Food, Lyon, Recipe

Lyon: Salade Lyonnaise

I wish I had more to say about today. On the plus side, we had Seb all day today. But other than that, I was pretty much in classes for about nine hours. I’m really starting to get sick of all these classes. Shouldn’t I just be enjoying my vacation in Europe? Why does this have to be school related?

I’m seriously loving the food here. I had the most fabulous Salade Lyonnaise at Gump’s Corner, this bar across the street. The ingredients are just wonderful.

Salade Lyonnaise

Ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Ham (which they consider bacon here)
  • Poached egg
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Endive
  • Garlic

The dressing is also phenomenal. I’m usually not a huge fan of mustard, but I plan to alter the recipe if I ever make it for myself at home.

  • Extra virgin olive oil (1 C)
  • Red wine vinegar (1/2 C)
  • Dijon mustard (2 Tbsp.)
  • White sugar (1 tsp.)
  • Herbs de Provence (2 Tbsp.)
  • Onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper

Actually, I’m definitely making this for Dez when I get home. We may have found a salad Dez might actually like! It has bacon, but no Frank’s Red Hot. Win some, lose some.

Au revoir (for now)

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Personal, Travel

It’s rage tank season!

For anyone that says they “hate country” –  you have probably never listened to it. I was one of those assholes until I was introduced to some of the wonderful Bigger Picture artists: mainly Zac Brown Band and Craig Campbell. But then I broadened my horizons with some Luke and Jason and my life has since been changed.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the Fourth of July is my absolute favorite holiday ever. Which is actually pretty convenient given my new country music obsession.

What is there not to love about July Fourth? American pride, red, white, blue, country, BBQ and minimal clothing. Sounds like the perfect summer day to me.

I’m actually a firm believer that every day should be lived like it’s the Fourth. That’s why I’m sharing this Blackout Sing-a-Long play list with you. You deserve it.

Download every single one of these songs and then once those run out, go on FratMusic and listen to any Summer station and continue the rage fest.

Shotgun a Bud Light, take a shot of Jack Daniels and sip on some spiked sweet tea. That’s how summer should be lived. Even if I’ll be in Europe for the Fourth – I will be celebrating on the inside and I’ll be damned if I don’t drink some American beer and whiskey on July Fourth, even if it’ll only be the second day of classes.

However, I’d like to also add all Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean songs to this list. Just because I love them.

I’m not sure if the French will be able to handle my cowboy boots – but I’ll be bringing them across the pond and rocking the shit out of them along with my rage take. Is that acceptable? I give zero fucks.

Land of the free, home of the RAGE

Speaking of rage gear…a tank, sick play list and cowboy boots are not all you need for a successful backyard Fucked-Up-Fourth. Koozies are also necessary. They need to be awesome. Boyfriend and I chose these:

Choice koozies for CMA Fest

Try to tell me that my Sorority Formal Koozie combined with his “B2B WW Champs” Koozie isn’t the greatest combination ever.

In conclusion, I will be raging and celebrating this country’s birth in the land of the surrender. With all of my gear present.

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I officially have a new favorite drink. Jack Daniels & Ginger Ale. I may be officially cheating on my usual Bacardi & Coke, but let me tell you that whiskey is awesome. AWESOME. I realize that its intimidating, but try it.Try yourself a Jack & Ginger and tell me that you’re not obsessed.

I went to CMA Fest in Nashville this weekend, so it was only fitting that I get country drunk, sing loudly to songs I hardly know and try my best to look Southern. Our first night on Broadway, I got to meet Craig Campbell and I just love him. If you don’t know who he is, listen to this song and try to tell me he’s not flippin’ wonderful.

You know what I realized about country artists – they have actual legitimate talent. Oh, and they’re wonderful when it comes to interacting with fans of any obsession level I saw a bunch of artists perform their asses off and, guess what, they’re actually singing. I didn’t have to listen to a recording that plays on the radio or something just off their latest album. I got to hear them change around words to fit CMA fest and do shout outs mid-song. And after meeting Craig Campbell, Chris Cagle and Chris Janson (among others) I can definitely say that Southern gentlemen do exist. They were all super sweet to me even though I know, like, one of their songs.

This guy Chris Janson sings this song “Corn” which he and his super sweet wife wrote together. His album isn’t out yet, so here’s a shitty YouTube version. It’s not nearly as sick as it was when he performed on the Bic Bella Soleil Beach stage on Saturday, but you’re just going to have to see him live to experience that.

I hope you like these songs and I hope that next year y’all (ha, I had to) choose CMA Fest over Bonaroo. Definitely worth it. I’m obsessed with Nashville. Once you go there, you will be too. Promise. Oh, and go to Monell’s for breakfast. You will not regret it.

Recipe

Pinterest recipe: Cilantro Dipping Sauce

These things were SO awesome. I did a little semi-homemade kind of deal with them because I was strapped for time, but regardless – this recipe is awesome.

I bought turkey meatballs in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s and just used those. They were a little bit on the larger side once they were cooked so I just cut them in half and stuck wooden skewers that one would normally soak and use as kebab sticks.

But the star of this little appetizer that I made for my boyfriend and my Easter dinner was the cilantro dipping sauce.

  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds removed, leave them in if you want it spicy
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 scallion
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Dez said that the sauce tasted exactly like the dipping sauce he used to serve when he worked at a lovely Mexican restaurant in Nashville. He said they served it cold, but I actually liked it a little warmed up.

Try it out! And definitely let me know what you think.

I found this recipe off of Pinterest and I am an absolute Pinterest addict. Just another recipe to check off of my “Nom Nom” pin board! I can’t wait to make all of the recipes that I pin!

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SMBS Part 2

I just realized that I had a #ShitMyBoyfriendSays note saved on my phone!

Does that make me evil?

Regardless, I’m posting it.

  1. I wonder if you could sneeze and jizz at the same time…it would be the ultimate release

  2. You moved your finger and it tickled me

  3. AHHH fuck noses!

  4. Shouldn’t it be called “Unplanned Parenthood?” Nobody goes there to talk about the possibility of having a child…

  5. I wouldn’t be able to handle that much retardation in one space

  6. Cooler than a polar bear’s toe nails

That’s all for now folks. I’ll have to get him to say more dumb shit for ya soon 😉
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I recently got some wisdom teeth taken out and my boyfriend has had the lovely job of “taking care of me” for the last few days. Last night I was in such agony that I proceeded to force him to come to my house “even if it was only for a little bit.”

His first mistake: Thinking that I would actually let him weasel his ass home.

His second mistake: Making me a chocolate milkshake (just kidding, that’s cool in my book)

His third mistake: Offering to work the morning shift the next day (today)

So my boyfriend says some silly, silly things, but this morning in a half slumber he muttered this gem:

“I’ll just text the bitch to come in early”

To any normal person, this makes no sense. But alas, his post-grad ass has made him impossible to wake up in the morning. So even though he got a good 7 hours of sleep, he apparently texted one of his co-workers (aka “the bitch”) to go in early so that he didn’t have to.

I have no idea if he actually ended up going in to work at all today…

#postgradsolutions

SMBS Part 1

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