Thursday, March 31, 2016

Life Lately


The Champagne Bar at The Plaza Hotel


The Mobile Vintage Shop - where everything is $10!


Black Bear Bar on a Saturday night


Nursery is open - Spring is here!


The One Hotel  in Manhattan


Flowers in SoHo.


Window shopping at Pilgrim Surf + Supply in Williamsburg.


You are loved <3


Pink Lady.


Yellow bloom.


The Butcher's Daughter.


Laundry + Tacos - a good Thursday.


Cherry Blossoms across the street.


Corner. 


A beautiful sunset on Easter weekend.


Gorgeous roses 


Blue Jean Baby.


A new Zara pick-me-up.

-Stephanie

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Homemade Easter Brunch

I have to admit, the only thing I can take credit for is watching the food be made and consuming the food, but it was too beautiful and too delicious not to share a few pics from our homemade easter brunch back home in Chicago.


My brother and his wife are responsible for all the goodness.  Although I did assemble quite a few of these caprese skewers.  Just tomato, basil and mozzarella topped off with a balsamic glaze.  (We added an olive to about half of them because many people in my family are not olive people.)
                                   



This potato bake was the easiest thing!  And it may have been the most delicious.  Just tater tots in a bed of milk that bakes on its own before you top it off with bacon and cheese and bake it again then top it off with chives and voila!  Crispy cheese delicious potatoes.


My brother makes all his own dough, it's the craziest thing to me.  This was similar to a phyllo dough sheet pan sandwich filled with grainy mustard, turkey and swiss.


Sugar doughnuts baked in little muffin pans.


A simple arugula salad with shaved parmesan and chick peas. 


The quiches were all made in sheet pans to accommodate our 50 plus guest list.  This leak and mushroom one was a hit.


Everything was cut into manageable, hand held pieces. 


And the crowd favorite was by far this Italian sandwich.  Josh also made all the focaccia in sheet pans then they spread them with pesto and several deli meats and cheeses.  They were ridiculously good.


At least I can make things look pretty on trays!  Can't wait to get back home again soon.

--Allie

Monday, March 28, 2016

Barbados ::: Sea-U Guest House

Air B&B has become our go-to place when finding a place to stay while on vacation.

We found the Sea-U Guest House on the site and the hero image of a hammock on a porch overlooking the ocean sold me.


5:30am sunrise from the porch.

Since Barbados meets both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, we decided to split our time between the east and west coaster. The guesthouse was on the east side.

Sea-U Guesthouse is a bed & breakfast that has 10 different units and a dining pavilion.

The pavilion also housed the "Honesty Bar" where you can grab drinks and snacks, which you'll be charged for at departure by writing down your room number and what you took. 


In the morning, housemates meet at the kitchen pavilion for a breakfast buffet served from 8-10am.

The buffet had fresh fruit, toast, cereal and coffee.


The waitress then came around taking orders for pancakes and eggs.


C-Cat the grounds keeper, cut up a fresh coconut for me to drink the water from every morning.

An interesting animal is local to Barbados - Green Monkeys.

We had a family of three that must have lived in the tree nearby because every morning when the food came out they appeared from the top branches to the dining pavilion.


This little guy was scamming for a piece of bread for awhile.



He made his move darting at the speed of light and grabbing a piece, landing on this branch and munching away.


Although the staff kept shooing them away, we were fascinated by these little creatures. 


Yummm - Great way to start the day.


Breakfast usually followed by lounging in the hammock.


The view of the ocean from the grounds.


Ahhhhh.

Needless to say, I found out they sold these hammocks and bought myself one.
I have no idea where I'm going to put it but it was my favorite treasure from the trip.


Lounge chairs scattered the grounds for guests to use.

We left the guesthouse around 11am every day to explore the island.


We returned before dark every night, mostly because we were scared to drive in the dark, but also to see sunset from the porch.

The path up to the guesthouse.


The pavilion at dusk.

A prefixed dinner was served every night at 7pm. 

The menu was displayed in the morning and if you decided it was to your liking you can sign up before 11am. At dinner, they seated everyone around one big table, unless requested otherwise, and it made for great conversation, travel tips and connecting to our fellow housemates.


We couldn't get enough of these hammocks!


Sunset swinging.


Our studio was on the first floor and had full closets, an open bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom.


The details were incredible.


Hearing the ocean through the windows and doors was so relaxing.


Although the beaches on the east coast were not as calm and warm, we were able to explore parts of the island that are more authentic and less commercial than the west coast.

Our entire experience at the Sea- U Guesthouse was incredible, I'd return to Barbados just to stay here again. 

-Stephanie