Shutter Speed | Spring

Today, I biked through a light cloud of falling blossoms and was reminded why I love Spring and why it is always the natural world that brings me to a peaceful mind.

 

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Vibrations | Icona Pop

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It seems Sweden is churning out an impressive line of musicians. I just had to start moving my body the first time an Icona Pop song came on, there wasn’t much else I could do. This hardcore feminine duo from Sweden have hit the electronic pop scene with some head banging tunes that are making it on everyone’s weekend playlist.

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The duo is made up of Caroling Hjelt and Aino Jawo who formed their band in 2009. In 2010, they made a name for themselves with their song Manners, which also made an appearance in Chiddy Bang’s Mind your Manners. This past September they released This is… Icona Pop, which is filled with effortlessly fun songs to “which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time.”

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These songs should start your Monday off with more than enough energy to get through the rest of the week. Give them a listen and enjoy!

Happy Monday!

Libations | Pliny the Elder

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Here’s the beer you should be holding in your hand this weekend – it’s Pliny the Elder. It’s one to sit back and sip away at because it’s kicking with flavor and is worth savoring. There’s a reason this beer is so popular and consistently receives perfect marks. In fact, Beer Advocate has given it a perfect score of 100 points. Obviously, this beer is not joke.

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Pliny the Elder is brewed by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California. I stopped into this brewery last week while I was in Northern California. Rock music played over the speakers and the clientele was a rough and tumble crew filled with bikers. But, they brew some good suds and while I wouldn’t have placed this particular scene with such a notable brewery, it was a part of the appeal. They haven’t swayed from their roots even with the fame they’ve garnered.

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This highly hopped beer is aptly named. The wise old Pliny the Elder was prominent in Roman times and is known for identifying and naming the hop plant, Lupus Salictarius, a quintessential ingredient in beer. This beer is not to be missed, especially if you’re a hop lover like the rest of the craft brew crowd.

Here’s the skinny:

Pliny the Elder 

Style: American Double IPA

ABV: 8.00%

Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, CTZ, and Simcoe

Make sure to do something crazy with the rest of your weekend.

Cheers!

Vibrations: Alt J and Lord Huron

In light of my week’s plan to attend a concert with both of these artists I thought it appropriate to highlight them for my Vibrations post. You know those bands that make you smile when you hear their music? These two do that for me. I can’t help but feel really fulfilled in life when I hear it.

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When Alt J plays, the beats inherently make my shoulders and head start to move. Alt J’s blend of folk harmony – evoking Scarborough Fair (Interlude 1) – electronic pop and floating alternative rock is inventive, giving us an experience that makes us think a little bit more about what we’re actually hearing.

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The British band’s name references the triangle that can be made when pressing the Alt key and the letter J on a Mac. They reference the shape in their song Tessellate, “Triangles are my favorite shape, three points where two lines meet.” I love their creativity and what they’re adding to the music world. Take a listen!

Next on the list: Ben Shneider – Lord Huron, – touring with Alt J, is a Michigan native living in L.A. He began his project during his travels back to Michigan in 2010 inspired by a stay on Lake Huron. His soft but full sound is alluring and I am very excited to see him live.

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Here are some tracks I particularly enjoy!

I’ll give some feed back on the concert next week!

Cheers!

Provisions: Peaches and Kale

No, we didn’t cook these two together. But we probably could have found a delicious way to meld them. Instead, we made two separate very yummy dishes! Kale and three cheese quesadillas and a peach galette. They were satisfying and allowed us to eat in the moment of this abundant growing season.

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Greens are copious throughout the growing season. They seem to proliferate our CSA share. This isn’t a bad thing at all, they just become a part of the evening dinner routine. We’re constantly trying to be creative with them. Which is why I was psyched to find this recipe on Edible Perspective.

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We made it our own just a little bit by using three types of cheese we already had: a grated hard goat cheese, some herb ricotta and goat cheese. Talk about cooking from the fridge. We loved it!

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Peaches are a special part of the season. While they are abundant in August almost everywhere throughout the States, here in Colorado, the mention of Palisade peaches can make many people swoon. Peach season here seems to be particularly special. Whatever it is, these Colorado peaches denote summer in a big way and I think this peach galette highlighted them especially well.

Quesadilla recipe here.

Galette recipe here. We subbed peaches for the blueberries in their recipe. The prep time is very easy.