Travel Diary: Copenhagen

I’ve been stateside for over a week but I’m still missing that Copenhagen life …

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& the cooler temps.

& the food.

& all the beautiful people.              

If you follow along on Instagram, then you probably saw that I recently took a trip to Copenhagen and Berlin. While the trip was planned months ago, the destinations were picked rather randomly. My best friend and forever travel companion, Morgan, sent me a list of destinations with cheap tickets and we decided on Copenhagen. Adding a leg in Berlin for good measure. 😉

Neither of us really knew what to expect with either destination. But I don’t think there was ever a moment where we were not eating, drinking, or laughing hysterically. Copenhagen was an absolute dream and Berlin was a blast.

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I’ll be publishing my recap on Berlin later this week, but first wanted to share some snap shots from our time spent in Copenhagen, along with a day x day breakdown. Hope these photos inspire a little bit of wanderlust!

Scroll to the bottom for a full list of the restaurants, museums and sites we visited.

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Day 1 // Arrives in København…

3:00pm: Deplanes at CPH and is immediately hit with a smell of something delicious (sausage, hotdogs?).

4:00pm: Meets host at our Airbnb. Morgan asks about cool neighborhoods we should check out. I inquire about those “hotdogs” we smelt at the airport.

After, trying to describe the food (“long pork links” – I use hand motions) and explaining that in America, we call them hotdogs. Søren, our sweet Danish host, confirms that they too, call them hotdogs (or pølse). I feel like a moron.

4:30pm: We settle in, unpack and freshen up. Ready to go explore and find a dinner spot.

6:00pm: We stumble upon Fleisch and are happily seated at the bar.

6:08pm: Our waiter looks like Olympian Tom Daly and the menu is meat focused. 5 stars.

8:15pm: Walks back to our apartment. Both of us are unsure of what time or day it is and fall asleep almost instantly.    

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Day 2 // Goes on a gastronomic journey…

9:00am: Wake up feeling like it’s Christmas morning! We’re eating at Geranium for lunch.

9:15am: Morgan and I apply eye masks. We decide to skip breakfast because we’re about to dine on 16 courses. Casual.

9:22am: I plug in my straightener. Zap! Straightener dies. Reality sets in that I’m just going to have bad hair for the rest of the trip. But I don’t care.

9:35am: Contemplating what one wears to a noon reservation at the 19th best restaurant in the world. Decides on all black.

10:00am: Leaves apartment, giving ourselves 2 hours to make our reservation – plenty of time. Right?

10:30am: Clearly, we’re new here because the nicest gentleman offers us help with buying our metro tickets after he sees us struggling. Did I mention, that everyone is extremely nice (and ridiculously good looking)?

10:45am: We make it on the train. The station, platform and train car are all spotless, this seems to be a trend here in CPH. I like it. 

11:15am: Gets off at Nordhavn. Begins our “short” stroll towards the restaurant.  

11:45am: This walk is absolutely beautiful but I hope we’re getting close because that 2-hour time frame is closing in.

11:58pm: Arrives at Geranium 2 minutes early. Do we pace outside the elevator? Do we touch up our wind-blown hair? Do we just go in? All of the above, in that order.

***Saving our Geranium experience for a separate blog post because it was magical.***  

3:00pm: We begrudgingly leave Geranium, I think we could have lingered all day just watching the kitchen do their thing. 

3:45pm: Back in the city center, we take a beer break at a pub. This is the first of many “øl/bier” breaks we take during our trip. Not mad about it.

5:00pm: Head towards Nyhavn because I need an Instagram of the canals.

I should note that there are random public restrooms all throughout the city. They are such a blessing, I can’t even begin to tell you. And they’re clean! Seriously – Copenhagen, what’s your deal? Why are your restrooms so clean and your streets so tidy! I love you.

8:00pm: We choose a small Shawarma spot for dinner. Still not used their currency and we’re spending Kroners like it’s monopoly money – cheap dinner FTW.

10:00pm: Back at the apartment. Are we lame for not staying out? No, we’re grandmothers mature adults who are jetlagged.

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Day 3 // A day of exploration…

10:00am: Stops by Joe & The Juice for breakfast – the millennial pink logo is too enticing.

10:22am: Morgan and I are both convinced they put ice cream in our smoothies.

