Friday, February 26, 2010


From the East comes the sun,
Bringing a new and unspoiled day.
It has already circled the Earth and
Looked upon distant lands and
Far-away peoples.

It has passed over mountain ranges and
The waters of the seven seas.
It has shown upon laborers in the fields,
Into the windows of homes,
And shops, and factories.

It has beheld cities with gleaming towers,
And also the hovels of the poor.
It has been witness to both good and evil,
The works of honest men and women and
The conspiracy of knaves.

It has seen marching armies, bomb-blasted villages
And "the destruction that wasteth at noonday."
Now, unsullied from its tireless journey,
It comes to us,
Messenger of the morning.
Harbinger of a new day.

Clinton Lee Scott

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Band of Outsiders

It may be snowing outside, but these Polaroids from Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2010 Lookbook is how I'm feeling inside.

Dear Spring,

I know you are doing your best to come, and I'm really trying my best to be patient, but I feel my patience is really being tested. I've run 3 days in the snow this week and I feel that's really asking a lot. Maybe you could at least lend some of your sunshine to Winter? Looking forward to seeing you soon.

With eager anticipation,

rockie nolan +

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bonefish House Salad

A few weeks ago we went to Bonefish for dinner. It had been awhile since we'd been there and I had forgotten how much I LOVE their house salad. I've been craving it since. This week I found the recipe for the Bonefish house dressing and recreated the salad. Super easy...super delicious!

If you want to create the Bonefish salad, use romaine, cherry tomatoes, heart of palm, kalamata olives, sunflower seeds and toasted pine nuts. YUM!

Bonefish Grill Citrus Herb Vinaigrette

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup sugar (could use splenda)
3 tablespoons water (I added a bit more water after tasting it)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Whisk everything in a bowl
Microwave for a minute
Whisk for one minute
Cover and chill for one hour before serving.

Bon appetit and Bon weekend!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A few thoughts about success

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
- Herman Cain

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be”
- George Sheehan

"You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.”
- Adlin Sinclair

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
- Mark Caine

“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.”
- Harry F. Banks

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
- Colin Powell

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Feed My Starving Children

This weekend we had the opportunity to volunteer with a great organization. Feed My Starving Children was started by a Minnesota businessman after he saw devastating hunger on a mission trip to Honduras. Initially he simply organized food donations to send to areas in need, but quickly realized many of the processed American foods being donated were unhealthy for the children that needed help. The current formula of soy, rice, vegetables, as well as the vitamin and mineral vegetarian chicken flavoring mix was designed by food scientists at Cargill and General Mills. Each meal has 20 different vitamins and minerals that are specifically tailored to meet a child’s nutritional needs for one day. Each meal costs only 17 cents.

The part of of the experience that impacted me most was seeing the before and after pictures of the children. The photo of a baby left to die in an outhouse, nearly a skeleton covered in sewage, and then the baby after 3 months on the food, and 6 months on the food, to a perfectly happy, healthy and smiling baby.

Perhaps it was my naivety, but every time I saw a "feed the children" type commercial, I always thought the photos of the children were of starving babies, infants. I was shocked to find out that one of the photos we were shown of a little 17 pound child...was a 17 pound 8 year old. An 8 year old child who weighed as little as a tiny baby. It was shocking. After only a few months on the food, the 8 year old had gained 70 pounds and looked like a happy and healthy boy. What an incredible story.

It is amazing to me what little effort or donation on our part, can completely change the lives of others. It can take a person, eating rocks for nourishment, and transform them into a student, a doctor, a preacher, a teacher.

The foods we shipped will go directly to the children and families of those devastated in Haiti. Click below to find out more about the Haiti relief effort as well as the Feed My Starving Children organization.

Haiti Earthquake Response +
Volunteer +
Donate Now +

Friday, February 5, 2010

Blue Friday

A bit of blue for Blue Friday. Good luck Colts! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Taste of Tango + The Mass Ave Wine Shoppe

So we finally gave Taste of Tango a try. Although I've been wanting to go, we had heard "give it some time" from friends who went shortly after it opened. Its been over a year now and we were in the mood for something new...we're always in the mood for something we went Tuesday night. I was looking forward to checking out the menu, but since Devour Downtown was going on, they only provided us with the limited Devour menu.

I have to say, I wasn't all that impressed. The food was okay and the service started out pretty good but when a party of 15 showed up for Devour Downtown, the service dropped considerably. Dropped to the point of not only waiting a long time for our entrees, but being served cold coffee. Disappointing. Most disappointing was it took us 2 and a half hours to get out of there. A 2 and a half hour dinner is fine.....but on a Tuesday night it was a bit much. I'd be willing to give it a second try and order from the menu, but I don't think we'll necessarily be rushing back.

The highlight of the evening was prior to dinner. We stopped at the Mass Ave Wine Shoppe to pick up a few bottles before our dinner reservation. Mainly we were killing time. I really like the Wine Shoppe, a nice little addition to Mass Ave. Its a small shop, but they do a really nice job of carrying wines new to the States or wines from smaller family owned wineries. The highlight being most every wine in the shop is 10-16 dollars or so. You never have to worry about picking up a 50$ bottle of can pretty much pick anything you want and know the price is going to be incredibly reasonable. Anyway, they had a wine tasting getting ready to start while we were there. After grabbing a few bottles they asked us, "Are you here for the tasting?" We looked at each other and promptly answered "Sure!"

Amelia Kay Photography +

Monday, February 1, 2010

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