Monday, January 30, 2017

T is for: Travel! {Montreal}

This always happens.

As soon as I return home from a really awesome trip, I immediately must start planning another one.

Remember when I went to Greece? I came back and instantly started mapping out my visit to London.

Or how about my epic trip to South Africa? I went to Tulum just a few months later. France planning bled right into planning for Singapore and Thailand, and once I returned home from that vacay (and recovered from my bacterial infection), I frantically felt the need to go somewhere cool for New Year's Eve just a few short weeks later.

I considered somewhere warm like Miami, or a ski weekend in Vermont, but thankfully my travel partner in crime (Dana) texted me with the same urge and said "Let's go to Montreal!" Done and done.

Monday, January 23, 2017

T is for: Tomato Tarragon Soup with Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

My addition is real.

And for once, it's not food related.

I know I'm about 5 years behind on this, but I finally started watching Game of Thrones. And I now understand what all the fuss is about.

I've been meaning to start for about a year now, and finally decided that winter of 2017 was the right time. (Winter is coming... heh.)

Problem is, it's consuming my life. I watched 17 episodes my first weekend. I'm now through the first three seasons (so 30 episodes in all) with 30 to go.

The rest of my life is somewhat suffering because of it, specifically the blog. So I'm implementing a self-imposed "pause" from my GOT binge to get caught up on a couple blog items... starting with this very season-appropriate comfort food dish: grilled cheese and tomato soup. (Ironically, I actually made this during the first weekend of binge watching, so I did manage to tear myself away from the show for a couple hours then. A girl's got to eat, you know?)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

T is for: Thailand: Railay Beach & Koh Phi Phi {travel}

After an amazing two days in Chiang Mai, we were ready to get our sun and beach on in the Southern part of Thailand.

There are plenty of islands to choose from, and we did some pretty extensive research before settling on Railay Beach and Koh Phi Phi in Krabi Province. Some islands are more chill and remote, others are more party atmosphere, and still others fall somewhere in between.

Additionally, there can be drastically different weather patterns depending on which islands you choose, so make sure to look into average weather and rainfall when you plan to visit.

And also remember... at the end of the day, you're in the tropics, so it can rain at any time. Just be ready to go with the flow!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

T is for: Thailand: Chiang Mai {travel}

After stuffing our faces in Singapore, stop number two on our Southeast Asia adventure took us to more amazing food in the north of Thailand, to Chiang Mai.

From everything I heard and read about this place, I had a feeling I would fall in love immediately and I was absolutely right.

Of the four places we visited on this trip, Chiang Mai stood out as my favorite.

From sampling the delicious food to exploring the markets to interacting with the friendly people to understanding the culture... it was easy to understand why it's known as "The Jewel of the North."

Chiang Mai, you shine bright like a diamond.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

S is for: Singapore {travel}

When my friends Geno and Michelle decided to move their family to Singapore for work, I knew right away I needed to go visit them.

What I didn't know is how much I would love this unique city state!

First of all, Michelle informed me the favorite pastime here is eating. Uhhh... Sign me up!! (Close second is shopping, and I'm all for that as well).

It's also one of the cleanest cities I've ever visited. (It's illegal to spit on the streets, chew gum, or litter.) Pretty impressive considering it's one of the most densely populated countries on the planet (second only to Monaco, which I also visited this year.) And being that we had two awesome and gracious tour guides, it made for a wonderful start to our Southeast Asian trip!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

S is for: Steak Tacos & One Minute Guacamole

How many times have you come home from work, with every intention of cooking dinner, only to decide you're "too tired" or it's "too late"? This inevitably ends with either take out or having wine and popcorn for dinner. (Guilty.)

But guess what? You don't have to do that!

I'm excited to share details today about a new kickstarter project, Aroma N Spice. The founder, Marina, came up with this idea while trying to develop quick, easy nutritious and GLOBAL meals for her family.

The result is these delicious and convenient meal starters... all full of flavor, all gluten free, and all allow you to sample different cuisines from around the world.

Of course, I gravitated directly to the Mexican spices, and tried out a chile rub for steak tacos, along with her super fast guacamole mix. Both were packed with flavor and I literally had dinner ready in under 10 minutes. To help get her business off the ground, she's launched a kickstarter campaign and needs your help! The best part is... just by pledging a small amount, you will get tasty spice packets in return! It's a win-win. To help make her dreams a reality, click here!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

R is for: Rosemary & Sage Sourdough Stuffing {or Dressing}

In my five years of writing this blog, I've posted most of my Thanksgiving recipe favorites here on e is for eat.

Among some of my go-to's...
Brie Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Kale & Butternut squash salad


But for some reason I've never shared a stuffing recipe. Which is crazy because it's one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides. It's one of those things where I will sneak bites of throughout the day and before you know it I've eaten a whole pan of stuffing.

My step-mom Jennea has an awesome recipe that was passed down from her grandmother. I'm sharing that today, with a few tweaks.

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