Note to self: need to Google ingredients of vanille mælk.

11:00am: Double fisting an iced coffee and avocado smoothie, we board the train to Humlebæk.

We also purchased a Copenhagen Card (highly recommend) so we’re feeling pretty unstoppable.

12:00pm: Walking through the most beautiful “suburb.” Daydreams about raising a family in OTP Copenhagen.

12:25pm: Arrives at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Immediately feels more cultured.

12:40pm: You guys, Marina Abramović is a strange bird. Talented, provocative, intelligent but strange as hell.

1:43pm: Heads back into the city.

2:30pm: Takes the long route to Rosenborg Castle (aka I lead us toward the wrong direction, takes us about 5 minutes to realize).

2:46pm: Quick stroll through The Botanical Gardens.

3:08pm: Stops at the café outside of the castle for a quick snack (we forgot to eat lunch). Once again, my math isn’t quick enough to convert Kroners to USD. I spend roughly $11 on a bag of chips crisps and can of San Pellegrino. Oops. Copenhagen is expensive (maybe that’s why it’s so clean?).

3:30pm: Castle closes in 30 minutes so we run to the top floor to check out the oriental rugs, throne and impressive China collection and then jet down to the basement to see the crown jewels.

4:00pm: Wanders around the royal grounds contemplating our next move. Decides to head towards Strömma for a canal tour.

4:26pm: Pit stop for hot dogs pølse. They didn’t disappoint!

4:45pm: We pick up our tickets (free with the Copenhagen Card!). We’re told that there isn’t an open container law in Copenhagen. (We had noticed people openly drinking but it didn’t really occur to us that us tourists could partake in the fun!)

4:46pm: Purchases 4 Carlsberg beers for the ride. 😉

5:00pm: Canal tour is very informative until out tour guide is switched out and the new lady speaks in a soft whisper and doesn’t use the microphone to her advantage. Morgan begins mentally crafting the review she plans to leave on TripAdvisor. We have beer so all is well.

6:00pm: Tour is done, beers are gone. Public restrooms come to the rescue again.

6:45pm: Arrives at an inconspicuous bar, known for their craft cocktails. Couldn’t be happier.

7:02pm: We both develop a crush on the bartender.

8:00pm: Leaves perfect bar to find dinner.

8:15pm: Cute French bistro on the corner – yes, please!

9:20pm: Heads back towards the apartment but not before stopping for churros.

After all of the exploring from today, I’ve officially fallen in love with Copenhagen. The history, the architecture, the kind people, their suspiciously clean restrooms and (it goes without saying) their restaurant scene – this city has it all.

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Day 4 // Our last full day…

11:28am: We got a late start but we’re well rested. Headed to Carlsberg Brewery.

11:44am: Embarks on a self-guided tour through the exhibit that oddly feels like a haunted house with weird lighting and questionable sound effects. 

12:20pm: Settles in at the bar for brunch and a beer tasting.

Around this time, we found out about the Las Vegas shootings. With it being 6am East Coast time, the news was just breaking. Morgan and I sat in silence for a long time, just refreshing our CNN app in pure disbelief. Our hearts were absolutely broken. There is such a sense of guilt being on vacation while so many are suffering back home. We tried not to let the tragedy affect our trip but there was definitely a lingering somberness over the next week.

3:35pm: We head back towards the city center to rent bikes, with no destination in mind.

3:40pm: Pit stop at Taffelbay for pastries and cappuccino.

3:55pm: The bikes are equipped with GPS (& have motors!?).

Makes mental note to bike more in Atlanta. I love the bike!

3:59pm: We head toward Copenhagen Contemporary on Paper Island, a place we saw while on our canal tour the day prior.

4:26pm: Arrives at CC, the museum is closed but there are these “wishing trees” littered with handwritten notes in all languages. I snap a few pics of my favorites and write my own wish.  

4:30pm: We walk over to the warehouse next door, Papirøen. It’s a giant food hall! I immediately spot a gin & tonic menu and order a strawberry + black pepper G&T with Mikkeller gin. #Bliss

5:46pm: Heading back into the city, it starts to rain. Still buzzing from the G&T and couldn’t be happier with our bike situation so the rain is a non-issue.

