Three cheers for the extra time because there is so much I want to do this weekend, rather than so much I must do, and the list involves a little bit of everything. In the sports column, there's a Pitt men's basketball game against Syracuse on Saturday and the
I told you about two new-to-me discoveries that have brought me such joy: the flat whisk and Cooks' Illustrated. I thought I'd share a few more things I've started enjoying in the new year that you might get a kick out of, too. Here is today's Friday Five: New (to me) things I'm loving!
1. YurBuds - I do not like change, especially when it comes to my workout essentials. I've used the same kind of headphones (but multiple pairs) for over 10 years. When my most recent pair played its final tune (and no longer worked with the power of rubberbands and tape), I discovered that my kind is no longer made. After some serious research, I chose YurBuds ear buds since they got the best reviews from athletes. My sister-in-law gifted me this pair at Christmas, and I've been using them nonstop since then. They are truly no-slip and stay in place like a champ. I highly recommend these!
2. Fancy Sunday brunch - Matt and I have a thing for making brunch in the comfort of our own home (and pajamas) and rarely go out for it. For months, we've talked with friends about going out to at any of the more upscale restaurants around the city; this past weekend, we finally made it happen. Turns out that getting dressed up and having someone else prepare your brunch is totally amazing! We visited Savoy (in the Strip District, for you locals) and had a fantastic time. My shrimp & grits was to die for, loaded with spicy andouille sausage, cheddar cheese, and mushrooms. Yum! Can't wait to see where we're headed next.
5. Unique burgers - My inspiration for new recipes often begins with a classic and brainstorming ways to switch things up and make it my own. Last year, I was all about meatballs and putting a spin on them. So far this year, all I can think about are burgers. I jotted down a few ideas last night, and that list turned into no less than 15 crazy ideas. Let's just say these aren't yo' daddy's burgers. I'm testing the first (of many) recipes this weekend, so if all goes well, look for a sizzling new burger recipe next week!
Wherever you are and whatever you're eating, hope it's fantastic :) Happy holiday weekend, everybody!