Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

5 things

The 5 best things I've eaten in the past few weeks...

1. Rock It Buffalo Calamari Cobb Salad

Last week, when Maddie first came to town from LA (we're praying she gets a job and never leaves), Marni, Jill and I headed down to Rock It. None of us had been but I had heard great things. There were so many options from the raisin bread grilled cheese with apples and brie and seafood burger made with lobster meat, buffalo chicken mac & cheese and so much more. We had the hardest time deciding. However, when push came to shove, I went with the Buffalo Calamari Cobb. This salad had fried calamari in a delicious buffalo sauce, tomato, hard boiled eggs, bacon, blue cheese and more all in a delicious buttermilk-type dressing. 

2. Table fifty-two's Chicago Gourmet Burger: The Big Southern Burger

This past weekend was Chicago Gourmet, bon appetit's food festival in Millenium Park. A lot of my restaurants were participating so I was very excited when I got the chance to go to the Hamburger Hop with Table fifty-two. It was a great night. I even got to meet Adam Rapaport, Editor in Chief of Bon Appetit Magazine. Yes, I told him that his job is my dream job and we discussed my favorite article he's run so far, on the Memorial Union Terrace. When I decide to relocate to the East Coast, he'll be the first person I'm calling.

Anyway, on to the food. The Hamburger Hop is an annual event at Chicago Gourmet where 17 chef's from some of Chicago's greatest restaurant come to compete for the title of Chicago's Best Burger. I was live tweeting the event for Table fifty-two where Chef Rey was throwing down with one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. Scratch that, the best burger.

It was the Big Southern Burger: a short rib-brisket combination burger with chicken fried cheddar (yes cheddar fried in the style of chicken), southern chow-chow, caramelized onions and aioli all on a potato bun. While Rey didn't win, which many believe was a mistake, he certainly one by my standards!

3. Steve's Deli Mish Mash Soup

The other night, I was craving a home-made meal. I jokingly asked Barb to cook me something. Not only is she a little far away, she's also not the most frequent cook. She was out to dinner herself....and again lives no where near me. I settled for Steve's Deli, one of Chicago's jewish style delis. I figured it would taste about as homemade as I could get. After perusing the menu on, which did take forever as the menu's so huge and delicious, I decided on Mish Mash Soup (a combination of Chicken Noodle, Chicken & Rice, Matzoh Ball and Kreplach Soup) and a Potato Knish PLUS cabbage soup for lunch the next day. The broth was great, the chicken tasted like Grampy had roasted it himself and everything else was up to my Jewish food loving-my grampa was a jewish caterer standards.


4. Goddess & Grocer Buffalo Chicken Wrap

The Goddess & Grocer is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I'm trying to think of how to describe it. It's a combination of a deli, sandwich shop, cute-sy, panera/corner bakery, barefoot contessa, sur la table restaurant on E Delaware. I could almost order anything off the menu: sandwich, salads, soups and more! Plus they carry stonewall kitchen products! Anyway, Ive been testing out Buffalo Chicken Wraps, since Marni got me hooked on the union's. This one's pretty good.

5. Maddie and my salmon, kale salad & caprese salad

Sunday, Maddie & I ventured out to the Urban Outfitters Surplus Store to go shopping then headed over to Whole Foods to pick up ingredients to make a delicious meal. We picked up 2 salmon filets, kale, basil and heirloom tomatoes. Once home, we, Maddie, seasoned the salmon, with lemon juice, lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper and a little bit of lemonaise. She also made her delicious Kale salad with tamari, olive oil, craisins and feta. Then, I made a caprese salad with some mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil.


