Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

This weekend I….

1. Took a 2 day trip to Philly. The primary reason for going was to check out Morimoto restaurant, owned by Iron Chef Morimoto and decided to optimize that time to explore the city. The first stop was walking around Penns Landing which reminded me of Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD and Spruce Street Harbor Park. It is a pop up that features a hammock garden and boardwalk.

2. Also checked out the huge LED display of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water at the Comcast Center. The wall changes into a video display and Im not sure how often the themes change but currently what is showing is Falling Water. It's a great visual experience and best of all, it's free!

3. Did the Omakase at Morimoto Restaurant. It is an 8 course chefs choice menu which is a mix of cooked and raw dishes. all of which were incredible. My least favorite dish of the night was the lobster dish which was heavenly seasoned with Old Bay. I love Old Bay seasoning but if that's all you can taste on a lobster then that's a problem; however one mediocre dish out of all the other fantastic dishes presented is not enough for me to state that it's not worth the experience. I highly recommend doing the Omakase option. This would fall under my top 5 favorite restaurants. Be aware though that it is pricey so this would be great place to dine for a special occasion.

4. Wanted to check out High Street On Market since Bon Appetit recently ranked it no. 2 as one of the best new restaurants of 2014. I went here for lunch and ordered their popular pastrami sandwich and a side of their artisanal breads which they are known for. The breads were excellent but the sandwich was nothing to rave about. They are generous with thick slices of well seasoned pastrami which is in between thick slices of soft bread with crispy edges but I would not deem it as the best pastrami sandwich I've ever had. However, I would come back to check out their dinner menu.

5. Had some downtime after getting back from the trip and relaxed with the September issue of one of my favorite fashion magazines. This definitely gets me excited for Fall fashion.

How was your weekend?

Friday, August 29, 2014

NomNom: Strawberry Chia Seed Jam

The amount of fresh fruit that has been consumed this summer has been over the top. I say that it's like a bad thing and it's technically not (hello, vitamin A+C!) but considering how much I'm able to consume in one sitting is…alarming. Strawberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, blueberries, and now peaches. Fruit monster<------me.

When strawberries were in season a couple months ago, I decided to take a jab in jam making because it's one of those incredibly easy things to make that buying it at the grocery store almost seems shameful. It also made me realize how sweet store bought jam is compared to what you can make at home. Not a good thing.

I've mentioned before that chia seeds take on a gelatinous texture when immersed in liquid and the great thing about chia seeds in this recipe is that it will inflate when mixed in with the jam so it substitutes the sugar component by acting as the thickening property.

Oh chia seeds, you and your cool properties.

My breakfast as of late has been spreading my beloved almond butter on top of toast/english muffin and then adding my chia jam on top. Ugh, so good.

Even though strawberries aren't in season anymore, I encourage you to utilize whatever fruit is in season right now (peaches!) and go to town with it.

Have a great holiday weekend. Xo.

Ingredients (Adapted from Yields 6-8
2 cup strawberries 
Half a lemon, juiced
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chia seeds

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the strawberries and lemon juice. As the fruit heats up and the juices bubble and boil, smash the fruit using the back of a fork until they break down. This should take 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Sweeten the mashed fruit with 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey, to your liking. Add the chia seeds and stir once. Remove from the heat and let the jam set for about 5 minutes to thicken. Cool and transfer to an air tight container and refrigerate. (Makes about 1 cup of jam)
This jam will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Photos courtesy of Sung Shin

Bracelets-David Yurman
Necklace-Alexis Bittar (old but similar style here)

Hi everyone! Sorry for the week long absence of posts--work and personal life has kept me busy but I wanted to say a quick hello and post an outfit I wore from a recent date night. With only a couple more days of August left, one of the ways I'm going to hold on to summer is by wearing shorts until I possibly can't.

Hope you're having a great week:) Xo.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Snapshots

This weekend I…

1. Have been snacking on juicy, sweet, ripe yellow peaches non stop. Earlier in the week I went peach picking at Larriland Farm in Maryland and picked a total of 87 lbs of peaches. We went a bit overboard but so far peach consumption hasn't been an issue;)

2.  Dined at Volt restaurant. It was a spontaneous dinner decision to dine there so we were lucky to get seated right away with out reservations (arrived when the restaurant opened at 5:30pm). After looking over the menu, we decided to do the tasting menu which consisted of 6 courses per person. Overall review of this place is that I felt like there were more misses than hits from what was presented. The flavors were mediocre and unimpressive and considering there were only 6 dishes coming out for each person, we didn't finish the meal until 9:30pm which makes no sense to me. Let's put it this way--I had a congee dish that came out and I've had better at my usual dim sum place. Points for presentation though. This restaurant is a pass for me.

3.  Went to my first Nationals baseball game. It was the perfect weather for watching baseball with amazing seats and on top of that, they won! Woot!

4. Grilled. Again. Savoring summer.

5. Went to watch Cirque Du Soleil's 'Amaluna' show at the National Harbor. The story is loosely based off Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and like all the other Cirque shows, it was definitely enjoyable to watch. Was it the best Cirque show I've seen? Ehhhh.

How was your weekend?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sheer Summer

Photos courtesy of Sung Shin

Shorts-Old Navy (old)
Shoes-DKNY (old, similar style here)

Happy Friday everyone! I don't know about you but I am so happy the weekend is finally here. An agenda that involves a good balance of lazy mornings (much needed) and busy fun filled evenings with lots of good food and good company is what I'm looking forward to. Tonight I'll be at my first baseball game of this summer cheering for the Nationals!! Who am I kidding? I know nothing about baseball and am only going for the beer, the awesome weather we're having today, and supposedly "really good seats!!" It's Friday. Whatever;)

Cheers to the last couple of weekends of summer. Enjoy. Xo.