Monday, September 30, 2019

A is for: Arthur Ave Food Crawl {Bronx Little Italy}

One of my favorite things about living in New York City is that there is no shortage of amazing Italian food.

We are a stone's throw from Lilia and often frequent Barano. I love hitting up the West Village to dine at popular spots like Don Angie, i Sodi and Via Carota. And on my birthday this year, we checked out newcomer Rezdora.

But if you reaaaaally want to experience NYC Italian culture, then you need to make a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. It's the Little Italy that Manhattan's Little Italy would love to be but probably never will.

It's also where Justin and I had one of our first dates. At the time, I was still living in Connecticut, so I would often make the trek to NYC on the weekends. One of those occasions, we rendezvoused in the Bronx. We've since returned two other times with friends, and as I type this I'm realizing it's been far too long since our last visit.

Friday, August 2, 2019

A is for: Austin {bachelorette party planning checklist}

This post is wayyyyyy overdue.

Like.... a year overdue.

But like I always say... it's better late than never, right?

So I last visited Austin in June of 2018 for my friend Megan's bachelorette party. Our group of 12 girls descended on the city for three days of food, fun and debauchery.

Much like I did for the New Orleans bachelorette party I attended last year, I figured it would be handy to type up a guide for any girls (or guys) planning for a similar trip.

As with the NOLA bach party, I was not solely in charge of the planning. I helped out with a couple of things, but I would whole-heartedly recommend our entire itinerary, so I'm including it all here in the form of a mini Austin Bachelorette Party checklist, if you will. Please let me know if we missed anything!

Monday, July 22, 2019

A is for: ABCD Dip {Avocado, Basil, Cottage Cheese & Dill}

I'm going to be completely honest with you guys.

I wasn't really sure how this dip would turn out. I had an idea for something that utilized cottage cheese and fresh herbs to create a refreshing dip for veggies and chips. But having never actually used cottage cheese in a dip recipe, I just wasn't sure if it was going to work.

But, that's the fun thing about food blogging. You come up with ideas, try them, and sometimes they work... sometimes they don't... and sometimes the results completely exceed your expectations.

This was a case of the latter. I was totally blown away by how good this was!! Even my friend Rob, who hates cottage cheese was eagerly gobbling this down and totally shocked when I told him what was in it.

It almost has a Green Goddess taste to it, with a wonderful whipped, "moussey" consistency that is positively delightful.

**This blog post is sponsored in part by Hood Cottage Cheese. Recipe and words are my own. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Z is for: Zucchini Egg Muffins with Hood Cottage Cheese

Whenever I'm trying to do a healthy re-set (which I'm desperately in need of at the moment), I try to plan out my breakfasts ahead of time and prep them at the beginning of the week if possible.

This really sets you up for success. It's hard to eat something unhealthy for breakfast (or skip the meal altogether) when you have something delicious already made and sitting in the fridge waiting for you saying "Eat me!"

And that, my friends, is where these delightful little egg muffins come into play. They are high in protein and packed with vegetables but still have enough cheese and flavor to make them something you actually want to reach for in the mornings.

Enough so... that not only do I recommend these for easy weekday grab-and-go breakfasts, but I would also whole-heartedly suggest these for a brunch gathering because they are already portioned out and easy for guests to eat. Whichever you decide to use these for... definitely make them ASAP!

*This blog post is sponsored in part by Hood Cottage Cheese.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Y is for: Yountville {the ultimate Napa Wine & Wedding Weekend}

I love weddings.

No matter what the setting, seeing my friends and family bring all of their most cherished people together in one spot to celebrate their love is a really beautiful thing.

That said, I really love weddings when my friends pick vacation destinations like Napa Valley to tie the knot.

I found myself at the latter situation recently when our friends Matthew and Sarah decided to wed just outside Yountville, CA... one of my favorite wine country destinations.

First of all, the entire town smells like you are permanently in a day spa. Notes of Jasmine and lavender float through the air, and it's really hard not to be in a zen mood at all times. That state of being is of course enhanced by the abundance of world class dining and wine tasting, making it pretty much the perfect weekend getaway. Let this blog post serve as your “to-do” list to enjoy it to the fullest.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Y is for: YVR: Vancouver in 36 Hours + Cruising Aboard the Norwegian Joy

If you find yourself in Vancouver, B.C. for just 36 hours… chances are, you either decided to pop up for the weekend from somewhere in the Pacific Northwest or you are about to embark on an Alaskan Cruise.

I recently found myself there for the latter as part of a fun girls getaway with my friend Kate.

I’ve always wanted to visit Vancouver. Growing up in Montana and attending school in Washington state, it’s sort of ridiculous that I hadn’t made it there yet. And after a fast-paced 36 hours, I can tell you that a day and a half is not nearly enough time, and I already can’t wait to go back. 

The city itself reminds me of some of my other favorite coastal cities… sort of a mash-up between Portland, Seattle & San Francisco. With its vibrant downtown, a sprawling public park, and its residents’ love for the outdoors… Vancouver has plenty to see and do!

I also read somewhere that locals muse that “YVR” stands for “Yes, very rainy,” but we were lucky to get some mild, dry weather during our short stay.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

W is for: Wraps {with Hood Cottage Cheese & Quick Chicken Shawarma}

Lately, I've been doing a lot of work from home. For me, that can mean any combination writing, blogging, recipe developing, photography and video content for brands or any of my own social channels.

I love the flexibility it gives me, but without the structure of a traditional job, it's hard to stick to a good meal schedule. A lot of times, I get so busy that I actually forget to eat (ironic, right?) I've learned it's really important to have easy snacks on hand to eat in between shoots or takes. That's why I'm super excited to partner with Hood Cottage Cheese. For me, it's a win-win. I get to come up with delicious recipes, while having a fridge stocked full of a protein-rich snack!

My first recipe post with this product features a super easy-to-make pita wrap that also happens to be high in protein. It's my take on Greek chicken shawarma in a pita, but instead of traditional tzatziki sauce, I'm using one of Hood's savory cottage cheese flavors: Cucumber and Dill.

This blog post is sponsored in part by Hood Cottage Cheese.
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