Friday, September 23, 2011

101 Reasons I LOVE:

FALL, my favorite season

1. PUMPKIN season (& in anything see: this & this
2. the crispness in the air
3. wearing boots
4. back shopping
5. a hot drink on a cool morning
6. apple season
7. buying new "school" supplies
8. people saying "i wouldn't mind if it never got colder"
9. the smell of fireplaces
10. college football season
11. halloween
12. new england's best season
13. fall veggies: squash!
14. light coats
15. trick or treaters
16. getting to wear scarves
17. fall fashion, in general
18. folliage
19. the return of pumpkin spiced lattes at starbuck's
20. baking season
21. going apple picking
22. j.crew's fall collection, easily their best
23. the patriots season begins
24. my mom's easy apple pie
25. being able to wear jeans again
26. tv shows return
27. starbuck's apple cider
28. cardigan season
29. everywhere smelling a little bit like cinnamon
30. thanksgiving
31. candy corn
32. dewy mornings
33. apple cider
34. wearing warm socks
35. my parents potential visit in october
36. extra blankets
37. the colors
38. frost on the windows
39. oktober fest
40. the sound of leaves crackling as you step on them
41. the smell of fruit crisps baking
42. cozy sweaters
43. the return of soup season
44. leaves falling
45. anticipation in the air
46. chilling mornings under the covers
47. staying in and relaxing on the couch
48. perfect temperatures
49. slippers
50. wearing darker colors
51. caramel covered apples
52. jumping in the leaves
53. hot chocolate
54. putting fluff in hot chocolate
55. making soup
56. welcome week
57. lighting a fireplace
58. flannel & fleece
59. the first snow
60. not getting sweaty everytime I go somewhere
61. roasting pumpkin seeds
62. wearing tights
63. long hot showers
64. vests
65. snuggling
66. roasted vegetables
67. being comfortable outside
68. cozy socks
69. cool breezes
70. wanting to cool something warm
71. carving pumpkins
72. daylights savings fall back
73. the idea of a corn maze, I don't think I'd like it in reality
74. back to school like excitement
75.wet grass in the morning
76. leaves as pretty as flowers
77. being able to drink a warm beverage outside
78. vests
79. the feeling of the sun on a cool day
80. pumpkin picking
81. pumpkin pie
82. less traffic
83. haunted houses
84. maple syrup everywhere
85. badger football
86. hay rides
87. high school football
88. the ease of picking out an outfit in the morning
89. being comfy in jeans and a sweater
90. the end, and most exciting part, of baseball season
91. getting together with friends and family for the fall holidays
92. making ants on a log
93. pumpkin bread
94. less construction
95. saturday morning football
96. my honey garlic chicken with apples recipe
97. chilly mornings
98. comfy sweaters
99. when the red sox are in the world series
100. making cookies
101. the smell in the air

Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Favorite Cover Shoot

-Glamour Magazine, January or December 2010, I believe, don't quote me on that, sometime before I went abroad.

And if someone can tell me what Timex Watch Model is in the second picture, I am forever indebted to you and then adding it as the 6th thing I can't afford in Monday's post.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Who doesn't love a munchkin?

[Sorry D, had to cut out your HAIL--this blog does not support the Michigan Wolverines, GO BADGERS]

I don't think I would have believed anyone if they told me that I would one day be blogging about a food that is less than the size of a tennis ball, probably 1 inch in diameter. But it's that's good. The Pumpkin Munchkin.
You'll soon, if you have not already (see: here), learn for my love of pumpkin and all things pumpkin. It's one the reasons I love the fall so much. Every where they have pumpkin flavored things: bagels, cream cheese (there may be an entire post on Einstein's pumpkin cream cheese, tastes like frosting but better), scones, muffins, ice cream, yogurt, doughnuts and more! And yes, my friends at Dunkin' Donuts, much love to them, have created a pumpkin munchkin. I was lucky enough to try 'em when I was home in the land that runs on DD, and yes it does all taste better on the East Coast. They have the perfect mix of comfort, sweetness and spice. Mmm.

Are you going to go out and buy one now. Cause you should.
Do it...


Monday, September 19, 2011

5 things

Following my television post, Eric told me 1. that he does not like my TV (shocker! but hey, I did get him watching Suits!) and 2. that I should get back to more serious things. Thus, without further ado, I give you this weeks 5 things. 5 things I want but cannot afford.

[All Saints Leather ($395-$795) Not only do they look good, but they feel like butter on...Yes, I tried them on, just for fun...oh how they are]

{Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM ($830) the perfect size and a little bit, who are we kidding, a lotta bit of trendy]

[Chanel Suit Jacket (upwards of $4000). Hey, a girl can dream can't she?]

