Happy Hour

firewood {Firewood ready for cool fall nights}

Last weekend really started to feel like fall so I realized I really needed to let go of summer (noooooo). In an effort to do so I proceeded to cram all of the fall things I possibly could into the weekend. PSL’s (her recipe is the bomb.com) , a pumpkin dutch baby, wearing sweaters & booties, lighting pumpkin candles, making chili and cornbread…I mean, pretty much the only thing missing was fall foliage and candy corn. But what can I say? I’m an all or nothing kind of girl.

How are you getting ready for fall?

sweaters {Pulling out my sweaters for the cooler temps (and also realizing I probably need a few more)}

full mooon {A picture of the moon that Mr. RC snapped last week}

Met rooftop view {We finally made it to the Met rooftop and this view had me wondering why it took us so long}

yellow and red tomatoes {Pretty tomatoes at the farmers’ market}

if you think adventure is dangerous, try routine {I saw this quote on Jess’s site a couple weeks ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I used to be more adventurous but I’ve gotten myself stuck in a horrible routine as of late. I’m definitely going to be working on being a bit more spontaneous and getting back to how I used to be.}

Cobb Salad

Kale & Arugula Cobb Salad via @runwaychef For a long time various people have referred to me as a rabbit. Not because I’m covered in fur and have long floppy ears (obviously….because that wouldn’t be weird at all), but because I have always loved munching on fruits, veggies and salads. I’ve probably mentioned it before, but growing up, I could often be found hiding out in my Grandfather’s garden nibbling on a handful of berries, beans or tomatoes. Today, not much has changed. I may not be in my Grandfather’s garden, but more often than not you’ll find me munching on some kind of produce, like this cobb salad, for example. Salads are one of my favorite meals no matter the season. I like that they can be big and filling, kind of like a casserole, but without all the prep work and typically with a lot less calories. I also love that the toppings and combinations of toppings are incredibly versatile and varied based on the season. The traditional cobb salad isn’t known for being the healthiest of salad choices, but this version is loaded with flavor, healthy fats, lean proteins and lots of veggies. It uses kale and arugula in place of regular lettuce, a turkey burger in place of chicken, and ham in place of bacon. It might not be exactly like the cobb salad you’re used to, but in my humble opinion, it might just be better.

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Cobb Salad
Serves 2
A cobb salad made with kale and arugula in place of lettuce, a turkey burger in place of chicken, and ham in place of bacon
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For the dressing
  1. 2 tablespoons mustard
  2. 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  3. 3 tablespoons golden Carolina BBQ sauce (I used Trader Joe's)
For the salad
  1. Kale (washed and cut into pieces with the thick stems removed)
  2. Arugula (washed)
  3. 4 slices of lean ham, sliced
  4. 1 turkey burger, cooked or grilled & cut into strips
  5. 1 avocado, sliced
  6. 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  7. 1 large tomato, chopped
  8. Optional produce: mushrooms, peppers, onion, green beans, grapes
Instructions
  1. First, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add in the ham pieces and sauté for about 7-10 minutes, or until the ham starts to turn golden brown and get crispy. Set aside.
  2. On a large platter (or in a salad bowl), layer the kale and arugula. I used about 2 cups of each per person for a total of 4 cups.
  3. Next, start adding on the toppings. Order is not important, just keep each topping grouped together.
  4. Lastly, mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Use a for or whisk to stir until smooth. Drizzle over the top of the salad and serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Serve with warm, crusty bread for a heartier meal.
  2. We like to use the pre-made turkey burgers from the frozen section of Trader Joe's (the chili lime ones are especially good). Using a pre-made turkey burger is a warm (and quick) alternative to using chicken or deli meat. However, you could also use ground turkey that has been sautéed.
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What’s In My Bag

What's In My Bag || Runway Chef I’ve always been a big fan of the ‘what’s in my bag’ posts or magazine articles, mostly because I’m a nosy person (guilty as charged), but also because I love seeing if there is anything I’m missing out on or absolutely need in my life/in my bag (because I don’t already carry an entire drugstore around). I never used to carry much in my bag…actually, that’s a lie. I’ve always carried a lot in my bag. I still carry a lot. The difference is that now it’s all organized. I switch bags frequently so I’ve wisened up to organizing all my stuff in a mini pouch then I just grab the pouch and throw it in a bag. This also ensures that if makeup spills, it’s only spilling inside the mini bag, not all over your nice purse. Whether you’re looking for a few new things to stock up on (any excuse to go shopping right ladies??!) or you’re just nosy (like me), I hope you enjoy this peek at what’s in my bag.

Also, I’d love to know, what’s in your bag that you just can’t leave home without?

