Thursday, April 19, 2018

N is for: New Orleans {bachelorette party planning checklist}

Last month, I attended the bachelorette party of my good friend Kristen in New Orleans. It was my first visit there since my senior year in college (pre-Katrina if that gives you an idea of how old I am.)

Back then, I was there working the Sugar Bowl, and I couldn't even tell you one thing I ate. Not. One. Thing. This time around, the focus was just as much on the food as it was the partying, partly because the bride specifically asked me to help with the food and restaurant planning.

I debated whether or not to blog the trip for a couple of reasons... 1) I mostly just took iPhone photos, 2) I didn't get to explore as much of the city as I normally would if I was there on my own and 3) many of our food options were limited because we had such a large group of girls (17 to be exact.)

But in the end, I decided it might be helpful for future bachelorette party planners out there reading my blog, so here's a quick "checklist" if you are planning an upcoming visit to NOLA (and specifically if it involves a large group!)

Monday, April 9, 2018

L is for: Lasagna Rolls {from Don Angie}

Ever since I visited Don Angie last November, I've been sort of obsessed. It's a new Italian restaurant in the West Village of NYC, and everything on their menu is addictively delicious. I've been three times so far, and while my order has changed *slightly* depending on who I've dined with... one thing has remained constant: the famous "Lasagna for Two."

It's definitely their signature dish, and certainly their most-instagrammed one. (Did I really just type that?)

But it's true. It's not your typical lasagna. Instead of large heavy squares, it consists of light, rolled sheets of pasta where every piece has the perfect balance of cheesy goodness, pasta, and crispy edges. It's as beautiful as it is delicious.

It's also 64 dollars.

Monday, March 26, 2018

L is for: Lake Louise & Lake Agnes Tea House Hike

"Because the greatest part of a road trip isn't arriving at your destination. It's all the wild stuff that happens along the way." -Emma Chase

Last fall, Justin and I went on a road trip to forever top all road trips. And one of the things on my "To Do" list this spring is to catalogue some of my favorite stops here on the blog. If you weren't following along on Instagram with our hashtags, #exploringwithjandj or #roadtrippinwithjandj, let me give you a quick little refresher...

After my layoff from ESPN, we decided that a trip of some sort was in order. Eventually, the idea morphed into a road trip. I mean, when else in life do you have the opportunity to just take off on the road for 2+ weeks?

I knew Montana had to be on the list, as I was eager to show Justin my home state and introduce him to the rest of my family. My mom was gracious enough to lend us her Jeep to help us save on rental car costs, so we had a beginning and an end. Aside from that, we had some stops planned out along the way, but we tried to be flexible and spontaneous whenever possible.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

K is for: Kalua Pork {in a pressure cooker}

If you follow me on Instagram, and more specifically, Instagram Story, you probably know about my appreciation obsession with my multi-cooker. (More commonly referred to as an Instant Pot, except mine is a Breville, so I feel weird calling it an "Instant Pot.")

Many of my friends have been asking me for recipes, or if I have any posted on my blog. And every time it happens, I'm reminded of this Kalua Pork I made TWO MONTHS AGO and never posted.

Justin was working that particular day, so I busted out the tripod to take photos on my own. And while I'm actually kind of impressed with what I was able to accomplish in low winter light and the camera's timer function... I'm also not super thrilled about the photos so I kept putting off this post.

However, the photos don't do the actual food justice. This recipe is super simple (only 3 ingredients) and super versatile, and it can be on your dinner table in about 90 minutes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

J is for: Jamaica {Ocho Rios}

On the eve of another Nor'easter (we're supposed to get a foot of snow tonight?!?), it seems fitting that I'm finally getting around to blogging about our trip to Jamaica from a month ago.

Can we just go back to 80-degree temperatures & endless drinks where the hardest decision is debating between pool or beach?

No?

Ok, well, I guess these photos will have to do.

*Sigh*

Anyways, the main purpose of the trip was to celebrate Justin's 40th birthday (or Jaharoni's for those who only know him from instagram.) We also just wanted a little warm weather reprieve from the New York winter, and we got that with four days in "Jamaica, mon," where the pace of life is slow and everyone is happy and friendly all the time.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

J is for: Jamaican Jerk Chicken

January has flown by. Seems like just last week, I was telling you about my plan for detox and sharing a recipe for a Whole30 Italian Wedding Soup.

I'm happy to report the detox has gone well! I've been working out 5-6 times per week, and mostly eating a clean diet of meats and veggies, leading to a noticeable change on the scale. Minus a small hiccup when my friends Liz & Ben visited and basically hazed me to drink (ok, so it didn't actually take a ton of convincing), I've also managed to stick to "dry January."

Truth be told, it's more like "dry first 3 weeks of January." We have a wedding this weekend, and then off to Jamaica on Sunday to celebrate Justin's birthday, effectively cutting the detox a few days short.

Speaking of Jamaica... I've been dying for my friend Alexis to teach me her jerk chicken recipe, so this seemed like perfect timing!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

I is for: Italian Wedding Soup {gluten free, paleo, whole30}

As I type this, there's something called a bomb cyclone going on outside my window and every time the wind howls and spirals snow into the air, it literally sends shivers down my spine.

This is also known as "sit on the couch and eat soup while we watch movies all day" weather.

What kind of soup, you say? I'm so glad you asked.

As I mentioned in my "Healthy January" post earlier this week, I'm currently on a clean eating re-set for the new year. I'm avoiding alcohol, dairy, added sugars and most grains.

So when I was brainstorming ideas for the letter "I"... I came across a dish called "Italian Wedding Soup."  Basically, it's a chicken broth-based soup with mini meatballs, a bitter green such as escarole or curly endive, and small pasta such as orzo, pastina or acini de pepe.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...