college and thinking "who the heck is this Lisa Conover? She better be cool because she is in ALL of my classes!" Turns out, she is SUPA cool. Many lab hours and projects later, we are still getting together.

Lisa is one of the most creative people I know. She even made me some artwork which now lives in my cube. (She also gave me that adorable piggie timer which I adore!) She is on a mission to travel the world and make me jealous.

After a short walking tour of Montclair, we ate at Cuban Pete's. Yummy. Maybe it was all the gabbing or the pitcher of sangria, but I only caught a photo of our devoured flan. Whoops. More dates in the future Lisa!

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Sorry for the brief Thursday & Friday absence. Above are photos from what was taking place during that time. Thursday night, I went into the city with Erin and Lyndsay to see a free Deer Tick show at Pier 54. Afterwards, we ventured to Fat Cat to play some shuffleboard, pool, and drink $3 PBRs. I know this seems crazy, but I was feeling a bit old for the scene. The bar was packed with younger NYU students who were super put together and wearing fake glasses. A lot of the guys there seemed to be on the prowl and were constantly walking around eyeing up females left and right. Blah.

Friday we awoke for a lovely brunch (what if I want dinner?!?) at Mud. Then on our way to the subway, I spotted someone. There was a man hanging out a door at the fire station we were passing-someone I recognized. We ran into a good friend's boyfriend! He let us into the station, gave us clothes to dress up in for a photoshoot and let us use the bathroom. What a guy! Ally, you are a lucky gal. 

Our second and last stop of the day was in Williamsburg at Surf Bar. Complete with sand floors and surfboard benches, this was a perfect venue for a silly time. When the three of us get together, we always have a silly time. I did expect to hear some great surf rock music, but it turned out they only were playing Michael Jackson on repeat. Maybe next time?