Long time no blog! I’ve actually been home since last Thursday (and back at work since last Friday and through the weekend!). Adam and I had an absolutely wonderful little trip to the Hudson Valley. We want to go back ASAP! Some of our favorite things included exploring the downtown in Hudson, pastries from Breadfolks, Fortunes ice cream at Kitty’s, dinner at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, and the Round House hotel in Beacon.
Highlights from this past week included… lots of snacks and pesto-smothered dinners.
Homemade meat lovers pizza! I made a big batch of sauce by cooking down jarred marinara with yellow onion, garlic, turkey bacon, ground turkey, shallot oil, urfa chili, Korean chili flake, smoked paprika, and fish sauce. On a Trader Joe’s frozen crust with whole-milk mozarella balls. Plus roasted caulilini.
We had leftover sauce with roasted zucchini and Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi.
And I put leftover bacon in some homemade okonomiyaki (eggy cabbage pancakes). I also stuffed it with ginger and chili crisp and topped it with Sriracha, Kewpie, and furikaki.
We also made a sandwich style pizza that was my favorite meal of the week. With mozzarella, cheddar cheese curds, sliced turkey, and a homemade roasted garlic aioli. Plus sautéed snap peas and red bell pepper with tons of garlic and butter.
Our Easter weekend had major Spring vibes, and not just because I wore head-to-toe pastels the past three days. We met up with friends for ramen and a walk in Prospect Park and were too hot in sweatshirts – a dream for April in New York.
Highlights from the past week included…
On-theme pink for Easter, a strawberry milk dalgona iced coffee.
See also – this very spring-y sugar cane and key lime cocktail.
It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas! Very excited about this year’s ridiculous line-up on on-theme items.
Highlights from this past week include…
Eggnog + Trager Brothers Coffee (<– the stuff from the hospital coffee shop in Virginia that I was obsessed with).
Plus I made an eggnog dalgona coffee!
A very pepperminty breakfast. I was expecting the peanut butter/mint combo to be strange but that Perfect bar was actually amazing.
Greek yogurt bowl with cranberry sauce, cinnamon, and butter rum trail mix.
Still really loving these cocktail hour truffles from Trader Joe’s.
We are even more excited about these buttermints that my parents HANDMADE!?!
Turkey taco night. Corn tortilla with homemade chipotle salsa / sautéed white onion, yellow and orange bell pepper, and poblano pepper / ground turkey / shredded cheese / sour cream / hot sauce. Plus a taco-less pile fillings on the side.
Taco bowl night. Everything from the previous meal plus cranberry sauce and minus the tortilla.
We took a break from tacos with take-out from our favorite Japanese place. Garlic sautéed veggies, tempura veggies and chicken, seaweed salad, edamame, and tofu.
We were trying to eat through some of our stores before I went grocery shopping this weekend so the past week we ate a lot of random foods from the back of the freezer and take-out. Somehow it worked out that everything was delicious! Highlights include…
First things first, it is Apple/Spice Month! Yes, I am already feverishly shopping for pumpkin beers too.
Peanut butter and jelly crispy waffle from Costa Nova + an iced latte.
Leftover olives from our dinner at Glasserie.
Local Cava Guava IPA which was basically beer champagne.
Adam and I are both 10/10, head over heels obsessed with these Swedish Swedish fish. We bought every flavor we could get our hands on at the store the other day.
We were easing ourselves back to work so we kept my birthday weekend pretty low-key. Adam and I made super exciting, sprinkle-packed coffees and walked around Cold Spring Harbor admiring the flowers in the morning and then got sushi take-out for dinner and I video-chatted with my parents while opening presents. And the next night we met up with friends for drinks/dinner/a long walk around Park Slope. It was perfect!
An epic yogurt bowl – – plain Greek yogurt with cashew butter, plum, plucot, apricot, and Bueno Bar.
I left key lime pie off of my list of favorite foods the other day, but it’s definitely in the top fifteen! Westbrook’s Key Lime Pie Gose is fantastic. I also made a wonderful key lime pie cocktail with lime juice, vodka, sweetened condensed milk, and key lime seltzer.
Birthday sushi. I got seaweed salad, a roll with egg and pickled vegetables, and a roll with king crab, crunch, avocado, and spicy mayo.
Chuko Ramen. I got the kimchi ramen with soy eggs. It was so great to see friends for the first time in months… we were sitting outside and only took our masks off to eat and we all felt pretty safe about it.
Cross your fingers for me that it’s an easy transition back to work, please!
Seinfeld! I obviously quite enjoyed it in the ’90’s as well but we’ve been doing a rewatch on Hulu. I can’t tolerate any TV that isn’t light/funny lately so old sitcoms are perfect for me.
“Adore” by Amy Shark has been played at least once on every one of my runs recently. I heard it on an episode of Schitt’s Creek, which I’m also completely obsessed with but had to stop watching in the middle because the final season isn’t out on Netflix yet.
We spent Sunday getting take-out and picnicing around Greenpoint and it was a perfect day. I love everything about how the businesses in that neighborhood brand themselves, it’s such a delight just to walk around and admire stuff.
Edible highlights this weekend —
Quad shot iced Americano with skim milk from Maman. Plus an absolutely divine double chocolate cookie with oat milk ganache.
Toasted coconut almonds. I’ve been having a real love affair with nuts lately and these were a perfect blend of salty and sweet.
Take-out cocktails and a cheeseburger from Elder Greene was obviously our best lunch of the year so far.
Plus we got cocktails from Ramona – frozen painkiller!! – for dessert.
Our long-time favorite pizza spot recently reopened so we got a giant buffalo chicken pie.
I made spicy salmon roll fries. With Kewpie, Furikaki, Sriracha, rice vinegar, and smoked salmon.