Friday, July 29, 2011

White & Church

I can't believe it's already Friday! This week has flown. One possible reason was a fun mid-week girl's night out. We went to a place here in Tribeca called, White & Church...and it just so happens to be on the corner of White and Church St. (However, I still seemed to walk right past it.) Everything about this restaurant seems like a fun hip restaurant until you start looking over the drink menu. I know the pic is blurry bu try to make out what the drinks are made from. BUGS and other types of BUGS. They have three pages of unique drinks which is exactly why we picked this place for our girl's night! Bugs and all. I mean, what fun is there if you never take chances, right?! (This is one of the reasons I love NYC) Go ahead, live on the edge this weekend... :)

(By the way, the food there is also wonderful and small plates to share)

Those are worms on the top of the drink

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meatless Meal

I'm back after our anniversary celebrations (thank you for all the sweet comments) with a meatless recipe. Don't be too quick to judge. This one is good!
I'm known for trying to sneak meatless recipes passed Hubs (a meat lover) and only half have actually pasted. However, this one passed and we're now having it for the second time this week! So I figured it was worth passing along. It's a Grilled Portobello Quesadilla! The Portobelllo mushroom has a meaty flavor and is also filling so you or the man in your life won't walk away feeling hungry. Here it is...

4 Portobello mushrooms
1 tbls oil
8 8inch tortilla
red onion
2 cups of your choice of cheese

Heat the oil over medium in pan. Brush mushrooms with oil and season with salt/pepper. Grill mushrooms and onions, covered (since we don't have a grill this works great stove-top) 8-10 mins each side. Thinly slice. Lightly brush 1 side of tortilla with oil and form sandwich with all the ingredients, covering with other tortilla. Grill covered, until cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy, 1-3 mins per side.

Corn salsa:
can of corn
red onion
Mix all together and place on top of quesadilla! (if you want to get fancy then saute the corn)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time Flies

It's been 3 years since I married my best friend! It was one of the best decisions I've ever made! Happy Anniversary to the most incredible man. We've had some fun over the past 5 years of being a couple...

Dancing in Cape Cod outside while the sun goes down is what I like to think of us

Friday, July 22, 2011


The high today is going to be 100 degrees with a heat index of 115! This is when I'm glad to be working from home and not running around the city. Although, all I want to be doing today is this...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Williamsburg - part of the borough

Two weekends ago Hubs and I did a little Brooklyn tour. We started in Williamsburg and walked our way down to Dumbo, which is right across the bridge from our place. We love Brooklyn. There's a lot to love. Quaintness, hipsters, laid back vibe, boutiques, restaurants, beir gartens, city views, flea markets, and that's just to name a few. So with that said, if you're looking for something to do this weekend (I know it's Thursday but I'm ready for the weekend) then you should head over to Brooklyn!

Check out the hipster-ness
We ate out back which is outside at Dumont - one of the best sandwiches I've tasted!
The outside back garden was pretty great, and shaded
But in case it got hot they gave us fans AND of course homemade donut holes which make everything better
We then walked around and landed at this lovely beir garten named Radegast Hall. It had such a low key vibe with inside and outside open room. We'll be going back here as well!

The open inside space - very welcoming
The outside beir garten
We then moved on to relaxing in the park and check out the amazing city views (people were also grilling out here which made Hubs want to move immediately over to Brooklyn)
Pretty amazing!
Right next door is Smorgasboard Brooklyn Flea with any and every kind of food you would want to try, with a view. (They do shut down around 4:30 so go early.)

We decided it was time to head back down and walk off some of that good Williamsburg food. Maybe DUMBO Brooklyn will be next...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


This does not compare to a clambake, however it is quite tasty! Last night we had Golden Pork Chops. Sis got the recipe from one of our friends while I was down in Florida but I left before dinner that night so I've been thinking about it ever since. It lived up to everything I thought it would. So here is the easy recipe... Thanks Sis!

1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
2 cups of sliced mushrooms
1 chopped onion
1 chopped green bell pepper
4 pork chops
(splash of milk)

Saute onions, pepper, mushrooms - season with salt, pepper and garlic

Brown pork chops while chopping the above
After sauteing, mix in golden soup and a splash of milk and pour over pork chops
Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. (If not done-take out, uncover and for another 15 minutes.) While pork chops are cooking, cook rice.
Serve over rice, eat, and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

It took me forever to go through all the pictures from this past weekend in Harwich Port - Cape Cod. Going through them also made me want to go back, or at least visit another town on the Cape.
We all rented a house across from the beach with a huge yard. (Yards are something you appreciate much more once you've lived in NYC.) The house didn't have AC, only heat which ended up being fantastic. We slept with all the windows open and woke up to birds chirping, NOT honking horns or car alarms. Again, something you really appreciate once you live in the city. We spent our days on the beach, visiting local restaurants for Lobster Rolls, grilling out, drinking wine, having a clam bake, playing games, charades, talking, getting local ice cream, and eating blueberry pies. Not too bad for a quick weekend getaway!
The beaches were narrow, private and quiet. The weather was perfect. And the food was fantastic. One of the highlights was the clam bake we had catered on Saturday night by Swan River. By the way, it is not a lobster bake like we called it, even though each person gets their own lobster. Later that night some of us had a craving for the local ice cream shop named, Schoolhouse Ice Cream we kept passing. And yet again, A+. Another recommendation would be a waterfront restaurant called, Brax Landing. It was directly across the little harbor on the side of our house and had some great views and Lobster Rolls. We went again for brunch on our way out of town and I have to say this could be skipped. It's a buffet, but nothing special.
I'm already planning our next weekend trip!

Side yard Clmabake!
Relaxing in the side yard

Food in the Cape

There were some beautiful sunsets

Off to the beach - See ya later!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Cape

Here are a few teaser pics from our weekend in Cape Cod. I'm too busy and tired to do a real post on all the fun had at the Cape. So until tomorrow...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Beauties

We're off to Cape Cod today with some friends. We've rented a house across from the beach and having a clam bake catered on Saturday night! I can't wait to get there. I think I'll be adorning these new beauties at night while grilling out next to the backyard pool...although I will not be the one grilling. I'll leave that to the Hubs, the Master.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Yesterday's post was on our Florida trip for the 4th but today Hubs was able to go back, without me. Why you ask? Work. Sometimes work can take you to the greatest places. I wish I were with him in Orlando hanging out but he'll be back tonight. For now I guess I'll just look at more pictures from everything else we did while we were both down visiting Florida and family.

Us big kids cooked a Salmon dinner one of the nights for Mom and Dad. Sis made some yummy yummy basil gimlets!
Mom made her famous carrot cake! You will never taste anything better! Ever!
The guys hanging out and of course playing on phones, blackberry, ipads, etc.
Little man and Mom playing in his tent - I love his face in this one
Dad giving little man his haircut - he sat very still :)
Papa and little man wearing the same outfit - just in different sizes. I should add that this was not at all planned.
We saw a lot of jellyfish to poke
I wish he were with me in NYC!