sunday supper at the jefferson

Sunday Supper at the Jefferson

I always enjoy sharing tips when it comes to restaurants and accommodations in DC. Even though we’ve just moved back to the area after being all over the place, I still have my go-to restaurants and hotels whether it involves an impromptu date night or weekend staycation in the city. Last month, B and I had to opportunity to experience Sunday Supper at The Jefferson and I’ve been suggesting this dining experience to everyone who will listen. The Quill at The Jefferson has a swanky, but relaxed vibe and the food is phenomenal. Oh, and the cocktails, too. Yep, you should try one a few of those. I can honestly say that they have some of the best drinks in DC (and I went to a lot of happy hours while working on the Hill). If you’re unfamiliar with Sunday Supper at The Jefferson, it’s the most affordable high-end dining deal […]

       
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pasta beach restaurant in boston

Elizabeth of Little Moments of Happiness planned a spectacular blogger dinner at Pasta Beach last week and let’s just say I’ve found my new go-to place for everything Italian and delicious. Pasta Beach is owned by Susie and Gianni Ropolo and most of the chefs are from Italy! Susie explained to us that she wants people to feel good after eating their food. They serve authentic Italian cuisine with all-natural, healthy ingredients so you won’t feel as bad after you’ve consumed a pile of pasta that could feed a small village. At least that’s what I told myself – “Rachel, this pasta is good for you. Enjoy”. Except I also ate two different appetizers, a pizza, chicken, and a rich dessert. Oops. Like I said, this restaurant is yummy. Not only did I enjoy great Italian, but I also met new friends. Our group of bloggers included, Anathalia of Scavengenius, Smita of […]

       
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moksa cambridge blogger dinner

Moksa Restaurant Cambridge

On Wednesday night, Blog and Tweet Boston hosted a blogger dinner at Moksa in Cambridge. The Pan Asian restaurant is located in Central Square and is known for its unique tapas and cocktails. Since I had been stalking the online menu a week or so before the meet-up, I couldn’t wait to see what the fuss was about. Upon arriving I noticed the modern look of the restaurant. I waited with a handful of bloggers near the front door before the reception started and admired the large, sleek bar area and the atmosphere. Moksa is definitely one of the trendier restaurants in the area but it is also comfortable, which I liked. We were then led to the second dining room in the middle of the restaurant and seated at a small bar for our cocktail hour. Our bartender whipped up a warm punch drink and I swear, I would […]

       
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chocolate chip banana bread

Homemade-Chocolate-Chip-Banana-Bread

Things were a bit stressful in our house over the weekend so I went on a baking spree that included muffins for my two dogs and this chocolate chip banana bread recipe. The recipe is quick, easy, and resulted in moist banana bread with lots of chocolate. Have a mentioned that chocolate is my favorite thing to binge on? Brandon doesn’t share the same love for everything chocolate, however. Next time I whip this up, I’ll substitute the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips — only because I love him. ;) What you’ll need: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 4 mashed bananas 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup chocolate chips (if you don’t like chocolate, feel free to use peanut butter chips) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 2. Add flour, baking powder, and […]

       
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food truck wars | melbourne, fl

Food Truck Wars in Florida

Can I just tell you all how much I love food trucks? Especially when they serve chicken and waffles, lobster rolls, cupcakes and other delicious snacks. Melbourne/Palm Bay, Florida holds a food truck event every month and we decided to check it out in June after Brandon got off work. Even though it had just stopped raining, there were many, many trucks and locals stuffing their faces. I quickly joined in because this is one event I will never turn down. The chicken and waffles truck was the most popular there so I had to wait in a long line for around twenty minutes. It was completely worth it! We were surprised to see all types of pets at the event. Not only did people bring their beloved pups, but we also saw a few people holding rabbits. Yes… pet rabbits. Since Malcolm and Ollie were bred to go after […]

       
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the lid in melbourne, florida

The Lid Tapas Restaurant

I love to eat, my husband loves to eat. I’m not picky, B’s not picky. We’re basically a foodie match made in heaven. That’s why one of the things we miss most about living abroad is trying new restaurants we wouldn’t otherwise find. No matter which country we were exploring, we would always find a small restaurant (or in Morocco — a family’s home) and try the local cuisine. Now that we’re back in the States, we’re on a constant quest to find little gems with unique food. This past weekend we went to The Lid, a tapas bar and grill in Melbourne, and now I want to eat there every day. They have a “do-it-yourself” tasting menu that entails choosing small plates from a long list of deliciousness and I’m fairly certain everything is good. If you ever find yourself in sunny Melbourne, Florida, I highly recommend it! We enjoyed […]

       
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quinoa salad with feta cheese and basil

Quinoa Salad

I’ve been trying to take more care when it comes to putting food on our plates because, well, we’re getting older and it’s time to start thinking about preserving our health (and it’s almost swimsuit season in Florida… gasp!). Instead of dishes that are meat-heavy, I’ve been focusing on fish and fresh fruits and veggies. I found a recipe on Pinterest that used quinoa and because I had never cooked with it before, I thought it would be fun to try something new. I used the original recipe to get the quinoa/vegetable broth measurements and also the dijon sauce, and changed everything else. The original recipe called for tomatoes and olives, but B doesn’t like either. I love them… You guys, even without tomatoes and olives this recipe is yummy and healthy. It won’t disappoint! What you’ll need: 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth 1 cup dry quinoa 1 can […]

       
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breakfast casserole

Sometimes I want breakfast food and mimosas for dinner. Is that such a crime? When hunger strikes and I want to surprise my husband with eggy goodness and champagne, I turn to this easy breakfast casserole recipe I found. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this in the past. What you’ll need: 2 cups of smoke, diced ham 4 1/2 cups cubed sourdough bread 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 brick cream cheese 1 yellow onion 1 medium green pepper 1 medium red pepper 12 eggs 2 cups whole milk 1 tsp ground mustard 1 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper olive oil Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Brown 2 cups of diced ham in a little olive oil. Remove from heat and set aside. 3. In the same pan, sauté diced green pepper, red pepper and yellow onion until brown. Remove from heat […]

       
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cheesy chicken penne bake

I found the recipe for this cheesy chicken penne bake on Pinterest and it was linked to the blog, Real Mom Kitchen. I love pasta with creamy sauce and a ton of garlic {this attracts my husband}, so naturally I couldn’t wait to attempt this. I divided the recipe in half, since I’m not cooking for a family, and altered everything else because I wanted to use more vegetables and some paprika. I also chose to use jarlsberg instead of provolone because I remember it being mentioned in one of my favorite movies, The Devil Wears Prada. Mmmmhmmmm. Ingredients: // 3 tablespoons butter // salt and pepper // 1 tablespoon paprika // 1/2 pounds or around 7 ounces of uncooked penne pasta // 1 teaspoon olive oil // 1 chicken breast // 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon white flour // 3 garlic cloves finely pressed // 3 cups whole milk […]

       
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