Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Underwater Adventure

One of the coolest things I did on our Caribbean cruise was go snorkling. I had never been before and wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but once I got the hang of the snorkle gear I loved it! In preparation for the cruise, my dad purchased a handy-dandy underwater camera for us to document our underwater adventures. I wanted to share some of those pictures and videos with you guys!










Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Morning Meditation

My heart is heavy this weekend as I lost someone I very much loved. She was a beautiful spirit that left us far too soon. 


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday Jams #15



The Cure - "Pictures of You"
I hear this song on Pandora this week and I always kind of forget how much I like The Cure. Sometimes I wish I was a teenager when this was first coming out because somehow I think it would have made being a teen a little more bearable, albeit a lot more emotional. 


The Stone Roses - "I Wanna Be Adored"
Last week we went and saw The Black Angels up at the Waiting Room and ever since I've been listening to 60's rock. From The Zombies to the other band that played Sunday, the Allah Las, there's no better way to bring in the warm weather than with these easy, breezy songs. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

It finally feels like Spring, and it's amazing! This year's weather has taught us not to take it for granted and we plan on worshipping the warmth and the sun all weekend. It's time to start doing some yard work, taking the dogs for longs walks, and, one our favorite past times, PORCHING. Oh yes, we will porch (or deck, or patio) it up this weekend. As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound UP for the weekend!

FRIDAY April 26
SATURDAY April 27
  • Check out some local art, poetry, and music at Greengo tonight.
  • If you are looking for even more poetry, hit up the Petshop in Benson for their monthly reading series.
  • BONUS: After the reading, hit up the copious bars in B-town. 
  • Whoa! It's Arbor day! If you feel like taking a little drive, head down to Nebraska City for their annual Arbor Day Festival.
  • My friend Abby invited me over for a little camp fire action which I am way excited about. This is the perfect weather because it's still getting chilly in the evening, but not so chilly that a little fire pit can't warm you up. If you have a fire pit or know someone who does, make an evening out of it with drinks, dinner, and s'mores!
SUNDAY April 28

Enjoy this gem and have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Is it BBQ Season Yet? Texas Caviar

During last year's BBQ season I fell in love with this Texas Caviar my friend Jessi would always make.  It was a light summer salad/dip chalk full of veggies and beans that always turned into a crowd pleaser. When I asked her for the recipe, I couldn't believe how easy it was to make (did I mention Jessi is a culinary student/food scientist? Her kitchen skills are far beyond my own). This recipe makes a lot so it's great for those work food days or family get-togethers. Hopefully this will become a staple in your BBQ season which is supposed to be soon on it's way.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can white corn
  • 1 can yellow corn
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 diced red pepper
  • 1 diced yellow pepper
  • 1 diced green pepper
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 6 small jalapeños or 3 large jalapeños, diced
Take the first three ingredients above and bring them to a rolling boil in a saucepan, then remove it from heat to cool. Then add the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. 






Finally take the cooled liquid and pour over the mixture, then refrigerate until you're ready to serve. It's better cold, but not awful a little warm either. 


And that's it! What are some of your favorite BBQ staples?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Scouring & Devouring Omaha - Brix Midtown

This past Sunday my family and I met up for one of our favorite weekend family activity - Brunch. After reading about Brix's Midtown location starting to offer brunch on Sundays, we had to test it out for ourselves. 


We started with mimosas, coffee and a massive cinnamon roll. The mimosas were good offering both orange juice and grapefruit juice options. I've never been a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, and the one at Brix was really dry with huge chunks of brown sugar lining the roll walls. 


It took a long time for our food to come out, which I didn't mind because we weren't in a huge hurry. It was a little concerning since there weren't that many patrons dining while we were there. I ordered the Spanish Hash which sounded delicious, but was a troublesome in the execution. The hash brown bed had a almost plastic taste to it and there wasn't enough chorizo in my opinion. The dish was lukewarm by the time it hit the table. I noticed there wasn't any salt or pepper on the table and then when I hit the middle of my eggs there was a ton of salt. The pico de gallo was delicious though and by far the best part of the dish.  


