Tender: Tinder For Food

Guys. Guys. GUYS. I have a new app. And it might be the best app of all time. Keep in mind, this is coming from a girl who has almost no apps on her phone. Not only am I excited about this app, but I want YOU to be excited about it. Let’s chat about apps.

This is for the foodiest of foodies aka my *people*. I first read about Tender on BostInno and downloaded it .6 seconds later. Then I started using it and loved it and thought to myself, my people need to know about this. They will die for it. SO at this point you’re probably wondering what in the world Tender is, right?

Okay, stop being grossed out that it’s named Tender. We’re all adults here. Let’s act like it.

Well, it’s Tinder but for FOOD. The whole idea of Tinder is that you swipe left on those who you don’t care for and right on those who you’d like to, let’s say ‘form a relationship’ with. On Tender, you’re faced with pictures of delicious dishes from around the world. If you swipe left, you’re done with the dish and never have to see it again. I plan on doing that with dishes including beets. But if you swipe right, the dish is stored in your ‘cookbook,’ where you can go to find all of the dishes that you’ve liked and their recipes. Love a dish that you made and are dying to share the recipe with your bff? It’s easy to share the recipe directly from the app instead of having to search for it online or find a similar recipe.

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Honestly, it sounds like this is a sponsored post but I swear it’s not. The app is great for when you’re bored on public transportation and trying to think of what to make for dinner this week, for when you’re feeling gastronomically creative but don’t know what to make, and/or for when you feel like torturing yourself by looking at delicious food. The best part? Tender is free. AND it’s Boston-based. So hey, postgrads and yuccies alike, get to downloading!

Musings #13

Hola, shalom, and aloha friends! It’s been too long, but bean and nash have been through some fairly serious milestones since we last checked in (at least that’s what everyone tells us, I still have to google how to boil eggs). Luckily the HoLiDaY WeeKnD is almost upon us!!! I’m really loving this four-day week now that I’m #working at a real-ish job that I can’t oversleep (tested this theory out a few Fridays ago – realized you cannot skip work like you can skip class). Hopefully these internet finds will keep you occupied through only ONE more work day!

1. After recently moving into an apartment, I realize that I am finally able to decorate a space that is truly my own. Unlike dorms which look like prisons or my family home where my mom still controls every inch, my apartment is “mine” (for a small fortune compared to most of the world’s average rent). Having my own space = much more time spent browsing home sites and Pinterest and Houzz for ideas. One thing I am dying for and something that feels very adult, maybe too adult, is art. I would love to start collecting pieces now so that eventually I have a small compilation I can call my own. I am starting with Gray Malin‘s photography. I would kill for a giant, framed, aerial beach print. This, this, and this are a few of my favorites.

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8. This clothing company which just blew up all over my social media feeds. They encapsulate summer in their collection of florals, prints, and bright colors that make me wish it was 78 degrees year round (when do I not wish this?). 12 10. This series of interview videos by Vogue. So far I’ve watched Blake Lively, Daniel Radcliffe, and Sarah Jessica Parker. They are seriously addicting. Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.58.01 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.56.25 PM That’s all for now – see you after the Fourth!

x C

Musings #12

Hi everyone! I hope that slightly warmer spring weather has reached all of you by now and that you’re enjoying a little more sun and much less snow. I am nine days out from my college graduation….(uhh)….and am leaving today for a few days on the beach in Florida. Pray for me that I remember to put on sunscreen – mostly for my mom’s sanity honestly. Whether you’re procrastinating studying for finals, job searching, or just browsing, I hope you enjoy my favorite recent things below!

If you’re in the market for a spring bag and are willing to splurge a little (for amazing quality!), look no further than the Pampa bucket bag, crafted by Hare+Heart. It’s the perfect combo of smooth leather, neutrals, and a fun print.

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A little late, but here is a roundup of what everyone wore at Coachella this year. The outfits range from questionable to amazing, but at least it’s entertaining, right?

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Possible slip-on options for this summer – I’m wavering between plain white or a cool print, thoughts?

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This ring and these earrings have recently become part of my everyday wardrobe. I haven’t taken either off since they got to my doorstep!

