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//it was the freakin’-weekend

2 May

“…and i had me some fun.” -r.kelly

sidenote: [2 weeks?! that’s how long it’s been. as my friends recognized my absence (2 of them) i didn’t realize until this moment how long it had really been. but my term is over, i have a couple weeks ’til summer session starts, and hopefully i’ll be back on the wagon- as they say.]

back to the post…

looking back, i had the best weekend i’ve had in a long time. friday, kyle & i finished registering… sort of. we had a delish bite to eat at kenny & zukes. and ended with a wonderful night of friends to celebrate our dear friend kev leaving for norway. because we can’t stand it any longer, kyle and i were planning to move up the wedding, but now we can’t since we must wait for kevin’s return ūüėČ

photos BevAndSteve & babypicturethis

saturday most of my dreams came true. i don’t mean most as in quantity of dreams, but most like percentage of my dreaming bank. ballet takes up 85 percent of that lot and i finally started ballet. i have always appreciated (which means getting emotional, on the verge of tears/or letting them fly, while i watch) the art of ballet. not only is it beautifully graceful-i realize that sounds redundant-but it is also incredibly difficult, taking a lifetime to perfect, and the amount of discipline and energy that goes into a relev√©, let alone¬†the final product, is overwhelming whenever i get to watch a performance. so there i was, in my 3rd ballet experience wide-eyed and full of hope. everyone in the class was incredibly nice. my teacher had to correct me about every ten minutes (hands, high neck, pointed toes, hips forward, elbows up, thumbs down, shoulders back, taller, taller, taller) it was the hardest thing i’ve ever done, but loved every second of it.

photos flickr & pinterest

followed by the beginning process of invitation making!!! one of my favorite people in the world, rachel k. silva, designed an amazing invitation that will be screen printed almost 200 times. after boycotting walmart for the past 23 years raquel said we needed to go there to get some supplies. i will spare you the details of our trip and just say this: you know you’re at walmart when… you ask for help, they don’t know and walk away; get a top shelf bottle of wine for $8.47; get scorned and ridiculed for not wanting a bag at checkout. after almost flooding the basement, building a workshop, vulnerably singing with rach and alyssa, and all the work was done we could do we went to celebrate the birthday of my wonderful trainer: emily johnson. at floyd’s coffee shop in old town, super cute; great food by chef from andina’s, super delicious.

and dum, da, daa, duuumm: sunday. church-check. holy spirit-check. sunshine-check. groceries-check. picnic basket-check. blankets-check. pinhole camera-check. 35mm film camera-check. laurelhurst park-check. future husband-check. great friends-check. wonderful time-CHECK.

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//which was a wednesday by the way

2 Apr

so i am, in fact, continuing with project phone photography. there has just been too much to do here. but we got to new york, way back (which was a wednesday by the way) and had a relaxing afternoon with some middle eastern food before a nap. a great night out with some of the best brussel sprouts i’ve ever had, and a lightly pickled golden egg-weird i know, but delicious! the night was nice and we knew rain was coming the next day, so we went to times square, since this is rach’s first time in ny we had to check it out of course.

//farewell nashville

31 Mar

tuesday was our last day in nashville. yeah, i’m a little behind. had breakfast with a heart attack. they happened to be filming, the best thing i ever ate.

one of my favorite parts to nashville is seeing the beautiful homes. and just so you know, these were on the lower end of their nice homes, they were just the ones close enough for me to catch driving by on our scenic trip with my cell phone.

stopped by jack white’s studio

we were treated to a homemade rhubarb beverage. then went to the most southern type restaurant i can think of. you sit down family style and there’s no menu, they just bring you food. delicious food. best fried chicken and corn bread pudding. and this was where tony bennett happened to be celebrating his birthday. we were at tony bennett’s birthday party! followed by a trendy-schmendy place with delicious drinks and amazing ice cubes. (their dress code? “preserve the sexy”)

