Cookies and Closings

The week of October 13th was an exciting one to say the least! It was a busy and odd week that kinda ran together and felt super long at the same time. To sum it up there were cookies and we (finally!) closed on selling our house!!

We tried a new make your own pizza place on Wednesday called Pizza Press. It was delicious, but I would pick Blaze any day of the week!

On Thursday came some cookies we ordered! We had to try out some of Bang Cookies new flavors (and some oldies, but goodies). We waited till the weekend to try them, but they were delicious none the less. We wanted to try all the flavors so we only ate half each and froze the other half.

Thursday is also the day we got the text confirming that we had finished the process of selling our house! It was a very bittersweet moment. We obviously had loved our little home in the Valley and put a lot of effort into making it go from house to home, but we were very happy and relieved to have finished the selling process.

This was the first home we bought together and boy did we learn so much! It was quite the journey ❤️

I was also working Thursday and Friday so it was a bit of a blur!

Our weekend was kicked off on Saturday with a workout and breakfast at Denny’s. We both ordered the same veggie sizzlin’ skillets. and shared half of a pumpkin crackle cookie.

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We walked around and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and walked into a Barnes and Noble. I headed into my favorite section which happened to have some really interesting and funny finds.

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I also noted this book that I want to buy at some point!

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We also did some grocery shopping so our Sunday selves would thank us 🙂

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After dropping off groceries and dropping in some laundry we headed out for a nice walk and some caffeine.

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When we came back we went to TJ Maxx and got this gorgeous, fluffy blanket from TJ Maxx and some fun wrapping paper from Target!

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By the time we came back we were in much need of a snack so I had some TJ’s Harvest Chili and sourdough toast. We may or may not have had half of this cinnamon whiskey crackle…by “we may” I mean we definitely did.

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I finished up laundry while hubs wrapped up a present and we enjoyed some In n’ Out and more cookies for dinner!

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I don’t know about you, but that is a pretty productive week for us! I hope you guys are having a great start to your weeks and I would love to know what you’ve been up to-let’s talk in the comments!

Comfort food and cozy vibes

I don’t know if it’s because the temps got slightly cooler here or what, but we’ve been eating some serious comfort foods and so I have some fun random pictures to share with you guys.

After looking high and low for a bagel place here we have finally maybe found one! I really wanted a bagel one Saturday and after a nice long hike we found one at 42nd Street Bagel Cafe. I got the super onion bagel with lox (they were out of the everything bagel 😦 ). This bagel reminded me so much of a NY bagel-it was chewy with a dense crumb and I would definitely come back and get some Sunday morning bagels!

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This was a big comfort food night at Yard House. We ordered what felt like everything-the chicken lettuce wraps, buffalo cauliflower, roasted Brussel sprouts and potatoes, cheeseburger, and the truffle fries.

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My favorite thing here had to be the lettuce wraps and they were so delicious that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them-so much so that I am making shrimp lettuce wraps tonight!

We grabbed some sweet treats from Sprout’s and some of these were good and others not so much. The glazed lemon cookie was a not favorite. The glaze was so sweet and didn’t pair well with the lemon cookie. The rest were actually pretty yummy!

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In order to balance out all the comfort food I went to Panera and ordered a Mediterranean grain bowl. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. The rice, chicken, hummus, and all the fresh ingredients were really delicious! I would get this again without the dollop of yogurt on the side.

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I ordered this fish dish from Luna Modern Mexican Grill when I went out to lunch with the girls. It was pretty, but not the best thing I’ve ever had…

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Of course, we love sweets a lot in this house and whether that’s cookies or ice-cream we’ve been eating it all!

Have you guys been feeling the need for comfort food recently? How are the temps where you’re living?

Labor Day Weekend

The only thing I love more than a good relaxing weekend is a good relaxing weekend of good eats!

I actually have some eats from the week mixed in because good food is good food no matter when you eat it. Also, I think my brain is tired so forgive me if I say some off the wall things in this post 🙂

On Tuesday I had this simple breakfast of egg frittata from Trader Joes, a waffle and some blackberries. The egg frittata has been compared to the Starbuck’s sous vide egg bites, but this was not my favorite on it’s own. I did put it in a tortilla later in the week with some cheese and enjoyed it MUCH more that way.