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This recipe for drunken zucchini noodles. Drunken noodles are one of my favorite dishes to get at Thai restaurants and this recipe makes them just a litttllle bit healthier.

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This travel guide to Maderas Village in Nicaragua. Maderas Village has made it to the top of my “want to go to” places list on account of the amazing photos I’ve seen of the place. Like Tulum, Mexico, it is a hotspot for bloggers, yogis, designers, musicians, and creatives of really any sort. See ya there in 2016.

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Speaking of traveling…have a look at these tips for staying safe while traveling alone. These will always come in handy and will only take 5 minutes to read! So worth it.

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That’s all for now folks! See ya after the beach and possibly graduation.

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C

Musings #11

It…is….finally….SPRING! Nashville is warm and praise the lord it’s the best thing ever. I now have even more time to peruse the internet because second semester senioritis has set in, so get ready for more recipes, cool websites, travel destinations, and *~fashun~*. Hope you enjoy my recent finds below!

Trying to decide what shoes to get for this spring and leaning towards these leather creations. I love the Brasil sandals by Ricardo Medina and also the cool Sabah slips (made in Turkey!).

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This jewelry company, Kalaki Riot, which takes inspiration from the beach and ocean and merges it with urban, city vibes.

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The travel website of Lucy Laucht, one of my favorite Instagram accounts and a digital and social media guru at J. Crew. These Foreign Lands chronicles her travels with beautiful photography and helpful city guides. The Tulum recommendations are especially amazing.

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The home of Nashville-native Ruthie Lindsey, an interior decorator and freelance stylist. Inspiration for a future apartment (assuming I can afford an apartment somewhere and decorate it with said amazing things).

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This recipe for hazelnut butter brownies. Essentially Nutella brownies so…

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The Chloé Fall 2015 RTW show at Paris Fashion Week. A combination of ’70s dream girl and Stevie Nicks = 100% amazing.

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Speaking of the ’70s…these glasses.

B3056_EF0259_d1 B3056_EF0259The Cassandra necklace by Ay Marieke. The blue agate plus gold combo is so great I would never take it off.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 8.38.11 PMFinally, this Salmon and Chickpea Salad from Not Without Salt.

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Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies on a Snow Day

Let’s take this in together. Salted. Chocolate. Chip. Cookies. Chocolate chunks, all the sugars, softened butter, dried whole Heilala vanilla bean, 72% dark chocolate (healthy, right?), and Maldon flaky sea salt. Among other things.

Are we ready to delve into the deliciousness that is these cookies? Great, let us delve.

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Last autumn, I read about NotWithoutSalt‘s incredible salted chocolate chip cookies. What was the best part? Learning that they were available in mix form so that I didn’t have to buy flour and sugar and vanilla and all that comes with baking cookies. Much as I want to say that I bake all the time and that I’m a kitchen goddess, there simply isn’t always time for baking. So as you can guess, gourmet cookies in mix form was 100% happening as soon as I read about it.

Because we were all locked inside yesterday due to obscene amount of snow (which I am very thankful for–feeling #blessed with two snow days!), I figured that it was as good a time as any to whip up a batch of cookies. Is snow day not synonymous with cookie? I think yes.

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After digging up my tube of cookie mix, it took .6 seconds to assemble these delicious treats. The only work I had to do was soften the butter and crack an egg. I should also mention that because we don’t have a mixer, a lot of hand mixing with a fork was involved. Good thing I’m strong like a ox–and by that I mean I wanted to stop mixing after two minutes because my arm was going to fall off. You try creaming butter and sugar with a fork and tell me how it goes for you.

Needless to say, I survived the endless mixing and went on to cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate it all day while we partook in other activities. Come dinner time, the cookies were ready to hit the oven. Note: don’t forget to sprinkle on the salt! It is most essential.

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As my roommates and I sat around the table silently enjoying our sweet, salty, chocolatey delights, we smiled at each other, satisfied with the day and our creation. Snow day for the win.

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PS– you should definitely watch the quick video that NotWithoutSalt shared in which she makes the cookies. It will have you drooling faster than you can say ‘Juno 2015.’
PPS– I snapped these pictures the day after we baked the cookies, so the chocolate isn’t as glossy as it was straight out of the oven. Not to worry-they’re still delicious on day two.

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