Monthly Archives: January 2012

Audubon Circle

I love Audubon…it’s honestly one of our favorite places to go in the city. It’s gastropub style with elegant ambiance and an interesting menu without being portentous or overpriced. I went tonight to meet with a friend for a brief catch-up session. We just ordered snacks and cocktails – edamame with sea salt and steamed veggie dumplings. I drank a nice Cote du Rhone and my friend sipped on an Original Cider.

Veggie Dumplings

Another nice point to note is that their menu is seasonal and always changing, which helps to keep things interesting. PLUS, they have a nice patio area to enjoy on those warm summer evenings.

Crystal

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New Music: Robyn

So I was running at the gym earlier today listening to the Robyn album just thinking about how much I love it!! There’s a few “meh” songs on there, but there’s also several gems. Call Your Girlfriend is perhaps the most popular…

Gah!! She’s so stylish with that wild hair and those crazy dance moves. She makes me want to get up and dance.

I also love Dancing On My Own (among maaaaaaaaany others)…

If you want more music to peruse, check out our Hype Machine playlists! Crystal | Rick

Crystal

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Chocolate Festival in Harvard Square

Um, not much needs to be said about the title of this post except for: CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL. Yeah, that’s right…the last weekend of January will be a chocolate festival in Harvard Square featuring an assortment of decadent chocolate treats from local purveyors. There are several offered activities including Death by Chocolate: A Murder Mystery (sidenote: I hope this is my fate…); the Art of Chocolate Tasting: learning the intricacies of the chocolate making process; and an Evening of Wine and Chocolate: pairing the two in the best possible way. Rick and I will be in attendance from start to finish…will you? Stay tuned for an update on this upcoming afternoon filled with indulgence and gluttony.

Chocolate Truffles

Crystal

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New Show: Portlandia

So at Rick’s behest, we’ve recently started to delve into episodes of Portlandia on IFC. This shit is hilarious! It’s definitely a specific type of humor, but through a series of sketches and notable characters, the show basically mocks the stereotypical Portland, OR resident. The first clip I saw sucked me right into the show and is still one of my favorites. Watch below.

“Did you read the article in Mother Jones about eco chairs and eco ways to sit?”

Not to mention their theme song is actually really good. Very “Portlandia,” but a good listen.

Crystal

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UPDATE: 5 TIPS FOR BADASS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

While my cookies turned out to be delicious (I’ve already plowed through about half the batch) I wanted to show you the dark and dangerous realities of cookie baking. While taking out my second batch from the oven, I was distracted by Tabatha’s Salon Takeover and accidentally burned my bicep with the scalding hot cookie sheet (see picture below).

Cookie Burn

It turned out to be quite a large battle wound. Now all I need to do is think of a better story that will make me look like more of a badass and less like a nincompoop.

Crystal

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5 Tips for Badass Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the holidays, I baked my favorite…chocolate chip cookies. Admittedly, I’m not a hugely savvy baker (I still have TONS to learn) but after many attempts and much trial-and-error, I have finally mastered this classic cookie. There’s not one specific recipe I follow (typically whatever is on the back of the chocolate chip bag) but it’s the tricks you implement that makes these cookies THE BOMB. Below are 5 tips I have for making these cookies better than most:

  1. You MUST refrigerate the dough for at least 8 hours, although 24 hours is preferred. This is crucial.
  2. Add and extra teaspoon of vanilla, so 3 teaspoons all together
  3. After plopping the dough balls onto the cookie sheet, add a little bit of sea salt to the tops. This gives a nice sweet and savory dynamic. (Note: only do this if you use unsalted butter).
  4. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. They may still look uncooked when you take them out, but they will continue to bake once you take them out.
  5. The better the quality of the chocolate chip, the better the cookie. I recommend Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips. These can be found at any major grocery store.
All these tips combined will bake some badass cookies that are sure to be the most popular at any party. Sandwich some ice cream in between or dip them into some chilled almond milk. Chocolate chip cookies will forever and always be my favorite cookie.
More baking tid-bits coming soon!

Crystal

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