June Things

by admin on June 19, 2015

for lack of a more creative title..

knowing my late track record of posting once every couple of weeks my next post will probably be called July Things.

But hey! How goes it?

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Duke and his adorable nose says hello! You can tell he’s always super enthused when I take pictures of him..

Let’s see what’s been happening

I convinced Maju to take the bus to Boston last week so we could hang by the pool and drink all day

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gotta love days off from work :)

We also had an amazing dinner at Ribelle in Brookline. Dining al fresco is my favorite

Ribelle serves seasonal modern italian food. Their menu changes weekly and is comprised of small plates meant for sharing. everything we got was ahmazingg

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hamachi crudo

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lambs tongue. YUP. We tried lambs tongue!! it’s buried under the beautiful cucumber salad. It was surprisingly very delicious!

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our favorite dish: handmade pasta with cheese fondue sauce and braised short ribs. oh myyy gahhhhh

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spaghetti with ramps

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duck roulette with herb sauce. Definitely not the right description but thats how I remember it. Those little green bundles were bok choy all rolled up. How cool is that?!

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I’ve discovered that mashed banana on toast is way better than sliced banana. I also have a problem when it comes to Justin’s vanilla almond butter. I’ve been going through a whole jar in about two weeks. And that ish ain’t cheap! *sigh*

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our kitchen renovation in my Natick house is complete! I can’t get over all the amazing changes. We (we lol I had nothing to do with this) my parents along with kitchen designers planned the remodel. A wall was knocked down to open up our kitchen and we got a brand new refrigerator!!! Sadly that’s one of the things I’m most excited about because our old fridge really had to go..

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I LOVE the big island.

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got some new kicks! I plan on breaking them in at the gym this morning :)

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last night I helped my Mom make a delicious summery meal. Summer food is my FAV. I’ve definitely expressed my love for summer food multiple times before.

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i believe this mexican chopped salad recipe was inspired by a recipe found in an edition of cooking light magazine. The dressing was a cumin lime viniagrette. Whenever I see that much avocado in one place I just wanna face plant right into it.

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we had quite the mexican feast. Quesadillas with mango salsa, fish tacos, and mexican chopped salad. Don’t let one fish taco fool you, I most definitely had two. Along with two delicious glasses of rose.

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the next few weeks are filled with a lot of fun activities for me! Visiting NY, going to new jersey with all my college friends for the 4th, and my cousins wedding!

I’ll be sure to have a nice long recap post after all of that!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer,  we’ll chat soon :)

<3Chelcie

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Let’s Chat!

by admin on June 5, 2015

Sometimes I wonder if even writing blog posts is worth it anymore. But then I realize I like posting a lot of random mumbo jumbo and some of you strangely still like reading about said random mumbo jumbo

so HI. hello. How are ya doing?

Let’s chat about what’s been happening lately, shall we?!

~~ I took another trip to the big apple last week! I love visiting NYC. My wallet hurts a bit afterwards, but my heart is always really happy.

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I would say most of the time 80% of the food I consume in NYC is pizza. I’m just like GIMME ALL THE PIZZA!!!!

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I think in 2 days i managed to try pizza from 4 different shops. I think Joe’s won the best pizza prize. But Bleecker Street pizza came in at a close second. Oh, and I’m ALL about the pepperoni.

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I was also reunited with my beloved meatball sub. I was also reunited with my boyfriend but I mean this meatball sub reunion…Maju and I shared this beauty for breakfast? Is that gross. Yup. That’s gross. Well technically it was lunchtime so let’s call it brunch.

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Thursday night I had dinner with my long time BFF Eliza at an italian restaurant called Palma. We shared this pasta dish with clams (horrible lighting, sorry) and it was deeeeelish.

Friday night we went to dinner with Mill and her sister!!! Which was so fun and I managed to take zero pictures. We went to Toro NYC and feasted on lots of yummy tapas and sangria. The best.

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since i’m a basic white girl I’m on a mission to try ALL THE THINGS I find on food instagram accounts, so I convinced Maju to go to the Big Gay Ice Cream store with me so I could try a “Salty Pimp” ice cream cone. It was vanilla soft serve with salted caramel swirl, salted peanuts, dipped in chocolate. It was pretty tasty but I usually take 2 bites of ice cream and then I’m over it. I know, weird. Maju got some delicious apple brandy sundae concoction. We both decided it was over priced, slightly over-rated, and that we both prefer hard serve ice cream better. Oh well, better luck next time.

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I always make him take selfies with me. Hehe.

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work is going good! every night after work we get to eat whatever we want off the menu and get a staff drink (which is basically the only thing that gets me through a lot of nights ;) ) Usually I’m not that hungry by the end of the night but the other night I was quite hungry and decided to treat myself to the scallop entree. It was SO GOOD.

Sometimes I go through phases where I’m all like “maybe I should try to go 20 days without drinking alcohol and see how I feel” And then I’m like WHY would I ever do that?! Turning down a free glass of wine or vodka at the end of a shift is just not possible for me. It keeps me sane and happy and frankly that’s most important. Plus, red wine has a lot of health benefits so let’s focus on those.

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I got a new PHONE!!!!!! I said goodbye to my very sad looking Iphone 5 (with a cracker screen that had been cracked for like 2 years HAH) and now I’m the proud owner of a gold Iphone 6. Not the 6 plus, just the regular. I’m obsessed. The picture quality is amazing! So naturally I took 20 pictures of my dogs cause really what else is there to take pictures of?

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Lu is getting good at her selfie game.

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and du is just. the freaking cutest. How great is the picture quality though?! still not over it haha IMG_1595

somehow on my nights off from cooking I find myself cooking dinner. It’s a good thing I really like to cook! I’m working on my grilling skills. I grilled some corn, asparagus, and scallions that I chopped up and put in a big chopped salad with avocado, lettuce from the garden, and some other goodies. I also grilled up a piece of salmon for me and Mom, a steak for the bro, and some potatoes. The potatoes got a little too charred (cause I kinda forgot about them..woopsiess) but everything else was delish. I LOVE summer cooking.

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I found old pictures of Du and lu on my Mom’s desktop computer. I mean, could you die? Also the fact that my Mom dresses them up for holidays is a little absurd but whatever haha

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i had a LOT of time to kill flying solo in NYC on Thursday. I didn’t mind but it was a dangerous thing. i spent a lot of time in the Splendid store debating on whether or not I should buy this jumpsuit. I’m not really sad I didn’t buy it and I still really want it.

I wonder if rompers/jumpsuits will every go out of style. Maybe I should stop buying so many if that’s the case haha

Have you seen the show Fixer Upper on HGTV. It’s my latest obsession. I’ve always been a house hunters fan, but this show is WAY better. Also the couple that works on the houses is so beautiful and they have the most beautiful half asian children. I’m obsessed with half black and half asian babies. Like, it’s a weird obsession. They’re really the cutest though. I would share a picture of Maju as a baby to reaffirm this fact but I’ll have to run that by him first lol

Did you see Caitlyn Jenner?! Honestly, my first thought was, why not Kaitlyn? But my second though was, wow, she’s a pretty women! I think it’s really empowering and cool. I couldn’t imagine my Dad becoming a women, but I think life is WAY to short to not be happy and be you. So good for her!

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I think I’ve blabbered enough for now. I hope all is well with you and we will chat again soon!

<3Chelcie

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