Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Citrus Herb Infused Salmon

In keeping with my summer theme for the week, I'm sharing with you this delicious, light and very summer appropriate meal. It's full of herbs, citrus and lightly seasoned. Summer time is for that bikini and this meal will most definitely help your waistline. Check it out below & let me know what you think.

1 lb salmon
1/2 orange
1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme finely chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoon of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic finely minced
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Clean salmon and season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside. Next, sautee onions, garlic and herbs in butter. Once soft (after about 5 minutes) remove from pan and set aside. Add olive oil to pan and sear salmon on both sides until cooked through. Once cooked through, clean pan and add back onions, garlic and herbs. Add salmon back to the pan with the herb mixture and squeeze lemon and orange over salmon. Cover pan and let simmer on medium low for 10-15 minutes. 

What did you think of the recipe? Let me know below!

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Wine Review: Truvée Aranciata Spritzer

On the blog this week I'm trying something new--In honor of the beginning of the summer, all my posts this week will be dedicated to summer in some way (whether that be hair, makeup, food etc). 

The first up in the series is my first original cocktail recipe (I'm really excited about this one you guys)! This recipe features a very special wine from the McBride sisters. 

Every now and then you fall in love with a brand not just because of the product itself but also because of their story. The McBride sisters grew up continents apart and found each other and through their connection of wine created a brand that brought their two passions together for a lifelong connection. After about ten years of experience in the wine industry they have partnered with Diageo & Estate Wines to create “Truvee Wines”.


I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to try the Truvée Chardonnay.
Commonly nicknamed the "winemakers wine," Chardonnay is a wonderful challenge: the oak and winemaking techniques greatly influence the final taste. With our Truvée Chardonnay, we have created a wine that showcases the beautiful fruit flavors that develop in the vineyards, supported by a touch of French oak and with minimal intervention from Monica, our winemaker.
This Central Coast Chardonnay is elegant and vivacious. The fruit was sustainably grown in Chalone, Edna Valley and Monterey County with flavors that span white peach, pear, citrus zest, green apple, pineapple, vanilla, oak and with delicate notes of white florals. A portion of the wine was put into new and neutral French oak barrels, while the balance was fermented in stainless steel tanks. 

To create this original spritzer, I combined the Truvée Chardonnay & a summer favorite of mine  San Pellegrino's sparkling beverage Aranciata. The blend was a match made in heaven and is the perfect cocktail during the hot summer months. It's refreshing, light and most of all super tasty!

2 parts Truvée Chardonnay
1 part  San Pellegrino's sparkling beverage Aranciata
1/2 of sprig of rosemary

Combine ingredients giving everything a quick stir & pour over ice.

Have you tried Truvée wines before? What did you think? Let me know below!

Enjoy responsibly!


Monday, June 1, 2015

8th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

I can already cross one thing off my summer to do list right now! This weekend I ventured to Liberty State Park with some pretty awesome people for the 8th Annual Verve Clicquot Polo Classic. 

If you're not familiar with what the Polo Classic is, click here to learn more. 

Pictures speak a thousand words, so instead of boring you with a verbose recap, enjoy my pictorial of the event below. 

Fashion. Champagne. Polo Match.
What more can you ask for on a stunning Saturday afternoon in NYC?

Until next time--Cheers!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to Create Outdoor Space Indoor

Are you in a situation where you don't have a backyard garden, a covered patio or a front porch where you can go to relax and enjoy the beautiful spring weather? Like most New York dwellers, I too struggle with this unfortunate situation. Not to worry though, I have some beautiful alternatives to help you transform your indoor space into a wonderful outdoor oasis. It's really up to you to think outside the box and not let your surrounding limit your space.


Bring the outdoors inside
Even if it's in the form of a simple, small plant on the window sill, it will bring life to your space and partially bring the outdoors inside. 


Fake it till you make it
So, you're not really into taking care of a real plant but you do love the idea of living plants in your home...why not try a fake plant? It might sound a little less appealing than a real plant, but I know some people who've held on to their fake plants for years! The white flowers against the pink background in the main photo for this post are fake flowers that I got from Michaels to decorate my bedroom. I've had them for years (shhh!) They don't die and as long as you maintenance them a bit you're good to go. I personally love them if you get one that's really great quality, like that one above.


Dress your window sill
I love dressing up a window sill with great pictures, flowers and candles! I love the image above because it captures how gorgeous just adding a vase of fresh flowers can make a window sill really chic! 


Just use what you have
Sometimes, it is a bit of work to go out and buy a fake plant or pick up some fresh flowers. However, if you take a look around your home there are things you might already have that you can make good use of to bring a bit of the outdoor space inside. Just take a look around and see what you can do. Often times all you really have to do is open up that curtain that you typically like closed and crack that window a bit and voila--instant change!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

5 Things I'm Looking Forward to This Summer

There is absolutely nothing like summer time in NYC. Free concerts, movies in the park, beaches, parties on rooftops, art exhibits and so much more. Last summer was good, but I want this summer to be great! It all begins with a list. Nothing too grand, but a simple list with essential things you really want to do that you think will be feasible. I've compiled a pretty simple list of things I'm looking forward to doing this summer. Let's get to it.


1. Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic
This is the ultimate social event to kick the summer off on the right foot. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the eighth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic takes place at Liberty State Park. It's a fun afternoon of polo viewing, picnicking & champagne sipping. I love this event because you get dressed up in your best polo match gear and hang out with friends on the lawn while watching a pretty cool polo match and having yummy bites and sips with friends. What more could you ask for, right?

2. Wedding Season
I adore everything about weddings. I'm that girl that can sit and watch WeTV all day and enjoy wedding stories. This summer is extra special because one of my best college friends is getting married in Miami in just a few weeks! I think summer weddings are so beautiful and I can't wait to enjoy a couple this summer.


3. Summer Fridays
All hail summer Friday's! Starting the Friday before Memorial Day and lasting until the Friday before Labor Day, we have early Fridays, meaning the office closes at 1pm. This has to be one of the best perks we get during the summer as it's the perfect opportunity to indulge in some cool summer activities in the city. Summer Fridays makes the week so much more pleasant, knowing that at 1pm on Friday you are released from all work related duties (also making for an even more enjoyable weekend!)


4. Weekend Getaways
Summers in NYC are made for weekend getaways. I'm thinking this summer, I want to get away a few weekends to some of my favorite locations including Montauk for the beautiful scenery, Connecticut for the awesome wine tasting and New Jersey for the beach! Leaving early on a summer Friday and coming back late in the evening on Sunday lends itself to a fun filled extended weekend!


5. Host a Summer Themed Dinner Party
I really want to execute on hosting a dinner party this summer. I think it's such fun way to get friends together. I want a summer themed menu with a beautiful table setting. I envision three courses all served with delicious summer themed cocktails, followed by some fun games to round out the evening (future blog post maybe)?

What do you have on your list this summer? Let me know below.


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