Cocktails and conversation

We had a bit of a heat wave this week, but I still made it to the beach not once, not twice, but three times. Just a few hours each, but enough to do my soul a great deal of good. BTDubs, jcrew bikinis are my favorite – I usually buy new ones at the end of the season for next year.

Fix yourself a cucumber cocktail and pull up a beach chair…

Was that racist? Great read from The NY Times.

Contemplating another winter getaway to the south.

This looks almost as much fun as a treehouse. Reminds me of my monthly trips to Ithaca for work a few years back.

Gorgeous restaurant. I’d order the trout.

Sunday morning bites #3

I’m so incredibly happy that spring is in full swing here. We have just started thinking about our little patch of open air and hopefully we can transform this rather sad “before” into a pleasant place to sit this summer. We are total gardening novices, but we are so proud of our little planter. We toasted it in our festival chairs.

Way, way down at the end of the alley you can see a small black canister. That’s the smoker that belongs to our neighbor, George. George and I went to the same high school, but never met until we moved here. He’s hoping to add a gas grill to his end of the building, and I’m hoping he’ll agree to water our plants while we are on vacation.

There’s not a lot to love about this little alley, but I do like the moss, and the washed brick and the fact that it’s hidden from the world. I would love to hear your suggestions on what to do with the space. 


I’m also completely ready for dress season and online, at least, topshop seems to have some nice options.


Cinco de Mayo: Fish taco recipes

Fish tacos are one of my favorite weeknight meals. It’s easy to do the minimal prep work earlier in the day and then just cook the fish  and warm the tortillas after work.  

Here are some of our favorite taco recipes and a few honorable mentions to go with your Corona this evening:

Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos

Blackened Chicken and Grilled Avocado Tacos: if you haven’t tried a grilled avocado, you’re totally missing out.

Basic Fish Tacos

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas

Sunday morning bites, No. 2


image: montclair film festival
This week marked my triumphant return to physical fitness, so happy to be out running again. Not well enough to to join Ted in this morning’s 5K race. GO TED! But much better overall. 

Spent a great Saturday at a friends house for a BBQ and chili cook-off/ Kentucky Derby party. We brought these lemon bars which are always a winner.

Neck deep in planning my sister-in-law’s baby shower, making me think of this.

I’ve been enjoying this free iPhone app. Like a fitness, diet buddy in my pocket.

Looking forward to seeing The Dinner (picturedthis afternoon at the Montclair Film Festival.

Sunday morning bites

  This week, I finally “graduated” from physical therapy for a strained adductor muscle, was granted permission to start running again, and promptly fell ill with a nasty cold that I have yet to shake. I have managed two short runs which pleased me to no end, and in the rest of the good news department, we may have been granted permission to use some outdoor space behind our apartment – more on that soon, I hope. I scored a few new-to-me cookbooks at the local library book sale, too! 

This week I also enjoyed:

Thoughts on Parisian leftovers

One of the best Moth story hours, in my opinion. 

Getting ready for the Kentucky Derby, with a twist on the traditional.

Will you be my brunch date?

Watching this, and this.

Reading this

Looking forward to: a wine and blues festival, the last gasps of cherry blossoms and these Mad Men recaps.

Have a splendid Sunday!