Thursday, March 31, 2011

Stuff I Like

This week's list is drawing some major influence from food.  I clearly need to get my act together before bathing suit season.

1. Game of Thrones Food Truck

I am so impressed by the marketing campaign HBO is running for Game of Thrones right now.  It is THE PERFECT use of social media.  Every day this week, the Game of Thrones food truck is serving free food somewhere in New York City...and this isn't just any food.  It is delicious medieval inspired food created by your favorite Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio!  They tweet their general location in the morning and will post a youtube video showing Tom preparing the food.  However, you don't know the exact location until about half an hour before they start serving.  I felt like I was on a little treasure hunt!  I kept sneaking peeks at Twitter all day and then trekked down to Lincoln Center where I anxiously awaited the announcement of which cross streets the truck would be at.  The food itself was incredible!  Today's dish was black seafood stew, full of calamari, shrimp and scallops.  It was so flavorful with just the right amount of spicy.  For dessert, there was a tiny lemon cake.  If you live in New York, you should really check out this promotion tomorrow or Friday...it's well worth it!  And for all my LA readers, the truck is coming your way next week!


2. Sam Adams

No, I'm not talking about the beer (even though I like that too).  I'm talking about the musician...I mean how could you not love a guy named after your favorite beer who calls himself "Boston's Boy"?  I think his songs are really catchy, especially Swang Your Drink and Driving Me Crazy.  Plus, if you make a Pandora Station based on his music, it plays a lot of Shwayze...and we all know how I feel about Cisco Adler (no judging).

3. Man v. Food

I'm a skinny girl, but I am OBSESSED with the show Man v. Food.  I readily admit to spending part of last Saturday curled up on the couch watching it.  I'm so obsessed that I have already told my friends we are incorporating these food challenges into our summer trips.  Atlanta is only a few weeks away and you can bet I will be trying a Double Bypass Burger at Vortex Bar and Grill.  When I go to Indiana this summer?  We will definitely be stopping at Bub's Burgers for a Big Ugly.  And don't even get me started on the deep dish pizzas in Chicago.  Now, I'll probably be able to eat approximately 2 bites of all these dishes...but at least I can say I tried it!

4. The Bronx Zoo Cobra

For those of you outside of NYC, the Egyptian Cobra from the Bronx Zoo has gone missing.  While some people are panicking, I've been giggling over this Twitter account that has recently appeared.  My favorite tweet so far? "I agree with Brett Favre. Snakes should be set free!".  DYING right now haha


5. Crepeaway comes to NYC

Any other GW alums reading right now that share my obsession with Crepeaway?  There are few things better than eating a delicious crepe at 3am as you stumble home from the bar...or as a quick lunch between classes...or pretty much any time.  Well my dream came true this week when Crepeaway opened a location in NYC!  It's located at 31 Waverly Place and I have every intention of reliving my DC days by hitting it up sometime next week.  Yummmm

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

North American Scum

I was a very very very lucky girl last night and went to see LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5!  My girl K.Feels was in town with The Rog (oh hey, I gave you a shout out...I think this means you're escorting me to the Turkey's Nest next Friday *hinthint*).  K.Feels has been one of my closest friends since we starting taking ballet today in elementary school.  I'm always excited when she's in town!

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First of all, Terminal 5 is such a neat venue (see above but picture it packed with sweaty people instead of chairs, got it?....good!).  The best part is, it gets progressively nicer as you go up levels.  By the time you're on the third floor there are comfy couches, mini chairs, awesome lighting, and most importantly, outrageous amounts of dancing room.  Oh and did I mention they sell Asiadog and that beer is $3 before the first band starts playing?  Yeah, it definitely is one of the greatest venues ever.

