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Last week I stumbled upon Madrid’s famous Mercado de San Miguel. Packed with people and colorful, fresh cuisine, it’s one of the city’s most popular hangouts for foodies like me. Offering a spread of more than 30 gourmet vendors, the market is the perfect place for the indecisive eater - you can choose nearly any food you desire! Plus, mixing and matching is highly encouraged.
From the moment I walked inside, the smell of the freshly prepared Spanish cuisine was enough to make me want to eat everything I could get my hands on. And, as an American, I was desperate to try (and love!) each Spanish delicacy before my time in Spain ran out. Though ordering in Spanish was a bit difficult (read: VERY difficult), I tried my best to get by on a little Spanish and a LOT of nervous smiles. And in the end, I think I lucked out! I set myself up with a glass of sangria, a tapas-style serving of chicken paella and a mountain of burrata cheese. The perfect start to an afternoon.
Spaniards will come to Mercado de San Miguel for hours with friends – to grab a bite to eat, to chat, to enjoy life, even to buy produce. And I started thinking that maybe we can take a page out of their book. We, too, can learn to love markets and food halls as much as they do!
So my advice for now is to do as the Spaniards do: stop for a while and take a walk through your nearest food hall or famers market. Take a few hours to drink, eat and laugh with your friends while spending a day getting lost in food. You’ll be amazed at what you will discover.
And if you can’t make the trek to Madrid for some authentic sangria and paella, don’t fret! Here are some great markets that you can check out closer to home:
Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco – situated along the banks of the San Francisco Bay, this sprawling waterfront market has its fair share of chowders, coffees and wines to keep you warm on chilly San Francisco nights.
Chelsea Market, New York City – just steps away from the Big Apple’s famous High Line, the Chelsea Market offers more than 35 vendors serving gourmet treats from around the world. Yum!
Farmers Market at The Grove, Los Angeles – located in the heart of Los Angeles, this colorful outdoor food hall has been a tinseltown staple since 1934. You can find all kinds of homemade, farm fresh delicacies here from potatoes to pastries, so choose wisely! And the best part of the market for Angelenos? Free parking with validation, of course.
Pike Place Market, Seattle – If the freshest seafood and veggies are what you seek, then Seattle’s Pike Place Market is the place for you! No doubt you’ve already seen its famous exterior in photos and movies.
Chicago French Market, Chicago – head on over to the Chicago French Market for a sampling of the some of the best cheeses and wines that the windy city has to offer. This indoor mecca even has Paris-inspired street signs!
Do you love food halls as much as I do? Any cool markets that I missed? Comment below!
Happy Friday everyone!
Here's a roundup of our favorites from the week:
This looks like a great idea:
image via Pinterest
Karen found this nail art inspiration and got something similar done for her trip to Vegas this weekend:
We caught this sweet moment last Sunday:
Honestly Yum is right:
Getting really excited about new sandals:
It's Friday- so we decided to go on a little field trip and we packed our favorite spring flat, GLO. First person to comment with the intersection where we were wins a free pair!
What's the weather like where you are? Any good plans for the weekend?
So I already admitted I tried out the whole online dating thing. I dabbled in Tindr for just a moment, but the majority of my dates I landed on the infamous, OkCupid. My beef with online dating is it's really quite hard to tell from an online profile and small sampling of old photographs just how this person translates in person. Also, impossible to determine intentions.
I've never go on a date thinking, wow you sound awful; that makes no sense. It's always, wow you did a great job at making yourself sound awesome, but what are you really like.
Here's 5 kinds of guys you'll find online:
The guy who's way too interested. Clearly, this guy is new to OkCupid because on the first date he's talking about future plans while staring deep into your eyes with a wide-eyed grin. He has an idealistic and completely unrealistic vision of meeting a nice girl online, going steady and living happily ever after. He hasn't yet realized you're not that nice and it's not that easy; anyone using online dating for more than 5 minutes has their guards up, expectations lowered and that enthusiasm is long gone.
The guy who takes ridiculously good pictures, but in real life he's cross-eyed and balding. This is the worst feeling. I'd like to think I'm not very shallow and really value killer personality, honesty, kindness, and of course, hilarious jokes above rock hard abs and twinkle teeth, but I also need to want to kiss you. That's part of the whole dating thing, or so I pray.
The guy who will never make you laugh, but you will laugh at. This is the guy you meet and think, ok, you look like your pictures, normal, not getting the urge to run, so you sit down. Then you attempt to spark conversation and you're instantly so bored you're looking for a second drink before you've ordered the first. Nothing this man says will strike a chord, until you leave and call your girlfriend. And then every thing he wore, said, and fumbled through, you will both find hilarious as you laugh about the awfulness that was and is thankfully, over now.
