5.31.2012

twenty eight.

It's my birthday, and "Call Me, Maybe" came on the radio this morning. I think those two things alone make for a terrific day.

27 was fun and all, but big things are happening in my 28th year. Cheers!

'Scuse me while I go track down some birthday cake...

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5.25.2012

holiday weekend tunes.

Memorial weekend is always one of my favorite long weekends of the year...probably because it always hovers on or around my birthday (which happens to be late next week this year).

This year I'm real excited to brunch with some fab ladies, have a birthday dinner with my 'rents, and meet a brand-new member of our circle - our friends' new baby.

In honor of a long fun weekend, I put together a fresh playlist of some current faves. Enjoy!

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Graduate - Third Eye Blind
Disparate Youth - Santigold
All Eyes On You - St. Lucia
Hard Sun - Eddie Vedder
Blue Cassette - Friendly Fires
I Remember - araabMUZIK
Wild Night - John Mellencamp, Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Young Blood - The Naked and Famous
Hot Child In The City - Nick Gilder
I <3 U SO - Cassius
Sold - Dan Mangan
Turning The Wheel - Hot Buttered Rum
What I Know - Rebelution
Beer For My Horses - Toby Keith, Willie Nelson
Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon) - Sbtrkt
My Body - Young the Giant
Not Your Fault - AWOLNATION
Young Folks - Peter Bjorn And John
Rock And Roll Girls - John Fogerty
Stay Close - Delorean
Everlasting Light - The Black Keys
Lights & Music - Cut Copy
Paris (Ooh La La) - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Meant to Be (Acoustic) - Rebelution
That Was A Crazy Game of Poker - O.A.R.

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5.23.2012

desert.

I think it's real great that we're nearing a long weekend, because I'm still riding the high of 24 wonderful hours in Palm Springs and my level of focus is zilch.

Usually when we head out to the desert, it's for two night but we barely manage to do anything but drink poolside and sleep a lot. This time we snuck in a few poolside drinks and a ton of wedding-related activities.

Met our baker, our coordinator and found a rehearsal dinner spot. I can't believe we're under 5 months at this point...unreal.

5.15.2012

peach and arugula salad with pancetta and gorgonzola.

For Mom's Day, my brother and I collaborated on lunch to treat our mama to a home-cooked meal. My bro made a phenomenal spicy shrimp dish, and I was tasked with making a salad, side and dessert.

For the side, I kept things simple and roasted fingerling potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, some salt/pepper and lots of fresh rosemary.

For the grand finale, I made vanilla whipped cream and salted caramel sauce (I'm kind of obsessed with salted caramel) to top fresh fruit. It was a huge hit, and so easy - I made the whipped cream and sauce the night before so it was super quick to serve up dessert and coffee after lunch.

The salad was just perfect, and since I pretty much only post desserts or treats on here, I figured I'd share this delicious recipe that I will most definitely be making again, and soon.

Peach and Arugula Salad with Pancetta and Gorgonzola

Adapted from Bobby Flay's recipe.

1 tablespoon coconut oil
3-4 ounces diced pancetta
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey (agave works great, too)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 ripe peaches, halved and pitted, cut into slices
baby arugula (the original calls for 2 ounces, but I used a whole bag of fresh organic arugula)
5 ounces gorgonzola

1/ Heat the coconut oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and crispy. Remove the pancetta to a paper towel-lined plate.

2/ Whisk together the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and honey/agave in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the extra-virgin olive oil.

3/ Place the arugula in a large bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Top with peaches, gorgonzola and pancetta. Enjoy!

Note: This recipe is easily multiplied - I made a double-batch on Sunday.

5.09.2012

palm springs.

Last weekend I went two for two in bachelorette weekends in another one of my favorite places - Palm Springs.

The weather was beyond perfect, and there was a ton of cocktail-drinking, pool-lounging and good eats to go around...with an after-dinner trip on Saturday to The Ace. I may be exceptionally partial, but that place is just my favorite.

5.03.2012

save me, san francisco.

Last weekend was fantastic - three days celebrating my best girl.

While I don't plan to post any of the fun pics on this here blog (c'mon now), here are a few of my fave instagram shots from the weekend.

Starting the morning off at Tartine...yum.

Made friends with this guy.

Bi-Rite Market...I could probably just move in here.

Dolores Park.

US Mint.

Getting my Carrie Bradshaw on, doing some work (while drinking wine) before I was able to shut off for the weekend.

Vino and treats (Fruity Pebble krispie treats, get in my face).

Finally, this super sweet view of the city on a run Saturday morning around Dolores Park.

Now it's time to re-pack the suitcase and head to Palm Springs to celebrate another bachelorette - Lindsey! 95 degree highs sound delicious right about now. Have a lovely weekend!