Before I get to the music, let me just say half the fun of going to this show was the people watching.  The dancing glow stick man was my personal favorite.  He must have come straight from work since he was still in his shirt and tie but he completely decked himself out in glow sticks and spent the entire night dancing like a crazy person....by himself.  He is my hero.  The girl with the HAIR EARRINGS was another personal favorite of mine.  As well as the bros, who looked completely confused about how to behave at an LCD Soundsystem show.

Anyways, They completed KILLED it during their sets.  Since it's part of their farewell series, they played 3 separate hour long sets!!  Each set was incredible with perfectly timed lighting and effects (lasers and disco balls...yay!).  There are few things better than shaking your butt to "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" and "Yeah".  Or listening to "Drunk Girls" played live and realizing you relate to every single line.  However, I was a little disappointed that they didn't play my personal favorite song "North American Scum" but maybe some of you that attend one of their other shows will have more luck!

For now, I'll leave you with some pictures from the show.





Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lust List

I'm getting over a cold so I've spent most of the weekend curled up in bed with some trashy TV and the latest issues of Glamour and Cosmo.  I'm drooling over the spring fashions!  My overtime check can't come soon enough so that I can spice up my wardrobe with some of these babies...ok well maybe the non-designer versions of them haha

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I already treated myself to the bathing suit from my last Lust List....so we'll see what I end up getting this time!  What are you dying for this spring?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stuff I Like

I've been a horrible blogger lately.  Work's been super busy and by the time I get home, I just want to crash!  Luckily I don't have to be in the office until 1 today so I'm catching up a little.  Here's this week's edition of Stuff I Like.

1. Lifebooker
I recently booked a haircut through Lifebooker and what a deal!  I went to M Hair Studio through Lifebooker and the cut only cost me $22!  The experience itself was very interesting though.  First of all, my stylist was the real life version of this man...so clearly he was amazing!  Then, halfway through my haircut the power went out.  They had to replace one of the circuit breakers but I got a killer massage while we waited.  Then he decided he wanted to style my hair "real sexy".  I wasn't thrilled with the style but I do really like the cut and it was such a funny experience! haha

2. Crazy Royal Wedding Souvenirs
Is anyone else getting excited for the Royal Wedding!?  I'm DYING to see what the dress ends up looking like!  But some of these souvenirs?  Oh my goodness...who is buying this stuff!

3. Eos Lip Balm
I ADORE this little lip balm.  The egg design is great and makes it super easy to apply.  I've been using the Summer Fruit variety and it smells and tastes so good.  I keep one of these on my desk at all times!


4. Trench Coats
I really want a Burberry Trench Coat more than anything.  How adorable is the Burberry Check lining peaking out!?  However, one of these trench coats is a little less than 2 months of my rent...so yeah, not in the budget right now.  So this is where I need your help bloggers!  Anyone seen any cute trench coats in the stores lately?  Lord and Taylor has some nice ones right now and I'm definitely planning on checking them out this weekend but I'd love some other suggestions!

5. Wallflowers
I've been using a lot of these Bath & Body Works Wallflowers lately.  They're a great alternative to burning a candle (which always makes me nervous in my tiny apartment!).  I've been using the pomegranate one for the winter but I'm looking forward to trying some of their new spring scents.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 19 and Day 20

I was so proud of myself for keeping up with the blog challenge...and then I crashed and burned yesterday.  So here's 2 entries at once!

Day 19: A picture and a letter



I needed two photos to make sure no one was left out haha

To My GW Girls,
Thank you for all the amazing memories during our 4 year of undergrad and all the new adventures we'll continue to have.  For putting up with my crazy antics (hello 2006), letting me rant, and not being afraid to give me some tough love when I needed it (my personal favorite: Leanna, you HAVE to stop dating people just because they're nice to you).  I miss you ladies bunches and bunches but I'm so happy we've all stayed so close!

Day 20: A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel

Bali.  Ever since reading Eat, Pray, Love I've been dying to go here!

Morocco
Argentina
Australia...and in particular the Great Barrier Reef!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Silliness

I love commercials.  Sometimes, they make me laugh more than whatever show I'm watching.  Here are 2 for your enjoyment.  Special thanks to Lola and my roommate for sharing these with me!