[Bare Trap Boots ($65.76), a little more in my price range, even on my measly salary. I have vowed to myself that if I go to the gym 5 days a week for the next month, I will reward myself with these puppies, yes Marni, they are the ones you have]

[My own little man, no I will not forget nor neglect little man at home, they will be friends. ($1000+ food, doctors appts and lots of toys)...puh-puh-puh-pleasee]

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Favorite Ad Campaign

-Peter Lippmann, Christian Louboutin Ad Campaign F/W '11

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DISH: Quotable

-Chicago Magazine

While we're on the subject of Television

My last post inspired me. I thought I'd share what shows I'll be watching this fall. Again, a warning, and my former roommate can attest to this: I'm not a good judge of good television. Suggestions are always welcome.

8/7c Once Upon a Time
9/8c Desperate Housewives
10/9c Pan Am

9/8c Hart of Dixie
10/9c The Playboy Club

8:30/7:30c Man Up
9/8c New Girl
10/9c Parenthood

8/7c Up All Night
9/8c Modern Family

9/8c Grey's Anatomy
10/9c Private Practice

Badger Football : )

I wish Wednesdays were still FNL nights...I could use me some QB1 Matt Saracen each week.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

5 things

...or in this case 6, but we're going to merge numbers 5 and 6 together cause I'm not sure either of them is respectable enough to justify their own...altho I do love them anyway.

In this week's 5 things, in honor of the first fall season premiere tonight, Parenthood, I'm sharing the television shows I enjoyed this summer. Now for those of you who are aware of my taste in television, I promise up until number 5, they are actually good TV.

In advance, a special thank you to USA Network for entertaining me all summer long with my favorites, numbers 1, 2, & 3.

[Necessary Roughness]

 Dani is a tough divorcee who, to make ends meet, becomes the therapist for a professional football team and quickly becomes sought after by other athletes, musicians, politicians and those living in the spotlight.

And Matthew Donnally, The NY Hawks' athletic trainer to whom Danielle is attracted, is pretty damn cute, too!


Mike Ross makes a living taking tests for other people, particularly LSATs and
Harvey Specter is one of NYC's top attorneys who has recently been promoted to senior partner at his firm, and is forced by company policy to hire an associate. After an accidental interview with Mike, Harvey is impressed by the younger man's quick wits, his encyclopedic knowledge of the law, and his genuine desire to be an attorney, and hires him. Due to the fact that Mike lacks a law degree, and because the firm prefers Harvard alum, they both pretend that Mike is a Harvard graduate. Mike and Harvey often come into conflict over Mike's naivete and ethical scruples and Harvey's hard charging and seemingly uncaring demeanor.

And Mike Ross, he's just so damn cute. Funny suspenseful and already renewed for next summer! 

 [Royal Pains]

Hank R. Lawson is a young emergency room doctor who, after being wrongly blamed for an important patient's death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes a reluctant "doctor for hire" to the rich and famous. When the administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town's less fortunate, he finds himself walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others. 
He is joined by his brother, Evan. Evan is an accountant and self-appointed CFO of HankMed. Evan's job is to promote the HankMed business, at times using strategies that Hank finds inappropriate or too commercial. Then, there's Divya, Hank's Physician Asst. She joins the team early and is invaluable to Hank.

And Hank's got that whole Jewish-cute thing going on...can't resist that one.


No need for a synopsis. You know what it's about. It just ended...not sure how I felt about that one.

Also no surprise here, I find Adrian Grenier & Kevin Connelly pretty darn cute.

 [Bachelor Pad]

Bachelor Pad is an elimination-style two-hour American reality tv show. The show features contestants from The Bachelor & The Bachelorette, who compete for a final cash prize of $250,000. 

I blame Britney for getting me hooked on this one. When I spent the summer in Madison, our sublettor and her made me watch Jillian Harris' season of the Bachelorette. From there, I got hooked on the characters. I had to watch Jake's season where I met Ali, so I watched hers and by then I was hooked. They're smart the way they do that.

And check out the abs on some of those guys...


