Coffee Talk

Happy Tuesday! I’m a day late getting my usual Coffee Talk post up, because I was feeling rather out of it yesterday. Do you guys ever have those days where you just feel like you’re in a fog? But better late than never, so here’s everything I’m eating, wearing, watching and reading this week.

On Sunday night, I went out to dinner with a few of my girlfriends at one of my favorite restaurants, Grato in West Palm Beach. The girls’ night was much needed, but the occasion was bittersweet – our lovely Kate of Solful Health is embarking on a new adventure in New York City this week.  Grato means grateful in Italian, and I truly do feel so grateful that I’ve been able to find such wonderful friends here in South Florida, even if one of them is leaving us! We sent Kate off with a veritable feast of yummy handmade pasta and other Italian specialties, like the restaurant’s delicious cacio e pepe cauliflower, which I’ll be doing my best to recreate at home.

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1½ cups grated pecorino romano
  • 1 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 450F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the olive oil and cauliflower florets until well combined. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until tender and starting to brown.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the pecorino romano, parmigiano reggiano, and freshly ground black pepper. Mash with just enough cold water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste evenly in the bowl.
  4. Add the cauliflower to the bowl and toss to coat. Serve topped with more black pepper and additional pecorino.

 

On my everlasting hunt for fall clothes that are light enough to wear in Florida, I’ve added one thing to my wish list: a utility vest. I’ve had the same beloved utility jacket since 2010, and love how the piece adds an unexpected twist to leather leggings or paired with a mini dress. Here are a few options I have my eye on:

 

I was recently asked to name my top five TV shows of all time. This is an easy one for me, because I spend a lot of time re-watching favorite shows – it’s comforting to me when I’m feeling lonely or having a rough week. My top five: Entourage, Veronica Mars, The O.C., How I Met Your Mother, AliasSome of these may seem like odd choices (probably V. Mars and Alias), but I assure you, they’re all amazing choices. Recently, I’ve been binge re-watching Alias – the story of Sydney Bristow, who learns she has a familial history of undercover work and agrees to become an international spy for a supposed secret branch of the CIA. The secrecy complicates her social and love lives, but it’s nothing compared to what happens when she finds out her employer has no ties to the CIA.

 

Speaking of lies and deceit, Cate Holahan’s Lies She Told will keep you turning the page until the very end. Liza Cole, a once-successful novelist whose career has seen better days, has one month to write the thriller that could land her back on the bestseller list. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to start a family, but her husband is distracted by the disappearance of his best friend, Nick. As stresses weigh her down in her professional and personal lives, Liza escapes into writing the chilling exploits of her latest heroine, Beth. Then, the lines between Liza’s fiction and her reality eerily blur. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about the people around her, including her own.

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