Miami!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 31st, 2011
I didn’t really mention it before, but we’re here in Miami for the holiday! This weekend consisted of boating, eating, and hanging out in the Florida Keys. Now we’re back at my home in Miami and will spend a few more days here. I’m looking forward to going to the beach, eating at all my favorite spots, and spending time with my family. How was your memorial day weekend?
P.S-How Jesus-like does Nicholas look up there? Ha!
The Most Deliscious Yet Simple Pasta Recipeby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 28th, 2011
I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you guys for quite some time. Just because we make it here at least once a week and we crave it every other day. Trust me on this one, you need to make this and try it, because you’ll absolutely love it. Nicholas is the one who makes this pasta around here and I believe its recipe was passed down to him by his mother who makes it as well.
1. Half of a white or yellow onion
2. Red tomato sauce (we like to use Pomi)
3. Pasta of your choice (we prefer this recipe with long pasta)
4. Olive oil (lots of it)
Instructions for the sauce (I imagine you guys know how to make pasta!):
1. Take a good amount of olive oil (a little more than you would normally use) and put it in a sauce pan.
2. Chop half onion to three or four large cubes and fry them in medium/high heat in the olive oil until they’re a dark brown (this step is crucial–without the browning of the onion you would loose a lot of flavor)
3. Once the onion is browned, add the tomato sauce. Add a good amount of salt and pepper. Stir, lower the heat, and simmer for about ten to fifteen minutes. Allow to cool before mixing thuroughly with the pasta.
4. Serve with a good amount of Parmesan cheese (don’t be shy here!)
And there you have it! It’s so simple but I don’t know, something about the onion and all of the other stuff makes this pasta so irresistible. Please try it out and let me know what you think!
Renovation Updateby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 24th, 2011
Just wanted to do a quick little post on our renovation’s progress. Little by little, the final details are being worked out. Our latest project? Our new mantle/shelf! Handy-man Nicholas put this together and I’m absolutely in love with it. I’ve been looking for some apothecary bottles to put on the shelf–have any recommendations on where to find any?
DIY Tableby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 23rd, 2011
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Nicholas and I decided we really wanted a space where we could eat dinner with other people, or even just ourselves. And so, after stumbling upon this DIY project, we decided to give it a go.
Our end result? A beautiful big table that cost us only about $90. I think that if we purchased a similar table from somewhere else, it would of cost us $200 and upwards.
Thankfully, I had Nicholas to help put it together, however, don’t be afraid to go at it yourself! The process was super simple.
Happy Friday!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 20th, 2011
Happy Friday everyone! What are all of you up to this weekend? Nicholas and I are going to take it easy and put the finishing touches on our apartment. I’m excited to share the final outcome later next week. Here are some links from around the web…
The above photo was taken by Liz Rusby, a photographer I recently found who takes the most beautiful photographs.
I have a friend named Becky. Becky has a friend named Matt. This is Matt’s band, IKE. Check them out they’re really good!
The cups in this post are amazing. I want them. Does anyone know where to find them?
Beautiful flower overload via my new favorite blog.
I’ve been pretty into DIY’s lately and this one is amazing.
Happy One Year Anniversary, New York!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 19th, 2011
Today marks one year of me living in New York! A year ago, I had no idea whether I would enjoy my time here, find new friends, or even be successful in doing the things I want to do. However, I’m glad to report that everything is dandy and my past year here has been nothing but enjoyable! Sometimes you just have to plunge into things and hope for the best. I’m going to celebrate by doing something very New Yorkish. Like eating a hot dog. Or maybe going to Canal street and buying a fake purse. I kid, I kid!
Brooklyn Fork & Spoonby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 18th, 2011
Last weekend, I had my first supper club experience. Before learning about Brooklyn Fork & Spoon, I had no clue what a supper club even was, however, I liked the sound of it–food, good conversation, and wine? Count me in. And so, last weekend we made our way over to Greenpoint to attend Brooklyn Fork & Spoon’s May 7th supper. Not knowing what to expect, Nicholas, our friend Christie, and I entered with an open mind and left with a full stomach, and slightly addicted to the idea of a supper club (kind of like the guy from Fight Club and how he is addicted to all those self-help groups, haha!)
