Archive | March, 2013

I blinked and March is over

31 Mar

While it usually indicates that I’ve been too busy to post, and therefore my blog is behind, I adore “weekends/holidays/trips in review” posts.  You know, like last June or Christmas 2013 for example.  Here’s a new one for me though; a month of weekends in review – March 2013 in review…and what a month it was!

Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers.  For an early birthday present, the Chef got tickets to the Sabres’ March 3rd game at Madison Square Garden.  When circumstances unfortunately prevented him from attending, my brother stepped in and enjoyed these amazing seats with me.  As with all Buffalo sport events I attend live though, the Sabre’s lost in a shootout.

sabres game

St. John’s vs. Marquette.  As a St. John’s girl who married into a Marquette family, it was only appropriate for my girlfriend to arrange an outing for the group and her in-laws when the two played.  I happily donned red and rooted for St. John’s while simultaneously giving death stares to anyone in my general vicinity eating a hot dog with mustard.

st johns game

Food poisoning.  Oh wait, team food poisoning.  Quickly ordering pizza and salads on a very busy Friday, we were all sick within hours.  Food poisoning with friends and a completely wasted Saturday.  Enough said.

Sumo & Sushi.  The Chef also got tickets to a sumo and sushi event, which was hosted in event space on the west side.  The event brought together two of the best international sumo wrestlers, Byamba Ulambayar and Kelly Gneiting, for five matches while simultaneously educating spectators – about sumo training and diet; wrestlers’ age, weight, and career longevity; and perhaps most interestingly, the difference between Japanese (i.e. lifestyle) Sumo and International Sumo.  And yes, we drank way too much sake before heading downtown to meet up with his friends.

sumo sushi

Discovering brunch at La Cava.  Who would necessarily think unlimited weekend brunch at a midtown wine bar?  Google.  A quick search of unlimited brunch options in my ‘hood and before I knew it, we had a new favorite brunch joint.  Favorite because, sure, the food is fine.  Good even.  But the draw of La Cava on a Sunday is the super friendly waiter who loves to chit chat and the unlimited champagne and/or vodka drinks, which are poured heavily and never seem to end.  The first time we had brunch here, I barely remember hitting the bed before passing out for a champagne-induced nap.

Playing with toys at FAO Schwartz.  After our most recent soiree at La Cava, and after a particularly stressful couple of weeks, the Chef and I made our way to FAO Schwartz to, well, relax and play with toys.  Between playing with Fraggle muppets, watching tourists on the piano made famous in Big, and picking out a Lego set and matchbox car for a friend, we (of course) played a game.  Name of the game is pick out the book that best describes the other person.  Go figure.  We picked the same title, ha.

did i ever tell you

Birthday weekend.  Need I say more?  I’m still recovering.

NYC Craft Beer Festival at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington.  On the last Saturday of  this action-packed month, I grabbed a 2 oz tasting glass and indulged in unlimited tastings of 150 craft beers from all over the country with the Chef and his friends.  Sushi afterwards definitely made sense; especially at a Japanese restaurant that serves unlimited white wine and sake.  I mean, it’s not like we had to be at his parents’ house at 9 am the next morning or anything.  Oh, wait….

A new and unique Easter celebration.  Before heading to the Javits Center for the New York International Auto Show (a Chef family tradition), we had breakfast (my contribution was mimosas, obviously) and threw a football around the backyard (to which his father teased “You throw like a girl!”)  At the car show it was determined that I need to live on an island and drive a Mini Cooper Roadster.  Because, well, why not?

32 ways I celebrated turning 32

29 Mar

#1:  Stayed in bed Saturday morning with the remote control and a book.

#2:  Sipped champagne with one of my girlfriends at Beauty & Essex while waiting for our brunch reservation.

#3:  Indulged in this 5-course brunch: lemon and blueberry pancakes with ricotta, braised short ribs huevos rancheros, lobster and chorizo hash, grilled cheese dumplings on a tomato soup spoon, red velvet and Guinness cupcakes.

b&e brunch

#4:  Walked around the LES Saturday afternoon post-brunch, enjoying the (finally bearable!) weather and ducking into stores and bars.

#5:  Blew out candles on orange frosted cupcakes Saturday night with Syracuse fans.

#6:  Simple math: Jeremiah Weed sweet tea + lemonade = tipsy delight.

#7:  Brunched with the boys on Sunday!  Mimosas for me, bloody Mary bar for my brother, and beers for the Chef at Amity Hall.

mimosa

#8:  Received a “walk down memory lane” from my brother for my birthday….a road trip to the small New England town where we grew up later this spring!

#9:  With Molly’s Cupcakes from my bro.  Yum!

mollys

#10:   With a cuddly, booze-induced nap.

#11:  Enjoyed the best escargot I’ve had since my trip to Paris five years ago during dinner at The Carlyle Sunday night.

#12:  Topped dinner off with this beautiful birthday desert, compliments of The Carlyle.

happy bday cake

#13:  Classed it up after dinner with PBRs at Manchester Pub.  In heels.

#14:  Fell asleep to “happy birthday” being whispered in my ear.

