Summer sides for days! I’ve been slowly working through these caprese alternatives as the produce appears at the farmer’s market or as burrata and peaches are on sale on the SAME DAY at Whole Foods. (Enablers!)
- Cantaloupe + Scamorza + Mint
- Grilled Eggplant + Ricotta Salata + Dill
- Peach + Burrata + Tarragon
- Roasted Red Pepper + Feta + Chive
All the Spring Vegetables Covered in a Creamy Lemon Goat Cheese Sauce
How good is this? So good I ate leftovers as “post-cocktail nourishment” this weekend. You will end up with way more goat cheese sauce than you need (or maybe not, I don’t know your life), but it keeps in the fridge long enough to roast up another batch of leeks, yellow squash, and potatoes and saute some additional broccolini and asparagus and go to town.
All Eyes on You
St. Lucia • St. Lucia
All Eyes on You - St. Lucia
My summertime jam. My musical niche as of late seems to be “Is this current or from the 80s? So much synth!”
Bonus that it was included on the Yoga+ soundtrack from Saturday.
Vancouver: so fresh and so clean
What most impressed me was the plethora of scenic views. Coal Harbor - stunning. Sitting on Granville Island and looking back at the city - lovely. English Bay from the West End - it’s too much! And that’s just within the immediate city limits.
A six-day sojourn (with a free place to stay, many thanks to my friend Annemarie’s consulting gig) allowed for leisurely exploration. The best bits:
- Following up an order of two dozen oysters with another dozen at Rodney’s in Yaletown
- Enjoying meats and cheeses on Annemarie’s stunning terrace and at the Granville Island market
- Gold Creek Falls trail at Golden Ears Provincial Park
- Eating all the Lebanese food at Nuba. Next time I entertain, it’s going to be all baba ghanooj and lamb hushwie.
- Inukshuk statue (see above). Not only were the views stunning, but the people-watching there on a nice day is choice.
- Fancy cocktails at Wildebeest and brunch at Cafe Medina
- Coffee Crisp. Some Internet research indicates that these delicious candy bars were available in America from 2006-09. How did we drop the ball, U.S.A.?
This Madewell tank fit exactly like you wished all of those premium tees and tanks you’ve purchased before would do (including you, Everlane - I must be crazy long-waisted because their shirts do nothing for me).
The phenomenal nature is evidenced by the fact that they are back-ordered online, but it seemed that there were plenty in store. Stock up!
Madewell Draft Tank - $39.50
Make these now (wait, that chicken takes 3 1/2 hours, so… make these this weekend!):
Herbed Faux-tisserie Chicken: This was a lock for Sunday dinner last week as Tony watched that last scene of the Game of Thrones season premiere roughly ten times last week. I can’t vouch the potatoes as I gave them up for Lent (Whole Foods baked potato, we shall be reunited soon), but the chicken is tremendous. I’ve been enjoy the leftovers in a kale salad with diced apple, smoked ricotta (a new-to-me cheese), these garlic chickpeas and this creamy lemon-mustard dressing all week. Just turn up the heat for the last half-hour or so to encourage crispy skin.
Spice-Crusted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt: totally worth buying mustard powder (which I’m guessing is not already in your pantry). I did already have harissa in the fridge… so international. I splurged on the fancy multi-color carrot bunches for ultimate presentation. I’ll probably make these again within the week… as I have the mustard powder and all.
Late Sunday afternoon snack/lunch: Harvest Juicery watermelon (basil, cayenne) juice and mango with chili, lime, and salt.
Chicagoans, I highly recommend Harvest Juicery. I don’t have a personal taste for green juice, but I can vouch for the pear (pineapple, thyme, ginger) and fennel (orange, lemon, mint). Also, the containers are the best. Sturdy and real glass - I like to peel off the labels and use them for homemade salad dressings and water consumption around the house. I’ve been asked to stop adding to the collection, but I feel like I just need to find a secret hidey-space so no one’s the wiser.
Harvest Juicery, 1012 W Lake Street, Chicago, IL
This is Nora Micah, my niece, born today.
We have much in common: first grandchild on both sides of the family, copious amounts of dark hair, and being ridiculously late for our due dates (2+ weeks, both of us).
Black Sesame Macarons with ‘Nutter Butter’ Filling