Cold As Ice

Pretty much everything I ate this week came out of our freezer.  Actually, 90% of what I ate this week was take-out chicken fingers.

“Home-cooked” highlights include…

Plain Greek yogurt with mixed nut butter, hot fudge, chocolate granola, and frozen/thawed blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

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Plain Greek yogurt with frozen/thawed blueberries, cinnamon, maple, and cashew butter granola.

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Herbed turkey and sharp cheddar on an onion bagel.

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Amy’s Mexican casserole frozen meal + Cholula + a bagel with cheese.

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I am already sick of those bagels.  I also got tired of frozen versus fresh berries a lot more quickly than anticipated.  Fun times.

Virtual Road Trip

One silver lining to not getting to see any of my friends in person for the discernible future is that we’ve been doing a better job of connecting long-distance.  I spent hours on the phone with a childhood friend the other day and Sunday morning my cousin and I took an online yoga class together.  <– super fun fact? The yoga class was actually being taught by another one of my childhood friends!  Plus, I know that I am insanely lucky to be in such a good marriage, I’m at home with my favorite person on earth.

This weekend we took a trip to Virginia in the form of some of our our favorite drinks.  Coffee from Black Hand.

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Rum from Vitae.  With cinnamon coke and lime!

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We’ve been drinking a lot of fancy packaged coffees to help me deal with my withdrawal from coffee shop quad iced lattes.

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I used the last of my fresh berries in this yogurt bowl.  Plain Greek with maple, cinnamon, and TJ’s mixed nut butter.

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Delivery successes.  Bubble tea.

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Tons of Mexican food.

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Menemen, loosely based on this recipe.  I used sumac, chili flakes, pepper, smoked paprika, and fresno chilis.  Plus TJ’s rose fingerling potato chips, which were crazy addictive, I went back for thirds.

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TJ’s vegan orange chicken served on a big bed of green beans in gojuchang.

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Super Soft Spoken

Five things I loved this weekend…

New to me local beers.  Sloop Brewing Super Soft IPA and Kills Boro Soft Spoken (a sour IPA with mango and marshmallow!).

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Pour over rose lattes from Copper Cow.

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Salted caramel cheese cake ice cream that is legitimately the best take-home ice cream I’ve ever tasted.  The flavor is super sour cream forward and there are giant hunts of cheesecake.

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Trader Joe’s vegetable biyrani frozen meal.  The veggie dumplings are great.

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See Food Diet

Two key housekeeping things –

1) I recently kind of randomly started eating sashimi and burgers and I am now obsessed with both.  Also, apparently I’m into cake at the moment.

2) I had an absolutely fantastic time in St. Thomas!  I spent two weeks hanging out with my grandma and swimming in the ocean!

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Thankfully the weather in NYC has been nice enough for us to do a ton of walking (and a ton of cake, coffee, and fancy cocktail consuming!) so the transition has been pretty easy.

Recent highlights include…

Rum raisin iced latte at the Ace Hotel.  Related – I had a rose cold brew at Brooklyn Roasting Co that was mindblowing.

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I am definitely a fan of these new KIND nut butter bars whose product info is weirdly not on their website.

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Brunch at the Fulton in the Seaport District.  I had a smoked bloody mary margarita!

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We shared sashimi with spicy white ponzu.

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And brussel sprouts with mint and pecorino cheese.

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And I had the gruyere cheeseburger with au jus.

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Now that I’m into sushi, a girlfriend suggested we get lunch at Sugarfish.  I got the “Trust Me Lite” which included edamame and tuna sashimi.

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Albacore, salmon, and shrimp sushi.

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And a toro hand roll.

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Adam and I had a giant, epic lunch at Fan Fried Rice Bar in Bed Stuy.  Golden kimchi / cucumber salad / mush-mame fried rice with shiitake mushrooms, edamame, mixed vegetables, and fried shallots.

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Big Gay Ice Cream is my current favorite.  This was yellow cake soft-serve with dulce de leche and rainbow sprinkles in a biscoff lined cone.

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Dreamy cake slices – strawberry Good Humor bar and Oreo – at Little Cupcake Bakeshop.

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Brigadero cake and a cappuccino at Padoca Bakery.

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Leyenda‘s Candy Striper is a frozen blend of Leblon cachaça, coconut, vanilla, maple, lime, peppermint, and cardamom and it is the single best beverage I have ever put in my mouth.  Every sip was so interesting!

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Dinner at the Hi Hi Room.  We started with smashed potatoes with an herb aioli.

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Other Half Cream Get the Honey IPA.  <– IPAs brewed with lactose are my favorite

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Our reason for being there = hand-cut spaghetti with duck chili, cheddar, and white onion.  I couldn’t get a good photo but it was truly fantastic.

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Our apartment complex lost power for several hours on Friday night and we were forced to go out to a super fun dinner on the Upper East Side.  A friend sent me a list of “the best cocktail spots in NYC” and NR definitely earned its spot!

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Our favorites were the Japanese whiskey sour (above) with brown sugar, yuzu, and egg white and the Pistachio – dry gin, house-made pistachio cream, campari, and clementine!

