Patriots

MFA + Super Bowl

What an amazing weekend indulging both the art love and rabid Patriots fan in me!  GUYS, THAT GAME.  I’m still not over it.

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Weekend Vlog #15!

Is this a milestone?  Maybe a mini milestone.  Please subscribe to see all the videos I filmed during this weekend vlog!

As you can see from this video, I made it to spin class both Tuesday and Friday last week!  Have I retired from running for the season?  Ugh, I hope not.  As we slide into less daylight and warmth, everything seems to get harder.

How’s everyone else holding up?

January, gone already?

Wow, I can’t believe the first month of 2015 is over already!  I’m another year older, but I feel like this month has ended on a very positive note for me.  I may not have the perfect everything yet, but I’m so happy with my decisions these days.  That’s a feeling you can’t summon on command.  I’ll savor it while I’ve got it.

Most of my pictures went into my belated birthday recap, but here’s what else went on!

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[1] January started with the remnants of Christmas decorating Boston Common. [2] My waffle maker got a lot of use this month!  I love making uneven shapes for some reason. [3] I’m not sure if hat hair is a problem or a solution. [4] The cold would never stop me from strolling down my beloved Boylston Street. [5] Yes, you’ve seen my record player before!  I bought the new Jenny Lewis album, The Voyager.  I’m on the lookout for more vinyl to add to my collection. [6] Browsing the paper shops on Charles Street in Beacon Hill, I found this adorable stationary the perfect way to say thank you for all the birthday love! [7] Juno hit us hard here, but I had the best day working from home.  I read two books and didn’t leave my bed. [8] Sadly, I had to go to work the next day.  Check out all this snow in Cambridge! [9] A new, weird hobby I’ve taken up: teaching myself hiragana!  I’ve wanted to learn Japanese forever, so why not take some steps toward that.

I hope you all had a lovely start to this year!

It’s a brand new month to make wonderful!

AND HEY, HOW ‘BOUT THOSE PATRIOTS?!

Top Chef Boston: A Lit Major’s Dream

Every episode of Top Chef Boston reminds me how much I love living here.  I think Bravo may have made this season just for me…  I’m going to gush all the way through this recap, so let’s get to the Quickfire!

The cheftestants walk in to see Rob Gronkowski, who has partied with my high school friends and yours, standing with Padma Lakshmi.  The challenge is to make sausage for Gronk.  “I need a big sausage,” says Gronk in an awkwardly overt innuendo.  “Me too,” says Padma adorably and hilariously.

Here’s what the chefs make:

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On the bottom, we have Melissa whose sausage came out quite small, and Gregory for too many spices and toppings.  The top two are Doug and George.  George wins!  Even though he told Gronk to his face that he’s not a fan of his, the food won him over.  George gets immunity for the win.

Guest Judge Tony Maws (of Craigie on Main, for you Bostonians) comes out with a book case.  The elimination challenge is to make a dish inspired by one of the New England authors on the shelf.  “Make your high school English teachers proud,” Chef Tony says.

  • Gregory chooses Edgar Allan Poe (who was born roughly between the Steinway Building and the Boloco on Boylston street, next door to my former dorm) and uses The Raven as inspiration
  • Katsuji chooses Stephen King (who my high school English teacher actually knows! from sitting next to him in their college classes at U Maine) and selects Carrie as inspiration
  • George goes for Dr. Seuss (I’m out of local girl fun-facts now) and opts to use One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish as inspiration
  • Mei goes for Henry David Thoreau (and Nicole says, oof transcendentalism) and finds inspiration in Walden
  • Melissa chooses Nathaniel Hawthorne and is inspired by The Blithedale Romance
  • Dougie kind of gets stuck with Emily Dickinson, but after a quick flip through the supplied book he finds inspiration in the line “bring me sunset in a cup”

Tom & Tony check on the chefs who have all been successful in their creative inspiration.  Mei even impressively sketches her plate out, inspired in part by her boss Michael Voltaggio’s attention to plating.

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Frances Lam joins Tom, Gail, Padma, and Tony at the judges’ table.  Here’s what the cheftestants make this time around:

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Everyone gets such good comments!  The only negative thing we hear is that Greg didn’t take Seuss far enough, and he has immunity.  With the bar so high, the elimination makes me nervous.

On top this week: Mei, Melissa, and Doug.  The big winner is Mei!

And who’s eliminated?  Sadly, Katsuji.  This was hands-down the saddest I’ve been this season.  I think Doug summed it up best at the beginning of the episode when he says, “He’s probably my favorite person in the house… I don’t know why.”  Katsuji has been a constant source of laughter and you know his heart goes onto his plates!  I’m hoping he makes a comeback in Last Chance Kitchen!

 

So, sad news.  Next week, though, my alma mater Emerson College gets a little shout out!  Of all the colleges and universities in this city… I told you this season was made for me!

Enough of my gushing… what did you think?!