Weekly Salmon // @2souschefs

“This is my all-time favorite weeknight meal. It is quick and healthy. I make it at least once week and we never tire of it. It takes a mere twenty minutes, goes great with a white wine, and only requires three pans! What’s not to love?” – Andi

Ingredients
  1. Salmon + Marinade
    • 1 tablespoon of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
    • 0.25 cup of Ponzu Soy Sauce (Standard Soy Sauce works if you don’t have Ponzu)
    • 1 small (nickel-sized) knob of Ginger – peeled and smashed
    • 2 each Garlic Clove – minced
    • 2 Fillets of Salmon
    • 1 tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  2. Broccoli
    • 1 head of Broccoli
    • 1 tablespoon of Butter
    • 2 each Garlic Cloves – minced
  3. Rice
    • 1 cup Minute Brown Rice
    • 1/2 Onion – diced
    • 1 cup of water

Directions

Salmon + Marinade

  1. All all ingredients to a bowl and mix.
  2. All the salmon fillets to the marinade and let set for at least one hour.
  3. After salmon is marinaded, place on salmon fillets on a paper towel with skin side down. Pat the skin dry.
  4. Heat a sauté pan on medium. Coat bottom of pan with vegetable oil.
  5. Place the salmon carefully in the pan, skin side down. Sear on one side for five minutes or until skin is crispy.
  6. Carefully flip your salmon and sear on the other side for five minutes.
  7. Turn off the pan and let it rest for five minutes before serving.

Broccoli

  1. Heat a sauté pan on low-medium.
  2. Add butter.
  3. After butter is melted, add the minced garlic.
  4. Heat the garlic until it is translucent. Make sure to pay close attention to the garlic as it can burn easily if your pan is too hot.
  5. Add broccoli and stir to coat with the garlic butter.
  6. Add enough water to steam broccoli, but not so much that you drown the broccoli.
  7. Cover your pan with a lid and heat on medium for ten minutes.
  8. After ten minutes take the lid off and season with salt and pepper.

Rice

  1. Cook the onion over medium heat until translucent, or for about three minutes.
  2. Add water and bring to a boil.
  3. Add rice and cover.
  4. Lower the temperature to low-medium.
  5. Cook for ten minutes or until the rice is finished.

#tbt My Preservation Date // National Building Museum: Oh no, Palladio!

Years ago, while I was in graduate school, I wrote a blog about historic sites as potential places to go on dates. I always enjoy re-visiting the blog and re-reading my snark. So much so, that I thought I would share selections from it across this platform. From Spring 2011…

To kick this blog off right, I thought it was only fitting to visit the National Building Museum (Fig. A).  Upon my 2008 move to the greater D.C. area, the NBM was the first historic site I visited, along with other incoming UMd preservation and planning students.  It was built in 1887 and served as the Pension Bureau building.  It was not until 1980 that the building transitioned to museum purposes.  Recognized as historically significant, the NBM is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark (sidebar: only about three percent of buildings on the NR are also designated as an NHL – this makes the the National Building Museum super special!). Additionally, the third floor contains the offices of Preservation Action and the D.C. Preservation League.

Figure A: National Building Museum

I seem to visit the National Building Museum about once every three months.  The allows me to check out the regular rotation of exhibits.  This afternoon my best friend from middle and high school and neighborhood superstar, Amanda, and I made the excursion. A first-time visitor, she was especially stoked to see Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey. Currently, there is also an exhibit on various World’s Fairs entitled Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930’s and my personal fav, the ongoing exhibit Washington: Symbol and City.

The Palladio exhibit was overcrowded with some of the only adults in the building.  The highlight of this was knowing that the drawings were +500 years old, but unless you are fascinated with reading measured drawings, I would probably skip this.  The World’s Fairs exhibit reminded me of themes and motifs that I saw at Epcot and Futureland in the Magic Kingdom as a child.  It is also interesting to learn about how it influenced architecture and design (City Beautiful movement/White City). As always Washington: Symbol and City was wonderful. I always seem to pick up on something different every time I wander around. (Did you know if you tilt your head to the right and look at the model of the mall, you can see the outline of an owl?)

Let me get down to the nitty-gritty.

