Sunday, January 27, 2019

U is for: Upstate New York

I love living in New York City.

I love the fact that I can walk out of my apartment building and have basically anything I want at my fingertips.... A Michelin starred restaurant, food options 24 hours a day, concerts, theater, any kind of bar you could ever imagine, shopping, and accessible transportation.... the list goes on and on.

But as much as I enjoy the hustle and bustle, sometimes I like to return to my Montana roots and escape to nature. Go to a place where, when you shut off your Sonos speaker you hear.... nothing. Silence. Peace. Serenity. A place where you can still enjoy world class cuisine and lodging and feel like you're far away from the city, without actually having to go that far.

That place for me is Upstate New York.

Recently, I've had the opportunity to spend more and more time up there. And the one thing I've learned... is there is SO much to discover! A short drive upstate opens up a whole new world for hiking, antiquing, apple picking, concerts, wine & beer tasting, world class eating, and much, much more. Air Bnb named the Hudson Valley a Top-20 worldwide travel destination for 2019, so now is the time to experience what the area has to offer.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

T is for: Turkey Buffalo Chili

Last January, I successfully made it 24 days of the Whole30 Diet, coinciding with a dry January. I made things like Thai Cashew Chicken with Cauliflower Rice and Gluten Free Italian Wedding Soup. Overall, I'd say it was a success, I lost some weight and overall got a nice healthy reset.

Which was completely reversed when we then boarded a plane south to spend 4 days in  Jamaica eating jerk chicken and drinking all we could at an all-inclusive resort.

It's all about balance, right?

Fast forward to January 2019... I failed miserably at dry January (I think I made it 10 days), and I'm definitely not doing Whole30... BUT, I am trying my best to eat as healthy as possible. Pair that with the cooler weather, and that equals me craving the comforts of a nice, hearty chili. Last weekend, I kept it more traditional with a beef and bean chili, but this weekend I wanted to recreate a recipe of one of my former co-workers, Joe Kosa (he also inspired my grilled clams post this summer.)
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