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Steak sandwiches

Steak sandwiches are one of our favorite meals to make and eat! They are super easy, not too expensive, and 100% delicious. All you have to do is sauté the peppers and onions in a little bit of olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Then cook the meat, add the cheese so it melts (we used Cabot sharp cheddar, but any cheese you want should work fine) and scoop it all into a bun.

Colin and I recently made steak sandwiches and I think they were the best batch yet. I literally feel like I could eat steak sandwiches, filet mignon and cheeseburgers in rotation every night for dinner. For now, I don’t think my body (or my wallet) would like that, but hey, a girl can dream…

Check out our dinner:

Cooking up the steak

Next up -- onions and peppers

YUM!

And some vino of course :)

 

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My first dinner party

While in Ireland I missed one of my best buddies, Christine’s birthday. So, when I got back I figured it might be nice to have all the girls over for a dinner party in honor of the birthday girl herself.

Belated, Happy Birthday X!!

Senior formal

Twinsies

80's Prom senior year

As you can see from the above photos, we know how to have fun together. Christine makes for an excellent partner in crime!

Back to the dinner party…

This was my first dinner party ever and I was pumped about it. I decided to grill some chicken, steak, shrimp and veggies paired with a big salad and got plenty of wine from Trader Joes. I marinated the chicken and steak all day, in some Sweet Baby Rays, then I marinated the shrimp in some EVOO, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and basil (I copied Mrs. Temple on that one :).) Along with the fact that this was my first official dinner party, it was also my first time grilling all this food at once. Luckily I didn’t set anyone on fire (with the help of my sous chefs: Alana, Murph and Red) and everything tasted pretty good, if I do say so myself. Lauren (Red, LVP, etc.) made some appetizers, Nuge and Christine made desserts – s’mores and angel food cake (both amazing.) Nuge also made some martinis which were delicious! I think it was a success!

If you can't take the heat...

Umm we don't have a light out back, so Alana was my flashlight helper. Thanks Lady!

The "Grill Masters"

Shrimp and veggies

Chiiiicken

Steak

The spread

The drink station

Nuge the bahtendah extraordinaire :)

YUM

YUM again

Thanks for the help with the photos Alana!

Like I said, the night was a lot of fun – it’s always so good to get a bunch of us together to chat and catch up. It’s not as easy as it used to be when we all lived about 10 foot steps from one another in college. Thanks for coming everyone! :)

What’s your favorite dish to make for a dinner party?

Adam + Rihanna = BFF

This past weekend blurred from business trip in Philly into beach, friends, heat, and the Atlantic Beer Garden. I got back from Philly on Saturday morning around 10am then went right down the street to the beach with Colin, Phil, and Reid. Then Liz and Kelly met up with us! And then we saw some friends from Merrimack who I haven’t seen since graduation, which was so nice! Busy day at the beach. :)

Ze beach

Attention ladies...if interested in a date with Phil, I am now accepting applications

Same goes for Reid…


Saturday was beautiful out, not a cloud in the sky. Luckily there was even a breeze, thank the dear Lord. After a while we were getting ancy (and hungry!) so we went back to my apartment and grilled up some delicious burgers and had a few beers. After eating I was full from Colin’s grilling goodness plus I was burnt and wiped out from the sun so I took a wonderful, glorious, refreshing nap.

When I finally crawled out of bed we got ready and headed to the Atlantic Beer Garden. What a fun place! There were a ton of people lined up outside when we got there and lucky for us Colin spotted DJ Wyatt who we all went to Merrimack with. He brought us in with him so we skipped out on the line – and believe you me, we all felt pretty cool doing it.

We sipped, we danced, we laughed, Kelly met a few potential suitors, we danced some more, and then it was time to go home! This place is a good time, the rooftop is perfection fyi.

Siblings!

Lots of people lined up

Kelly's friend!

Yay for friends!

Tearin it up

Phil's bustin moves

Sunday was deathly hot. Seriously. Colin and I were sitting in my apartment with no AC about to kill each other because the heat was making both of us extra irritable. It wasn’t pretty. We fled to his apartment for shelter and AC. We both cheered up immediately.

Another lucky thing happened – Sunday night, Colin made me a delicious steak dinner with baked sweet potatoes and green beans. It was amazing, he did such a great job!

My baby steak, Colin's big boy steak

Nice pose! haha, look at those baby blues!

One arm picture taking style

YUM

mmmm mmmm mmm

Last night Megan, Lisa and I went up to NH to meet Mrs. O and her friends MaryJo and Fran to help with the wedding programs for the church as well as the table numbers, etc. I can’t post the pictures I took of those (because they’re a surprise!) but I do have a few other photos from the night. We had such a great time! :)

The magic machine!

We had amazing white chocolate cheesecake with caramel for dessert

We’re leaving for the wedding exactly one week from today. I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!

Last but not least – Rihanna was spotted at the Red Sox/Dodger game in Boston over the weekend (she is said to be dating Matt Kemp, outfielder for the Dodgers.) My friend Adam was at the game and caught this pic -

Rihanna and Adam BFFL

Night!

Forget the ‘$5 footlong’, introducing the $5 filet

Four delicious words: Five Dollar Filet Mignon.

That’s right, tonight I enjoyed a filet mignon for $5 at MATCH Back Bay. This is my third time going to MATCH on a Thursday night for Ladies Night (get any entrée for just $5!) and this time the food was not as good as my previous visits. My steak was overdone and a bit dry, but hey for $5 I’ll keep my mouth shut! I also enjoyed a nice glass of Merlot + some good conversation in a fun, young, lively environment. Not a bad deal for a Thursday night!

