A Week in Pictures

water[Lusting for summer]DST[The first time leaving work in the daylight in a long time // The day after Daylight Savings Time]Cadbury[One of my favorite Easter candies fully stocked everywhere!]passport[My new passport just came! Time for me to fill it up with stamps :)]
Empire State
[The empire state]

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My Summer in Pictures

[Our annual fire island getaway]

This summer seemed to fly by, but it was undoubtably one of the best summers I’ve ever had. Here’s some memories of my summer.. in pictures, of course 🙂

[Sparklers!][Sitting on A bench that BaDing and I chiseled our initials into][Perfect views at the Beekman Beer Garden][One of the best summer time foods // Guacamole!][I love the palm tree lined streets of southern California][Poolside][Making a wish on a dandelion][Beer tastings][The amazing Cinderella’s castle at the Magic Kingdom][Bright color nail polish during a beach trip with friends] [I go to baseball games for the food and the beer!][Fourth of July Fireworks][At Grauman’s Chinese Theatre][The sun setting on summer]

Guacamole

Guacamole is one of my favorite summer time snacks. It’s kind of  weird because I don’t really like any of the ingredients that go into it, but the combination of all of them is beyond perfection. There is an amazing Mexican restaurant across the street from where I work called Dos Caminos that is known for their amazing Guac. When I found this recipe I knew I had to give it a shot. The Guac was even better than the restaurant, but I’m pretty sure that was thanks to the very special tomatoes I used that were grown in my moms garden (thanks again!) Deee-lish!

A Week in Pictures

[Birthday “dessert” sushi for a friend that doesn’t like sweets // NY Restaurant week!]

[Being a Tourist in New York // looking up instead of straight ahead][Trying on my friends new paperweight]

[An awesome bar that serves mermaids on the side of their drinks!][Amazing Connecticut pizza at Colony Grill]

Beekman Beer Garden

The Beekman Beer Garden is quickly climbing the list of one of my favorite summer time bars… a list in which I take very seriously.  This place has pretty much everything I am looking for. Located at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan, it is right on the water with a view of Brooklyn and the bridge. There are fire-pits, an arm-wrestling table, a full beer pong area, an indoor food stand, not to mention… the floor is made of sand. It is a perfect mix between a lounge and a bar and I definitely plan to visit at least a few more times before summer ends. We spent the day here on Saturday celebrating a friend’s birthday before bar-hopping around the city. We enjoyed some delicious seasonal beer, yummy street food, and a prefect New York atmosphere.

Ultimate S’mores

If you are a fan of the ultimate summertime treat s’mores, you are a going to love this little twist to the classic dessert.  I was expecting this to be good, but I wasn’t expecting it to be that good! Wow. What I did to make this delicious treat was make dark chocolate brownies while I was getting the rest of the ingredients ready and prepped. When the brownies were done and still very hot, we roasted the marshmallows in our kitchen. As soon as the marshmallows were roasted to perfection, we placed the super-hot brownie onto the prepped graham cracker with the piece of Hershey’s chocolate on it. This melted the chocolate perfectly. We quickly added the marshmallows and top cracker and dug in. BaDing thought it would be funny to snap some pictures of me devouring them… they weren’t pretty.  So good. So messy. Highly recommended.

The aftermath:

Ink 48

So far this summer, I have done anything but relax, but it has been nothing short of amazing. It has been very difficult to keep up with things since I am always so exhausted by the time I actually get home. I have gone on multiple weekend getaways, endless barbeques and parties, and have celebrated more birthdays than I can count – and summer isn’t even half way done yet. I am also lucky enough to have two upcoming adventures planned for August, and I’m counting down the minutes!

Last week I went to one of my favorite rooftop bars on the west side called Ink48. I don’t think you can beat a view of the buildings of Manhattan on one side, and a view of the sunset over the water on the other. Although it was a slightly overcast evening, the view was still breathtaking – and perfect to enjoy with friends while sipping cosmos.

Orangetini

Today I am happy to share with you a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers; Rachel from How Bout Some Cake. I have loved her travel, food and more blog since the first post I read. I’m sure you’ll see why after reading her post:

Hi! I’m Rachel from How Bout Some Cake, and I’m here to share my newest cocktail recipe with you.

Fruity martinis are one of my favorite things to drink in the summertime.  They’re crisp, delicious, and they pack a punch!  While I do love a good Cosmo, Lemon Drops are my go-to so I thought I’d experiment with other citrus flavors.  That’s how I came up with this “Orangetini”.

I made mine as a welcome home treat for myself, but they’re great for a girls night in or out!  They’re a perfect little handful of luxury.

Ingredients (recipe makes 2):

  • 1 oz. Orange-flavored Vodka (I used Ketel One Oranje)
  • 1 oz. Regular Vodka
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice (fresh squeezed recommended)
  • Orange for garnish (optional)
  • Sugar for rim (optional)

First, prepare your glass using the steps above.  Combine the liquors and orange juice in a shaker with ice and shake it like a polaroid.

Pour, garnish with half an orange slice, and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these fancy-pants cocktails.   If you do, come check out my other recipes and adventures at HowBoutSomeCake.

Thanks so much to Jordan for having me today!

Meet Me in Fire Island

This past weekend I went away for my annual Fire Island mini-vacation. Every year my friends and I take this trip on the same weekend, stay in the same crappy hotel room, and love every second of it. For those of you who don’t know where Fire Island is, it is a long and skinny island directly south of Long Island. The amazing thing about it is as soon as you arrive you seem to be in another world. You have to take a boat to get there, and once you have arrived, the main mode of transportation is a bike. The streets are lined with adorable shops, intimate restaurants and beachy bars. This was exactly the weekend escape I needed after a long and stressful week. Too bad anytime you go away with eleven girlfriends, you can’t plan to get too much rest!