My mom got the Rum Chata French Toast which was delicious and Cooper got the lobster jalapeño omelet, which of course he loved. My dad got the quiche which was a massive heap of eggs, mushroom and spinach. The quiche's consistency was exactly how it should be, a little runny but still rich.


Walking around Brix there really have an amazing selection of wines and liquors. If you've ever been out to the Village Pointe location you'll probably walk in and say, "Where are the wine dispensers?" but don't fret, they're still at the Midtown location, just stealthily hidden in the walls of wines. 


Like I said, Brix's liquor section is by far one of the best I've seen in town. I even found Four Roses on sale for $27 which I've never seen in Omaha before.


When you walk into the entrance off of Farnam street there's a checkout girl and an array of chilled beers and cheeses. Needless to say I think this Brix location is going to make all of their money in the summertime during Jazz on the Green. 


So while my dish wasn't all that great and our service was a little lackluster - I ordered coffee but didn't get any refills of coffee or water - I have every confidence that Brix will figure it out and establish themselves as a big Midtown contributor.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Wasn't the weather yesterday such a tease? I even got to walk around without a coat on for a while. Breezy summer nights, where are you? Mommy wants to sit on the patio with a glass of wine and a good book. 

Looks like I'll have to wait another week for my wishes to come true. I swear to god if it snows one more time after what's predicted this week I'm moving. Enough wallowing. It's Monday after all. Here are some internet findings to help you ease into your work week - 
  • Over the past weekend, we were talking about personal theme songs. Songs that best exemplify our individual traits. This is Cooper's and this is mine. What's yours? 
  • I am so loving these photos from a women's summer art school in 1948
  • Remember how I went to that Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert at the beginning of the month? You can find his SXSW performance here and pretend like you were there too. 
  • Speaking of music festivals, here are 11 performances from Coachella that you need to watch now. 
  • There was a great article on our very own Filmstreams this weekend. It's so fantastic that we live in a city where we have these wonderful creative outlets. Also, how cute does Rachel look?! She's expecting twins this July!
  • I haven't gone down a Wikipedia wormhole in awhile, but there's nothing more indulgent than reading these peer-written articles. In case you have a few hours to spare, here are 10 of some of the weirdest Wikipedia articles out there. 
  • Harrison Ford was just on Jimmy Kimmel and I have to say, he was hilarious
  • I know summer is allegedly on it's way soon, but looking at all of these suits make me wish it was fall again...well almost. 
  • It's my goal to be able to do this some day that flawlessly. 
  • Uh, yeah this is adorable. 
  • Loving this ad. Wish we could do this in America.
We went to Block 16 this last Friday and the building across the street really caught my eye. I'm always amazed how this city still surprises me. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Morning Meditation

Well this isn't as much of a meditation as it is something funny that happened over this weekend...




Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Jams #14

Happy Record Store Day y'all! If you didn't make it out today then you should do two things:
  1. Listen to the below jams 
  2. Come to the Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship show tonight. 
And that's it! Your musical commitment for the weekend will be complete!



Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship - "Caucasian Meditation"
These guys bring so much energy to their music, it's so much fun. 



The Stooges - "I Want to Be Your Dog"
This song came on my Pandora station this week and I forgot how devilishly sinister listening to it makes you feel. Pretty awesome right? Remember when it was best used here?


The Misfits - "London Dungeon"
Bonus round for The Misfits because I heard this song this week and it reminded me why I liked The Misfits in the first place (other than it always playing at Brother's Lounge)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

This recent dreary weather makes me want to curly up into a ball, swaddle myself in blankets, and... that's it. Basically this weather makes me feel like doing nothing. Luckily, the weekend is upon us, and the promises of being able to sleep in, see friends, and do whatever I want sure are perking me up. It's the freakin weekend, baby I'm about to have me some fun. Are you about to have you some fun, but you don't know what fun yet? Check out our weekly list of awesome Omaha activities below! As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend.

