WIAW #4

Hi everyone! Here for my fourth WIAW!

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Okay, so this has nothing to do with what I ate, but I met Temple Grandin! I heard her speak and got a signed book. I was BEYOND excited. It was amazing!

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I finally got to try Toro! It has gotten rave reviews from everyone I know and it definitely lived up to expectations. I had the Perro Picante to drink which had gin, grapefruit juice and a spicy pepper simple syrup. We ordered so many dishes but my favorite two were probably the grilled shrimp (Gambas Al Ajillo) and the corn (Maiz Asado Con Alioli Y Queso Cotija). I did not capture any pictures of the food, so here’s me and my lovely dinner date in our post-dinner food comas.

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My office is still on our crazy Oreo tasting spree. Birthday cake are hands down my favorite. The peanut butter ones are good- the filling tastes like Nutter Butters. The Mega Stuff- they’re amazing. But I can’t eat more than two!

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Here’s a fancy breakfast sandwich invention I’ve been loving. Melted Brie on toast with sauteed kale and a runny fried egg. It tastes so gourmet and takes no time at all to make!

What food have you been enjoying lately?

WIAW #3

Another random What I Ate Wednesday!

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A random dinner that consisted of chicken cooked in Mrs. Dash’s poultry seasoning, lemon pepper, and garlic powder, and roasted asparagus. Simple but so yummy. Paired with Guinness (which I’m starting to like…) for St. Patrick’s Day!

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I finally tried sweetgreen! I had the day off of work so I met my boyfriend for lunch and we checked out their Back Bay location. (That’s his blurry hand in the pic.) I had their March salad, and it was AMAZING. Anything with bacon and blue cheese is a sure winner.

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My coworkers and I had to try the cookie dough Oreos. They were really good- but I think I like the birthday cake ones better!

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My boyfriend surprised me with champagne after I received some exciting news at my job! It was delicious.

I also tried Machu Picchu restaurant this weekend with my boyfriend and his family. Having been to Peru, I was excited to see what Peruvian food in Boston is like. I didn’t get any pictures (bad blogger!) but the ceviche was to die for. I will definitely go back!

Last night I had an amazing meal and cocktail at Temple Bar. Temple Bar is one of my favorite restaurants and I really enjoy all their sister restaurants as well. They had a great prix fixe menu for Dine Out Boston (restaurant week), and I ordered rabbit pate and a seafood risotto. I didn’t take any pictures again, but it was so yummy.

Have you had any extra-special meals lately?

WIAW #2

My second WIAW post is here! I haven’t captured a full day of eating because I always forget to take a picture and then usually forget what I even ate. So instead I will just provide you with the highlights of the last week or so!

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My sister spent the weekend with me and we ordered pizza from Stone Hearth Pizza Co. She was exhausted from midterms, it was freezing, and it was the perfect night to order pizza and watch a movie.

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I FINALLY tried cauliflower crust pizza. I thought it was delicious and it got the boyfriend seal of approval! I used this recipe, but there are so many recipes out there and now I want to try them all. We topped ours with spinach and mushrooms, and it was SO GOOD.

I had an amazing burger and beer at Cambridge Brewing Company with a few friends from college. I have no pictures, but I ordered the CBC Burger and tried their Regatta Golden beer which was really yummy. I loved it- I will definitely be going back!

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I also tried baking espresso banana bread from Food52. It turned out really yummy! My boyfriend helped by making me espresso in our stovetop espresso maker. I didn’t include instant espresso granules because I didn’t have them, but next time I might to amp up the espresso flavor- but the bread was still delicious.

For St. Patrick’s Day, I made these cupcakes. I don’t have any pictures of them, which is probably for the best as my frosting looks like it was done by a 5 year old. I know St. Patrick’s Day is over, but you should make them. I don’t even really like Bailey’s and have only just started to like Guinness, but I LOVED these cupcakes.

Happy Wednesday!

First WIAW!

Many of the blogs I read participate in What I Ate Wednesday and I think it looks like such a fun link up! I haven’t captured a full day of what I ate, unfortunately, because I can never remember to do that. Instead I just have a few recent, delicious things I have been eating to share with you.

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I have been loving green smoothies for breakfast! I usually make a fruit smoothie with almond milk, a banana, and whatever frozen fruit I have on hand, and then just throw a handful of spinach in on top. Its a good way to make sure I get a few extra veggies in that day- and you can’t even taste the spinach! 😉

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A delicious almond milk latte at dwelltime, a great little coffee shop in Cambridge. My boyfriend, quite the coffee snob, really enjoyed their black coffee as well.

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A delicious sandwich from Darwin’s, one of my favorite sandwich places in Cambridge. All of their sandwiches are so good- you really can’t go wrong.

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Cheese and champagne for our belated Valentine’s Day celebration!

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I made How Sweet It Is garlic brown sugar flank steak with chimichurri for our Valentine’s day dinner. Here’s my food processor filled with fresh herbs

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All dressed up for Valentine’s day dinner- any date where you can be in PJs is one that I’m okay with.

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The chimichurri was delicious, and steak is always a winner in my book. We used the leftover chimichurri sauce the rest of the week on EVERYTHING.

Hope you enjoyed reading about some of the food I enjoyed this past month. I am going to be much better at documenting next week!

Yummy things!

