It’s the One Year Anniversary of my blog country mouse. city life.!
Life is definitely much different now than it was a year ago. I live in a different city, I got my first real job, and I still love Beyoncé.
So I thought it’d be the perfect cause for celebration to introduce my favorite smoothie recipe! Even more so now that the weather has warmed up. I call this my ‘Superfood Smoothie’ cause it’s full of antioxidant-fighting ingredients like blueberries, chia seeds, and spinach. It sounds really gross, putting spinach in a smoothie, but I’ve been doing it for years. Spinach is so mild, you can’t taste it once it’s all blended up but you really wanna make sure it’s completely blended (bits of spinach in your smoothie is not appetizing). I’ve been drinking this almost every day and love it!
It’s also super easy to make, in fact, there’s no real recipe required and experimentation is suggested. Here’s my general recipe:
Thanks to all my friends and followers for making this blog such a wonderful, fulfilling experience this past year.
It’s springtime! The weather’s warmed up, the flowers have bloomed, and swimsuit season is in sight *screeching of brakes* *hitting of panic button*. No, no it’s okay, you’ve still got a solid two months, maybe three until then, so I tell myself. As we wait around for that annual two-piece terror season to begin, why not go ahead and celebrate your last indulges with a couple of these cute coconut macaroons! They’re just wee little things that say ‘what harm could I do? Please eat me, especially now that all your Girl Scout cookies are gone.’
My coconut macaroon obsession is really my mother’s fault. On my 21st birthday, she bought me a box of chocolate dipped coconut macaroons from Godiva that I still lust after today. Also for Easter this year, she sent me two huge bags of my current obsession: Pretzel M&M’s. She reeks of swimsuit sabotage. Anyways, this recipe is just as good as my precious Godiva macaroons. They’re dense and chewy and just the perfect sweetness. So go ahead, indulge away whether you’re celebrating the fact that you just finished your taxes or accomplished some major spring cleaning. As my mom would tell you, ‘You deserve it!’
So how’ve you been?? No really, I feel like it’s been ages since I wrote a proper post (although I hope you did enjoy my Broadway tips). I’ve been busy, I’ve been lazy, I’ve been plain neglectful. But I’m back! And ready to unload not just any post but a travel post!
This Easter weekend I visited my friends Lisa and Meghan who live in the DC area. We all met while studying abroad in Siena, Italy and have stayed in touch throughout the years. They’re two amazing gals. I’ve traipsed around Paris with these two and the last time we spent Easter together was in 2009 when we spent the day in Pompeii and then feasted on Neapolitan pizza and Sri Lankan food for Easter dinner. I love traveling with them because we travel “by sense” meaning there’s no itinerary, no real plan, just relaxed fun and always amazing food. But you should know by now that’s a given with me.
Friday evening started with dinner near Meghan’s place in Arlington, VA at a really nice bistro, Lyon Hall. They have some excellent wine and even after we could eat no more, we ordered the crème brûlée for dessert. It was marvelous. At night, we went down toward Georgetown, which is so adorable, and danced til we could no more… well more like til Meghan and I could dance no more cause Lisa will dance you under/over/around a table.Saturday was ‘DC tourist day for Margaret.’ The last time I was in DC was my 8th grade field trip and honestly all I remember about that trip was sneaking off to dip my toes in the Washington Monument reflection pool while yelling ‘Jennnyyy!’ à la Forest Gump. I was due for a second impression.
If my life were a musical, I would obviously be the star. Although that would be difficult as I like singing but not necessarily in front of people. Public performances tend to make me a bit shy.
My dad always tells of my first ‘role’ in my preschool’s Thanksgiving play. I was a pilgrim complete with a white paper plate bonnet and black construction paper collar. Everyone had one line which was: ‘I brought ________!’ filled in by whatever picture of food they had cut out and glued onto their paper plate. My line was ‘I brought turkey!’ Very clutch. But when it came time to present my line, I got so bashful I barely whispered it in the mousiest tone. Apparently all the parents thought it was adorable because they began laughing and applauding. I couldn’t have been more embarrassed but deep down I’m sure I thought Nailed It.
When it comes to performances, I like to leave it to the professionals. BROADWAY baby! This is the perfect city to see all the big Broadway shows, if you have hundreds of dollars to spare, which I don’t. But no worries, because there are plenty of ways to find Broadway tickets without being a slave to the TKTS sign.
(1) Hit the theatres early in the morning
Even the biggest shows will have leftover tickets. So make a list of the ones you want to see and go directly to the theater’s box office the day of the performance (~$30/ticket). They open at 10am but anyone who shows up after 9am is a fool. Call the box office ahead of time and ask what time they would suggest getting there. Make sure to keep your options open as your first pick may only have a handful of tickets available.
Also, if you have a student ID bring it. It can come in handy.
Shows I’ve seen with this method: Mamma Mia, Anything Goes
(2) Sign up for email lists
In many ways, NYC caters to the young. I’m signed up for LincTix which offers discounted $30 tickets to shows at Lincoln Center for those 21-35 years old. And if you have young friends, they can sign up too so that you can all sit together! Oh to be young and poor… yet incredibly cultured.
Shows I’ve seen with this method: War Horse
(3) Find a rich benefactor or… parents
When my family came to visit last summer, my mom, sister and I knew we wanted to go see Wicked. But everyone and their mom wants to see this show (look at previous statement) and I knew the methods above probably wouldn’t cut it. So Mama Choo swept in and took care of it all for us. And you know what, I think she’ll tell you it was TOTALLY worth it! We planned WAY ahead of time (about 2 months beforehand) in order to get the best seats. This is the old fashioned, most expensive way but if one person plans and another person pays, it seems less painful?
Shows I’ve seen with this method: Wicked
(4) Make Broadway friends
Don’t have any? Hang out by the Tisch School for an hour and you’re set. Or find anyone who’s somewhat connected to Broadway. You never know, it could be your cousin’s landlord’s dog walker or your coworker. This week one of the producers for Peter and the Starcatcher gave us some free tickets at work. That’s right, FREE tickets! The best kind.
Shows I’ve seen with this method: Peter and the Starcatcher