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Archive for July, 2010

Why would you dooooo that to me?!

Posted by AllieB on July 30, 2010

Chuck Bass, I do not prefer this outfit.

from: Just Jared

Marissa Cooper – until you purchase a mirror and can see the heinousness that you subject the public to with each and every ensemble you wear – please do not leave the house.

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I’m outdoorsy in that I like having drinks on patios

Posted by AllieB on July 29, 2010

Having drinks outside is my favorite activity. Of all the activities one can do – for me, it is number one. Thank you, someecards, for recognizing the validity of such an avocation. Having a Hoegaarden (I have an unhealthy affection for this absolutely delicious and excessively caloric beer) whilst sitting on a patio in the company of friends is honestly as good as it gets, IMO.

We live in a city where this is possible for a better part of the year. Even now, in this utterly oppressive, suffocating heat, patio seating is still an option so long as there is appropriate shade and insect repellent.

The q is – where to go??

A screenshot from my beloved spreadsheet...

So – there are some options…also, a sneak-peak of what will be coming soon to Baxter Bark Twice…! In html friendly format, not a ghetto screenshot of an Excel spreadsheet.

Of course, you can always just go sit out back at 5p. Because, as everybody knows, at the end of the day:

“…it turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters…” -DMB, 1997

I did that just for you, Billy.

This post was inspired by/kind of plagiarizes A’s blog post from today, which I highly recommend reading:

Thirsty Thursday

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Obviously

Posted by AllieB on July 28, 2010

I find the show entertaining, and I’m especially fond of their coined catchphrases (GFA – amazing), but this…this I don’t get.

Jersey Shore

Cast of Jersey Shore rings the bell at NYSE 7/27/10 - courtesy of Huffington Post

Read the story

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Dónde está la biblioteca?

Posted by AllieB on July 27, 2010

I have always been an avid reader. When I was in third grade I won $300 for selling the most wrapping paper of anyone in my entire school (Sarah R. Smith Elementary, Class of 1994), and I blew the entire cash prize at the book fair.

To support my habit, I frequent the library. The Buckhead Branch is my favorite – its unique facade is something of an eyesore, but the inside is light and airy and kind of the exact opposite of how I feel most envision libraries to be…

Anyway,  I wanted to have a short list for when people ask for recommendations – so here it is. I did try to choose some of the slightly less obvious selections, but nothing too obscure.

Soon-to-be-Classics:

  1. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  3. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Beach Reads:

  1. A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White
  2. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  3. Angels by Marian Keyes

Mysteries:

  1. Cold Paradise by Stuart Woods
  2. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
  3. Night Fall by Nelson DeMille

From: ecAr

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Morzo, please

Posted by AllieB on July 27, 2010

When it’s time for Supper Club, chances are I’m in charge of the wine.

While I have very little experience in the kitchen,  now that I am something an adult I believe it’s important to have an arsenal of “go-to dishes” that one feels confident will turn out well and can be proudly served to others.

I’m still working on the appetizer, main course and dessert part of said arsenal, but this recipe, in all of its simplicity, is completely delicious. It’s super light and is a great complement to red meat – kabobs in particular…or, add in more veggies and some sliced chicken and it could be a nice main course for lunch…I’m guessing – I’ve certainly never tried.

Pine Nut and Lemon Orzo

Serve this dish at room temperature or chilled.** If you make the orzo ahead, keep it refrigerated, and toss with the dressing mixture, parsley, and pine nuts just before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • 4  cups  uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4  cup  fresh lemon juice (about 4 medium lemons)
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 3/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 3  tablespoons  extravirgin olive oil
  • 3/4  cup  chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2  cup  pine nuts, toasted

Preparation

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain into collander.

In the same saucepan used to cook orzo, heat olive oil and add pine nuts. Cook until golden; about five minutes. Add parsley. Then add orzo back into pan, tossing with lemon juice and salt and pepper.

**Notes from Allibert: I find this dish is best served slightly warm or at room temperature. Also, either parsley or basil can be used – whichever you have on hand.

Source: from the kitchen of Allibert’s mom – she combined various recipes and came up with this combo; I goog’ed the crap out of it and came up with nothing…

Morzo, please…GET IT?!

From: The Food Network

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