Summer Wrap Up

Last time I posted about the summer’s goings-ons, it was late June and the warm days ahead seemed abundant. Now, at the start of September, magical summer nights seem to be dwindling and talk of autumn is slowly creeping up. Fall is certainly feeling close by, if not because the sun setting earlier, then definitely because pumpkin-flavored recipes are already cropping up on my Instagram feed…

Before it’s too late, I’m looking back at some of my favorite moments from the past few months. Scroll with me?

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Pictured: side dishes from a summer dinner eaten — where else? — outdoors.

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A from-where-I-stand moment. As seen from a terrace with a terrific view on the Upper East Side.

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A Sunday well spent at Aurora, in Williamsburg. Special thanks to this Aperol spritz.

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An early morning scene, captured pre-Pilates class.

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The envy-inducing interior at Indochine. Why can’t my apartment look like this?

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A mid-week ladies night at Tacombi.

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Taken on an evening walk in the ‘hood.

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Summer essentials. That’s all.

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TFW you are the only people at the beach. Sorta kinda magical.

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An early, rainy morning in Chinatown.

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Dusk enveloping a beach club in Long Island, seemingly frozen in time.

Until next time, summer. For now, I’ll happily fall into autumn.

The Week’s Healthy Eats (29).

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BREAKFAST: Creature of habit. Classic combo of 0% Fage Greek yogurt mixed with unsweet vanilla almond milk, frozen bluebs, and homemade granola from my fave recipe ever.

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(Breakfast for) LUNCH: A seriously satisfying + balanced breakfast sammy (for lunch) from downtown hotspot Egg Shop NYC. “The Reformer” consisted of lots o’ egg whites scrambled with super salty (in the best way) feta cheese, fresh tomatoes + spinach, and mashed avo on toasted multigrain. The sea salt flakes on top weren’t a bad touch, either.

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DINNER: Anyone else thoroughly intimidated by the prospect of cooking meat? I always have been, but this nutty easy recipe from Delish made me less of a chicken (humor me…please?).  Like most recipes I’m partial to, this one for crispy oven-baked chicken + an arugula Caesar side salad was ready in less than 30 minutes.

Check back soon for another Week’s Healthy Eats!

The Week’s Healthy Eats (28).

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BREAKFAST: Nothing new here. 0% Fage Greek yogurt, topped with frozen bluebs, Purely Elizabeth pumpkin fig granola, Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter + cinnamon.

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LUNCH: Lunch from one of my favorite healthy spots in Atlanta, Metrofresh, where the menu changes daily. This loaded-up plate was just what I needed for pre-bike ride fuel: kale salad studded with juicy peaches and crunchy walnuts, pesto grilled chicken, and a slice of crusty multigrain baguette.

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DINNER: Homemade goodness, thanks to this recipe from Skinny Taste for turkey / zucchini / feta burgers and a tomato, cuc, olive side salad. I decided to ditch the “naked” aspect and put these babies on top of fluffy brioche rolls for a little extra oomph. Ready in less than 30, these burgers are easy to whip up, even on a weeknight.

Check back soon for another Week’s Healthy Eats!

Last Atlanta Moments (Part I).

It’s official — I’m once again living in NYC. But before I left the biscuits for the bagels, I tackled my ATL bucket list and also stopped off at some old faithful spots in the city. Here’s an initial recap of those adventures. Part II to follow soon.

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I finally got to Antico Pizza (see: ode to its perfect pie here) and also tried the gelato joint next door.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my hazelnut cup al fresco. Things I’ll miss: how summertime starts in April in Atlanta…

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Taking advantage of more sunny seating, this time in the backyard garden at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party.

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Finally managed to make a long awaited visit to Buford Highway, a stretch of concrete chock full of phenomenally authentic eats. From tacos to pho to banh mis, the highway offers a global food tour of sorts.

 A friend and I opted for Nam Phuong, famous for its pho / noodles. Not quite the looker from the exterior, but it’s what on the inside that counts, as is exhibited by my friend’s beauty bowl pictured above — a vegetarian sweet and sour soup packed with veggies, tofu, and pineapple for sweetness. Far more photogenic than my oodles of noodles.

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One last walk along the beloved Beltline. A welcome change from NYC’s oft overcrowded High Line.

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A quickie coffee break at Parish’s café in Inman Park. Still regret passing up those nutterbutter cookies. Badly.

Check back soon for Part II and see how I spent my very last moments in Atlanta.

Life Lately (23).

A little look into Life Lately. Scroll on.

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“Enjoyed” doesn’t quite capture how hard I fell for my recent meal from Vietnamese brasserie Le Fat, in West Midtown. The awesome interior paired with food I’m still salivating over made this place an ATL must-try. Order the “clay pot chicken” for one of the better meals you’ve tried lately.

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A weekend walk in the hood, en route to hot yoga.

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A gracious friend hosted an afternoon tea at Candler Park’s very own Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party to celebrate our upcoming graduation. Because what better way to end on a sweet note than by sampling scones and red velvet cupcakes?

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 Swoon-worthy skies, as seen from the Belt Line on a recent evening walk. My favorite way to end the day.

Check back soon for more of Life Lately!