Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

Monthly Archive:: November 2014

Hannah Sheflyand

I am so excited for Thanksgiving, it is also Brians favorite holiday of the year (mine is New Years). I am more excited that we get to spend a weekend getaway in Niagara Falls. In the mean time I am doing some prep work with baking and played around with a new recipe that I would love to share.


Pumpkin Pie! (Gluten Free & Vegan); Unfortunately it is also crustless, but it is healthy and low calorie.


2-4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup gluten free flour (I used almond flour)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 can of pumpkin

1 cup creamy coconut milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

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Hannah Sheflyand

When I lived in Brooklyn, my commute to and from work was about 30 minutes on the train, and I spent most of that time listening to random music while reading something on my Kindle. The Kindle was perfect because even when the train was packed I only needed one hand to hold the Kindle while the other was grasping for something to hold on to.My next job only required a 5 minute drive so the radio was more then sufficient to keep me entertained.

Now I spend at least 30 minutes driving to and from work each day, and that is if I am lucky enough not to hit traffic.  For the first few months I got by on music from my phone and the radio but after a while it felt that time in the car can be spent a little more wisely. I started by listening to audio books through but it got a little too pricey for me.Then Brian showed me the beauty of podcasts and it is almost the only thing we both listen to on car rides. There are many apps that provide free subscriptions and downloads of podcasts, the easiest for me was the Podcast app right on my iPhone.

Below are the podcasts that I have learned about over the last few years that I have only enjoyed more over time, instead of getting tired of and want to skip through. Have a look!

My Top 10(ish) Favorites:

  1. Wait Wait… Dont Tell Me! – Brian and I enjoy listening to this podcast together. Its an NPR trivia game filled with current events, a huge lineup of changeing comedians and overall a fun hour of listening.
  2. Radiolab– This is an investigative podcast filled with science and culture all mixed together. Its hard to explain but past podcasts have included random detailed information about topics such as Colors and Guts and Translation.
  3. Planet Money– Best way to summarize it is “the economy explained.” Anything money related has shown up on these short informative podcasts, this is one of my favorites because very random things are explained such as Oil barrels being stolen, the illegality  of braiding hair as a business and why its been so hard to raise money for Ebola.
  4. Intelligence Debates– This one is pretty new to me but I really enjoy it. This brings oxford style debates with one moderator and two panelists on each side of a motion. Topics have included clean energy, finality of death, Hamas, and income inequality. This was founded in London, so make sure you download the US version, otherwise the topics might be a little inconsistent of your interests. Don’t forget to vote For or Against. There is also going to be a debate in NY next week if your interested in a live session.
  5. 99% Invisible– This is a new podcast that explores the process of design and architecture. Recent podcasts have included everything from elevators and chairs to bar codes and skyscrapers.
  6. Song Exploder– I actually first heard this podcast from 99% Invisible. This podcast is where musicians take apart their own songs and tell the story of how they made them. My favorite has been the Postal Service (One of my Music Monday posts)
  7. FreakonomicsRadio– If you have ever heard of or read the books Freakonomics, Superfreakonomics and/or Think Like a Freak, this podcast goes over topics like why people keep having children, how Norway can afford to buy so many Teslas and if religion makes people happy.
  8. Ask Me Another– This is another fun trivia show filled with brainteasers recorded from a live show in a pub. We have gone to the shows in Brooklyn a few times and they are a lot more fun live but the podcast gives a good feel for it and keeps the car rides very entertaining.
  9. America’s Test Kitchen– If you like cooking or any kitchen gadgets this is a must listen. There is everything from taste testing different food, reviewing different equipment and fun phone questions.
  10. Serial– Everyone has been raving about this new podcast funded by This American Life, and for good reason. This podcast had the goal of spending a whole season on staying focused on one non fictional story. This season is on Adnan Syed who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and Sarah Koenig, a new investigator and narrator of the story, goes into depth on whether he was rightly convicted or whether he is innocent.

Other favorites are This American Life, The Moth, TED Radio Hour, Death Sex & Money, Startup and Kicking&Screaming.

