Welcoming Fall in Middlefield, Connecticut

It’s officially Fall! But the jacket, thigh highs and chunky sweaters are on hold in the Northeast until the weather stops feeling like it’s the middle of July. Even so, the warmth is a blessing in disguise because I was able to spend all day outside last Sunday in Middlefield and Middletown, Connecticut. My boyfriend and I decided to go pumpkin picking and grabbed a few peaches for a tart I’d like to make (If all goes well I’ll have it up on the blog!). We then went to a nearby waterfall which was like something out of a story book! Our romantic Sunday out ended with a scary movie at the cinema. I definitely recommend going to Connecticut because it’s the perfect place to see the foliage change while enjoying what nature has to offer.

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Do: Start your day early and head over to Lyman Orchards. They have an array of crops you can pick on your own like apples, peaches, pears and during this time of year PUMPKINS! The views from the hill tops are amazing and the rows of crops were so cool to take pictures in. I even saw a couple taking their maternity portraits in the pumpkin patch! Not to mention, the best part is eating and picking your fruit at the same damn time. #YAS.

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After being out in the fields all day, take some time to relax at Wadsworth Falls State Park. Dip your feet by the waterfall, take a deep breathe and listen as the water crashes down. This is such a gorgeous place to cool down and destress.

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Eat: Unfortunately I didn’t try out any restaurants in the area. However, if you are heading to Wadsworth Falls then grab some food from the supermarket and have a picnic! I personally have a friend who lives near by so my boyfriend and I headed to their place for a BBQ. Twas delicious and the perfect way to end the day.

Pues chicos, that’s all I have for you today. Let me know where your favorite outdoor spot to go during Fall is, I’d love to check it out!

Muchos besos,

Melanie.

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Cook With Me: Tostones con Salsa

Hola mis amores! Ever since I was a little girl, my family always had tostones on the dinner table. There were some variables, like my Dad’s would be saltier and my Mom’s would be crunchier. After I moved to New York, I had no one to make these for me so I was left without tostones for years ! Imaginate una vida sin tostones, it was crazy!

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Recently, I had a craving for them so I scoured the internet and made phone calls back home to find the perfect recipe. Mi gente, what I bring you today is the BEST way to make flavorful tostones that are both chewy and crunchy. And while these bad boys are delicious by themselves I’m also going to be sharing 2 easy salsas that you can make to accompany them. So preparate, because your family and friends are going to ask you for more once they’ve had the first batch!

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What you’ll need/Lo que necesitas

Tostones

  • 2 Green Plantains
  • Corn Oil or Grapeseed Oil to fry the plantains
  • Water
  • Salt

Salsa Rosada

  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Lemon

Garlic & Oil Sauce

  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Peel the skin off of the plantain.
  2. Cut it in half, then cut those halves in half. For smaller, bite sized tostones you can cut the halves in half once more.
  3. Soak the plantains in salty water for 20 minutes. Your water should taste like the sea. This is not only going to give them flavor, but also make tostones come out juicier.
  4. Start heating up the oil. Pour enough oil in a deep pot to cover the plantains. I don’t like to use a skillet because the oil IS going to pop at you and that WILL hurt. I learned from experience…
  5. Once the plantains are done soaking, dry them up with a paper towel and place them in the hot oil. Once they start turning golden, take them out to flatten with a pilon (or if you don’t have one, then use anything with a flat surface like the bottom of a cup or a plate.)
  6. Return the flattened plantains to the hot oil and fry till they turn a golden brown. Don’t leave them in for too long or they’ll end up being super dry and crunchy.
  7. Place them on top of a paper napkin to absorb all the excess oil. And VOILA! Your tostones are ready 🙂
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Love…
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At first bite!

The accompanying sauces are very easy to make.

Salsa Rosada:

  1. Mix equal parts Mayo and Ketchup
  2. Add a squirt of lemon juice.
  3. Mix it up and dip your tostones for a sweet and tangy kick.

Garlic & Oil Sauce:

  1. Dice up the cloves into chiquitito pieces.
  2. Place it in 4 tablespoons of olive oil.
  3. Add a squirt of lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
  4. VOILA ONCE MORE! You have a sophisticated sauce to pour on top of your tostones that will impress your guests and their tastebuds.

