Sunday, August 31, 2008

Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park

CAMPING 2008!!!!!!
I can't really remember the last time I went camping... like the whole sha-bang--->tent, BBQ, hiking, fishing, campfire. I've done each of them separately, but just the whole "CAMPING" package (which I probably haven't done since my dad lived with me) is so freakin awesome!

Me, Ed, and Ed's little brother Doug drove up together...

Ed drove

Doug was crammed in the back with all our gear

And of course, Ed got a gorgeous picture of me passed out with my mouth open hahaha

We got to Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park in Staatsburg, NY around 5:30 and set up

Then Colin showed up....

What a badass!!! His signature "over-the-shoulder" pose... don't worry you'll see it again!

And after everyone showed up, I cooked some dogs and 'burgs on the mini grill!

And of course, after dinner, we chilled around the campfire and made... S'MORES! but get this... we used Reese's Peanut Butter Cups instead of regular old milk chocolate!

On Saturday, after breakfast, we went on a hike on the White Trail which runs right along the Hudson River!! It was gorgeous!

And then we decided to be super silly, and we took "as-good-as-album-cover" shots in the woods...

And even better... this is potential N' Sync album material:

At night, we did the same thing... BBQ dinner and S'Mores Pop Tart around the campfire. But this night, we had Jeff and Doug playing the acoustic guitar and we also told a rediculously awesome story HAHAHA!

On the last day, which was actually today (Sunday), we had to check out by 11 AM, so me, Ed, and Jeff got up early to go fishing first thing in the morning. When we got back, I prepared breakfast while the boys packed up the camping stuff.

After we left the actual campgrounds, we stayed in the park and found an open field. We set up the volleyball net and

Need I say more?

Our trip ended with the most delicious treat on EARTH!

More specifically...

Banana Cream Pie Blizzard... its heaven in a cup!

Why don't we have any Dairy Queens in Westchester County??

Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Old Post Road, P.O. Box 893
Staatsburg, NY 12580
Phone: 845-889-4646

Dairy Queen
4164 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1761
Phone: 845-229-7170

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wednesday Reversal!

So guess who cooked dinner tonight?!

Yes! And the dinner was AMAZING!

The menu was:

Salad... he knows me too well :-)

Brown Rice with Corn

And... for the main entrée ::drum roll::


The tonkatsu was absolutely delish! He even used PANKO! I was so impressed... He makes me so hayuppy!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

All' Antica Part 2

Yes... there is a part 2 to my new favorite pizza place, All' Antica in Scarsdale, NY!

Me and Ed ate here on Saturday night. Here is a note to start off my second adventure to All' Antica- I RARELY REQUEST TO EAT PIZZA... I know for a lot of people, they eat it for convenience or to save money. For me, most of the foods I eat are to make me and my belly happy!

So here's how the conversation went between me and Ed on Saturday:
ME: Hey, Babe?
ED: Yeah?
ME: Can we have dinner tonight at that pizza place in front of the Scarsdale train station?
ED: [With a face of surprise and skepticism] Yeah sure!

This time, we tried many new things!

#1- Contadini Slice- Thinly sliced potatoes and proscuitto

OH.MY.GOODNESS... Here is what I wrote on Chowhound about this slice...
I am not the biggest fan of potatoes... I tend to skip on french fries, baked potatoes, and mashed potatoes unless im REALLY craving it. But the way the potatoes were used in this slice was delish! The thin potato slices were also cooked perfectly... It was not mush, it actually had a nice bite to it. I also thought it was gonna be bland.... i was so wrong. The slice was so flavorful! The herbs and the proscuitto really spiced up the slice! It was just so creative!

Look at those herbs!

#2- Plain Pie straight from the oven!

This was absolutely incredible. It was done right. I got to enjoy the already delicious slice HOT and BUBBLING! Wow. I mean, it was really just so perfect. The crust was crispy, the sauce was flavorful, and there was the right amount of cheese!

Cheese on bottom, sauce on top!


#3- Baked Orzo Primavera- Orzo baked in a creamy sauce with vegetables, topped with mozzarella cheese!

We got to sample this side dish after all our pizza-munching! This was so delicious too... unfortunately, we were already SO full from the pizza that we both only took a few bites. The concept of this dish is very similar to a baked ziti or a baked macaroni and cheese... Their version involves orzo, peas, carrots, and mushrooms in a light creamy sauce and then topped with mozzarella. Like the guy at All' Antica promised, this dish is surprisingly not heavy despite the cream sauce.

I really am starting to LOVE where I live. I got amazing baked goods from Lulu's and amazing pizza from All' Antica!

P.S.- I got to talk with the guys of All' Antica for a bit and I just love the LOVE that they put into the food that they make. They are passionate about their food and it really shows!

My Week of Smiles, Sugar, and Sunshine!

This week was just FILLED with smiles, sugar, and sunshine... the basic, necessary, ingredients of life!

On Thursday, me, Lucy, and Steven went to Orchard Beach in the Boogie Down BRONX!

I've heard in the past that Orchard Beach was pretty ghetto so I avoided going there, but I heard recently, that they made some changes and it was actually REALLY nice!