//food for thought

16 Mar

getting married is awesome. for many sappy reason. but also for lots of really fun reasons. one of them, food. last night, kyle & i got to meet with our amazing caterer. we met her when we went to look at our venue. she just happened to be there, and happens to go to the same church as us. she has been so helpful; having never planned a wedding before her ideas, questions and suggestions have given us a vision for what we want. we met her for drinks to talk about food. before we knew it 2 hours passed. the more and more we plan the more excited i get for our big day. but for now, i am stuck thinking about delicious foods. tomatoes, zucchini, lamb shanks, cheese, salmon, focaccia, peaches. yum.

all photos from kiss my spatula

ps: if you’ve never visited kiss my spatula, it is a beautiful food blog, really wonderful recipes and visually capturing pictures. recipes with pictures are always more enticing.

//mardi gras

8 Mar

happy mardi gras! last year, around this time, i went to new orleans. and it must have infiltrated my mind… for the past month, i have this nostalgic feeling that makes me feel like i need to go back. in all fairness to my weak mind, it was one of the best trips i’ve ever been on. i am missing new orleans… siiigh.

side note: we were not there over the holiday, in fact we intentionally avoided bourbon street while we were there. but accidentally we stumbled onto it and those 8 minutes turned out to be the most interesting people-watching minutes i may have ever had. and it was on a weekday afternoon… i cannot begin to imagine the chaos during an actual celebration.

we did spend a lot of time in the french quarter. there were tons of musicians and artists and performers. there were, what seemed like hundreds, of people standing frozen in character (like these next two):

tons of beautiful masks, it’s hard to believe that all the shops stay in business selling the same thing. but in our short time we must have seen at least 15 shops or vendors within 10 block radius. mask shops must be like the coffee shops of new orleans.

i had my first beignet from the famous café du monde, and it was love at first taste.

but our most favorite place was outside all the hustle and bustle. maya’s. it may actually be my favorite restaurant in all the world.

i really love basically everything about this city. it had a lot of charm, some of the buildings were to die for.

everything we ate was phenomenal. if you’re looking for some shrimp po boys, i’ve never had better bread, then at pascal’s.

my pictures from march 2010

if i were there right now, i’d probably be wearing something like this:

dresses from modcloth

//milkbar

4 Mar

There is this website I want to introduce you to (and it’s about time when you catch yourself revisiting the same site for almost a year). I want you two to meet so you may purchase some of the wonderful treats and tell me how it is… maybe even share! David Chang is the chef and owner of the Momofuku restaurants,¬†he was named one of time‚Äôs 100, gq man of the year and called one of ‚Äėthe most influential people of the 21st century‚Äô by esquire and he has taken home three james beard foundation awards. Also, cookie and pie ARTIST:

compost cookie ¬ģ: pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, chocolate chips,¬†butter, unbleached wheat flour, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, graham crumbs, pretzels, potato chips, glucose syrup, eggs, whole oats, cream, milk powder, coffee grounds, salt, leavening, vanilla

blueberries & cream cookie: dried blueberries, milk crumbs, unbleached wheat flour, butter, brown sugar, sugar, dried blueberries, glucose syrup, eggs, milk powder, white chocolate, cornstarch, salt, leavening

cornflake cookie: cornflakes, marshmallows, chocolate chips, butter, unbleached wheat flour, cornflakes, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, eggs, milk powder, salt, leavening, vanilla

chocolate-chocolate cookie: chocolate crumbs, sugar, butter, unbleached wheat flour, cocoa powder, glucose syrup, chocolate, eggs, salt, leavening, vanilla

peanut butter cookie: peanut butter, peanut brittle, sugar, unbleached wheat flour, peanut butter, butter, glucose syrup, eggs, salt, leavening, vanilla

corn cookie: corn powder, corn flour, sugar, butter, unbleached wheat flour, corn powder, corn flour, eggs, salt, leavening

