Sunday Lately

Sunday Lately
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Hi Friends!


How was your week? I had a rare Sunday morning to myself so I thought I’d share some of my favorite finds from the week. Thanks to the “thunderstorm” — that’s an official weather term for a snow storm with lightening and thunder— I spent the first three days of the week not leaving my apartment. This was honestly was the BEST thing after eight straight weeks of traveling. It meant I had a lot of time for work (hi boss dude) and getting distracted by the Internet. Also, I had to pack for my trip to San Antonio & Las Vegas, which meant I had to be very productive doing anything but packing. It still alludes me that I can travel this much and still not be good at packing quickly. Any one else with me?  But I digress, I found a lot of fun stuff and wanted to share. Hope you have a great weekend.


Besos- A
Remembering Nakesha Williams: 
This story really hit me. Nakesha Williams had everything going for her- former honor student, full scholarship to Williams College, avid reader- yet somewhere along the line things went horribly wrong as she drifted into homelessness. Her story exemplifies how hard it is to confront homelessness. Even though Nakesha had an extensive support network- friends, former college advisors, social workers, stangers— trying to help her, her mental health issues prevented her from seeking help. This sobering read personalizes this situation, begging the question” what can we do for individuals in these seemingly helpless situations?”
Have you heard about Brandless  There mission is all about complete transparency to cut out the BrandTax and markups of popular national brands you find in your standard big name store without cutting down the quality?  I haven’t bought anything…yet… but I’ve always been


Anchovies on Toast:
Last week, we took a quick subway ride over to Crown Heights to test out Camillo— the newest “Roman Obsession” according to Eater. Named about Count Camillo Negroni- the inventor of — you guessed it— the NEGRONI, this restaurant specializes in pinsas. What is a pinsa you ask? It’s similar to a pizza, but not. Oddly enough, my favorite part of the whole meal was the Anchovies on Buttered Toast.


Absolutely Delicious:
Thanks to the Thundersnow, I ended up started a new documentary on Netflix called “Ugly Delicious.” Each episode is, as the Guardian describes it, “ a crash course in narrative juxtaposition and micro-sections a history lesson on Viet-Cajun fusion food here, an exposition on barbecuing courtesy of Noma’s René Redzepi there. But the message is reassuringly simple: the inelegant, ungainly and downright dangerously calorific is just as important as a three-Michele starred chef’s latest dizzying complex concoction.” Don’t eat on an empty stomach.


The Perfect 5 Minute Meal:
 I ended up cooking a lot this week. Partly because I was home and partly because I wanted to get rid of all the food in my refrigerator before I left for a week of work travel. The best part- I figured out a new 5 minute meal. I’ll do a full blog post later, but grab some spiraled zucchini (or noodles), and vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil pesto from Trader Joe’s. Stir fry on a pan, and add chopped cherry tomatoes. Best of all, you can substitute pretty much everything- don’t have zoodles, grab noodles. Don’t have cherry tomatoes, add those frozen peas you’ve been saving for months. Just try to stock up on the pesto. Simple, easy and filling.

Life Lately- February

Life Lately- February
Photo by Reinhard Rosar

Welcome to my monthly “Life Lately” reflections, where I chronicle things I did/ate/drink and liked.  I’ve never been much for diaries (short attention span!), but I do really love looking back on these monthly lists. This month has been a series of ups and downs. Work-wise, it’s been a tough month. We got our first negative feedback, and let’s just say, I did not handle it well. It’s really hard– especially when it’s your own family business- not to take it personally. Luckily, I have a solid boss and excellent friends that forced me (in a nice way) to look at all the positive things we’ve accomplished. On the other hand, my social life was lit. We had an epic Super Bowl party, did some Olympic worthy ice skating and ski sessions (not), and celebrated V-Day and Birthdays surprise-style.  It’s all about the work/life balance, amiright? How’s your month been?