6:24pm: Duck into a wine bar for dinner. It’s cute, quaint and full of locals. We can tell because the 3-member staff knows everyone by name and is asking about their family. My heart goes pitter patter. Morgan and both develop a crush on our server. A man that talks wine? Swoon.

6:35pm: We order the “staff meal” which is a duck & risotto dish.

Every Monday, the chef cooks a hearty meal for the staff. Guests can order by the bowl for only a 100DKK (~$15 USD) and if you love it (& there is extra) you can ask for a second serving.  

10:30pm: We’re back at our apartment, packing our stuff. Tomorrow we head to Berlin!

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Day 5 // Berlin bound…

9:00am: Heads to the airport. Praying my luggage scale doesn’t fail me and my bag isn’t overweight.

11:10am: Plane takes off for Berlin and I quietly shed a few tears because I miss Copenhagen.

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Where We Ate

Fleisch

Geranium

Victoria Pub

Joe and The Juice

The Garden Café ApS

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Ruby

Mon Amour

Rajissimo

Jacobsen Brewhouse & Bar

Taffelbay

Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food

Ved Stranden 10 – Vinhandel & Bar

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Where We Explored

Fælledparken

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Rosenborg Castle

Strömma Canal Tours

Indre By (neighborhood)

Carlsberg Brewery

Paper Island

Where We Stayed

Airbnb in the Vesterbro neighborhood

 

 

 

Packing Like a Pro

Raise your hand if you’re an over packer.

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*Raises two hands*

I prefer the phrase well-prepared but if I’m being honest, I’m just a product junkie who over packs. For most trips, I embrace it and fill my car up with all the things I don’t need. But when I’m flying, I try and consolidate. Fact: I have a real fear of having to lift my carry-on into an overhead bin and it falling on top of me. 

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I never have a problem editing down my wardrobe but definitely have trouble downsizing my accessories (ie: toiletries, hair products, makeup, my Buttercup). Over the years, I’ve fine-tuned my packing list and relied on three “tricks” to help keep my well-preparedness in check:

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  1. Always keep your favorite toiletries in stock.

Should I ever need to flee my apartment in a hurry, I find comfort in knowing that my toiletry case is always packed. I keep a supply of travel-size shampoo, skincare samples, contacts & solution, a mini electric toothbrush, etc. on hand, always. I have a designated drawer to collect extra items while also keeping the essentials stored in my toiletry bag for quick packing. When I return from a trip, I make a list of items to replenish and go ahead and stock up so I’ll be ready for my next getaway.                                              

  1. Knowing when to donate or keep those free samples.

Whether items are from a “gift with purchase” promo or cashed-in points at Sephora – I’m a sucker for miniature/travel-size anything (as discussed in Tuesday’s post). But it’s important to keep your stash stocked with only things you will actually use. I make a point to donate or give away samples and travel-sized items that I know I won’t use.    

  1. Pack, assess, edit.

Though I tend to over pack initially, I always go back and edit my suitcase and toiletry bag. Usually after weighing them and realizing I’ve exceeded the 50lb limit but that’s neither here nor there. Once I’ve packed everything I think I need, I reassess and remove items that I could probably live without. It’s hard to do at first, but you’ll pat yourself on the back later. I usually make it a game – remove 5 unnecessary items and I reward myself with a drink. 😉

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And because I love reading about/seeing what other people keep in their bags (read: I’m nosy!), I thought I would share some of my favorite travel-friendly beauty products that I’ve packed for my trip…

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In the hair care category – I need all the help I can get to extend my blowout. So I a few dry shampoo options, good shampoo + conditioner, and duck clips are musts.

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For skincare – I like to continue my at-home (pretty basic) routine while on the road. Face wash, toner, and makeup remover – I can’t go without. I especially love Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser – the bottle isn’t huge so it makes it perfect for travel but it lasts a long time. The formula is so gentle (yay for no burning eyes!) and passes the white towel test every time. Not pictured is the moisturizer stashed in my carry-on. 😉

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I would love to know if you have any go-to products for travel or any tips and tricks for packing! Read up on my carry-on essentials in this post

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Inflight Cocktails

Today’s post combines two of my favorite things – cocktails minuatures.

