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The Interesting Tidbits That Make Me…. Me.

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

 I wear high heels on most occasions to boost my confidence (while killing my feet slowly but surely)

 What’s ironic about this fact is that, up until I began working, I absolutely hated getting dolled up and putting on heels. I will say that it’s totally grown on me – I feel a sense of empowerment every morning when I slip off my flip flops and strap on in to my heels. I think I’ll eventually have reasons to wear flats again, like for example when I become a mom. Then, my friends, if you have time to even LOCATE your god damn shoes, that’ll be an accomplishment. For now, I’ll relish in my high heel fetish and hope that my days of looking around frantically for my Keds are far, far away. 

 

I love to steal oversized college hoodies from men

Ok so, I’m hoping no one is offended by this tidbit, In case you’re wondering, no, I do not USUALLY partake in stealing — this I promise you. I will, however, cop to the fact that if a sweatshirt (let’s give a for instance here) is left at a cross country race, I wouldn’t be against picking it up and throwing it on. There’s something so warm and comforting about oversized sweatshirts — I take many of my brother’s too – he’s 6’3 which only INTENSIFIES the spacious coziness I feel when putting his hoodies on in particular. It’s also fun, may I point out, to throw on a hoodie, while dashing out in a rush, of someone who you most definitely do NOT communicate with anymore — brings back memories and a chuckle of revenge — that to me, is a big ass perk.

 

         While I pretend to dislike wedding nonsense and do often roll my eyes, I clearly daydream about it — more often than not

 In the fall, I opened up to everyone about my deep down realization that, I too, long to have a dream wedding…. a nice rock wouldn’t hurt either but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Not like I’m saying I’m a beggar or anything…. ok, nevermind. Anyway, I have seen way too many people I grew up with married and with baby by the age of 23. Good for them, but I don’t see myself in that mindframe JUST yet. I do, however, dream up amazing wedding destinations and may gaze slash drool at the beautiful dresses in the annual New York Mag’s Wedding Edition … can you really blame me?

 

I am obsessed with breakfast and would choose it over lunch and dinner, undoubtedly

Don’t get me wrong, I very much so enjoy my over-the-top, elongated dinners every night but breakfast to me is just the best meal of the day. My brother for some odd reason HATES breakfast entirely — he usually sleeps through the event and wakes up in time for lunch (his personal favorite meal of the day) – rough life he lives, I know. I think you really can’t NOT like the meal … If you’re into sweets there are an array of options to satisfy, such as pancakes, french toasts, cereals,  fruit parfaits and Belgian waffles. If you like something more hearty and savory, go for omelettes, bacon or grits. Come on folks, you also have to know by know that breakfast is the most important part of the day!

I can rewatch a movie a million times over but can’t re-read a book

I don’t really get it… usually people who can’t rewatch movies can’t reread books. I guess I’m an anomoly because LOVE going to the same restaurants over and over again and also rewatching some of my favorite movies. When it comes to books though, once I’ve read them the thrill and the intensity of the book, in my opinion is gone. That is not to say the few books that stuck with me over the years won’t be on my future bookshelf in my house, but that’ll be more for sharing with others — enabling them to have THEIR intitial thrill with the book.

I am wildly obsessed with ALL things Salty and Sweet and can’t take anything Spicy or Sour

Here is, yet another, difference between my brother and I. He is as spicy/sour ADDICT, whereas, if the salt shaker has run dry or there is no Splenda in our sweet jar, I pretty much would prefer not to sit down for the given meal. Not to say my cooking or my boyfriend/family/friend’s cooking isn’t up to par? I just can’t function without my salt….or insanely obnoxious amounts of sugar. I put on my “TAYLOR TO DO” list every year “STOP WITH ALL THE SUGAR AND SALT” but for some reason it seems to remain unchecked in my notebook.

 

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My Favorite Pasta Dish — Taylor’s Greek Chicken Pasta Recipe

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm

So, first off, I’d like to say…. hello — it’s been a while folks. I won’t apologize anymore, since it’s really not my fault that I work a lot and have boyfriend and household obligations to attend to — don’t be sad.

