ellis gala preview & boston chops.

first off- happy friday! i dont know about you, but i feel like this week flew by. (not complaining!)

so last night i had the opportunity to attend the ellis gala preview party at the cyclorama courtesy of ted (allis brother) and bny mellon. i wasnt exactly sure what to expect but was excited to catch up with ted and hang out with two of my favorite gals!

getting there was an issue. seriously, uberx is awful these days guys. like, awful. my driver missed my building and got on the highway?! what?! how do you do that. then he didnt know how to cancel (and barely spoke english) so i got charged $10 and had to complain to customer service to get it back…. oh and i couldnt breathe in like any of the outfits i brought to work to change into, so you are going to get to see me in my black and white skirt… again… i swear i have more clothes. i just dont fit in them.) thankfully once i made it to the event, i was greeted with champagne! all is once again right in the world.

champagnethe large space was filled with antiques, fine art, and jewelry. we spent the next two hours going in and out of each vendors space admiring all of the pretty things we could not afford. here are some of my favorites:

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obviously love the paining, but i equally love the frame!
i dont know exactly where this would hang in my studio, however.

braceletcurrently loving all things gold and sparkly.
this picture doesnt do this one justice! it was gorg.

miniature tea setsfun fact: i used to collect miniature tea sets when i was little
if eight year old me was there, i would definitely have thrown a fit if that pink one did not come home with me.

there were lots of apps floating around, but since i had a huge lunch, i shockingly wasnt all that tempted to snack. that was, of course, until the oysters rockefeller came around…

oysters rockdefinitely had two or three of these bad boys. i heart seafood.

you know what they say, time flies when youre sipping champagne having fun, and pretty soon it was time to head over to our dinner reservation at boston chops (but not before taking a poorly lit group shot.)

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i had never been to boston chops, which opened about a year ago (i think), but its def been on my to-do list. once we sat down, ted made the brilliant call that we should all start with a cocktail while we looked over the menu. my drink of choice: the el diabo fizz (tequila, cassis, lime & ginger beer.)

cocktailthis. was. so. good. there were a few other cocktails that sounded delicious, but we all decided red wine was the way to go. one bottle of pinot and one bottle of cab coming up!

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was definitely a fan of this wine, good work ted. we were all gabbing away and needed more time to look at the menu, but i made the executive decision that we should start with some wellfleet oysters.

oystersso good. love wellfleets! i could have easily ate the whole dozen myself. next up was a delicious warm popover. love that they serve these instead of a traditional breadbasket. a little butter, a little salt. carbs always hit the spot.

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finally, we were ready to order. steaks all around! the girls all got the 8oz filet mignons, chris got the 14oz bone in filet, and ted got…. i dont remember what ted got. maybe the prime rib?! hmph. anyways, we all got bearnaise sauce on the side. (i actually got the boston chops house sauce at first, but then changed my mind. give me that creamy deliciousness.) the gals were in charge of ordering the sides, and i think we did a pretty good job if i do say so myself. my choices:

onion rings

onion rings with a spicy aioli (O.M.G.)

mac and cheese

pork belly mac and cheese. (also O.M.G.)

i was too excited with my side dish choices to take pictures of the others, but allis choice was the sour cream & horseradish mashed potatoes and joc chose the spicy broccoli and grilled asparagus. (can you guess who the fat kid is in our group? its me.) seriously though, everything was SO delicious. the potatoes had an awesome kick to it and i want to try and recreate the broccoli at home. (i didnt eat the grilled asparagus- when theres pork belly in front of you, aint nobody got time for that.)

seriously, everything has been completely perfect so far- and our waiter is awesome. queue our steaks.

filetmine looks amazing, but unfortunately the waiter totally forgot to put allis order in. he realizes the mistake and we all decide to just eat the sides and wait until her steak comes out to eat. no biggie, the sides are delish (but still, annoying.)

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waiting also = photo shoot.
again, poorly lit. should have used my real camera! d’oh.

her steak finally comes out and its too bad we didnt switch because hers came out super rare (probably due to the rush order) and mine was more medium (i typically like mine still mooing.) despite being a little overcooked for my taste, it was still very delicious. i wish i hadnt been so full because i only could finish half!

…but of course, im never too full for dessert.  ted had heard that the dessert here was awesome, so we all decided to go for it. i got the gianduja hazelnut tart (carmelized hazelnut, hazelnut praline gelato.)

