My weekend so far

Grilled chicken tacos with guacamole for dinner last night

House of Cards, stout beers, & peanut butter chocolate ice cream followed.

9+ hrs of sleep

Gym & Trader Joe’s

Leftover chicken in quesadillas for lunch.

A nap.

To come: cupcakes the boyfriend brought home, mac&cheese w/smoked gouda for dinner.

This is only the first day of the 3 day weekend!!

Seen on the bus

A girl today was wearing a crop top, cut-offs and boots.  I wouldn’t think twice about this as it’s a typical uniform of sorts in Portland, but she had a very official looking photo ID around her neck. I couldn’t read the text, but it had some kind of seal on it.  I’m just so curious what kind of job she has where she can get away with a crop top (that’s a not a bar/ coffee shop hence the photo ID).  So interesting….

umcanyounot:

npr:

Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.
The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization.
Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese
Photo credit: sierravalleygirl/Flickr

NSFW. (Bolding mine.)

Yeah, and 39 times per year? Someone’s throwing off these numbers, as it’s AT LEAST 52 times in my house as Trader Joe’s dough is on standby on my shopping list every week.  This summer I stepped up my pizza game with the grill, so no excuses.  That also doesn’t account for my pizza consumption outside of the home, sooo yeah, I just talked about pizza for way too long and now I want some.

umcanyounot:

npr:

Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.

The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization.

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Photo credit: sierravalleygirl/Flickr

NSFW. (Bolding mine.)

Yeah, and 39 times per year? Someone’s throwing off these numbers, as it’s AT LEAST 52 times in my house as Trader Joe’s dough is on standby on my shopping list every week.  This summer I stepped up my pizza game with the grill, so no excuses.  That also doesn’t account for my pizza consumption outside of the home, sooo yeah, I just talked about pizza for way too long and now I want some.

Thanks for tips on NYC - more questions…

Thanks for everybody who responded earlier about my trip to NYC.  I will be looking up the HopStop and TripDoc apps for sure, and thanks for jogging my memory about Babycakes - I knew there was a famous GF bakery. 

A few more questions:

  1. Have any of you done the ferry trips to Ellis Island & the Statue of Liberty?  Worth it or not? It sounds like it can take about 5 hrs if you do both of them. The crown access is already booked out till Nov, so we’d only be able to get to the base. 
  2. On a related note, I was looking at the NY City Pass  which seems like a good deal (access to 6 museums/other attractions for $109) & might also allow us to skip some lines.  Most places are $20+, so it definitely saves $$ if you can fit all of them in!  Has anyone used this or other passes?
  3. Momofuku Milk Bar - over-hyped or legit?  (or the whole Momofuku empire in general)
  4. 9/11 memorial - my niece mentioned wanting to go. For some reason, I was like ugh…Am I un-American in feeling this?  Is it lovely and peaceful or is it depressing?  I realized she was only 4 yrs old when it happened, so she doesn’t really know a world without “9/11” as a reference point.  She’s only ever known a world with it, so it’s a different perspective that she views this event - more as something she has heard about as she grew up, than the ugliness of the day that those of us remember as we heard the news as it happened minute by minute. It surprised me to realize this - as I’m not that much older, but definitely of a different generation when it comes to this historical event.
  5. Finally feel free to throw any other NYC related stuff my way - especially places to eat!  I feel like Murray’s Cheese Bar needs to be added to my list to be a proper tumblr-er!

Just booked tickets to NYC!

In a sort of last minute way, my mom decided to take me and my 17-year-old niece to NYC in September.  We’d talked about doing it during my niece’s spring break, but that’s also when we usually do a little family ski trip.  My niece is doing Running Start this year (which is a program where high school kids take classes at community colleges & get both high school & college credit - so smart!), so she doesn’t start school until late September.  So we decided to jump on the opportunity and make it happen!

Now we sorted out the logistics and booked tickets & lodging (found a cute 2 BDRM apartment in Park Slope through airbnb.com), I’m so excited to start planning (I love, love, love planning vacation activities & itineraries).  This will  be my 3rd visit but the FIRST for my mom & niece!  I can’t wait to see them experience it.  I last went in 2007, so it’s been a while for me.

We’ll be there 9/14 - 9/18.  So far my must-do list includes:

  • Top of the Empire State Building (done it but seems like a must-do for 1st timers & haven’t been since ‘99)
  • Staten Island Ferry (also done but enjoyed the views plus it’s free!)
  • Central Park (have only touched a tiny bit of it - what are the best parts?)
  • High Line (haven’t done it! Again - where to go along it??)

Trying to decide on museums - I have done MOMA twice, but really love it.  Haven’t done Metropolitan, Guggenheim, Natural History, etc - so many options!!  Any recs?

This is also my first visit with a smartphone (how did we travel before them, no idea) - is there a good transit app or other apps?  Finally, the biggest struggle for this trip is the fact that my niece can’t do gluten - whoa - no bagels, pizza, knishes, pastries, noodles….This breaks my heart.  So any GF stops would also be useful.  I’m going to have to eat pizza & bagels -  I really can’t avoid it, but hopefully we can find her some good eats too!

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I love nick offerman

Yes

He’s the tits, obvi.

Too good.

My favorite kind of fern (if you live here long enough, you get such favorites). #oregon #forestpark #pdx

My favorite kind of fern (if you live here long enough, you get such favorites). #oregon #forestpark #pdx

All that green - why I’m a PNWer for life #pdx #forestpark #oregon

All that green - why I’m a PNWer for life #pdx #forestpark #oregon

Balch Creek, Forest Park. Aaaahhh my idea of heaven. #forestpark #pdx #balchcreek

View from the Pittock Mansion #pdx #pittock

View from the Pittock Mansion #pdx #pittock

Beautiful way to start my Saturday!  Free Barre3 class in The Fields park #newbie #pdx #barre3

Beautiful way to start my Saturday! Free Barre3 class in The Fields park #newbie #pdx #barre3