On Saturday, me and Ed went to Harriman State Park to go hiking. We only had a few hours because we had special plans for after, but it was absolutely heavenly... I really do love to hike. It feels like you are away from the world, just isolated in your own world without any worries <3

Our "special plans" were to go to Woodbury Commons in Monroe, NY for my babe to take me on a shopping spree! My favorite designer, Betsey Johnson, is usually my main attraction here but unfortunately, I did not get anything :-( I did get a REALLY cute white vest and a hot pink belt from PUMA!

I really am spoiled by my baby... he takes such good care of me <3 I LOVE YOU!

He takes care of me physically too... he's my hot bodyguard!

Then today, my friend Steven had a pool party at his aunt's house... Can I just say that I felt like I was on MTV Cribs? The house was huge and absolutely gorgeous. The backyard was HUGE and so well groomed!

The pool was beautiful... they even had a jacuzzi for the cold haters (A.K.A. me)

Ugh... so beautiful, it's disgusting!

My friends, and my silly boyfriend (who is looking DAMN good!)

Such a great weekend! I better enjoy it now because I start school September 3rd!

Thursday, August 21, 2008


...the love of my life! (Sorry, babe!)
But Ed knows how much I LOVE Lulu's in Scarsdale, NY. I am so grateful that this little bakery is located right on my street...a 7 minute walk!

What I Love About Lulu's:
1. Everything is delicious... everything is either so classic or so unique that I am mesmerized. When something is "classic" it's done right, no, PERFECT. The yellow cake is so moist and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Their chocolate chip is so very classic. But it is the best tasting chocolate chip cookie i've ever had. The consistency of the cookie is also the best i've ever had. A chewey-ness that I personally have never been able to achieve in my own journey of baking the perfect chocolate chip cookie! Now when i say "unique" i am talking about their specialty cakes. Right now I am eating a Peanut Butter-Banana-Chocolate cake... Brilliant? I think so. Such a cliche combination but who's ever made it a reality (and this good!?)? Also, their "Maui Wowie" cake is my absolute favorite! A yellow cake with passionfruit curd!!! Perfect combination of tart and sweet! Or how about the Rum Raisin Bar? Never even heard of it, but when my tongue flirted with the flavors, it tasted so right. An oatmeal cookie like base with rum curd, studded with plenty of regular and golden raisins and topped with a crumb topping.
2. Their stuff reminds me of childhood innocence... Yodels, Devil Dogs, enourmous 1/2 pound Cupcakes with pastel Buttercream frosting....
3. Without the friendly faces working at Lulu's, I would be less inclined to go the 3 times a week that i do <3

I have a sampler of Lulu's desserts most nights of the week... I'm a Lulu's addict. It's hard to resist when in every bite, you can taste the quality of all the ingredients that they use.
Here are some pictures that will make you drool...

The dried fruit cookie... crunchy, buttery, crumbly, and every bite has dried fruit!

The infamous chocolate chip cookie... I get excited for the melty, chocolate chunks!

A sliced Yodel... mmm... Cream, cake, and chocolate!

In the front is the Rum Raisin Bar and in the background is the cheesecake brownie... Just look, its beautiful!

Look at this monstrosity...

And the beauty... this was delicious! You have to really concentrate on each flavor; the banana cake, the not-too-overwhelming peanut butter frosting, and the chocolate chips. Its really great!

If you are in Westchester, NY... do yourself a favor and go to Scarsdale and go to LULU'S!!

40 Garth Road,
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: 914-722-8300

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Twist on Brown Rice

Just a quick little post...
I HAD post about my delicious rice that I had for dinner...Shiso-Shirasu Brown Rice

Simple and delicious...

Just add brown rice, chopped up shiso leaves, shirasu, water, and a little bit of shiso dressing into the rice cooker and BAM! Done!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Yeah... I'm still a rocker at heart!

On Saturday, me and Ed went to the Rockstar Mayhem Festival at the New England Dodge Music Center in Hartford, Connecticut featuring Disturbed and Slipknot.

Self-pics with my IPhone... I am getting better!

And this is my angry, rocker, I-have-really-big-teeth look

Disturbed = Ed's FAVORITE band!
Slipknot = My FAVORITE band circa 1998 (haha!)

Some other bands we saw were Walls of Jericho (she's so intense!), Mastadon, Underoath, Suicide Silence, and Machine Head.
Moshpits are so nostalgic!

My First German Chocolate Cake!

I made my first ever German Chocolate Cake for my lovely friend Danielle (a.k.a. Double DD). She says she's really not a dessert person but she really likes German Chocolate Cake... so of course for her 2 year anniversary, I kept that fact in mind and decided to make, with my co-baker Lucy, to make her the most delicious German Chocolate Cake!
I went on a search for some recipes and found the best-sounding one here...German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Filling by Cook's Illustrated

Anyways, me and Lucy did not change ANYTHING in the recipe... we got started on the cake part first.
Me and Lucy were so proud of our cakes!

And of course, I wanted to eat it immediately...

Of course, I don't know how to "evenly fill the 2 cake pans" so they came out a little bumpy and uneven.

Beautiful nonetheless...

The next day, we made the filling... OMG look at this gooeyness (NOTE: This is a pre-toasted pecan pic)

And then with the pecans... How can you resist, right Lucy??

And then... ASSEMBLY TIME!!!

GORGEOUS!... this is probably the most aesthetically-pleasing looking cake I've ever made!

And Final Product??


The special girl blowing out her candles! Her smile is so contagious!

Oh yeah baby...

And the cut