Do you have a long commute? How do you pass the time? Have you tried listening to any of these podcasts?

Any other recommendations for me?

Hannah Sheflyand

I heard this song for the first time over this weekend and fell in love. The minute I was home I jumped right on to my computer to look for more. So far all of Sarah Jarosz’s music has been heaven to  my ears. I love her folk rhythm and the quiet cello, guitar and fiddle playing in the background for most of the songs. I am obviously not the first to fall in love with this singer as she just received 2 grammy nominations as well. Can you believe this girl is only 22?

If you like this song you should take a listen to the rest of her most recent album Build Me Up From Bones.


I love soup in the winter, but I have never made it myself mostly because I thought it would be a lot of work and a long time spent over the stove. My mom has a big garden and dumped 2 big butternut squash’s at my door and now I had to figure out what to do with them.

I made this recipe up as I was going but am really happy with the way it turned out. Instead of going the traditional nutmeg and cinnamon version I went with a spicier zingy version.


1 Butternut Squash, halved lengthwise

1-2 onions (your preference), cubed

2-6 garlic cloves (also your preference)

2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

12oz can of coconut milk

Any type of creamy cheese

Oil spray

1 Lime, quartered

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp ground ginger

Any delicious toppings- sliced scallion, toasted coconut and/ or Sriracha sauce

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Hannah Sheflyand

During my trip with my mom to Italy (recap here, here & here), we did a lot of site seeing, but we also did a lot of shopping; probably more then necessary. There is something so romantic about bringing home gifts to family members and close friends, especially when they are hard to find back home.

In Rome I was pretty selfish and bought a lot of little gifts for myself, but once we made it to the Amalfi coast, almost every store was calling me to all the perfect gifts I can bring home to others.

Lemons are everywhere around the Amalfi coast, not only growing abundantly from terraces, but hanging from fruit stands, painted on ceramics, and most importantly bottled up in Limoncello.


SONY DSCLimoncello is a delicious candy like, yet pretty strong, dessert liqueur that most shop owners along the coast make themselves. This drink was a little too strong for me, one sip made me tipsy, but my mom loved it.


As our first giveaway on this site, I would like to ship one reader a small bottle of Limoncello that I brought home. All you need to do to qualify is to comment on this post with one thing you love about travel, whether its to another country, another state or just taking a long drive, and include an email address to contact you (I can only ship in the US), and like us on facebook or instagram (if you have neither you can just subscribe to our blog) . A winner will be announced and contacted next Friday!

Hannah Sheflyand

The final part of our trip (part 1 & part 2 here) was spent in the beautiful Amalfi coast. After running around trying to fit in so many things for the first 7 days, we wanted a chance to just relax and enjoy the beauty of Italy, Sorrento was the perfect place to do just that.

Sorrento is a great hub to get around Amalfi coast. There is a train station right in the center of town, a dock with boats that travel to Capri and neighboring cities, and a bus that winds through the windy small roads towards Positano and Amalfi.

Sorrento itself is very touristy but clean. Almost everyone speaks English, fish is fresh, food is amazing and the people are all nice and calm. It was easy to spend hours wandering the streets, shopping and enjoying the serenity of this calm city.




Sorrento, and all the neighboring cities, are all very busy in the summer, but we came late in the season and it was already getting chilly, so the crowds were mostly in our favor.

The second day we went to the island of Capri and Anacapri. I usually dont have any issues with sea sickness but it was so windy and the waves were so choppy that it took hours before I was back to my normal self. Because the waves were choppy we could not make it to the famous Blue Grotto but the day ended up great and filled with activities even without it. We first headed to Anacapri and took the chair lift up to Monte Solaro which has a beautiful 360degree view of the island and the amazingly blue water. We opted out of the chair lift back down and instead took a relaxing hour walk down the mountain to experience some more pretty views.



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Hannah Sheflyand

After spending our first few days in Rome, we headed down south. Many suggested that we do Naples and Pompeii all in one day but we wanted to take our time in both places.