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I’m getting ready for a trip abroad and while I’m procrastinating packing my suitcase, I’ve started brainstorming what cocktails I plan to enjoy mid-flight.

Totally normal, right?

While we all have our own pre-flight “rituals,” I think it’s important to consider each trip as a treat. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of your fellow rushed passengers. So next time you’re heading out on a trip – pack a few airplane bottles, indulge in a drink, close your computer (those emails can wait!) and start your vacation before you reach your destination.  

Here are a few of my favorite travel-friendly combinations that will add a little party to your next flight…

Inflight Cocktails

Pack a mini gin and mini Chambord. Snag a lemon wedge and sugar packet from the food court. Order a club soda and 2 cups – 1 with ice. // Pour gin, a heavy splash of Chambord, sugar into a cup over ice. Pour beverage back in forth between cups to mix well. Add a squeeze of lemon and top with club soda.

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Pack a mini vodka, a mini bottle of hot sauce and mini celery bitters. Snag some salt & pepper packets and lemon wedge from the food court. Order a can of tomato juice and cup of ice. // Pour vodka and tomato in a cup over ice. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon and add 5-6 dashes of hot sauce and celery bitters. Stir, sip and tweak to taste.

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Pack a mini tequila. Snag a lime wedge and sugar packet from the food court. Order a club soda and 2 cups – 1 with ice. // Pour tequila over ice. Add a squeeze of lime and sprinkle in sugar. Pour beverage back in forth between cups to mix well. Top with club soda.

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Pack a mini bottle of Baileys. Snag a sugar packet. Order a coffee. // Pour sugar packet in hot coffee and stir. Add a healthy splash of Baileys and sip away.

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While these libations are delicious don’t forget to drink lots of H2O during your flight. Sip the cocktails, chug the water – I say!

Labor Day Entertaining

In the spirit of prepping for everyone’s favorite holiday (..kidding, but seriously who doesn’t love a Monday off work?) I wanted to share two fun things to enjoy this extra long Labor Day weekend.

The first thing being – surprise, surprise – a cocktail.

I realize that it’s technically not autumn yet but Labor Day does signify the end of summer so I think it’s safe to start celebrating with fall flavors. But let’s hold on the pumpkin, please.

Pear Margarita Labor Day Cocktail

My fall-ish spin on your typical margarita involves some pear and a little honey. It’s sweet with a punch of tequila and makes the perfect transitional bev for this “it’s-football-season-but-still-not-quite-fall” stage we’re in. Salut!

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On to the second thing – a game – creatively coined, The Accent Game.

Pear Margarita Labor Day Cocktail

A little backstory… this “game” started as something we would play on long road trips – previously called The Acting Game. I know, I know, my names are so inventive. The premise involved reciting weird sayings while expressing a specific emotion. My friends weren’t that into it, but I thought it was hysterical. This game eventually morphed into The Accent Game* after one too many Moscow mules in Highlands one night and has since been a group favorite ever since.

Instructions are explained below and to get you started I created a printable template with accent prompts (+ blank ones too). All you need to do is write in some really hilarious sentences. Adult beverages are optional, but strongly recommended. (It helps with the accents.) 😉

  1. Nominate someone to be the “Dialect Coach” – they are responsible for coming up with the hilarious sayings and writing them on the slips of paper. The Dialect Coach can participate in reciting a saying but can’t participate in the guessing (because they will already know the accent).
  2. Fill a bowl, hat, or whatever container you have with the folded (filled-out) slips of paper.
  3. The participants then each choose a slip of paper and keep their accent/phrase a secret.
  4. One at a time go around the table and each person can recite their saying using the accent instructed. The accents included in the template have a little more context but it’s only to help you get into character. The bolded word(s) notate the correct answer.  

Example: Accent is Boston police officer that was born and raised in Dorchester. If someone guesses “a Boston accent” that is totally acceptable.

  1. Other participants try to guess the accent the speaker is impersonating. Whoever guesses correctly first, collects the slip of paper. (Optional play: For every incorrect guess, drink.)
  2. The participant with the most slips at the end of the game wins!

*Editor’s Note: After proudly sharing my entertaining game idea with friends, I was later informed that the game already exists. 🙄 I will admit their name is catchier but my DIY version is just as fun!   

