Helllooo! I am super excited to share with you our big announcement. But first, a little preamble. You might have noticed that we haven’t been sharing much around here.. Or maybe you haven’t and that’s okay because I know there are only so many popcorn recipes one person can handle. Anyways, lately we have had our hands full working on another exciting project completely unrelated to popcorn or chocolate. And this project is…. drum roll please… an Etsy page!! We have created an Etsy page where we are selling handmade wall weavings! We have weaved our butts off since Christmas in preparation for our store. Our first weaves weren’t the greatest (but we still love them nonetheless) but we have certainly gotten much better and have even started making unique themed weaves (think pineapples). We are so excited to finally have our shop up and running that we wanted to share the news with all you lovely people. Head on over to our Etsy page to see our first few weaves! You can also follow our new shop on Instagram and Facebook if you want to see some behind the scenes action.
Woo the last of our travel adventures! San Francisco was a blast and dare I say it was actually warm there (at least on our last few days)! There was so much yummy food to be eaten, so many succulents growing everywhere, and so so so much walking. We were troopers and ended up walking around 10 miles a day. By the end of the week I think my calves doubled in size. Warning: This post is lahhhong. Like sit down and bring you cup of tea and snack and stay for a while long. Better make yourself comfortable.
The first night we were there we had dinner at Gracias Madre and it was ahhhhmazing. Vegan Mexican food. gah I’m going to dream about that place..
Day 1 started off with us going to the botanical gardens in Golden Gate Park. It was the absolute perfect place to be as it was raining and cold outside and we were getting way sick of the weather. The botanical gardens were toasty warm because it is basically a giant terrarium.
Once we hyped ourselves up to go back into the rain we took an Uber over to Judahlicious for some lunch. We shared an acai ice cream bowl and some yummy and warm soup.
After lunch we headed back to explore Golden Gate Park more (it’s huge!). Warning: so many succulent pictures to come.
We also wondered through the Japanese Gardens in hopes that we’d end up in the tea shop but quickly discovered it was outside and packed full of people. So we each stood in front of this thing and then left to find a tea shop we could sit and warm up in. Rose took us on a bit of a wild goose chase trying to find a tea shop, but it was well worth it because look at that delicious matcha latte and pumpkin spice cake we got. After our tea stop we made our way to the Full House house. There she be with a nice pretty car out front.The day ended with us walking, yes walking, to Little Gem for some dinner. We both got this delicious bowl of veggies in a curry sauce over rice.
Day 2 started with us walking down to the waterfront and along the Embarcadero. We saw Alcatraz right away.
We ate lunch in the marketplace in the Ferry building and then headed out to do some more splorin’ (on foot, of course). We found this random garden walkway thingy that we weren’t sure we were allowed to walk through but we did anyways because it had really cool plants and the view wasn’t bad either.
After all dem hills we finally made our way to Coit Tower where Rose gripped onto me for dear life as I poked my head out the window to get this pictures.
After Coit Tower we wandered over to Lombard street. We then just happened to find ourselves at Ghirardelli Square and just somehow happened to buy a bunch of chocolate… After that we made our way to dinner for the night, which was at Asian Box.
The next day we ventured over to see the Golden Gate bridge.
We then got lunch at Nourish Cafe, which had a tasty selection of avocado toasts and smoothies. After lunch we wandered over to see the Painted Ladies. We lounged around on the green for a while and then holed up in another tea shop for the afternoon as our pale white skin New England skin couldn’t handle all the sun. We ended up having dinner again at Gracias Madre because it was that good and who knows when we will be back next. The final day we were in San Francisco was a mild day where we just walked around a bit more (cause we didn’t do that enough already) and shopped a little. We had to buy ourselves some hats because seriously that sun was-a-burning. Of course it almost took us the whole day to buy the hats because we couldn’t find cute enough ones but it was worth it because look how cute!
Then we flew home! If you missed our previous travel posts go check them out – we also went to Portland and Eugene. Hope you enjoyed seeing what we did whilst traveling. Popcorn popping and craft making will resume shortly.
Hello Hello! I hope you all enjoyed reading about what we did in Portland because now you have what we did in Eugene, Oregon. My brother lives in Eugene and both Rose and I had never been there, so we definitely wanted to add that to our trip. I am happy that I got to see where my brother lives and explore Eugene a bit. We don’t have too many pictures from Eugene as we were only there for a couple of days but I hope you enjoy the ones we did manage to capture!
