Monday, June 29, 2009

Blogging Baby?

Everyone send virtual love, happy thoughts and good wishes to my (recently delinquent) co-blogger, Ralphie and his wife, Alison tonight.

If everything goes according to plan, they will have a new bundle of joy sometime tonight or tomorrow morning. While the thought of any of my friends raising children still totally weirds me out....I know Al and Ralph will be really wonderful parents.

I can't wait to meet baby Maura!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Do you miss us?


Just wanted to say hi... sorry I'm not around to blog this week, had to set this up on Friday to say hi mid-week so you all wouldn't forget about me while I was gone..

We're just hanging out most likely on one of the underwater barstools (pictured below)..sippin on some frozen cocktails know how it is... Hope everyone is having a great week!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Restaurant Review- Dusmesh

I couldn't leave for vacation (TOMORROW!!) without reviewing the restaurant we went to for dinner last night. Even though I still have a couple restaurants waiting to be reviewed...this one is getting moved up. It was

It is located in Clifton down by Cincinnati State. I pass it a couple of times a week and have always wanted to try it, but then when I found out it was a BYOB, I was even more intrigued. Rob and I decided to go last night and I'm not gonna lie, I could go back there and eat again tonight. We grabbed a bottle of wine from the Ludlow wine shop (savignon blanc to be exact- goes great with spicy food) and headed to the restaurant. Right off the bat, the service was great. I have the tendency to be a very inquisitive eater... I ask millions of questions.. I'm curious about food and like to know what the waiter/waitresses' favorite thing on the menu is and why....and how was this cooked, etc. She happily answered our ten million questions.

First we ordered a mixed appetizer was lots of things that were fried, which I didnt really realize in advance, and for that reason probably wouldnt order again, but what made it delicious was the sauce medley that came with it... spicy onions, a mix of mint and parsley and some kind of sweet deliciousness... Anything dipped in those sauces would have been next time I would probably order something healthier to dip into the deliciousness.

For dinner I ordered the lamb saag ( It was spicy and delicious, the lamb was tender and fell apart when you poked it with the fork. It was the best lamb saag I've ever had. period. Rob ordered Chicken Tikka made in a tandori oven, which was also delcious...and apparantly much more healthy since it doesnt have any cream in it. His dish was probably enough food to feed a family of three and he brought a ton of leftovers home (never a bad thing)...He absolutely loved this dish and said he would probably get it again next time we came. We also split one garlic naan which was huge and garlicy..just the way I like it.

When we were done with our meal they gave us one more little round sweet fried thing, that was soaking in a sweet sauce...kind of like an Indian donut of sorts.. I'm not a sweets eater, so I had one bite and gave there rest to Rob and he happily finished it off. I always think its nice when restaurants give you a last little sweet bite at the end of your meal.

I apologize for no pictures on this post, but i didnt really think about it at the time. But do yourself a favor and eat at this will thank me later.
oh, and bring me your leftovers (if you have any).....

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vacation Countdown!

I have been meaning to recap last weekend's fun (especially the Cincinnati Views and Vines tour that we went to on Friday night, SO fun) But it's hard for me to think about much else when Vacation is now officially on a single digit countdown... 9 days!!! I have reached new levels of stalking with this vacation. I have read every review (from every site that might possibly allow a review), seen every picture (including random people's vacations pictures that I've happened to find-creepy), and done research on every aspect of this trip. I'm really not even sure why really to be honest....but if this resort was a might take out a restraining order against me. just sayin.....

