Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mixtape Monday: What I am Listening to and Why

It's not super-long, but this is what I've been obsessed with lately...

1. Black Widow (feat. Rita Orta) - Iggy Azalea ( I hate to be that person, but I've been listening to Iggy for a few years now. I am so happy that she's finally gaining international steam.)

2. Chandelier - Sia (How can you not love her passion? She's been a favorite since high school and I have loved every direction she has taken her music to. Also the video makes me want to dance again.)

3. Gunshot - Lykke Li ( I am telling you, her latest album is AMAZING. Currently this is my top song played off it, I am digging the Phil Collins feel.)

4. Summer - Katie Herzig

5. Dream the Dare - Pure Bathing Culture

6. Don't Just Sit There - Lucius (very 90's - Cranberries)

7. Lady Luck - Pickwick (for fans of: Belle Brigade and Delta Spirit)

8. Slow Motion - PHOX

9. Divisionary (Do The Right Thing) - Ages and Ages

10. No Rest for the Wicked - Lykke Li

11. Glacier - John Grant (fitting for a dramatic movie trailer)

12. New York Morning - Elbow


Saturday, May 24, 2014

{Deconstructed} Sushi

<Deconstructed> Sushi <Deconstructed> Sushi
I got this idea from one of the best meals I've ever had - Sushi Pizza from PM in Nashville. I've been dying to re-create it, and though it's still in the process of getting there, I liked this healthy version I created on the way. PM's version is more broiled, melty and tobiko involved. Mine is the poor man/healthy girl's version. 

{Deconstructed} Sushi
this is what you need to layer on a plate:
1.  warm cooked brown rice (I added some soy sauce to the boiling water) OR white sticky rice (for a more traditional way)
2. roasted wasabi seaweed snacks (Trader Joe's has 'em)
3. cooked salmon marinated in a Japanese sause OR smoked salmon
4. thinly sliced cucumbers
5. avocado slices
6. Sriracha mayo
7. fried onions/scallions

Pretty easy, huh? Perfect for any sushi cravings.  
I do plan on going all out and re-creating the true Sushi Pizza soon, I keep y'all posted. 
<Deconstructed> Sushi

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Atlanta Lately...

Did you know Georgia had vineyards? And pretty ones too? This is Wolf Mountain Vineyard in Dahlonega. 
waterfall mts
scenes from the Appalachian foothills

I went home for my birthday last week - it's been since Christmas. It was a relaxing time spent shopping, eating, meeting up with friends, and hiking in the North Georgia mountains. Trips home always go by so fast, I think it's because I fall so naturally back into my routine that I had when I lived at home, that there isn't a sense of urgency to say go on a walk in my neighborhood (which was one of my favorite things to do while living home). With my work/class/performance schedule, it seems like my parents are going to visit me more than I go home, which makes sense.
Honestly I haven't given too much thought to turning 25, other than that it's one year closer to 30. This time last year I was only wishing that life in Chicago would be as fulfilling as it is. And it is. I am exactly where I need to be. 
my birthday cake! 
mom bday

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mixtape Monday: Warmer Days

artwork by Mark Lazenby

Finally some warm weather around here! This playlist is a little new, but mostly older songs - all  that evoke the feeling of rising temperatures and enjoying the outdoors. 

1. Feel - Bombay Bicycle Club (Bollywood - inspired)
2. Lonesome Dreams - Lord Huron
3. The Common Good - Devotchka
4. Just Like A Dream - Lykke Li (LOVING her latest album right now)
5. Horchata - Vampire Weekend
6. Let Go (feat. Mndr) - RAC
7. Hey Doreen - Lucius
8. Menagerie - Caitlin Rose
9. Lingering Still - She & Him
10. Avant Gardener - Courtney Barnett
11. I Know - Meaghan Smith
12. Breezin' Along with the Breeze - Josephine Baker
13. Koop Island Blues - Koop with Ane Brun 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Warm Kale Salad with Farro & Toasted Coconut

Warm Kale Salad with Farro & Toasted Coconut Warm Kale Salad with Farro & Toasted Coconut
This is a simple recipe that I keep coming back to. It's so healthy and pure and from one of my favorite cookbooks, Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson. You can substitute to farro for another high protein, high fiber grain. 

