NoMOREvember.

Alright. If my lack of writing wasn’t enough to steer you in the direction of Aly was darn near close to having a mental breakdown this month, then I’m not sure how else to explain it to you. It was only like a little past midnight last night, but let me tell you, I turned my calendar pages so fast, I almost gave myself a paper cut. Seriously, November was a dooooozey. However, amongst all of the BLAH there was a lot of AH HA moments too. Let me translate – I created a lot of beautiful goodies.

Regarde, sil vous plait..

There was a story I wrote on this Main Line gem … Tredici Italian Market. They killed me and sent me to heaven with their #1 sandwich (they have 13 insane creations … actually more than 13, but 13 signature offerings)

Don’t stare too long … but you are looking at freshly sliced prosciutto, crumbled gorgonzola, arugula, drizzled with balsamic, and all sandwiched between two pieces of ciabatta that have been slathered with their walnut pesto. O.M.G.

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We Love to Eat.

My Aunt Vera and I have this little thing we sing every time we are together at a dining table. 

It goes a little something like this … “Weee looveee to eeeeat”. 

If there was a way to combine that little song with Happy Birthday, we would’ve this week. All I did was e a t. And l o v e every minute of it.

It started with my favorite, a home cooked lunch by Tita.

It ended with a 3 hour dinner at Paramour in the Wayne Hotel.

There was…

Tita’s Arabic Chicken with Lebanese Cous Cous and delicious pearl onions. 

Tita’s most perfect hummus with warm pita and baby carrots.

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Sweets for Strength.

Every day I wear an orange band around my right wrist (write that 6 times) in support of one of my favorite causes, Strength.org and No Kid Hungry. It reminds me not only to be thankful every day, but also to just simply stay aware. It is easy for most of us to understand how many children and young adults in some of the poorest parts of the world struggle to find food everyday … But we don’t always remember how difficult it is for children in our own towns, and maybe even those that live on our same street are also faced with that daily challenge.

1 in 5 children in America wakes up each day without access to a meal. 

That scares the hell out of me every time I write it or say it aloud. 

But, it is the pledge of Strength.org that by 2015 these children will have access to programs and options so that they will no longer have that worry. 

This Saturday I am raising money to contribute to this possibility by hosting a bake sale full of my homemade sweets. 

The Bake Sale will feature:

Handmade Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese icing

Freshly baked goldfish crackers 

Muffins 

Pumpkin Loaves

Red Velvet Cake

Some of the best cookies you’ve ever tasted (promise)

Cupcakes 

Kettle Corn 

and… ala the heavy hitters in this world … Frosting Shots. 

I would love all of you to stop by and have a taste – but I know that isn’t always possible. 

That being said, if any of these goods makes your mouth water so much that you can’t think straight – 

shoot me an email gradtogourmet AT gmail DOT com. 

Snail mail never hurt a cookie… 

🙂

For more information about the cause please visit STRENGTH.ORG 

and for more information about the sale –

email me. 

or check out the event on facebook

The Prettiest Saturday Afternoon Sandwiches… almost ever.

Saturdays are my Fridays. The end of my work week. The nights I go home and curl up on my big white couch, light a few candles, click on a quiet Pandora station, and just be. Truly relaxing, letting go of the week, and doing absolutely nothing but what I want to do is how I love to start my weekend.

Tonight, was no different. I wanted to go home and see this face…

So I did. We snuggled, until he felt like going back under the bed with his chicky. Then we walked… well he walked me. So excited that we were back in our routine .. he was practically skipping – and that made me so happy.

But there was something else that made this Saturday, which didn’t start so well, a happy one.

It was Sandwich Saturday! Courtney and I were at Whole Foods and I was inspired, and starving. It is the perfect  place to piece together all the necessities for a few tasty sammiches.

I started by choosing the bread. Each sandwich would be unique.

