Thursday
Jun132013

Bring on the BLT's: Bebe Loves Her Bacon

 

Bebe has clearly had bacon on the petit brain.

Early on in my pregnancy, and even now, it is the one constant item I am craving. I had an insatiable appetite for pineapple in my first trimester but that quickly fell by the wayside, to be replaced by BACON.  I am not even much of a meat eater (sorry to the vegeatrians out there, this post is an ode to pork). 

I have had many variations of this sandwich in rotation but this was one of my finest examples.

Let's call it Bebe's Bacon and Egg melt.

 

Ingredients:

4-5 slices thick cut bacon

radish, thinly sliced

greens

1 fried egg

avocado slices

manchego slices

fresh bread

spicy aioli (recipe below)

Directions:

Bake bacon in oven (easiest, and cleanest way to "fry" it up), until brown and crisp, at 400 degrees. Toast bread with manchego, or a tasty cheese of your choosing...finding pasteurized is always a challenge! Spread one side of bread with aioli. Layer all ingredients, et voila!

Spicy Aioli:

Mix 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, sriracha (to taste), 1-2 cloves minced garlic, salt, pepper,  and lemon.

Tuesday
Jun112013

Dressing the Boho Bump: Week 27 

Above: Zara caftan dress (similar), Zara woven tote, Zara necklace, Erotokritos sandals, Ray Ban Aviators

 

Well it's official, my belly popped. Big time! Fitting since I just entered the third trimester, right?

I have been wearing this Zara caftan non stop in the last few weeks- it's a size medium and still has plenty of room for the bump to expand, thankfully.

This particular outing/wearing was on that sizzling hot day last week, where it was like 95 degrees?! Between my belly and the heat I was a real slowsky! Renata, fellow blogger extraordinare at Scorpion Disco was good enough to grab lunch with me downtown (which was more, me stuffing my face while she nibbled daintily on a cookie), and then stroll around town....basically making sure I didn't pass out from the heat. 

We strolled Newbury, hitting the new Warby Parker, where I picked up the fabulous fillmore (instagram shot here!). From there we perused the new Steven Alan space, where I tried on a killer Lauren Moffat dress and top, and picked up this Demy Lee t-shirt (instagram shot here!). It's soft as can be, swingy in all the right spots, and perfect for baby now and after. This is actually a size small and more than generous enough for the expanding bebe Z. Final destination, Peruvian Connection, yet ANOTHER new space that just opened on Newbury St. I am still waiting for this jacket from the fall collection to be available, it's reminiscent of my fave Isabel Marant, minus the price tag. 

Lot's opening and going on downtown! Anything I missed? Can't miss? Keep me posted people!

Friday
Jun072013

Quick Week Night Fixings: Steak and Potato Pizza & Gabbiano Wine

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Weeknight staples. We all have them. Usually frozen for emergency purposes and meals.

Right now, mine is ready made pizza dough. I confess, it has been almost a weekly indulgence at this point. That could be attributed to the fact that we have yet to find a good, local pizza spot though......any recommendations in the Milton/Dorchester/Quincy type area?!

I'll often try and gussy the pizza up with what ever I have on hand in the fridgedaire. Last week's offerings: leftover roasted potatoes and steak tips. I added some fig spread in lieu of tomato sauce, thinly sliced the steak and potato, and layered it up with some blue cheese and fresh mozzarella. Bake at 420 degrees for about 15-20 minutes et voila. Tempting to say one doesn't need take out. But I do. Recommendations please!

Now, my wine consumption has obviously been curbed with bebe on board, but I have a wine pairing to share with this weeknight meal, as well. Husband perfectly paired this pizza with a red blend of merlot and cab, from Gabbiano (who recently partnered with Alton Lane, a bespoke tailor on Newbury St, for a wonderful local event, photos here), their 2009 Alleanza.  

I gave it a sniff and can confirm that the bouquet is a delight; fruity, floral, utterly pleasant. Though the wine hails from the Chianti region of Italy, it is a very new world offering- a blend that would surely please people who love California, French and Italian varietals. Tasting notes from Mr. MPCC: ripe dark fruity flavors, soft tannins and very well balanced. This is major, considering his wine snob ways and old world preference. Mr. and Mrs. MPCC approved. 

 

**Wine provided c/o Gabbiano. All tasting notes and opinions are entirely those of Mr. MPCC.