We started by taking a bullet train to Naples and then a local commuter train (which I highly recommend to not take if you have luggage, the train is super packed and its about an hour commute) to Pompeii.

Pompeii was gorgeous, and a great place to visit, but if you don’t have a lot of time on your trip, I would skip Pompeii and head straight to Naples. The ruins of Pompeii are just that, ruins, and most of the notable artwork has been moved to the Archaeological Museum in Naples.



SONY DSCIf you have the time to visit Pompeii then make sure you make the time to go up to Mt. Vesuvius. We went through the company Busvia del Vesuvio and loved it! The ride up was in a cross between a bus and a monster truck, super bumpy, yet scenic and well worthwhile. The best part was making it up to the top, viewing the city below, and enjoying being in the clouds.


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Hannah Sheflyand

Before my family and I moved to New York from Russia, we lived in Italy for about a year, in a small beach town outside of Rome called Passo Oscuro. Once we moved to New York I never had the opportunity to return up until a month ago, for my 25th birthday, where my mom gave me the awesome gift of taking me back to Rome.

We spent half our time in Rome, then day trips in Pompeii and Naples, and the rest of our time in the Sorrento area. It was an amazing experience and by the end of our trip we were well fed, with heavier bags and with a camera filled with thousands of pictures.

Since there is so much to tell about our vacation I figured I would split it into a couple of posts in the next few days.

Rome is a crazy busy city filled with a lot of tourists and since it was my first visit I tried to pack in as much of the popular tourist sites as possible so our days were super packed and we were exhausted by the end of each day.

We took an overnight flight from NY to Rome so we started our day pretty tired but wanted to get a jump start, so we grabbed our bags and headed to our hotel, and after getting lost wandering around for an hour and lugging our bags up 5 flights of stairs (note: always make sure you find a hotel with an elevator), we finally made it out of the hotel, bagless and ready to start being tourists!

SONY DSCOur hotel was in the perfect location, just a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum and also a 10 minute walk from Termini Station. We decided to start our first day with the Colosseum, since it was so close, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.


The Colosseum was gorgeous but super crowded and our tired bodies were pretty happy that we bought the Roma Pass and were able to skip most of the long lines.



As you can tell by the silly photo above, by the time we made it to the Roman Forum, we reached a point of exhaustion but thought it best we keep it going to combat  jet lag.

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Hannah Sheflyand

This amazing band is from Toronto. I first heard this song in the movie Like Crazy and since then I have been a huge fan and love everything they make. When Brian and I first started dating we had a bit of a clash on our music style, but funny enough, we both have heard about the Stars before and both really enjoy listening to them even though neither of us usually like this style of music. This song and music video is from their album Five Ghosts (and also an awesome vinyl collection). However the band has also just recently come out with a new album No One is Lost, which is equally amazing.

For a small band they have produced a good amount of music videos and I find theirs to be refreshing since they don’t focus on the band them self and are rarely in the videos. Instead they use their music and display a story, which is more of what I imagine in my head when I am listening to music, and enjoy watching too.

What do you think? Isn’t this song so sad and sweet?

Hannah Sheflyand

If you cant tell by now, I am an avid follower of Garden & Gun magazine and their online site. All year I have been patiently waiting for their yearly Made in the South Awards and the results are finally in. There is 1 overall winner  and then 1 for each of the 5 categories (Outdoors, Food, Home, Drink, Style & Design) and 3 runners up. I am very happy with all the top picks this year, what do you think?


Outdoors Winner: Bulls Bay OYRO– Wood Fired Oyster Cooker. Made in McClellanville, SC.


Style & Design Winner: Raleigh Denim Workshop. Made in Releigh, NC.


Drink Winner: Kentucky Owl– Bourbon. Made in Bardstown, KY.


Home Winner: M. Callahan Studio– Quilts. Made in Oklahoma City, OK.


My Favorite! Food Winner: Olive & Sinclair– Duck Fat Caramels. Made in Nashville, TN.

If your interested in the stories of any of these great companies or would like to see all the great runners up, check them out here!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays warm. Brian and I will be spending our Sunday warming up at this awesome Turkish Bath House.