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Monday, November 22, 2010

Recipe: Monte Cristo sandwiches for brunch

One of my favorite things is brunch on a lazy Sunday. Life is a bunch of fireworks, running around, and craziness throughout the week, so it's really therapeutic to wake up without an alarm clock and make brunch in a toasty kitchen in sweats.

Boyfriend made Monte Cristo sandwiches with prosciutto and swiss cheese last week. Recipes usually call for ham but prosciutto > most things. Dipped a side of the French bread in a mix of whisked eggs, half and half, cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, and vanilla, and toasted them on the griddle. Sprinkled powdered sugar on top and some strawberry preserves on the side for dipping. The sweetness of the jam is perfectly balanced by the savory cured meat. Sautéed butter, thyme, garlic and onions, added chopped red potatoes to the pan and finished them in the oven. He squeezed orange juice and made us French press with Illy French roast.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Coffee, vintage, Cuban sandwiches, and vegan treats

Yamamoto eyeglasses
Wilfred oversized sweater
Patterson J. Kincaid henley
Zara tights

Saying we enjoy copious amounts of good food is a severe understatement. After the snack, we made an executive decision that since sun is becoming a less frequent guest with the approach of winter, we'd take advantage of the one semi-warm day and stroll around Fremont. Grabbed coffee (if you guessed I got a pumpkin spiced latte, you win) and roamed underground vintage markets before going to eat amazing Cuban roast pork cilantro jalapeno (that ingredient combo can do no wrong) sandwiches at Paseo. You also must get the life-changing (I know I get really gushy about things I love and label them all as "life-changing" but really, it's so good it makes you want to become a better person) corn on the cob slathered in garlic butter. I've always wanted to check out Flying Apron Bakery, so after lunch we ordered a pecan cinnamon roll (pictured) and slices of chai pumpkin and carrot cake. It wasn't until I took the first bite that I realized it was a vegan bakery, and then it all made sense. More power to you if you're vegan, but I just can't do it. My personal mantra.. you can live to be 100 if you give up all the things that would make you want to live to be 100, and I want my desserts made with looots of butter and heavy whipping cream.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

H&M scarf and sandals
Jolie striped top
Forever 21 jeggings
Marc Jacobs bag

Flew into Orlando on Friday and made an immediate stop to Harry Potter World. I'm a huge fan of the books and am really refraining right now from adding numerous exclamation points behind every sentence... The park was small but the experience was so magical! (Had to slip one exclamation point in there) Of course had to try butterbeer, which was more of a butterscotch slushie blended with ice cream. Kind of wished I came home to a letter of invitation for attendance at Hogwarts via owl post, sigh. We went to Disneyworld the next day, a post on that soon!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

So few come and don't go

Zoa silk button up
Louis Vuitton skinny belt
Balenciaga wide leg silk pants
Matiko cutout wedges

I realize you fall a lot deeper in love with something you photograph with your eyes open, like when I was roaming around this district of Seattle scouring for picture opportunities and suddenly you're doe-eyed like a child (or an overeager tourist) and everything is new and beautiful. The alleys and century-old brick walls of Pioneer Square have so much character, it's like a good wine (or a good man).. gets better with age.

Anyway, the high waisted wide leg trouser, simple button up, and stacked wedges look is one of my favorite silhouettes for fall. So classic.