We arrived around lunch and Tyler (my brother) took us to Cafe Yumm for lunch. It was really delicious and we discovered a fruit we didn’t know existed: the marionberry. Apparently it is a type of blackberry that is ever so popular in Eugene. Once at Tyler’s we were greeted by these two crazy dogs that soon became our bffs. Boomer, the one in the chair, loved to jump up in the chair you are sitting in and snuggle up with you while Ritzy ran around the room chasing and light that she saw. For dinner we all made some super delicious pizzas topped with everything you could imagine…
The next day it was raining (surprise, surprise) but Tyler drove us down to the coast nonetheless. It was an amazing view even and the rain seemed to hold off enough for us to enjoy it for a little while and eat some sandwiches.
We then went to Cape Perpetua, which was really cool too see and mesmerizing to stare at.
That night we went to a cider house called WildCraft Cider Works with my brother and his friends. The food was delicious and the cider was amazing. Rose and I both got hooked on real cider when we studied abroad in London but haven’t been able to find anything comparable here in Boston. There are a lot of cideries out west and we definitely enjoyed being able to quench that cider thirst.
After that we had to wake up early and catch our flight to our final destination: San Francisco! Check back to see what we did there!
Hello! Sorry for not posting last week. We were away traveling, and once we came back, we both got hit with a bad cold, which rendered us to the couch to binge watch Making A Murderer. We couldn’t watch anything too funny least you wanted us to both end up on the floor in a coughing fit. It was quite the sight. But thankfully, except for the occasional coughing fit and voice crack, we are better now and excited to share with you our vacation pictures! We are thinking about moving out west and decided we should probably go and visit before we commit to anything. We went to Portland and Eugene, Oregon and then to San Francisco. It was a blast! So different from being in Boston, that’s for sure. Here is a little travel summary of what we did in Portland. Hope you enjoy!
First up: Washington Park and the Rose Gardens
A quick stop to Voodoo Doughnut and then on to Powell’s Books. After getting lost a couple of times in Powell’s we walked along the waterfront where we were finally greeted by the sun.
Day 2, or the day where we saw how many layers we could wear before turning into the Michelin Tire man, started out by walking around Mt. Tabor.
Lunch at Blossoming Lotus where we shared the most delicious vegan nachos
After lunch we wandered around Mississippi until we ended up in a cute tea shop where we proceeded to stay and wait out the rain for the rest of the day working on a puzzle book together. For dinner we met up with Rose’s aunt and cousins at The Sudra. That place had amazing food and I would highly recommend it to anyone planning on going to Portland! Day 3 started out with us heading back to Washington Park and going to the Japanese Gardens.
After the Japanese gardens we headed to the Chinese gardens, which weren’t as exciting but still fun to walk through. Afterwards we ended up in another tea shop and had the most amazing matcha latte.
We ended our Portland trip on a sweet note with ice cream from Salt & Straw, also a highly recommended place to go to if you are visiting!
That was our trip to Portland! Hope you enjoyed seeing what we got up to. Check back to see the rest of trip to Eugene and then San Fran!
Umm it’s 2016. Like, what? Did 2015 even happen? Where was I? Does anyone else feel like 2015 flew by? Before we dive right on into 2016 I want to take a moment to reflect on 2015. Although it happened in a blink of an eye, we had a lot of fun over here at Popcorn & Chocolate. Some of these moments we shared with you and some we didn’t, so I thought I would do a little round up post of some behind the scene shots from 2015. Please excuse the low quality pictures – this is just for fun!
The year started in typical P&C fashion with a couple selfies. May or may not have involved some alcohol 😉
As our news year’s resolution we decided to cut out processed sugar, which basically just meant we made a lot of cookies with coconut sugar instead of regular sugar. We also ate a lot of that ice cream..
We had a lot of snow days during 2015, which meant a lot of shoveling and a lot of cookie baking.
January ended with my birthday and a lovely crown Rose made me!
We watched the Super Bowl and played Bingo during the commercials. Keep your eyes open this year for a fun Super Bowl post!
This is what typically happens after a food photoshoot (okay and sometimes during..). Those peanut butter and jelly pancakes were just too good.
This is what most of our photo shoots look like – someone standing on a table or a chair and always in pajamas. We made this bailey’s cake for St. Patricks day and were enjoying it all month long.
For Easter we made these bunting flags, which I so beautifully modeled, what am I doing with my fingers??
Then it was Rose’s birthday where I got to decorate my bar cart full of presents and goodies. We also went hiking and ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cause those pancakes weren’t enough.
