Happy Weekend!

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Happy Labor Day weekend, errbody! Time to kick back and take off that extra day that you deserve!

xo, g&m

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Watermelon & Feta Salad

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Oh August, we hardly knew thee. It seems like summer came and went, but since I’m not quite emotionally prepared to jump on the pumpkin spice latte band wagon, I’ve decided to share with you how my stomach has decided to resist the season change.

We had a gargantuan melon sitting on our kitchen table for a while — half of it came to Newport with us last weekend, but that only did so much damage. The other half was lingering in our fridge, just begging to become something unusual. Since I’m a freak for sweet and savory, and had never made a melon salad before, this guy hit all the right notes for me.

Ingredients:
(makes one large salad, or two small)

For the salad:

// 1 cup largely diced watermelon
// 2 heaping handfuls of kale, stems removed
// 1/4 cup almonds
// 1 large chicken breast
// 1/4 cup crumbled feta

For chicken marinate:

// 1 tsp thyme
// 2 tsp olive oil
// 1/2 tsp garlic powder
// 2 tsp lemon juice
// salt & pepper

For dressing:
(I’ll be honest, I just sort of eyeballed this part)

// 1/4 cup olive oil
// 1 tbsp lemon juice
// 1/2 tsp fresh or minced garlic
// 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
// salt & pepper

 

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To Make:

01. Mix marinate ingredients well in a small bowl. Mix on chicken thoroughly and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.

02. For dressing, place your olive oil in a small skillet with your garlic. Warm slightly just to infuse the oil. Then in small bowl, mix with the other dressing ingredients and set aside.

03. Give your de-stemmed kale a rough chop and put in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients (besides your chicken and dressing)

04. Put your skillet on medium-low heat and coat lightly with cooking oil. Cook your chicken until just cooked through and golden on each side. Allow to cool slightly and give it a rough chop (I like my chicken to be small little chunks in my salads).

05. Place chicken and dressing in your large with with the salad mixture and toss thoroughly.

And that’s it! I found this pairs really nicely with a crisp sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.

A couple of tips:

//  I’ve heard this goes very well with a little fresh mint mixed in. If you try let me know how it goes!

// There’s also a lot of hype these days about “massaging your kale.” Since kale is a pretty tough green, giving it nice little rub down with your hands and some olive oil for a few minutes apparently goes a long way!

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Labor Day Weekend Fun

With Labor Day right around the corner, we found it only fitting to fill your minds with some ideas on how to spend your weekend! We’re really looking forward for taking an extra day for ourselves while we embrace the remainder of the warm weather!

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// 01. Backyard BBQ
An extra day off is music to our Mon-Friday-workin ears! If the weather is nice, round up those friends of yours and sit outside, light the grill and eats lots and lots of chips! Extra points if you can whip together a Pinterest worthy cocktail like above – cheers!

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//02. Day Trippin’
The best part about living in New England is the easy access to wonderful places within driving distance. An extra day off can extend any weekend trip into something a little more! Check out the dunes on Block Island, explore the mansions in Newport, or head to the woods - you’ve got a whole extra day, use it!

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//03. Bike Ride
Sometimes a quaint little bike ride is all you need to make your extra time off that much better. In Boston and CT we’re big fans of the Charles River and Farmington River Trail. Where you guys like to cycle around?

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//04. Movie Day
With the weather as unpredictable as it is round these parts, we sort of always need a plan b. A movie day with delicious treats sounds like just the thing! Make yourself a little spread and just let yourself be shamelessly lazy!

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//05. Picnic
Picnic in the park anyone? Don’t mind if I do! A chilled glass of white and a caprese sandwich with a book sounds like an extremely pleasant way to spend these final few weekends of warmth. Relax and live it up!

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Birch Hill Tavern Beer Dinner

We’re stickin’ with the alcohol theme going on, and I’m here to tell you about the most delicious beer/spirits dinner I have ever been to! I guess the Birch Hill Tavern has had quite a few beer dinners, but this was my 1st and I’m glad it was — because besides tasting Maine Brewing Company‘s beer, we also got to try 3 spirits from the New England Distillery.

Birch Hill Tavern curated a delicious menu to go with the 3 delicious MBC beers — Another One, Lunch & Dinner, and the 3 NED spirits — Eight Bells Rum, Inginium Gin & Gunpowder Maryland Rye Whiskey.

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We started off with Maine Beer Co.’s 1st beer “Another One” to go alongside some awesome appetizers — meatballs and bruschetta. Next up was an antipasti plate which consited of smoked gouda, prosciutto, hot peppers, capicola, olives & a pickled medley (cauliflower and carrots) which went fantastically with MBC’s beer “Lunch”. To be honest I was a bit skeptical after tasting these very vinegary, salty foods, but this beer was paired perfectly.

