alright! the final pictures of our time at the island. this is a little more - our activities on the island - and a little less the views. on the second or third day we were there we took a boat out to another island - there are hundreds of tiny islands everywhere surrounding where we were. when we got there is was really a comedy of errors, but the boat ride was amazing and beautiful, so no complaints. but we had to tramp through the forest, we were eaten alive by bugs, and i scraped my leg on a rock while swimming. oh well. it was still pretty fun to hang out on a little remote beach, all by ourselves. the hotel also had bikes we could use, so on a cloudy day we biked around the island, which was awesome. one reason we really enjoyed being there is that we were able to leave our hotel and experience the life of the little island, which is not always possible with some resorts. we saw tons of animals, rubber trees, a school, a hospital. a ton of lazy cats. like 100 cats just chilling, everywhere, all the time. we also took it upon ourselves to learn how to make drinks and straws out of lemongrass (!), a trick i hope to show you when it warms up and i get my hands on some lemongrass. forget the paper straws with the stripes and dots that are environmentally friendly - lemongrass straws are even better. and after keeping ourselves busy we just enjoyed our final days on the island, wishing it would never end and hoping we would get a chance to go back one day...
Friday, March 7, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
finally! finally, the good stuff. when we thought about our honeymoon we were definitely more the "relax on a beach" group of people, but since we were able to take a good amount of time off work, we were also in the "relax in a faraway beach" group of people. which brings me to the week we spent in southern thailand. my words won't do justice to this amazing place, but i hope the pictures will help. if there is a heaven, i guarantee you, it will look something like this. the night we arrived was thai thanksgiving, where you pray to the rain goddess for rain. part of the tradition is to light a candle that is placed in a flower that is then floated out into the river/ocean/pool (what i would give to see the river in bangkok filled with these!). while we arrived much too late to participate, our hotel saved us one to light on our own, which was so special and fun for us. the next morning we woke up to the view you see in some of the pictures - i'm naturally an early riser, and shockingly brian flew out of bed too. at around 5:30 AM i shook his shoulder and said "it's happening", as if it was christmas morning. watching the sun rise there was so magical and amazing - i think of it at random times and it usually makes me tear up. this was an amazing, amazing place (which some lucky people choose to have their wedding at, documented in a few pictures below!) we dream all the time of going back, and i really, really hope life brings us there again. more to come...
Monday, March 3, 2014
except it's two weeks ago. i finally have a new computer after mine died a few weeks ago (never to be turned on again). and due to personality differences between myself and brian's computer, i just didn't post last week. so here i am, new computer, renewed, ready to post! and, most exciting, i finally, finally, get to show you photos we took from the time we spent in the south of Thailand a great relief from the on-going onslaught of winter (which, i don't mind snow, but it is super cold out. kind of over that). also, remember two weeks ago? it was a true warm, cusp of spring weekend. we spent it down in virginia, relaxing, hitting up a winery, enjoying fresh air and temperatures that almost reached 70 degrees. it was a good weekend to visit for sure. even though this post is late, it's a great way to kick off a week where we'll be thinking and dreaming of warmer days, even if it is seven degrees outside (and yes, i do think spring is around the corner. you gotta believe!)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
i haven't had onion dip in years, dare i say - decades. but after our recent trip to miami where we had some, i was really craving it. and i didn't want to just go out and buy a dip or spice packet, mix it into sour cream and call it a day. so, with some help from ina, i made the real deal. and it is fantastic.
you start with your basic heart stoping ingredients: mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese (admittedly, we'll only be enjoying this a few times a year). you will of course need onions, two large ones, and some regular pantry items: butter, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper.
slice your onions very thin while you are heating/melting the butter and vegetable oil over medium heat in a sautee pan (i used my dutch oven). add your sliced onions, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper, and sautee the onions for ten minutes. then, turn the heat to medium low and allow onions to caramelize and brown. the recipe says this will take twenty minutes, but i found it took much less time (and i let mine brown a little too much since brian and i like it that way - still less than twenty minutes).
when your onions are done, let them cool while beating together your mayo, sour cream, and cream cheese until smooth. stir the onions in and just like that you have a homemade, much better tasting, american classic onion dip.
and, a recent discovery - we ate ours with utz natural gourmet medley chips. i don't snack much on chips but i bought these during one of our recent plane adventures and we both loved them. they are so, so delicious, and a little healthier than most chips. i highly recommend.
Monday, February 10, 2014
this past weekend was a full and happy one. friday we went over to hoboken (no jokin') to have dinner with our friends. they are great cooks, and they happened to make delicious tex-mex - i love when i get to eat wonderful food outside of my own cooking comfort zone. naturally, we stayed much later than intended, drank more wine than intended, and discovered the cab ride, or uber ride, from hoboken to brooklyn is actually much shorter than one may think. definitely a positive. saturday brought the usual - gym, farmer's market, errands - but it also brought an afternoon at the theater, where we say king lear. we live close by to the brooklyn academy of music, and last year we hardly went at all. we are doing our best to rectify it this year - it's not every day you live next to a performance space like this, so we need to take advantage of it while we can. the play was great, although with shakespeare it's a little harder to follow. i definitely enjoy the tragedies more so than the comedies, and this one has it all - treachery, eye gouging, poisoning, suicide, stabbing, hanging. it is not for the faint of heart, king lear. and sunday, well, sunday brought what every sunday should: donuts (from dough, the best in the city, no other way around it). it was a very full weekend where we tried to take advantage of what is around us, a way to appreciate the here and now. and i'm looking forward to doing it all again next weekend, of course.