crack pie ¬ģ: toasted oat crust, gooey butter filling,¬†sugar, brown sugar, cream, egg yolks, whole oats, unbleached wheat flour, eggs, milk powder, salt, vanilla, leavening, corn flour

candy bar pie: chocolate crust, caramel, peanut butter nougat, pretzels, sugar, cream, butter, peanut butter, unbleached wheat flour, chocolate, white chocolate, cocoa powder, peanuts, pretzels, glucose syrup, grapeseed oil, eggs, salt, vanilla, cornstarch, gelatin

grasshopper pie: graham crust, mint cheesecake, brownie filling, sugar, chocolate, white chocolate, cream cheese, cream, eggs, butter, unbleached wheat flour, cocoa powder, mini marshmallows, grapeseed oil, salt, mint extract

cinnamon bun pie: cheesecake filling, brown butter, unbleached wheat flour, butter, sugar, cream cheese, brown sugar, oats, whole eggs, milk, shortening, cinnamon, cornstarch, milk powder, dry active yeast, leavening, vanilla

all pictures and ingredients from momofuku milkbar

//va-dream-cation

22 Feb

One of my all time favorite stores, as is anyone’s who has stumbled upon it, is terrain. My excitement went through the roof today when I found this wonderful treasure¬†in Pennsylvania, which is a Garden Center, Greenhouse Caf√©, and offers Landscaping Services.

It’s like the anthropologie of ikeas, with what looks like an impeccable menu. Unfortunately for me, as I am reading the menu, I am SO hungry… I would probably order the ¬†Housemade “Nutella” French toast or¬†Branzino, white bean ragout, pancetta, cabbage, mint pesto. And definitely the artisanal cheese:¬†Rogue Creamery Smokey Bleu, Shellbark Hollow Sharp Chevre, Cypress Grove HumboldtFog, Doe Run 7 Sisters, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, house-made preserves, honeycomb,¬†crostinis. I can almost see my trainer’s smile now with the satisfaction that I’m nowhere near PA.

Instead, I will look at the outdoor spaces fondly and think of warmer seasons.

all images from terrain at Styers

from the café gallery

//happy valentine’s day

14 Feb

So I was thinking about it, and even though I give Valentine’s day a lot of flack now days, I remember a time when I loved it. Elementary school. It was one of my favorite times of year, purely because I got to decorate my very own shoe box or paper bag. With that in mind, this year I wanted a simple way to tell those close to me I care. This is my twist on the box of chocolates or suckers for the modern Valentine.

This is a really cheap idea with most supplies being things you have lying around the house. I got the boxes at a craft store for 75¬Ę and the valentine style ribbon at the same store for $1. I used a gold paint pen to decorate the boxes with uncomplicated patterns. I would have maybe tried something more sophisticated but I was afraid the pen would die after I’ve used it all week on another project and getting carried away doodling because they’re so fun! I used tissue paper I had from home and cut wax paper into squares to line the boxes.

On the tops of the boxes, as well as the insides, I wrote some short & sweet messages personalized for each recipient. I used stamps and micron pens (which are amazing! unfortunately they can run between $15 and $20 at the store but I bought 2 packs, a black and a color on amazon for $8 or less)

Next, I went to my friendly neighborhood store to buy a variety of fillings in bulk. Everyone I had wanted to shop for has such different tastes. On the left, I got some peanut clusters and peanut butter malt balls and on the right, some dried sweetened cranberries and walnuts. Each box had something different (I spent around $20 for 5 boxes worth of fillings-with some left overs of course). It would be great to also use savory snacks. Now, you know when you go to a market/co-op type store and buy flowers, they wrap them for you in a sheet of brown paper and tissue? Well I always save those things, and for the “more perishable” foods, I used that tissue because it’s different in texture, waxier, I didn’t know how the regular tissue paper would hold up with foods like strawberries.¬†

and Violà! a small gift, for really any occasion or thank you.