Baked Mediterranean & Parmesan Potato Wedges

 

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I know I’m way behind on my posts… but this is for a good reason! Ever since moving to London my down time has been close to none, and that isn’t a bad thing. I’ve been doing so much exploring and cooking that I’ve had little time to write up some posts that do each day justice.

That being said, upon making these delicious potato wedges tonight (which pair delightfully with lamb burgers… lamb is incredibly popular here!) I know that your week will become 100x better when you see how easy this recipe is — definitely try this at home! (Also- it’s going to be an awesome appetizer for the Superbowl this weekend!)

 

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SERVES (2-3)     PREP: 15 Minutes     COOK: 30 Minutes   TOTAL TIME: 45 Minutes

Let’s Get Started: 

3 large russet potatoes, sliced into wedges

4 tablespoons olive oil

1-teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons Mediterranean Spice mix (Garlic, Basil, Parsley, Salt, Pepper, Oregano)

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

 

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Let’s Get Cooking:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F (180*C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet, set aside.
  2. Place potato wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil over them and mix evenly. In a small bowl mix together spices. Sprinkle potato wedges with Parmesan cheese and mix evenly, then sprinkle spices the same way.
  3. Place potato wedges on prepared baking sheet with skin-sides down. Bake for 25-30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender and golden. Sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Stay Classy! xx

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London ’16: The Adventure Begins!

It’s been an exciting past few days! I arrived in London in the morning on Wednesday and have been “bogged down” with jetlag for the past few days. Fortunately I had English Breakfast Tea and conveniently stationed pubs to get me through it!

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I moved into my beautiful flat in Kensington, London and celebrated with a delicious dinner of Thai food from a cute little restaurant down the street. Whoever said London was “dreary” and “is known for having the worst food” couldn’t have been more wrong. The food was delicious and flavorful and totally homemade! I’m so happy that it’s located so close to my flat – and also that the U.K. food delivery service is called Deliveroo 🙂

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Due to the fact that I will be attending two universities while I am in London, I have not given much time to get acclimated on my own. The past few days have been filled with academic and housing orientations and excursions and my own attempts to explore the city on my own. (One of such excursions being the main grocery store, Tesco… my head is still spinning and I am still trying to figure out what British people eat. But I did manage to get enough groceries to get me through at least breakfast the next few days – plus I’m in love with the low-fat Gooseberry yogurt 😉

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I was so excited to find that Kensington Palace is a two-block walk from Fordham’s London campus, it’s gorgeous and so amazing that I will be taking classes so close to where the Royals have lived (and still live on occasion). The Palace Gardens are also incredible and seem like an awesome place to go running, which I plan on testing out tomorrow morning!

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My first impressions of London have totally exceeded my expectations. The city is incredibly lush and full of nature; palm tree – looking plants are all over the city and most window sills are decorated with flowers and adorably trimmed bushes. The architecture is gorgeous and full of history. London definitely seems to be a city of secrets like New York, but it has an entirely different energy to it, perhaps it is more proper? Only time will tell I guess, but I can’t wait to find out!

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Stay Classy! xx

P.S. I’m still searching for awesome pubs and restaurants to go to in London, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

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My book stack in the first photo includes the Taschen Restaurant Guide to London, Color Me Happy coloring book, Miraculous Silence and an adorable copy of Wuthering Heights! / Black Audrey Brooke Suede Pump / Michael Kors earmuffs  (so cozy!) / My red coat is actually from Forever 21 but I’m linking to a similar one on sale from Gap!

Up Up & Away

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Today is the day I’ve been waiting for since middle school, the first time I ever travelled outside of the U.S. After hours and hours of packing, and unpacking, and repacking, and weighing, and unpacking, and strategically stuffing items from my checked bags into my carry on bags, the time has finally come to say my goodbyes and head to the airport. I’ll be studying abroad in London for the next FIVE months!

I am incredibly excited to experience the British culture and to travel to as many other countries as I can while I am away. My class schedule worked out great and I only have class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! This leaves so much room for exploring and travelling, both of which I am super excited about. I’ll be taking classes at two universities in London, and some are a little bit out of my comfort zone, but isn’t that what studying abroad is all about?

I can’t wait to start my London Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism classes (as well as to see the Victoria and Albert Museum and visit some awesome designer headquarters!) and I’m interested to see what I’ll learn from my Philosophy and Theatre classes… the latter is certainly a different choice for me (the last time I acted was probably when I was 7 and played Glinda in an adorable production of the Wizard of Oz) but I guess, when in London…

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Now on a more serious note, I do realize how blessed and fortunate I am to be able to go out and have an experience such as this. I am so grateful to my parents for giving me this opportunity and I am certain that I will take full advantage of it. I realize that not everyone is able to travel like this and I truly do realize how lucky I am.