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We also shared a truffle oil egg salad sandwich.

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And I had the hokkaido ramen with chicken, corn, butter, bean sprouts, and extra seaweed.

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A home-cooked meal!  Trader Joe’s frozen mahi mahi burgers, steak fries, and roasted baby cauliflower with sumac and smoked paprika.  All dipped in a sauce of honey habanero hot sauce, honey, and mayo.

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A Bevy Of Beverages

My favorite bites this week were actually sips!  {I really want to make an “all about the beverages/Benjamins, baby” joke here but I’m holding myself back}

Highlights…

My new all-time-favorite coffee combo = Grady’s Cold Brew concentrate with the new Chobani sweet cream creamer.

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This week’s yogurt bowl combo was vanilla bean Greek yogurt with fresh blackberries and Trader Joe’s peanut butter with chia and flax.

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A girlfriend and I (and her baby!) met up in Nomad for lunch.  Salads at Made Nice – I had the frisee romaine with potato croutons, egg, and buttermilk vinaigrette.

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Ice cream at the new Milk Bar flagship – I had cornflake soft serve with fudge and sprinkles.

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New favorite kombucha is this juicy one with watermelon, hibiscus, and green tea.

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Milkshake IPAs (aka IPAs with lactose) are my favorite and this Gotta Get Up To Get Downstate guava one from Swiftwater is 10/10.

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I just discovered an amazing Asian grocery store near our apartment so we had some pretty great snacks this week.  Like numb and spicy hot pot chips.

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And yogurt gummies and passion fruit gummies.

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Easy dinner from the Trader Joe’s freezer section – meatless breakfast patties and cauliflower pancakes.  Plus roasted green beans and a dipping sauce made with honey habenero hot sauce.

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Chicken and waffle nachos!  Multigrain waffles, waffle flavored chicken bites, cheese, scallions, and a maple Cholula aioli.

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Have a great weekend!

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Hot Sauce And Cinnamon Gum

Flavor themes from this week include – hot sauce, coffee, chocolate.

Highlights…

Fun in coffee.  Iced with fancy egg nog.

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I had forgotten how much fun it is to have a milk frother!

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This bottled New Orleans coffee was delicious and contained 10 grams of protein.

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Seasonal fun at Doughnut Plant – a marzipan star and a mint tree filled with chocolate pudding.

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Still obsessed with these cookie dough Perfect Bars.

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Plain2% Greek yogurt bowl with chocolate sunflower seed butter and fresh blueberries.

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Just before I left VA one of my officemates got me hooked on cinnamon gum and lately I have been loving this version from Mentos.

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It was Adam’s birthday this week!  He got multiple cakes at work and brought me home a delicious slice of s’mores cheesecake.

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Amy’s tortilla casserole with black beans frozen meal.  Topped with copious amounts of Cholula.

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Shredded potatoes with smoked mackerel salad and soft scrambled eggs.  Topped with furikake.

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Breakfast cheese fries.  Sweet potato waffle fries with cheddar, eggs, maple chicken sausage, broccoli, and shishito peppers.  Topped later with Kewpie and Sriracha.

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My current favorite sheet-pan hash is Japanese sweet potato + bok choy + green onions.  Plus salmon candy and cashews on top.  Topped with furikake, Kewpie, and Sriracha.

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I made a yummy version of this baked Spanish rice recipe.  I added fish sauce and green olives and subbed in vegan soyrizo for chorizo.  Topped later with Cholula.

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FYI – there will be no post this weekend for the best reason ever: I am going home for a few days with a couple of NY friends!  Ocean, rum, and warm weather, here we come!

First Family Weekend

So obviously the best thing about being back with my boys was this –

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But we also had a ton of fun out of the house too!  This weekend Adam and I ran a thousand errands / saw Knives Out / met up with friends for dinner in Astoria / walked around Cold Springs Harbor appreciating their holiday decorations and Christmas carolers!

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Edible highlights included…

Shakeratos with fancy coffee.  I just now writing this post realized that I make these with coffee + sweetened condensed milk and half and half versus SCM and simple syrup but they still turn out great.

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During our Cold Springs Harbor morning we stopped at Sweetie Pies on Main for a quad nonfat iced latte and a rainbow cookie cake.  Every single pastry in this shop looks next level.

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A yogurt bowl with Trader Joe’s egg nog Greek yogurt, vanilla spiced sunflower seed butter, and giant blueberries.

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S’mores cookie from Chip.  FYI – these are very graham cracker forward, I much prefer their other flavors.

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Sweetened condensed milk and cookies ice cream from Spot (an H-Mart find!).

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We stupidly went to Target at dinner time but these impulse buy chocolate covered cashews ended up being amazing.

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Between the four of us during dinner at District Saigon we tried and loved a lot of the drink menu but I think the clear winner was this spiked Thai iced tea made with cachaça, absinthe, Angostura bitters, sweetened condensed milk, and egg whites.

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Frozen meal I am in love with = Amy’s chile relleno casserole bowl.  Paired with leftover chicken nachos.

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