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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio


the first time i had spaghetti aglio e olio was at serafina in the meatpacking district. it’s forever embedded in my memory as one of the best pasta experiences, quite possibly because it amazed me how such a simple dish could taste that good. traditional spaghetti aglio e olio contains a handful of ingredients, yet for some reason i could never recreate it at home. so annoying.

but one day recently, i searched high and low for techniques on the dish, and found one that worked! believe me when i say that the minute i tasted it and found that it tasted almost exactly the same as serafina’s, i immediately called tom screaming with excitement.

without further ado…


1 lb uncooked spaghetti
6-7 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
salt + pepper (to taste)
freshly-chopped italian parsley, for garnish


bring a pot of salted water to a boil. cook your spaghetti until it reaches al dente, drain + set aside. in a cold skillet, combine your olive oil + garlic and begin to slowly your garlic over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes. once it’s bubbling, reduce to medium-low heat + cover. continue to stir for another 5 minutes or so, until the garlic is golden brown. (garlic turns bitter if overcooked so be very careful!)

stir in your red pepper flakes, salt + pepper into the pasta. pour in the olive oil + garlic, and throw in your chopped parsley. toss that bad boy together + enjoy the hell out of that dish with a glass of wine.


A Sweet Loft


if you live in nyc, you’ve undoubtedly heard of sweetgreen. if you haven’t, allow me to introduce them. sweetgreen was founded in 2007 and is dedicated to sourcing ingredients from responsible farmers + partners. they’re more than just another salad chain because they’re constantly bringing a community together.

also, their salads are pretty damn incredible. if i could afford to eat sweetgreen everyday, i probably would. but this post is about their unbelievably beautiful loft in soho, put together by homepolish cofounder noa santos.

the full story on homepolish


Weekend Chronicles / 02


i’m not going to lie guys, i’ve been feeling a lot better lately. i ate like shit for the entire weekend i spent in the hamptons (gonna keep it 100%), and so i made it a point to drink more water/clean up my diet a little this week. the result? i feel fucking fantastic.

with the craziness of being thrust back into a world of work, stress + politics, i might take this upcoming 3-day weekend that i’ve been blessed with to just chill. maybe binge-watch stranger things? (if you haven’t watched, you’re seriously missing out)

downloads: i designed some free + fun iphone wallpapers
make it: these suede tassels have been on my ‘to do’ list for a while
best bite: grilled pineapple with whipped coconut cream? i’m in
brands: obsessing over this haircare line


Deck Your Tech / 01



creative market is something i discovered completely by accident but so grateful that i did. so many graphic design elements available and the best part? every week they have a bundle of free downloads. i recently downloaded this bundle called “aloha” and it’s full of colorful, tropical elements. i had some time to kill before work one morning, played around with photoshop + made these two motivational wallpapers for you guys to download.


hope you guys enjoy!


Days in The Hamptons




i’m back into my normal routine after the most perfect weekend getaway and i’m not sure how to feel, haha. it was just so nice to be mindless for a full 3 days and not stress about anything. our days were spent at the beach, and our afternoons/evenings were spent at the house by the pool. we grilled food, made s’mores, got tan and everything was good.