Saturday, April 5, 2014

Vegan grilled cheese with beer caramelized onions

So in this post I mentioned that I needed to get rid of vegan cheese that was about to expire. The perfect solution - grilled cheese, please! I like vegan cheese enough on it's own, but I thought I'd add some other elements to it, caramelized onions, fake deli meat, sriracha (which I put on everything...I mean it).

While I was caramelizing the onions I was drinking a beer. I was planning on deglazing the pan with balsamic vinegar, but in a stroke of self-proclaimed genius I poured some of my beer in the pan instead. It turned out better than I could have imagined! The beer flavor isn't that strong, but the result is pretty delicious. When I bake I'm all about precision, but when I cook it's a whole different ballgame...a little of this, a little of that! So this recipe is very approximate. Feel free to add more of, subtract anything! It's all goooood

Vegan Grilled Cheese with beer caramelized onions:
Serving size: 2 sandwiches

4 slices of whole wheat bread
4 slices of vegan cheese (I use Go Veggie Pepperjack)
2 slices of fake deli meat 
Beer caramelized onions (recipe to follow)

1. Spread a thin layer of margarine on the outsides of the bread.
2. Place bread butter-side down and put two slices of cheese on each sandwich.
3. Top with onions, deli meat, and a couple drops of sriracha. This is where you get creative! Look through your pantry and get fancy. Top it off with your second piece of bread.
4. On a low heat cook on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Keep covered in between flipping.
5. So this is a tip that got passed along to me from my roommate. Once your grilled cheese is all nice and toasty, lift the lid, add a couple drops of water and quickly close it. The steam from the water helps melt the cheese. This is needed for the vegan cheese, but is definitely a good tip for anyone who likes their sandwiches dripping with ooey gooey goodness!
6. Optional - serve with a side salad. My go to salad is so simple - arugula, lemon juice, olive oil and a little salt.

Beer Caramelized onions:
2 tablespoons margarine
1 small red onion, sliced
About 1/3 cup of good beer (whatever is on hand. I happened to be drinking Harpoon)
1/4 tsp Salt 
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar

1. Melt margarine in a skillet.
2. Add onions, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes until onions become soft.
3. Add the sugar and stir. Onions will start to brown.
4. Now comes the deglazing part! When the onions look like they need a little liquid and/or start sticking to the pan, add a little of the beer. I did a small pour, about 2 tablespoons at a time. Stir until the liquid evaporates and repeat these steps for about 20 minutes or until onions are the amount of doneness you desire.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Kitty Cat

sheer cat top//american apparel, halter bra//free people, jeans//urban outfitters, flannel//boyfriend, sunnies//street vendor

Now that it's warming up, I find myself reaching into the very back of my shirt drawer to grab the itty bitty sheer tops that have been hiding all winter. This one in particular was given to me by Katherine a little over a year ago for my birthday. I wore this outfit with my jean jacket. While I was standing on the street a man came up to me and said "hey, I like your style! It reminds me of...well, me! Aloha!" Spring is making everyone friendlier!

Did you know vegan cheese has a very short expiration date? I definitely didn't. In an attempt to use up the cheese before it spoiled, Chloe and I made some killer vegan grilled cheeses with beer caramelized onions, sriracha and fake turkey (recipe will be posted soon). I'm going to start dedicating more time to documenting the food, especially vegan food, I've been making! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Velvet Overalls

Velvet overalls//free people, sheer top//h&m

These are the overalls Katherine picked up for my birthday from the consignment shop where she works - 12 bucks! Velvety-soft and boudoir purple, they're like a dream. The color and fabric transports me to a room with lush linens, soft curtains, and comfy pillows. They're kind of hard to see in the pictures, which Katherine snapped of me in her backyard just before the sun went down in Philly. I have serious spring fever right now. I'm looking forward to the warm weekend. You better believe I'll be showing off these pale legs and spending the whole weekend outside!

P.s. This is my 150th post! I never thought I'd be blogging this long after study abroad, but I'm still loving it more than ever. Huzzah!

Friday, March 21, 2014


Even though it's Spring Break (my last one mind you), I was not able to jet off to some exotic locale. I'm kicking myself for taking an actual work load! (I didn't get the memo that second semester seniors have enough on their plates and should probably just take a few classes...and not have an internship). The upside was that for my upcoming paper I got assigned Alfred Barnes, which gave me an excuse to spend a couple days in Philly. I got to see Katherine and my brother, in addition to eating my weight in delicious food! I picked up some moccasins for only four bucks. I've always wanted a pair, but for some reason it just never happened. I get why people wear them all the time, they're basically just socially acceptable slippers.

For my birthday Katherine got me a pair of Free People velvet overalls, paid for my ticket to the Barnes Foundation, and picked up a used copy Liar's Club by Mary Karr. What can I say, the girl gets me. On Wednesday morning we stopped by Federal Donuts, hands down my favorite place to go in Philly. I mean, where else can you get fresh gourmet donuts and some chicken? Our next stop was the Barnes Foundation, which was unlike anything I have ever really seen. My eyes couldn't stay focused on one spot for long. After about three hours I had everything I needed for my paper and we were simply over-saturated with art. The perfect cure - tacos with a side of mac and cheese...yes please!