 

 

Fave Five: Feeding a Crowd

It’s been too long since my last “Fave Five” post but with Labor Day weekend approaching, I wanted to share a few of my best crowd-pleasing recipes. 

If your long weekend plans include entertaining company and feeding a crowd – I hope you find some inspiration with these yummy eats…starting with breakfast:

| Breakfast: Chocolate Chip & Pistachio Pancakes |

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| Lunch: Blueberry & Prosciutto Salad

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| App: Whiskey Bacon Jam

| Dinner: Dirty Bird Nachos

| Dessert: Chocolate Pie

Turn Around Bright Eyes

I intended on posting this recipe yesterday so you all could enjoy an adult bev while viewing the Solar Eclipse today but I figured I shouldn’t promote drinking gin on a Monday around the 2 o’clock hour.   

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However, I do recommend ending any workday with a little libation, especially on a Monday.

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This solar eclipse-themed cocktail gets its dark hue from activated charcoal and its name (Turn Around Bright Eyes) from that song that’s been stuck in your head all day. 😉

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Feeling a little unsure about mixing charcoal and booze? Don’t worry, I did my research before shaking up this combo. And by research… I mean I googled, “Will you die if you drink gin and activated charcoal?” We’re in the clear! Also, I’m no scientist but I think the detoxing qualities of activated charcoal will cancel out any chance of a hangover – so drink up, my friends! #ThingsITellMyself

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Dorm Decor

Whether you’re 18 or 28 – everyone can always use a lacquer tray or a storage ottoman, amiright? 

My oldest niece is starting college on Monday and while visiting her dorm this week, I became surprisingly nostalgic about my collegiate days. It also got me thinking about how my home décor style has evolved over the past 10 years (thank God it did). Though I’ve toned down the DIY accents and completely ditched all of the sorority memorabilia, I do think there are a few accessories that can be carried over from college to post-grad living.

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I wouldn’t necessarily call these items timeless, but more so transferable. They function in a cramped dorm room but could also follow you to your first post-grad bachelorette pad – if you can keep up with them, that is. 😉

 

Links, Lately

Work anniversary flowers and a G&T to start the weekend! 

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My goal for the weekend is to tackle few household chores I’ve been putting off for a while. But before I do, Abbye and I are taking a trip to Scott’s Antique Market tomorrow and I’m hoping it will inspire me to finally complete my projects. Nevertheless, I’ll be sharing my weekend adventures via Instastories – TBD on if I continue to procrastinate or actually GSD.

As for the links…I’ve been compiling an obnoxiously long list in my notes on my phone, so I’m sharing more than usual today!

New York has their pizza rat and Atlanta now has their pizza squirrel! #WelcomeToTheSouth

A guide to all the lifestyle concepts you’ll be forced to know about soon.

Love a movie with a surprise twist ending! Here are 28 of the best.

Mindy Kaling’s home tour makes me want to paint an entire room turquoise.

Speaking of house goals – Maggie Griffin’s home tour on Ballad Designs is every. thing.

What it’s like to live next to Bumble’s headquarters – spoiler: it ain’t great.

Taking solo trip is on my (ever-growing) todo list – I loved reading about these 8 US destinations that I would have never thought about visiting.

14 new books that deserve to be read.

Somewhat tempted to try this new “brandless” online grocery store – gotta love smart branding.

Lastly, you should really go follow Woody Harrelson on Instagram.

Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

Sisters Weekend at The Spectator

It may have taken 27 years to have our first sisters weekend but I think we started a new tradition!

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Charleston was the perfect locale for our weekend getaway.

No kids or husband left us with a weekend full of doing whatever the hell we wanted. I’m pretty accustomed to these types of vacations (perks of being childless and single), however, my sister (the most self-less person I know) is used to coordinating plans around her pre/teenagers and husband. Not to say she didn’t miss them – there was a lot of Facetiming – but it was a nice break for the both of us. 

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From the minute we checked in – greeted with complimentary cocktails – I knew I would love our weekend home away from home. After being shown to our room, we helped ourselves to (more complimentary) snacks and freshened up before heading to dinner. The rooms were spacious, clean and gorgeous – the perfect mix of southern charm and 1920s art deco. I won’t bore you with details on how beautiful the bathroom was, but it’s worth a peek at their photo gallery.

