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Thursday, April 26, 2012

playing tourist

it doesn't matter where you are, or where you are from, sometimes it's just FUN to play tourist for the day.

what better time to play tourist than when you have visitors!?!?

as i mentioned here, my mom came to visit last weekend!  and we played tourist all weekend... but a FUN kind of tourist.  we did the cheesy kind of tourist LAST time she was here (statue of liberty, times square, radio city, etc... cheesy but necessary for newcomers!!)

THURSDAY:
mr p picks up mom from laguardia
eat vietnamese food in jersey city



FRIDAY:
explore historic downtown, waterfront, and van vorst park areas of jersey city 
eat AMAZING food at made with love bakery
eat homemade tortellini for dinner when mr p comes home

made with love: mac 'n cheese



sophie sophia: choco cupcake with buttercream frosting


jersey city public library: very old, very beautiful, looks VERY much like the old library in van wert!

jersey city public library: original marble stairs, worn thin at the inside rails

pita, cukes, and hummus... perfect snack after a long day!

cucumber vodka and club soda... refreshing summery cocktail (with a cute bottle to boot!)

homemade tortellini with watercress and tomatos (see recipe here), except this time we made it creamy by simply adding a splash of heavy cream!


SATURDAY:
explore brooklyn by going to the brooklyn flea, brooklyn botanic garden, and the transit museum
catch an early dinner at nook in hell's kitchen

started off the morning with a bit of relaxing :D

mom picked up some letters from an old letterpress at the brooklyn flea
(whatever she does with them, it will be SO cool!!)

prefect weather for perusing the flea.

kumquat cakery, so yummy.

bacon.. on top of cream cheese frosting.. on top of cupcake? too hard to resist!

tacos double-wrapped in corn tortillas.  the ONLY way to go!

mr p was too fascinated by the MOBILE wood-fired pizza oven, he had to buy one.

random building with pretty random art on the pretty walk from the flea to the botanic garden



brooklyn botanic garden: cherry blossoms!

brooklyn botanic garden: cherry blossoms!


sometimes he's just so cute... even when we drag him around all day

deep purple lilacs, smells SO pretty!



transit museum: one of the first subway cars!

random brooklyn building, with random fun art, on the way to the train

nook, quite possibly my favorite restaurant in NYC... in close competition with enoteca maria in staten island

nook: mushroom cigars and tuna tartar

nook: filet mignon

nook: steak fritesm with rosemary fries

nook: thai-marinated grilled rack of lamb

SUNDAY:
weather decides to monsoon, so mom and i (naturally) go shopping
(target had all beach essentials on sale, so i couldn't pass up getting two beach chairs and a floppy beach hat!! saturday beach days, here we come!!)
mr p makes homemade sammich bread and herbed chicken and we eat delicious herbed chicken sammiches
i make ice cream, and we layer in homemade granola to the ice cream (ahhh so good!! kudos to mr p for the wonderful idea!)

mr p started our morning by making egg, miracle whip and tomato sammiches!

mr p's herbed chicken sammiches on homemade bread

homemade ice cream with homemade granola layers (thanks to jeni britton and her manhattan williams sonoma ice cream tutorial and book-signing, otherwise we would be blind to this delicacy!!)


MONDAY:
i decide i NEED a swimsuit from old navy (tried on earlier) for the summer, and for a atlantic city trip a few weekends from now, so mom and i drive hours through crazy traffic to find a mis-tagged suit in union city for $20 (paid only $16 after a 20% off coupon!! yaya! originally priced for $45)
eat at bareburger in manhattan before dropping mom off at laguardia.


bareburger: fries with THREE dipping sauces!


bareburger: mr p's original beef burger, medium, on brioche with fried egg and bacon.  he came late, and i knew EXACTLY how he wanted his burger :D  (brownie points for me???)

bareburger: we really wanted the fried pickles, so i ordered "assorted pickles" not realizing that the "assorted" ones we NOT fried (super sad face)

we walked A LOT, ate A LOT, shopped A LOT, and got to spend LOTS of quality mom and daughter time!!
a rather successful weekend if i do say so myself :D

can't wait for the next time she comes to visit!!

toodles.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

impromptu late night snack

what do you think of when you think of an impromptu late night snack?

i didn't get home from work until well after 9pm tonight.  to my surprise, mr p was in the last phase of making empanadas when i got home!!  even though i already had dinner, we had to bake at least one (yes, just one) for a late night snack (before freezing the rest for LATER late night snacks, of course!)


he bought empanada disks from the hispanic grocery around the corner, but mr p made this filling himself:

1 lb 90/10 ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 green onions stalks, chopped
1 tbsp adobo seasoning
1 packet Goya sazon seasoning
1 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper
1 garlic clove
8 oz of cheddar (more or less, sliced, a few slices per empanada)
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

heat oil in large pan over medium heat.  add onions and garlic and saute until onions are translucent. add beef and rest of the seasonings and saute until beef is thoroughly cooked.

add a few slices of cheese to 1/2 of an empanada disk, scoop the mixture into 1/2 of the disk, fold the disk in half, seal with a fork along the edges, then brush with the beaten egg for an egg wash.

score (cut slits in) the top of the empanadas with a knife and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until empanadas become golden and begin to brown.


(let rest for a few minutes so you don't burn your tongue!)  ...and serve!




easy peasy.

toodles.