Why you do not want to come here with a date: For some reason (probably the Lego exhibit), every time I visit the NBM I forget how it attracts SWARMS of children. Until I walk through the door.  Then it’s ankle-biters abound! Running down the hallway. Blabbering through the World’s Fair exhibit. Traipsing through the Pension Commissioner’s Suite. And yes, father of Traipsing Toddler, I AM aware there is not an exhibit in there, but Amanda has never before been here, thus I would like to give her the low down on it so why don’t you deal with your out-of-control Traipsing Toddler and mind your own beeswax? Bottom line being that much like the Depo-Provera shot, going on a date here will serve as birth control for the next three months.

If you do come here with a date: Before entering the museum, take photos with the bronze lion statues across the street (see Fig. B, C, and D).

Figure B: February 2009
Figure C: July 2010
Figure D: January 2011

Your date is probably going to be aggravated (and perhaps paranoid of you having baby-fever) that you went on a date to a place that is populated by so many toddlers and strollers. My suggested antidote is walking to the Greene Turtle Sports Bar (Fig. E) and sitting through the game of his sport team of choice (flat screen televisions in every booth). But even if you don’t feel the need for the antidote, I still advise grabbing a beverage here after a trip to the NBM.

Figure E: Map, A – National Building Museum, B – Greene Turtle Sports Bar

Yes, it is a chain but it is only one block away and between the NBM and the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop. And you can get 25 wings for $17. And you can choose from FIVE different flavors of wing sauce: Mild, Kinda Hot, We Mean Hot, Honey Barbeque, Smokey Barbeque, and Maryland (I think it has to do with Old Bay?). Lastly, I recommend planning the excursion on a Saturday, for the sheer reason that the Greene Turtle features $4 Amstel Light, Heineken, and Dos Equis pints. That way even if your date is a dud, you can drink until he turns into the Most Interesting Man in the World. Cheers, y’all!

Let’s Wait Fair Isle

Asos really is all about the quantity. There are tens of thousands of products on the site? Maybe hundreds of thousands? I don’t know. It is all very overwhelming. When I find something amazing on the site, I feel the need to share it but only if it is available in tall.

I found the ultimate classic winter style in the Asos tall range. I have been searching my entire life for a tall fair isle sweater and I finally found one at a very economical price point! One of my favorite features is the tipping at the cuffs and the waists. And only after searching page after page of tall styles on the Asos website. 

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Pivot Cable: Part II

Is copying an outfit nearly piece by piece a cheap move? Not if you obsessed so hard about a certain combination and the person you are copying is yourself.

Not only is the combination a copycat, but this is the second time wearing this exact skirt on the blog. It is only $20 (less if you can score it during a clearance promo), has an elastic waist (a buffet skirt, if you will) and a total winner. While I have eradicated nearly all turtleneck styles in my closet (I just hate feeling like I am being strangled by a super weak person), I kept this particular one as J.Crew has discontinued the Cambridge Cable Knit Sweater line. The fact that I even had it monogrammed gave me all the more reason to hold onto it. 

sweater (similar) // tank // skirt // handbag (old, similarsimilarsimilar) // sunglasses // watch // earrings // cuff // bracelet (budget) // ring // heels (old, alternate colorway)

Monkfish Tacos // @2souschefs

I am so excited to share today’s guest post from @2souschefs. The duo behind the social media handle is none other than my sister, Andi, and brother-in-law, Joe. Both graduates of New England Culinary Institute, they spent their twenties as a dynamic duo consistently being poached (see what I did there?) every two years or so and effectively journeying across the United States.

I always joke that my sister got all of the food talent in our gene pool. While she no doubt is a natural, that only brings people so far. Her work ethic eclipses her talent and that is what has brought her success. It has been awe-inspiring to see her go from watching the Food Network, to researching and applying and ultimately attending a top culinary school immediately out of high school, and now kicking ass in the kitchen.

When I asked Andi and Joe to contribute to the blog, I had two directives for the recipes: they must be healthy and they must be simple and quick enough for someone with my food skill and attention span to master. They delivered with their first contribution and I am so excited to hear feedback from y’all.

Let’s cut to it.