I tried the brownie batter donut from Dunkin Donuts, and let me tell you- it was worth it. It was SO good. I have to resist getting one every time I’m in there getting my iced coffee. (Yes, I drink iced coffee year round). Try it before it goes away!

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Shake Shack came to Cambridge and I COULD NOT be more excited. I got a cheeseburger and cheese fries. HEAVEN.

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Along the lines of more “homemade” and “healthy” things, I made an amazing grilled cheese sandwich with brie and sauteed kale. It was amazing, and the kale added some veggies to my otherwise veggie-less meal.

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Lastly, my new favorite breakfast. Avocado toast with a fried egg. I just mash up around a quarter avocado, spread it on toast, and top it with a super runny egg- just the way I like it. It’s delicious and a great way to start my morning!

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Let me know if you try any of these “recipes”- I hope you enjoy!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other night I was craving a burger and fries, but I didn’t have any of the makings in my house. Here’s my burger and fries redux: a veggie burger with avocado and salsa and oven-baked sweet potato fries. It was a lot healthier, much easier to make, AND I didn’t have to leave my house in the cold. These are the MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers and they’re some of my favorite frozen veggie burgers. I’m definitely not a vegetarian, but I eat a few meatless dinners a week. Served with Harpoon UFO White, one my favorite beers, in my fancy beer glass that I picked up at the Harpoon Brewery!

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On to the good stuff: My absolute favorite homemade cookies. I can’t take credit for the recipe. My mom has been making these cookies as long as I can remember, but the recipe is the Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with one tweak: replace the raisins with chocolate chips. They are the most amazing, chewy, cinnamon-y, chocolatey cookie out there. And they are fan favorites according to everyone I have ever baked them for!

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If you buy a gigantic container of Quaker Oats, the recipe is on the lid, but you can also find it online!

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Ready to go into the oven…

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Deliciousness! Don’t worry, the recipe makes way more than what you see on the plate.

Try making these cookies- I promise you’ll enjoy!

Recent Eats!

A few weeks ago, I went on a family vacation to the British Virgin Islands, and it was amazing! I have to show you some of the amazing food I enjoyed while I was there.

Conch fritters are the most delicious food, but they are impossible to find in Massachusetts. So when I say I ate them daily, I’m not exaggerating. 🙂

Conch fritters

Conch fritters

Fried calamari tastes even better after a day of scuba diving!

Fried calamari

Fried calamari

Ice cold beer!

Carib beer

Carib beer

I have a few other yummy creations to share with you, this time from my own kitchen! I received a Crockpot for the holidays, and I’ve had a few successful Crockpot adventures. I made a dish with spaghetti sauce, chicken sausage, onions, and red peppers that turned out really well. The only downside was that I didn’t love how the onions and red peppers turned out. The red peppers were a little overcooked for my taste, and I love sautéed onions. Yesterday, I recreated the recipe, using fresh chicken chorizo and some sockarooni sauce from the jar. This time, I sautéed the onions, red peppers, and some mushrooms to add on top and I loved how it turned out. No pictures of this one, because I chowed down immediately!

Yesterday, I also made pumpkin squares. My mom got the recipe at Williams Sonoma a few years ago. All you need is yellow cake mix, pumpkin pecan butter, and a few other baking ingredients. They’re so easy, but because they have three layers, they look so fancy. My boyfriend said they might be his favorite thing I’ve ever baked for him. I apologize that there have already been a few pieces cut out in this pic, but at least you can see the layering better! 🙂

Pumpkin squares

Pumpkin squares

At a little cafe that I love, I tried a sandwich with sweet potato and avocado, and I was desperate to recreate it at home. Inspired by that sandwich, I made a clean-out-the-fridge sandwich. I toasted two pieces of bread, and spread on mashed avocado, mashed kabocha squash (for a lack of sweet potatoes), Laughing Cow creamy swiss, and apple slices. It was delicious and tasted so much more gourmet than your usual sandwich!

Best. Sandwich. Ever.

Best. Sandwich. Ever.

I’ve had some great food recently- now on to my favorite dessert: air-popped popcorn!

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Here’s a random photo dump of some foods and recipes that I have been eating & making lately!

I made these cookies adapted from How Sweet It Is but I replaced the the flour with whole wheat flour and omitted the shredded coconut. My roommates and I devoured them- and I told myself they were “healthy” so I could eat 10 at a time!

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One of my favorite quick and easy meals is a pita or wrap pizza. If I have the time, I’ll get some homemade pizza dough and use that, but during the week I often need something quicker. For this pizza, I roasted sweet potato cubes and caramelized some onions. I put them on a whole wheat wrap with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, crumbled goat cheese, garlic, and kale. I popped it in the oven at 400° for about 15 minutes and it was perfect! I made some for some of my roommates and they loved it too.

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I love to cook, but I wouldn’t be doing a food blog justice if I didn’t include a picture of a fabulous meal out. I went to a restaurant in Providence called The Dorrance and had a delicious meal.  I enjoyed a cocktail called the Up & Cumber which had cucumber vodka, St. Germain, lime, and ginger beer. It was fresh and not too sweet!  For my appetizer I ordered the roasted mushrooms and for my entree I had a steak. I don’t often make red meat for myself at school, so it is something that I always miss and crave. All in all it was a great meal!

The Dorrance

The Dorrance

What foods have you been enjoying lately?