FRIDAY April 19
  •  The film No depicts a very interesting time in Chilean history. If you're not interested in history, go for the eye candy: Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the film, opening at Film Streams today.
  • Who knew a ukelele cover band existed? The Ukelele Orchestra Band of Great Britan plays at the Holland Performing Arts Center tonight. I actually think this sounds totally awesome and completely like anything I've ever seen myself.
  • Another cool, albeit smaller, show going on tonight is Talking Mountain, Life is Cool, and Pleasure Adapter at O'leaver's. At the very least you're guaranteed a cheap, stiff drink. What more do you want? 
SATURDAY April 20
  • This article in the OWH about Joe's Karting made me realize that I don't think I've ever been go-karting before! I have played plenty of Cruisin' USA in my time, but no real karting. This is something I definitely want to do soon!
  • It's Record Store Day! Although the places to buy records in Omaha seem to be slowly disappearing, there is still a great number of bands that are releasing new albums on this day. Check out this article to find out what stores are participating and what new releases you can expect to find!
  • It absolutely does NOT feel like it's time for Earth Day, but it is, my friends. Omaha's annual Earth Day celebration takes place today. There is a variety of activities and exhibits going on all day, check out their website for the schedule!
  • I know I post this event every month, but I can't help it, and I think you people deserve to feel the boogie I feel when I go to Benson Soul Society. Plus it's their one year anniversary!
SUNDAY April 21
  • Here's your chance to see a real live opera in Omaha! 'Bluebeard's Castle' is Opera Omaha's season finale show and is showing at the Orpheum this Friday and Sunday only. You can read here a little bit about the building of the show's set. 
  • If you've read our blog you can probably tell that we are big brunch afficionados. Luckily for us, Midtown has yet another place to brunch at BrixWe're definitely gonna have to give this one a go. 

 And for your entertainment, here's the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain playing the theme song to "Shaft":
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cruisin'

I realized that I never really wrote anything about  my cruise even thought it was over a month ago now. We went during the first week of March and I was really hoping winter would be over when we got back. Little did I know, winter would drag it's ass out so long. Our tour was on Princess Cruise Lines (not Carnival!), and we went to the Eastern Caribbean. This included St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Grand Turk. We were supposed to stop at Princess Cays, owned by the cruise company, but the wind prevented us from doing so.



The boat left from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, so we got to spend two days there, a day before the cruise and a day after. We had a hotel right on the beach, which was wonderful for us land-locked folk. We spent most of our time walking on the beach and eating seafood.

 The next afternoon our boat, the Ruby Princess, disembarked! This is my "I'm on a boat!" face! Turns out, cruise boats are HUGE.

 So these are the only two pictures I took of the actual cruise boat. This is the galleria that has two spiral staircases, bars, shops, a casino, and restaurants on each floor. The best part of the boat is that there is literally something to do at every hour of the day. I think I counted six pools total on the boat, not to mention hot tubs. There is an outdoor moving theatre, an indoor movie theatre, restaurants, buffets, bars, nightclubs, kid's areas, adults only areas, and activities going on all the time. Or you can just chill and walk around the promenade or sit on your balcony and whale watch. Unfortunately I got a bit sea sick, just generally feeling a bit queasy, but the rest of my family was fine.



 Even though the cruise ship was fun, being on the islands was without a doubt my favorite part of the cruise. The beaches and the water there are absolutely beautiful. The water really is bright blue and teal, nothing like I'd ever seen on the beaches in the U.S. before.


 Because we did so many water activities I couldn't take any pictures for fear of my camera getting wet. However, this is a picture of St. John, a small island off of St. Thomas, that I took from our catamaran ride.


These beautiful pictures are both of Grand Turk, where we went power snorkling for most of the day.
If you go on a cruise, be prepared to have your picture taken a million times and then charged up the ass if you want to buy them. This is my favorite family photo from the cruise! Next week, I'll share some of the underwater pictures my dad took with his camera.