Warm Kale Salad with Farro & Toasted Coconut
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 cups lightly packed chopped kale, trimmed and large ribs removed
1 1/2 cups unsweetened large-flake coconut
2 cups cooked farro (Trader Joe's makes a great 10-min one)
sea salt to season

1. Whisk together oils and soy sauce together in a large bowl. Add kale and coconut and toss to coat evenly. 
2. Spread kale across two baking sheets and bake at 350 for 12-18 minutes, tossing along the way until coconut is browned. 
3. Transfer kale to a large bowl and toss with farro. Season with sea salt and add more toasted sesame oil if needed. 
Warm Kale Salad with Farro & Toasted Coconut

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Outdoor Pins {Pinterest}

above: Moroccan flair {source / pin it}
below: DIY Hanging Pallet Garden {source / pin it}
above: DIY Drawer Planters {source / pin it} // succulents! {source / pin it}
below: apartment high-rise living {pin it}
My roommate and I just spent the afternoon yesterday planting and landscaping our little front yard. We live in a garden apartment, so it's only fitting that we make it live up to it's name. I've been gathering lots of inspiration from my Pinterest board for gardening and outdoor living ideas. We are planning on living in this apartment for 2 years, so all this hard work and execution will definitely pay off and will be well enjoyed. Next phase: decorating our back patio. 
Can't wait to show you the progress and pictures! 
bricks painted like books {source / pin it} // Stones painted as strawberries when put around strawberry plants will keep birds from eating your berries because the birds will think the ripened berries are stones. {pin it}
above: DIY Cinder Block Bench {source / pin it}
below:  DIY Giant Jenga Set{source / pin it} // painted garage door{source / pin it}

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chicago Lately...

Fleur, my new favorite store in Logan Square. My dream of becoming a crazy plant lady are coming to fruition. 
pilsen banh mi
Art walk in Pilsen, an area I will definitely be exploring more of // Banh Mi from Banh Mi and Co. 
tacos spring
Antique Taco // Spring, finally! I've never noticed Spring so much until living here. Every green growing thing seems like a blessing. 
chinatown spring
Chinatown! Like most Chinatowns around the US, but small. Lots of dim sum and bubble teas to be had. // Gethsemane Nursery in Andersonville
I lied when I said you should visit Chicago in January to see it at it's worst. It's actually April, the bi-polar month that teases Spring but never actually delivers, save for a few beautiful days. However, April turned out to be a great month, despite weather, because of college friends coming to visit.
I love showing people my favorite spots of Chicago while still saving neighborhoods and restaurants to discover with them, which luckily I got to do a lot of. I called it my "staycation" because exploring unseen parts of my city truly felt like I was away. As my friends grew an admiration for Chicago, I just feel deeper in love with it.
This summer is going to be magnificent.
andersonville music box
Brimfield // Silent Film Fest at the Music Box - we also saw an Improvised Shakespeare show, which never disappoints - it's my 3rd time! Best improv I've ever seen hands down. 
pilsen pilsen
cloud gate
spring andersonville
Gethsemane // Little Sweden a.k.a Andersonville a.k.a Girl's Town
vern pilsen
Vern! We got to spend Easter together, laugh, drink beer in the afternoon, and help decide that she should move to Seattle. Major life decision. 
field museum
Sue at the Field Museum - I feel like this museum takes a few days to see in it's entirety. We also went to the Contemporary Art Museum. 
glazed glazed
Glazed and Infused - donuts were on Kelsey's to-eat list for Chicago. 
cloud gate
Kelsey drove 24 hours on Megabus to see me. I was honored. And was so so happy that she loved my city so much, even though it rained every day she was here.  We are just so in-tune with each other, it was such a relaxing, good time. 
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