Monday, July 28, 2014

Lobsta Fingers

See that? That's a New England specialty. Lobster with lots and lots of butter (followed by lots and lots of kettlebell swings).

Friday night I went out with my parents and sister to celebrate my sister finishing her second to last clinical at a spot that any Comnecticution knows well...The Place in Guilford.

And if you know The Place you know two key facts: you sit on tree stumps and you bring your own alcohol. A winning combination. 

Everything at The Place is cooked over a huge fire and everything is delicous. We had clams, corn, and of course lobster...because it's summer in New England after all and what else would we eat?!

 And I know what you are thinking, "Are you ever going back to Los Angeles?"

Yes, and I'll explain why I've been back east so long soon enough. 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mercy, What Will Become of Us

Confession: I love the Dave Matthews Band

I know, could it get any more "bro" or "college" than DMB? 

Probably not, but since high school I have been in love with this band's music and been to almost 20 shows (which is nothing compared to my fiancĂ© who has been to over 40.  See? Match made in heaven).

A few weeks ago the boy, my sister, and her boyfriend got pit tickets to DMB in Hartford and the high school memories came flooding back.

And while we neglected to tailgate starting at 11 am (those were the days) we still did a little parking lot drinking for old tome's sake.

And while the rest of us had double-digit DMB concerts under our belts, it was my sister's boyfriend's first Dave show.

The tickets and the concert did not disappoint.

...people in every direction

Wedding Wednesday: Saying Yes to the Dress

Big news on the wedding front everyone...

Finding a dress at Everthine Bridal was everything I could have ever wanted.  The service was amazing, it was fun, personalized, and...I never thought I would say this...easy!

Their fun, vintage, indie style was so me and my dress...stunning and so different. Why do I have to wait until next June to wear it?!? 
Sunday, July 20, 2014

To the Fullest

This was quite a weekend. It started with babysitting this nugget on Friday morning ...

and became a wine flight on a patio with two good friends Friday night.

Saturday began with a cake tasting for the wedding...

...and turned into a six pack of beers on the train to NYC for a very fun birthday party for a very good friend...on a boat no less.

Sunday was an early train back to Connecticut and a day by the lake with good friends and Summer Shandies.

It's not a bad life...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tourist in Your Hometown

It's been well documented that I enjoy a nice secret stair hike while in Los Angeles, but I didn't think I would be able to partake in any such activities while home in Connecticut. Luckily, I was wrong!

Yup, that's CT's version of a secret stair hike...a little less urban than what I am usually used to, but highly enjoyable none the less.

Actually, this was the first time in my entire life that I actually hiked East Rock even though I grew up basically next to it my whole life. A nice, quick, 20-minute up and back to the summit on the "Giant Stair" trail was a great way to start a Monday before the rain storms rolled in. 

Why hello there New's lovely to see you today...
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Off-centered Ales for Off-centered People

On my little East Coast bucket list I posted last week, I said that I wanted to tour Dogfish Head brewery....and guess what...WE DID.

On Monday, the boy, his dad, and his brother-in-law (his sister stayed at the beach with the baby) trekked over to Milton, DE (only about 45 minutes from their condo on the beach in Bethany)  to tour and taste at DogFish Head.  Basically, this is the little brewery that could.  From a brew-pub in Rehoboth that almost couldn't open because in 1995 Delaware still had prohibition laws on the books to a huge, multi-building operation that it is today.  And you know Dogfish Head's motto...

Off-centered Ales for off-centered people

Yeah, they live that. 

Notice our super sweet safety goggles.  Also, we came to find out, no open-toe shoes allowed on the tour either (safety first people).  But don't worry...they provide you with some super stylish crocs to wear if you aren't prepared...

The tour took us all over the facility from brewing to bottling and everything in between.  Remember...don't touch the red buttons...

After the tour you get to taste any four beers of your choice.  The hands-down favorite of all four of us was the Theobrama...we even ended up buying a few bottles to have on hand for these next fews days down at the shore.

Cheers to summer, the east coast, and good beer.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

East Coast Bound

By the time this post goes live I will be (hopefully) firmly on the east coast with a Dunkin Donuts IV in my arm getting ready to enjoy by soon-to-be brother-in-law's wedding in Deleware.

My time on the east coast will be super packed this summer.  Here is a taste of what I am hoping to accomplish during the month of July.
  • Attend two fabulous weddings (one in DE, one in NY)
  • Go wedding dress shopping (3 appointments in NYC...and one is Kleinfelds...and one in CT)
  • Have a lobster roll and five a gin and tonic on the patio at the Owenego
  • Attend Camp Rising Sun's Night Out to benefit an amazing cause (one of my favorite nights of the summer...if you are in Southern Connecticut you should join me)
  • Spend a day by the lake with the "4 best friends that anyone could have" + a doggie
  • Go to Nordstrom to *hopefully* finalize bridesmaid dresses
  • Eat crab legs at the Fenwick Crab House
  • Lay on the beach in Bethany and drink Victory Summer Love Ales
  • Visit the DogFishHead brewery
  • Drop in at any/all of the crossfit boxes in Southern Connecticut (and hopefully get some free swag)
  • Attend the tasting for my wedding reception and settle on a menu 
  • Eat New Haven Pizza (Sally's or Pepe's?  The eternal question)
  • Wear Lilly dresses and Jack Rogers sandals with people who "get it"


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