#15:  Took Monday off from work, and hightailed it to Philly for the day!

#16:  Confirmed my addiction: the Chef wouldn’t let me in the car Monday morning without coffee ( I get “cranky” without it…)

#17:  Visited Eastern State Penitentiary (“Who doesn’t tour a penitentiary on their birthday?!”).

esp

#18:  Discovered that Al Capone’s cell at Eastern State Penitentiary was almost bigger (and nicer) than my tiny Manhattan bedroom.

capone cell

#19:  Confused my father by answering his birthday call with “Hi dad!  I’m in a prison!”

#20:  Laughed at his response and parting words, “Behave yourself so they let you out!”

#21:  Compared the exercise space intended to isolate prisoners to the outdoor spaces New Yorkers pay a fortune for.  (Maybe I’ve been in the city too long…?)

outdoor space

#22:  Left my work blackberry in the car ALL DAY.

#23:  Waltzed our way through Reading Terminal Market and shared a grilled cheese sandwich with the Chef.  I know (gasp!), I shared a grilled cheese sandwich.

grilled cheese

#24:  Ghetto fabulous: stopped at a liquor store in Jersey on our way back to the city to, you know “stock up.”

#25:  Hit the city just in time for BYOB sushi dinner, where we proceeded to look up other abandoned prisons we could tour (#normal).

#26:  With this e-card from one of the girls, ha.

sarah-jessica-parker-sex-and-the-city-celebrity-birthday-ecards-someecards

#27:   Over- over- overindulged on sushi with my team when I returned to the office on Tuesday.

#28:  Opted for a second slice of mint chocolate chip ice cream cake.  Clearly.

mint chip cake

#29:  Drank (too much) wine with colleagues Thursday night at Ashton’s Alley.  (Read: gossiped using code names / HR sneak speak.)

#30:  Related a little too much to this parody of Taylor Swift’s 22.

#31:  With pitchers of beer and shots of Jameson at Barfly tonight with the crew.

#32:  Happily not setting my alarm clock for tomorrow.

Wow, I’m 32

25 Mar

I feel like the title of this post should be “Wow, I’m THIRTY TWO.”  I know I say this every year but seriously, when did this happen?!

I had a great weekend, with more exciting plans on the way, so I’ll be sure to post all about the celebrations later this week!

32 bday

National Puppy Day!

23 Mar

Every now and then I have fun with a “National (fill in the blank) Day” but rarely twice in two days.  I obviously could not ignore National Puppy Day though!  I mean, I have a sick puppies board on Pinterest (I refuse to apologize, end of story), an obsession with watching puppy videos on YouTube, and I talk relentlessness about puppies to anyone who will listen…especially when I’m drinking (read: the Chef – “No tengo los puppies!”)

Anyway, in celebration of National Puppy Day, I give you my (current) favorite puppy video:

And no, I haven’t watched this video 150 times.  Only 149.  Max.

Does this hangover count?

22 Mar

Apparently it’s National Goof Off Day.  Well does today’s killer hangover count…?  I went to a charity film premiere last night, swinging into a bar afterwards for “one or two beers” to catch the late games with a friend from work.  Fast-forward to this morning when we were still out at 3:30 am…

I’m useless right now.

#sorryimnotsorry

Pinned it Tuesday: margherita pasta salad

19 Mar

While I did a great job in January and February sticking to my new year’s resolution to bring lunch to work more often (only purchasing lunch twice each month!), March has been a complete blowout.  I think I’ve probably failed to BMOL (bring my own lunch) somewhere between six and eight times.  It’s not easy keeping this resolution, and requires a bit of planning, so in that interest I decided to throw together a quick pasta salad…which I of course pinned!

Margherita Pasta Salad

  • 3/4 lb ziti
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, diced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, slivered
  • 1 cup marinated ­artichoke hearts, drained and halved 
  • 1 can sliced black olives (I used regular black olives because canned olives gross me out!)
  • 3/4 cup bottled Italian dressing (I’m not a huge fan of bottled Italian dressing so I used the dressing below)
  • 1/4 tsp ­pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Directions: In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook ¾ lb ziti until al dente. Drain.   In a large bowl, combine ziti, diced mozzarella, chopped fresh basil, slivered sun-dried tomatoes, marinated ­artichoke hearts, black olives, bottled Italian dressing (or dressing of your choice), and pepper.  Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and fresh basil.  Add salt to taste, if desired.

(original recipe here)

margherita pasta

“Best Dressing”

I put this title in quotation marks because while I thought it was pretty good, it definitely wasn’t the end all of dressings (in my opinion).  Now, to be fair, I obviously left out the Dijon mustard so perhaps that is a key ingredient that altered the taste of the dressing.  Although I cannot imagine a world in which mustard is the key to anything.  Gross.

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard (I obviously left out!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons seasoned salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 1 small clove garlic, grated on a microplane

Directions:  Whisk together all ingredients.  Store refrigerated up to 1 week.

(original recipe here)

My kind of evening!

18 Mar

I mean, I won’t be able to sleep tonight and even if I do, I’ll be plagued with nightmares…BUT STILL.  It’s Criminal Minds, you guys.

criminal minds