Friday, June 29, 2012

Foodie Friday: Lemony Potato, Broccoli, and Goat Cheese Salad

As some of you may know, I moved into a new apartment on Wednesday. I haven't had time to unpack my kitchen, but I didn't want to postpone the Foodie Friday fun! Krystle, who blogs at Fashion & a Cup of Tea, generously offered to provide one of her favorite recipes (from BBC Good Food) for today's post. Krystle blogs about feminine fashion & yummy teas, and once she gets her oven sorted out, you'll be able to find some great baking recipes on her website too! Be sure to check out her blog - and try her yummy recipe too!

The summer season calls for gorgeous salads—it's pretty much a requirement. Now is the perfect time to create colorful & healthy meals, adding a bit of sass to your usual greens. I found a delicious salad recipe that's perfect to add as a side dish or to eat as a main meal.



Ingredients:
  • 500g bag new potatoes
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 1 broccoli head, cut into florets
  • 200g green beans, trimmed
  • 20g pack dill, leaves roughly chopped
  • 100g goat's cheese
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Method:
  1. Boil the potatoes for 12-15 minutes until tender. (You could also opt to roast them in the oven for 20 minutes at 420F if you like them a bit crispier like me). Lift out with a slotted spoon, drain well, then place in a serving bowl with the oil, lemon zest and juice. Leave to cool.
  2. Add the broccoli and beans to the pan of boiling water. Cook for 4 minutes until tender but still with some bite. Drain, then cool under cold running water.
  3. Stir the drained broccoli and beans into the cooled potatoes with the dill and some seasoning (salt and black pepper will do). Break the goat's cheese into chunks and scatter over with the pine nuts.  
  4. Enjoy!




Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Dress(ing)

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Steve Madden (Macy's); Dress: Buffalo Exchange; Clutch: Thrifted; Sandals: Forever 21

On warmer days, I, like most people, try to keep my outfits as simple as possible. That's why, in the summer season, cute dresses are my go-to. This dress is my most recent acquisition, and I'm a little bit obsessed. It's loose & flowy, cool & comfy. Plus, it has a fabulous pattern & fabulous colors, which make it super easy & fun to accessorize. Here, I added my favorite red clutch & some yellow nails for a day B & I spent at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I'll be posting more about my day there next week!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Best of Boston: Boston Duck Tours

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Ever since my first visit to Boston a few years ago, I've wanted to take a Duck Tour. Even after I moved to Boston, my desire continued. Hubby would never oblige me by going with me (too touristy, he said), so my friend Ally & I decided to take a Duck Tour together, partly as a reward for finishing finals & our first year of law school. We went last Friday & had an absolute blast!

First, let me explain what a Duck Tour is for those of you who may be unfamiliar with the concept: it's a historical tour of Boston that takes place using World War II replica amphibious vehicles, known as Ducks. You heard right. Amphibious. That means part of the tour takes place on land, and part of the tour takes place in the water.

The tour begins on land, where you see & learn about many of the most interesting buildings & places around the city, including various churches and the new & old State Houses, all which you can see below.

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As you see each site, you also hear stories about its history & fun facts from an informative & entertaining guide. For unfamiliar tourists, this tour provides an excellent survey of the city's major landmarks. For the familiar Bostonian, this tour gives a deeper understanding & appreciation of the city. Ally & I were both shocked by all of the new information we learned - especially because we consider ourselves to be pretty savvy Bostonians! 

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After the land leg of the tour, the Duck hits the water of the Charles River. The informative tour continues here, but the real highlight is the spectacular view of the Boston & Cambridge skylines. Unless you're lucky enough to own your own boat, there's no other way to experience the city this way. It's truly breathtaking!

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So, yes, Duck Tours may be a bit touristy. But they're also interesting, informative, and so much fun - for tourists & natives alike!

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Disclosure: Boston Duck Tours provided me with a complimentary ticket for the tour. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Weather Woes

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Old Navy; Scarf: TJ Maxx; Vest: Old Navy; Belt: Old Navy; Top: Lands' End Canvas; Shorts: Levi's; Flats: Thrifted; Purse: Talbot's (Thrifted)

I don't know about the rest of you, but we've been experiencing some weird weather in Boston recently. First, there were several days when the temperature remained around a cool 65 degrees (which I absolutely loved), followed by several days when the temperature climbed to around 100 degrees (which I absolutely hated).