  • A

Life Lately: February 

Currently Eating: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash Casserole 

Currently Craving: Peking Duck (hint hint G)

Currently Drinking: Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey Tea

Currently Reading: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Currently Recommending:  Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)

Currently Watching: Black Panther and Director Ryan Coogler’s breakdown of this epic scene

Currently Podcastin’ to: Arm Chair Expert with Dax Shepard. Specifically his episode with Kristen Bell. It’s a refreshingly honest look into how this couple relationship. Hint: Involves a lot of humor and work.

Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. Still chugging along.

Currently Playing: Alto’s Adventures….even though I just download Alto’s Odyssey 

Currently Traveling to: San Antonio, Texas

Currently Dreaming about: South Africcccccaaaa, May 2018.


In case you missed it:

  • Take a moment to laugh at some of the best Super Bowl commercials
  • Get inspired … or hungry, but my favorite foods from our Paris/Burgundy trip
  • Try this amazing PALEO/WHOLE30 casserole dish
  • Check out what I did last weekend– hint it involves skiing and hot chocolate


Weekend Review| Ski Bunnies, Berkshires & Birthday Surprises

Weekend Review| Ski Bunnies, Berkshires & Birthday Surprises
ERMAHGERD* it’s G’s birthday! Okay, it was actually on Sunday. But we spent all weekend celebrating (because G doesn’t do birthday months**…yet), and spent last night adulting aka laundry and grocery shopping. So really this was my first chance to pay a bloggy tribute to my favorite bae, boo, super special man friend who I absolutely did not chose because he can get things off the high shelves.
This year, I planned a surprise birthday get-away to the Berkshire Mountains.  I used to go there when I was a kid, mostly to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and eat my weight in farm-raised food (before farm to table was the cool thing to do). So when I found an epic hotel + ski pass promo for Hotel on North and Jiminy Peak, and an awesome car rental company ***,  I knew this would be the perfect combo of adventure and relaxation. I hope you enjoy my little diary of our weekend escape.
– A
G’s Super Special Surprise Birthday Weekend
The surprise starts with our fancy-smancy rental
Dinner at Fireside BBQ. 
Not pictured, me DEVOURING those ribs.
Hipster Keys at our awesome Hotel. The details in this place were unreal!
Relaxing after the long drive
This super cool Instagram worthy lobby! Seriously, the whole hotel is SO dreamy.
Day 2 is our SKI DAY at Jiminy Peak.  Obligatory Ski Pics below.
Apres Ski with some delicious food at Eat on North- our hotel’s restaurant. You can’t see it, but the bread on the right is covering up the baked garlic…SOOOOO yummy.
Day 3: G’s BIRTHDAYYYYYY! Breakfast in (the) Bed(room!)
Post-breakfast, G researched and found two epic spots.
First, we visited Edith Wharton’s home — the Mount-– and saw how this brilliant and hard-working woman wrote some of her masterpieces, like House of Mirth.
Then we went down to Great Barrington for some EPIC salad and pizza at Baba Louie’s.
Post lunch, we were full but needed some candy from Robin’s Candy Store. This place is amazing. They have ALL this incredible candy — including Vintage Style Pop-Rocks— and Robin personally gives you a tooth brush to make sure you don’t ruin your teeth. That’s winning in my book.
After a breezy 3 hour drive back and super simple car return. G + I went up to Times Square to his favorite movie theatre to watch Game Night — surprisingly good btw— and finished the weekend with some Shack Shack. An amazing end to an amazing weekend in honor of my favorite AMAZING human.
* So I had to google how to properly spell this word, and let me tell you. The internet takes defining words seriously. According to, Ermahgerd is a rhotacized pronunciation of “oh my god.” People, I had to look up a word from a site called “!” I feel humbled here.
** Anyone who knows me knows that I LUURVEE birthdays. There is something magical about getting to #treatyourself and overindulge in the funfetti department. And while I love my birthday (ahem, month), I LOOVVVVEEE to celebrate my nearest and dearest’s. So when I got the iCAL reminder to start planning G’s bday, I was…stumped. Seriously. The last three birthday celebrations have been epic and set the bar WAAAAY to high. First it was the secret Japanese speakeasy in an old Andy Warhol studio, then it was a magnificent trip to Cartagena. And don’t get me started on last year, when his two college friends planned the ULTIMATE birthday celebration with a self-driving Tesla car ride through multiple Napa wineries. The boy is spoiled. Hehe. Hopefully, this one made the top four list ;)
*** I am literally obsessed with SilverCar. Renting a car in New York is miserable. You either have to shlep up to an airport or go to New Jersey. It’s expensive, time-consuming and weirdly difficult. I think maybe New Yorkers LOVE their city SO much because they can’t easily leave it. Anyways, I found this super cool company called SilverCar that rents out silver Audis. Fancy Smancy, right. But like all super trendy start-ups, they are very affordable, waive traditional car rental nonsense — like tolls, gas surcharges etc), and they usually have awesome promos. This is not a #ad, but if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with SilverCar- I would HIGHLY recommend it. Also, if you use my promo code —BOVTAHZQ–, you and I can get $25 off.