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I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as my boyfriend and I have. I made tostones 3 nights in a row because he was addicted and couldn’t get enough! That’s what you get when you introduce some Puerto Rican spice to an Ecuadorian 😉

Hasta luego mi gente!

OOTD: Summer Nights in the City

Hola mis amores!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer thus far. The chilly nights and brisk mornings are starting to return to the city and I can’t wait for Fall! But before we give up our sleeveless shirts for some sweater dresses and tights, I’d like to share with you some outfit ideas that’ll be sure to impress while keeping you cool and collected this Summer.

1 PM at The Highline Park:

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Walking along the Highline Park.
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Don’t forget your sunglasses!
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A light and breezy outfit for a hot and humid day.

When I go out with my boyfriend Eddie for a day of exploring and bar hopping in Chelsea, I like to be cute and comfortable. I paired peach shorts with a detailed white crochet bodysuit from Express and to keep the look a bit modest (because even if I try, these girls can’t be tamed 😉 I added an old denim tie-front crop top to layer on top of the bodysuit. And obviously, chanclas are my go to shoe choice in the Summer.

The exact outfit I wore has pieces that I bought YEARS ago, but I found similar pieces for you to try out: Peach Shorts , White Bodysuit, Denim tie-front crop top.

 

7PM at Studio Square:

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A seat at the Highline Park.
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Exploring the old cobblestone roads and new storefronts in the Meatpacking District.

As the sun sets and the night cools down, Eddie and I like to go back home to Queens and hit up Studio Square in Astoria. I went for a classy yet sexy vibe with a white sleeveless peplum top and classic dark blue jeans. The red velvet heels matched my mani/pedi, which pushed the outfit to another level!

Here are some similar pieces you can use to recreate this look: White Peplum Top, Dark Blue Gap Denim, Red Velvet Heels .

Make sure to check out my Instagram @TheMelDez to see daily outfit posts and new content by me 🙂

Hasta luego mis amores!

 

Summer Luvin’

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Hello everyone, and hellooooo Summer!

I’ve been waiting all year for these 3 months of heat to wash a hot and humid wave over New York City, making us shed our Winter layers and revel in all that the city offers under the sun. Summer whispers its way to us starting with the Mister Softee jingle bouncing off the walls of a crowded block, to kids lighting up firecrackers on the streets leading up to the Fourth of July. Then, the chill that kept most of us indoors all winter has gone and a hot breeze welcomes you to buy a cold, hard Nutcracker to start the nights off right.

Hola a todos, y holaaaa Verano!

He estado esperando todo el año por estos 3 meses de calor para lavar una ola caliente y húmeda sobre la ciudad de Nueva York, haciéndonos quitar nuestros coats de invierno y disfrutar todo lo que la ciudad ofrece bajo el sol. El verano susurra su camino hasta nosotros, comenzando con el jingle de Mister Softee rebotando contra las paredes de apartamentos y con los niños encendiendo firecrackers en las calles que conducen al Cuatro de Julio. Luego, el frío que mantuvo a la mayoría de nosotros en la casa durante todo el invierno se ha ido y una brisa caliente le da la bienvenida a comprar un Nutcracker frío y fuerte para comenzar las noches.

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I know most of us think about our New Year resolutions at the very beginning and very end of the year, but I like to also think about it half way. Creating and maintaining this blog is one of the resolutions I made, as well as to start traveling more, exploring all I can, and trying new things. I want to be fulfilled by experiences and memories, not by material objects.

Sé que la mayoría de nosotros pensamos en nuestras resoluciones de Año Nuevo al principio y al final del año, pero también me gusta pensar en ello a medio camino. Crear y mantener este blog es una de las resoluciones que hice, así como empezar a viajar más, explorar todo lo que puedo y probar cosas nuevas. Quiero ser satisfecho por experiencias y recuerdos, no por objetos materiales.

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I hope y’all will follow me around and that my experiences will inspire some of you to follow your dreams. In the words of Hannah Montana, “Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock”.

Espero que todos me sigan y que mis experiencias inspiren a algunos de ustedes a seguir sus sueños. En palabras de Hannah Montana: “La vida es lo que tú haces, así que hagámoslo”.

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