FARMERS MARKETS REAPPEARING
There’s not a whole lot more rewarding than walking through a major square or random street in Manhattan and coming across a farmers market. In our Northeastern minds? It’s a big ass sign, WARMTH IS ON ITS WAY! I love farmers markets for a few reasons – – they promote the use of local farmers, produce is guaranteed fresh and the individual stands are amazingly specialized. You’re bound to never go wrong with your food picks. The cheese stands for instance are so passionate at producing high grade cheeses, you know you’re in great hands.
ADELE’S NEW ALBUM, ADELE 21
I have to confess — I have been a closet Adele fan for years now. I think her soulfoul belting is far more impressive than mostly all other female singers her age. She is passionate, emotional and heartbreaking to listen to at times. Her latest album just recently debuted, Adele 21, knocked every other competitor album out of the water. Insanely good CD. From more pop-worthy MTV songs, “Rollin’ In The Deep” to “I Fell For A Boy”, a song much more suited for a live, acoustic performance. The album is flawless and the perfect CD to bring me into a happy March mood.
NUDE NAIL POLISH — SPRING 2011 HOT TREND
At first, I was a bit apprehensive about the new nude look for fingernails. I worried my nails would blend in with my hands but to my surprise? I love the new look. I don’t think I will be using “SHATTER” cracked looking nail polish any time soon (not exactly work appropriate), however, the nude I can definitely roll with. I used both Essie and OPI’s Spring 2011 nude colors? Highly recomend both.
BRUSSEL SPROUT AND CAULIFLOWER GRATINS
What’s better than eating vegetables that are in season? Both brussel sprouts and cauliflower are in their prime March/ April. Instead of incorporating them in an ordinary manner, such as sauteeing or sprinkling some bacon with the sprouts, I suggest something a bit more uncoventional. Lately, I have been seeing heavy rotations of “gratins” — in all shapes and forms. Brussel sprout and cauliflower gratins look better than potato gratin in my opinion and more nutrition heavy.
CLEAR/COLD DRINKS – JAMESON AND GINGERS
Sure I’m plugging Jameson a bit here, but I really have in all honestly grown to love this drink. Enough with the cold weather inspired cocktails — i.e. Hot Toddy’s and Spiked Hot Chocolates. It’s time for some lighter drinks — even if you’re not a fan of harder alcohol, Sangria with fresh fruit would be an ideal thing to start brewing up come end of March beginning of April. Nothing says a lovely night of blacking out with your closest friends when you serve a big ol’ jug of home brewed Sangria. Anyone with me on that one?
COOL UMBRELLAS NEEDED FOR THE RAINY DAYS
I really don’t like rain. Come to think of it? I hate rain. It’s very dibilitating. Snow I can handle, you can still walk… run in need be…. shop in the snow. Unless it’s a massive blizzard that is (cough, remember two months ago? I do). Rain isn’t something I look forward to walking in on my 30 minute commute, but I have come across an A-mazing umbrella, created by Totes that helps solve my rainy blues. It’s a massive honker — encompassing most of the city street with its clear protective shield, but I don’t care. I’d rather “accidentally” knock a few walkers off the sidewalk then get soaking wet before it hits 9AM. Harsh? Perhaps. Logical? Absoutely.
IRISH SODA BREAD … AND ALL THINGS GREEN
I’m not Irish. I’m somewhat Scottish and Russian. Even though I don’t have any real reason to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day? I do. Like I hope being not celebrating Passover enjoy making Matzoh Brie. A girl can only hope right? I think there is something so authentic with Irish Soda Bread. While I hear or… shall I say “rumor has it” Irish Soda Bread is not in fact really an Irish tradition? I will close my ears to that nonsense and enjoy the bread. In addition to the bread, I have unfortunately dabbled in another S.P.D. tradition very often — Irish Car Bombs. May I suggest no one ALIVE do these unless forced to by older member of your greek organization?