Posts made in November, 2011

30+

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011 in Cooking / Baking | 0 comments

30

Well it finally happened. I’m 30. As for my 20′s: it was a good run, rest in peace.

I have some pictures up on my gallery from the flavor berry/birthday party, but I failed to get photos of our candle blowing, or of the Fat Kids! If anyone has them, I’d love it if you sent them my way. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate.

Part of my resolve going into my 30′s is to treat my body nicer and develop some more sustainable food practices. Over the last year I’ve spent a good deal of time in the kitchen or on the paleo/wellness/nutrition blogosphere and have learned a lot. Some of it will surely make it’s way into this blog.

OBTW: Happy Thanksgiving!

We spent the entire morning in the kitchen today, preparing for our usual two thanksgivings. Here’s what we made:

Powderhorn Potatoes
A staple dish in our household, something my mother has made for years. If you consider the starches (such as from potatoes) as vessels for flavorful fats, this dish is for you. Butter, sour cream, and cheese, along with some garlic and green chilis transform this bland root vegetable (actually potatoes are technically nightshades) into a side bursting with flavor.


Jalapeno Poppers
Prosciutto and Monterey Jack cheese on top of halved jalapenos for Thanksgiving? Yep. Another delicious dish from my mother’s side of the family.


Grain-free Pumpkin Pie
Found this recipe on Mark’s Daily Apple. No flour or refined sugar needed as one can substitute them for arrowroot powder and maple syrup. The crust is walnut based and the pumpkin filling has a potent mix of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom…). I hope it’s as good as it smells.

 

 

 

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Small Business Saturday

Posted by on Nov 22, 2011 in Hippie Stuff | 0 comments

Small Business Saturday is this weekend. Support your local small businesses!

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Perfect Saturday Morning

Posted by on Nov 19, 2011 in Family | 1 comment

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NYC!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Travel | 0 comments

We had a blast in New York City this weekend!

We stayed at the W Hotel in Union Square, which made it super easy to get anywhere in Manhattan. Our room even had a nice view of Union Square:

Our first stop after arriving on Friday Night was the Blue Scholars show at the Bowery Ballroom. What better way is there to be welcomed into NYC than a song featuring all of the Seattle neighborhoods? They invited anyone from Seattle to come on stage for this song, hence the random people flailing around. We stayed in the audience, of course.

The show was amazing and such an awesome, high-energy way to start our trip. We love the Blue Scholars! If you haven’t yet listened to Cinemetropolis, do it now!

On Saturday we slept in, had breakfast in bed, then checked out Ground Zero and Occupy Wall Street at Zucotti Park. Little did we know that OWS would be forced out of the park just a few days later.

Next we caught the subway up to the original Shake Shack burger joint and waited in line for way too long. The burgers were really great, but not one-hour-in-line great.

On Saturday night we met up with Dan and Michelle and had a fantastic dinner at David Chang’s restaurant Momofuku. The pork sliders and spicy ramen (cold noodles, spicy sausage, spinach, candied cashews and no broth) were divine. We were too busy stuffing our faces to take any photos.

On Sunday we woke up late, breakfasted in bed again, then set out to check out the Chelsea Market as well the High Line which is a public park built on an old railroad line high above the streets of Manhattan. It was a bit crowded on a Sunday afternoon, but the setting was beautiful. I loved getting a closer look at the apartment buildings and seeing the big sky scrapers in the distance.

We made our way to Central Park and had lunch at Sarabeth’s across the street from the park. Then we did a quick power walk through Central Park.

But we couldn’t stay long because it was time to head up to the top of Rockefeller Plaza for amazing views at sunset.

We ended the day with a fancy dinner at Beauty and Essex, which has a fake pawn shop store front.

Upon entering the “pawn shop”, you tell the girl behind the display case that you have a reservation, a man in a black suit opens a door in the back of the shop, and you’re whisked into a dark and cozy 1920s tapas restaurant. This is the only photo I took inside, since I was feeling intimidated and a little silly taking photos.

I’m glad I chowed down on our leftover Momofuku before we went to Beauty and Essex because the dishes were crazy small and crazy expensive, but it was so worth every penny – some of the best food we’ve had in a long time. We had tuna sashimi, figs with goat cheese, steak tartare, cheese bacon and tomato soup dumplings, short rib tamales, and lobster tacos, with pumpkin pie cheesecake for dessert.

On Monday we checked out of the hotel and headed to Eataly for one last NYC meal. We had oysters, sturgeon with a slice of fried egg on top, and an entire flounder.

It wasn’t until we got our bill that we realized that damn flounder was $50. And on that note, it was definitely time to say goodbye to NYC!

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