Today I have a new minute meal for you! A caprese salad is one of my favorite lunches for a hot day like the ones we’ve been having lately (finally!). All you need is some fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil. I sprinkle some sea salt on mine with the traditional olive oil and balsamic vinegar for an extra bite. You can cut the slices as thin or thick as you want but I tend to go for about a quarter to a half inch. Slicing the ingredients is the only work you have to put into it! It’s especially delicious this time of year when you can get locally grown tomatoes. Yum =).
What is your go to easy meal for a hot day?
Have a great Monday!
I recently found these beauts on The Outnet for more than half off! Naturally I was excited about finally getting them in the mail and I thought I would share them on here. They remind me of these Proenza Schouler flat sandals I was obsessed with a while back. I can’t wait to break them out with summer dresses and distressed denim, and hopefully a bit of a tan 😬 haha
What shoes are you guys excited to wear this spring/summer?
I recently improvised a recipe of my own and it came out delicious! I’m pretty excited about it and so I thought I would share with you guys.
4 beets, precooked (I buy them this way at BJs, although you can buy them raw and cook them yourself), shredded in largest setting of a cheese grater
4 large carrots, shredded in largest setting of a cheese grater
1 granny smith apple, sliced thinly
That’s all there is to it! I marinated a chicken breast in a store bought balsamic vinaigrette and topped the salad with that as well as some more of the balsamic dressing and it was great! I’ll probably be making this as my lunch to bring to the office more often. Since I took this photo I have had some more also topped with crumbled goat cheese, which was a nice creamy topping to cut through some of the acidity. I also had some avocado on the side with lemon juice and salt sprinkled on top.
While perusing the internet I like to keep track of what I would like to get. A “to purchase” list if you will. Unfortunately, this list tends to be much longer than my paycheck dictates possible, and so I like to write a little review in memory of the closet additions that never were. Here are this week’s findings:
White Halter Crop Top from Zara. This 90s neckline is on an upswing this spring. Since it is the first resurgence of a trend that I was actually alive to witness the first time, it makes me feel both young and old simultaneously. Pair this crop top version with a high waisted skirt or pair of culottes.
Bejeweled Black Sandals from Zara. These are a great way to bring the ripped denim shorts and white T shirt combo into the realm of stylish, while maintaining comfort of course.
Mixed Metal Floor Lamp from Ikea. With a retro vibe, the lamp has both silver and gold which helps tie together mixed accents from around your room.
Set of Colorful Bracelets from Bauble Bar. 1 arm party to go, please. Just add a gold watch for a perfect casual Summer look.
Gold Pave Hand Chain from Bauble Bar. Wear opposite your arm party from above for a more festival vibe.
What do you guys think? What is on your wish list?
Have a great day!
This past weekend my friend and I went to a culinary resort and spa called The Essex, right outside of Burlington, VT. The resort itself is really cool, with multiple restaurants (one of them AAA 4 diamond rated) and cooking classes you can sign up for in the lobby. On Saturday we went into Burlington and did some walking around. The downtown area is very cute with lots of character and interesting architecture. I didn’t take many photos since the goal of the weekend was to relax; I even got a massage for the first time which was pretty amazing. I don’t know why I had never thought to try it before! I was so relaxed I wound up falling asleep at 10pm that night.
#turnt (as the kids are saying)
After walking around the downtown area, we headed to a rather strange location; The World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet. I knew it was in Burlington and of course that meant I had to go and take a look. How can any travelers’ life be complete without seeing the world’s tallest piece of office storage? Yea, I don’t know either.
That’s a lot of files.
Then we drove to a place where we could park the car and walk on the bike path. We chose a place that was not far from a park with the most amazing view. It may have been a cloudy day, but you have to give it to Burlington, the views of rolling mountains are incredible. It’s definitely not something you get in Rhode Island!
After our day of walking around, exploring, and relaxing we had a reservation at the resort’s nice restaurant, Junction. Luckily we stumbled right into Vermont Restaurant Week and were able to get a three course meal for a reasonable price. The ceiling was one of the first things we noticed; it was covered in different place settings which I had never seen before. It gave the whole place an Alice-in-Wonderland kind of vibe which was really cool.
I chose the lobster bisque, scallops with fennel and white bean puree (an interesting and more nutritious alternative to mashed potatoes), and a blueberry lemon creme brulee (which did not survive long enough to take a photo).
After having such an amazing meal we returned for brunch the next day where I got sliders with maple aioli and a fried quail egg on pancakes. It was basically the resorts equivalent of dropping a mic. Amazing.
Have you ever been to Burlington? What was your favorite part?
Have a great day!