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For dinner that night we had some leftover ground beef so hubby whipped up some burgers and we are still on the carrot fries kick!

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Fast forward to Thursday night our Gobble box arrived. Since we both had work and hubs actually had to work late we made a dish from the box on Friday night: Souvlaki marinated salmon…I’ll do a whole post about this later on this week!

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Saturday morning included workouts and grocery shopping! I was starving and decided to pick up a turkey pesto sandwich from Sprout’s. Sometimes a sandwich and some potato chips just hits the spot and it deffo did…noms! I was only able to eat half the sammie and half the chips before I was full.

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We made an early dinner (linner, really) of the baked eggs in channa masala from Gobble before hubby had to head out to a work thing. I ended up hanging out and binging on all the reality TV on Hulu.

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It was a little past 10:30pm when he was heading home and I was feeling the hungers again and Blaze sounded like a great idea so we picked me up a simple pie. I ate the whole things minus 2 slices. The hubs ate one of those….

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I ate the last slice with some tomatoes the next day (banana for dessert)!

Sunday was our first full day off together so we made the most of it and headed to Santa Monica. I really wanted Sidecar Doughnuts and went for their yeast glazed doughnut. They are just so good! You can’t go wrong with this place.

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We were both pretty tired as we walked around so we decided to grab a snack. I’m normally not an energy drink person, but I just felt like the day called for it. I saw this Alani Nu in Hawaiian shaved ice and felt like it sounded so incredible. The hubs found some gummies.

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The energy drink was DELISH! LOVED IT! The gummies were not great, BUT hubby totally enjoyed them. He loved them so much he bought a few more the next day!

We picked up a few baked goods and headed home to make some burgers (we have a serious problem with burgers).

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Burgers-delicious! Sadly dessert did not go as well…we had stopped by Milk Bar and Alcove. The cookie and birthday cake truffles from Milk Bar were good, but for whatever reason the cakes from Alcove were not.

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Alcove has been our go to cake spot and we were a bit bummed, but what is a girl to do?

The next day we did some more grocery shopping for the week and made our last Gobble dinner. It was a honey harissa shrimp dish!

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We finished up any left over dessert and called it a weekend!

How was your LDW? Let me know in the comments what you guys did!

 

NY Day 2: The day of 3 Pizzas

NY day 2 started the similarly to the way day 1 started-coffee and a bagel. This time with a bit of a further walk…I think the place was called Lola’s.

After showering up we headed back to the city for some more exploring! We had some plans on what we wanted to do for the day and our first stop was this NYC institution.

We bought a chocolate chip and a chocolate peanut butter chip and my oh my were these cookies incredible!

After securing our dessert we stopped by a pizza place called Made in New York Pizza.

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Quite possibly my favorite slices of the trip!

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We walked around exploring the area and found our way to Central Park. If the first day was cold and rainy, the second was sunny and pretty warm. We took off our jackets and found an ice-cream truck!

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We walked some more and headed to a subway station to head to another NYC institution-Katz Deli.

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Okay, don’t kill me for saying this, but I have to be honest. As a foodie, I am so glad we went! It’s a place I would have always wondered about if we hadn’t gone. As a foodie, I felt a bit let down because the food was just okay? Maybe I missed something!

If you’ve been to Katz let me know what you thought?

For our dessert stop we found a Black Tap that was super close and couldn’t resist. This is something that’s been on our list for YEARS and let’s just say it did not disappoint!

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We shared this monstrosity and felt like we were 10 years old again! Super giddy on sugar we walked around explored some more. We explored Chinatown and found a million little stores selling the same little touristy trinkets!

It was time for another food stop, another slice of pizza! Prince Street Pizza had a line that went quickly and a slice that was worth the wait. We devoured this slice and walked some more contemplating our evening plans.

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We found ourselves in Washington Square Park and sat down as it started sprinkling down some rain.

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We were torn between a few things and finally decided on some live music. We were not disappointed by any means! This band played R&B and hiphop and man were they good! We had so much fun singing and swaying to the music…

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Right next door there was an Artichoke Pizza-we honestly could have shared one slice because these slices were HUGE. I don’t think the picture does it any justice!

