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Valentines Weekend Recap and Paleo Heaven in NYC

Well, what a great couple of weeks it’s been!  February has been a super busy month for me and the blog has sadly felt the brunt of that.  I had to write about this weekend though because it was such a great one.  For Valentines Weekend we headed to NYC for a Kings of Leon concert on Friday and found ourselves in Paleo Heaven on Saturday.

Friday was a great day!  I got beautiful flowers from Andy at work.

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I left work to meet Andy on the train to head to Grand Central.  It’s always fun to meet him on the train.  It’s almost like a game trying to figure out where he is and it makes it that much more exciting.

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I surprised him with a couple of cold ones.  So yes, we brown paper bagged it on our way into the city.  I promise a lot of people do this 🙂

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Then I gave Andy his valentines gift.  For some reason I was feeling particularly creative this week and decided to do a DIY project.  I made him a love jar!  I found a few examples on some great blogs including Creme de la Craft.

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We got into the city and rushed to our hotel to meet up with my best friend and her boyfriend for a quick dinner.  We went to a restaurant called Stout.  It apparently is the go-to place before any game or show at MSG.  It was perfect for some good drinks, bar food, and quick service!  We headed to show and got there right before Kings Of Leon went on.  It was an awesome concert!  The i-phone doesn’t take great pictures in a big dark arena so unfortunately I don’t have any.

We did get some touristy ones with the Empire State Building of course!

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After the concert we had some cocktails at another bar near our hotel.  We had such a great night!

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On Saturday Andy and I headed to this cafe / restaurant that I had heard about in the Paleo / Primal world.  It’s called Hu (as in Human) Kitchen.  It was seriously one of the coolest places I’ve been.  Andy and I were in Paleo Heaven!! The decor was super cool and right up my alley of rustic chic.

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They had an organic coffee bar.

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And home-made almond milk!

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They had big flat screens streaming random paleo / primal facts.

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There was a prepared foods section.  Andy got some grass-fed meat balls to take home.

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I got a bowl of root vegetable mash, veggies, and an over easy egg.

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Andy got primal french toast with cashew cream, blueberries, and maple syrup.  This was to die for!

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I was super happy to be here!

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We also bought some goodies to take home including flax-seed crackers, paleo granola, and almond butter truffles!  Everything was so delicious!

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After breakfast we headed back to Connecticut to get massages which were a Christmas present.  For dinner we planned on going to a new restaurant that I have heard great things about (Andy even saw some 18/10 flatware sets clearance there, so we had to go check).  The Walrus and Carpenter is an award-winning barbecue restaurant in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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This place was awesome.  Very gastro pub like which I love.  I had a great cocktail called “Gingers Have No Souls.”  I’ve been on a big ginger kick lately.

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For appetizers we got deviled eggs with yummy crunch bacon on top.

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And the most delicious pork belly drizzled with maple that I’ve ever had!

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For dinner I got their smoked pork shoulder with brussels sprouts and bacon.  The pork shoulder literally melted in my mouth.

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Now to top it off (and as we didn’t eat enough this day) we ordered a Bacon Chocolate…..wait for it….CHIPWICH.  It was two chocolate chip cookies with bacon bits and butter pecan ice cream in between. Oh my I can’t believe how much I ate yesterday now that I’ve written it down.  But it was all so worth it!

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Have you ever had a day where you feel like all you did was eat?!

DIY Halloween Costume – Cast Away

I’m sitting here watching game 6 of the World Series, and am missing Boston mucho!  Why the heck couldn’t they get to the World Series in the past few years when I was living there?!

Anyways, to distract myself I thought I’d share my DIY Halloween Costume from this past weekend.  Andy and I were Tom Hanks and Wilson (yes the volleyball) from Cast Away!  I thought it was super funny because it’s a pretty old movie and a pretty random costume idea.

Here is how it turned out…

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Directions to make this costume

Materials for Wilson (all from JoAnne Fabrics)

  • White T-Shirt
  • Brick Red Acrylic Paint
  • Small sponge paint brush
  • White Head Band
  • Sticks

The shirt with Wilson’s face took me all of about 10 minutes.  Make sure to put a piece of cardboard in between the t-shirt so it doesn’t bleed through.  I pulled up a picture of the face and simply copied it on the shirt after I had outlined it in pen first.

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For the head-piece, I took a white head band and folded it in half.  I super glued the long ends to make almost a hollow tube.  I then cut little holes for each stick and super glued them in each hole.  Then I took some fake grass / sticks and glued them to the front.

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Materials for Tom Hanks Character

  • Brown fabric to fit around waist
  • A big brown wig with beard (ours was a “caveman” wig)
  • A FedEx box (which is free!)
  • A rag to wrap around hand

This one was even easier than Wilson.  Andy simply threw on his wig, we pinned the material around him, and wrapped a rag around his hand with some red paint on it.  He grabbed the FedEx box and we were done!

This was one of the easiest costumes to make and everyone got a kick out of it!