Friday, December 30, 2011

favorites of 2011

Since all of my favorite blogs are doing a round-up on their favorite posts, I thought I would join the fun! 

In 2011, A, and I bought our first home, I started a new job, we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary, we went to NYC twice to see my bff, I finally got to see my girl live in concert, we visited Chicago to see a dear friend marry his love, A, was accepted into graduate school to earn his MBA, our great friends visited from Seattle and we rounded off the year vacationing in Jamaica for a week (post to follow this weekend!).

My top three food posts are here, here and here :)

Wishing you and your family and very safe and Happy New Year!  Looking forward to some great things in the new year.  xo, s&a&shorty

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

stuffed mushroom kale phyllo roll

stuffed mushroom kale phyllo roll
adapted from Oh She Glows

After seeing this recipe on Angela's blog I instantly bookmarked it.  I love when I have all the ingredients to make a recipe!  The only changes I made were to use real butter, added chickpeas (for protein), didn't use the thyme or Herbamare and completely forgot to add cheese!  How could I do that, you ask? I don't really know... :(    I was definitely a fan of this dish, I think A would be happy if I didn't make it again. Ha! 

On the side I served roasted beets with pomegranate seeds and said cheese sprinkled on top.

Serves 4

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

new york city

Over the weekend, A and I jetted off to NYC to enjoy some great food and great company.  This city is truly magical and we were happy to enjoy the city during the holiday time.  We landed late Thursday night, so Friday we ended up walking around Herald Square and Times Square area armed with a Dunkin Donuts coffee + munchkins.  We did some of our Christmas shopping for family (and myself!).

Later than evening, we met up with some of A's classmates at a holiday party which continued at Yama Sushi.  Our group of 10 indulged in 2 sushi boats plus 2 platters of sashimi!

On Saturday, I met up with my bff Megz and her bf Sumeet at Petite Albeile in Union Square for brunch.  Afterwards we walked around the Greenmarket and enjoyed some fresh hot apple cider.  We walked towards Soho for some boutique shopping and then ended the afternoon at Harney & Sons for some hot chai tea.

Our friends K&K mentioned trying out Tamarind for excellent indian food, so our friends Megz and Sumeet joined us for a late dinner.  To start, we had a tomato onion biscuit with cilantro chutney and the Raj-Kachori.  For entrees, we ordered a variety of dishes including: Daal Makhani, Vegetable Jalfrezi.  For the carnivores, we ordered the Sea Bass Curry and Murgh Kohlapuri.  On the side we were served basmati rice, cucumber raita and garlic naan.  This meal was fantastic!  I would definitely recommend it and hope to visit again!

After dinner we headed to the Standard Hotel -Biergarten to meet some college friends as well as A's current classmates.  This place felt like we were in a large tent in Germany during Oktoberfest!

On Sunday morning we headed to Brooklyn to meet A's cousins for brunch at Melt.  I had a great black bean breakfast burrito.  It tasted similar to my favorite burritos in Texas too!  After full tummys we headed back to the city to walk around Bryant Park and Rockerfellar Plaza.  Our last stop was Crumb's to indulge in a Red Velvet Cupcake and Pecan Pie Cupcake.  So.Freaking.Delicious.

checking fball scores!

Very fun weekend in NYC during Christmas time.  I already of a list of things I want to see or do during our next trip!