Saturday, May 20, 2017

Entertainment Weekly 5.20.17

What a week it has been. I was so very ready for the weekend to be here...and thankfully it is living up to my hopes. Barre, cooking (including roasted rhubarb, my fave!), Mindy Project, plans to hang out with the meantime I am

Reading: The Singles Game. It was a fun, easy read-but still had me emotionally invested in the characters. Definitely recommend it!

Listening: Racist Sandwich. A hilarious, irreverent, important podcast that explores politics through food. Start listening now!

Watching: The Mindy Project. Since Mom got Hulu Plus in order to watch The Handmaid's Tale, I've also been rewatching all of the Mindy Project. Total comfort TV.

Have a great weekend, y'all!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Eating Elsewhere: Greensboro (Part 1)

I'm pretty sure I've said it before, but I tend to plan a big part of my trips around delicious food-and North Carolina was no different! Now, being vegetarian, I can't enjoy the BBQ or seafood, but that doesn't mean I have to miss out on all the Southern cuisine! Every time I go I have to be sure to have some cheese grits and a biscuit...and preferably as many seasonal veggies as possible, especially since they are a little ahead in their growing season! And guys, I really ate so much that I had to split this into multiple posts, otherwise it would have been unreasonably long. I'm a little ridiculous.
I was very happy I decided to take an ungodly early flight (5:30am) so we could get right down to the business of eating everything in sight. After getting a pedicure (desperately needed for this Northern gal!) we stopped by Duck Donuts, a donut shop in which you get to design your own! They fry the donut fresh to order and top it with whatever you request...I went for lemon icing, raspberry drizzle, and coconut, while Mom had chocolate icing with peanuts and coconut. I usually strongly prefer raised donuts, but these have totally won me over.
That evening, we stopped by the Bearded Goat for a little pre-dinner cocktail. While I love the classic copper Moscow Mule mug, I definitely enjoyed it being served in the cutest Deep Eddy tin!
For dinner we went to a restaurant I always enjoy-Crafted: Art of the Taco. I ventured outside my usual to try the taco salad and pimento mac&cheese, which was 100% the right choice. I could eat this salad forever.
On Saturday, after exploring Old Salem, Mom and I went into Winston-Salem for some treats. We attempted to go to Small Batch Beer Co, but it was just too crowded-and maybe I'm getting old, but also definitely too loud, ha! So we headed straight over to Foothills, where we enjoyed an excellent Carolina strawberry blonde ale. We definitely could have found some delicious food there, but Mom already had a plan in mind for that...
We attempted Small Batch again, but to no avail-next time! We then drove over to Cin Cin Burger Bar, a speakeasy-style restaurant and bar. We were told it would be quite a wait for a table, but we knew how to pass the time!
Luckily, as we were sipping on our cocktails, some people seated at the bar were called for their table so we just parked ourselves right there. Mom was insistent on the Gorgonzola fries-and she was right! I considered trying to add some "real food" but wasn't hungry enough for that and crazy boozy we know what won. The intense stomachaches were totally worth it.

Now I'm craving all these foods...whoops. Happy Friday, y'all!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A trip back in time to Old Salem

Visiting my family in NC for my birthday was possibly the best choice I could have made. Things have been a little rough at work lately-through no fault of my coworkers or kids-and it came at the perfect time. Of course, taking an extra-long weekend meant playing a lot of catch-up once I got back and unfortunately that meant the blog got back-burnered. But I'm back-and hopefully will get back on top of it! 
Usually I visit my family for a holiday, which is wonderful but means that everything is focused and scheduled around that. Because we had nothing we had to do, Mom and I decided to take a 3/4 day trip to Old Salem. I've always enjoyed history but don't always want to spend the entire day in it-however, in Old Salem I was actually ready to keep going when everything closed down at 4:30! I highly recommend it, as well as ensuring you are hungry when you go. The Tavern has surprisingly good food, and we were sadly too full to even taste any of the baked goods!
For those of you who don't know, Old Salem is a historical Moravian village, including gorgeous gardens, historical buildings, the original black Moravian church, and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
The original organ in the Single Brothers' Home
Part of the way through the day, we became extremely confused by the sudden appearance of teens in formalwear. Perhaps because of growing up in the Midwest I have never understood the craziness that often accompanies these events, but prom is taken so. seriously. in the South. The bridge that you have to cross to get from the shops and and exhibit buildings to the Visitor Center and parking was packed with couples and groups posing. We even overheard someone saying that they didn't think they'd be able to get onto the bridge because of the number of people there. Mom and I felt terrible for all the kids in their long dresses, heels, and rented tuxes and shoes for hours before the dance even starts-and the poor younger siblings dragged along for the professional photographs!
The bridge before the storm...
Mom and I also got some sweet hats...we both have tiny heads so it can be challenging to find ones that fit. We may have gotten a little excited :)

