To Do: BYOB Painting Lessons… by Gloria

~Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent Van Gogh~

It’s been a rough week for New Yorkers in general. By the weekend, we were definitely in need of  a little pick -me -up. We headed over to Painting Lounge in Williamsburg and this little gem offered us a relaxing escape from the sadness of this past week. Painting Lounge is a BYOB spot that gives painting lessons while you sip on the beverage of your choice. In our case, that was a couple bottles of wine. We headed over on Saturday evening for a 2- 1/2 hour lesson and by the end, we had our very own paint-covered masterpieces (and a little buzz, to boot!).  Check out our pics.

~the end result!~

Happy Halloween… by Gloria

~our jack-o-lantern~

Now that this hurricane has passed and thankfully all our friends and family are safe, I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Halloween. Because of the storm, I had a couple days off and I have to say, I really enjoyed being indoors. I baked cookies, cooked big dinners, sipped on some spiked hot cocoa, and watched movies while curled up on the couch. I guess it was natures little way of reminding us all to slow down and enjoy some time with our loved ones. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween.

Pappardelle con Piselli e Salmone… by Gloria

I am not a huge fan of salmon by any means. In fact, it’s one of the only fish that I’m not fond of. However, my boyfriend loves it so I decided to cook this up for him over the weekend. I have to say that the flavors balanced out so well that even I enjoyed it! Here is my recipe for Pappardelle with Peas and Salmon. I hope you enjoy it!

Saute’ shallots in olive oil.
Add peas (i use the frozen ones).

While peas are cooking:
Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and add pasta.
Cook for 8-10 minutes for al dente perfection.
I used fresh Lemon Pepper Papardelle which complemented the dish so nicely

Next, take 2 pieces of salmon and gently brush with a bit of olive oil, sea salt and fresh black pepper.
Broil for 5 minutes on each side.
Once ready, remove skin from salmon (this should come off rather easily)
and flake into small pieces.

Add the salmon and some cream to the pan with peas (I use Italian “panna” instead of heavy cream- you can find it in most Italian gourmet food shops) and let cook for a few minutes.

Drain the pasta and add to the pan with peas, salmon and cream.
Toss to coat the pasta for a minute or two over medium heat

Place pasta onto a serving dish and garnish with a generous amount of freshly grated lemon zest (this gave the pasta such an amazing flavor!)

Buon Appetito!


Fall Time in Cold Spring, NY… by Gloria

This weekend in NY was incredibly beautiful. The weather was in the mid-high 60’s and it made for a perfect Fall-time escape. We drove out to Cold Spring, NY for a day of hiking, antique shopping, and admiring the fall foliage in what seemed to be hundreds of different colors. I’m officially in full Fall-time swing.

~ super tall, skinny trees along our hike~

~exposed tree roots~

~inside the herb garden at Boscobel Estate~

~small house on the grounds of Boscobel Estate~

~leaves in all colors- a hike on the grounds of the Estate~

 ~Boscobel Estate~

~the view: overlooking the Hudson Valley~

Fall with Friends… by Gloria

~ a brisk walk in the forest~

There is something about the start of Fall that I love. It must be the smell of the crisp, brisk air and the exciting feeling of knowing that the Holidays and everything that comes with it is right around the corner. I’m already looking forward to hot chocolate by a fireplace, dinner parties with friends and cozy, chunky sweaters. Since we’ve returned from Italy, we’ve already enjoyed a chilly brooklyn pizza crawl with friends, a long walk in the forest, oyster happy hour, and best of all, an amazing lobster dinner with family over the weekend.

~pizza at Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn~

~dinner with family: crab meat stuffed lobster served on lobster dishes~
~oyster happy hour with a friends at Flex Mussels~

Milan, Como & Calabria…by Gloria

~50 cases of italian grapes for homemade wine~

After 2 fantastic weeks in  Italy, I’m back home and finally back in the swing of things. It was my intention to post during the trip but in the midst of  seeing the Grand Prix, attending a wedding, fishing off of my cousins boat, drinking non-stop espressos and eating nutella croissants every morning, making homemade wine & eating pizza I somehow managed to run completely out of time (sigh…). Here’s a little glimpse into our lovely Italian getaway.

~sailboats docked at the port~

~view from the rooftop of the duomo~

~mountain top restaurant~

~open kitchen at the lovely Pane e Tulipani~

~aunt imma’s delicious eggplant~

~cloud covered mountain tops in como + 2 lonely boats~

~cream and turquoise house in como~

Drunken Berries and Cream… by Gloria

~drunken raspberries with homemade whipped cream and blueberries~

Summer’s end is always bittersweet, but there is something inviting about the brisk Fall evenings that lie just around around the corner. This year, the unofficial end of Summer, also known as Labor Day Weekend, was hardly the sunny, festive weekend it usually is. The sky was cloudy and the rays of sunshine that usually accompany the overcrowded bbq’s was replaced by a light drizzle instead. Although our outdoor festivities turned into an indoor gathering instead, this yummy dessert helped to make the day just a little sweeter. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

~raspberries soaked in grand marnier~

~the ingredients: fresh blueberries, raspberries soaked in grand marnier, homemade whipped cream with fresh vanilla bean~

Tourist for a Day… by Gloria

~the 59th street bridge~

I think it’s easy to sometimes take the everyday things in life for granted. This weekend, we decided to play tourists in our own city and do a couple of things we’ve never done before. I’ve lived in NY my entire life and I have to say that there are a few things that I’ve always wanted to do or see but never got around to. This weekend, we managed to check off 2 of those things by riding the Roosevelt Island Tram (something I’ve driven past hundreds of times but somehow, never got around to riding) and visiting the Intrepid Air and Space Museum which I highly recommend- and it’s great for kids too! Here are a few of our pics…

~the roosevelt island tram~

~street view from the tram~

~inside the “growler”- a cold war era submarine at the Intrepid~

~vintage  helicopters~

Lago di Como… by Gloria

I’ll admit I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately. The truth is, I have been out trying to enjoy every inch of summer before it’s over! In the mean time, we’ve been busy planning our upcoming trip to Italy. My little cousin is getting married in September and I can’t hardly wait to see my family. The plan is to see family in Milan, spend a few days on Lake Como, and finally head down south to see more family and friends. I’m super excited to be going with my boyfriend since he’s never been and I’m totally looking forward to a much needed vacation. Here’s to weddings, spending time with amazing family and friends, and gaining a few pounds along the way…! If any of you have any recommendations for us while we are in Como, I’d love to know!


Montauk… by Gloria

~ lounging poolside at sole’ east~

Recently, I decided to take an impromtu trip to Montauk with my best friend and my mom. We booked last minute at Sole’ East (my absolute favorite montauk hotel) and we were off! We arrived super early, hung out at the beach, popped into my favorite winery, Wolffer Estates, and enjoyed some delicious food. Here are just a few of our pics:

  ~fresh lavender~

 ~cute outdoor bikinis for sale~ 

~ interior restaurant shot at sole’ east~

~Wolffer Estates Vineyard~

~beach toes painted with essie’s “fear or desire”~

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