Monday, March 24, 2014

monday meals.

well i haven't done a monday meal post in a while... mainly because i haven't been cooking since i've been busy with work and traveling. with that said, last night i decided to spend some time in my new kitchen and see what i could come up with. i had some boneless spare ribs in the freezer and i figured i'd give them a try since i have never cooked ribs before. after chatting with my mom for some ideas i decided to make barbecue ribs. i found some recipes online but ended up modifying a few of them so i could use ingredients i already had in my apartment.

1 1/2 to 2 pounds of boneless ribs
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3 teaspoons cajun seasoning
1/2 cup barbecue sauce

wash ribs and pat dry. combine garlic powder, onion powder, and cajun seasoning. rub seasoning mixture over ribs. line a shallow baking pan with foil. arrange ribs on the foil. cover with another piece of foil and bake at 325 degrees for one hour and fifteen minutes, or until very tender. remove the top piece of foil and brush with barbecue sauce; bake uncovered for about fifteen minutes longer. serves four.

i couldn't get over how easy this recipe was and how tender and delicious the ribs came out. they actually tasted like they were from a restaurant! and since the recipe serves four you know what i'll be eating for the next few nights! ;)

Friday, March 14, 2014

weekend getaway // savannah, ga // part ii

hey there! am’s friend and recent travel buddy erica here to bring you part two of our savannah trip. on friday i was a part of the group who went to the spa, however, after our relaxing time at the spa, we did a little exploring of our own and stumbled across gryphon tea room. i can’t turn down the possibility of a good tea room so we went in to grab a snack. it turns out that gryphon is part of scad (savannah college of art and design) and employs mostly students. with it’s stained glass panels, mahogany carved bookcases, a chandelier to die for, and a locally sourced organic menu it was definitely a lucky find. ps sorry for the iphone photos, they really don’t do it justice. didn’t want to bring the dslr to the spa.
after our delicious catered bbq dinner on friday night we headed out to a “country” barcomplete with a live country music band and a mechanical bull. it was definitely something different and so fun. after spending some time there we headed to a dueling piano bar around the corner. the two pianists on stage were so talented and did some great renditions of the songs requested. the night would not have been complete if we didn’t pool our money and make a request of our own to have erin pulled up on stage so the crowd could sing her happy birthday.
on saturday we had a private trolley tour of the city. we got to see how beautiful savannah is without all of the walking which was really nice especially since it was a little drizzly that day. erin being erin made sure there was a catered lunch on board in case we got hungry which was the perfect touch. after the tour we all set out to discover savannah on foot. and by discover i mean pop in and out of shops with drinks in tow. the historic district’s open container policy makes shopping fun and also a little dangerous for the old credit card. i was the happiest girl when i got to walk up to a restaurant and order the most delicious georgia peach sangria right on the sidewalk and take it to-go. across the street from the restaurant where we bought our delicious drinks, was a huge candy store we could not pass up. i was in heaven.
saturday night was the perfect way to end the weekend. after a small yet cheesy photo shoot (see below!) that am and i had to document our outfits, we headed out to a private dinner at form, an awesome wine store with the best cheesecake i’ve ever had.
 the owner of the shop was so accommodating by creating a custom menu with wine pairings for all 18 of us. he even had wine waiting when we arrived so we could sip and chat while we waited for our first course. side note: he is in the process of opening a full service restaurant as well, so if you are in savannah or planning a visit i highly recommend checking it out. 
we ended our night at with a walking ghost tour of the historic district. i’ve been on a ghost tour of philly before, but this one was way spookier. i can see why savannah holds the title of most haunted city in the country, they’ve earned it. for all of its nighttime creepiness savannah is an adorable city that i hope i get to visit again soon. 
thanks for reading my guest post! be sure to check out erin’s and my blog coming in may dinner and debauchery.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

weekend getaway // savannah, ga // part i

so these weekend getaway posts are a bit late... but they are worth blogging about so here they are - better late than never! 

traveling is something that i never seem to get tired of. i'm glad for that because 2014 is looking like a year of big travel! from kicking off the new year in nashville to a (now not so recent!) trip to savannah, georgia and a very exciting trip to paris i couldn't be happier that this is how i'm spending my time of late.

my trip to savannah was to celebrate a dear friends, erins, 30th birthday. i have to give erin a lot of credit because she planned quite the weekend for about twenty of her closest friends. from having wine and cheese waiting at the house upon our arrival, to a private dinner at a wine shop, and a fun bbq at the house it seems she thought of everything! in addition to that, she generously paid for everyones accommodations. 

when we arrived on thursday night we felt like we were on the real world as we ran through the house.. which was huge! i'm not sure if the pictures do it any justice but the decor and furnishings were really rustic and unique. it felt like one of those hgtv dream homes! 
the next morning we kicked the day off with brunch at clary's cafe.  i decided on the eggs benedict and they were amazing! i also ordered the grits (since i seem to love them these days) but they were a bit disappointing to be honest. luckily the trip was filled with more opportunities to try my new favorite dish! 
following breakfast most of the girls went to the spa but my friend liz and i decided to explore the town. i really enjoyed how walkable the city was and how quaint each street and square felt. once we felt like we had explored enough (although i'm not sure if that's ever possible in a new place) we decided to go on a run which is another great way to see the sites!
that evening, erin organized a great southern bbq feast from wiley's that was delivered right to our house! this meal will go down as the best brisket i have ever had. after dinner we went out on the town to check out the savannah night life!
more on savannah to come! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

a really great weekend.

do you ever have weekends that are just really great from start to finish? this past weekend was one of those for me! from trying a new restaurant to going to some old favorites, seeing a musical, attending an oscars party, and spending time with some close friends and family i felt really lucky to be living this life of mine. and to top it all off today is a snow day! 

in trying to be present to the moment i only have one picture from the weekend. above is liz and i at del campo! i'm going to have to devote an entire post to that place because it quickly became my new favorite dc restaurant after eating there on saturday!