1. The Wheat Panino – an Italian pressed sandwich with pesto.

2. The Multigrain Ciabatta – a classic turkey, mustard, pickle and swiss sandwich.

3. The Olive Load – the Doggie Bag White Dog Wayne sandwich (!!)

4. The Ezekiel Sesame Bread – a Mediterranean sandwich with hummus.

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This is the day that nev … ends in Tiny Turkey Burgers!

Hi Everybody!!

Last night there was no post because Apartment B had a mandatory 9:30 bed time. At 22 and 23 respectively, we still need bed time… don’t knock it till you try it! It felt so nice waking up this morning with energy for the first time in a long time.

It also probably helped that I didn’t have to be into work at 6 am, so I got to roll out of bed and enjoy a nice bowl of cereal and read up on all the news I’ve missed.

I also did some morning photo editing of the little cupcake cuties…

There is nothing like little hands working so quietly on little cupcakes (the hands being quiet, nott the kids) – I am hoping to finally get a post together once my SmugMug account gets restored (I forget I cancelled a credit card and they closed off my account this month) so as soon as they are done making me pull my hair out I will share all the little morsels of detail from Olivia’s 6th Birthday!

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Summer Vacation.

Hi guys! 

I’m finally back in action after a little put the real job(s) first vacay… and now I am on my much awaited NYC vacay.

There is nothing like a rewarding yourself for hard work. I still have my big dreams to have my own bakery one day, but at this point, after two weeks of putting in some real serious time at the shop, the commitment is something unparalleled. On top of the early morning starts, I have been spending a lot of time doing photography work with some really fun clients, and writing for Main Line Dish…. and let’s not forget that I’m MOVING. 

… Yes, I have some dark circles under my eyes for the first time in my life. 

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A Slideshow: The 2011 Devon Horse Show

Better late than never right?

The Devon Horse Show closed it’s gates after another wonderful year this past Monday. I guess a delayed album is what happens when I take my camera to the grounds almost every day. Too many photographs to choose from!

This year’s Show was definitely the most beautiful one in recent memory. It was the year of the sparkly new ferris wheel, a welcomed sight since I have found myself going round and round on the same one since I was two. Even more noticeable than that was the way in which the vendors presented their merchandise this year. From gorgeous clothes, to original accessories, to some seriously beautiful housewares… there was something for everyone. Pops of color drew your eye to every little detail!

Mid – week I found myself up as the sun was rising. I knew that riders started making their way into the ring around 8 am so I decided to pack up my camera and my lenses and walk to the show. How lucky am I to live so close?! And for a morning like that one.. I wouldn’t trade it for the world… watching all of the little shops open up, seeing food deliveries roll in, and being able to enjoy a real stillness that brought quiet enough to hear the gallop of the horses hooves as they put on a show.

My photographs from this year’s event provide a glimpse of it all… Enjoy!

(Click the Ferris Wheel to be redirected to a slideshow)

Today! Main Line Jazz & Food Festival.

From noon until the sun goes down tonight, the center of Wayne is host to one of my favorite events, The Main Line Jazz & Food Festival. 

It is the one day of the year where North Wayne Avenue becomes truly alive with more than just speeding cars and casual shoppers. A massive stage is constructed to be host to some wonderful musicians, and all of the vendors and participating restaurants build up the excitement throughout the day over all things tasty and creative. 

If you haven’t had a chance to enjoy what I am talking about, get to Wayne today!

Main Line Jazz & Food Festival  

Saturday June 11th, 2011 

12 – 9

North Wayne Avenue, Wayne PA.

and …. Read my PREVIEW piece for  Main Line Dish… Especially if you are curious about all the unbelievable restaurants that are participating!

Click to Read it Here.

A Piece for Main Line Dish: Bake 425.

Today is the day…

My first piece for MainLineDish.com went live as the front page story!!

The opportunity to see my work published is really such a blessing.

I hope you all will support me as I begin this great partnership, as well as take the time to enjoy the hard work contributed by each of the other wonderful writers that are a part of the great team at the Town Dish!

Click to Read my Piece on Bryn Mawr’s Bake 425.