My order – ’10oz Filet Mignon with black peppercorn sauce served with sautéed spinach and goat cheese mashed potatoes’ (from their menu.*) Personally, I heart goat cheese so these mashed potatoes were such a treat! Also, this dish would normally run you $23! Hmmm, $23 vs. $5….

My only complaint (other than the steak being a bit overdone) is that the women on staff at MATCH hardly wear any clothes. FYI – you can’t just go out in public sans pants. I mean, you can, but you shouldn‘t. A shirt can not (should not) pass for a dress. I don’t need to see your vajayjay while I’m eating dinner. I’m at a restaurant in the Back Bay, not at the Golden Banana on Route 1.

Check out http://www.Boston.Citysearch.com for more info including my review -

http://boston.citysearch.com/profile/41779108/boston_ma/match.html

MATCH – http://www.matchbackbay.com/

Want to be bikini ready in time for Summer?? Try this  from Fitness Magazine -
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/lose-weight/bikini-season/bikini-body-workout-2010/?sssdmh=dm17.445856&esrc=nwydcibikini20101&email=2450190409

Good news! The Regal Beagle is now serving brunch! (Well, as of Saturday they will be…) Weekends starting May 1, from 11am-3pm at 308 Harvard Street, Brookline (617) 739-5151. I dare you to try ‘The Morning After’, which is a shot of tequila + Tabasco + salt. Let me know how that goes…

See the menu here – http://www.urbandaddy.com/uploads/assets/file/pdfs//3719bae82aaa332e146f5ce13f0fb1ba.pdf

I know what I would get – the heuvos rancheros! YUM

On Monday, May 3rd – EVOO opens for lunch in Kendall Square. Located at 350 Third Street, Cambridge (617) 661-3866 opened on your lunch break from 11:30am – 2:30pm. More info here -

http://bostonchefs.com/news/event/2010/5/3/evoo-opens-lunch/

   

I’ve been hearing a lot about the book, ‘Orange Is The New Black.’ It sounds very interesting + I think it’s my next book to read!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125630808

OK time for bed. Work tomorrow + trek to NY for the weekend after work = need sleep now!

Goodnight! :)

Nice, I’m gonna make the train!… NOT!

You could say that missing the train is a good start to a rainy Friday morning, but you would be very wrong. I knew I had been running a few minutes late, but miss the train late? I didn’t think so… Little do I know.

My sister kindly drove me down to the station, we were rushing cause I was late as usual (being late is my thing, my special talent.) When we crossed the tracks I saw that the train just pulled up. Nice! I made it, I knew I would. Oh wait, it’s just pulling away from the platform, not pulling up? Right, of course.

So, I drove in today. I was all ready and didn’t feel like waiting around for the next train. Suddenly my dreary – miss the train – type lousy day turned around into a promisingly good day due to the fact that I remembered to charge my iPod last night. I truly don’t enjoy talk radio in the morning; I just rather not listen to people bitch before having my coffee (that’s reasonable isn’t it?) So I plugged my iPod in and performed a concert of about 10-12 songs for my non-existent audience. Rocking out in your car at 7am is good for the soul, you should try it sometime.

Anyway, here are some fun things I’ve learned about today…

Stoddards Fine Food & Ale just opened in the Downtown Crossing area at 48 Temple Place at Washington (617-426-0048.)

Stoddard’s is serving up American comfort foods along with an 80+ beer list. With all the vintage decor surrounding you, you’d swear you went back in time. Entrees include burgers, steaks, chicken pot pie, clams casino; all the classics. Learn more at http://stoddardsfoodandale.com/.

I really want to try Redbones. It’s located in Davis Square, Somerville and promises to serve up some delicious southern BBQ which is right up my alley. They also have 24 microbrews on tap to wash it all down. Good to know: Both catering and delivery are available as well as a gluten-free menu.

*Also, Monday – Friday from 4pm-6pm their appetizers are half price. Wings, chili, buffalo shrimp, corn fritters, etc. Check it out at http://redbones.com/.

Another good deal – Mondays at Sel de la Terre at 774 Boylston Street (617-266-8800) they offer a variety of $2 sliders from 5pm-7pm. They also offer a Saturday morning cooking class at either their Natick or Boson location for only $48 a person, not bad compared to what some other places charge!

More info on that, here: http://www.zagat.com/Blog/Detail.aspx?SCID=34&BLGID=26805

Possibilities for the weekend -

Tomorrow, Saturday March 13th is the 2nd Annual Spring Microbrew Fest at Ball Square Fine Wines from 2pm-5pm where you can try out 40 brews.

Tomorrow is also the 4th Annual Bacon Eating Contest at Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge at 1pm. Their advertisement for the event reads, ‘Music! Booze! Bacon!’ Music + booze + bacon = 3 of my favorite things in the world. Seems like Atwood’s Tavern is promising us a very good time.

 +  +

Tonight the Joshua Tree (U2 cover band) is kicking off some St. Patrick’s day fun at The Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston (617) 424-7625. Starts at 8pm, cost is $15. The Dropkick Murphy’s are playing seven shows at the House of Blues for six nights starting tonight. Ship yourself up to 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston (888) 693-2583. Tickets might be hard to find though, fyi.

http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/boston/

The Celtic Women are also playing at the Wang Theatre tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, tickets ranging from $42-$78.

Click here for more – http://www.citicenter.org/shows/

Don’t forget about the Southie St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday! Here is the map of the parade route -

http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/special/stpatricksday/parademap/

By the way, isn’t it great that it’s Friday? :)

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