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Irony

Want to hear something ironic? It’s a bit of a story, but here I go. I had to go to the main Scripps office in midtown today for orientation, but I arrived super early. What do you do in midtown when you have an hour to kill? Go to the Today Show! Guess who was there?! Bobby Flay and Giada! I couldn’t help but laugh to myself that my first celebrity chef sighting occurred at the Today Show and not the Food Network. I did spot someone at the office today, but I’m keeping it a secret. It wouldn’t be fun if I gave away everything.

Anyway, I’m officially a Food Network intern! By that I mean my first day of work was yesterday. Everyone is so incredibly nice and I even met one of my marketing idols today. They kept me pretty busy, which I love. And I get to run errands all over the office which is nice. Except I kinda got stuck in an elevator today, but I don’t worry, I eventually made my way out.

After work I met two friends in Chinatown for dinner. I’m really getting the hang of this whole subway thing. So convenient and efficient. Atlanta, you need to catch up. Here’s a picture of the Pi Phis before Paige joined us.

For dinner I ordered Mushroom and Vegetable Soup with Rice noodles. So comforting and delicious, especially since my dad got me hooked on mushrooms.

Now I’m just chilling and playing with some S.W.A.G. that I got today. I can’t believe I get to see my cousins again on Saturday! Three cheers for New York!

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Moving Right Along

So, we stayed in Philly until Saturday when we took the train to New Jersey. Let me just say, I am so lucky to have such a warm, loving family. My dad’s cousin invited us to stay with her family for the night and they also held a big party for the family (one of my cousins turned 1). I always have a great time when I’m with them. Here are some pics:

What a wonderful way to start my summer!

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I’m Here!

Finally, I’m in NYC. We spent two days in Philly, then a day in New Jersey before moving me into my dorm. So much happened, so I’ll post things one city at a time I guess. Here are some pics from Philly:

We tried to get a table at Amada (owned by Iron Chef Jose Garces) on our last night in the city (also my dad’s birthday), but they were completely booked. Luckily, we had a drink at a bar down the street and began chatting with the restaurant owner. After he found out that I’ll be with Food Network, he made a few phone calls and got us a spot at Amada. Let me tell you, it was delicious! My family loves tapas-style dinners, so this was perfect. My photography is not up to speed, but here are most of the dishes we ordered:

Chorizo Pamplona

A waiter brought this to us as a gift: We think it was some sort of salmon dip

Calamari

Gambas con Garbanzos- flatbread with shrimp, chorizo, garbanzo bean puree

Albondigas- lamb meatballs

Tortilla Espanola

Queso de Cabra- Goat cheese baked with tomato sauce and almonds

This was one of my favorite restaurant meals. Sharing everything with the whole table makes it a fun experience and all the ingredients tasted fresh. I’ll post some pics from New Jersey and New York later. Can’t believe my first day at Food Network is tomorrow!

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Crunch Time

I leave Georgia in two days, which means it’s crunch time. I’ve packed some clothes, but need to finish up everything today. Packing my life into a suitcase is quite overwhelming, but I have plenty of experience. Luckily, I’ll be in New York where I can always buy anything that I forget to stuff into the suitcase. For now I’m trying to savor the sound of silence because I most likely won’t be hearing too much of it in the city. Ah, I’m so excited!

Let’s backtrack now so that I can tell you about my two-for-one dinner last night. We had a spaghetti squash and two eggplants that had to be used, so I made a giant batch of tomato sauce in order to make two meals. I served the spaghetti squash that night and made my healthified eggplant parmesan for tonight’s dinner. I love my version of Italian food! Extremely comforting, but much lighter than the traditional dishes which means I can eat more of it! It’s also nice not feeling weighed down for the rest of the night. I’m going to enjoy the good food in New York, but I’ll definitely be eating healthy too. Thankfully, it’s a walking city so I know that I’ll stay active.

This morning I’m going to finish up packing, run errands, then head to a kickboxing class with my mom after she gets off work. I can’t believe this is my second to last day in Georgia until the end of the summer. Weird!

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Birthday Boy

My dad’s birthday is coming up, so we had his special dinner tonight to celebrate! I started the day with a workout at the gym, then lunch with two of my best friends! I should have gotten a picture of the three of us, but instead I took this:

We ate at Cheeky, and I ordered the Mexican Cobb Salad which was delicious. Afterwards I drove to H Mart to pick up three beautiful lobsters for my dad’s dinner. I LOVE this store! They always have so many interesting samples. In fact, I can now say that I’ve eaten pig feet. Yep, that’s right. Pig feet.

    When I arrived home, my mom was in the driving giving Daisy a bath, and I just couldn’t resist a picture. Poor dog.

Lobster!

Then cake! I promised you orange cake, and now I’ll follow through. I used this recipe, but changed a few things. I added a few drops of orange extract and only used 1/2 a cup of buttermilk. I also added 1/4 cup of concentrated orange juice. I didn’t use the icing recipe either. Instead I used  a combination of cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, concentrated orange juice, orange extract, and food coloring. For the filling I used the icing and added a thin layer of apricot jam. The cake had a subtle orange flavor while the icing tasted like a creamsicle. Here are some pics from the rest of the night:

My gift was a big hit! I got my dad a phone attachment for his iPhone since his little headphones always get tangled.

