Paint Nite

Listen, I’ve been procrastinating this post forever because I’m just so short on time this month. It’s sad that my work life-balance is very off this summer, but it’s just fact. I have managed to have lots of fun here and there, though! Case in point: Paint Nite with my favorite blogger friends Elissa of Style Wire and Celina of Trends & Tolstoy.

This actually happened last month, I think? See what I mean about short on time?

Elissa invited us along, having been given some tickets for review. As someone who loves to paint, I was immediately interested… but I was also intimidated. Sure, I paint for fun, but I don’t paint actual. I paint designs, abstract somethings I can’t mess up, or words. Maybe I’ll get crazy and paint some flowers or the occasional pokémon gym badge. Luckily, my friends were just as concerned about our lack of artistic abilities. And we call ourselves Emersonians!

When we got there and got a glass of prosecco in us, we relaxed. Our Paint Nite was located in the basement of Clerys, which concerned me from a lighting perspective. That didn’t end up being an issue, but there was no service down there! Bloggers have got to instagram and tweet, right?

Our instructor, Suriah, made us promise not to judge ourselves or each other, or look at each other’s painting for comparison. I can say I did quite a bit of looking around and laughing at myself! The class did such a great job and we… went a bit rogue. Guess we’re Emerson kids after all!

Check out the pictures for the rest of the story!

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We were offered a discount code so abate the cost of future Paint Nites. It doesn’t expire, so I’ll share it here with you: Suriah45% for 45% off tickets! I had an absolute blast and would love to do another.

Have you ever done a Paint Nite? Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!

Top Chef Boston: Fine Art & Food

Six weeks after our last elimination in Boston, Melissa, Mei, and Gregory arrive in Mexico.  Melissa, originally trying to prove something to her father has let that go and is ready to win for her.  Mei, determined from the beginning since she works for Michael Voltaggio, a Top Chef winner, has been sent training at Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio’s restaurant Volt.  Gregory, worried about his weaker second half of the competition, is back with a lot to prove.

The three are greeted by Tom and brought to the last battle of Last Chance Kitchen, Adam versus Dougie, going on before their eyes!  Dougie is declared the winner, which I am so pleased about.  He deserves a spot in the final.  The new final four are sent to meet Padma for the Quickfire.

Guest judge Enrique Olvera is there to help Padma announce the challenge.  One of the most popular foods in San Miguel de Allende is the prickly pear.  They will be highlighting the xoconostle, the sour fruit of a cactus.  Here’s what they make:

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Enrique ranks Gregory and Mei on the bottom and Doug and Melissa on the top.  Doug wins!  He gets an advantage in the elimination challenge. (more…)