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this was sooooo good. definitely cleaned my plate. other orders at the table were the warm chocolate cake with black peppercorn ice cream and the pineapple gelee cheesecake with lime sorbet.  both were absolutely delicious, but im biased and still liked mine the best!

oh and since the waiter totally messed up with the steak, he took off the first round of cocktails and the price of her steak from the check, great customer service! and honestly, he was an awesome waiter otherwise, we all make mistakes… cheers to a wonderful dinner! thank you ted.

cheersoh and super exciting- when i got home, found a package for me in the hallway. our masquerade masks for the swan lake black and white masquerade on halloween were delivered! love them. glad we opted to go the feather route.

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the past few days have been super busy but so much fun! i have dinner plans with teresa and kristin tonight (back to SoWa to myers & chang) and then totallyyyyyy plan on sleeping in tomorrow. (gotta rest up for fleetwood mac tomorrow night! woo!) hope everyone has a great weekend!

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WIAW: a day in the life

i always love reading “day in the life” posts and “what I ate wednesday” posts, so figured id give one a shot! hopefully you enjoy it too. (i mean lets be honest, its fun creeping peeking in on other peoples lives, no?)

3:45am: wake up. i fell asleep way too early on tuesday and now im wide awake. avoid moving so buster doesnt wake up too. read some blogs, reply to a missed text from michelle and send mg a “hello” message (its already mid morning for her!) at some point, fall back asleep.

6:00am: buster is awake and hungry. try to ignore him and go back to sleep. hes meowing at something out the window. i fall back asleep for a few more minutes and dream about pushing him out said window.

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7:10am: drag myself out of bed. its still dark and raining, but i’ve pressed snooze more times than i should have. feed my stupid cat. (you know hes angry when there’s a sock next to the bowl. i have no idea where he finds them, its like the dryer that eats one sock shoots them out to buster. but seriously, every morning i dont wake up when he wants me to, you can be sure there’s a sock there…. also, there’s a few pieces left in your bowl dummy. eat that to hold you over.)

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8:00am: leave for work. know im meeting up with alli and victoria after, so spent a few extra minutes curling my hair. happy with the finished product. (also- loving my new arrested development cell phone case. theres always money in the banana stand!)

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8:25am: arrive at work. jeez, its a good thing i spent time doing my hair this morning… i hate humidity! isnt that supposed to be the one perk of fall? you lose the sunshine and warmth but you get cool, good hair days? ugh… what a waste…. (also, enjoy my creepy elevator picture. good thing no one else got in… #awkward)

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8:26am: pit stop in bathroom to make myself look somewhat more presentable. hairs a lost cause, but a little extra bronzer and another coat of mascara never hurt anyone…

8:30am: read through emails from overnight while drinking a coffee, respond where needed.

9:00am: head upstairs for the wednesday morning meeting- my favorite meeting of the week! while i dont play a huge role in this one- i always find it the most interesting (and the most entertaining.) listen. take notes. chime in where needed.

11:15am: meeting is over and im back at my desk.  my stomachs been rumbling since 10-something, so grab my greek yogurt out of the fridge and mix in a tablespoon of teddie peanut butter (super chunky) and a tablespoon or two of oats. per usual, this hits the spot! also, snagged a cookie someones wife made. planned on eating this after lunch, but end up eating it with breakfast. it’s almost noon, so thats ok, right? finish eating and get back to work.

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1:05pm: im definitely not actually hungry, but i dont feel like having a sweet taste in my mouth anymore. was going to have some pizza goldfish, but decided on having wasabi peas (im addicted!) and a diet coke. popped a few in as i plugged along on a project.

6 snack

2:15pm: ok now im actually hungry again. take a little break to heat up some chicken and broccoli.  my favorite chicken happens to be the laziest chicken around- perdue perfect portions with italian seasoning. they cook fast, can be frozen individually, and always come out moist with just the right amount of seasoning. poured some bolthouse farms honey mustard yogurt dressing on the side to dip the broccoli in since its just plain- ive been super lazy with meal planning this week. finish eating in about 2.5 minutes (seriously, i need to stop inhaling my food) and get back to work…

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3:00pm: i want something sweet. have piece of pumpkin seed brittle while i read through some notes. this stuff is dangerously good. (and its why whats left is being stored at the office and not at home.) i have another piece, blame my mother for buying it for me, and then get back to work. have to leave on time today, so focus focus focus.

