Archive | July, 2011

According to Pam: The Ocean

26 Jul

I find myself when I come to the sea. The silence of the ocean and the breeze from the water almost seems to whisper to me what I need to hear. In fact, coming to the ocean everyday is almost therapy-spiritual and emotional release where the beauty and history that categorizes Greece can transcend any man made crisis and help you come to deep conclusions.

Not only have I discovered my roots, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the future is made in the present and we all have to appreciate what we have in front of us today so we can incorporate these memories in our everyday life.

Here, a perfect afternoon is equally as relaxing as it is picturesque. I look out at the Ionian sea from my balcony and enjoy the cool breeze as I wait for the majestic sunset to illuminate the sky in colors of orange, pink and purple.It’s therapeutic to say the least and when the sun goes down, i find comfort in knowing I’ll see it again tomorrow and hold that mental picture of the sun escaping into the ocean forever.

So here’s my advice for you, if you feel the need to go to therapy-pay tons of money to someone as you sit inside a closed space reminiscing on painful events from the past -try and refrain for a bit. Go to the ocean. Hear the waves. Feel the breeze.

I promise, everything will seem a lot clearer.

It’s really hot out in Greece today, and I would totally be contradicting myself if I preach to everyone to go to the beach and I’m sitting in my bedroom writing this post, so I’m peacing.

Off to the beach,

Pam x

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Pam’s Pick: Homemade Ice Cream

22 Jul

With the weather this HOT– everyone needs to find a way to cool down!

Dinner last night ended off with the best ice cream i have EVER tasted- and I’m assuming this was because it was entirely homemade!

Here’s the recipe- I’ll post it quick-because internet connection here is as good as GOLD 

Trying not to melt,

Pam xx

1 cup (250ml) whole milk

A pinch of salt

3/4 cup (150g) sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

2 cups (500ml) heavy cream

5 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk with a paring knife, then add the bean pod to the milk. Cover, remove from heat, and infuse for one hour.

2. To make the ice cream, set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart (2l) bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk then gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

4. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.

5. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool, add the vanilla extract, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.

6. Remove the vanilla bean and freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

According to Fray: Health

16 Jul

So I understand that I said I would be back on the blog scence after my short hiatus in the country.

Well, here I am again, blogging lakeside, and really not giving two flying Hawaiian tropic bottles about my extended absence.

WITH GOOD REASON OF COURSE!

What I failed to mention on my last visit is that participating in water sports (in my case tubing, because honestly, who are we kidding here)
comes dangerous consequences. After laughing at my cousin for falling off, the tube flipped, I flipped, and a whole bunch of flipping WTF shit insued.

I posted to you post-tube-flippage, so obviously I was ok, right?

Well obvi-f******-ously not, because waking up at 3 am to searing pain as if my damn appendix exploded was definitely not my idea of a Kodak memory moment of summer adventures at the lake.

After three hours of crawling on my hands and knees, losing my sight, passing out, waking up over and over to “WTF this isn’t a dream”, I finally saw the doctor, and he informed me that I suffered internal bruising and to take it easy.

SO TAKING IT EASY I AM.

Called in sick to work, grabbed that bag of peas, and peaced a mother out to the country yet again, yet this time there will be no g-damn tubing so help me God.

A little brozage, a little race change, some extra strong cocktails ce soir, and a hell of a hangover for work Sunday. What summer is really about.
Suffer the city- reap your rewards with family and friends. Live for those WTF nights of true fu**ery.

The damn sun is blaring my screen, but I will post one more time today on another sad as hell trend that I simply can’t stand- cue the violins bitches, ’cause the shits about to hit the fan about THEWHITEBELTOHNOYOUDIDN’T

Yes, guidas and guidos, that shit does not fly…ever.

Till whenever I feel like it,

CIAO

-Fray x

According to Pam: Toneitup.com

14 Jul

I’m kind of a blog freak. I could waste hours on end flipping through pages and pages of health, fashion or lifestyle blogs alike! So you can imagine how excited I was to come across a brand new page to STALK OUT.