“We wanted to go with our take on a Latin favorite: monkfish tacos with guacamole and marinated napa cabbage. It’s a beautiful, light dish that will make you want to reach for a margarita and start planning your trip down to Cancún. We choose monkfish for our tacos but mahi mahi or any other firm white fish would be suitable to substitute. We suggest pairing your tacos with a crisp, but not too dry Riesling.” – Joe 

Ingredients
  1. Tortillas
  2. Marinade
    • 1 teaspoon Slap Ya Momma
    • 2 each Limes – zested and juiced
    • 2 tablespoon Organic Olive Oil
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 12 ounces Monkfish Tails (This may be fresh or frozen. If bought frozen, it must be thawed prior to preparation.)
  3. Guacamole
    • 2 each Avocado – diced
    • 1 each Jalapeño – seeded and finely diced
    • 1 each Shallot – diced
    • 2 each Garlic Clove – minced
    • 1 each Roma Tomato – diced
    • 1 each Lime – juiced
    • 2 tablespoon Cilantro – diced
    • 1 tablespoon Salt
    • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  4. Napa Cabbage Slaw
    • 0.5 each Napa Cabbage – diced
    • 1 teaspoon Organic Olive Oil
    • 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 1 teaspoon Pepper

Directions

  1. Mix the ingredients for the marinade together.
  2. Coat the fish with the marinade for at least thirty minutes prior to cooking. This will allow for maximum flavor absorption.
  3. Mix the ingredients for the guacamole together and the napa cabbage slaw together.
  4. Coat a pan in organic olive oil and heat over a burner. Sear fish on all sides, for a total of five minutes or until fish is cooked. (If mahi mahi is used, sear for five minutes per side.)
  5. Warm the tortillas in the oven at 125 degrees Fahrenheit for five minutes.
  6. Place the napa slaw down first on warmed tortillas, then monkfish, then top it with avocado guacamole.

#tbt My Preservation Date

Years ago, while I was in graduate school, I wrote a blog about historic sites as potential places to go on dates. I always enjoy re-visiting the blog and re-reading my snark. So much so, that I thought I would share selections from it across this platform. From Spring 2011:

After ten years of dating, I have been taken everywhere from the ballet (good, love The Nutcracker), to a baseball game (bad, my legs are too long to fit in the seats comfortably), to the Jim Henson exhibit at the Smithsonian (ugly, but that is a story for another time). While The Nutcracker was lovely and my date had picked up on my interest of ballet, let’s face it, this is not the norm. I was reflecting one day and I realized that in the past ten years, I have never been taken to a historic site on a date.

Although I have only recently graduated with my Master’s of Historic Preservation, I have been obsessed with old architecture since I was nine years old and visited Herculaneum/Ercalano with my fourth grade class on a field trip. Frolicking around the decrepit bathhouses (mind you, my nine-year-old self had NO clue what had occurred in those very bathhouses prior to year 79 – I just thought it was lucky that the Romans had a place to go swimming!), my adoration of architecture was cemented.

Since I am now studying real estate development (emphasis on tax credits and open land acquisitions for [battlefield] conservation purposes), in between studying for Law and working at the UMd School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation VRC for my graduate assistantship, I have found myself to have too much “Lulu time.” Whenever I am idle, I tend to engage in a raging brunch habit or spending a little too much time at Wonderland. Either way, I end up overindulging and who wants that?

Not me.

Last semester I strategized and combined complementary past course notebooks that were only halfway used with my current courses (ex.: Preservation Law + Real Estate Law = true love…Preservation Economics + Tax and Accounting for Real Estate Developers = bastard binder baby). I constantly found my attention drifting off and looking back at old preservation notes and reminiscing studying something of which I was passionate. How I missed learning about the flurkuchenhaus and Native American Graves and Repatriation Act!

Since I have recognized that I have never been taken to a historic building/site on a date, my free time and the subsequent overindulging and its effects, and how much I miss studying preservation, I decided that My Preservation Date was necessary for me to reengage in what I first fell in love with. Every weekend, I will visit a different historic site in DC, take photos, map it, etc and rate it’s date-ability (listen up fellas!). Then I will assess the nearby bar and restaurant selection and choose the most enticing, because not only is it not a real date if someone does not spend money, but I also have to manage to bribe someone from my social circle accompany me and I know nothing will serve as the biggest carrot as an adult beverage.

Mind Over Flapper

For the past few Wednesdays, I have searched and shared the best of the Asos tall selection. The selection is beyond expansive and quite overwhelming. After paging through the tall range for fifteen minutes, I realized that I had not even cracked a fraction of the thousands of styles available. Is there such thing as too much? When it comes to the Asos tall range, perhaps.

