Hello! I’m typing at you from sunny Panama City Beach, FL! I took a few days off for some fun in the sun and it has been SUBLIME.
I have literally spent the last 4 days with my toes in the white sand, in not one stitch of makeup, with a gin + tonic in one hand and in the other? ...my new NOOK!
FYI the “Nook” is Barnes and Noble’s e-reader. My mom has an Amazon Kindle and we spent the whole trip debating the merits of each… she still loves hers but I’m still pretty happy with my choice for 2 main reasons: #1. I got the new color version so in addition to books, I can also read my trashy gossip magazines AND #2. I have the CUTEST Jonathan Adler Nook-case EVER.
The Nook is great. Greg loaded my iTunes into it and I can also Tweet and check my email! You can do everything with this thing. I was worried that would be a double edged sword- because I’m often too busy (distracted) to finish a single book, but lo and behold: I have read 4 books on this trip! (a book a day!) Here’s what I read:
1. Bossypants by Tina Fey
You guys…it was GREAT. Not only was it laugh-out-loud funny (if you’re planning on reading this in public, you’ve officially been warned.) but Tina also shares some pretty interesting insights – I think my favorite was the section entitled “The Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat* (*Improv will not reduce belly fat) and I really appreciated her commentary on media influencing politics…and vice versa. I recommend this book 100% to anyone. The cover alone had me chuckling:
2. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me
This is a compilation of essays written by her staffers, friends, and family (her dog, Chunk, even has a chapter!) It was really funny and informative and definitely worth the afternoon I spent reading it. I still prefer Chelsea’s first person books (Are You There, Vodka, Its Me, Chelsea and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang)
3. My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
What can I say? Chelsea makes a great beach read. In case you’re living under a rock and didn’t know this- MHL is the first book my lady love Chelsea wrote and if I’m not mistaken – written before she had her own talk show (while she was appearing in the hidden-camera show “Girls Behaving Badly”…which I LOVED) I still prefer Are You There Vodka and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang…but this was a great beach read and I’m happy to have completed the series in its entirety. I love you, Chelsea. I’d order room service and watch TBS movie marathons with you anyday.
4. Skinny Bitch by Rory Friedman and Kim Barnouin
I picked this book up on the recommendation of my friend Angel. Angel told me this book changed her life and her body…and since has a totally smokin’ hot figure I figured I’d better comply. Witness:
Angel wasn’t the only one to recommend this book to me, many of my skinny b— friends have read it and I am here to tell you it TERRIFIED me. It probably got a LITTLE too conspiracy-theory-y for my taste (pun intended) and it’s pretty extreme, but you know, I think there’s some pretty valuable information regarding our food supply in the US and it gave me a lot of food for thought (pun intended) about my diet. (I’ll let you know how that goes.) I think it’s a must-read.
And there you have it! It seems I DID actually accomplish something other than this wicked tan* these last few days!
Catch you when I’m back in the A!
(*Deep apologies to my dermatologist and to my airbrush tan artist, Tiffers.)
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People I Need You to Know.
Listen, readers, if you’re going to roll w/ me, I’m going to need you to know my peeps. The fact that these “peeps” don’t actually know that they are in fact “my peeps,” doesn’t matter ONE iota to me. I’m a groupie of the following four fantastic folks - and I just really need to bring you into the loop.
In no particular order…
1) RYAN BINGHAM: My favorite singer of the moment.
Never heard of him? You’ve been missing out, buddy…
This 30-year old singer sounds like what I would think the Marlboro man would sound like if he could sing. For such a young age, his voice is weathered like Ray LaMontagne after three packs of cigarettes and a bottle of whisky. He sings country + bluegrass-y music, but he’s not over-produced Nashville, and he doesn’t seem to polarize anti-country music folks.
He’s also more than a little attractive, if you ask me. (Although, he is no Slick.)
Ryan won an Academy award for the music he wrote for Crazy Heart, and Slick + I have been big fans of his ever since we saw the movie. In my humble opinion, some of his best tracks are: “Southside of Heaven,” “The Weary Kind,” “Long Way from Georgia,” “Country Roads,” and “I Don’t Know.” It’s the kind of music you want to listen to while getting ready for bed or driving home after a long day at work. If you hear some of his stuff + like it, check out his new CD with his band, The Dead Horses, called Junky Star.
2) ASK MISS A: My favorite advice-giver.
Andrea Rogers, a.k.a. “Miss A,” is the editor-in-chief + publisher of the national lifestyle e-magazine AskMissA.com.
