Thursday, September 13, 2012

little bits.

a recent purchase. 

i need this.

windows down on a road-trip.

waking up with the sun.

celebrating boyfriend's birthday in july.

elephants on my shirt. {from asos}

a gift from work.

home cooked meal by my mama.

wall art at a local bar.

all photos from my iPhone.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

what i wore...not to a wine festival.

it was a gorgeous saturday morning. i was printing off my ticket to the maryland beer and wine festival and packing a bag stuffed with a blanket, rain boots (just in case), snacks, and sunscreen. i checked the weather one last time and it still read 50% chance of thunderstorms. i prayed hard for the those storms to back off - i was looking forward to this day too much for it to be ruined.

i wanted to be comfortable at the park. i knew we'd be sitting down on a blanket for 6 hours and a dress would be too revealing. especially once wine got involved. i opted for my floral shorts (they sometimes tease the eye into thinking it's a skirt), a simple black tank, and my always reliable mustard cardigan. my idea of a perfect sitting-in-the-grass-at-a-wine-festival outfit.

i waited on the couch for my friend to call me to tell me she was on her way. 30 minutes passed and i noticed a huge storm cloud out my window. "oh no you don't", i thought to myself. i was having a GREAT hair day and i was totally digging my outfit. "i spent way too much time doing my hair for nobody to see this". 

(editor's note: i probably blow dry and straighten my hair once or twice a month. it takes too damn long!)

when my friend arrived we were having doubts. it was already drizzling. we called our other friend who lives in maryland close to where the festival was being held and she told us it was storming and that it didn't look like it was giving up any time soon. my friend and i let out a big sigh, hung up, and sat back on the couch. "no wine festival today," we said. 

my typical self would have changed right out of my clothes and in to some comfy sweatpants and called it a day. instead, my inner girly girl told myself to get up off the couch and show the world my sitting-in-the-grass-at-a-wine-festival outfit. so that's what we did. i told my friend that rain or shine we were still going to have ourselves an afternoon of drinking beer and wine...just inside.

we got in the car, drove to the closest bar, and stayed until 2am. not so much wine was had, but there was definitely a lot of beer. and some pickle shots.


 cardigan {urban outfitters}
tank {express}
shorts {target}
sandals {nine west}
necklace {dream weaver}

was there ever a time when you got ready to go to an event, it got cancelled, and then you were bummed that no one would see your perfectly done hair and cute outfit? 

or am i just the crazy one?

Monday, September 10, 2012

a review from a non "foodie".

by no means do i consider myself, by technical terms, a "foodie". yes i love to eat. and i love to go out to eat. and i love cooking/baking. but i'm no expert.

so it only makes sense i write a restaurant review, right?

it's my blog and i do what i wanna.

but for all seriousness, i love going out to eat and trying new restaurants. so when we found out the dates to restaurant week in our town center this summer we planned well in advance. there is quite a selection of places in our new hood so the decision was a bit overwhelming. to narrow it down we first decided on what kind of fare we wanted. it ended up being seafood which brought us to two places. we settled on passionfish.

the restaurant was absolutely stunning. as soon as you walk in, it opens up to the grand dining room with an elegant stairway that takes you to a second floor with additional seating that overlooks the entire restaurant. we made reservations and were seated right away. within seconds, yes seconds (!), our waiter greeted us with a beautiful little dish of toasted bread and salmon butter (!!!)

the deal with restaurant week varies by restaurant but basically those that participate have three course prix-fixed menus for a reduced price. although with passionfish they allowed you to pick any entree on their regular menu. our waiter gave us plenty of time to review their extensive menu - which i appreciated because i'm so indecisive when it comes to ordering. 

we ordered a bottle of their pinot grigio tiamo (i'm a strong believer in having white with fish) and even though it was not my absolute favorite, it was still pretty good. i ordered their blue crab and corn chowder soup as my appetizer and it was SO GOOD! i thought the corn would over power the dish, but it didn't at all. there were huge chunks of blue crab floating around and the portion size was very generous (boyfriend had the classical peruvian style ceviche, and loved it). sometimes restaurants skimp on their portion sizes during restaurant week but this place did not fail in that aspect.

around 15-20 minutes after we finished our appetizers (a perfect amount of time for yours truly) our entrees came out. i ordered the jumbo lump crab cakes (what can i say, i like crabs), and a side of sweet potato fries (boyfriend ordered the swordfish steak with a side of sweet potato fries too). i was beyond shocked at how large the plates were. and at how many fries they gave us. we each got buckets. BUCKETS, I TELL YA! we ended up splitting one bucket of fries and took the other one home with us. the crab cakes were scrumptious. no filler. all crab. and i got two of them. boyfriend was very jealous!

after this course we were beyond stuffed but we after all, there was dessert. we both ordered the chocolate mousse praline crunch cake which was mediocre (it was the only chocolate option on their prix-fixed menu). i'm not a huge fan of mousse so i wasn't really "wow'ed" by it, but nonetheless, it was a sweet ending to an incredible meal. the best part? all of this food only cost us each $30 (not including the wine). oh and we couldn't help but admire their huge raw bar at the entrance. we hear they have an amazing sushi bar too so we will definitely be going back to passionfish!

i definitely recommend going out during restaurant week especially if you are looking to try out a new place, without emptying your wallet.

i know this isn't what i normally write about so thanks for reading (if you've even made it this far!!)

do you guys take advantage of restaurant week?
any new places you've enjoyed recently?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

fresh snapper.

here is a dish that's sure to knock your socks off.

{who even says that}.

no, but really. this fresh red snapper with black bean salsa and sliced avocado is a new favorite of mine. and so easy to make!

here's what you'll need:

- 4 red snapper fillets
- 1 avocado
- seasoned flour
- 1 can black beans
- 1/2 sliced pineapple
- 1 chopped tomato
- 1 chopped jalapeno
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 lime
- 1/4 cup cilantro 

here's what you'll need to do:

1. drench snapper fillets in seasoned flour
2. pan-fry in butter on medium heat - 3 minutes per side
3. mix ingredients for salsa (cilantro, onion, tomato, jalapeno, pineapple, juice of lime)
4. slice up avocado

see! so easy!

now, excuse me while i go to the grocery store and pick up these ingredients again.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

what i dinner.

did you all have a nice long labor day weekend? i can't believe it's the end of summer and fall is just around the corner. where did it go? we took advantage of the holiday sales and went shopping at the outlets for some fall clothes. i picked up some great pieces that i can't wait to wear! we had our second wedding of the year on saturday night in DC and on sunday we had friends from richmond stay with us. i sure am pooped!

one of my favorite shirts that i can't wait to transition to fall is my j.crew chambray shirt. i paired it with shorts a few weeks ago on a rare chilly night here in northern virginia and i'm looking forward to wearing it with some colored jeans and riding boots this fall. 

shirt {j.crew}
shorts {j.crew}
sandals {banana republic}
watch {michael kors}

what's been your favorite piece of summer clothing that you can't wait to transition to fall?


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