Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide #1

Happy Thanksgiving! 
MFB and I are heading to Boston today. We are so excited to see the fam and to catch up with MFB's high school friends. We are also thrilled to finally be meeting baby Hanlon at her christening. I hope everyone has a great holiday! 

Here is the first of a series of gift guides I will be putting together over the next 2 weeks:


Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekend Recap

A Run Down Hero Highway was an amazing event. MFK came over in the morning and enjoyed some Dunkin Donuts coffee, bagels and munchkins with MFB and I before we went over to the west side. It was 21 degrees. It felt like 7. I have severe wind burn on my face, but it was worth it. What was advertised as a 5k turned into being a little over 4.5 miles, so I treated myself to a mani/pedi once it was over. Here's hoping it isn't as cold next year!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lemon Sole Filet Roll Ups

This recipe from Barefoot In Boston has become a regular in our kitchen. It super easy and really quick to whip up last minute. MFB and I are OBSESSED with brussel sprouts (we like ours a little burnt and crispy), so I chose that for a side along with some rice pilaf. Here is what I did:
 Chopped up the sprouts:
 Put the rice on the stove:
 Rinsed off the fish:
I rolled up the filets with lemon, butter, parsley, pepper and salt and baked for 15 minutes at 365. I cooked the sprouts on medium heat for about 10 minutes with olive oil, salt and pepper. This is a great recipe to try if you aren't too confident around the kitchen. Once you get the hang of it you can try experimenting with different herbs and seasoning. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


So, a while back CLH and I won tickets in a silent auction to Watch What Happens Live. We were BEYOND excited. The package also came with a gift certificate to Morandi. We enjoyed fried artichoke and brussel sprouts for our appetizers and then CLH had veal milanese and I had lasagna. The most exciting part of the meal was that Princess Eugenie sat right behind us!
Zooming in: 
Hard to tell, but it was her!
After dinner we cabbed over to the WWHL studios. Here is their pre-show menu: 
CLH enjoyed a Mazel or two while I sampled the Clubhouse Classic. Next, we were ushered into the studio: 
And then @BRAVOAndy made his appearance:

On ze phone all ze time. 
The guests were Stassi & Jacks. Nuff' said. After the show we took some photos: 

And then @BRAVOandy came back in to take a picture with us. I must preface this with saying that I WAS a HUGE Andy Cohen fan, but it is with a heavy heart that I must report he was not as friendly as he seems in person. I was so excited to meet Andy and get to say hello/take a picture, but he was SUCH a diva. He wouldn't even look at us! He ran in, smiled for the camera, and said NEXT! Wha?????? No me gusta! It was basically like finding out that Santa is not real. I'm sorry to burst your bubbles ladies, but he was not the loving and fun guy he seems to be on TV :( womp, womp. The only good thing that came out of this is that MFB will not have to endure anymore Bravo TV marathons. All I have to say to @DIVAandy is, NEXT!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekend Recap

Veterans Day Weekend in Nantucket

MFB and I had a wonderful weekend in Nantucket. The weather was amazing and we got some much needed rest. We landed late on Friday, so we just got a quick bite in town and went home to have some vino on the couch. Saturday we slept in and went to The Downy Flake when we woke up:

 Then we took a long walk around Madaket and went to The Brant Point Grill for dinner:

On Sunday night I took MFB out to celebrate the Marine Corps birthday and Veterans Day. We had a wonderful dinner at American Seasons and they made MFB a special carrot cake for dessert!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Outerwear I'm Lovin'

6. J.Crew

Monday, November 4, 2013

Wedding Highlights & Teaser are in!

Our wedding photo highlights from Chris Owyoung of  Brian Dorsey Studios and our video sneak peek by Fiore Films are up on vimeo! We were so lucky to have such talented photographers and videographers capture our wedding day. They truly did an outstanding job. Here are the links:
(password is Houlihan)

Weekend Recap

 Wine Tasting in The Hamptons

Wine tasting was fabulous! We went to Pindar Vineyards, Duckwalk Vineyards, and Baiting Hallow Farms. The wine wasn't anything to write home about, but the company and weather made it a great trip. There was supposed to be live jazz music at the last stop, but it wound up being a country music band!