Tuesday, July 30, 2013

HBD Kerry!

Today marks Kerry's official move into post-25 life. Good luck grrrrrl! You know Bebop and I lurve you very much!! So much I photoshopped us as the cast from Sex and the City. I think Bebop's Charlotte cracks me up the most and Oliver is SUCH a Samantha




Dogs in Bars

This past Saturday after we finished moving Kerry we grabbed some food from Amsterdam and headed to Pageturner's for some much needed relaxation and afternoon cocktails. Pageturner's is a dog-friendly bar so we were able to bring Bebop. After smelling most every inch of the joint, he finally settled down and we were able to enjoy a couple of cocktails. If you have a pup, feel free to bring them along to your next trip to PTL. 


Monday, July 29, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Sorry for the late post y'all. Can I tell you what a case of the Mondays I had today? This gloomy weather, the fact that I listened to new wave all day, and my ever-heaping workload have had me feeling like this summer is just flying by. And it's not going to slow down anytime soon. Alright, before I have a panic attack thinking about it all, let's take a gander at these internet findings - 

  • It's Tim Gunn's 60th birthday today so let's celebrate enjoying some of his greatest words of wisdom on being creative. 
  • If you ain't got nothing going on tomorrow night then head to Pageturner's for this intimate show featuring the ex-drummer from Rilo Kiley. 
  • Shameless boyfriend self-promotion - Go see Cooper play this Friday (which is coincidently Benson First Friday) at the Barley Street Tavern with Touch People and Underwater Dream Machine!
  • I was just here over Fourth of July and had a blast. It's always fun to see a familiar face...
  • A little diddy about that Michelle Williams. 
  • Just this past weekend when I was trolling Netflix for something to watch I stopped on Skins and reveled in how amazing that show was. Maybe I need to give it another chance. I know I'm two seasons behind AND in case you haven't heard this last season focuses on three past favorite characters - Cook, Effy, and Cassie. This is an interesting look at how this newest installation grows up and Cassie becomes an actual person, and not just a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. 
  • Uh, just found the above mentioned new Skins season on YouTube. There goes my week. 
  • Aubrey Plaza discusses skorts with charm. 
  • I was obsessed with this song when the album first came out and now we have a video that's just ask good, directed by PTA. I will always love you Fiona Apple. Always. 
  • I love you, the internet, for showing me how in general I do things in a very idiotic way. 
  • These are so good. 

Also in news this weekend, we said goodbye to Kerry's adorable Benson home, but at least we looked like professional movers in the process. And looking cool is what life's all about right? RIGHT?



