Saturday Epiphanies

Cheersssss to the freakin’ weekend!

I woke up this morning after a solid night’s sleep (the first in far too long), and while I have to work tomorrow, I’m grateful for this Saturday. Plans include yoga, coffee with a friend, then dinner at another friend’s apartment. She’s making chicken pot pie and baklava, so I’m looking forward to some comfort food! I’m on veggie duty and planning on bringing balsamic roasted brussel sprouts and this salad. I made it on Christmas Eve and it was a HUGE hit. Here’s hoping for a repeat success.

It’s amazing what a full night’s sleep can do for your thought process! Rather than grumbling/talking to myself/speaking in tongues while bumping into things while attempting to make myself presentable for work, I came to a few realizations:

1. Dating is hard. It sucks, really. Especially when you have the urge to slap a guy upside the head and scream “WHO BEAT YOU WITH A STUPID STICK?!?!?” – yea, no fun. But you know what makes it better? Waking up to motivational quotes like this from your mom.



Yup. I feel much better.

2. Sometimes watching reruns of shows you’ve seen 23098440 times is far more entertaining than picking something new. Sex and the City and Girls reruns ruled my Friday night while I worked on a few pieces of jewelry (hoping to launch my site soon!). Party animal.



This may be because I have commitment issues and the thought of investing 2 hours in a movie I might not like is scary…that’s the saddest sentence ever. But true! I suck with decisions. And sometimes it’s nice to not fix what’s not broken – right?!

3. Sushi is damn good comfort food.


winner winner fishy dinner

4. I know I’ve said it before, but here’s the (mildly embarrassing) proof that I have an absolutely insane number of pictures of Bloody Mary’s saved on my phone. WHO AM I?

bloody mary montage

The hunt for perfection is no easy task. It’s all for the greater good.

On the bright side, I do remember where each of these was taken! Clockwise from top left – Jimmy’s, Berry Park, East Coast Grill, Mrs. Kim’s….ehhh, just kidding, no idea where the last one is from.

5. Why did no one think of putting these two smokeshows together sooner? BRILLIANT.


Can’t Remember to Forget You = ultimate girl crushes united.

What are your weekend plans? And your weekend comfort foods? 



Saturday Breakfast: Cottage Cheese with Tomatoes & Basil

The small pleasures of a Saturday morning (later alarm, a few more moments to stay curled up amongst the pillows, the freedom of a full day ahead) definitely extend to my breakfast ritual. Or rather, lack thereof. I typically eat the same thing everyday for breakfast throughout the week, so come the weekend, anything goes.

That’s not to say I don’t still cling to the key ingredients: simplicity and scrumptiousness. Enter my new go-to: cottage cheese, tomatoes and fresh basil. Served with whole-grain crackers and a massive mug of coffee. Always coffee. Always massive.

Simple ingredients? Check. 

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • fresh basil
  • whole-grain crackers (optional, but strongly encouraged!)

I was always an adventurous eater as a kid, thanks to parents who introduced me to different foods from different cultures, and who let me make my own decisions about food with one rule: you have to try it once before choosing to hate it. Childhood favorites were eclectic and risky: I loved (and still do) oysters, risotto, mango, any and all fish… pretty gourmet for a 3 year-old, I think.

But when I hated something, I was relentless. I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole, turning my nose up at canned tuna, mustard, and most of all, cottage cheese. It wasn’t until recently that the thought of the stuff didn’t repulse me. Something about the texture, the curdles – blechhh. But I gave it another shot, on a whim, thanks to Trader Joe’s peachy prices and a general boredom with my eating routines.

Consider me cottage-cheese converted.

What are you breakfast staples? Do you switch it up come Saturday?