Friday, January 30, 2015

Lady Links

Great tips on how to make the ultimate pan of nachos.

Tips from an expert on how to bet like a pro and win big.

Party dips, I'll be going for the classic spinach and artichoke.

A guide to creating squares anyone could follow.

Bon Appetit's seven best wings. Mmmmm.

Stock up early!  Last year I ran into a wing shortage the day of, can't have that happen again.  

Have fun!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snowpoc Diary

The anticipation of storm juno was much more exciting than the actual storm. But with the day off and a vacant neighborhood I was excited to explore the aftermath anyways.

East Williamsburg streets were plowed by Tuesday morning but the white brushed roads were still uniquely pretty.

Those teeny tiny people are sledding beside the highway, talk about urban playground.

Our favorite local patio is a little less appealing dusted with snow.

White on white on white.  I'm sure digging those out this morning will not be fun.

Our destination for this adventure was Mother's, a local burger and craft beer joint.  Lucky for us they were open!

It's a laid back place without servers or menus.  You order at the bar from the chalk boards and get a number for your food.  You can bring it to a table but we always sit at the bar for quick and easy service.

Drinks on snow-day? Twist my arm.

The burgers are incredible.  If you're not a red meat eater, both the veggie burger and the tilapia sandwich are equally delicious.  You have to get a basket of the sweet potato fries, the aioli they're served with is the best part.  In the end our meal was less than 30 bucks, pretty good!

We took a stroll after lunch to check out more of our snowy neighborhood and to break in my new Sorel boots, which I am loving and so thankful for right now.

This creepy, run-down White Castle has looked like this for a while now.  I guess White Castle wasn't a big hit on the hip streets of Williamsburg.  It'll be interesting to see what the property becomes.  I thought it looked pretty cool amongst the snow and smog. This is a very busy intersection in a nice neighborhood so it's pretty bizarre. 

My hat was a gift from my little sisters, my backpack is from the Mens Coach Outlet, and the jacket is Andrew Marc (no longer available).  Winter gear in NYC is of the utmost importance.

I thought he was so sweet to want to take photos of me.  Later I saw this was really what he was doing. #selfies

He still did pretty good.

The rest of the evening was spent cozily indoors crafting and watching Friends (I'm already through to season 5 (this is my 4th time straight through)).

Not a bad way to start the week! My brother and sister-in-law are coming to town this weekend and now that feels just around the corner!  I can get through the rest of the work week  now, piece of cake.  


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LA Day 4

I would have to admit, that by our fourth day in Los Angles, we became certified tourists.

Before going on the trip, I made a list of all the things I wanted to do, and even though I am a firm believer in leaving something on your list to do, you know so you're forced to visit again, we decided Sunday would be saved for visiting LACMA and The Griffith Observatory.

Going to school in New York City, I was fortunate enough to meet friends who lived all over the world.  On this trip, I was able to reunite with my good friend Tara.

Above is T and the boyfriend enjoying this interactive Jesus Raphael Soto piece. Titled Penetrable in Neon Lime, Soto attached a bunch of yellow rubber tubes to a metal frame hanging above, allowing participants to walk through or dance around in the tubing. So fun to be able to touch and move with the art! 

If you look closely, past the adults, you can see that this exhibit was a favorite among the kiddos.

Especially this kiddo.

Love me some modern art! A little Warhol, a little Matisse.

The iconic Urban Light lamp posts by Chris Burden.

In September they had a special exhibit spotlighting German cinema, featuring Fritz Lang's films, particularly Metropolis.

 The 1927 German film"special effects" were years ahead of their time. Film makers played upon the insecurities and fear instilled in Europeans about the rise of technology after WWI .

The view from the top of LACMA.

After touring the entire LACMA property (there are about 6 different buildings), we grabbed a cocktail and some fries with my friend and her SO. 

After going to school and working for 6 years in New York, T moved back to her native spot of LA and is doing amazing things in the entertainment industry! It kinda inspired me to want to make the move myself, not to mention that whole summer-all-year-round thing is pretty awesome!

After parting ways, we drove up Griffith park to the Observatory for sunset.

The grounds are amazing, and open to the public pretty much all day long. They even have wifi, so you see people, having picnics, or making it to the top after a long hike up the mountain, and doing work on their computers. 

The City of Angels.

Architecturally, the planetarium was absolutely stunning. 

The coloring of the entire building blended right into the sandy cliffs, but the arched terrace that wrap around the domb was the perfect touch to leave you feeling like you are on another planet.

We walked around the grounds for about two hours, and decided to wait until after sunset to see a 8:30 pm showing of Centered in the Universe in the planetarium.

Neither one of us could put our cameras down the entire time we were walking around the grounds. Every angle of Observatory left you feeling like no picture could do it justice so non-stop photos was the only way to attempt to get it right.

The Hollywood sign.

Sunnies (Le Spec), Top (Zara). Pants (Loft). Bag (Furla). Sweatshirt (H&M).

Funny story:

On the lower balcony (shown above), we all of the sudden heard a choir singing Seasons of Love. As the crowd was gathering to listen to the singers belt out the song, the lyrics were personally altered to get this one lady's attention, and next thing we know out comes a camera and her English boyfriend down on one knee proposing to his long distance girlfriend. It was such a Hollywood moment, and a few days later, we ended up in the background of  the proposal video on the Huffington Post! That totally counts as our fifteen minutes of fame.

The spectrum of colors as sunset approached was a mesmerizing show to watch. 


Can't stop, won't stop taking photos.

Watching the city lights go on building by building was another highlight of the night.

I was quite impressed by how much we were able to squeeze out of LA in one day. There was still so much we could have done too!

The PCC Flea Market is just one of those activities I'll have to leave for next time.

Overall review:
LACMA and The Griffith Observatory are must sees if you're visiting LA.
- Stephanie