Friday, July 26, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

Hello Friday! This has been the longest week for both me and Kerry. However, someone’s birthday is looming (next week!) so we’re excited to gather our friends together and celebrate! There’s this park near where I live and we’re thinking, weather permitting, about setting up there for a night of outdoor hang time. It will definitely pale in significance compared to Kerry’s bounce castle birthday last year, but I have a feeling at least a piñata will be involved.
FRIDAY JULY 26
  • I want to go eat at Bronco’s tonight after reading the latest installation of Omaha Food Prowl. I live crazy close to the one on Leavenworth but for whatever reason have never stopped in.
  • The Sydney hosts See Through Dresses, Dsoedean from Missouri and Well Aimed Arrows, $5 gets you in. I haven’t seen any of these bands before but they seem to be playing a lot around town, which could mean they’re good, or just good at promoting themselves. Oh, why do I always have to be so pessimistic?
  • Hear Nebraska has been throwing a lot of weight behind The Millions who are making a comeback after a long time out of the scene. I’m not sure why we aren’t focusing on new bands in town (HN I want to love you so bad but you piss me off so much), but if you want a throwback to the mid-90’s then go to the show at the Waiting Room. You can read more about the band here.
SATURDAY JULY 27
  • Open Streets Omaha is an event encouraging folks around town to literally play in the streets. Today from 8 – 2 you can head down to 14th and Farnam for the festivities.
  • Benson Days is today! This day-long celebration is bound to be a cluster-fuck, but a fun one none the less. Here’s run down of what’s going on:
  • Over at Jake’s they’ll be doing an outdoor music fest starting at noon. You can catch DJ Kobrakyle kicking off the day, then Brad Hoshaw, Howard, Dumb Beach (They’re amazing! Definitely hit this show up at 6), Simon Joyner and then DJ Dave Goldberg (duh, Solid Goldberg). Dance your pants off.
  • Walk around because there will be a TON of food and art vendors lining the street. It looks like Paperdoll is going to have a massive sidewalk sale so treat yo’self to something pretty.
  • Starting at 9 the Sweatshop will be hosting their inter-gender mud wrestling competition. Get dirty. Be sure to stick around to see Plack Blague play. You won’t regret it.
  • If you’re like me and feel really uncomfortable being around that many drunken idiots then head to O’Leaver’s for their amazing karaoke/bacon night. Wait, what was I just saying about being around a bunch of drunken idiots?
SUNDAY JULY 28
  • Head over to the Joslyn Castle for their annual classic car show. It’s $12.50 to get in, but I always regretted not checking this out when I lived in the neighborhood.
  • It’s going to be a particularly lovely and cool day. Head to La Buvette for the afternoon, order some appetizers and enjoy a couple of bottles of wine with your favorite book. There’s nothing more refreshing than sitting on the patio, occasionally people watching, alone with your own thoughts. One might describe it as therapeutic.
If nothing else, go explore your city this weekend!
 
 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

If You Build It, Inspiration Will Come

This is a project that's been on my to-do list for quite some time - Create an Inspiration Board. In my home, my second bedroom is a multi-purpose room including our "library", my craft room, office, and home to Bebop. With that in mind, seemed like the perfect place to put up an inspiration board that I can rotate as often as I please. I keep a Pinterest board with all of my favorite, most inspiring images and I finally decided to print out those images and make a physical inspiration board. Here's a look at what's on the board now -



Before I placed my images on the board I wanted to change the look of the board itself, so I took some Washi tape and lined the sides of the board.



Next I took all of my images and placed them in a way that was pleasing to me. This took a bit of time and you can see I still have some left-over inspiration pieces that I can rotate in.

 




I decided to just lay the board on my bookshelf because our walls are already pretty filled with some of my friends artwork which is definitely my favorite kind of artwork.



I think I made a pretty good start on this project. In the future I would like to include more of a variety of inspiration pieces rather than just all images. I hope looking at this board will help me clear my creative thoughts while also keeping them fresh. Do any of you keep an inspiration board in your home?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Squash!

Lately I have been devouring yellow squash and zucchini that I've picked up at our local Farmer's Market.

Since these squashes are currently in season you can find them for super cheap. They're even cheaper at the Farmer's Market, not to mention fresher. I've found them for as low as 75 cents each. For cooking I pick out the smaller squash. However, I have seen some pretty monster-sized squash, which I think would be better for baking. I wanted to share a few squash recipes I have Pinned and made.

First up is a a Squash Casserole from Simple Gourmet Cooking. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. It was extra cheesy and the Ritz crackers on top added crunch and saltiness. Instead of using cayenne I just squirted some Sriracha in the mix.

Second is Potato, Squash, and Goat Cheese Gratin from The Kitchn. The actual recipe calls for only yellow squash but I made it with one yellow squash and one zucchini instead. I don't think I've ever said this before, but this recipe was life-changing. I swear, that is how GOOD this was. It's extremely easy to make but tastes like it came from a fancy restaurant. I added at least twice the amount of fresh basil it calls for and really loved the herb-y flavor. Plus, goat cheese!

Have squash but lacking other ingredients? A few weeks ago I thinly sliced zucchini and squash and then sauteed them with some olive oil until they were tender. I microwaved some rice then rolled up the veggies and rice in a spinach tortilla. Voila, dinner!