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4:30pm: change into jeans, cowboy boots and an old tshirt. spray my hair with some dry shampoo (new-to-me-brand: batiste. i usually stick with pssst.) leave work and head over to international place to meet alli & victoria. we are being good humans and volunteering at the greater boston food bank later tonight. its still gross out. dry shampoo did nothing (not sure if its the brand or the weather.) hoping there are no cute boys volunteering since i look like a mess. (or, if there are, they are cute boys who dont mind messy hair.)

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4:45pm: get to one international place. alli and victoria are still finishing up work. i park up in the palm bar. never been there before, but its an awesome space. high ceilings. great cocktails (i got the cucumber lime gimlet- recommend), good company. hello lots of business men.

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5:30pm: alli & victoria are able to leave work and we hop in a cab. queue volunteering at the boston food bank. tonight our job is to sort meat into different bins. pork in one. beef in another. alli oddly likes packing up chicken boxes. processed meat (aka hot dogs) is my jam. victoria is just a rockstar.

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7:50pm: we have packed 9,065lbs of meat; between all of us volunteering, thats an average of 292lbs a person. and thats enough meat for 7,000 meals. you can’t help but feel good about yourself after that. (you also can’t help but purrell yourself.) alli, victoria and i decide we will start doing this monthly.

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7:51pm: victoria and i decide to pose besides the trash meat. because I’ve never seen ground beef turn white before. and the only way for us to not have nightmares about it is to make it a joke.

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8:05pm: we try to go to toro for dinner but ::shocker:: theres an hour and a half wait. instead we go across the street to get sushi at a place teresa has recommended to me, seiyo. its half sushi restaurant/half wine shop. two of my favorite things!

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8:30pm: we start with wine, salad and edamame. can’t really mess this up, but its good.

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8:45pm: i get the sashimi plate and an unagi (eel) roll. both are amazing, especially for the price. ($24 total)

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9:30pm: we finish dinner and head across the street to toro. its literally a monsoon. amen there is wine waiting for us on the other side. and churros. my goodness, the churros dipped in chocolate sauce are sooo good.

IMG_09319:45pm: alli determines she doesn’t have a picture of me for her favorites in her iPhone. i determine i also don’t have one of her. queue: candlelight pictures. could she be any prettier? don’t think so. so lucky to have such nice, thoughtful and beautiful friends :)

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11:00pm: we finish our bottle of wine and head home. i shockingly (/not shockingly) have 8,000 packages from amazon prime (i blame you stepfaddy.) an iPhone protector screen, cat stuff, new scarf, other assorted random stuff, magazine…this is when a boyfriend comes in handy. this ish is heavy to carry up two flights of stairs! 

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11:10pm: get everything up into my apartment. change into pjs. write this post. (note: i looked really creepy writing down times all day that i did stuff. but i hoped you enjoyed this! i enjoyed posting it all tonight.)

and now, off to bed. thanks to jenn for hosting WIAW!

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a family filled (fat kid) fairfield weekend!

if fun = pounds, then this weekend was lots of fun. (three and a half according to my scale, to be exact.) thursday night i headed down to fairfield after work.  in tote was a bacio cake (dark chocolate & hazelnut) for my dad i had ordered from modern pastry earlier in the week.

IMG_0771as my mother stated about seven hundred and fifty three times, this cake is so good. im a big mikes pastry gal, but when it comes to cakes, moderns has a leg up in my book (minus the fact they don’t have bags for their cakes. that made carrying it, along with my luggage, in 97% humidity, with no cabs in sight….interesting. read: i had a breakdown and started crying in post office square.)

friday morning i relaxed in bed for a bit after waking up and finally got around to watching the first episode of top chef.  im SO excited that this season was filmed in boston. especially if it means they keep showing this guy… swoooooon

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once i rolled my bloated bod out of bed i decided to hit up the tanning bed- gotta keep up that base for vegas baby! the place that i used to go to in fairfield randomly shut down (which was annoying, i still had tans there!) so i found a new place on yelp to try out.  i actually really liked the place- they had nice beds for reasonable prices (it was in the bob’s plaza on the post road for any fairfielders reading) but was def a bit caught of guard by this sign:

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um….how often does that happen that they felt the need to post a sign?! yikes. after i got my bronze on i headed to trader joes to pick up some cookies & cream cookie butter i had read about on a blog for my brother. the kid loves oreos and trader joes can usually do no wrong, so figured it was a must try.