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We headed back home and slept hard!

What’s your favorite slice in NY?

 

NY Day 1: The day of 3 Bagels

Our first morning in Brooklyn, we woke up and went for a short stroll for a coffee and some breakfast. We found PLG Coffeehouse and had our own coffees and split an everything bagel with cream cheese.

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We hurried back home to shower and head out for the day! We took the subway into Manhattan and explored Grand Central Station.

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Immediately after we had to stop for another bagel at Ess-a-Bagel. There was a pretty hefty line, but we finally made it to the front and ordered an Everything Bagel with lox, cream cheese with chives, capers, tomatoes, and even some lettuce.

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We knew we’d want something sweet to have post bagel so we also decided to get a black and white cookie.

The bagel was so, so good! It’s one of my favorite bagels of the trip and the cookie was so soft and cakey! I normally am not a cakey cookie person, but it worked so well here…I devoured every last bite!

As we were heading out we noticed that it was downright pouring outside and let me tell you we were not prepared, but we also did not care one bit! We love being anywhere downtown in the rain…there’s something romantic and magical about it (blame rom-coms)!

We had some sights we wanted to see in the area we were in so we started our journey and stopped a few times to take some pictures. There are so many incredible buildings and doors in NYC!

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Rockefeller Center was one of our first stops to look around…

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Our next stop was the NY Public Library and again such gorgeous doors and ceilings! I may have already been a little door obsessed and being in NY made it worse 🙂

Right around from the library was Bryant Park where everything looked so green…

We walked from there to the Empire State Building

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No idea who this guy is!

From ESB to ANOTHER bagel shop (our 3rd)! Best Bagel and Coffee had everything seasoning on the top and bottom of the bagel…we shared another bagel with lox and all the fixings.

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We had stopped by a Lindt shop on our way and picked up some truffles and we had a couple for dessert post bagel.

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We headed out to find the High Line and found these tulips on the way. Besides doors, NYC is filled with so many tulips!

The High Line stretched on forever and we walked basically all of it, admiring the new apartments and taking in murals.

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We hopped off eventually and headed to Chelsea Market where I smelled the most incredible candles (and yes, nearly cried), but sadly we had barely any space in our luggage so I couldn’t get any. A blessing and a curse.

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At Chelsea Market we found a taco shop that we wanted to check out anyway and got a carne asada and a chicken taco to share.

Our dessert stop was at City Cakes where we got 3 cookies. A chocolate chip walnut, white chocolate mac, and a snickerdoodle I believe? These are hefty half pound cookies!

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We walked off our food by heading to Times Square and walking around! We had seen some of it during the day when we arrived, but it was just incredible to be there IRL at night.

After all the bagels we wanted to have at least one slice of ‘za before our day of eating ended so we had a $1 slice…it felt wrong to not have at least one slice of pizza!

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We had some plans for the night-a comedy improv show at Upright Citizens Brigade in Hell’s Kitchen. We made it there and were so happy to finally sit for a bit after all the walking!

The show was great and even though we had thought about grabbing food after-our bellies were full and our feet were exhausted. We found the fastest metro route home and made it home to finally chill the heck out!

Are you guys as obsessed with doors as I am? Or with bagels? Let me know in the comments!

Roasted Veggies and Cookies

I feel like this title pretty much sums up my life-I love veggies and I love cookies and in order to be a fully functioning me I need both.

We just can’t seem to get enough of roasted veggies. Spring has sprung, but cooler evening temps has me still wanting warm foods so instead of having a salad or steaming my vegetables we’ve been roasting them into golden brown (slightly charred…okay a lot charred) perfection!

Burgers and fries? Nahhhh roasted carrots, broccoli, and brussels will do just fine 🙂

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Nothing goes better with salmon then some perfectly roasted vegetables! This is the pretty plate hubs made me so I could take a pic! He is the sweetest ❤️

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This is the plate I ate!

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Is morning too early to have roasted brussels? I didn’t think so either 😉

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Leaving the nutriently dense part of this post and entering cookie land now 🙂 Hubs heard about how good these Dunkers from Trader Joe’s were. I spotted them while getting groceries the other day and impulsively added them to the cart.

