I Am... Friday Finds: 8.28.15

Another week just flew by and I cannot believe we're almost into September, which happens to be my favorite month of all. As a super geeky kid, I LOVED back to school, so September always reminds me of fresh new pencils, unmarred notebooks, and crispy-crunchy fall days. Plus, it's my birthday month, so there's that! As much as I love summer, I'm looking forward to fall. I just want me some cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and hearty stew. I know, I know, I'm a cliche.

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I Am... Meatball Parmesan Sliders

They say the way into someone's heart is a through their stomach. In my case, I have a sandwich shaped keyhole in my tummy that will let you right in – I absolutely love sandwiches. Earlier this year, while Mike and I were in NYC, we planned a little walking/eating tour from our hotel in Soho all the way to Smorgasburg, in Brooklyn.

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I Am... Spicy Chicken Meatballs and Grilled Cheese Skewers

I'm an extremist. I like excess, but I like restraint too. Sometimes, when there's too much to choose from I get choice paralysis. If I'm not careful, when I'm at the grocery store, I'll buy a bit of everything and realize that I don't have ingredients to make any specific thing. It helps if I bring along lists or have a clear idea of what I'm going to make. Sometimes though, I make the best things when I'm restricted.

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I Am... Smoked Gouda Potato Pancakes

Are you the kind of person that likes to hang out near the passed appetizers at a party? I've been known to awkwardly stalk the waitstaff coming out of the kitchen in hopes to get first dibs on the freshest bite-sized, handheld deliciousness. I just love tiny, bite sized food. What I don't love is when appetizers don't live up to my expectations – I'm looking at you, sad spinach dip (just kidding, I love spinach dip!). Fear not, I'm pretty sure all appetizers have the potential to be awesome.

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I Am... Thyme for Gin & Tonics

Hey guys...it's thyme for some G&Ts! Heehee, sorry I'm so not very punny, but I just couldn't resist. Anyway, the lovely Sherrie and Renee are hosting a big ol' boozy (and non-boozy) #drinkthesummer bash and I thought I'd bring the ever classy gin and tonic. Gin and tonics are super simple, and as with most super simple things, easy to mess up. Because there are essentially only two ingredients, they better be the best damn two ingredients you can get your hands on.

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I Am... Avocado Pasta Recipe

Avocado pasta has been floating around the internet forever but even though I have a major obsession with avocados, I was never compelled to give it a go. I just couldn't really imagine warm avocado sauce. It's not that I had a problem with warm avocados – I've had avocado fries (deep-fried tempura avocado) and they're delicious! As was this pasta, when I finally decided to give it a try.

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I Am... Friday Finds: 8.14.15

On Wednesday night Mike and I checked out The Perseids. At midnight we hopped in our car and drove down a deserted ghostly highway to make our way past the edge of the city to where the water laps the shore. We spread out our blanket, I tucked myself into Mike's arm and we let our eyes adjust to the blackest of nights – thank you, new moon. It took a while, but we saw two giant shooting stars together and two tiny ones, separately. I would have lay out there forever but somehow I missed the memo on how you're supposed to dress in the middle of the night in summer. After a while my shivering became too apparent to ignore so we headed home. But it was a blast and they're still on so we might just head out again tonight.

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I Am... Chinese Sausage Potato Salad

Sometimes I get a craving but I don't exactly have the ingredients on hand to make my current obsession. I have this tendency to make do with items that are in the fridge. Call it extreme creativity (or maybe extreme laziness) but I find that a lot of my ah ha! moments with food come about when I substitute in ingredients.

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I Am... Smoked Salmon and Avocado Summer Rolls

Happy Monday friends! Did you guys have a good one? We had a big ol' Vietnamese eating and drinking party on Saturday. According to Mike, these parties are called "nhậu." Basically a bunch of people get together, drink and consume massive amounts of beer snacks. It's kind of like going to an izakaya in Japan, or maybe heading to the bar for happy hour, only we did it at home since there's no such thing as a Vietnamese bar around here.

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I Am... Cotton Candy Affogato

Cotton candy: the stuff childhood dreams are built of. There's just something about its inherent fluffiness and pastel colors that never fails to put a smile on my face. When I was a kid, I used to dream about going to the summer fair just for cotton candy. I'd walk around in awe, staring at everyone running around with their giant sticks of cotton candy. I yearned for a stick of my own, but my mom always bought us cotton candy in bags instead of on a stick.

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I Am... Vietnamese Fish Tacos with Quick-Pickled Carrots and Daikon

Sometimes it feels like everyday is Taco Tuesday around these parts. I'm not complaining though – I'll never say no to a fluffy, soft tortilla filled with deliciousness. Especially when that deliciousness is a decidedly Vietnamese take on fish tacos. The fish here is seasoned with fish sauce, sugar, and a wee bit of turmeric for a happy yellow hue. Toss it all up with some dill, tomatoes, mint, and cilantro and you've got a happy mash-up of Mexican and Vietnamese flavors.

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I Am... Friday Finds: 7.31.15

It's the last Friday before August! This summer seriously flew by and I'm already starting to see back-to-school stuff in stores – eep! I can't believe I haven't gone anywhere this summer and it's already August. We're thinking of planning a trip, but we aren't sure on where yet. Hopefully everything works out because it would definitely be fun to get away for a little bit. I always envy those people with summer cottages. How cute would that be, to just pack up every weekend and head to the cottage for a couple of days campfires and walks by the water? Day dreams...

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