Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Food Porn of The Week: Lunch at Ah'Pizz

This past weekend my mom, sister Elissa, and I had lunch at Ah'Pizz a Neopolitian pizzeria in Montclair. We started off with the stuffed zucchini flowers as an appetizer. They were filled with fresh ricotta cheese and prosciutto and served along size some kind of Caesar dipping sauce. Amazing! I just wished they would have offered a bigger serving. Next was the mango salad which consisted of arugula, sliced mango, goat cheese, dried cranberries and almonds in a lemon vinaigrette. So delicious and perfect for summer. We chose the Capricciosa pizza which was topped with Italian imported ham, salami, crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms, basil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and extra virgin olive oil. The pizzas are made in a wood burning brick oven so the crust was perfectly crisp and light. The mix of all the toppings was heaven. The perfect ending to this incredible lunch was NUTELLA PIZZA and cappuccinos. I can't even deal it was just too good. I wanted to run out the door with one of the huge jars of Nutella they had on display. Let me just say I cannot wait to go back. Next time I'll bring a bottle of wine since they are BYOB. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. 
 {stuffed zucchini flowers and mango salad}
 {Capricciosa Pizza}
 {Nutella Pizza & Cappucinos = the perfect ending}
{I wonder if they sell these at Costco? ; ) }

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Straw

I'm on the search for a new straw bag and hat. Something casual enough for the beach, but cute enough to wear while going out for a weekend brunch date. Here are some really great candidates...

 {Hat Attack}
 {Carolina Herrera}
{Hat Attack}
{Comptoir des Cotonniers}

For further info on all items featured click here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

5 Natural Appetite Suppressants

{the heart healty fats in avocados signal to the brain that you are full}
I usually don't do health posts, but since it is officially summer I figure this would be helpful.  I read about the top 25 natural appetite suppressing foods on Self.com.  These are five of my favorites on the list.  For the entire list click here.
{almonds are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants.  Studies have shown they can make you feel full longer}
{coffee can boost your metabolism and suppress the appetite.  Just don't go over board with cream & sugar}
 {sweet potatoes contain a starch that resists digestive enzymes keeping them in the stomach longer and therefore keep you full}
{dark chocolate - the bitter taste signals the body to decrease the appetite}

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Josiah's Baptism

We were completely honored when Cesi and Ben (Christian's sister and boyfriend) asked us to be the Godparents of our beautiful nephew, Josiah.  This past weekend made it official.  It was Josiah's baptism.  Here are a few pics of the day...
{getting Josiah dressed}
We love you, Josiah!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Food Porn of The Week: Nutella Fudgesicles

Last week it was so disgustingly hot out that I declared it time to take out the popsicle molds.  This recipe is as easy as it is delicious.  Here it goes:

Nutella Fudgesicles
1 1/2 cups almond milk (I used vanilla, but chocolate would be an even better option)
1/2 cup of Nutella
1tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients using a blender or hand mixer.
Pour into molds and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Modern Aztec Princess

Modern Aztec Princess

In a little less than a month we’re having a fiesta in our backyard in celebration of my birthday.  I love Mexican everything, food, drinks, art, decor, etc so there was really no hesitation when trying to decide on a party idea.  I am on the search for a themed outfit that isn't too literal.  Here are a few great pieces that caught my eye.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Father's Day Gift Ideas

{Beer & Pretzel Caramels from Dean & Deluca} 
Here are a few great gift ideas for the special dads in your life...
 {'Extreme Barbecue' by Dan Huntley and Lisa Grace Lednicer}
{Propeller Pen by MOMA}
{JAMBOX Wireless Speaker by Jawbone}
{C.O. Bigelow Shaving Set}
{Weber Performer Grill}

{ePad Portable Laptop Desk With Speakers by Brookstone}
For futher info on all items featured click here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Food Porn of The Week: Balsamic Steak Sandwich with Gorgonzola

 I was having a serious craving for a nice juicy steak, but I didn't want to go through all of the fuss of making all the sides that accompany a typical steak dinner (mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, etc). I was inspired by a delicious steak sandwich I had at Park & Sixth called the 2 Points to Genius. The Park & Sixth version consists of marinated skirt steak, gorgonzola cheese, mixed greens and roasted garlic mayo. Believe me it is as good as it sounds. My version stuck to the original's marinated skirt steak and gorgonzola, but I made it my own by adding balsamic onions and mushrooms, baby spinach and herbed mustard mayo. Dare I say I liked mine better?  For a similar recipe click here.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Shady Lady

I am on the search for a new pair of summer sunnies.  Here are a few that grabbed my attention...
 {B urberry}
For further info on all sunglasses featured click here.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Eye Candy of The Week

Yay, the weekend is here! Thank goodness it was a short work week. Here are some goodies that caught my eye along the way. Hope you have a fantabulous weekend!

{How sweet is this night stand created out of vintage suitcases!?}
{I'm on a quest to find the perfect chambray button down}

{I've always loved pleats, but these are just extra special}

{Coco Chanel doll...cutest thing EVER!}
{So fresh and so clean}
{Images via Cupcakes & Cashmere, Sincerely, Jules, Because I'm addicted, & The Coveteur}