The guy who doesn't drink. Well, in my case, you'll never actually meet this one. You start texting to arrange a meeting place and he puts in a request for tea time, you think... no wine, no whisky? This cannot happen. I'm looking for a mate so I don't have to continue drinking alone.
The guy who can't kiss. Yes, this still happens post middle school. I don't understand- just be prepared. All I know for sure is if the kissing isn't good, just stop. Do not press go, do not move to second base, because if the kiss is bad, it will all be bad. Trust me here; this theory's been tested and proven.
Have you tried out online dating? What kinds of blokes have you crossed paths with? Funny, frank and heartwarming stories welcome!
It's Friday! Holy smokes, it sure took it's sweet time. Tuesday felt like the day that never ended, but all in all, it's been a pretty great week. The sun's been shining bright in SoCal and I've been able to rock our new sandals, so that's amazing. Pretty incredible what the ability to wear open-toed shoes in February can do to a person... I'm so sorry to all of you still stuck in the polar vortex, buried under snow and slush. Uck, slush. Come visit us in Los Angeles before you turn into polar bears!!
Here's some things that made my week:
As I mentioned, sandals. These puppies just arrived and I'm obsessed. Super comfortable and very stylish, in my opinion. Because I'm all about style, I am a lady. ;)
This soup looks SO TASTY!!! Is there anything I love more than cumin & cauliflower? O yes, that in soup form. I can't wait to make this!
After getting inspired blogging for Blowfish and interacting with our lovely bloggers, I got inspired to start my own and it went live this week! I'm most definitley very excited and feeling accomplished. So check it out!
Also this ring. Because who doesn't need a gold-plated shark tooth ring?
What are your favorite moments from the week? Post a pic on instagram with #blowfishfridaylove & we'll pick a winner on Monday!!! Winner gets a free pair of sandals to get you ready for Spring!! :)
So we like to think that everything that is a trend each season is super cool and something we’re all on board with.
Buttttt………. Lets be real, trends and styles are not for everyone or even suited to everyone! We are all different and beautiful in our own way RIGHT?
So in saying that I have to write about this Spring 2014 trend that keeps popping up, introducing:
See the pictures below, yay or nay?
1. See by Chloe 2. Isabel Marant 3. Kenzo 4. Zara 5. Isabel Marant
(Images Courtesy of Refinery 29)
And at Blowfish Shoes we tried to do our own cute version this year….
Shop Geela, here.
That’s all folks!
Well ladies, the holidays are over and somehow January was another expensive month and I can't quite figure out why. I don't know about you, but I'm a bit over budget and looking to really cut out extraneous expenditures in February. I've been thinking it may be time to start giving a little love to my savings account. I've had a bad habit as of late of living paycheck to paycheck. It's ok. My brother claims, it's all part of the process.
Here's how I'm going to work on saving in February and beyond:
Write up a budget.
I use a google doc spreadsheet and list out all my credit card balances, checking/savings account balances, and then what I make and what my expenses are every two weeks. This helps me plan a bit in advance if I have doctor appointments, bills, or plans with friends that I know I need to budget for. Getting ahead of your spending is the first step!
Work in cash.
It may sound silly, but give yourself an allowance. Decide how much money you are going to spend each week and take it out in cash. This way you can really see where and how quickly your precious bills are headed.
To all my 21+ friends, alcohol is expensive. Maybe you think that $8 of wine is a great deal, and maybe it is, but a few of those a week and you're looking at over $100/month on alcohol. Try cutting back to one night a week spending the extra cash on booze. After a month of sobriety, I can tell you that being the only sober one at the party, really isn't all that bad.
If you notice you're broccoli is about to bite the dust, figure out how you can save it! I bet Pinterest has a few recipes where you just need to add a couple extra ingredients (that you may already have!) to make another meal rather than trash! I started doing this and freezing my leftovers and it has made a huge difference on my monthly grocery tab!
Make a list.
Don't go to the grocery store listless and hungry. That's when I buy about 42 things I don't need and get really surprised when the checkout person tells me the total. Excuse me, what?! You're telling me I came unprepared and hungry AGAIN. Darn.
There's my tips for this month! I'll be back again, but for now... what are your tips on saving that cabbage? (Cabbage means money for those unfamiliar with rapgenius.com) Comment below!
