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City-filled

This past work week was incredibly fun and busy. Most of my team was on vacation, so I held down the fort by taking on some additional responsibilities. One of those tasks included covering some cool client events, which meant I spent a good chunk of my time in the city this week. Surprisingly, our office in the city is amazingly quiet and peaceful so I actually got a lot done. Anyway, here are some pics from the week. 

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My cousin, Chris, got a group together for dinner on Friday at Dos Caminos. The atmosphere was warm yet modern, but the prices were a bit high for my taste. Luckily, the food was pretty tasty though. I even got a free prickly pear shot for checking into Yelp while we waited at the bar. MMMM…. tasty

 

 

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We started with guac for the table, then I ordered the chopped salad for my entree. I always love a good chopped salad. 

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Get a load of these beautiful enchiladas. Mole sauce on one side, verde sauce on the other. 

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Here’s a shot of the group:

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I was supposed to meet up with a friend on Saturday for a picnic in Central Park, but ended up having to cancel last minute. Luckily, it was a beautiful day, so I hung out in the park anyway before heading to the Union Square farmers market. 

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Before heading into the park, though, I made a quick stop by the Wafels & Dinges truck. I saw a post on twitter about national waffle day and learned that I could get a free waffle by bringing any waffle-inspired art to one of their trucks. I made a sketch of a waffle before I left home and enjoyed my wafel with strawberries. I only ate about a third of it on the spot, the rest is wrapped up in the fridge ready to be retoasted. So delicious!ImageI planned to spend Sunday relaxing in Hoboken since my week was pretty all over the place. I started with a quick run, then made my weekly trip to the grocery store. I’m constantly amazed at how little I have to spend on food each week. Whichever man decides to marry me better be thankful for my solid budgeting skills and cooking ability.

After unloading the groceries and cleaning my room I ventured all the way uptown to check out the Heirloom Tomato Festival on 13th and Hudson. It was pretty small and pricey, but at least I grabbed some delicious samples. Then I enjoyed a long walk home along the Hudson. I covered over 10 miles today! Now I’m ready to tackle the week and get to Labor Day weekend! Image

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Unplanned

I went into this weekend somehow not making any concrete plans. I know that it’s normal to relax, stay home, and laze around on Saturdays and Sundays, but I tend to fall victim to FOMO (fear of missing out). Luckily, I ended up being pretty productive and meeting up with my UGA guys for Sunday brunch. 

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Saturday: 

I started the day with my first trip to Bloomingdale’s. My gosh, I now have yet another reason to marry rich. I had a $10 gift card and ended up scoring a really cute denim jacket for only $34 (it was originally $88). Not bad at all. I then made my way from Soho to the Union Square market. I bought a few things, then noticed that Ted Allen’s demonstration was just getting ready to start. The market held a “how to can” event all day that included demonstrations, recipe hand-outs, and giveaways. It was pretty cool and Ted Allen’s talk was full of some great tips. Makes me wish I had my garden up here in Hoboken. Too bad all the veggies are back home in Georgia. 

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I finished my market shopping, then walked all around the city for fun. At one point I ended up in Chelsea Market where it was a free sample fest. I enjoyed delicious pasta, falafel, and more! I was pretty hungry, though, since I didn’t pack anything for a lunch, so I ended up buying a $2.50 taco from the new stand, Los Tacos. I ordered the grilled cactus option because I knew I would regret it if I passed it up. I’m always one for trying “exotic” foods. The taco itself was a good portion, but I wasn’t crazy about the cactus. The texture wasn’t what I wanted inside a taco. Oh well, now I know. 

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Lastly, I walked into Trader Joe’s for some hummus and ended up walking out with a watermelon that I lugged the entire mile home. My back and shoulders were killing me, but it was worth it. I felt so freaking accomplished, haha! 

On Sunday I went for a run then did my usual Shoprite trip. My entire week of groceries (including my farmers market veggies) cost only $20! People who say it’s more expensive to cook at home don’t know what the heck they’re talking about. 

I met up with Mike and Jackson again this week for Sunday brunch- this time at Cafe Habana. I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while, so I happy that Mike suggested it. The guys both ordered cubans while I ordered the Juevos a la Mexicana (egg whites scrambled with tomato, onion, & serrano pepper and served with home fries). Great choice if I do say so myself! 

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We enjoyed a long walk back to the financial district before parting ways. I ended up walking all the way back to the Christopher Street path station since the weather was nice and I didn’t want to deal with any train transfers. All in all, a great weekend. 

