||| summer has arrived! | strawberry balsamic goat cheese crostini |||

Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar Goat Cheese Crostini Plate

summer has arrived and we are so happy to see it! nothing spurs creativity like a good craving. with strawberries in season, i couldn’t resist picking a basket up from the farmer’s market! these simple, yet elegant crostinis will be the perfect addition to this weekend’s gatherings.

Sliced Bread Loaf for Strawberry Crostini

these are so simple to make, it’s almost embarrassing. slice up an italian loaf into pieces about a half inch thick. spread oil on the bread and toast at 425° for about 5 min. while cooking, slice strawberries (i chunked & sliced these for added dimension). let cool and spread goat cheese (i used plain flavor). arrange  strawberries and add fresh torn basil, salt & pepper. drizzle balsamic vinegar over the top and voila! these’ll be the talk of the party monday!

Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar Goat Cheese Crostini

||| have a lovely weekend! rachel |||

||| travel tip thursday | chicago |||

for those of you in the windy city this weekend, chicago restaurant week starts saturday! restaurant week is (besides the greatest idea ever) an ideal time to try out the city’s hottest restaurants through pre-set brunches, lunches and dinners at reasonable prices. here’s the list of participating restaurants.

also this weekend is randolph street market, discussed last summer here.

||| travel tip thursday | london |||

dishoomyou know you like a restaurant when you eat at it more than once on a weekend trip. that was my experience with Dishoom, a bombay café in london (two locations: one in shoreditch, one in covent garden)

dishoom provides an eccentric, yet cozy, environment perfect for meeting up with friends or grabbing lunch with a co-worker. their dishes are quite unique (i LOVE unique, it usually means i can’t make it at home); ask your waiter/waitress to give recommendations, i took them and was definitely pleased!

oh, and their pastries are out of this world : )

happy traveling! – Rachel

||| cali days | dinner in oakland |||

We wanted to get a full feel of SF during our visit, so we crossed the bay for dinner in Jack London Square (Oakland, CA). I highly recommend taking the ferry ride for breathtaking views of the city (and I got to wear my new salmon Madewell jeans and my Old Navy espadrilles for an extra boat-ready feel).Image

We ate at Chop Bar, a stylish/industrial local restaurant.  Fun drinks and great food.  Our meals (yummm):