Happy Valentine's Day! We just wanted to say we love you. Have a happy Friday and a lovely weekend.
Holy Valentine's Day. Is it just me, or has the internet completely flooded with lovey dovey everything? Dearest single friends, don't let this get you down! Being single is fun and don't let all these date night ideas, bouquets, and fancy bling start making you think otherwise. Sure, love is cool, but be patient and soak up your singledom while you have it. Because once it's gone, life sans someone is a heck of a lot different than riding solo.
1. Saturday rolls around and no one there to judge as you cram cold pizza in your face before opening your eyes.
2. No one to steal your covers.
3. You regulate the thermostat.
4. Granny panties? They're comfy as heck.
5. Shaved legs? Who cares!
6. Only you decide what's for dinner.
7. No one to tell you not to buy those shoes.
8. Bedtime's when you say so. And you rock that retainer, girl!
9. No need to speak or answer any questions until after you arrive at work. (This might be my favorite. Silence and coffee until 8:30am is my happy place.)
10. Real boyfriends might be nice, but that made up vision in your mind of Mr. Right- he is absolutely perfect. Why mess that up?
So ladies, when Friday rolls around, give yourself a big hug, lots of love, splurge on some flowers, or a new pair of shoes and remember, that being alone is actually pretty amazing. Right? Plus, you're never really alone. Call up a good friend (who may also be single) and eat chocolate covered strawberries with them!
Guys, I've jumped onto the hummus boat. For a while it was soup, then muffins, now hummus. I started out with a plain garlic/lemon, moved onto beet, and then edamame. And let me tell you, this edamame hummus is a clear winner. I had a package of frozen edamame beans in my freezer for over 8 months and I know this because I moved it from my last apartment to my current apartment. I know, ridiculous. I have no excuse other than wasting food feels wrong to me, hence my obsession with all things freezable. Hummus is not one of these things, so I am working on making the perfect amount to get me through exactly 5 days. Fresh hummus just doesn't last as long as the store bought kind, but it is so much better.
Anyways, I highly recommend you join me in jumping onto this hummus boat. It makes for the perfect healthy snack atop toast, crackers, or for carrot dunking. I love a good carrot dunking dip. Can we agree?
Onto the recipe...
1 package of frozen edamame (completely thawed)
2 tbsp. tahini
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tbs. sesame oil
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp. fresh ginger
Salt & Pepper
Juice from half a lemon
Cumin (to taste)
Sriracha (to taste)
Dump it in the food processor. Blend til smooth. Too thick? Add oil. Not spicy enough? Add sriracha. Place in bowl & dip away, my friends.
Can we just talk for one second about how ridiculously happy I look nomming down on this? Apparently homemade hummus is my happy place.
So, I kind of made it through my January 'cleanse'. I wanted to start off 2014 with a clear mind- so naturally, cleanse time! I didn't have any alcohol for the entire month (phew! so glad that's over!) and I went the first two weeks only eating fruits, vegetables and a whole lot of juice. The second two weeks I planned to cut out gluten, dairy, soy, meat and processed foods, but that didn't work out so much. I ate pretty healthy all month, but after the first two weeks of fiber overload, I had a one night stand with frozen pizza and then had a hard time staying away.
It was the day I added coffee back in, all hell broke loose. You see, when I try to cut out everything under the sun, I find ways to eat other things in excess... like honey and nuts mostly. Too many nuts and too much honey and I promise, I felt like Pooh (pun intended). Three different kinds of nut butters in my fridge right now. Someone went crazy with the food processor, but I'm not naming any names.
So glad February is here. January was interesting and rather trying, but I learned a lot. Mostly that cutting everything out is not the answer. When I wasn't eating a full range of protein, carbs, etc., I was getting massive headaches. Even though I felt lighter when I cut out bread, and cheese and meat, I didn't necessarily feel better. It's all about the balance. And, unfortunately, no matter how well I eat, if I don't combine this healthy eating practice with a healthy exercise regime, I feel far from optimum. So, I joined a yoga studio. I've gone the past four days in a row and I can already feel big changes in my body, or at least a whole lot of soreness.
Funny, how it's easier to instinctually know what my body wants, whether that be sleep, food, water, or some mental stimulation, when I'm moving my body. It's like that just makes too much sense. Like today, my body told me I didn't want a donut after all the bagels and pizza I ate at last night's Super Bowl bash. But then my brain said, but they're from Dunkin Donuts... Guess who won?
I swear, it's all about balance. I'm going to work off those sprinkles in my tree pose tonight!