Our evening started out with a glass of wine right before being ushered into the dining area for our starters–homemade rosemary bread (that was paired with three the most delicious butters I’ve ever tasted) followed by a Fennel, Leek & Red Beet Salad with Ginger Dressing.
Next was our main dish, Spaghetti Al Limone With Toasted Pine Nuts & Pecorino. Now, I’ve had my fair share of pasta. Sometimes I think I can judge a pasta contest just because of the massive amount of yummy pasta I consume (thank you to my Italian boyfriend for this). In fact, I ate so much pasta in Italy lat summer that I vowed to never eat pasta again. Obviously I got over that pretty quick and was eating pasta again in no time. Anyway, my point is, I’ve had variations of pasta dishes and I like to think I know what I’m talking about. But yes, back to my main point–the main dish was really tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed the mix of ingredients the dish presented. I never would of thought mixing spaghetti with pine nuts and lemon zest would be so tasty! After stuffing our faces with spaghetti, we all socialized with the other supper club subjects (ha!) while our dessert was being freshly baked!
After a few minutes, and a seat change (they have a little tradition where everyone changes seats in order to sit and speak next to someone different) our dessert was ready! Blueberry Tarts with Coconut Whip Cream was on the menu and it was really, really good.
All in all, we had a really great time and the ladies of Brooklyn Fork & Spoon did an awesome job. It was so nice to eat great food in a homey setting, while meeting cool new people. I enjoyed the whole thing so much that I’ve been even thinking of starting my own. It seems like the perfect thing because Nicholas and I love to cook for people. Perhaps once our apartment is done being renovated? We’ll see.
If you’d like to learn more about Brooklyn Fork & Spoon, or attend one of their dinners, visit their website. I highly recommend it!
Renovation Part Twoby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 17th, 2011
Ahh my dear readers, first let me apologize for the slow down in posts. Since we started this renovation last week, our life has been a little messy. Looking for my Macbook amongst all the tools and wood is like looking for a needle in a haystack! However, I’m here to update you on our progress! Things are shaping up.
We now have awesome shelves to store all of Nicholas’ books and all of my random knickknacks!
We purchased old wood floors from Build It Green for our shelves. We really wanted to use a textured wood with some sort of history rather than some old slab from our local lumber store. I think it adds a certain old-world charm and character, don’t you think?
Also, we followed our gut and painted the brick another coat of white (thanks for your help by the way!) We both think it looks so much better now.
Check back tomorrow for a great DIY-project we are in the middle of doing. We’re in love with it! Also, I’ll be posting some more updates in the coming days. Everything is a mess still so once everything is in order, I’ll be sharing more details!
The Brick Wallby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 14th, 2011
Well, progress is being made. After the demolition, our next feat was the brick wall. As mentioned before, I really wanted to white wash it. At first Nicholas loved the idea, then he hated it, then he decided to let me have my white brick wall because, you know, he loves me and all. After applying the wash (we used a mix of 60% white paint, 40% water) he decided he absolutely loved it. I still think it needs another coat–what do you guys think? Leave it the way it is or add another coat?
Happy Friday!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 13th, 2011
Happy Friday! Don’t think I’ve forgotten about you guys. Nicholas and I have been busy fixing up our place. And so, I’ll have really exciting posts this weekend and for the next week as well. So, stay tuned!
Image via A Cottage In The Woods
The Renovationby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 10th, 2011
As you may have already known, Nicholas and I live in a one-bedroom, 350-square foot apartment in a 100 year old tenement building. We love our little place, we really do, but something has always been missing–and that is natural light. If you would have seen our apartment yesterday, you would notice that our bedroom is fuulllll of light, however, our living room and kitchen was so dark (that room had no windows!) To some, this may sound like something you can learn to live with (and we did…we had just had enough!) but there really is something to be said about having natural light in your rooms. And so, our dream of tearing down that pesky wall (the one that divides both rooms and blocks the light) finally came true. This morning, the demolition began and our one-bedroom apartment is now a studio apartment (it’s still in shambles!)
