Thursday, April 24, 2014

Old San Juan: Day 1

We made it to Old San Juan! I've got a sweat-stache, but the weather is gorgeous. And the town is beautiful!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring (Really?!) in New York


Of course, one of the first places to get mobbed in the city when it warms up is Central Park!




Pic by Courtney

I got so excited about seeing the cherry blossoms in DC that I forgot how beautiful the trees in NY can be.


Pic by Courtney

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Cooking with Blue Apron

I was super excited when our friend sent us a trial of Blue Apron. Getting food sent to us and avoiding the hell that is grocery shopping in New York City (tiny aisles, tons of aggressive customers) is awesome in itself. But also getting the right amount of ingredients without any waste and easy-to-follow recipes.... I couldn't wait to get started!


The basic Blue Apron plan is $59.99 a week covering three meals for 2 people.  You can choose between vegetarian, pescetarian, and meat/fish meals. There are also options to feed more people, at $9.99 per person, per meal.
Our 3 meals came in a huge box with colorfully illustrated recipes.




The insulated liner holding all of the ingredients was monstrous. It's also biodegradable!



 All of the ingredients are included, down to the little bottles of vinegar and soy sauce.  And very neatly packaged!  According to the Blue Apron website, most of this can be recycled!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Levain Bakery

Beat the huge line at Levain Bakery this morning. Bringing FAT delicious cookie fun to a birthday brunch and pasta dinner. This bakery don't play when it comes to size.


I love the Chocolate Chip Walnut and Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Return of the Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon!


Sent out some digitals and needed natural makeup. Love my Clinique Chubby Stick in mega melon!




Swatch


Here is a review video from a previous post when I compared Clinique Chubby Sticks and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cali Love


Flew into Los Angeles as the starting point for our road trip to Napa.

While in LA, my friend Thuy and I squeezed in a hike at Runyon Canyon Park.


This picture I took looked like it came out of some encyclopedia entry about the prehistoric era. Couldn't you see a dinosaur popping out of here? (ignoring the skyline)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cooking Korean Japchae (Stir-Fried Noodles with Beef and Veggies)


I used this fantastic, easy-to-follow video (with the cutest Korean lady) to make my Japchae.



The video and recipe can be found here.

I actually omitted the white onions since it gives my husband gas. (haha)  I then added 3 jalapenos (we like things SPICY) and about 7 Korean long green peppers (but I suggest only 2-3).  I stir-fried the peppers like all the other vegetables.  I found that the amounts of sesame oil and soy sauce suggested resulted in Japchae that was too bland for me. So I added a LOT more.  You should definitely add to your taste.

Prep Work


My husband had four helpings of the dish. I call that a success!  (Although now he's knocked out on the living room floor from what I imagine is the starch. Or maybe just plain food coma?  He did go H.A.M. on that Japchae!)
This circumference of this bowl is probably comparable to that of a hubcap.  That's a lot of food.