Guava – Luxardo – Soursop

Highlights from this week include – easy frozen meals, my first time making (and eating!) carbonara, and cocktail walks with Adam and Webster…

Strawberry guava sour.

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Grimm (local) barrel-aged sour brewed with cashmere hops.

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Soursop daiquiris.

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This drink trio made a great team.

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Trader Joe’s frozen scallion pancakes with Kewpie, Sriracha, and furikake.

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Amy’s chile relleno frozen casserole.

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I made carbonara with turkey bacon and whole-wheat pasta and it was still 10/10 decadent!  With roasted baby eggplant.

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We had leftover egg whites from the pasta so I made scrambled eggs the next night.  With kale and Korean chili flakes.  Plus turkey bacon and buttered pumpernickel-rye toast.

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P.S. These chocolate-covered gummi bears were perfection!  The chocolate and the gummies were both amazing so the combo was even better.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

I worked (long days!) Friday, Saturday, Sunday but we still had a fun weekend with amazing date nights!  Five favorites were – –

Mekelburg’s rose black halva latte – an oat milk iced iced latte with rose halvah syrup, topped with rose petals and sesame seeds.

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Westbrook Brewings‘ lemon meringue pie gose might be even better than their key lime pie gose!

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Friday night we cuddled on the couch with nachos and ice cream and (re)watched “Love and Basketball” and it was kind of the best.  Chipotle nacho hack – order chips and a rice bowl without rice (this one had chicken, fajita veggies, corn salsa, and cheese (and guacamole on the side!)) and bake.

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We got three -epic – sandwiches from Mekelburg’s and had a picnic down by the water near Domino Park. Waygu roast beef for Adam / a bahn mi with Peking duck, duck rillettes, and sambal hoisin mayo for me / a Mekelburger with dry-aged beef, American cheese, grilled onions, fried onions, and tarragon mustard on Hawaiian bun to share.

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Chinese take-out to finish the weekend.  I got chili oil tofu with cabbage, celery and white rice.

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Summer Fruits And Veggies

It was a very good week in fruits and vegetables here!  We went to Whole Foods on Saturday to stock up.  With our new, pandemic-induced, bimonthly grocery schedule our first week of dinners/snacks always feels a lot fresher than the second week.

Highlights include…

Could Perfect Bars be any more perfect?  They are the optimal balance of sweet and savory.  I loved this trail mix flavor.

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My parents sent us a box of tamarinds and I found these strawberry cherries at Whole Foods.

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I also snagged a bag of genips (<– Caribbean fruit that I grew up picking from a tree near my house but have had an impossible time finding in New York) on the street corner near my hospital!

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Watermelon-themed things since it’s almost July 4th.  The winner of the bunch was definitely the Hal’s Seltzer.

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This dinner was brought to you by the color orange!  Salmon/trout salad bagel melts / local heirloom tomatoes with a bit of salt and pepper / roasted gold zucchini.

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We have been loving this black-eyed pea salad combo for almost a decade.  This batch was actually made with fancy heirloom yellow eyed beans since BEP were sold out at the store.  Beans, green pepper, smoked almonds, sharp cheddar, and green Tabasco.  It is such a simple combination but super satisfying.

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Roasted green zucchini topped with Moroccan tofu cubes and a simple yogurt sauce (plain skyr, mayo, olive oil, sumac, paprika, salt, and a little water).

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Our best meal of the week was this trio – baked tofu (cooked with a mix of soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, Sriracha, and honey) / Chinese smashed cucumber salad / fancy mushroom medley sauteed with salt, pepper, and butter.

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Bridge + Brigadeiro

Highlights from this week include…

Adam and I were both off on Tuesday and we had a great city/social-distancing date!  Walks across the Manhattan Bridge.

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And take-out lunch in Seaport.  Brigadeiro iced latte from Cafe Patoro.  <– one of the best lattes I’ve had in awhile, even aside from the fact that the cup was slathered in Brazilian fudge sauce!

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And a kimchi scallion pancake sandwich from Vanessa’s Dumplings.

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My homemade dinners don’t look that exciting but were totally delicious.  A cheesy, crunchy, veggie-filled casserole with cauliflower rice / ground turkey sauteed with smoked paprika, sweet onion, and orange and yellow bell pepper / black beans / Trader Joe’s pineapple salsa / and a topping of buttery crushed tortilla chips and sharp cheddar.

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Ground turkey with gojuchang, Korean chili flakes, and green onion on a bed of roasted cabbage.  I went back and topped the whole thing generously with Kewpie and Sriracha and loved every bite.

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We made fantastic daiquiris this week!  Cruzan rum and soursop nectar with lime juice and sweetened condensed milk.

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Is it even summer in New York yet if you don’t eat an Italian ice?  I got toasted marshmallow with key lime and I’m pretty sure that’s going to be my combo for the rest of the summer.

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Bubble, Bubble

There was no weekend post because I worked Friday, Saturday, Sunday and life felt a little hectic.  Things are definitely starting to ramp up at work (and that’s with some of my units closed due to Covid still!).  I have my eye on some fancy cocktails for this weekend.

Highlights from the past week…

My new favorite coffee combo – the Cafe Bustelo is perfectly extra-dark and roasty to pair with the sweetness of the condensed milk.