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Each night when we would return from dinner, our bed would be turned down, robes laid out and a delicious night cap would be brought up from their in-house mixologist. I’d also like to think our stay at The Spectator temporarily made me a morning person – waking up to (again, complimentary!) room service was such a treat.

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The team at The Spectator made sure we had everything we needed without being bothersome – truly an art in the hospitality. We felt so spoiled and loved every minute of it. My only regrets are not grabbing a drink downstairs in the library and taking advantage of their onsite bicycles. All the more reason to visit again soon!

As for food – we totally over indulged. Being my sister’s first time in Charleston, I took her to some of my favorite spots but tried some new places too. Also, our cocktail game was strong, as seen below…

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Where We Stayed

The Spectator

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Where We Ate

The Darling

Butcher & Bee

The Macintosh

Poogan’s Porch

The Vendue Rooftop

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Love you, Sissy! 

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For more of my Charleston travels – see here, here & here.

This post is not sponsored, I’m just that obsessed with this boutique Charleston hotel. 😉

Limoncello Spritz

Because Mondays are rough and we all could use a little cocktail pick-me-up…  

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This past weekend was spent celebrating our very special gal, Abbye, for her 27th birthday.  If you follow my Instastories – you probably already saw that we had a very fun weekend. 😉

Selfishly, my favorite part was having everyone over to my apartment for some pre-dinner drinks and snacks. Having all my closest friends in one place makes my heart so full. 

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Since I don’t have a ton of space, I kept the spread simple. I put together a quick cheese board with some sweet and salty accompaniments, tossed some beer in an ice-filled beverage tub and because I can’t fathom the thought of a pre-party without a yummy cocktail –  I mixed up a large batch libation using some ingredients I had on hand.

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limoncello cocktail

To keep things easy, I made the cocktail a few hours in advance and kept it in the fridge until right before my friends arrived. When it came time to serve, I poured the Limoncello Spritz into a couple of glass bottles and chilled them next to the beer. (Which I think is my new favorite way to serve cocktails to a crowd! Who wants to play bartender all night?) Since they were pre-mixed, everyone could help themselves. I ended up pulling out some champagne to top things off because everything is better with a little bubbly!

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Large batch cocktails are one of my go-to’s when entertaining friends and with such an easy setup it leaves me more time to mingle and enjoy everyone’s company.

What are your favorite entertaining tips and tricks? I would love to know!

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Chocolate Chip + Pistachio Pancakes

It’s only Tuesday but I’m dreaming of weekend brunch. 

While I’m all for indulging at a local eatery with a curated brunch menu and bottomless mimosas, some mornings call for sleeping in and making your own breakfast (dangerously close to lunch time.)

If you’re in the mood for the latter, you will love these pistachio & chocolate chip pancakes! Keep scrolling for the recipe.

Chocolate Chip + Pistachio Pancakes
Serves 4
chocolate & pistachios are a total dream team
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Salted Honey Caramel Syrup
  1. 1 ½ cups clover honey
  2. ½ cup heavy cream
  3. 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  4. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  5. 1 Tbsp. bourbon
  6. ¼ tsp. kosher salt or coarse sea salt
Chocolate Chip + Pistachio Pancakes
  1. 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  3. ¼ tsp. fine salt
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus for the pan
  6. 2 Tbsp. clover honey
  7. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  8. 1 tsp. orange zest
  9. 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
  10. ¾ cup lightly toasted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  11. 3 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  12. Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Salted Honey Caramel Syrup
  1. Combine honey and cream together in a deep saucepan and stir.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the mixture registers 240°F on a candy thermometer.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, whisk in butter and vanilla until combined.
  4. Add bourbon and salt, whisk until full incorporated.
  5. Let cool before serving.
Chocolate Chip + Pistachio Pancakes
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until smooth, then add in the melted butter, honey, vanilla, orange zest and 1 ½ cups buttermilk until just combined.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. If the batter seems very thick, stir in a little more buttermilk.
  4. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  5. Fold in the pistachios and chocolate.
  6. Place a baking sheet with a baking rack in the oven; preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  7. Heat a nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat and brush with butter.
  8. Ladle about ¼ cup batter per pancake onto the griddle and cook until light golden brown on the bottom and bubbles form on the surface, approximately 2 minutes.
  9. Carefully flip the pancakes and continue cooking until golden brown on the reverse side, approximately another 2 minutes.
  10. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
  11. To serve, stack 3 pancakes on each plate – drizzle salted honey caramel syrup and top with pomegranate seeds. Best enjoyed while hot.
Notes
  1. The syrup can be made up to 3 days ahead. Store, covered, in the refrigerator and reheat before using.
Adapted from Bobby Flay
Adapted from Bobby Flay
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Links, Lately