I'm seriously going to start dancing like that from now on.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 18

Day 18: A picture of your biggest insecurity

Hopefully this is something a lot of 20 somethings can relate to, but I've been super insecure lately about how uncertain my life is right now.  Do I want to go to grad school?  If I do, what should I study?  How many years do I want to live in NYC for?  Do I want to make the move permanent?  What do I see as my future career path?  Do I want to work in non-profits forever or do I want to give the private sector a try in a few years?

I feel like my life is one big question mark lately.  I love that I have so many options but at the same time it's frustrating.  I've always been a planner and for the first time in my life I don't have a definite plan and it's seriously freaking me out.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 17

 First of all...Happy St. Patrick's Day!!  Here's a little music to get you in the mood




Day 17: A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Without a doubt my move to NYC!  It's changed everything...I've got my first full time job, my first apartment, and my first taste of adult life.  It's been a wonderful 10 months now and I'm looking forward to seeing what the summer brings!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stuff I Like

1. Paula Deen Riding Things


I'm not really sure why the Tumblr Paula Deen Riding Things is so funny, but it is!  Whoever came up with it is a genius...or completely cray cray.  I haven't decided which one yet.

2. Chobani Yogurt
I tried Chobani Greek Yogurt for the first time this week.  I've been hearing a lot of good things about it lately and while I was skeptical at first...I LOVED it!  It's rich and creamy but not fattening and the fruit on the bottom is an excellent addition.  They have coupons on their website if you want to give it a try for yourself.

3. Replying to Comments
I love reading your comments and most importantly, I love replying to them!  So please my dear readers, go to your blogger profiles and display your email address.  You can set it to any email address you would like and it doesn't necessarily have to be the same address you use to log into your account.  Then I can send some love back to all you wonderful ladies...even if it takes me a week sometimes haha


4. America's Next Great Restaurant

Is anyone else watching America's Next Great Restaurant?  I am HOOKED.  I think it's such a great concept since the winner will have to demonstrate not only basic cooking skills but also business knowledge.  I find it waaaay more interesting than other cooking competitions like Top Chef.  My current favorite is Jamawn Woods and his chicken and waffles restaurant...maybe not the most catchy option but he's adorable, I love his story, and I think with some coaching he can think of some exciting menu additions.  I'm also a fan of Eric Powell's Meltworks.  I have a strong feeling he's going to win since gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect food to serve at a fast casual restaurant.  Whoever takes the prize, you can bet I'll be there the day the winning restaurant opens in NYC!



5. Cocoa Donuts
I know I'm a little behind on this but I've finally tried one of the Cocoa Donuts that Dunkin Donuts unveiled last month.  Wow was it delicious!!  If you haven't had one yet,  you're seriously missing out.  As a side note, will anyone else be dashing over there tomorrow in the hopes of finding St. Patrick's Day themed donuts?  I know I sure will!


Day 16

Day 16: A picture of someone who inspires you


Azar Nafisi's work truly inspires me.  We read her memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran, in my Women in Global Politics and Dissent through Memoir courses in college.  After the Iranian Revolution, and the extreme restrictions placed on women, Nafisi would gather a small group of young women in her home and teach them a literature course.  Through this secret course and the use of forbidden Western literature, Nafisi was able to open the eyes of these women to the opportunities outside of the conservative Iranian regime and provide them with the opportunity to explore their thoughts, emotions, and ideas...which they were no longer allowed to do in public. 

I find Nafisi's work so unbelievably beautiful and inspiring.  She used her talents to change the lives of these young women and risked punishment if anyone discovered what she was doing.  Most of all, I love how her story shows even a small activity, like teaching a literature course, can have such a big impact on the lives of others.  It inspires me to try to make little differences whenever possible.  You never know what kind of impact even your small actions can make.