Things I Ate, Drank & Loved: Paris Edition

Things I Ate, Drank & Loved: Paris Edition

True fact: I would happily spend an entire trip to France eating just bread. No butter. Just warm, long pointy, baguette parisienne. Sure, I’d be happy to add in some stinky roquefort  or a nice spicy saucisson. But honestly, I could eat baguettes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  In fact, when I was a kid, I’d visit my family in Montreau and make a constant request for bread. I made the request so much, my grandfather asked my parents if I actually like the food they were cooking. After that, my parents put a swift end to the constant bread requests and I happily moved onto better things like “stinky cheese” and “patè.” Last year, G + I took a 5 day trip to France, where we basically ate our way through the Paris and the Burgundy region. I thought I’d share some of my favorite food pictures.Quick tip: if you’re planning a trip, drop the frantic trip advisors searches and just wander around. My favorite meal was an impromptu restaurant while waiting for our Airbnb to open up. I hope you enjoy.


Eat With Master Chef: Jean Yves 
Tea with a View at Carette‘s
Scones at T’Cup
Fresh Prawns
Escargot at William Fèvre in Chablis
All the Melty Cheese in France
Avocado Toast at Juice Lab
Steak Tartare at Place Unknown
Dessert at La Pharmacie
Quintessential Views with Jamon & Baguette
Obligatory Tourist Shot

Aheli Eats: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Aheli Eats: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash


For years, I’ve seen “spaghetti squash” recipes and been too intimidated by the fact you have somehow turn a hard yellow thing into “spaghetti.” I’m not a magician!  Then, I found this helpful Kitchn article and this super helpful Inspired Taste video, and all of a sudden I’m a cooking magician. At least for spaghetti squash. Fast forward to last night, and I finally made 1 of the 19 spaghetti squash recipes from my my “Eat Me” board! Listen people, run don’t walk to your grocery and get the ingredients for this recipe! It is so creamy, so yummy and perfect for those cold February nights. Don’t be turned off by the Blog Name Paleo Gluten Free Eats–  I’m not Paleo, Gluten or a Whole 30 fiend. I do, however, love any lactose-free recipes and those buzzwords guarantee that I’m not eating always eating vegan recipes (and then tossing in bacon….oops). I’m so excited to eat all of these leftovers.

Happy cooking. – A

“Creamy” Bacon, Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash Casserole” 

Total Time

Prep: 15 minutes

Inactive: 20 Minutes to 1 Hour

Difficulty: Easy


  • 3-4 cups cooked Spaghetti squash
    • Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
  • 8 pieces cooked and chopped bacon
  • 1 1/2 steamed broccoli


  • 1 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground pepper


  • Carbon steel or cast iron pan
  • Sauce Pan to steam broccoli and make sauce
  • Oven Mitts
  • Baking Tray
  • Parchment Paper
  • Tongs
  • Large wooden spoon
  • Plate and Paper Towel
  • Casserole dish


  1. Bake spaghetti squash in the oven. Rub some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place squash cut-side-down on parchment paper and bake at 375 degree F until soft. (40-60 minutes).
  3. While cooking the squash, steam broccoli in sauce pan.
  4. Once squash is done, take a fork and “scrap” all the insides into a casserole dish.
  5. Cook the bacon and cut into small chopped pieces.
  6. Whisk all the “sauce” ingredients in a saucepan. Heat sauce for about 5-8 minutes.
  7. Finally, added the steamed broccoli, bacon and spaghetti squash to casserole dish. Pour cream sauce over the casserole and head in oven at 400F until warm.

