At 11 1/2 Rambo is ready for a change. He’s going for two new looks this season.
The Work Out Warrior
Which ones do you prefer? Post a comment!
While this is not all about travel, it falls under merry-making + travel + partying. Here are few fun highlights from 2015 – Enjoy and hope it makes you laugh as much as I did while writing it.
This had to have it’s own category. The different Christmas Food Spreads I experienced.
Small: The Witek Family (Keith’s parents)
Party of 5 (all big eaters): Prime rib, croissants, 3 rolls and butter from Christmas Eve dinner at Cody’s Restaurant, caprese salad, 4 baked potatoes, string beans
Large: The Ross Family (my Uncle Frank and Aunt Evelyn)
Party of 5 adults and 3 small children who ate already: Ham, 2 Chicken dishes, 3 veggie dishes, macaroni salad, baked potatoes
Not shown: beef stroganoff, antipasto plate
XXL: Mom and Dad Caruso (no one does it better than my parents who have no concept of portion control or assortment of trays)
Party of 4: There are no hunger games at my house – Salad, Mom’s Famous pepperoni bread + meatballs, sausage and peppers, meatloaf wrapped in bacon, potatoes and onions, raviolis, fresh bread and she always gets me my leaf cookies. Check out the leftovers picture. That’s what we took home!
*I fell in love with Keith even more knowing he was comfortable enough to constructively criticize her pepperoni bread: “You have to go back to semolina. The bread dough you used doesn’t have the structural integrity to hold all the fillings.”
And another that deserves its own category
Epic Rutgers Tailgates – Holy food! Awesome friends! Overdosing on fun! We now have babies at the tailgates. Crap, we’re getting old. Will the team ever win?
Cheers to a memorable 2015!
I am that person that loves symbolic fresh starts and the opportunity to take stock of what I have done and what I need to do. It’s a clean slate. January 1st is a glorious day to set the foundation and tone for the upcoming year.
After some reflection, I realized my personal and work life never had clear demarcation lines, but have always managed (for the most part) to co-exist… OR the people in my life are incredibly patient. I think it’s a bit of both. This helped me realize my hope for the new year: Prioritize better and focus. I’ve become an expert at multi-tasking, but lost much of my focus on one thing at a time…or just paying attention for more than a minute without getting impatient.
This year happens to be the start of my new 5-Year Plan. If you know me, you know about my insane, detailed plans.
Closing out the last plan and seeing all that I’ve done was amazing. I realized I just do shit. I have an idea and whether it works or not, I’ll try it. I guess that’s a good thing but realize sometimes I pile so much on my plate, I get overwhelmed.
So aside from the big hope of the year, here is what I want to accomplish in 2016. Friends and family, please hold me accountable! I am putting this out there.
There’s my hopes for 2016. I think this summarizes it completely:
It’s amazing to think, but in the end, you really get to make your own life. 2016 is gonna be one hell of an adventure.
2015 was truly (another) epic year. Blessed to know and love the people I do that make my life fun and crazy memorable. Cheers to an even better 2016: Try everything, keep learning, live, laugh, travel, eat, be grateful and continue to change your world for the better. Get ready for some great updates tomorrow!
I didn’t believe a piece of meat like this could exist. It’s like finding a unicorn. Filets have always been a favorite cut of mine and if the bone is in, even better! The flavor is astonishing.
Let me introduce you to Strip House’s 60 oz. Bone In Filet – http://www.striphouse.com
Isn’t it beautiful? Oh, that other steak in the picture is their classic strip steak, which is also delicious.
Alright let’s get technical – how is this possible?
Right now only 35 are offered weekly and the steak is not listed on the restaurant’s menu. Call ahead and reserve one. The cost is $180 and so worth it.
The meat sweats are undeniable after this meal, but it’s a decadent, delightful, meaty experience. Happy Holidays!
Yup, it’s that time of year again. Best of Westchester 2016 from Westchester Magazine!
My friend Cristina Racanelli’s pet grooming, daycare and product superstore, Wipe Your Paws (http://www.wipeyourpawsny.com/) will hopefully be winning again this year, but I need my friends and family to vote for her. The applicable categories are Dog Spa, Dog Groomer, Dog Trainer, and Pet Supplies. Please vote for Wipe Your Paws in Mount Kisco!
