holiday, new york city

Au Revoir 2014

A year is a long time. It may not always feel like it, but there’s a lot you may or¬†may not accomplish in 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours.

Looking back at 2014, we did accomplish some notable things: we hosted our first dinner party, ate at WD~50 before it closed, and witnessed the most-played rivalry in college football at Yankee Stadium (Go Lehigh)! E moved to her second NYC apartment and took on new responsibilities at work, and S crossed off two major bucket list items by attending both the World Cup and the Kentucky Derby. Most importantly, 2014 brought us Fork and 5th!

In 2014, I came to really understand myself. I came to terms with what it means to be a real person – being out of college over a full year now, finally finding a gym I like (though I’m not it’s most frequent visitor), embracing my inner¬†foodie, rekindling old friendships (especially one in particular) and realizing the importance of doing things that make you happy just because they make you happy.

I plan to take these lessons and make next year the best year yet, and to be the best version of myself. A big part of that means being comfortable with the idea of me Рwho I am and who I want to be. What I want to do. Who I want to spend my time with. How I want to spend my time. What I want to accomplish.

2015 is going to be a year of firsts. E and I couldn’t be happier that you are joining us for the ride. Here’s to a year filled with happy – in the form of food, fashion and everything else in between.

xoxo S

big apple, booze, food

Back Forty

Soft-scrambled eggs with feta and a side of grits with chipotle pecan butter. Yes, we died and went to heaven.

Soft-scrambled eggs with feta and a side of grits with chipotle pecan butter. Yes, we died and went to heaven.

The other day, we hit up this Avenue B gem¬†as our plan B for brunch, after our first choice ended up having too long of a wait. However, we quickly realized that this great spot should never be relegated to Plan B – it’s definitely Plan A material. Due to its proximity to E’s apartment, we have a feeling we’re on our way to becoming regulars.

Soft-scrambled eggs with feta and a side of grits with chipotle pecan butter. Yes, we died and went to heaven.

Soft-scrambled eggs with feta and a side of grits with chipotle pecan butter. Yes, we died and went to heaven.

The food was delicious, the portions were perfect, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was cozy and light. We may have been a little hungover, and the Bloody Marys really hit the spot. Talk about a perfect Sunday.

Bonus: in the summer, Back 40 hosts crab boils on Tuesdays. (Check it out in summer 2015!) We went this past summer and had an absolute blast. When you buy a ticket, you’re seated communally (so make sure you buy tickets for your whole party together to ensure you can be seated together) and friendly waters¬†bring out several buckets of spiced Chesapeake crabs and delicious sides (we had corn bread, potatoes, and corn on the cob which was buttered to perfection… obviously we love carbs!). The bar has a¬†great craft beer selection if you¬†want to stay hydrated, because of course you do. They also have an amazing outdoor patio situation – call to find out¬†when the patio seatings are and make sure to get a ticket for one of those times.

Feeling crabby.

Feeling crabby.

at home, cooking, food

Fork and 5th in the Kitchen: Zucchini Noodles

They say New Yorkers don’t use their kitchens. Carrie Bradshaw famously used her oven for storing shoes. While we do find ourselves frequently occasionally taking advantage of the glory that is Seamless,¬†chowing down at our tried-and-true favorite restaurants, or checking out the tasting menu at a new hotspot, we do find ourselves behind our own stoves every once in awhile.

A few weeks ago, we found ourselves in possession of a Spiralizer (a big thanks¬†to¬†S’s mom!). We popped over to Fairway, grabbed some zucchini, and started spiraling. (Wondering what a Spiralizer is? Essentially, it’s a handheld slicing tool similar to¬†a mandoline- you feed a vegetable into the tool and it shreds¬†it into “spirals” or long noodle-like pieces.) Two zucchinis yielded a generous amount of zucchini “noodles” for two or three servings.

Zucchini noodles: the before

Zucchini noodles: a blank canvas.

After sauteeing them on the stove with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, we checked the fridge to see what we could top the noodles with. Luckily, we found some shrimp in the freezer and some leftover homemade red pepper pesto. We cooked the shrimp separately, then tossed them in the pan with the pesto and the zucchini.

We recommend cooking until the zucchini is tender but still firm enough to have some bite to it, and tossing all the ingredients together until the sauce is warmed up and spread evenly throughout the noodles.

FYI, the noodles will shrink as you cook them. Because of the high water content in zucchini, the water cooks out of them – so you’ll want to cook more than you think you will need. We topped the noodles¬†with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and served the dish¬†immediately. Delicious AND¬†healthy!