I don’t think I’ve posted a real recipe on here, well, ever… which is odd to me seeing as that I look at food blogs for hours and hours every single day – mind you, I’m paid for it too. I thought I’d share my own personal take on one of my favorite recipes that my mom makes, “Ava’s Greek Chicken” dish. I added some of my own spins on it and it came out amazing. Hope you try it too.  The whole process in total took about 30 minutes.

Taylor’s Greek Chicken Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 small red onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 large red bell peppers, chopped into small squares
  • One tablespoon of minced garlic (you can definitely crush 2 garlic cloves if you prefer)
  • 1 box of fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 box of whole wheat Farfalle pasta
  • 1 box of chicken broth (organic or regular works)
  • Feta Cheese

Directions:

  1. Begin by pouring 1 tsp of EVOO into a large skillet, then add the minced garlic and chopped red onion
  2. While the red onion is sauteeing (which should take approx. 5-7 min), boil pasta and proceed to cook pasta until al dente
  3. In a seperate small pot boil the chicken breasts in boiling water (no need to season or douse in anything) — cover with lid, wait until the chicken is completely cooked and strain
  4. Once the red onion is wilted and browned, slowly incorporate all of the baby spinach, red pepper and sun dried tomatoes in the pan — continue to stir for 10 minutes then incorporate some chicken broth in to add depth and more flavor
  5. Combine into a large glass bowl the cooked Farfalle, spinach/pepper/sun dried tomato/red onion mixture and the chicken
  6. Lastly, finish off the dish with some salt and pepper and a generous handful of feta cheese

* Note — while this dish is amazing an an entree for dinner, you can absolutely make this a lunch-time staple as well by brown bagging it and either enjoying as a cold pasta salad or nuke it for a few minutes and enjoy warm. ENJOY!

My June Obsessions

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2011 at 1:33 am

NIXON CHRON WATCH

What’s cool about all of the most coveted surf brands is that now they’re all transitioning over to the fashion realm — take Nixon and Quiksilver for example. Both have rolled out for Spring and Summer 2011 fashion oriented lines. These watches are INSANELY cool, with four or five variations, at a price point of $300 and up, there’s no mistaking Nixon’s new line of watches with Shark’s. Just saying. I know you all remember those.

MARC JACOBS FRANCESCA BAG

I’ll never ever get sick of Marc, even when he makes stupid ass “Mouse” hobo bags this summer — his Marc by Marc line has always been my favorite. It’s less pricey, very versatile and lasting pieces of both bags and shoes. I think Marc’s accessories for the Marc by Marc, however, are very “Hello Kitty” esque at this point. I want a white bag SO badly but I can’t figure out which one I want — this one hits all the right spots for me. I just have to purchase it sooner rather than later, that way, I can actually enjoy at least 3 solid months of use before it’s a fall faux pas.

NBC’S THE VOICE

So, I purposefully didn’t snap a photo of the judges even though they all rock — especially Adam and Cee Lo. There’s a reason for that, I am OBSESSED with Team Adam Levine — he nailed it with his picks of singers. What’s ironic is that I swore after Season, what, 3? Of American Idol I was DONE entirely with all singing reality shows — oh well. This one is amazing. I love the concept behind The Voice and I think the team with the most promise is Adam’s — Jeff Jenkins for me is going to be the leader of that group. We’ll see, he may crack under the “innovative/out of the box” requirement the show will force upon their top tier singers battlin it out.

SCOTCH AND SODA — MAISON SCOTCH ANCHOR TEE

One of the great things about my boufriend is his pushiness for getting me out of my comfort zone. I hate shopping, yes you heard right — so when he wanted to stop by Scotch & Soda last weekend, I was not a happy camper. I was pleasantly surprised, however, with the ADORABLE clothing there. The anchor tee in addition to this anchor/peace sign top won me over. I am now a loyal lover of Maison Scotch…. since I have ALWAYS been a lover of anchors and well peaces signs too. What can I say.

FITFLOPS

What’s funny about this obsession is the fact that this time last year I was making fun of everyone these odd looking sneaker/flip flops. I love these because the one thing I find to be missing in my Rainbow flip flops is some boost — while I wear enough heels, I do want a bit of a bump in my flip flops too. These help with balance, help shape your legs and fix back issues — count me in. 

NEUTROGENA LIP SOOTHER LIP GLOSS

I love this lip gloss — I am a very very no thrill makeup type of person. I don’t need lipstick or colored lip gloss that makes me stick out like a sore thumb. I want something nourishing and glossy — this specific lip gloss really does “soothe” your lips with a minty cool refreshed after taste. LOVE IT. 