This dress immediately caught my eye. Hello flapper vibes! It seems that the dress is a tall exclusive and that never happens! #youcantsitwithus

dress

How to Make Print in America

How excited I was to score this dress on deep discount from the Pink Pelican in Huntsville? Very. With the code 35closing, you can score an additional 35% off already marked down priced at this Lilly signature boutique. I was lucky enough to get in early enough to grab this dress, this dress, and these wedges. Sizes are limited these days, so act fast. Or diet down to a size extra small because that is all that there seems to be left.

The particular dress featured in this post caught my eye because although the colors are bright and the print is a eye-catcher, it isn’t outwardly Lilly Pulitzer. It truly is the perfect dress when you want to wear something vivid but at the same time, doesn’t scream, “I am a basic white woman.”

Several years ago, 2012 to be exact, J.Crew dominated the ikat print and put it all over that summer season from shorts to espadrilles. I distinctly remember being envious of a friend, Christine, who found that most amazing ikat print swimsuit from that line. The print is pretty phenomenal no matter which brand produces it, so this dress is my way of catching up with that 2012 FOMO.

 

dress // sandals // sunglasses // handbag (℅‎ Foley + Corinna) // earrings (alternate colorway) // necklace (old, Gemma Redux) // watch // knot ring // wire ring (old, Banana Republic)

Shopping Moratorium 2018 | 97/268

March was not so good for the Shopping Moratorium. When I look back on the stuff that I bought…well, I feel guilty that I fell so far from my course. It is time to rededicate myself to the cause.

When I was in my last year of graduate school, I started to feel like a hoarder. Enter eBay. While I started selling on the site to lessen the bloat, I soon realized that it was a wonderful and passive way to supplement my income. During a time when I was stretched thin between coursework and a job, I found that between the fifty free listings per month and a Sunday morning-long investment in time, the results yielded enough money to live a just little more comfortably.

Within the past month, I started to get that familiar feeling of once again being a hoarder. Cut to me pulling anything I have never worn – which was an embarrassing amount – and anything I haven’t worn in seasons – fat feels – and listing them. It seems like less of a waste to sell it and sock that money in my Roth IRA.

So what did I buy this month?

dress

dress

suit

suit

tweed skirt

skirt

 

Hit the Lounge Running

Did you know that Asos has a tall pajamas assortment? With the exception of J.Crew (which has seemingly discontinued the tall options), I have not known any brand to provide a selection of tall lounge, and I am here for it!

I am also into this pajama set. In the past year I have increasingly paid attention to fabric content and how much of it is synthetic fabric. I always get weary of pajamas that have “Keep Away From Fire” on the tag. I get the sense that it is because of the large percentage of polyester within the fiber. Regardless, this pajama set is one hundred percent modal and I am on board.

 

pajamas

Checking In…

I did not stick to my healthy eating and exercise goals for the month of March. My discipline just isn’t strong enough to stick to anything that isn’t black-and-white strict, in the way that Whole30 is.

So during the month of April, specifically starting on April 2, last Monday, I am back on the Whole30 train. No dairy, no grain, no legumes, no added sugar, no alcohol. I know that Whole30 discourages against counting calories, but I have finished enough rounds that I think monitoring calories would work.

Let’s do this.

Pivot Cable: Part I

If it is a crime to repeat items on the blog, then lock me up! Repeating clothing is a reflection of what we all do in real life and it is unrealistic not to wear pieces not only multiple times, but in a multitude of ways.

Several weeks ago I wore this skirt on the blog. Leading up to its purchase, I debated which color(s) I really wanted, at what price point I was willing to pull the trigger, and how I would wear it. I started to get stoked when I thought about this particular color combination. I love mixing statement-making, yet complementary colors. Truth be told, this outfit combination was inspired by a particular phase of J.Crew marketing circa 2008-2012.

 

The skirt is still available in tall (direct link because J.Crew was especially tricky and hid the tall version on the website). The Cambridge Cable Knit Sweater was an oldie-but-goodie and is no longer available, but unfortunately was not available in tall. Memo to J.Crew: Release your sweaters in tall! This is where Gap and Gap Factory have J.Crew beat. Unfortunately neither offer monogramming. #cannothaveitall

 

sweater (old, similar) // tank // skirt // clutch // scarf (old, Christian LaCroix) // shoe (old, similar) // necklace // earrings // rose gold cuff // watch // cocktail ring