Usually I write my daily delights post on Fridays, taking the time at the end of the week to appreciate the little things that made me smile during the busy work week. But since things got super busy this weekend I fell behind, so why not START the week off with a little gratitude? It's never a bad time to reflect on those moments of joy that can sometimes get bogged down in the stress of work or the hustle and bustle of the weekend. I can't believe it's almost the end of January. I am working on a post taking a look at the start of the new year and the goals and intentions I set for myself. One thing is reading more and right now I am reading a fantastic book recommended by my sister (she always has the best book recs). It's called the Children of the New World and it's a book of short essays taking a look at the role technology plays in our lives. Have you watched Black Mirror on Netflix? Well this is the book version. It's both terrifying and eye-opening especially for someone like me who can openly admit I am addicted to my phone.
But hey, I'm working on it. And after I snapped each of these photos I worked to take in the moment and appreciate the smile things like a cheerful teal house on my street and puppy cuddles can bring. I'd love to hear what's bringing you a little delight on this (finally sunny!) start to the week?
I have a confession to make. So as many of you know, I am all about eating and shopping as locally as possible. I write about it here and work on living as locally as possible on a daily basis. You will rarely find me eating a chain restaurant. But there is one exception. Chipotle. I am addicted. (Do you think there's a 12-step program for that?)
First off, it's just so easy during work to stop in and pick up a burrito bowl to-go. Second, it's generally pretty healthy (I get a bowl, no cheese and no sour cream, extra lettuce). But I spend entirely too much money at Chiptole (seriously, I should invest in stock) and the reality is, that giant scoop of rice is not the best when I'm trying to cut back on unnecessary carbs. So say hello to the very "it" vegetable of the moment, cauliflower. You've probably seen lots of blog posts and recipes on cauliflower "rice," heck they even sell it pre-chopped at Trader Joe's now. But I had never tried my hand it! Let me tell you, it's a game changer.
I am not a big rice fan to begin with, give me a bowl of pasta over rice ANY day. But in a burrito bowl it's delicious. So I've been experimenting with making my own version of Chipotle's bowls. None of them are ever as good but this was really delicious. Top it with all your favorite burrito bowls favorites. For this I added roasted onions and peppers, lettuce, homemade salsa, and avocado! I would have definitely added chicken but I was out! Story of my life...but this recipe comes together in such a short time it's perfect for a quick lunch or dinner!
cilantro "rice" burrito bowls
Normally today would be the start of my weekend. I could definitely use my weekend right now. This has been a long two weeks at work, with weather coverage to some pretty terrible and heartbreaking crimes. But like every week, I make it a priority to find the good. I cherish the days my dad and I get to take a little lunch date together. I also have been very proud of myself for sticking with my fitness goals in the news year. Four days at the gym this week! And hello, did anyone catch the sunset in the rain and fog this week? Gorgeous.
While my weekend is cut short, I plan to pack a lot into my Saturday! Schlafly Beer Festival and The Lumineers concerts are just two of the things I'm looking forward to this weekend! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, if you're in St. Louis, get excited for 60 degree weather!
Does anyone remember the girl band B*Witched? They had that hit song "Blame it on the Weatherman," can't remember? Do yourself a favor and relive the 90s and watch it here. But when we're not talking unrequited love, it's not as easy to just blame the weather on the weather man. We were in Storm Mode all weekend at KMOV, along with the rest of St. Louis. There was a threat of a major ice storm that essentially shut down a good portion of the state for 36 hours.
In the end it did not get as bad as predicted. But all it would have taken was a degree or two of difference. I am not a meteorologist, heck, I was absolutely terribly at science in school, but I trust our meteorologist who study those models and do their best to predict the unpredictable. Its frustrating sometimes to see them getting hated on all the time. But part of our job in TV is to take the criticism along with the praise, although there recently seems to be much more of the former...
Storm coverage is always a crazy day. Whether it's an ice storm or a tornado, it's always hectic, you have to be ready to drop what your doing (mid-interview even!) and switch gears. There's an adrenaline rush that sticks with you through out the day that helps make you forget you haven't drank any water and all you've eaten in nine hours was a smashed peanut butter sandwiched. But weather coverage remains the number one reason people turn to local news. Local reporters and local meteorologists know the area, I can tell you that the overpass onto 170 is iced over or that you should head to a different Schnucks because the one in South County is completely sold out of bread. (I did no less then five live shots from the bread aisle during last week's storm). You're iPhone weather app or even the national Weather Channel is never going to be able to give pin-pointed info for traveling your specific neighborhood in a storm.
Here are my lessons learned during storm coverage:
Let's talk breakfast my friends. I love breakfast...when someone else is making it. I know they say it's the most important meal of the day but during the week I am more about grabbing some oatmeal with apples or a scrambled egg. I would rather just have some coffee and wait until lunch. But if someone else is making me breakfast well then I could make an argument that it's my favorite meal.