JASON DERULO

Yes, I did screen shot a part of Jason’s new video, “Don’t Wanna Go Home.”  This video is…. absolutely….ridiculously…hot. I have no other words. In my opinion, Usher’s hotter younger less “worn out” self is Jason Derulo. His music is catchy, hits high in the charts and his dancing is just so good. I can’t help but crush a bit on this one. 

TOMS DESIGNER ARTIST SERIES

I love Toms. I love all that the company stands for. I love how comfy they are. The latest line of Toms’ is so cool — the artist collection with splattered black and white kicks couldn’t be more innovative and lust-worthy. 

SAY YES TO THE DRESS

I can’t say this is a new obsession whatsoever, however, my recent purchase of all of Season 6 has confirmed my love for the show. I think my favorite part about the show is my ability to, at this point, map out exactly how the timing of the show will be — keep out for the third bride-to-be popping in 5 minutes before each episode ends. Trust me, I know I’m right. 

Where You’ve Seen Me – The Start to My Summer 2011 Excursions

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Bocca Di Bacco

This Hells Kitchen Italian spot has been on my “foodie to do list” since I moved to the city last summer. My, time flies. The wooden oak barrels lining the walls, the endless wine bottles featured in the window made this restaurant extremely alluring to me. Unfortunately, the experience I had at Bocca Di Bacco with my mom, was less than memorable. I loved the dishes, however, the service was totally unreliable and really ruined the experience. We pretty much had to re-mention and re-order our dinners. I will say, however, my entree which was a Baked Scallop dish with light Tomato-Herb sauce, was very delicious.

Friend Of A Farmer

While it’s been over a year give or take since my last trip to Friend of a Farmer, I can’t help but sigh with happiness when I think about my most recent trip to the restaurant. I had the Minestrone/ Vegetable soup to start which came out in a fun couldron, then I ate this UNREAL blackened Grilled Chicken entree which sounds SO dull but in my life, I have never had such an amazingly seasoned piece of chicken in my life.

Social Eatz

Great work, Angelo! My colleagues and I love this new finger food friendly lunch spot in Midtown East. I recommend the Hanoi Burger since that seemed to be the overall hands down favorite within my Food and Bev team — the burger comes with ground beef with mint, lemongrass, cilantro and red onion topped with lettuce and served with a chili mayo and a sweet onion jam. I, personally, loved the Fish Tacos – out of this world I tell you.

Brandy Library

For a recent The Glenlivet tasting event, we stopped at the good ol’ Brandy Library. I have been once or twice before, yet it seems to only get better with age — how ironic. I love the upstairs section with cozy couches a bar and brandy galore. Downstairs is also equally as enjoyable with dimly lit lighting and a more quiet intiate environment.

Crocodile Lounge

Yes, this is a dive bar — but one that serves you an entire pie of pizza every time you order a beer, so that makes it UBER cool to me. I loved the pizza to be quite honest, it wasn’t fancy or full of grease it was simplistic oven-baked cheap NYC pizza — and it was free! I think the bar itself isn’t the ideallll place to meet your soon-to-be hubby or wife, however, it is definitely a fun spot wiht a bunch of your friends later in the night when you’re craving pizza but maybe not up for spending any money on such a thing.

Monster Sushi

I’m probably THE most boring person to go eat sushi with — luckily my boyfriend likes me and my brother has to just deal. I am a very simplistic non-adventourous sushi eater. I stick to my oh-so-typical Chicken Teryaki in addition to the occasional sashimi and or California roll. My dinner and my boyfriend’s sushi rolls at our recent trip to Monster Sushi were incredibly fresh and delicious — very inexpensive to boot. While there are FAR TOO MANY sushi options in the city, I suggest you try this one at least once.

Cafe Asellina in The Gansevoort Hotel

We stumbled upon Cafe Asellina after a fun night out partying last weekend and may I comment that the brunch we had was UNBELIEVABLE. I had an Egg White Frittata with Baked Parmesan on top, stewed fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and asaparagus. WOW. Jon got Italian Toast with Ricotta and caramelized pears — similiar to french toast but a bit more refined of a taste.