Friday came quick this week!

| Back when my fiddle leaf was (sort of) thriving…note the first dead leaf in the planter. |

After a long weekend away, I look forward to staying put in Atlanta for a low-key weekend. Among my less exciting plans (ie: trying to revive my slow dying fiddle leaf fig), I’m pumped to catch up with some friends who just moved to my neighborhood (yay for new homeowners!).  Speaking of, Allison has been teasing some seriously beautiful works of art on her Insta stories – check her out!

Here are the links from this extra short week…

11 TV show fan theories that prove everything is just a dream.

A guide to all the lifestyle concepts you’ll be forced to know about soon.

Me and all my friends in 20 years. #ForeverABridesmaid

(Spoilers Ahead) Harper’s lists the 28 best movie plot twists.

An easy trick to keep in mind when entertaining.

Have a happy weekend!

An American Cocktail: Wazimalon

Happy Monday from Cape San Blas!

I’m at the beach for the Fourth with my favorite crew of people. (I lovingly refer to them as my “old people friends”, even though they’re not old and occasionally still get carded.) I used to tag along on these beach trips as the babysitter, now I just come for fun. So in honor of my favorite Gen X’ers, I’ve mixed up a beachside beverage highlighting a classic American throwback – Zima.

According to my sister, Zimas are best enjoyed ice cold with a jolly rancher floater – but it never hurts to add a little extra booze. We are on vacation after all. 😉 Scroll down for the recipe!

                                                                             

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Cheers to you, America!

Links, Lately

Oh happy day!

| Nothing like a quick trip to Lucy’s Market to get you in patriotic party mode! |

Here’s to the holiday weekend ahead! I’m leaving tomorrow for the beach which means I’m spending my Friday afternoon packing up all my summer essentials (& running those last minute, not really necessary errands that I tend to do before going out of town). I’m sharing a delicious (& nostalgic) cocktail recipe on Monday – just in time for Tuesday’s firework show – so check back then. In the meantime, here are the links for the week…

Vanity Fair explores the transformation of Naz/Riz Ahmed in the The Night Of – which was one of the best HBO mini-series of all time. (IMO)

This new Gatorade commercial will give you chills but not just because it features our Matty Ice.

Ina Garten memes will never get old.

Movies to inspire your next adventure!

These peach white wine slushies are calling my name.

In need of some 4th of July party nibbles? These watermelon, feta, and mint wedges are crowd-pleasers.

Hope you and yours have a beautiful Independence Day!

 

A Southerner’s Hummus

Your friends called. They want you to bring this boiled peanut hummus to their 4th of July party.

Seriously though, can we please make boiled peanut hummus a thing?

Like when brussel sprouts started popping up on every menu and chicken & waffles became the go-to brunch meal. I’d like to see James Beard nominated chefs do more with boiled peanuts. It’s such a southern staple!   

The recipe includes your typical hummus ingredients but swapping out the chickpeas for boiled peanuts changes the flavor in the best way possible. Scroll down for the recipe!

 

Boiled Peanut Hummus
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a southerner's spin on a middle-eastern dip
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shelled, boiled peanuts
  2. 2 Tbsp. tahini
  3. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  4. ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  5. ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  6. 1 small garlic clove
  7. 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  8. Kosher salt
  9. Chips or pita
Instructions
  1. Toss boiled peanuts, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, cayenne, and garlic in a food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. Slowly add the extra-virgin olive oil while the food processor is running.
  3. Continue to purée the mixture, adding 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until the hummus reaches a smooth consistency.
  4. Season with salt, to taste.
  5. Serve with chips or pita.
Adapted from Bon Appetite
Adapted from Bon Appetite
Gin & Jewels http://www.ginandjewels.com/

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P.S. Recipe is kid approved too! 😉