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I’m not a crispy cookie person, but there’s something oddly enjoyable about these for me. I think I may prefer the mini chocolate chip Nantucket cookies from Pepperidge Farm over these, but I can’t say I regret buying these. I will be attempting to finish the package…not all at once!

Now for a cookie type I do enjoy-chewy, melty, and filled with chocolate chips.

We made this recipe and used these incredible Guittard baking wafers. These are some expensive chocolate chips, but we tried a few while baking and LORDYY were they the best chocolate “chips” I’ve ever had.

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They are not chocolate chip shaped instead they are rounder and flatter. They do great at layering that chocolatey goodness into your cookie.

These cookies turned out incredible! We still have cookie dough in the fridge and it’s killing me to not pick up a spoon and just dig in to it.

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Are you guys cookie dough people or cookie people? I LOVE a good cookie and have always enjoyed cookie dough, but after this I can see why people could enjoy the dough more than the cookie. Let’s talk in the comments about your current food loves/obsessions!

Cookie Jar

Okay, so we don’t have a cookie jar, but if we did it would be overflowing. Unintentionally, we went on a cookie adventure of sorts these past couple of months. It was all kicked off by hubby ordering cookies from PDX Cookie Co.

It was Valentine’s, he knows I (we) love cookies so it was super sweet and so were the cookies 😉

After ordering cookies from 4 different companies I thought it would be fun to come and share with your our favorites and lesser favorites.

PDX cookies were incredible-straight from the tupperware container they were send in they were super good. Warmed up even better! honestly could not tell you which flavors we had because hubby ordered them. There were 12 cookies, 2 of each flavor and was about $47 after tax and shipping. Despite being filled with candies, cookies, and other goodies the cookie base was still delicious. The texture had crunchy edges and a soft and chewy interior. I know I preferred the chocolatey and peanut buttery ones, but the hubby did love the pink ones filled with frosted animal cookies and other deliciousness.

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After reading a cookie box review online I ordered Bang Cookies. The writer of that review said that the salted chocolate chip cookies at Bang were better than Levain’s. I ordered 2 salted chocolate chip, PBJ, kitchen sink, white chocolate mac, and double chocolate. This was definitely the best in terms of pricing. At the time if you got 6 cookies you got free shipping. I paid the least for Bang Cookies out of the companies we tried-I believe the total was $27 or $28. In terms of taste, I have not had Levain yet, but these salted chocolate chip cookies were incredible. They were chewy and melty (we warmed them in the microwave) and incredible! All the cookies were amazing, but the chocolate chip were my hands down winner!

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I ordered Big Fat Cookie after reading the same review page. These were the #1 best cookies on her page. Price wise these were around $32 after shipping and tax. These cookies were big and fat and filled with all the goods. I ordered Nuckin’ Futz which all had peanut butter of some sorts whether through reeses or pb chips. There were 4 cookies in a pack and they were heavy 6oz cookies. These were good, but I don’t think these were the best. It’s a cookie (good) filled with delicious candies and chocolates (good), but I didn’t have that eye roll to the back of my head moment with these. Maybe I’m crazy?

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The last cookie company we tried was Fat and Weird Cookie Co. These may have been the most expensive per cookie, but we were intrigued. If you’re curious they were around $25 for 3 cookies. I know hubby had a hard time even being able to order because they would sell out so quickly! Needless to say we felt pretty accomplished when we finally placed an order!

When the cookies came I will not lie we were a little disappointed by the size. I’m not sure if you can tell, but these were the smallest cookies of the four. In terms of taste they were subpar even if you don’t take price into consideration. When you do consider price these were a fail!

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If you were to try any of these cookie companies I would recommend PDX and/or Bang. I thought they were equally delicious in different ways. PDX had interesting mix-ins and were a nice chewy, fat cookie. Bang cookies felt like a classic cookie in terms of appearance (still chewy and thick) and taste. In terms of pricing I do think it’s an experience situation and not every week/month type thing. I also think these would be great gifts if you know a cookie lover!

Let me know if you guys have ever tried any of these cookies and what you thought OR if you’ve had other cookies shipped to you which ones you love.