happy (late) new year!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

nyc sunset
the daily muse

with the thick of winter in our grips, ed and i have been making a point to try a few new (to us) restaurants on the weekend. it's something small to look forward to and it gets me out of the house when i'd rather order in (again).

that being said, i listed out a few favorites (old and new) we've been frequenting.

1. ivan ramen-- the veggie ramen is more flavorful than the non-veggie ramen. this doesn't happen often.

2. egg shop- fried egg on a biscuit. get the biscuits!

3. blackseed bagels- their smaller, doughier, handmade bagels stand out against the rest.

4. meatball shop (upper west side)- the meatball shop came to the hood a while back and it's been a friday night favorite ever since.

5. celeste- easily the best pizza on the upper west side.

6. redfarm (upper west side)- i can't say enough good things about their farm to table chinese food.

7. marta- the gorgeous space at danny meyer's first and only pizza joint deserves all the rave reviews. though i admit i'm not a huge fan of cracker thin pizza crust.

8. abc cocina- the dishes are always flavorful, spicy, and filled with fresh ingredients. we recently celebrated ed's 30th birthday here.

thus ends the most random post with zero cohesiveness.

ps: more new york eats here and here.

pumpkin hazelnut muffins.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

pumpkin hazelnut muffins

everyone has their own go-to version of pumpkin muffin what-have-ya, so i figure i'll add mine to the mix. snoozefest, i know. but i often come to the blog and search for an old recipe, so there's that.

i'm currently curled up at my desk with a cup of coffee in hand and roaring space heater at my feet. i dropped sam wiggins at the beauty parlor to gossip and ed is in philly for the day. i go through periods of completely forgetting that i have a blog, to putting it on my to do list to write a post, to having an actual urge to take (my own) photos and write something down. my sister-in-law may be the only person reading this post, but either way, it felt good to create something. funny how things change.

completely unrelated, we binge watched every season of scandal and i'm hooked. seriously, so much wine, popcorn, and making jam in vermont. for the love of god olivia-- go make the jam in vermont. 

pumpkin hazelnut muffins
2 eggs
1/4 cup half and half
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup melted butter 
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp clove
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup roasted hazelnuts (chopped)

1. preheat the oven to 350F. combine the eggs, half and half, pumpkin, and butter in a large mixing bowl. i replaced the butter with applesauce (because i'm annoying like that) and it turned out just fine. 

2. stir in the rest of the dry ingredients, adding the vanilla and hazelnuts at the end.

3. pour into a greased muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

recipe slightly adapted from the baust family cookbook. how's that for a source?

apple pickin.

Monday, October 20, 2014

battleview orchards

same as every year, like a marker of time. i have more winesaps (the BEST) than i know what to do with, and you've likely had your fill of apple pickin photos from everyone and their motha on instagram/facebook. 

battleview orchards

that being said, here's an update:

1. homeland! how long until brody shows up? NO WAY he's actually dead. nope.
2. ed turned 30 and we celebrated in baltimore with good food and views on the water.
3. it's that time of year where we sit down and argue discuss what/where to go for the holidays. it always works out in the end, and it's likely true that i make it much more complicated than it needs to be.
4. the meatball shop came to the hood (veggie balls!) and we're making it a friday night tradition.
5. ed and i celebrated six years of marriage. six! and by celebrate i mean we ordered a pizza.
6. saw gone girl. didn't understand. was he in on it?
7. ate a ridiculous amount of cotton candy grapes.
8. officially addicted to morning rounds and nut butter balls.
9. sam wiggins and i have been making the most of the crisp air and shorter days with long walks in the park just as the sun goes down.
10. hiking on the weekends.

battleview orchards

apple pickin was followed by greasy hot apple cider donuts and a trip to whole foods. thrilling, really.

battleview orchards

sam's just in it for the car ride home….

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summer in paris.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

eiffel tower

i finished weeding through the rest of the photos from paris over the long weekend. i can't seem to form sentences to go along with any of it, but i figure it's best that way. paris is difficult to describe in words. this overwhelming sadness came over me when it was time to leave, and that same emotion crept up when describing how much we enjoyed our stay. not because vacation was over, but because i felt this very real connection to paris, as cliché and saccharine as it sounds. have you ever visited a place and felt like it just fits?

louvre museum

and with that, summer in paris….

jardin des tuileries
the marais, paris
love locks bridge
love locks bridge

l'as du fallafel in the marais did not disappoint (thanks marissa!).

l'as du fallafel paris
louvre museum
jardin des tuileries

patrick blanc's vertical garden.

patrick blanc's vertical garden, paris
seine river, paris
saint germain des pres
seine river, paris
jardin des tuileries
saint germain des pres
eiffel tower
saint germain des pres

a lot of great memories were made this summer (paris and otherwise) and i hope the same is true for you as well.

jardin du luxembourg, paris.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

jardin du luxembourg

we stayed in the 6th arrondissement, just a short walk away from the beautiful luxembourg gardens. rather, a short walk to poilâne for apple turnovers on the way to the gardens. paris is quiet, empty almost, during the month of august. the trade-off being that a lot of stores and restaurants we wanted to visit were rightfully closed.
jardin du luxembourg

jardin du luxembourg

soon after breakfast we journeyed north to montmarte. i didn't bring my camera along on the hike to sacré cœur, though it's forever etched in my brain. 

jardin du luxembourg

by mid-afternoon we'd stop by a nearby cafe for lunch and a cafe crème, then continue to wander to the next destination on the must-see list.
jardin du luxembourg

admittedly the must-see list was filled with mostly eating or shopping of some sort.

jardin du luxembourg
jardin du luxembourg

what's your favorite place in paris?

a short stay in london.

Monday, August 25, 2014

clock tower london

as beautiful as it was, i admit london was a bit tarnished by a lost luggage fiasco that kept us in our hotel room on hold for what felt like the majority of our stay. that being said, we hit the high points like true tourists before catching the eurostar to paris the following evening. 

london queen's guard

we stayed at the brown's hotel, located in the heart of mayfair, best known for high-end shopping and the famous savile row. there are not enough kind words to say about the brown's hotel, from the courteous staff to the meticulously clean (and gorgeous) rooms. 

the brown's hotel

i admit i didn't realize how spread out london really is, and given our short time frame we didn't get a chance to truly explore all the nooks and crannies. so with that, cue the highlight reel!

mayfair london

palace of westminster….

palace of westminster
palace of westminster

the london eye…

london eye

borough market…

borough market london

i would compare borough market to a classier version of smorgasburg. tons of great food choices in a beautiful location.  

borough market london

we went around lunchtime and opted for traditional fish and chips at fish!, and then sauntered around the rest of the market for fresh fruit and the most amazing green olives i've ever tried. 

borough market london
borough market london
borough market london
borough market london

buckingham palace… check.

buckingham palace london
green park london
buckingham palace london
buckingham palace london

we stopped in ottolenghi in notting hill for lunch day two and walked away with fresh tomato basil flatbread and blackcurrant mini meringues. 

ottolenghi london

after lunch we strolled around notting hill a bit more and explored the cute shops tucked away amongst gorgeous town homes-- toast being a personal favorite.

toast notting hill
notting hill london

hope to see you again soon, london!

ps: my friend kayla took some amazing photos of her recent trip to london as well.

photo of the brown's hotel by jane anderson. ottolenghi photo by keiko oikawa.