I hope these three squash recipes help you enjoy these delicious, seasonal veggies.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Scouring & Devouring Omaha - Kitchen Table

One thing I love about Omaha is the amount of small, locally-owned, non-franchise restaurants that keep popping up. The newest addition to the Old Market scene is Kitchen Table. Based on a recent trip, I have every confidence I'll be eating dinner downtown often this summer. 



Located just south of the library downtown on 14th and Farnam, this farm-to-table restaurant will soon be raved about (I can just smell the review in the OWH). Their fresh approach to quick, but detailed sandwiches, salads and daily specials make Kitchen Table stand out as one of Omaha's most exciting new dining experiences.




We visited on a Wednesday evening, early because Kitchen Table is only open until 7 pm (8 pm starting this week).  There was so much great natural light in the building and the rustic decorating approach indicates a homey feeling but with a modern flair. The restaurant appears to seat about 26 on the floor in tables and a long-running bench, with a bar-seating option as well for single patrons. I imagine this place is pretty hoppin' during the lunch hours. Their quick service means the crowd turns over pretty regularly. Wine, beer, floats and a special cocktail fill out the rest of the menu. The wine and beer both adorably came out in small mason jars. Yet another smart option Kitchen Table offers is what they call a "business beer" which I believe is an 8 oz pour. Great for people who want to unwind with a small drink before returning to their days.  The giant chalkboard lists their menu standard items, but from the looks of the erasure marks, it changes often. Kitchen Table also offers two daily lunch and dinner specials and my favorite part of this dining experience - typically there is one vegetarian special offered. Some time ago I signed up for their mailing list which will email you a copy of their daily lunch and dinner specials, I recommend you do the same. 



On the night of our visit we kept to what was on their standard menu. Truthfully, the reason we chose this specific night for a visit is because I was intrigued in one of their daily specials - herbed ricotta meatballs - but once I saw meatloaf on the menu, I jumped at that. And I can honestly say it was one of the best meatloafs I've ever had. It was juicy, a little sweet, and gave that melt-in-your-mouth satisfaction. A little messy, but hey, that's kind of the point right? The meatloaf came on bread that was a little tough to get through. I ate the first half of my sandwich hand-held, but for the second half opted to take the top off of the sandwich and eat the rest with a fork. Carrots were a nice addition to the sandwich though, which also came with a side of spiced popcorn. 




Cooper opted for one of their salads which came with some of the most delicious mustard dressing. He really liked the portion size and the shredded lettuce. As his side he chose the deviled eggs, which could have been a little more flavorful, maybe a little cayenne pepper was needed?



Another great convenience Kitchen Table offers is online ordering! God, I wish I lived and/or worked downtown so badly because I would be here like everyday. All in all, we had a really lovely experience at Kitchen Table. It's lightness and fresh and ever-changing concepts and approach to food will make it really interesting to see them grow. And if you're ever looking for a new place to brunch at on Sundays - Kitchen Table has that covered too!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Shall I try to feign excitement for the beginning of yet another work-week? Would that make you feel better? Ok. Huzza! It's Monday! Grab your cup of coffee and let's kick this week's ass! Take that the next 40 work hours!

Ugh, that was exhausting. Now that we've got that enthusiasm out of our systems, let's reward ourselves with the following internet findings and promise to get back to work in 20 minutes - 
  • I don't even remember how I came across Annette Kellerman, but did you know she single handedly changed bathing suit standards? Just a fun summer fact. 
  • Oh, Diane von Furstenberg, you are an American designing treasure. I always wish I was bold enough to pull off more patterns. To power clash and own it. Especially when I see the beauty that is this
  • We were Lincoln residents for four years in college and back then the music scene was a little limited (but we still love you Shithook). The recent sensation to be a musician/bar owner has spread to Lincoln with the opening of Vega, a new venue owned by some established Lincoln artists. Looks like we're all about to spend more weekends in Lincoln.
  • I have pretty weird handwriting because I used to be a lefty, but then public school made me a righty in first grade. I think this explanation of handwriting relating to your personality type is pretty spot on though. 
  • Did you hear about Carly-Rae Jepsen's utter fail when she pitched the first ball at the Tampa Bay Rays game? This is pretty much the exact opposite of that. 
  • Ever since I was a kid, I have been surrounded by car nuts. My dad, my brothers, they've all made me appreciate the beauty that is a cool car. There are some especially iconic cars in film which were paid tribute to here (I'm a little surprised Bullitt is missing though). 
  • YOU GUYS I TOTALLY FORGOT THIS MOVIE EXISTED AND I GOT UNCONTROLLABLY EXCITED WHEN I FOUND IT. 
  • Who wants to pay to stay here for a night? I'm seriously asking because I think this place is adorable.
  • Well these are just beautiful. 