Happy early birthday, Dad!!! 🙂

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Orange Colored

My dad’s birthday is coming up, but I won’t be home to celebrate, so we’re having his birthday dinner tomorrow instead. Today I made his favorite birthday dessert- orange cake! I had a busy day today, so I didn’t have time to make the icing, so I’ll show the final product once it’s all the way done. I’ll also include the recipe (if it tastes good).

In other news, the kick boxing class at Atlanta Fitness is my new favorite. I’ve been so sore all day from it! Love when my muscles feel accomplished. 🙂   Time to hit the pillow!

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Philly Recommendations

Before I arrive in New York, I’m spending two days in the city of brotherly love; Philadelphia! However, no one in my family has ever been there, so we need help. Which places must I visit and what restaurants should I not miss? Keep in mind, I’ll be trying not to spend a lot of money. So far I know that I have to check out the Reading Terminal Market and run up the stairs at the Museum of Art. Oh, and see the Liberty Bell, of course. Help me out, friends!  🙂

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Countdown

Less than two weeks until I’m at Food Network! In the meantime, I’ve been going to the gym a lot (I’m pretty much in love with Atlanta Fitness), cooking a lot, and napping a lot (very odd for me, but I guess that’s what happens when you get up at 6 am everyday). Here are some random moments from the week:

I went on a baking spree the other night and made 4 loaves of herb bread using rosemary, basil, thyme, and oregano from our garden.

My dad challenged my brother to chug half a yard of water. Yes, half a yard.

My mom went to yoga with me on Thursday!

Then we went out to Ceviche. Apparently I’m the only one in the family that likes this restaurant. Anyway, I had the skinny chicken tacos.

Last night I was tired from working  all day at AG (making desserts!), so my parents and I went to Sip for dinner. I got some white wine and we all shared tapas. We sat right at the bar in front of the kitchen.

 Here are a few of our dishes:

Meze Platter
hummus, eggplant caviar and roasted red pepper,artichoke, feta relish, served with pita bread

Grilled Hawaiian Sunfish
with leek & fennel gratin and lemon beurre blanc

Grilled Chicken Kebab
with fresh mint, red onion & greek salad

 We stopped by Scoops on the way home for some ice cream. My mom got a scoop of key lime pie while my dad and I split amaretto. Love amaretto! All in all, it’s been a great weekend.

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Noteworthy

I’ve just been hanging around home the past few days, so there hasn’t been much excitement. Here are the noteworthy points though.

  • Started the 3rd Hunger Games book.

  • Discovered you can’t make brownies without eggs. It does create a really good fudge-like substance though.
  • Watermelon may be one of the best fruits of all time.

  • I haven’t been able to sleep past 7 am, yet I manage to take a long nap every afternoon.
  • I joined Atlanta Fitness for my remaining two weeks at home.
  • Received more details about my internship yesterday. Let’s just say it keeps getting better and better.

 

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Nonstop

The past few days have been nonstop action. Thursday I drove back to Athens, took a final, practiced a group presentation, painted my room, went to the gym, and more. Friday I went running, took care of some apartment details, practiced a group project, bought materials for the project, painted a banner, and more. Saturday finally brought an end to everything because the new media slam was my last school-related task of the semester. It was an all-day affair, but it was loads of fun. My parents even drove into town to partake. Here’s a quick recap:

Some of my parents’ friends hooked us up with a free room at the Foundry for two nights and it was beautiful! My parents ended up waiting until Saturday morning to drive to Athens, so I took the room for myself on Friday night.

I slept so well that I woke up bright and early at 6 am, so I made a quick trip to the fitness center to start my day. I finally got myself ready and made my way to the Journalism building to set up for the slam. My group was one of four chosen to present our project on stage, so we were mostly nervous about that. Everything turned out great, though, and we all enjoyed ourselves. The day also consisted of mock interviews with a bunch of employees from various companies, such as Turner Broadcasting, Porsche, WebMD, Pandora, etc. Talking with people already in the industry resulted in some great advice that I will definitely put to good use. When everything finally ended at 4 we all met at a bar downtown to mingle and enjoy each other’s company.

Luckily, one of the guests is a good family friend, so he and his daughter came out to eat with my parents and I at The Last Resort. The restaurant recently made some changes, but it was still delicious. I ordered the black bean soup, which was very filling and had  a bit of a spicy kick to it. The creme fraiche garnish tasted delicious with it though.

On the way back to our cars we made a pit stop at one of the funky vintage stores downtown. We played a bit of dress up and I found a beautiful Coach purse! We got it for only $35 and it’s made of beautiful chocolate brown leather. Here’s a pic of the newer version of the purse and some more pics of the funky clothing.

The night ended with some salsa music at the hotel’s lounge and the next morning began with a Mama’s Boy breakfast. Wonderful weekend.

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