AskMissA.com provides heartfelt – rather than commercial – content for women’s well-rounded lifestyle interests – political and social issues; art and cultural events; charity galas and volunteer opportunities with nonprofits; women’s organizations and networking events; art and literature; design and entertaining; local fashion and beauty.
Readers turn to “Ask Miss A” for advice + recommendations on everything from style to self-help, and are assured to get an answer that is heartfelt with a touch of Miss A’s Southern charm and sass. AskMissA.com tosses aside the superficial and shallow to deliver sensibility and substance with style through authentic, informative and witty editorial voices of women-in-the-know across the United States. AskMissA.com informs, inspires and entertains an audience of more than 70,000 unique monthly visitors.
And, I’m a newly-inducted contributing writer for AskMissA.com! Check out my Valentine’s Day post about Norman Love Chocolates! I’ll be posting several times a month, along with some other fabulous Atlanta women, so check back frequently!
Read w/ Caution: Once you start reading TMR’s blog…you won’t be able to stop! (Don’t say I didn’t warn you…)
4) CHUNK HANDLER: My favorite “person” to follow on Twitter.
As I’ve made very clear over the past year and a half, I’m kinda obsessed with Chelsea Handler. So, it’s expected that I’d be a fan of her dog, too. In fact, he’s my favorite celebrity dog – for sure. What a cutie pie!
Here are some of my favorite of Chunk’s recent tweets:
“I just saw a cloud that was shaped exactly like a cloud.”
“I zone out therefore I aren’t.”
“Remember that movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger was pregnant? “Junior” I think it was…that was pretty underrated.”
“That skateboarding bulldog pisses me off for whatever reason.”
(I’ll bet he was watching The Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet last night, too!)
Congratulations, everyone! You are now officially in the know.
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What? A Weekend.
I covered some SERIOUS Atlanta ground this weekend, including some first visits to a few local landmarks! (Thank goodness for out of town guests!)
Thursday Night: Eddie’s Attic. I can’t believe it, but this was my first time to Eddie’s!
It was kind of a big deal, too – because Greg’s friend’s band, The Eric Dodd Band, was headlining for the first time! They were GREAT and we all had a blast. I highly suggest you go on iTunes and give them a listen. (Start with the single “Run Around”…it’s my favorite.)
The best part? Mr. Tom Dupree and Mr. Jessie Triplett came down from Nashvegas to play with the band!
Friday Night Part 1: Dinner and drinks at One Midtown Kitchen with the “One” and only Ms. Lindsay Roberts. We chatted and dined and sipped Aviations, of course, and decided that there are few things sexier than a grey martini…
Friday Night Part 2: Westside with the CoBros. Yep – Greg 2.0 (also known as Greg’s younger brother Scott) came in town from Chi and after dinner, I found the 2 of them at Ormsby’s playing Battleship. It wasn’t long before I discovered that Scott appreciates Rowdy…
After Ormsby’s we crossed the footbridge to JCT’s roofdeck where Scott and I:
1. Argued over whether or not JCT’s roofdeck was, indeed, a true roofdeck. (Scott: “If I’m looking off a roofdeck, I want to see Chicago, not a Chevy Tahoe!”)
2. Drank water upside down to get rid of some pretty aggressive hiccups (ok that was just me)
3. Placed various bets over all kinds of ridiculous things…and forgot to set terms for any of them.
Suffice it to say: I am a HUGE Scott fan. Huge.
Saturday Day Part 1: Fox Bros BBQ. Scott is a hot-sauce connoisseur and a BBQ fan, so clearly this was the only choice for Saturday lunch. Fox Bros is always amazing, but you guys: as soon as we walked in we learned that “Chelsea Handler’s People” were also planning to dine there that day. (OMG!) Unfortunately, we did not see them…probably because they were not located at the bottom of the plate of ‘cue in which the CoBros and I found ourselves face first.
Saturday Day Part 2: The World of Coke
Of course, WWCC is the location of Camp Dance 2011, so Greg and I have spent some time there, but this was our first full-on tour. Listen, I don’t know if it was actually the most adorable thing ever or if I am just completely brainwashed (or both), but if you haven’t done this: you must. Coke 4 Life.
Saturday Night Part 1: American Cancer Society Roktoberfest
Bratwurst. Beer. Belly laughs. I was SO proud of Greg – the party was SO fun.
The band, Sun Domingo (leaving for their European Tour this week!), was great, the German food and beer were delish and I entertained myself this super-awesome photo-booth thingie they had going on! Here’s the Q+DD: You were encouraged to write anti-cancer messages on a white board and snap your own photo which was then projected onto the wall.