I barely left my apartment & certainly didn't get dressed in anything remotely stylish on those hot days, so today I'm sharing a few photos that were obvi taken on one of the cooler days we had last week. I love me some spring layering!

I wore this outfit for big brunch with B, my sister & her boyfriend, and a couple of my cousins. We went to Zoe's in Harvard Square. It was amazing.

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First off, the menu was huge. Even when I decided I wanted an omelet, I was left with almost an entire page of delicious choices.

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I finally chose the Tuscan omelet, which was stuffed full of sundried tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and avocado. It was huge & fabulous, as you can probably tell from the photo.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Go with the Flow

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Outfit Details: Fedora: Gabriel Brothers; Dress: Kenneth Cole (thrifted); Purse: Vieta (TJ Maxx); Flip-flops: Gap

I know, I know. According to all the rules of fashion, I should have belted this dress. It's a bit big & shapeless on me, and, as a result, it's not nearly as flattering as it could have been had I defined my waist. That being said, I eschewed the rules & opted instead to wear the dress as is - big, flowy, and super comfy. It was the perfect outfit to accomplish my objectives for that Friday afternoon: sitting outside for hours, getting slightly tipsy on sangria, and catching up with my dear friend Ally.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Foodie Friday: Peasant Salad

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As the temperatures rise (we're going on day #3 above 90 degrees here in Boston), I've been looking for recipes that are both light & substantive - a difficult task, sometimes - for lunches & dinners. When making lunches, I also must consider how well the meal will travel, as I often pack my lunch & eat it at work several hours later. This makeshift Peasant Salad satisfies all the above criteria. And it's tasty too!

Here's what you'll need (quantities will vary depending on how large of a salad you're making, so I'm leaving it open-ended):

Cucumber slices
Green & yellow zucchini slices
Red, yellow, and green pepper slices
Tomato chunks
Low-fat feta cheese 

For dressing: Mix a 2:1 combination of lemon juice & olive oil

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Matt Nathanson at Fairmont Copley

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Outfit Details: Sunnies: Ray-Ban (Hubby's); Dress: Forever 21; Belt: The Limited; Clutch: Thrifted; Bracelets: In Pink, American Eagle; Sandals: Forever 21

A couple of weeks ago, I was stalking my Twitter feed when I saw that the Fairmont Copley Hotel had tweeted that Matt Nathanson, one of my absolute favorite musicians, would be playing a free concert in the hotel's Oval Room on June 15th. All I had to do was send an e-mail to reserve my spot, which I promptly did. So last Friday, I, along with my hubby, sister, and sister's boyfriend, got all dolled up & headed to Fairmont Copley for the evening.

It was my first time there, so upon my arrival I spent a little while exploring. It is an overwhelmingly beautiful place. I'm sure my photos don't do it justice, but I hope you get an idea of just how incredible it is.

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The event, held in the hotel's Oval Room, was small & intimate, a nice change from the normal concert setting. Guests sat at tables, each of which had a great view of the stage.

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I had seen Matt Nathanson in concert once before, and, again, he put on an amazing, acoustic show. Matt is a great live performer, and he is also absolutely hilarious - a very entertaining combination. Even the boys enjoyed themselves!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Giveaway: Lux Bond & Green Gift Card

As many of you know (and can read about here), last week I attended a David Yurman fall preview party at Lux Bond & Green, an amazing jewelry store founded in 1898. Today, LB&G continues to represent & partner with respected international watch, jewelry, and gift brands at its eight locations in West Hartford Center, Somerset Square Glastonbury, Greenwich Ave. Greenwich, The Shops at the Mohegan Sun, Main Street Westport, Evergreen Walk South Windsor, Central Street Wellesley and Downtown Boston

So here's the best part: Lux Bond & Green gave me a $75 gift card, which can be used at any location, to give to you!

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To enter to win, leave a comment here or send me an e-mail (chillairandperfume@gmail.com). Be sure to include your name & e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway will be held open for one week, and the winner will be chosen randomly.

In the meantime, visit Lux Bond & Green's website & drool over their beautiful pieces!