We ended the month with my favorite day of the year – free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s.
MayLots of walks and hiking in May.
We did possibly my favorite photo shoot to date with this delicious cilantro lime popcorn.
Lilacs were in full bloom and we went to the local arboretum to see them!
We went to wine night at the zoo where we saw kangaroos!
We moved. It was stressful. This meal made up for all of it.
We went strawberry picking and had to stick our heads in this corn.
This is what happens when you try to take pictures of popsicles.
The famous crotch shot from our watermelon mojitos… nice socks.
Lots and lots of trips to Cape Cod, which were filled with lots of fish tacos and lots of puzzles and lots of not pictured s’mores.
True life I’m a crafter and a chocolate addict.. this is a typical scene found in our apartment. As are these…
We were busy painting away in August.
We visited this goon.
We also finally got a tripod! No more standing on tables.. still pajamas though, always pajamas. And socks.
We went to plant night and added to our ever growing succulent collection.
On our trip back home we scared the bejesus out of my dog in our Halloween costumes.
The not so appetizing attempts at what I ate Wednesday.
Someone always gets the fun job of holding up the background. Awkward fingers out again for this apple cider popcorn picture.
It’s hard to find space to make lunch whilst working on 3 different projects…
Some presents underneath our tiny fake Christmas tree and one batch of many many many Christmas cookies we baked.
“Why won’t anyone help me up?” Back home for the Christmas holidays.
December wouldn’t be complete without some gingerbread houses. These are my mom’s, mine, and Rose’s masterpieces.
There you have it folks! Some highlights and outtakes from our 2015. Hope you enjoyed it! Let us know in the comments below some of your favorite times from 2015! Happy New Year!
Hello December! I can’t believe it is already December, but then again I can’t believe it is any month at any given time so I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised anymore. I was long waiting for December to approach as winter is my favorite season. We might have already put up some holiday decor, which has heightened my much anticipated arrival of winter. Since we over in the Popcorn and Chocolate household are all about the holidays and enjoying each season to the fullest, we thought we would share a little fun winter checklist. It’s got all the things we love to do to get us in the holiday spirit. We also thought we would share it a wee bit before winter for any of you who are already bursting to watch Christmas movies and bake gingerbread just like us.Let us know what your favorite thing to do in the winter is in the comments below! We would love to know!
We spent the long weekend back at my house in New Hampshire. It was luxurious and relaxing and full of everything fall. All the trees there are bright orange and red and yellow. Fall was in full swing so we decided to take advantage of all the pretty trees and go hiking one day.
We hiked up Cardigan Mountain in Orange, NH. The hike was positively gorgeous. The views on top of the mountain were incredible. You could see all these other mountain ranges and all the trees were spotted with different colors.
But, before we went hiking I made sure to fuel up on a hardy breakfast.
For breakfast: oatmeal with blueberries, bananas, cinnamon, and some Justin’s almond butter. I like to bring the jar of almond butter to the table with me because you never know if you’ll need more 😉
Also does anyone else still read the comics??
For lunch: Sandwich with turkey, cheese, spinach, tomato, and cucumber. I also had an apple on the side. We ate our lunch once we reached the top of the mountain. We were quite hungry at that point so I’m glad we packed something!
Snack: Crackers with sunflower butter. Back home from our hike I decided I needed a little snack to hold me over until dinner so I munched on these. This sunflower butter is too good! I couldn’t stop eating it!
Dinner: Chicken with mashed potatoes and maple brussels sprouts with a cauliflower and pecan side salad that was not pictured. I almost didn’t include this because this dinner was just a bit of an all around fail. We went out to dinner and ended up getting this dish that looks and sounds amazing but our chicken wasn’t cooked! We had to send it back twice and it still looked raw to us. The mashed potatoes and brussels were good at least!
After dinner eats: popcorn and wine! This is an old picture because I forgot to take one before I munched it all down, but it is pretty much the same as what I had. Gotta end the night with something right!
It’s is officially fall!! Phew, now I don’t look so silly with all my fall and Halloween decorations up, or adding pumpkin spice to my oatmeal every morning, or burning fall candles…
Am I the only one who starts fall a few weeks early?? Once September hits, the summer is pretty much over and hello leaves/acorns/pumpkins galore. We even got our first apple cider doughnut before the first real day of fall and I was not the least bit mad.
Over the weekend Rose and I had a Skidmore in Boston get together with fellow graduates that live in the area. The event was to go apple picking at Drew Farm, so naturally we signed up right away and showed up early and eager to go a picking.
