Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekend in Pictures

One of my favorite coffee shops in San Francisco: Angelina's

Raisin Swirl from Angelina's 

 Fishies in the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

Pizza with Burrata & a Fried Egg, De La Rosa. Because everything is better with a fried egg. 

Nectarine bar at the Fort Mason Farmers Market - don't mind if I do

Yeah. It was a really nice weekend.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Roasted Corn and Edamame Salad

Random thoughts on this fine Wednesday.

1. Lana Del Rey: Woah. I finally cracked down and bought her album, Born To Die.  I gotta say...I absolutely love it. Her voice is slightly...morbid. But then, like, sexy. As my friend Kacey would say, "I don't know...I'm just...confused." But seriously. That title track is amazing. Between Lana's album and Fiona's new album...I'm pretty much in music heaven. #BornToDie

2. St. Georges Distillery & Hangar One Vodka: I went to this Distillery this past weekend for an amazing day! I plan to do a separate post later this week...but here is a sneak preview, specifically of the Brooklyn (gin-based) Tea.

And then after the day at the Distillery, of course, we were anxious to try out the vodka Tanya purchased...and by anxious, I mean, we couldn't wait until we were back in San Francisco; it had to be consumed while waiting for the Ferry. Nice vodka-tasting technique, Tanya. I see you smelling that spirit.

3. T-minus 9-days to my favorite weekend of the year - Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley: Next weekend, my lovely friend Katie and I are going to Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival for the second year in a row. Three straight days of yoga while outside in the gorgeous Squaw Valley sunshine, lots of organic, local, fresh food, and live music? Pretty much my heaven. Not to mention that I get to wear spandex for three days straight. Pretty much livin' the dream.

So, in the spirit of anticipation of the greatest weekend of the year, we have my Roasted Corn and Edamame Salad.

This post is so seasonal. Except not Fall, but rather, Summer. No seriously, it is. If sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh corn off the cob don't taste like Summer, I don't know what does! Besides ice cream.

Roasted Corn & Edamame Salad

2 cups small cherry tomatoes, washed and with any greens plucked
3-4 ears-worth of corn kernels
2 cups edamame, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoons crushed garlic
1 small bunch of chopped fresh basil - about 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, sea salt, and garlic. Place your corn and edamame on a cookie sheet or in a casserole dish. Brush the olive oil mixture over the corn and edamame. Sprinkle generously with fresh ground pepper. Place in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until edamame starts to brown. Stir every 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, place tomatoes and basil. When the edamame and corn is done, combine with the tomatoes and basil. Add the Red Wine Vinegar. Mix everything together, gently, making sure not to crush tomatoes. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

Farmers Market Cherry tomatoes, pre-stem plucking; tasted like candy!

Serve this cold or at room temperature. This will keep for a few days in the refrigerator; it will also freeze well. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Five Thing(s) Friday

1. My New Favorite Breakfast:

Plain greek yogurt + banana + oats + peanut butter + a drizzle of honey. 

I absolutely love breakfast. I am totally a morning person. I look forward to my morning run, my morning coffee, and my morning breakfast. The latter of which, usually involves copious amounts of almond butter. People at work have recently been asking me, what are you eating? I tell them what it is and they say "wow, that's a lot of effort." I don't think it is though, when it keeps me full for hours. And it's healthy and delicious. Don't question the peanut butter. Just trust.

2. It's The Little Things:

Last night, I was listening to my iPod while walking home. Hotel Chelsea Nights by Ryan Adams came on, followed by, Beth/Rest by Bon Iver. Two of my very favorite songs. Back to back. It was such a simple and sweet coincidence. In that moment, I felt I needed to remind myself that it really is the little things, sometimes.

3. meat!?

My Mom called me earlier this week concerned about a recent conversation with my big sister. I asked her what was wrong and she told me my Sister had mentioned in a casual conversation that she was thinking about becoming a Vegetarian. Debbie was not pleased. I assured her I was still 100% a carnivore. 

Popcorn sprinkled with bacon #passionateaboutpork

And promptly helped my roommate eat her vegetables fried in my bacon fat left over from the best salad ever.  

4. My Other Favorite Go-To Breakfast:

Simple! Two pieces of toast (gluten-free, for me). Almond Butter. Flax Seeds. Bananas. Lots of texture.

5. My New Favorite Songs: 

My favorite muni/walking-to-work song: As Much As I Ever Could by City & Colour. Just.Listen.

My go-to workout song: Dancing On My Own by Robyn. It's got a good beat. And it reminds me of GIRLS, since it was on the show when Hannah and the guy were dancing ridiculously while her friend accidentally smoked crack.

PS I was disappointed in the finale. But I still love Hannah and all her awkwardness. 

PPS I got told yesterday by a girl at work "You are the most awkward person ever." 

I'll take awkward over vegetarian, any day though.