More combos we would love to try on zucchini noodles:

Basil pesto + walnuts + grilled chicken

White wine, lemon and garlic + chili flakes + diced avocado

Soy sauce + fresh ginger + baby bok choy + carrots + vidalia onions + snap peas + protein (scrambled eggs, tofu, or chicken would be delicious)

Homemade tomato sauce + turkey meatballs + garlic bread (you’re already being healthy by substituting zucchini for pasta¬†–¬†live it up!)

Have you used a Spiralizer? We’d love to hear your favorite recipes!

inspiration, new york city, productivity, shoes

We Wanna Be Ivanka

We have a serious girl crush on Ivanka Trump. Smart, beautiful, AND stylish? She’s a triple threat.

Fork & 5th Gone Wild

Fork & 5th gone wild.

We are also huge fans of her shoes. E snagged these leopard booties at Lord & Taylor on Black Friday.

We are also seriously coveting these. And these. Oh, and these (did we mention they’re on SALE?).

Besides her eponymous fashion line, we also love her¬†newly-launched initiative –¬†Women Who Work. The site¬†is¬†full of fabulous advice for work and life, gorgeous style ideas, and¬†thought-provoking profiles on women who are doing big things in¬†many different career paths.¬†Sign us up!

fashion, travel, tuesday

Shoesday Boozeday

Oh, Black Friday –¬†you got the best of me! I’ve never been much of a¬†Black Friday shopper, as the idea of crowds and chaos intimidates me.

There's a 50/50 chance we're in love. (Just kidding, it's a 100% chance.)

There’s a 50/50 chance we’re in love. (Just kidding, it’s a 100% chance.)

This year, I decided to bite the bullet and try it out. I spent Thanksgiving week down in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and did a little shopping while I was down there.

I’ve always¬†had my eye on Stuart Weitzman’s¬†50/50 boots, but just wasn’t sure if they were worth¬†the splurge. My eyes lit up when I saw them on the display rack at Saks Off 5th, but I¬†was certain they wouldn’t have my size – that would be too good to be¬†true. However, after some digging, I found the perfect pair at a perfect price.

Can’t wait to take them for their first night out!

On to the drinks. Today’s beverage is actually booze-less! I’m all about sweet tea. Although I love a good¬†beachy drink, I can’t help myself when it comes to sweet tea every time I’m in¬†Hilton Head. If you are looking for a sugar rush or an afternoon pick-me-up, I recommend you head¬†south of the Mason-Dixon and grab a glass.¬†No travel plans in your immediate future? Whip up a batch at home.


fashion, netflix, new york city

Advanced Style

A lot of the time, fashion is presented as the domain of the young. Street style photographers perennially focus on the hippest, coolest, skinniest, most reckless, most carefree among us. New York moves at such a fast pace, it can seem like a neverending race to keep up with the Joneses of style. But we are firm believers in the fact that, like a good wine, style gets better with age.

Ari Seth Cohen agrees. This past weekend, we watched his wonderful documentary on Netflix: Advanced Style.

Cohen trails around glamorous women over 50 on the streets of Manhattan for his blog, and in this documentary, he focuses on seven New York ladies ranging in age from 62-95. We found ourselves tremendously inspired by the creative women he featured. These women are our style role models Рfearless, adventurous, confident, and wise. Each of these ladies uses her body as a canvas of sorts, made all the more rich by a fascinating life story. This documentary is definitely a feast for the eyes, but unlike a lot of fashion documentaries, it has a lot of depth and an inspiring note of hope.

Today’s street style darlings should definitely take note. Our review: two forks up!

big apple, giving back, new york city, thanksgiving

City Harvest

With the holidays approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in your own world – chasing down the perfect gift, booking travel plans, making appearances at various social engagements. During this busy time, we strive to be present in the moment and be¬†grateful for all that we are lucky enough to have. We seek out opportunities¬†to help our fellow New Yorkers who are facing far more pressing issues, like not being able to feed themselves and their families, or not having a roof over their head to shelter them from the Polar Vortex.

Spotted: City Harvest to the rescue!

Spotted: City Harvest to the rescue!

Today we want to shine a spotlight on City Harvest, a phenomenal organization that helps feed more than a million¬†hungry New Yorkers every year. City Harvest not only delivers food and nutrition to our community members in need, it minimizes food waste by rescuing excess food from restaurants and food¬†establishments. City Harvest doesn’t just feed New Yorkers, it¬†develops programs to ensure high-need communities have access to healthy food and the¬†tools to¬†make healthy decisions.

If you’d like to spread some holiday cheer and make sure other New Yorkers have a happy and healthy holiday season, check out City Harvest and consider some of the following options!

  • Donate some Thanksgiving groceries to their food drive
  • Volunteer in your community
  • Sponsor¬†meals for 20 children for a whole week, a senior citizen for a year, or 17 New Yorkers for a month!