Wednesday, August 29, 2012

mraz.




this past sunday my sister, lori, and our friend, jackie, set off on what turned out to be quite the adventure. after a wonderful weekend at the shore to celebrate my mothers birthday (more on that at a later date) we headed to camden, nj for the jason mraz concert.












after our original plan was a failure we ended up at the phily diner. this place was hopping for a sunday night and was actually quite entertaining (balloon maker and all). nothing like a great diner.



                                                                                                     
                                                                             










                  
quite possibly the best pickle and slaw of my life!

















we almost didn't make it to the concert due to reasons far too depressing for this blog.... however we did make it, the rain held off, and we had a lovely evening with mr mraz!







our sister friend jackie and my sister lori.

Monday, August 27, 2012

monday meals.

despite the fact that one of my favorite things is trying new restaurants this isn't the most practical thing when you're a young twenty something living in a city. cooking, the alternative, can often be hard to do for one person. since living solo i have discovered some easy meals for one. what i like most about them is they can easily be altered to use what i have on hand in my house.

first up....
stuffed chicken with spinach, roasted red pepers and goat cheese w. potatoes and string beans.


this is one of my go-to meals... and it couldn't be easier! simply take a chicken breast (bone out) and stuff it with anything from goat cheese and roasted red peppers to feta and sun dried tomatoes. next place it in a pan with a bit of olive oil and some spices and put it in the over on three-fifty for a little under an hour (or until the chicken is cooked through). while the chicken is cooking cut a potato into cubes and sprinkle them olive oil and seasonings of your choice. they can go right into the oven along side the chicken. finally i took enough french cut green beans (frozen) out and boiled them until done. 

this meal takes about an hour and is amazing. if you feel like making extra you can have the leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day!  

Friday, August 24, 2012

dinner party.

happy friday! last night i had the pleasure of joining a few of our friends for a dinner party (i love weeknight get togethers)!  our friend erinn made an amazing dinner consisting of sweet potato encrusted tilapia, goat cheese mac & cheese, salad (with homemade cilantro dressing), and warm peach pie for dessert... she is clearly quite the cook. i brought over this dip that i found on pinterest and our other friend made this sweet treat for dessert... yumm! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

birthdays.

almost everyone in my family has a summer birthday (except my little sis and i). it is always fun to celebrate with an elaborate dinner at a fancy restaurant. for my fathers birthday a few months ago we pulled a fast one on him and surprised him here in DC! we went to boqueria (another restaurant on my little list) right near dupont circle and it was fantastic!

....  oh and the best part is they have two locations in NYC!

s, my dad & my mom

(almost) the whole fam

surprise!

Monday, August 20, 2012

weekend getaway // dewey beach, delaware

since moving to dc i have heard so much about dewey beach. my friends birthday weekend was the perfect excuse to put the shores of nj on hold to head to dewey. i can happily report (with the help of my seasoned friends) that i feel like i saw it all! my weekend was complete with ruby red crushes, jam session, a little beach time, and maryland crabs!

happy birthday b!



maryland crabs


the end

Friday, August 17, 2012

good stuff eatery.

last night i convinced my friend to travel over to capitol hill to try a burger joint that has been on my 'list' for quite some time... good stuff eatery. it was delish! our meal was complete with burgers, thyme/rosemary/sea salt fries, and the most amazing onion petals i have ever had! the best part was they had tonsss of unique dipping sauces...we tried the chipotle mayo and old bay mayo...yummm! can't wait to go back for round 2.

farmhouse cheese & good stuff melt burger
capitol hill.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

engagement party.

a few weeks ago i headed to connecticut for my cousins engagement party. this is such an exciting time as this is the first big wedding in the family. the party was at an amazing italian restaurant Patrizia's in downtown stamford. there was plenty of food, family, and love to go around!



eggplant parmigiana. yummm
happily engaged.
my mom and me. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

summer days.

as soon as the summer months hit I tend to find myself driving the 3.5 hours to my family shore house in Sea Isle, NJ almost every weekend.  this past weekend I had about 9 friends from DC join me at the beach and we had an awesome time. our weekend consisted of puzzling, food, more food, beach time, and board games... did I mention we had a lot of food?! here are a few highlights from the weekend (despite a little rain - see photo below!)


boys playing bocce ball.

paddle ball on the beach.

kabobs.

flooding.