Jewelry: David Yurman, Hat: Vintage, similar here
Coat: Trina Turk old, similar here and here, Top: J Crew Factory, Skirt: J Crew Factory Earrings: Slane
Jewelry: David Yurman, Hat: Vintage, similar here
Last week I introduced the first meal we made with our Blue Apron food box. If you are unfamiliar with the service, recap here.
The second meal in our box was Pulled Chicken Tacos.
I will say this was probably my least favorite of our three meals. The star of the show was definitely the Jicama & Avocado salad, more on that later.
First of course, start by prepping the ingredients. I would like to give myself a pat on the back for making it through all of these meals without a zester. The proper equipment has been acquired for future zesting. Moving on.
I had never seen jicama nor cooked with it. It basically looks like a potato and has a consistency somewhere between potato and pear, and the flavor has a bit of sweetness. I was pretty much sneaking snacks of jicama throughout this whole cooking process.
Cooking began with adding the aromatics, onions and garlic, and "knick knacks," which are just spices. This photo showcases not only the knick knacks, but my finger that I cut zesting. Player doesn't have band aids so that's toilet paper and sports tape...also the only scenario in which I'll ever need sports tape.
Smells delicious. In goes the sauce and the chicken.
While that simmers, jicama and avocado salad prep commences.
This salad was so delicious. It's one avocado, jicama, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, and s&p to taste.
It was such a great side for tacos and just a great fresh salad for anytime. Would make a great, healthy lunch!
Once the chicken is done, you remove to a cutting board and "pull" the chicken. The chicken then goes back into the sauce and is ready for filling tacos.
"Feed me." -Mac
Pulled Chicken Tacos with Jicama & Avocado Salad
More Blue Apron success to come...
Shell: J. Crew Factory, Top: Old Navy, Skirt: J. Crew Factory, Shoes: Tory Burch old, similar here, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Jewelry: David Yurman and Michael Kors
It's pretty sweet and currently only available in San Francisco, Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham/CH.
We're on the cutting edge, yall.
Game table with class, $280.
This sideboard is amazing, $595.
Has everyone heard of Move Loot? It's kind of brilliant.
It's the new way to buy and sell furniture without having to deal with the craigslist of it all.
It's basically furniture consignment.
Open Warehouse in Durham this Saturday, 10-2!
So for sellers, you submit the piece of furniture that you would like to sell to Move Loot. Within 24 hours they contact you with a pickup time. That's right, they come to your house and collect your items, including breaking down/disassembling. You decide how you want to price your item and Move Loot takes professional pictures and uploads your item to their marketplace.
If your item does not sell within the first 30 days, it is marked down up to 40%. If your item does not sell within 60 days, you can donate or pick up the item. You can also have it returned to you for a small fee.
When/if your item does sell, you receive 50% of the sell price or 70% in Loot Bucks, which can be used for purchases on Move Loot.
For buyers, simply visit MoveLoot.com. There are tons of items available in the marketplace. The website is very user friendly and well organized. The photos are great and wonderfully detailed. Once you have chosen your items, pay for them and select a delivery date. Move Loot will deliver and assemble your items free of charge for purchases over $99.
Here are some of my favorite Move Loot finds so far...
I so wish I needed twin beds right now! $150
Award season is the best you guys.
This color is stunning on Julianne Moore. I wish the straps had pulled everything up about an inch and I wish that her hair had done anything. Either way she's having some major Givenchy moments this year.
Emma Stone can do no wrong in Dior Haute Couture.
I will admit I was not head over heels with this at first, but the more I see it the more I love it.
Love a fashion risk.
This color is perfect on Uzo Aduba in Angel Sanchez.
Balenciaga perfection on Felicity Jones.
I loved this custom Vera Wang. As a fellow flat chested lady in crime, I applaud you, Sarah Hyland.
My favorite, hands down. Tatiana Maslany in Oscar de la Renta
Ps. How cute was Debbie Reynolds/Grace Adler's mom winning her lifetime achievement award? Hello, thigh high slit. I fully intend to be head to toe in sequins and beading as often as possible at this age.
Well...any age really.
She's a doll and will always be Bobbi Adler to me.
Told you, Told you, Told you so!
BA suggests that you cook any meal that includes seafood first to ensure peak freshness. So, we started out the week with Thai Shrimp Soup.
I had heard great things about Blue Apron and my mom was lovely enough to give me (and Player) a week of Blue Apron for Christmas. Blue Apron is a service that sends you meals to prepare weekly. We chose the 3 meals for 2 people plan, there is also a family plan if you have a bigger group. The box arrives with everything you need to prepare three meals. All ingredients are pre-measured and packaged individually which makes it all very simple. They have a menu card for each meal with detailed instructions. Here's what happened...
I should start by saying I've never attempted curry. We both love it, but for some reason asian cuisine is really intimidating to me. However, having everything perfectly organized made it much easier to tackle. The first step is prepping all of the ingredients. This included prepping lemongrass which I had never seen before in my life, it's those long stalks at the top.
In all three of the meals prepping the ingredients was the longest part. Throwing the actual meal together was a snap. Prep took about 30 minutes depending on your knife skillz. The recipe card tells you exactly how to cut everything and even more detailed instructions about things like lemongrass. There are also helpful tips about each meal they will email you or you can find on the website.
Really proud of that lime drop Player captured. Slow claps all around.
Basically everything goes into the pot and simmers until the shrimp is cooked through. This was also my first experience with coconut milk and it was delightful. While this is simmering, prepare the jasmine rice to pour it over and voila...
We both thought this was delicious. Like, as good, if not better than takeout.
It also really helped me get more comfortable with ingredients I had never seen or used before. I would definitely attempt a coconut curry again on my own.
More BA meals next week.
I was not ready to come back to work today. Need more vacay.
We saw American Sniper yesterday and it's awesome, intense, and kind of surreal.
There was complete silence leaving the theater which was really eerie.
Bradley Cooper was amazing. I mean so good.
We also saw Boyhood. It's incredibly long. The fact that it was filmed over a 12 year period is it's only redeeming quality in my opinion.
Next up on my must see list pre-Oscars are Birdman, Wild, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, and
The Imitation Game.
Really excited about PG Werth's Restaurant and Market opening on Friday. Their brunch menu looks amazing.
That's all for now. MCJ tonight you guys.
H&M is having a random sale through 1/19 and I've found a few things to add to my cart.
Loving these storage baskets for $10!
Also loving this chintzy floral velvet pillow cover
I find myself always needing white tops. I think this is a great addition assuming it's not see through.
Great top for $10!
I'm going to need to see these in person, but I think I want them. I'm in search of leather.
Raleigh, NC girl with a passion for all things style.