 [Secret Life of the American Teenager]
Amy Juergens had sex with Ricky Underwood at band camp. The show explores how Amy's pregnancy, and now son, affects her, the baby's father, her friends, and her family. The news of her pregnancy puts\ additional strain on her parents' already unstable marriage, but brings Amy closer to her younger sister Ashley; her ex-boyfriend, Ben; the father of her baby, Ricky; as well as with other teens at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, California. Amy's world expands as she learns that virtually every teen at Grant High carries a secret or unexpected problem. Now in its fourth season, the show still explores Amy's relationships with her family and friends and their lives with each other.

Yes, it's incredibly lame. I make fun of myself for watching it. I started sophomore year as an "ex-boyfriend's" friend was on the show. And somehow I'm still watching it...I suppose its cause the reruns are always on...don't hold it against me.

And, cause you're now use to this: Ricky's kind of cute...but only kind of.

-Television Summaries thanks to Wikipedia.

Friday, September 9, 2011

It's Back

I fell in love with the pumpkin spice latte when I was a junior in high school. I drank it every day I could get myself up to Starbuck's in downtown Andover. Yes, Andover only has 1 Starbucks. Ah, like a little old fashion town...I kid. Anyway, as the seasons changed and winter replaced fall, the pumpkin spice latte was replaced with the gingerbread latte. Now, I tried to get on this bandwagon, but it's just not the same and not as good. I'm fairly certain it is among their most popular. Yesterday as I sat in Starbucks working, as usual, I listened to the orders and between ridiculous orders (see: my tweets from yesterday), who orders a 2 pump coffee? who thinks to order that? how did you discover your coffee tastes better with two pumps vanilla and half a pump hazelnut? It baffles me, and many of them were none other than the pumpkin spice latte. I saw excited faces when people walked in to the "It's Back" sign. I've even seen various bloggers writing about it...funny, who would do that?! But it is a rather good cup of joe. You should all try it. You won't regret it....until that gingerbread latte takes its place and your in mourning for it's return winter, spring and summer long. And now, I'm going to walk to Starbucks and get some.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

5 things

...I miss about Madison, fall edition

1. To quote Charles M. Schulz, or my Senior year of High School Bio, "Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos"

OK. One of the main things, screw that THE MAIN THING, 'scuse my language please, I miss about Madison is having all my friends in the same place. It's the weirdest thing really. You go from having all your favorite people in a small area, where you can see them whenever you want, and if you're really lucky, which I was, 3 steps across the hall or the next door down and then suddenly you're miles apart.

2. There's something about the fall. It hit Chicago today. As I sit in Starbucks writing this, I see people come in and sweaters, jeans, boots and scarves. No it is not cold out but today I would say you can feel it. Feel what? That fall is coming. And that feeling to me has been associated with a few things for the last 4 years: welcome week closely followed by syllabi week. There's nothing like the feeling of Madison in the fall, all your friends back in the same place after a summer apart, welcome week, closely followed by syllabi week. Ah, even Steve Brown has a wonderful smell, although probably a little gross to those who have not found solstice in his buildings.

3. Badger Football Saturdays. I don't think this one even needs an explanation...


especially Badger Football.

p.s. how cute is Bucky?

4. Well you've done done me and you bet I felt it I tried to be chill but you're so hot that I melted I fell right through the cracks and now I'm trying to get back Before the cool done run out I'll be giving it my bestest Nothing's going to stop me but divine intervention I reckon its again my turn to win some or learn some I won't hesitate no more, no more It cannot wait, I'm yours

Yes, I know to many of you those are simply the words to a well-known Jason Mraz song. But to me...They're the soundtrack of the first rounds of Rush. Yes, I recognize this is something weird to miss. Those of you in sororities probably think I'm nuts but I love it. It's probably something to do with the season, to do with being back in Madison and to my irrational dedication to my sorority but it brings back good memories. Plus, the girls tell me SDT is doing well : )

5. Being able to take naps. Again, expect an entire post dedicated to my desire to be a professional sleeper, it's really something I excel at. I miss napping. And I used to be able to go to class, take a nap, eat lunch, take another. They should bring nap time into the work place. 'nuff said.