I already miss the sunshine and family...hopefully they come visit Boston soon! Hint hint...


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

I am so very lucky to have the relationship I do with my mom-we have always been extremely close, never having gone through the stereotypical teenage rebellion. My mom has always been there for me, regardless of what she was dealing with at the time, and has balanced being a parent and a friend. I wish she didn't live so far away, but at least every time I visit-or she comes here-we have a blast! (and maybe eat twice as much as we really should)
I went for my birthday this year, a couple weeks ago, and haven't managed to get my act together to get a post up-so at least y'all won't be getting repeat pictures this post!

I'm also so lucky to have such a lovely grandma and aunt-and so many other mothers and mother-figures in my life!

Happy Mother's Day!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Entertainment Weekly 5.13.17

I can't even express how much I love having a library card! You can expect a lot more new books on here now...

Reading: I finished The Hopefuls in about 2 days while in Greensboro. It was so, so good...reading about such momentous events through the eyes of someone on both the inside and outside was really engaging. Plus, they reference Adams Morgan quite a bit, and since that's where my friends Hannah and Matt live, it was cool to be able to picture it!

Listening: I re-embraced my love of bluegrass while down South and spent a lot of time on the Steel Wheels. If you ever have the chance to see them, I highly recommend it-they give a great performance!

Watching: The Handmaid's Tale, of course! I've long been a fan of the book (I think that I first read it in high school...) and am usually skeptical of adaptations, but this one is definitely good so far!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Entertainment Weekly 4.29.17

I know I'm a couple weeks that I've moved, I've got to get into a new rhythm! I no longer have nearly as much time to kill on the commute, nor do I have enforced coffee shop time, ha. I'm trying to figure it out, though!

Reading: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. It's super weird, but really engaging-I am very very into dystopian novels and always have been, though sometimes these days they are a little too real. In fact, I really want to be reading it right now...

Listening: I finally listened to the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen. Beautiful and favorite! Of course, I now desperately want to see the show...maybe on my next trip to NYC I can somehow score tickets?

Watching: I haven't been watching much more cable for me! However, I can say I'm very excited to watch the Handmaid's Tale miniseries and to go see the new Guardians of the Galaxy! :)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

No more commuter rail!

I live in Boston now! I moved about a week and a half ago, with the help of my dad and friends Michelle and Elly. Dad drove the U-Haul up from Providence while I drove my car, and the ladies met us at my new apartment in Somerville to help with the unloading and carrying of alllll my stuff.
Treats for the movers from Providence Bagel!
I now have a roommate (found on Craigslist, but seems super normal!) in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment. I feel so very lucky to have this setup-the toilet paper wars I have heard tell of sound just terrible, ha. I still have a little at my dad's, but am mostly moved in and unpacked. I've hit the wall, though-I did major unpacking Easter weekend, but now can't bring myself to figure out what to do with the rest of my things. Uuuuggghhh. Downsize? Probably, but I am really bad at that. I'll have to find a way soon-I don't want to force my roommate to live with a mess, no matter how small!
The view from my balcony
So far, so good on the location front. I like Somerville a lot and had originally wanted to live in this area anyway, so I felt very lucky when I found this place. It's got a lot of good food, though I've been trying to stick to my good meal planning, and an excellent brewery just down the street! Watch out, Winter Hill Brewing-I might be moving in! ;)
Naturally Michelle and I needed a (delicious) beer after moving
I am just so happy to have cut my commute essentially in half, and to be able to really build a full life here in Boston-and just in time for summer! Send any and all recommendations my way, please!