St. Louis has a ton of weekend brunch spots. Every neighborhood has a great place for eggs and Bloody Mary's for Sunday mornings. Some with hour long waits that are worth every minute. But today we're talking breakfast, not brunch. Because of my schedule, I am off on Fridays and a lot of times I'm ready for someone else to make me some delicious potatoes and bacon for the start of my weekend. But I've found there are not as many options for weekday breakfast. Enter, Egg.
Egg, located in Benton Park, opened last October. It originated as a brunch pop-up in Spare No Rib and then expanded to it's own concept. I went about a month ago and fell in love. They have a fantastic eclectic menu. It's short but the menu items each pack a punch. You could call it fusion. There's tex-mex elements and then there's a chakchouka, a traditionally Tunisian dish with eggs sauteed in a tomato sauce. I've yet to try it but definitely on my next visit.
You must try their take on eggs benedict. I went with the spinach and avocado, but there's also one with smoked pork belly that harks back to their original start as a barbaque restaurant (Spare No Rib moved to it's own location near Cherokee Street). Instead of your usual English muffin, the perfectly poached egg perches on top of a slightly sweet biscuit. It surprises your taste buds and veers away from the traditional brunch staple in the most perfect way.
The hashes are also fantastic. They pack a lot in that little bowl. Lots of veggies, spices and the potatoes have that perfect crispness. The El Cerdo hash with carnitas, corn and jalapenos packed a lot of heat! It's all perfect hangover food for weekend brunch but the portions also aren't insane that if you go for a week day breakfast you don't feel like you immediately need to go home for a nap.
But if you are looking to indulge during your week day...or you're visiting on the weekend, their Bloody Mary is not to be missed. They make their own pepper-infused vodka and homemade mix. Its the perfect amount of heat, just like a lot of their dishes. Fresh squeezed orange juice tops a generous pour of sparkling wine for their mimosas.
Egg is opened Tuesday through Sunday. Where are your favorite weekday breakfast spots?
=Good morning friends! Well it is 7am on a Monday morning and I am up and ready to take on the day! I've decided to take a stab at waking up early this week. Now remember, I work until 11pm, so 7am is EARLY. It's basically everyone else's 5am.
I wanted to see what I could do with a few extra hours in the morning, how much can I get down when devoting those hours to little ole' me? We shall see! So this morning I am taking the time to map out my week in my amazing new planner (Inkwell Press, obsessed.) and work on a menu plan for the week. I will also be making my way to boot camp, but that I generally schedule time for in the morning. It will be more crucial later this week to squeeze that work out early because I have a hundred meetings before work it feels like this week.
Did anyone catch the Golden Globes last night? I was working so only caught bits and pieces, but loved all the dresses and there were some great speeches. (Hello, Meryl's will be the one everyone's talking about at the water cooler -- do people even have water coolers at work anymore?) Watch the speech here.
I am so behind on my movie watching this season. We watched Hidden Figures over the weekend and I loved it. Such an inspirational movie. Its crazy to think how many women made a serious impact in our history that we don't know about. I had no idea there were even woman computers and engineers at NASA in the 50s and 60s. If you haven't seen it I definitely recommend it!
We finally took our tree down this weekend. And it leaves such an empty place in the apartment. I look at the space and can't imagine it didn't always look this empty. We're on the hunt for a desk to put in that corner so it fills it up a bit and we have a place to work other than the kitchen table.
Alright, well if I keep rambling away here, I will waste away these extra hours of waking up early. So off to get some things done! Tell me, what's your secret to waking up early? Give me all the tips!
It's the new year and every one is in resolution mode! I touched on my thoughts about goals and resolutions earlier this week. Whether your resolution is to eat healthier or you just need a little reset after all the Christmas cookies and New Year's Eve champagne, this soup is perfect. I drew inspiration from a recipe I saw on With Food and Love's site and a dish we made at our cooking class in Sevilla. It was chickpeas cooked with spinach and saffron. It was super comforting. Plus I have been looking for more ways to use the saffron I brought back from Spain (You can read about my trip here!).
This soup can sort of take on a multitude of forms depending on what you have on hand. You could use spinach instead of kale or white beans instead of chickpeas. You could use vegetable brother to make it vegetarian. I used bacon fat to cook the onions and celery in, but obviously you can use olive oil to keep it vegetarian (or healthier). I just wanted something warm and a little lighter to help counter all the heavy holiday stuff. Plus I am kicking off a 12 week challenge at my gym this weekend and this is the perfect soup to make at the start of the week and keep on hand for a quick healthy lunch. What are your go-to meals to have on hand when you're trying to stay healthy during a hectic week?
chickpea and kale soup
2016. What a year. It was a year many couldn't wait for it to be over. While it had it's ups and downs, for me on a personal level it was one of my most fun years yet.
I fell in love with an incredible guy. Told a lot of incredible stories for work. Was nominated for an Emmy. Traveled to 12 different cities. Ate a ton of really great food. Overall, not a bad year.
I always feel like it's important to reflect back on the year past before you look forward to the year ahead. I made resolutions last year and looking back...well I didn't really accomplish many of them.
Tell me, do you set resolutions? How do you stick to them?
Resolutions or not, I'm hoping 2017 is half as fun as 2016!
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