As the year comes to an end, my friend sent me an email with a monthly recap of her year. It was pretty funny to hear what she thought of 2010.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
So that’s it for the Food + Foto series. My submissions weren’t very cohesive or consistent, but I put lots of thought into it, learned a lot, came out with good shots (I think) and loved seeing what beautiful things other people can come up with. I hope there’s another class with a new theme!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Last night I had a holiday dinner with my grade school friends. Love a night of good friends, food, laughs and good times J We had Graziano’s house salad, foccacia, stinky Italian cheese on little toasts, mostacolli, meatballs, Red Velvet cake, and Blackberry Cheesecake. We were stuffed. I made the meatballs, read on for the recipe.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
The timing of this post is a little off considering it's the holidays. But I wanted to cross this art project off my to-do list. I struggle to find ways to decorate all the walls in my home, even after 2+ years. I am totally going to freak out when I actually get a house when we decide to move out of the condo. When I’m finally satisfied with the decorating, I bet it’ll be time to move out! Anyway, we have a pretty large bathroom, with a big blank wall. A guy friend of ours wanted some design inspiration for his bathroom so he walked into ours (I was honored!) and said “Oh, that’s boring.” Wah wah. I knew I had to get moving and fix that.
Friday, December 17, 2010
To catch up with my world traveler, we decided to try another Indian place. I bought the $22 Groupon for a prix fixe dinner at Marigold in Uptown, which turned out to be a great deal! Similar to the first Indian restaurant we tried, we were delightfully stuffed - except this time we didn’t smell like curry! J Here's my review...
Marigold is very cozy with warm tones on the walls, jewel lanterns hanging from high ceilings, and banquette seating along the length of the space. It was obvious that we liked the décor. As we were looking around, taking it all in, our waiter came over thinking we needed something. When really, we were just admiring the ambience! J Marigold already succeeded in two important aspects of my dining experience (ambience/décor and attentive wait staff). The only thing left was the food…
I love going out to eat with people who have the same tastes. It was a cinch to pick out what we wanted for each course. We started with a buttery and flaky samosa filled with spiced potatoes and peas. The inside was a little too mushy for my liking, but the outside was nice and crispy and the filling definitely had a good kick to it. Similar to Cumin, we were served a basket of papadum chips and chutneys. SO addicting, like chips and salsa. Next we had a plate of the Murg Makhni (boneless spiced chicken tikkas simmered in a rich fenugreek spiced tomato cream sauce) and lamb vindaloo (tender and spicy), all served with fresh tandoori naan bread and basmati rice. These were both tasty. To accompany our meal we had some Maharajas (Indian Pilsner). That name reminds me of Moulin Rouge ;) We finished off the night with sweet rice pudding kheer. Eh, I didn’t like this at all. It was cold, had a taste that I couldn’t place (which I still don't know what it was), and had a weird texture.
All in all, for fifty bucks (Groupon + drinks + tax + tip) instead of ninety, we were stuffed and satisfied J I bet we'll be back, try it out!
Labels: out to eat
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The set of black picture frames on my wall has been bothering me. It was supposed to be a wall filled with pictures of all the wonderful places we traveled, since we did a lot trips when we first started working. But now, who knows when our next trip will be! And lately the plain black frames and the pictures have been boring me. With the holidays, I knew the perfect way to spruce it up!