Exciting, yeah? But WAIT there’s more (imagine me saying that in my best infomercial sales-person voice!) Along with this semi-renovation, comes some redecorating! This is something I’ve been wanting to do to our apartment for quite some time now, however, we always felt we’d be “putting lipstick on the pig” even though I know our apartment has so much potential. So, if you’d like to read, I’d like to share some of the renovations/redecorating we’re planning on doing. Beware: lengthy post!
The “Flatform”by Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 9th, 2011
It’s true–I’ve fallen victim of the latest trend: The “Flatform.” Usually immune to “man-repelling” trends (I’m looking at you, Harem pants!), I’m having somewhat of a love affair with my nude suede Dolce Vita wedges. I purchased them through Gilt Group last week (Thanks to Nicholas’ mom, Marisa, for the gift card!) and they arrived at my doorstop on Thursday night.
The reason I really like my new shoes is because they enable me to wear shoes with some height, while minimizing any pain factor. Since my foot isn’t at an arch all day, I don’t feel any aching after a day of wearing these to work. Plus, they’re kind of cute, right? When I first showed them to Mollie, she automatically dubbed them granny shoes, however, after seeing them on me, she decided to like them.
So, for some, flatforms may be like that guy your friends introduce you to that isn’t that cute, but really smart. Your first date with him wasn’t as smooth as a baby’s butt but there was some sort of spark there. Then, the next weekend he surprised you with tickets to see your favorite band play at Terminal Five and the rest was history. You now have been dating for two years….Okay back to my point–I didn’t love the look of flatforms at first, but after convincing myself to purchase a pair, and actually wearing them out, you can call me a flatform-aficionado. What do you think?
P.S: I know someone could argue that these are actually wedges, but I feel wedges have more an arch. These have only a slight increase in height.
P.S.S: Come back tomorrow for some exciting news (well, exciting if you’re into interior design/decor!)
Happy Friday!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 6th, 2011
Happy Friday everyone. Finally, the weekend! Nicholas and I have a lot planned this weekend. Picnics in the park, new bycicles, street fairs, and lots more! Here are some links from around the web:
Adeline Adeline. The cutest bike shop ever. But seriously, $1,000+ for a bike? No thanks.
The most refreshing, deliscious looking sandwhich.
The coolest colored mens suit I’ve ever seen. Are you looking, Nicholas?
I love cats. Especially this one. Oh and these too.
These fruit bars look amazing. I’ll definitely try to make them.
Image via here.
Asparagus, Brussels Sprout, & Goat Cheese Pizzaby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 4th, 2011
Going along with our “meatless month,” I decided to bake some vegetable pizza–from scratch! What seemed to be a mighty task, turned out to be pretty simple! I’ve always avoided making anything with yeast because, well, one time I tried to make a loaf of bread and things went terribly wrong.
I followed this simple dough recipe which I found to be actually very easy (usually “easy” recipes end up being complicated in my opinion.) After letting the dough rise and collapse, I pre-baked it for about 8 minutes so that it got a little crispy. I added all my ingredients: roasted asparagus, roasted brussels sprouts, onions, and tomatoes. I then topped it off with some goat cheese which ended up being the perfect cheese to go along with those ingredients.
Sparkly Nailsby Elizabeth Jaime posted at May 2nd, 2011
While in California, I noticed how terrible my nails look. Not that I usually care or anything, but something was urging me to make them look nice. I had read this post on Cup of Jo and decided to give Sally Hansen’s nail strips a go. The application was super easy, not messy (a problem I usually face with polish,) and over-all satisfying. My nails look great and have lasted quite a while. I’m looking forward to trying some of their other design–perhaps they’re “zebra print”–ha, just kidding!
PS-This picture was taken after a few days of having them on so that’s why the cuticle part looks a little worn out.
Also, check out an interview I did with Kate from Clear The Way. I know a posted a link to this last week, and it wasn’t up, but it’s definitely up now! Thanks!