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it tastes pretty much like smashed up oreos in frosting- aka im not allowed to buy it for myself because i would eat the whole jar with a spoon. (actual suggestions for use on the jar are spread on pancakes, waffles, eaten with pretzels or on top of ice cream. i still think a spoon seems like the best option.) while i was there i also picked up some of my favorite mini brie bites and a jar of coconut oil.  i have no idea what im going to use this for, but a lot of recipes ive seen lately use it- so figured might as well keep some on hand. aka it was an impulse buy. oh, and my mom had bought me a box of pumpkin seed brittle from TJs that is absolutely delicious if you’re a brittle fan (which i am.) i ate half the box in the middle of the night.

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gave my brother his gift when he got back from school and then he gave me mine- ahhh! im so exciteddddd. good work little bro. (something tells me mom helped you pick out this one…)

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i read about the yonanas on carrots n cake a while back and have had my eye on one ever since. i have a huge sweet tooth, so this will at least give me a healthier night time treat! (plus i can stock up on ripe bananas super cheap at haymarket.)  once i make a batch, ill give you a full review! speaking of reviews- how hysterical is this review for the yonanas on amazon?! i almost died laughing when my brother read it to me!

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 6.41.49 PMfor his birthday dinner, alex chose to go to modern apizza in new haven. in case you’re not from connecticut, new haven is the place for pizza. id been to pepe’s and sally’s before, but never modern.

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and because four people clearly need three medium pizzas, we ordered (from left to right) a white clam pizza (my choice), a fresh tomato pizza (my moms choice) and a bacon pizza (alexs choice). we also ordered all of them well done, which usually i love, but mine was a bitttt too dark around the edges.

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clearly, that stopped me from eating it all. HA. psychhhhh. we all cleaned plate. normal. since we were in a total food coma, we headed home and ate some oreo dirt pie and leftover cake (because that’s what you’re supposed to do when your full is eat more, right?) the parents headed to bed and alex and i watched silence of the lambs (birthday boys pic- 18 means rated R moviessss.) i hadn’t seen that movie in ages and forgot how good it is!

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saturday morning was party prep time sine we had the family coming over for our big birthday bash!  i picked up ingredients to make laurens guacamole (really tough guys: premade guac + a container of feta.) apparently no one else in my family likes guacamole (?!) so i ate about half of it on my own…. healthy fats, right? right.

Untitledwe also had ordered subs from jersey mikes that were awesome! my favorite: the italian with extra pepper relish (<- if you like spicy, make sure you add these to your sub!)

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maia also brought over some spinach pita- my favorite! (too bad my brother ate almost all of it and i only got one slice. i swear, im not angry at all….grrrrr.)

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pretty soon my favorite little buddy came over and we spent time walking up and down the stairs….

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rolling the big ball around

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and of course there were lots of snuggles!

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always love spending time with little sophia grace! i can’t believe how big she’s getting. pretty soon it was time to blow out the candles. october birthdays: chris (49), me (29), olivia (21), alex (18), and soph (2)!

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everybody make a wish!

that night i headed out to south norwalk to meet up with some girlfriends and pete (who i hadn’t seen in months!) we went to harlan publick that had a really cool outdoor space with bocce (although it was a bit too cold to be outside) and i loved how the inside space was decorated- exposed beams/pipes, funky hanging old-looking lights… i can’t think of the word to describe it now (not modern… gah… what is it) but was a lot of fun! would def recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.

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headed back to boston at around two o’clock on sunday. since i knew the diet was going to be starting HARDCORE today, i figured why not add on to the calorie count with a little pad thai. my current thai delivery spot is thai bistro on high street. they are pretty good, but not out of this world, so im open to suggestions!

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wide noodles are where its at.

so i think that about sums up the weekend! now i need to go eat vegetables, drink water, and unpack. (maybe. if buster lets me.)

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oh, and i finished up brothers & sisters on netflix and need a new show to binge watch. anything good i might have missed?! let me know!

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