Coney Island… by Gloria

Last weekend, we decided last minute to hit up the New York Aquarium at Coney Island. I have not been to Coney Island since I was a little girl, so I was super excited to share this tradition with my boyfriend. The aquarium at Coney Island is pretty awesome and the sea lion show was so much fun. We (of course!) stopped for pizza and spumoni ices at L & B Spumoni Gardens and ended our day by taking a spin on the world famous Cyclone which, by the way, was the scariest roller coaster ever (in my opinion). I hope you have all been enjoying the summer!

The 4th… by Gloria

~cooling off by the pool~

We enjoyed a very low key 4th of July. We spent time with family, had a small (but delicious) barbecue that included grilled farm-fresh veggies and hung around by the pool. Since the 4th fell smack in the middle of the week, it was back to work the very next day. I hope you all had a great holiday. Here are just a few pics from ours…

~ lucky boy having a bite to eat~

~farm fresh veggies hot off the grill~

~chloe hanging out~

The Little Things… by Gloria

~summer fun? yes, please!~

I was able to kick off my weekend early (thank you Summer Fridays!) which gave me the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Here are just a few of my weekend highlights…

~cooling off at cafe’ colette~

~my new obsession: gold-colored pots from a & g merch~

~taco night done right: homemade mahi mahi tacos with the works~

In Vino… by Gloria

Last week and this week have been a total blur. In all the chaos, sometimes it’s important for a girl to make time to stop, unwind, and enjoy a nice glass of wine. Now, i must confess, I have always been a red wine girl, with the occasional pinot grigio thrown into the mix (on a hot day). However, I must say that I’ve recently succumbed to rose’. Yes, it’s pink and I’d always associated any pink wine with (gasp!) white zinfandel (my apologies to the zinfandel lovers!). And I have to be honest- I never thought I’d give it a try but it was last summer, while I was staying here that my friend Jacqueline and I purchased a few bottles from here and enjoyed the cool, refreshing, and slightly sweet wine poolside. It instantly became our new favorite for hot summer days. Check out a couple places where I love to buy/enjoy a glass…or two.

photos  1,2,3,4 taken at: Vine/Wine 

photo 5 taken at: Uvarara

Flax Seed Apple Muffins… by Gloria

I was under the weather all weekend. Lucky for me, my boyfriend was totally awesome and made me endless amounts of tea with honey. By Sunday evening, after some long napping, I was finally feeling better. The restlessness was starting to kick in, so I managed to peel myself out of bed to make these healthy, yummy, muffins which went perfectly with, you guessed it…another cup  of tea.

Flax Seed Apple Muffins

1- 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/3 cup organic flax seeds

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp baking powder

2 apples peeled (1 sliced finely, the other grated)

1 egg (I used a farm fresh one from my boyfriend’s mom’s chickens)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1- 1/2 cups milk

~Mix egg, milk, and vanilla, then add the apples.

~In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients until well blended

~Combine all ingredients into one bowl and mix until moistened

~Fill oiled muffin tins 3/4 way and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 18 minutes

The Little Things… by Gloria

~window display at Diane Von Furstenburg in meatpacking district~

I’ve had an exhausting week so far and it seems as if there simply have not been enough hours in the day to get it all done.  Although it’s only Wednesday, I’m totally looking forward to some serious R & R this coming weekend. In the meantime, check out a few things making me happy.

~the perfect afternoon pick me up~

~my 2 new friends~

~yummy truffle oil popcorn at the setai~

~ cupcakes from the cupcake crew food truck~

Mom’s Chicken Rollatini… by Gloria

~ mom’s recipe: chicken rollatini stuffed with shiitake mushrooms and asparagus~

After a fun filled weekend of outdoor parties and BBQ’s, I was excited to have a super chill Monday night cooking dinner at home.This recipe from my mom, is one of my favorite’s. We enjoyed this along with an italian potato salad comprised of young potatoes, white vinegar and olive oil- served chilled along with a crisp, fresh salad. 

~ the stuffing: bread, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, parsley, salt & pepper~

I scream, you scream…by Gloria

~banana split at my favorite old time ice cream parlour, eddie’s sweet shoppe~

I love ice cream so much that I’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog entry to it. For me, ice cream is equivalent to a summer love. The kind that you’d have during college and when winter came back around, you could do without it. Once the warm weather hits, that’s when my love of ice cream re-ignites. Literally, I could eat it every day be it in the form of a shake, a cone, or plain ol’ bowl… I’m dying to know…what’s your favorite flavor???

~ homemade coffee ice cream with whipped cream, marshmallow and hot fudge~

~homemade raspberry ice cream with marshmallow and homemade whipped cream~

Port Jefferson… by Gloria

~sunny port jefferson with its beautiful mountainous terrain~

This past weekend, I was able to enjoy the perfect balance of work and fun. I finally managed to swap out winter shoes for the strappy summery ones in my closet and do some serious spring cleaning. We met with friends for dinner and drinks at Malatesta in the West Village on Saturday night and on Sunday, we enjoyed a fantastic day trip to the quaint town of Port Jefferson where we went fishing for fluke! Here are a few pics from the boat-

~seagulls chasing the boat~

The Little Things… by Gloria

~colorful balloons for cinco de mayo at our favorite mexican restaurant~

It seems as though I’ve decided to give myself a little hiatus from my blog entries lately. The truth is, the weather in NY has been sort of drab and it’s bringing everyone down (especially because we got spoiled with some super nice weather a few weeks back). I think everyone thought that Spring was in full bloom so it’s been a little disheartening pulling out the cold weather clothes that may have gotten packed away a bit too soon…. However, here are a few things making me happy.

~mast brothers chocolates in fun wrappings~

~ rainbow windows- view from the highline on a rainy evening~

~picturesque tree in the west village~

~milk in vintage-looking glass caraffes- totally worth the higher price~

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