Toneitup.com is highlighted in Shape and InStyle magazine and has even been featured on popular TV shows like Ellen and Oprah. Real life best friends and business partners (sounds familiar to me and Fray) Katrina and Karena started this blog a couple years back to help spread the word on how EASY it is to lead a healthy lifestyle!

The blog contains YouTube vids on how to shape and tone your rockin’ bod, recipes, a diet plan, beauty advice and more!

The girls are also in a partnership with Jane Fonda and are in the midst of creating a new workout brand- naming them as the “younger generation of fitness”

You can follow Karena and Katrina on facebook and twitter, and with bikini season underway, I know I am certainly going to!

I mean come on, with over 17 million views on their fitness videos, they must be doing something right.

 Website: http://www.toneitup.com/

Ok, I’m off to the airport soon.

Catch ya from the sky,

Pam x

Recipe: Greek Salad Pita Sandwich

13 Jul

With the temperature rising-we’re all in the mood to munch on something light and refreshing.

Even though I wish I could be enjoying cocktail HOURS with Fray in the country, I opted for a light and healthy poolside lunch, which complements my upcoming Grecian vacation.

This Greek Salad Pita Sandwich was perfectly delicious-and totally easy to make!

I hope you enjoy it as much I did!

Now, I’m off to Starbucks to get an iced lattee-this humidity is killing me!

Stay fabulous (and cool!)

Pam x

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped seeded plum or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped radishes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 4 1/2 ounces)
  • 4 8-inch-diameter whole wheat pita breads, halved
source: www.epicurious.com

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Greek-Salad-Pita-Sandwiches-240435#ixzz1S2XOvIZT

Daily Dribble: the Country

13 Jul

So I’m going to go all bohemian on your asses and fill you in on my 2-day absence.
Two days off from work in a row equals two days of PEACEOUTWORLD in the country and hello tanning.

I’m down in the country (not up) near the New York border roasting in this micro-climate 95F sun.

The town is basically a throw back to the 50s- or 1890s. Who knows. Nothing is relevant.

Little chalets bordering a blissfully calm bay, with blistering hot sun, roaring seadoos, and cocktail hour from 3-7 (I guess that makes it cocktail 4hours)

Basically, when in Rome, live as the Romans do. Go big or go home. Big boy toys, big boy drinks, and an abundance of opportunities to accelerate that melanoma (wear that SPF bitches. It’s not a joke)

So as I freckle here on the sea-wall, wondering what my next drink of choice will be (yes it’s 12:50pm…don’t judge just because you’re jealous), I am thinking of, well nothing.

I am on hiatus until tomorrow, when I am back to the world of working and sucking in mass quantities of CO2.
Take some time for yourself. Summer is too short to stare at the sun from your kitchen window.

Absorb that bitches rays! It may poof out one day, and you’ll be left freezing and without a tan. Now who wants that?

Fashion picks for these blissful days on the water: As little as possible. No one likes awkward farmer tans. You’re not on a farm, so excuses are minimal.
Lather it on, and take it off.
Summer glow or no-go.

Back in the city by tomorrow.
Till then albinos,

Fray x

Designer Double Take

11 Jul

MY LOOK IN ONE WORD…
Pam: Trendy
Fray: Earth-tone…it’s hard being a ginger sometimes

TREND I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW…
Pam: Bohemian-Luxe vibe
Fray: Earth-tones-obviously

PIECE I HAVEN’T WORN IN A YEAR BUT CAN’T THROW OUT…
Pam: An a-line Vera Wand cocktail dress-it’s too elegant!
Fray: Gypsy style (earth-tone) Whitehorse T-shirt

I ALWAYS SPLURGE ON…
Pam: Handbags -they’re my weakness
Fray: Everything

I’M ALWAYS DRAWN TO…
Pam: Black-it goes with everything!
Fray: Earth-tones (is this a trend?)

MY PERFECT T-SHIRT IS…
Pam: A simple, white v-neck
Fray: Baggy, comfortable and expensive

I DRESS IT UP WITH…
Pam: Layered necklaces and a chunky watch
Fray: A big watch

ON DAYS OFF I WEAR IT…
Pam: In bed
Fray: When I go shopping for more earth-tones

Pam and Fray x