In life, if you are lucky, you have many groups of friends. Some stay in your life longer than others, but all impact and touch you in certain ways.
Let me introduce the Bad News Bitches (aka: BNBs). My husband, Keith, nicknamed us after all the adventures he’s seen us go through. It’s fitting. Trust me. We have our own coffee table book!
These 3 women have been in my life since middle school – oh, yes, we knew each other during those awkward teenage years and have seen each other through heartbreaks, hopes, loneliness, triumphs, marriage, divorce, babies, and many trips to Miami.
My feelings of affection, admiration and love for these 3 women have only deepened over the years, and during this holiday season I wanted to showcase their talent in the dessert department.
Please note: I have no knowledge of desserts and I don’t pretend to! I’d rather eat two appetizers and an entrée and completely skip that last course… I have been known to order pasta for dessert.
I did realize with the holiday season in full swing, a post on sugary goodness would be nice. These 3 ladies are my experts and I hope you enjoy their recommendations and recipes.
For my recipe I chose a traditional and easy dessert that I make with my sister in law at most holidays. She has been wonderful with embracing the Portuguese culture in her cooking to appease my brother & our family. On her first trip to Portugal she tasted one of my favorite desserts, Serradura (sawdust), and vowed to make it again at home. Now it’s become a staple dessert at every family event. It’s deliciously rich and simple to make!
Linda’s Favorite Bakery
As for my favorite bakery, without a doubt, it’s Magnolia Bakery – http://www.magnoliabakery.com/ I know its cliché, but to this day, I still ask my friends every time we go into the city, “Are we by Magnolia Bakery?” Their cupcakes, in my opinion, are the best cupcakes I have ever tasted. There is something so unique about the buttery richness of their frosting. And let’s not forget the Banana pudding! I could (and have) eaten it by the pound! I dare you to walk by their bakery and not be lured in by the delicious smells of their treats.
Too Much Chocolate Cake Recipe:
I don’t have any recipes that I’ve managed to make my own over the last few years, but this is one of my favorites:
Lauren’s Favorite Desserts at a Restaurant:
While I feel compelled to name something classy, I have to go with the warm chocolate chip sundae cookie. The warm, freshly baked cookie is topped with vanilla ice cream and makes me nostalgic for the simple desserts of my childhood (when I thought that a Friendly’s sundae was a culinary delicacy). Sadly, this is only on the seasonal menu so it is an infrequent treat for me.
My first time visiting Egidio’s was during college. Despite sampling cannoli’s in various bakeries for the last decade, I can’t find anything that comes close to Egidio’s. The filling is rich and creamy, with the chocolate shell providing the perfect ending!
Since it’s the holidays, my recipe contribution has to be Venetians (aka Rainbow cookies or Italian Flag cookies). I’ve been making these every single year since I was 12 years old (even further back than our Holiday dinners at Lauren’s!) and they continue to be a holiday tradition my family won’t let me give up. I’ve made them in more kitchens across more apartments than I care to count and it wouldn’t feel like Christmas if I didn’t make them.
Prep time: 2 hours (1 hour each day, with an overnight setting period)
*Store cookies in the fridge for up to one week
Tricia’s Favorite Desserts at a Restaurant:
I realized that my favorite restaurants have seasonal menus, so a dessert I may have enjoyed a few months back isn’t offered today. That said, these are my 2 favorites on-the-go:
I’ve had a love affair with cheese all my life. Growing up in an Italian household there was never a shortage of it. In my travels, I’ve had the good fortune of eating amazing cheese in Paris and Italy (can I say pure heavenly bliss!). Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d find artisan cheeses in…Wisconsin.
I have visited Madison, WI 3x in my life and have loved every trip. The people are friendly, the food is outstanding and it’s a chill, healthy, active city. But the stand out is truly the cheese – from old favorites to new gems – try them all.
I won’t bore you with cheese education, but highly recommend visiting (if you’re in town) or going on the website of the remarkable Fromagination: http://fromagination.com. It’s a cheese-lover’s paradise. They will break it down by Sheep’s Milk, Mixed/Various Milk, Cow’s Milk, Goat’s Milk and Other Selections.
Before I begin my guide, I must thank the following people for their insight’s and recommendations on this wonderful town: John Kinder, Zachary Correa and Grant Hurless.
Where to Stay:
Where to Eat:
What to Do: