Disaster at Cinque Terre

10 Nov

On October 25, 2011 there was a terrible flood and mudslide that destroyed much of one of my favorite places in Italy, Cinque Terre. The disaster killed nine people and damaged a large portion of two of the popular villages: Vernazza and Monterosso. The good news is that the community has come together to rebuild the villages. The disaster  website  recently announced that the mud and debris is now being cleared from the area. Many tourists come to Cinque Terre each year to hike from village to village overlooking the coast. There are restaurants along the way to try the famous pesto pasta, delicious wine and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Photo From: http://savevernazza.com/

 

 

The Kitchen[Next Door]

2 Nov

I am in a public relations course and was given the assignment to start a campaign for a local Boulder business. I have always loved the restaurant The Kitchen on Pearl Street, so I figured they would be a great choice. My group and I met with the person in charge of their PR and learned that they do so much more for the community then serve great food. They hold a “Community Day” every Monday at their more causal restaurant adjacent to The Kitchen called The Kitchen[Next Door]. On Community Day 100% of every kids meal goes towards creating gardens in a local elementary school. The Kitchen also recently strated a nonprofit organization called “The Community”. The organization strives to create “learning gardens,” which are part of the school playground, in elementary schools to connect kids to real food. If you ever get a chance to visit Boulder and try The Kitchen, I would definitely recommend their famous tomato soup! However, their menu seasonally so there are a few dishes like their pumpkin stew I can’t wait to try. I never knew giving back could be so delicious : )

Here are some pictures I got from their website The Kitchen

Learning Garden in Denver

Delicious Tomato Soup

SO true haha

20 Oct

Ruminations.com

13 Oct

Obsessed…

4 Oct

I recently stumbled upon a hair and makeup blog The Beauty Department. I am OBSESSED! It has great ideas for new styles and even tutorials to teach you how to do them! My friend Ashley has been trying out some of the hairstyles on all the girls in our house and they turned out really cute and easy. The author of the blog is Lauren Conrad’s stylist. Here are some of my favorite looks:

The Ballerina Bun. Such an easy look for days when you need a quick hairstyle and don’t want to wash your hair. You can dress it up with cat eyes and red lips to go out or with simple jeans and a t-shirt for class or work!

The Fishtail Braid. We haven’t mastered braiding our own hair yet, but our friend Ashley does it to my friends and I all the time! My friends have even started teasing me because I LOVE wearing the fishtail to workout..what can I say I feel a little like Maria Sharapova haha. Put your hair in a high ponytail first and then fishtail braid it, it is GREAT!

This is why I love Boulder..

21 Sep

While I have been trapped studying at Norlin Library all day, I decided to take a little study break on facebook (per usual). I was flipping through pictures and this one reminded me of one of the reasons why I love Boulder: the flatirons. My friends and I try to go at least once a week, since it is unreal we live five minutes away from something so beautiful. I can’t say we also get oudoorsy and hike every time, but it is so relaxing to roll down your windows and drive to the top to look over the city. This picture is from our last trip : )

Couscous Taco Salad

20 Sep

After about a month of cooking for myself, I finally got sick of cooking pasta and chicken for dinner every night. One of my roommates Chelsea is an amazing cook and inspired me to get adventurous and try some new recipes! I found a recipe for Israeli Couscous Taco Salad on the blog “What’s Gabby Cooking?” and made it last night. It was SO easy, quick (literally it took ten minutes), and made a lot so you can share it with friends or save it for busy days.

Bad picture, I swear it tastes better than it looks…
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Israeli Couscous
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked and drained
  • 2 ears corn, kernels removed
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 California Avocados, seeded and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the Israeli Couscous according to the package directions. Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine the red bell pepper, black beans, corn, scallions, cilantro, salsa and lime juice. Mix together.
  3. Add the Israeli Couscous and toss together. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust lime juice if needed.
  4. Before serving, add chopped avocado. (I recommend 1 avocado for every 2 servings.