Ode to Super Bowl Monday

So did you catch the game last night?

Last night, G and I threw our annual* Super Bowl Potluck. I love the Super Bowl. Which is hilarious because I’m not a big football fan whatsoever.  I grew up in Connecticut, where we don’t have a single professional sports team (RIP Hartford Whalers). I’m not ashamed to say that I watch the Super Bowl exclusively for the commercials and the half time show. So color me surprised when the game was my favorite part of the night. I love a good “underdog” story, and getting to watch the Eagles win their first Super Bowl ever while the Patriots put up a really good fight, was incredible. So incredible, I found myself, jumping up and gleefully cheering when Brady dropped the ball.

While the game was good, I was pretty disappointed in the the half-time show. Compared to Lady Gaga’s incredible ode to “weird” America and celebration of LGBTIA rights, Queen Bee’s epic performance(s), and of course, Katy Perry’s Left Shark, JTs performance felt a bit tone-deaf bordering on cultural appropriation. I like JT, but I didn’t appreciate his controversial “nod” to Super Bowl 2004 #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay or the Prince hologram.  Also, yikes, what was up with his shirt?

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Half time aside,  the commercials really delivered this year. And they should deliver when companies pay over $5 million for a 30 second of airtime! I was actually impressed by the variety and diversity of many of the ads.   I thought I’d take a break from Monday afternoon work to share my favorite ads. Let me know what your favorites were in the comments below.

Happy Monday.

  • Aheli


3. Alexa Loses Her Voice

2. Doritos Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman

1. Tide Ad

As a product manager, who spends WAAAAYYY too much time thinking about marketing strategies. This ad was LIT. Turning every ad into a a tide-ad was genius. Major Props!


*By annual, last year I had planned on throwing my first Super Bowl potluck party but only ended up inviting my best friend T. Honestly, it was one of my favorite parties of the year.


Life Lately: January 2018

Life Lately: January 2018




I think Roz Chast’s New York Cartoon sums it up best. Unlike the end of the year which flew by faster than an African swallow (bonus point to anyone who got to Monty Python reference), January took FOUR-EVAH to finish. This isn’t to say that it was a bad month. In fact, minus the week I was out due to the Winter Plague (aka the flu), this month has been pretty awesome. I started off the New Year with my favorite cousins. There may or may not have been some dancing to 90s youtube videos. Back in Brooklyn, G and I made it to two epic concerts- The Killers and Above & Beyond. We tried Shiso (healthy Japanese syrup) for the first time at a shiso cocktail tasting ( less healthy but still very delicious.) And we took full advantage of our MoviePass card- by seeing Jumanji, I, Tonya and Molly’s Game. And yes, don’t worry, I still managed a full work load with two work trips. You see what I mean- it was a LONG month. I had all this fun and was still a productive human. Anyways, I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the New Year. Here’s hoping that February is just as fun…if not more.


Sending big hugs,


Currently Eating: Homemade Bolognese by my friend, Chen.


Currently Craving: The 10 piece omakase at Taro


Currently Drinking: Hot Water with Meyer-Lemon and Ginger (Be gone, cold germs!)


Currently Reading: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)


Currently Recommending: The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh


Currently Watching (TV): Narcos Season 3. I know, I know, I’m late.


Currently Watching (Movie): I, Tonya. I was shocked by how much I liked it. Also, this article on how to shot the triple Axel is really cool


Currently These cool wood block jewelry holders. I found Emily Henderson’s blog via Pinterest.


Currently Bloglovin’: Hitha on the Go


Currently Podcasting to: Terry Gross on Fresh Air


Currently Listening to: Above & Beyond’s Always ft. Zoë Johnston


Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. I’m on week 2 of her 15 week challenge.


Currently Dreaming: An upcoming trip to South Africa!


Currently Reminiscing About: Our trip to India. Good thing we have another trip plan at the end of the year!



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