Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Friday: 4th of July Edition


I'm in Jersey visiting friends and family for the weekend, so basically shopping & the beach are on my schedule.  

Looking to spice up your 4th of July?  
Yesterday I did my nails in red, white, and blue just for fun.  I think it came out really well, I wish I had brought a gold glitter to Jersey with me for an accent nail, but WHATEVER.

Fourth of July Nails

Laura Mercier 'Moderne Red' | no longer available.
Sephora by OPI 'A-ha Moment' | no longer available.

Have a safe & fun-in-the-sun filled Independence Day weekend! 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Recipe Wednesday: Classic Tuna Melt

I love being home and making a great lunch.  I was dying for a tuna melt this week, and I was so happy to find I had one can of Trader Joe's Albacore Tuna in my cabinet.

So I brought out some mayo, whole grain mustard, salt, pepper, and green onions and whipped up some fabulous tuna salad.

Next I spread it on some amazing ciabatta bread, topped it with some sharp cheddar cheese, and popped it into my toaster oven.  I toasted it for about 5 minutes, just until the cheese was melty.

Of course, Leo was begging to share!  Buttttt, I said no.  

This lunch is the perfect make for a hot summer day, light ingredients, light taste & takes under 15 minutes to whip up.  Try it out!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Entertaining with Sur la Table

I ventured to the Sur la Table right down the street at Pentagon Row last week, and was so incredibly happy to see that all of their outdoor dining items were between 50-60% off.  I die.

I first spotted super cute Waffle Cone Cups and seeing that they were $1.99 each, I really felt I needed them.  They only had red and blue left, so I bought one of each.  They feel very durable and my Trader Joe's Cookie Butter ice-cream is going to look FABULOUS in them.

Next, I saw these Hammered Mason Jar Mugs and lost my mind.  How cute are these?! I bought one in red, white, and blue.  I can't wait to sip a July 4th concoction from these next weekend!  The straws are everything, and the mug itself would be perfect for the beach or poolside drinking, or even your morning coffee to go cup!

Sur la Table Summer Fun

I love making large quantities of fun drinks like sangria or summer punch, and I thought this Pink Flower Pitcher would be a great colorful addition to the party table...the textured design is unique & fun!

Lastly, I love entertaining, but I try to stay green by not using paper products.  So, I eyed these little Batik Appetizer Plates and mixed and matched by getting two in blue, and two in the Botantic white.  I'm loving the simple design and the shape of the plate!

If you don't have a Sur la Table near you, check out their website!

Waffle Cone Cups | $1.99
Hammered Mason Jar Cups | $2.49
Pink Flower Pitcher | $12.46
Batik Appetizer Plate | $1.96
Botanic Appetizer Plate | $1.96

DC Dining: Bistro du Soleli

I was lucky enough to be invited to #DcTravelBlogger dinner, hosted by Jessica van Dop DeJesus of The Dining Traveler, at Bistro du Soleli in Alexandria last week.  Guests dined on a 7-course culinary tour through Morocco, guided by Bisto du Soleli's Chef Samir Labriny.  Each dish on the menu heightened taste buds with bold flavor and rich culture.

Our welcome cocktail, created by the Chef, was called a Moroccan Orange.  The color was amazing, I should've written down what liquor was in it, I could certainly taste vodka though, which is my absolute favorite.  Our first course were assorted Moroccan salads consisting of eggplant, carrot, cucumber, tomato, and green pepper salad combinations.  It was the perfect starter, light and refreshing.

The next course came with a cooking demonstration by Chef Labriny himself: bastilla.  I honestly did not know what this was before he started explaining, a phyllo dough stuffed with eggs, almonds, parsley, and chicken....topped with cinnamon and powered sugar.  The ultimate mixture of sweet and savory, the flavors worked so well together, it was an incredible dish.

Next up was chicken with lemon and olives, the chicken was so full of flavor and tender- not to mention the combination of lemon and olives is one of my favorite.  & after that we were treated to an incredible lamb dish with honey and almonds.  I can't even begin to tell you how great this dish was, it was by far my favorite of the evening.

The main courses ended with couscous with seven vegetables.  I wish I had had room for more, it was so delicious.  I was so grateful for the to-go boxes Chef Labriny gave at the end, I ate my couscous for lunch today & it was to die for.

For dessert we indulged in baklava and finished off the evening sipping mint tea.  Ever since I visited Greece a while back, I have been obsessed with baklava, the pastry was so flakey, it was heaven.

I'd like to thank Jessica and Chef Labriny for hosting such an unique dining experience.  I'm happy I was able to try out a restaurant I'd never been to before in Alexandria, & I know I'll definitely be returning sometime soon!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday's Fab Five

OMG, I had this candle lit all day yesterday, went out, came back home, and my apartment smelled like a flowery beach. (note: someone else was still in the apartment, so, no,  I did not just walk out with a candle burning).

OPI 'Mod About You' Polish, $9.50
A classic OPI color, one that I've used many times before.  I'm going to a wedding this weekend so I thought this bright pink would be perfect for my nails!

LOFT 'Full Bloom' Maxi Dress, $49
Right now all maxi dresses at LOFT are 50% off, the original price of this one was $98, but I bought it for $49.  I love an easy maxi, they're perfect for happy hour, brunch, running errands, anything really.  The flowers and colors really caught my eye on this one, and of course, the price didn't hurt either.  I'm not sure how long LOFT maxis will be on sale, so I'd check it out now!

Trader Joe's French Roast Coffee Cups, $4.99
I still try to use my coffee pot multiple times a week, but when I want just one cup, or if I'm in a rush, I use my all powerful & amazing Keurig.  I had been using the Trader Joe's Medium Roast Coffee Cups, but they just didn't do it for me.  I'm loving the darker French Roast & I've been drinking it all week!

Lush Wizard Bubble Bar, $7.95
Okay this is awful, but whatever.  I found this Halloween bubble bar in my closet when I was cleaning and it just smelled so good and still looked great, I couldn't bring myself to throw it away.  So, I used it.  & of course everything was wonderful from the smell to the hot pink- purple water I was bathing in.  I'm sure Lush will have this again this Halloween, so think of this as gaining advanced notice about how amazing it is.

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