Bebop has been burping in front of us a lot more lately, and I'd like to attest that to the amount of times we burp in front of his (also we might praise him when his are especially loud). What can I say? Like mother, like doggie. 

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Saturday Jams #27

Oy vey, where did this day go? I have so much work left to do and not much time to do it in. Isn't the summer supposed to be less stressful? At least I have a good meal ahead of me today, I'm celebrating one of my dear friends 30th birthday at Lo Sole Mio, then we may be off to Benson for Soul Night at the Sydney. I'm definitely wearing my dancing shoes out! Now, as far as music to compliment your day....

Head over here to listen to a Team Love band -  Last Good Tooth. I just discovered them and I'm a little obsessed.


Caveman - "In the City"
How have I never heard of cCveman before?! And what is Julia Stiles doing in this video?!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

Alas, our favorite part of the week has arrived. Neither of us really has any big plans for the weekend, but it's never hard to find something to do in this city. If you, too, are wondering where the haps at this weekend (yeah, I said it), you are in luck! Every week we bring you a list of events going on over the weekend. As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend.

FRIDAY July 19
  • Holy shit, how did I not know that it's like Sweet Stock 2013 over at Stir Concert Cove tonight??? Smashmouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball are all playing. Be still, my 13 year old heart. 
  • If that's not quite your scene, maybe you'd be more interested in seeing Eli Mardock, The Kickback, and John Larsen at O'Leaver's. Can't beat the $5 price tag, either. 
  • They used to have a night at Aksarben every year where they lit up hot air balloons. Does anyone else remember this? I just found out that Bellevue is having a balloon glow tonight at their Riverfest so if you're looking to relive your childhood, head south.  
 SATURDAY July 20
  • Soul Night at the Sydney is seriously one of my all time favorite events in Omaha. I'm pretty sure I say that just about every month, but I can't help it! This month they are having a little ice cream social as well to help you beat the heat. Go get your groove on!
  • Something else I love? The Sound of Music. That's right, I love that damn musical. Film Streams is totally doing me a solid (not personally) and playing this on the big screen this afternoon. If you love Fraulein Maria as much as I do, I will see you there!
  • Don't forget to get some fresh produce at a Farmer's Market near you! You can go to Village Pointe, Benson, or the Old Market today. 

SUNDAY July 21

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Around the Neighborhood Lately

On Friday night, Cooper went to work while I stayed at home. Not 15 minutes after he left he texted me that a thrift store near our home was on fire. Turns out, someone smashed into the building. Here is the aftermath. Most of the street and surrounding area is still closed down, almost a week later. They had to carefully remove the billboard off of the top of the building and it was so bizarre to drive by, this billboard just standing in the street. There's a security guard on post whose sole-responsibility is to ensure no one enters the building (as you can see there's still inventory in the store). He sits in the shade because it's 95 degrees outside and watches as people come and go. And the people do come and go, taking pictures, pointing at the destruction. I guess when someone says there's a building about to collapse in on itself, you pull over and examine it's odd beauty.






Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

It's that time of year where you want to spend tons of time outside. A great deck or patio is always our preferred hang out spot. And even though you're outside, that doesn't meant you have to be uncomfortable. You can still be surrounded by the things you love and have your outdoor spots reflect your personal style. In that vein, this week's GG list showcases all the outdoor accessories our hearts are desiring.

Wise Owl Picks - 

outdoor living


 
Sly Fox Picks - 

Backyard Ballin'