G and I ended up with this masterpiece:
And this one…
These are pictures of pictures. (yep, I work in tech and I still don’t have a scanner.) They promised me the full-res version soon, but I couldn’t wait to show you…
It was a great party for a great cause. If you’d like to become a member of the ACS Young Professionals group – email us and I’ll put you in touch, or go to their Facebook Fan page here.
Saturday Night Part 2: Johnny’s Hideaway
We left and cabbed it to Johnny’s, which was a RIOT as always.
On Sunday, I rounded out the weekend with a delicious lunch at No Mas! Cantina (delightful even though Shanon and I forgot to use our ScoutMob), a brisk walk and talk around Chastain with Meredith (a feeble attempt at rectifying the serious eating I did all weekend), and a little DVR catch up…but now I’m ready to face-plant in my bed.
WHEW. Just whew.
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My Fav. VMA Moment…
I just loved when Chelsea Handler jumped into the Jersey Shore hot tub in her formal during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards. Ahhahahah!
Do you know how much I adore you, Chels? Do you??
I thought you did a fine job hosting the VMAs. Kudos to you + Chuy.
In other news, Snooki w/ bangs = NOT my favorite. Just sayin’…
When I dip, you dip, WE dip!
Confession: I am a book club slacker. We’re on our 4th installment and I haven’t read a single sentence of the book. I mean, I read The Glass Castle (loved it) and of course I read Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
…but I must admit, I have not even cracked our current assignment, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Luckily, my book club ladies’ love is unconditional and they didn’t appear to judge me one bit when I managed not to read a single sentence of last month’s book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, even though I hosted the club at my condo.
Luckier still, the group is comprised of some pretty spectacular chefs! So while the girls were discussing Steig, I found myself face first in all their delicious offerings.
There wasn’t a bad dish on my coffee table that night, so I BEGGED the girls to send me their recipes ASAP so I could share them with you now…almost a whole month later. (please refer to the Burroughs quote above.)
Anyway, better late than never!
Buffalo Chicken Dip a la Jen DiLorenzo
1. Mix: One pound chicken (cooked and shredded) and one bottle of your favorite wing sauce and layer in your oven-safe serving dish (like a Pyrex)
2. Mix: one small bottle of Ranch dressing and two blocks of cream cheese
NOTE: It mixes best if you warm the cream cheese in the microwave (be careful not to overheat!)
3. Layer cream cheese/ranch mixture over chicken mixture
4. Cover with shredded cheese (Jen likes Monterrey Jack).
5. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted…and serve!
Avocado and Serrano Salsa a la Ellen Terchila
1/2 Cucumber, diced
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
1 red onion, diced
2 Serrano chilies, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Juice of 1/2 Lime
In a large bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients. Toss well. Gently stir in the salt, pepper, and lime juice (take care not to let avocado get mushy!)
Serve immediately or cover and put in fridge for up to 1 day. Return to room temp before serving.
BONUS: Ellen notes, “I learned that this also makes a fabulous “day after” sandwich by toasting two pieces of whole grain bread, scooping on a delicious helping of the salsa, and a slice of Havarti cheese…just saying.” (You are so adorable, E)
Last but not least…
Spicy Corn + Cheese Dip a la Shanon Perry
1 bar of cream cheese
1 4-5 oz package of goat cheese (S likes to get the kind that has the seasoning in it, but get what you like)
4 cups of sharp white cheddar cheese
2 regular sized cans of white corn kernels (drained)
5 fresh jalapenos – remove the ribs and the seeds, then dice into small pieces (you can obviously adjust this to your own palette)
3-4 scallions – finely chopped
S says that the following ingredients are estimates…she just likes to add and taste as she goes and suggests you do the same.
2 tsp of garlic salt
2 tsp of fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp of Mexican Chili Powder
Add cheeses and corn to an oven/microwave proof bowl. Warm in the microwave for about 2 minutes to soften the cheeses. Stir in remaining ingredients, but keep aside enough cheddar to sprinkle over the top of the mixture. Once you’ve sprinkled the rest of the cheddar over the top of the mixture, then put the bowl back in the microwave for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted on top and the mixture is heated through – OR – you can place the bowl in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or so.
Serve each of these with your favorite chip…pita chips or Fritos scoops have been tried and were proven to be a success!
I can’t tell you which was my favorite…they were ALL delicious! It’s always good to have a good go-to dip, so next time you have to bring an app or a side, try one of these!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta dip! (couldn’t resist.)