 On Thursday morning before my bus back we met up with my brother at Sabrina's Cafe located in a converted old house in West Philly. I ate a mountain of stuffed french toast with bananas, the perfect meal before heading back to Brooklyn.

Anyway, I'll be spending the weekend libing la vida loca and cursing everyone who will be in class on Monday morning with a tan. More pictures of my new overalls to come!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Feelin 22

I turned 22 on Friday and I have been spending the weekend celebrating with friends and family. On Friday I had a 90s themed roller skating party with some friends and my boyfriend. It took a while to get the hang of skates, grabbing the hand of anyone near. It was easy to spot the people in my party because we all had flannels tied around our waists, so I just had to look for flannel bums! We celebrated afterwards with some home-made vegan carrot cake. I took a couple pictures, but they are all on my disposable camera so I have to wait until I finish the roll.

On Saturday I spent the day with my mom and she bought me these sweeeet pants! They haven't really left my body since I first put them on. I wore them out on Saturday night for drinks with friends. I dressed them up with this top and some boots. Sunday morning I decided I couldn't get enough of them, so I dressed them down for an afternoon spent wandering around Brooklyn with Chloe. We went to the farmers market, bought some tea for my new elephant tea set, warmed up with big bowls of ramen and went to the movies. We saw the Grand Budapest Hotel, our purses filled with contraband snacks and water bottles of wine. It was such a visually stunning movie! Besides being beautiful, it was Wes Anderson's sense of humor at it's finest. I never realized how nice a Sunday night movie can be, but it's something I think I should incorporate into my life more.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Fling

images are mine and from my tumblr

I know I'm not the only one thinking this winter was too long! I'm already starting to get little glimpses of spring, which makes me want it to get here even faster! It was nice to see the sun stay out a little later yesterday. I can't wait for the nights to get longer and longer. I'm feeling inspired by baby pinks and blues and anything found in nature - mostly florals, but that's just every spring. Mostly I miss windows down, cruisin! You might recall several of these pictures from when I went to visit Ella for Spring Fling at Bard last year. Long days spent sunning ourselves in the grass, exposing our bare limbs, driving through the country roads with the windows down and the music turned all the way up. Most importantly spring means graduation and all the fun activities that surround it. Can't wait to officially strip my winter layers of sweaters, cowls, and coats - some much need catharsis!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A story about friendship in Vermont

This past weekend I took a tiny break from studying to go skiing up in Vermont. While it wasn't my wisest choice academically, everything worked out in the end. It's always nice to get a break from fast-paced city and just slow things down. It was a great weekend with lots of good food and laughs.

One of the highlights of the weekend combined struggle, fear, and hilarity all in one package. Chloe and I went skiing at Pico mountain on Saturday. We are both intermediatish skiers, but we decided we wanted to do greens/blues because we were just there to have fun and not really to try to prove anything. We skied over to a small lift in order to take a long green. At first we thought the lift was closed because the lift operator was building a snowman (turns out he was just having a good time). We get on the rickety double lift and descended over a mogul field. I took off my gloves to do something much less embarrassing than taking selfies. At first I have Chloe hold my gloves, but I eventually take them back and place them on my lap. A gust of wind comes and takes my glove which lands dead center of the black diamond moguls. I yell a string of swears, followed by a bunch of "I knew its!" because i totally did, I knew that was going to happen and I did it anyway....which was followed by hyped-up encouragement that "we totally got this! We can pizza down the moguls, get my glove and we'll be golden." We were on a small side on the mountain where the 45 degree mogul field was our only option to get my glove. So fast forward about twenty minutes when we've gone down about 100 feet and honestly I'm terrified. There was a much larger chance that I would tumble down the mountain than successfully ski down it. Chloe suggests we take off our skis and carry them down. Even then the path through the woods that this part of the trail went through was too steep and icing to walk down. Chloe gets on her butt and quickly slides through the forest I, of course, join her. The fun didn't last long because soon we had to walk toward the trail before we lost through snow so deep that once in a while your leg would plunge through, but we wouldn't fall because we would still be standing with snow up to your thigh. We teetered down like infants learning to walk - experimental, unsure steps that would sometimes keep you standing and other times knock you on your bum! I was yelling a combination of swears, sorrys and promises that I would do this to Chloe if this ever happened to her! We eventually got to my glove and eventually back to the ski lift were we got our buns out of there (on a green)! 

I yelled after to Chloe that I felt more bonded to her, half-kidding and one-hundred percent serious. Though the only thing sore were our egos, it was pretty scary to come to a task where you stop for a moment and say out loud "I don't know what to do, because I can't do THIS." Even though it was a minor situation, in the moment it felt like going down that black diamond was our only option and I was just happy to have my best friend by my side!