The apples were definitely ripe and ready to be picked, at least the mcintosh apples, which, let’s be honest, are the best. We had no trouble filling our bag to the brim. We also might have sampled an apple or two whilst picking.
Once we decided we couldn’t fit any more apples in our bag, we headed back to where the Skidmore group was located and got to enjoy some apple cider doughnuts and apple cider. It was just glorious. I haven’t had an apple cider doughnut or apple cider in a really long time… too long. I forgot what I was missing! Needless to say that probably won’t be my only doughnut of the season.
Now we have a huge bowl full of yummy apples that are begging to be made into a pie or tart or something sweet. And now that it is officially fall I can bake one without any shame or celebrating the changing season too early!
Look at all those gourds! We were so tempted to by some little pumpkins at the farm but decided we best wait so they don’t just sit and rot in our hot apartment.. soon though, soon my little pumpkins.
Happy fall everyone!
A few weekends ago we decided to take a walk up to the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. We had wanted to do this for a while and since it was such a nice day out we decided to just get up and go. We live about a mile away so we just walked over there. The Mount Auburn Cemetery was the first rural cemetery in the U.S., and it is not only a cemetery but also an arboretum and has all these cool trees and wildlife.
We didn’t take too many pictures in there but I will share the few that we did. We climbed up the Washington Tower to see these beautiful views of Boston. The tower is apparently 62-feet high and allowed you to see a panoramic view of Mass. Rose was a little nervous so she stayed towards the center of the tower while I ventured out to take some pictures. Don’t mind the grubby workout clothes – it was really hot out!
After going up the Washington Tower we walked through the cemetery a bit. Funny story – we were stopped by the patrol and almost asked to leave because you have to be at least 14 years old to be in there without an adult. Side note – we are both 23 years old.
We found this one massive droopy tree that was just so funny and blob-like we had to stop and take some pictures of it. It was huge! (and hard to fit the whole thing in one picture…) We also saw a lot of wild turkeys.. like a lot a lot!
We highly recommend checking out the Mount Auburn Cemetery if you live in or near Boston. It was nice to walk around and be in nature, plus the views from the Washington Tower were amazing. We hope you enjoyed our little mini adventure to the cemetery. Please don’t mind our iPhone pictures – we are still learning!
Well hello! We had the most amazing, fun, relaxing weekend in Cape Cod for the 4th of July. Rose’s family recently bought a beach house in Truro and invited us to stay there for the long weekend.
It was a blast! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect when we were there. The first day we were there we did a few errands to grab some food and supplies for the weekend and then jumped in the car to go to the beach. The sky was bluer than blue and although the water was colder than cold, it was quite refreshing to dip your toes in every once and a while. We relaxed and read our books, ate some lunch, played some games, and watched all the seals swim by. It was a very calming first day.
At night we went out to dinner with Rose’s mom in Provincetown. We got some Moscow mules to sip while watching all the locals and vacationers walk by. After dinner we got attacked by a shark. I was first to go and then Rose tried to save me but got eaten up too. Good thing we had just stocked up on some fudge and salt water taffy for the weekend to soothe our injuries.
The next day Rose and I went down to the bay, which is about a 5 minute walk from their house. At night we weren’t sure whether or not we wanted to stay in and cook something or go out to eat again, so we went to the food store not sure of what we wanted and then left with supplies to make tacos. But, before we even got home we decided we’d rather go out so we got dressed and went to Patio in Provincetown. It was a good decision; the food was delicious and so were the drinks! After dinner we enjoyed some wine and fudge while working on a puzzle.
On the 4th of July Rose and I woke up and made our way down to Provincetown to watch the parade. We were a little confused when it would start and why more people weren’t standing around but I think we were just in an odd location. The parade wasn’t anything too special, but we wanted to do something patriotic so we stayed. Afterwards we grabbed some lunch and then headed back home to relax and possibly nap. Ah the beach life! We ended up exploring and Rose showed me where she used to stay when she went to the Cape as a kid.
For Dinner we made some hot dogs for a festive 4th dinner. At night we went back down to the bay to watch the sunset. We were going to stay and watch the fireworks as well but we bummed out and went home for more wine, fudge, and puzzle time.
The last day we were there we enjoyed it on the beach. It was probably the sunniest day we were there so we wanted to soak it all in before we had to get back on the road home to Allston. It was the perfect day to end our little mini vacation! And now we are both itching to go back, hopefully soon!