Whenever I travel, especially abroad, I have a flashback to my trip to Ecuador a few years back. It was an amazing trip and Ecuador is a beautiful, scenic and very natural country with amazing food and culture, yet most of its inhabitants suffer from severe poverty. I wanted to share this story with you from this trip because it really put things into perspective for me and reminds me to thank God everyday for the amazing life that I have.

I will never forget my trip to one of the main food markets, where I made eye contact with a girl around the same age as me, which at the time was sixteen. She was sitting on the dirt ground among a pile of leeks and celery and looked up at me, her eyes speaking a perspective that will be forever engrained in my memory.

It was clear that this girl had not been granted an education. She had not experienced the joys of a good book, the luxury of travelling to a new place or the freedom to make choices that would affect her future. For one instant I saw myself through her eyes; a girl about the same age, blonde hair, light skin, store bought clothes, peeking into her life for a week and then going back to the privileged U.S. I was immediately embarrassed at how fortunate I was, at the future I looked forward to, at the fact that I had the luxury of going on a vacation, of getting an education, when all she would know was her life at home and at the market. How was this fair?

I held her gaze for another moment, until two toddlers appeared from behind her and she put them on her lap. With tears in my eyes I turned away, realizing how truly lucky I was to have the life I did, and how different the lives of teenage girls around the world could be.

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I know that I have an incredible few months ahead of me and I am so ecstatic to get started. Get ready for a blog revamp because CCG is off to LONDON!

I’m totally up for suggestions on where to visit (either in the U.K. or anywhere in Europe), where to eat, sights to see, etc. Just leave a comment below or you can send me an e-mail!

This is going to be a great year guys!

Cheers! Stay Classy xx

I Do What I Love & I Love What I Do

Can you believe how fast the first weekend of 2016 went by? I feel blessed that mine was filled with great food, my family, friends, boyfriend, and of course champagne and glitter. But the celebrations have died down and school and work start up again today for most — yet a little bit of routine will be awesome for getting into the groove of following your New Year’s resolutions!

I for one am excited about the amazing opportunities 2016 already has to offer. I’ve decided that this year is going to be both HAPPY and HEALTHY. I hit a few bumps in the road last year and I’m totally grateful and excited to turn to a blank page. I’m ready to start 2016 with healthy lifestyle resolutions and challenges that I know will not only make me happier but will also increase my quality of life! I plan on first and foremost doing what I love and what makes me happy.

A few weeks ago I started Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (BBG) program and it has been kicking my butt (in a good way)! I’m loving the HIIT workouts and stretching routines as well as her healthy meal recipes in the nutrition guide.

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I’m definitely going to stick with this! I find myself excited for the next day’s workout and the feelings of soreness after remind me throughout the rest of the day (OK to be real, the next few days…) that I’m putting in the physical work, so I should also put in the mental work to resist the sweets I’m tempted by 24/7. (Kayla does allow one cheat meal per week though… she’s a tough cookie). The BBG community is all over social media, and they are AWESOME and incredibly motivating and supportive!

I’ve also fallen in love with Ellie Goulding’s new album “Delirium” and have been working out to it pretty exclusively (“I Do What I Love” is a fabulous track you should check out!)

I know that a big trend last year was c-runs (coffee runs, except the kind where you chug a cup of coffee before you work out, not where you’re running late to work and need to grab a coffee), but although I do love the caffeine boost I get from coffee, I find that it ends up upsetting my stomach. In forms of “pre-workout” beverages for women I hadn’t been able to find anything comparable to the options available for men. (If there’s any pre-workout powders that you use and love, let me know!) But I have come across one energy drink that I’ve found to be flawless so far!

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I’ve seen Celsius drinks on Instagram endorsed by celebrities promoting healthy lifestyles such as Khloe Kardashian and Jillian Michaels and decided to give it a chance. In just the past two weeks I’ve found that I LOVE the drinks and that they give me the kick I need to get the most out of my workouts! I’ve tried five flavors and Raspberry Acai Green Tea is definitely my favorite. I’ve also found that I only needed to drink half a can before each workout and it stays well and the leftover drink can be used the next day! The drinks aren’t carbonated which is awesome and they taste great.

I’m just hoping they sell them in London…

You’ll see why in my next post! 😉

Stay Classy! xx

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Celsius Energy Drinks (Raspberry Acai Green Tea and Sparkling Wild Berry) Retails approx. $20 for a pack of 12 drinks. / Under Armour Fleece Lined Running Sweatshirt (Couldn’t find the exact one online but I’m linking to a darker purple – it’s so comfy!) Retails $52. / Jamberry Nail Wraps on my nails in Metallic Berry. Retails $15. (They’ve stayed on perfectly for about a month! / Kayla Itsines’ BBG Retails $10 for the App. (only includes workouts not the nutrition guide) and $70 for the hard copy.