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Next up was my favorite of the night, butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter rum sauce, parsnips and raisins topped with crispy shitake mushrooms paired with the Eight Bells rum. The surprise of the night was that each liquor drink came 2 ways, straight up and in a mixed drink form (holy amount of drinks…)! I’m not usually a fan of rum, but damn this was good. It actually tasted surprisingly similar to whiskey (but still rummy) because it is aged in bourbon barrels. So. Good.

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Once we settled in after the delicious ravioli, we were presented with the amazing beer battered eggplant with smoked mozzarella and sweet marinara. Holy hell this thing was HUGE and went extremely well with it’s paired beer, “Dinner”. I had never had smoked mozz before and it is really good! I almost didn’t finish it I was so full, but I managed ;)

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Before dessert, came a fruity and refreshing Gin drink which tasted like a strawberry lemonade (with gin of course). By this time in the evening, the place was loud and happy!

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And for dessert, we had layers of fried dough with whiskey soaked berries, sweet mascarpone & rum whiskey cream paired with the Gunpowder Maryland Rye & a Manhattan style cocktail. The dessert was so light and fluffy (thank god, I really wanted to finish it, but damn was I full), and wrapped up the meal so perfectly.

As I had mentioned before I had never been to a beer dinner, but boy do I recommend them now! These people know what they’re doing, and anytime you can experience the genius of a kitchen matching food and booze so perfectly, I say go for it!

Have you guys been to any good beer or liquor dinners?

 

National Whiskey Sour Day!

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Happy Monday, and happy National Whiskey Sour Day!

Clearly our heads are still sort of in weekend mode… but we couldn’t resist doing a feature on this classic cocktail for it’s birthday! If you like your drinks savory and zingy, this is a great one to try.

The recipe we’ve decided to feature for you {top left image} has a slight spin on the traditional sour, with an egg-white additive. If you’ve never had egg in your drink before, you really should! You don’t taste a thing (I swear!), and it adds a frothy smoothness that delights the palette.

If this style of sour isn’t for you, then check out the other ones above! {clockwise from top right: 1 // 2 // 3}

So when you get home this evening, why not go all out? Get your shaker, turn on Mad Men, and beat those Monday blues.

Without further ado, the Whiskey Sour:

Ingredients: (serves 1)

// 2 ounces whiskey (bourbon or rye)

// 3/4 ounces simple syrup (1:1 ratio sugar:water)

// 3/4 ounces lemon juice

// 1 egg white

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in your shaker and mix very well (strongly, for at least 10 seconds). Add ice to your shaker, and shake normally. Strain over ice, and drink up!

Happy Weekend!

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Why hello! So, it’s Friday, and thank goodness. This week was a doozy for us, and we’re looking forward to taking a couple of days for ourselves. Reading in the park, anyone?

Have a great weekend! xo, G&M

 

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200th Post!

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We’ve made it to a milestone on our blog again, and we’re even prouder than before! At 100 we linked back to some of our favorite posts, and we’re doin’ it again! In these past few months we’ve managed to create much more original content. Documenting trips, making recipes, and giving some tips & and we’re so glad you all love reading about it!

Here are some of our personal faves from this spring and summer…

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Did you guys see that we made it onto Food 52’s Food Blog Links We Love? Such an honor!

 

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Sweet Beats // August 2014

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been a bit of a stress-case these days. Maybe it’s my end-of-summer melancholia? Whatever the reason, soothing folk/indie kind of music just has a way of easing my nerves and bringing me back to reality. Few things make me happier than a long walk in late summer with warm sounds ringing in my ears.

Hope you all find this month’s playlist equally tension relieving.

01. northern sky // nick drake

02. gentle moon // sun kil moon

03. humiliation // the national

04. watching the wheels // john lennon

05. all the king’s horses // robert plant and the strange sensation

06. photograph // ringo starr

07. keep me in your heart // warren zevon

08. wide world // blessed feathers

09. loved/dark // alison may

10. the light (her hands her leaves) // alexi murdoch

11. that stable song // gregory alan isakov

12. one red thread // blind pilot

13. ghost // jeremy messersmith

14. blood // the middle east

Etsy Round Up // Vol 10

As usual, the color scheme of these Etsy Round Up’s tend to fit with the season (accidentally!), and since we’re nearing the end of summer, my items have a little less color to them. But don’t worry, they’re just as exciting and fun as items with more vibrancy! I can definitely say I was on a vintage kick with this round up…

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This necklace is so gorgeous!

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Also you might have noticed it happened to be a little school theme (oops!), I’m just happy I’m not heading back to school…

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1 Item, 3 Ways // The Oxford

As open-toed shoe season draws near to a close, we can begin to embrace in the beauty of a good oxford. This versatile little staple has stood the test of time, and has quite literally been around for centuries. Let’s get all 18th century chic, shall we?

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With a dress or skirt… ring // necklace // dress // tote // oxfords

shorts

With a good pair of shorts… shorts // white tank // blazer // crossbody bag // readers // oxfords

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With some jeans or slacks… boyfriend jeans // nude blowsy top // panama hat // long necklace // clutch // oxfords