Instagram, And My First Attempt at Cake Pops

Just about everyone has heard of Instagram, the highly popular social sharing app for photos.  And just about everyone has been using it for months now.  Everyone except Android users (i.e., Drew and myself).  So imagine our inner nerd excitement when last week it was announced that after months of development, Instagram was now available for download on the Android device.  Hurrah!  I’d always admired friends’ Instagram albums on Facebook (special shout-out to @ktmel for some of the most beautiful photos of #anappleaday I’ve ever seen).  Now Drew and I can finally join in on the fun.

I thought I was a bit of a photo snob before, but having Instagram on my phone for a little over a week has opened a whole new can of worms (good worms, mind you).  I’ve always clicked away pics of my food at restaurants before digging in.  Drew and I both took photos of our meal during a date night at JCT Kitchen not too long ago.  Because the lighting is very dim, we had to use flash.  You can imagine the other patrons’ looks of dismay as the room momentarily lit up like a flash of lightning.  Clearly they aren’t going to be downloading Instagram anytime soon.

In addition to trying out Instagram for the first time, I tried something else new last night: cake pops.  You’ve probably heard of them, “popping” up all over Pinterest; one woman has become a household name in the baking world for her creations.  I’ve always wanted to make them, and a co-workers upcoming bridal shower seemed to be as good a reason as any.  After scanning through half a dozen tutorials, I found this one.

Ta-da! The finished product!

Making the ball shapes turned out to be surprisingly easy.  It was almost too fun to bake a cake, then “ruin” it by chopping it up into crumbs.  Dipping them into the baking chocolate turned out to be another story.  They turned out to be balls instead of pops since I couldn’t get them to stay on the lollipop sticks without sliding off.  Thankfully the sprinkles seemed to have covered up most of the texture inconsistencies.  I’ll definitely be making another attempt at them, but will use a cake flavor other than chocolate so it doesn’t show through as much.  Most importantly, my taste tester approved!  I think he’s quite sad I had to take them to work.



Nerdy Newlyweds

One of the greatest things about Drew’s and my relationship is that we’re genuinely interested in the same things.  While one couple’s dinner conversation may center around the must-see movie coming out that weekend or what’s going on the grocery list for that week, our conversation is much deeper and thought-provoking.  In a nut shell, we’re two big, geeky nerds.  For instance, on the 15-minute walk to dinner last night, we talked about social media and Facebook analytics.  And we enjoyed it.  Since we’re both in the same industry, and therefore have a circle of friends who also share these interests, there’s a level playing field for the both of us.  Never do I have to worry about Drew staring a hole through his dinner plate while I’m droning on and on about Twitter or my new obsession, Pinterest (unless he’s really, really tired).  We don’t have to pretend to be interested in what the other is saying; we truly are.

A lot of people, friends and family included, have asked us if being in the same line of work causes us to fight.  So far, so good.  Sure, we have debates, but that shows the passion and genuine interest that we have for our industry, as well as for our relationship.  I want to be with someone who constantly challenges me and makes me think outside the box; Drew is the same way.  Now, I’m sure there will come a time down the road where we get in a heated, geeky discussion–we’ve had plenty of Sprint vs. Verizon tiffs.  Things might escalate and I might even throw a pillow or try to lock Drew out of the bedroom (one of the joys of having a one-bedroom apartment).  Right now, however, we’re enjoying basking in our fabulous nerdiness.

Speaking of, last night Drew and I attended a techie + foodie’s dream event.  Scoutmob, which Drew and I have become huge fans of over the past month, has recently teamed up with Foodspotting to bring local deals to foodie photographers and enthusiasts.  The “eat-up” Mobspotting event took place last night at Steel, a Thai and sushi restaurant Drew and I discovered with another couple last week.  It was a great way to meet other locals who love trying new food and restaurants, then sharing their finds and recommendations with others.  Of course I took a snapshot of my picture-esque tuna tower.  It was my first time using Foodspotting—I thought the app was only available for iPhone users—and I’m excited to continue using it as a way to document my eating adventures throughout Atlanta.

In summary, when food and technology combine, it’s a beautiful thing.   Drew and I have discovered another fun thing we can share with each other.  After we left Steel and arrived back at our apartment, we started Netflix and watched the Season 1 finale of Mad Men.  We may be a few years late getting in on the action but I can honestly say that this show has quickly become one of my favorites.  It’s not often that you can come across a show that both man and wife equally enjoy.  Drew put up with me watching Project Runway for about two weeks, but I know he struggled through it.  Bless him.  Watching Mad Men late at night has become one of our rituals and it’s something that I constantly look forward to.  I get to curl up on the couch with my new husband, usually with a bowl of ice cream, and watch a great show.  What could be better?