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My best snacks this week were bubble tea themed things and fruity beers.  Also ranch-flavored roasted chickpeas mixed with Trader Joe’s olive and herbed mixed nuts.  I eat five full handfuls straight from the bag, why do I bother to put it in that little bowl?!

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These brown sugar boba ice cream bars are truly the best frozen treat I’ve ever had!  If you spot them – buy them!

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We also had some boba-inspired gummies.

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Guava gose brewed with coriander and Himalayan salt // pineapple shake IPA brewed with vanilla and lactose.

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Hazy IPA with hibiscus and dragon fruit.

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We made chilaquiles for dinner.  Topped with fried eggs, plain yogurt, cheddar, and Crystal hot sauce.

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Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi with roasted baby tomatoes and garlic and gruyere smoked chicken sausages.

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Take Me Out

This weekend we: Ate all the take-out.  Took the dog on several long walks.  Washed the dog and turned him into an adorable woolly mammoth.  Did our grocery shopping for the next two weeks.

I also went on a really great run and started re-watching America’s Next Top Model.

Highlights include…

Obsessed with these Trader Joe’s bbq popped chips.  I prefer a smoky bbq flavor and this fits the bill.

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Even more obsessed with this Evil Twin pink pineapple IPA.  Served in a go-cup because we took a cocktail hour walk with Webster that knocked our socks off.

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We got great take-out from a local Mediterranean spot.  Tons of pita bread with all of the smokey eggplant dips.  Plus bulgar with tzatziki and chicken (plus roasted broccoli).

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And we ordered all of their desserts!

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We also got great take-out from a local Szechuan spot.  I had kung pow tofu with veggie rice noodles and Chinese cabbage with peppers.

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Painkillers In Quarantine

Highlights from the weekend…

Cold brew with chocolate milk.

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Cinnamon coffee.

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I ate my first apple in months – a very crispy Lady Alice – and it was delightful.

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Cookie butter Greek yogurt – with granola and chocolate chips.

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Beer!  The Grimm was too ear waxy for my tastes but the Kills Boro Amethyst sour IPA with blueberries and lavender was very drinkable.

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We were supposed to be back home in St. Thomas for carnival this weekend; instead we consoled ourselves with homemade Painkillers.  Nutmeg, pineapple juice, orange juice, rums, and I substituted low-fat coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk for coconut cream which worked out great!

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Leftover buffalo chicken pizza – with honey and Korean chili flakes – with baby carrots and blueberries.

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Roasted veggie bowls – broccoli, bell pepper, and cojita – topped with fried egg and Crystal hot sauce.

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Shaken And Blended

Five things from the weekend:

Chipotle chicken nachos.  With fajita veggies, corn salsa, and sour cream.

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A really good double IPA.

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Yogurt bowl with blueberries, blackberries, banana, cinnamon, and TJ’s flax and chia seed peanut butter.

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Shaken coffee with ice, cinnamon, espresso powder, and sweetened condensed milk.

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We took dalgona coffees to-go on a walk!

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Figuring out how to make really excellent coffee at home has made the quarantine infinitely more bearable.  Also this guy –

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{Insert Fifth Harmony Lyric}

This was my first week of work-from-home and it’s definitely been an adjustment.  When I’m at work-work I tend to skip lunch 1-2 days a week because I’m busy or just not that hungry but home apparently my appetite works just fine!  I ate all the snacks.  <– all the snacks, like I can’t do a repeat performance next week because I ate all of the ice cream that was supposed to last until our next grocery trip 🙂

Thankfully we had some really good snacks on hand!  Here were the highlights…

Phin coffee with sweetened condensed milk (10/10, would recommend).

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New Orleans coffee can with scm (9/10, would recommend).

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Chicken and waffle chicken chips (10+/10, would recommend).

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Sesame ginger chicken jerky (8.5/10, would recommend).

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Sweet and spicy gummies (9/10, would recommend).

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Chocolate-covered salted caramel vegan marshmallows. (9/10, would recommend).

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Also I was thrilled to have some fresh fruit on hand and made a large, exciting yogurt bowl every day.  Trader Joe’s guava passion fruit Greek yogurt with fresh mango and blackberries and honey maple granola.

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Coffee skyr with granola, blueberries, and coconut chips.

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Plan Greek yogurt with cinnamon, maple syrup, granola, coconut chips, blueberries, blackberries, and TJ’s flax and chia seed peanut butter.

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And we made some really good dinners.  Green curry turkey chicken salad with roasted green beans.

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Sheet-pan fried cauliflower rice.  Very similar to this recipe but with cauliflower rice and smoked turkey breast.  It was wonderful!

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Ice Cream In Space

Now that I’m working again, Saturday and Sunday did feel a little bit more like a weekend, even if the biggest excitement was standing in an hour+ line to buy groceries for two weeks.

Highlights include…

Lavender latte pour over.

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Plan Icelandic-style yogurt with cinnamon, maple syrup, berries, granola, and peanut butter.

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Mint chip freeze-dried ice cream.

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The last of our Evil Twin stash.

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Leftover pizza.

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Breakfast totchos.  Tater tots with sharp cheddar, eggs, broccoli, onion, yellow and orange pepper, and turkey maple breakfast sausage.  Topped with a lot of zhoug and ketchup.

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I recommend ordering yourself the coffee, the ice cream, and the beer while you’re stuck at home!