Alyssa: The Triple Threat

Can do it all. And modest to boot.

Favorite Things

Posted: April 2, 2011 | Author: Alyssa | Filed under: Alyssa | No Comments »

I wish I could say that this was going to be like Oprah’s favorite things where you all get a bunch of awesome stuff as you read this, but I think its time for us to face some facts… I’m not Oprah.  I know, I know, in some ways we are just alike.  I mean just like Oprah I am adored by all, have a dedication to education, and have an awesome best friend,  but thats about where the similarities end.  If I were like her in the fact that she has a squillion dollars to with as she pleases, trust me, you guys would all be getting some sweet swag.  Alas, I am broke, so you guys just get to read all about my favorite things and pine. 

I know this is a food blog, but not all of these things are food related, so deal with it.

1.  Free time.  Boyfriend and I just went on our first vacation together, and to be honest it was both of our first vacation with a significant other.  And if that wasn’t a big enough step for you, we also took it as an opportunity for him to meet my family.  It was so much fun, I didn’t want it to end.  For those of you that don’t know, boy and I live about 700 miles apart, so just the fact that we got to spend 5 days together continuously was awesome.  But also, we got to hang out at the beach, watch the waves, and chill at a tiki bar, so…not so terrible right?  Now because this is a food blog, I will in fact give you a run down of two of the places we went that really stand out in my head.  First and foremost, if you are ever in Myrtle Beach or the surrounding area you should definitely check out the Ultimate California Pizza.  I love pizza, but this is probably the best pizza I’ve ever had.  The crust is amazing and I’m super jealous and I want to learn how to make it, and you can put pretty much anything on it.  Delicious.  We went for the sausage, onion and bacon, but I’m sure anything would be great on it.  Boy isn’t really into things like mushrooms or olives (my two favs), so next time I think I’m just going to have to get my own pizza ;) .  Second, is a place that I don’t remember the name of, but its not really the exact place we went to rather the idea behind it.  We tried out a Brazilian steak house for the first time and all I can say is holy crap.  If you like meat, I would seriously consider this option.  All the sides are serve yourself buffet and the meat is served tableside.  Basically guys come around with tons of different kinds of meat and you can try whatever you want.  I honestly thing I had probably about 10 kinds of meat that night.  It was super good, although this is definitely a place where you will eat too much. 

On the last day of our vacation we went down to visit my family, which was really exciting.  I got to hang out with my neice and nephew who are getting so big and are just freaking ADORABLE.  It was good to see everyone and I’m really glad that boyfriend finally got to meet more of my family. 

2. The Kitchenaid Professional 600 series stand mixer.  It is a kitchen rockstar.  I still love my Artisan series, don’t think that I don’t, but if my mixer is Greenday, then the P600 is The Beatles. Like the bands, I love them both, and I grew up loving the Artisan, but its just a different level than the P600. 

3.  Cooking days.  Getting back from vacation was sad, but I still had a few days off so I have had plenty of time to cook and cook and cook.  Wednesday was particularly good, I made two loaves of bread (one of which will become bread pudding), sausage and mushroom risotto, and chicken stock (half of which went on to become chicken soup).  This weekend however, will be more like prep days.  We head back to school on Monday so I am trying to build up a stock of good meals and snacks because I know I’m going to be exhausted for the first week.  Although now that is (kind of) spring I have a lot more fruit and veg choices which is pretty sweet. 

4.  My new Champion fitness tone sneakers.  They don’t look stupid like the origninal “tone up” sneakers, and they were about 1/4 of the price at Payless and if the soreness in my calfs and ass have anything to say about it, they do SOMETHING.  I’m not expecting a total transformation, but every little bt helps right?  Actually, while I’m at it…

5.  Payless Shoe Source.  My sisters have instilled an unhealthy love of shoes in my mind, so going to PSS is like a little kid going to Disney.  Especially during summer when I can get all kind of cute summer sandles.  yay!

So there you go, a little food, a little random, and a lot of favorite…

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