And the lists...oh man. I love lists...for every aspect of my life...but especially for trips. I make them over and over again and the joy I feel from crossing items off the list, is a feeling no non-list event could bring. You can imagine my delight when I got to cross off multiple things off my vacation list on Tuesday. We did a little shopping and I got a new dress, new skirt, some new tank tops, sunscreen (Rob swears by Coppertone Sport for some reason, so I just go along with it), a floatie, and some indestructible insulated mugs (needed this year due to a shattering on jumping in the pool impact incident last year...)
In 9 days, this will be me:

only at this resort:

And holding this cup...

well I need to get back to my stalking.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hummusy Deliciousness

I have always wanted to make my own hummus, but have never gotten around to it. So recently I was on the prowl to find Tahini so that I could finally start experimenting. After looking at a couple of grocery stores for it (with little to no help from the employees) I FINALLY found it at biggs..... only it was a huge jug of it for $15....not even sure whether it would be good or not, I was not ready to make an investment in a $15 bottle of imagine my excitement when I found a reasonable sized bottle of it at Biggs on Sunday!

We finally got around to making some last night.. and lets just say the $15 bottle would have been a good investment...because this stuff was some deliciousness in a bowl. It was smooth, garlicy and SERIOUSLY tasty.... I am so excited to experiment with other flavors!

Restaurant-Style Hummus
3 tbsp. juice from 1-2 lemons
¼ cup water
6 tbsp. tahini, stirred well
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 (14 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 small garlic clove, minced or pressed through garlic press (about ½ tsp.)
½ tsp. table salt
¼ tsp. ground cumin
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro or parsley

Combine lemon juice and water in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk together tahini and 2 tablespoons oil in second small bowl or measuring cup. Set aside 2 tablespoons chickpeas for garnish.

Process remaining chickpeas, garlic, salt, cumin and cayenne in food processor until almost fully ground, about 15 seconds. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula With machine running, add lemon juice-water mixture in steady stream through food tube. Scrape down bowl and continue to process for 1 minute. With machine running, add oil-tahini mixture in steady stream through food tube, continue to process until hummus is smooth and creamy, about 15 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed.

Transfer hummus to serving bowl, sprinkle reserved chickpeas and cilantro over surface, cover with plastic wrap and let stand until flavors meld, at least 30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

* recipe from Cooks Illustrated

Friday, June 5, 2009

questionable lyrics..

I've been lucky enough to hear this gem of a song lately on the radio..
Not sure if I should chuckle at the stupidity or be Massively offended...

Shush girl,
shut your lips
Do the helen keller
And talk with your hips

Thoughts? Anyone?

Would Helen Keller rock out to this song (assuming she wasn't deaf) or would she file some sort of suit against "3oh!3"?

California Updates Part 2

I have been MIA. I know this. I have been packing, moving, unpacking, working, schooling, kickballing, dog walking and (unsuccessfully) sleeping.

I know some of you are really interested in California Part 2, but's been like 3 weeks and it doesn't seem all that relevant anymore, so let's wrap it up quickly.

We spent our next day in California visiting beautiful San Francisco...where we apparantly got the most beautiful day ever. It was warm, we walked along Crissy Field, watched kids and dogs playing in the ocean, sat and chatted while seeing the Ocean straight ahead, the Golden Gate Bridge to our right and Alcatraz to our left and bought some ice cream on a stick from a street vendor. (yum) here are a few pictures:

After that we headed to a little town right outside of the city (the name escapes me)- but I can only describe it as the Mt. Adams of San Francisco (if Downtown Cincinnati was bigger, more beautiful and was on a body of water a little fancier than the Ohio River) but you get the was right outside of the city, with gorgeous views of the city.. just a quaint little town with little restaurants, shops and bars. We had a (very) late lunch/early dinner at this cute! and yummy. I had these ridiculously delicious short ribs with homemade barbeque sauce (not pictured) that I'm pretty sure the rest of the table was food envious of.

Cute Lunch Spot

The last day we were there, Rob and I drove around town a little in his parents car (while pretty sure all the native Californians were making fun of us behind our backs for driving around with the top down on a 100+ degree day), had lunch outside at a cute little brunch place and then had some late afternoon drinks and snacks at his parents house...All and all it was a great trip!

Time for lunch (teak back patio anyone?)-

Look for more updates this afternoon...(and this time I think I really mean it!)