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Yankees and a Great View

Time to recap last weekend. I had a friend from Georgia in town on Saturday AND he had tickets to the Yankees game! I woke up early (of course), went running, and made my way to the stadium. It was so nice getting to catch up and enjoy the beautiful weather. Really the perfect day for a game. Too bad the Yankees lost though. 

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After the game we explored a bit, starting in Chinatown. I brought Griffin to my favorite spots, including Lung Moon, then we walked through Little Italy. Afterwards we made the trek to Union Square, then up to Eataly. So glad I got to show off my town a bit! 

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On Sunday I met up with two more Georgia guys at a great little diner, Odessa, in Alphabet Town. We all got omelets (mine was only $5!) and couldn’t get over the incredible prices. Yum. 

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Once again the weather was beautiful, so we walked down to their apartment in the Financial District. I couldn’t get over the incredible view! So jealous!

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Tea Time

I said I had recipes coming and I wasn’t lying. On Sunday I helped one of my bosses throw a tea party for her friend’s baby shower, so I prepped on Friday and Saturday. I started with my favorite biscotti recipe on Friday.

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I quickly discovered that it’s quite difficult baking in a still somewhat unfamiliar kitchen. Yes, I cook all the time, but I don’t bake as much as I used to when I was still in Georgia. Therefore, I didn’t have all the right pans and my apartment’s oven is a bit….old. Luckily, I improvised and everything still turned out pretty tasty. 

     After running around the rainy city on Saturday I settled into the kitchen for another baking marathon. More serious this time, though. I started with not one, but two cream cheese pound cakes. They turned out a bit browned on the outside, but still tasted delicious. Just take a look at the beautiful bowl of batter. 

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And let’s take a moment to admire one of the final products. 

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As the pound cakes baked I whipped up some mock Devonshire cream and put together dough for the scones, which were both new ventures for me. The cream was easy and pretty self-explanatory. The scones actually weren’t as difficult as I thought they would be. For some reason they have a pretty beastly reputation, but Alton’s recipe was pretty straightforward. They were a big hit at the shower too!

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On Sunday my boss picked me up and I spent the morning doing my favorite thing- prepping in the kitchen! I had a list of tea sandwiches to make and loved every minute of putting them together. Here’s the list: 

– bacon, spinach, tomato, creamy Italian dressing

– ham, apple, brie

– smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber

– peanut butter & jelly

– tomato, mozzarella & basil

-apple butter

– chicken salad

We had the following sides as well. The watermelon tomato salad was freaking delicious! I could have eaten the whole bowl easily. 

– watermelon tomato salad (watermelon, tomatoes, feta, basil dressing made with basil, olive oil, sea salt, balsamic vinegar)

– cheese platter

– baked gouda wrapped in pastry dough

– cupcakes (from Carousel– my favorite!)

What a fun day! I’m so lucky to have such an awesome boss who knows how much I love being in the kitchen!

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On another note, I’ve been getting up at 5:30 am lately to run before work since my workday has been nonstop. Here’s part of the motivation to set my alarm for that ungodly hour. Enjoy!

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Kinky Boots

Time to recap last weekend! 

Friday: I stayed in and relaxed. 

Saturday: Went for an early run, then jumped on the Path to the city. I got some veggies at the market, then met up with some family friends in town for the weekend. I met them near 30 Rock, where there happened to be a big street festival. We browsed through some of the vendors before doing some more exploring. I left them just before 6 pm and continued exploring until 7. I was pretty exhausted from walking /running all day. 

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Sunday: Early run and trip to the grocery store. Then I went back into the city to meet up with the same group from Saturday. They bought tickets to Kinky Boots and invited me to come along! They’re so incredibly nice- and they’re practically family to me. I honestly had no idea what to expect, but the play blew me away. I fell in love with the actors and the plot left me feeling so upbeat and happy. Go get tickets! Now!

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After the play we went to dinner at Il Gattopardo. I actually did not set my expectations high since it was somewhat close to the theatre district, but it was one of the best meals I’ve had in the city. The atmosphere is definitely upscale and the space is quite cozy. Our table was just next to the sunroom. To start they brought us a delicious bread basket and complimentary arancini (rice balls). Everyone ordered an appetizer except me, so I’ll skip ahead to my entree. I ordered the fish and shellfish stew, which consisted of fish (not sure what type), scallops, clams, mussels, and shrimp in a light tomato broth. This meal was right up my alley! 

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Work was pretty crazy this past week, which I love! I definitely thrive in fast-paced environments, especially when I’m planning fun events! My new role is pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself. I’m quite lucky. 🙂

This weekend I’m baking like a crazy person for a tea party tomorrow, so expect some recipes later. 

On another note, I found out that my campaign group from last semester won the national advertising competition that we entered! $500 in my pocket! Yeah, baby!

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