What's In My Bag || Runway Chef Lotion // Good not only for dry skin and hands, it also works to tame fly-aways, keep eyebrows in place, and (in an emergency) as backup deodorant

Bobby pins and hair ties 

Mini mirror

Bandaids // Because walking around NYC can give you lots of blisters

Mini bottle of concealer

Tampons

Blotting papers // These are a lifesaver on hot, sweaty days

Mascara // Can also double as eyeliner in a pinch, just turn the wand vertical

Chapstick, tinted lip balm, and a mini lipgloss

Mini perfume sample

Eyelash curler

Nail files (regular, sapphire)

Tweezers

Nail buffer // In case your nails need a quick shine on-the-go

What's In My Bag || Runway Chef Umbrella // I’ve learned in NY, you never know when the weather is going to change and there is nothing quite as bad as getting stuck out in the rain, sans umbrella

Business cards & card holder

Mini notebook & a pen // You never know when an idea is going to hit you…

Sunglasses // As with the umbrella, you never know when the weather is going to change, so it’s best to be prepared

Tide pen // This has been a life saver more times than I can count

Kleenex

Metro card

Wallet

Gum

Not pictured: a snack, water, hand sanitizer, my vitamins (I take a probiotic and digestive aid with every meal), Emergenc-e (in the winter), Tums and Advil

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Happy Hour

NYC {NYC….or Miami??}

I know we just came back from vacation….but I already feel like I need a vacation. Is that bad? Probably, but it’s true. I literally feel like I’ve been going nonstop since we got back. I mean normally I hate when people who aren’t important say that they’re so busy because it’s like ” ‘ish please! You are not out there curing cancer. You are getting your nails done and meeting your friend for coffee…at 11am…on a weekday…when most people are at work. You are not that busy. Really.” But really….I’ve been busy, and I have no idea why (because Lord knows I am not that important and I’m certainly not curing cancer!). I’ve had back to back events since we returned last week (must be because I’m some uber duber important blogger…..ha!) and the homebody in me is having a major struggle sesh dealing with it. I’ll take a glass bottle of wine, my couch, some Real Housewives, and a few cookies over going out any day. Who’s with me??

striped surfboard {My favorite booth at the rewardStyle party…I’m sure you can’t imagine why….}

Empire Hotel {The lettering of the Empire Hotel rooftop sign has always been a favorite of mine}

baby carrots {Our carrots may not have grown as big as they were supposed to, but I kind of think they’re cuter as baby carrots}

Piperlime sweatshirt {Loving the neckline details on this Piperlime sweatshirt (coming soon) c/o}

don't give up quotes

Cape Cod

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef I used to go to Cape Cod every year with my family, but once we moved to the Midwest the Cape trips, sadly ended. I’ve been trying to make it back out there ever since Mr. RC and I became East Coasters once again, and finally, this year, we did (thanks to some friends who invited us to rent a house with them). The only thing that I remembered was the candy store, which indicates two things- 1) It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Cape that I’ve become too old to remember anything and 2) Clearly I had my priorities straight when I was a kid! Since I didn’t remember anything, and Mr. RC had never been, we had a fun few days exploring the Cape. 

P.S. I apologize in advance for the overload of pictures, but you know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words….

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The dunes at Head of Meadow beach in Truro}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The house we stayed at was in Eastham, so we ended up grabbing breakfast at The Hole in One 2 out of the 3 mornings that we were there. They’re known for their donuts, but we weren’t overly impressed by those. They weren’t horrible by any means, they just weren’t our favorite donuts. However, we loved their iced coffee (Iced Hazelnut Cream), asiago bagel with bacon and spinach cream cheese, and the cinnamon muffins dubbed “The Tom Bomb”. Also, it was very reasonably priced (everything in the above picture was around $6).}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The first day we had lunch at the The Friendly Fisherman. The prices were average for the Cape but pricey if you were anywhere else. However, the clam strips and fries were well-seasoned and cooked just right. The coleslaw was so-so, but who really cares about that when you have seafood, right?!}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The day we went to Provincetown we had lunch at Bubala’s…We had the fish tacos and the lobster roll. The food was very good and the seafood was super fresh. They have an in-house fish filet-er, which definitely made a huge difference in the taste of the tacos, and the prices were perfect for what you get.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The Head of the Meadow beach was not only a beautiful (almost deserted) beach with pristine sand and pretty blue waters, but it was a great place to spot seals. We easily saw at least 200 hundred seals, if not more, and since seals are one of my favorite animals (Hello Andre!) this was by far one of the highlights of the trip for me.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {Since there were 6 of us staying in the house we thought it would be fun to have a lobster boil one night. We got these big boys from the same place that we got our clam strips (here) then Mr. RC did the boiling for us.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {The candy store I remembered from my childhood days in the Cape}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef {On our way out of the Cape to go to the Berkshires, we stopped in Plymouth so we could get one last fill of seafood. We ordered the fried clams and shrimp cocktail at the Lobster Hut. We were both a bit surprised to find that it was actually a little better than the place in Eastham and it was considerably cheaper.}

Travel Diary: Cape Cod || What to do and where to eat @runwaychef Well, here’s hoping it won’t be so long until my next trip to the Cape….and if it is, at least I’ll remember more this time (thanks to good ol’ blogging and technology)….