If you know me you know I love veggies (especially zucchini). At a young age, I would beg my parents to make zucchini with cheese and tomatoes (which I still do when I go visit) fast-forward years later I’m still obsessed.
Since I love zucchini and make it a lot I often try new recipes to keep the simple taste pleasing without getting bored!
Recently, I’ve been enjoying zucchini noodles it’s fairly easy to make and leaves room to be creative and make it your own. Below find my perfect date night zucchini noodle recipe.
1 box zucchini noodles
3 tablespoons of EVOO
1/2 tsp garlic powder or garlic
1 cup of diced onions
1 large tomato (1/2 can of diced tomatoes if wish)
1 had full of mushrooms
2 chicken breast cut up
Salt & pepper
1 cup of parmesan cheese
Prep time 10 min – Cook time 10 min
Add EVOO to frying pan cook onions, mushrooms, and chicken until brown.
Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix together.
Add zucchini noodles and let simmer on low for 3 minutes.
Add 1 cup of parmesan cheese and let sit for 1 minute then carefully mix together.
Last fall Eataly opened in the Prudential Center located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Since then tourist and Bostonians alike have flocked to take in the culture of Italy through the Italian market, culinary school, and eatery.
Although the market is incredible, if you been to Eataly, you know it can be hectic! You go in with such high expectations then you walk in and it’s a zoo, their’s pushing, people standing around and literally a line to Italy to get your gelato! So how does one make their Eataly experience enjoyable?
Go early: be one of the first in line to explore the Italian market.
Dine first: if you plan on dining at one of their signature restaurants try and eat as soon as you arrive. If you arrive later in the day and get put on the waitlist, no worries your 45 minutes to hour wait will allow you ample time to walk around and explore the wines, pastas, produce and more!
Postpone purchases: plan to make your purchases on the way out as the registers are at the exit of the market.
Grab a cannolis or gelato around midday: I’ve found more people grab their sweet treats in the evening.
Don’t stand around: my biggest recommendation would be to keep walking! This eliminates traffic and congestion throughout the store.
Can’t make it to Italy but want to experience the culture? No worries, Eataly has 33 locations worldwide with three other locations in the United States (Chicago and NYC).
Located at 170 Beach Drive N.E. St. Pete, FL sits Cassis American Brasserie a Parisian style restaurant overlooking St. Pete’s waterfront.
So what’s a brasserie anyway? A brasserie is defined as a restaurant serving simple hearty food and drinks at affordable fares, a place that brings people together in a vibrant friendly atmosphere; and that’s just what Cassis American Brasserie does. Walking onto the outdoor terrace, guest will feel as though they walked into a Parisian café in the heart of Paris with its well-designed exterior and interior.
Cassis is perfect for families, a night out on the town or date night as the restaurant caters to all crowds whether you’re looking for romance or a good laugh with family and friends.
The restaurant offers menus for brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Each menu includes a variety of options holding true to the French/American flare that will satisfy anyone in your party from small bites to the dessert. It’s guaranteed guest will leave full and wowed by the service, atmosphere, and cuisine. Even four-legged family members get quality service with their own special menu making them feel like a king or queen.
Just a short drive from Washington, D.C. both locals and tourist are sure to enjoy this quaint beach town. Now, I must be honest, when my family said we were going to Virginia Beach for vacation I was upset. All I could think was, “why can’t we go to Disney or the Caribbean?” I had no idea what to expect or even if I would like it. Well, guess what?! I loved it. From the beach to the boardwalk to the restaurants to the town itself; the whole experience was beyond wonderful. I’m already planning my next trip back!
I would highly recommend this destination to anyone looking for a reasonably priced beach getaway. Read more for your ultimate Virginia Beach vacation guide.
One of the reasons why I enjoyed Virginia Beach is because we had an oceanfront view, which is very common for the hotels along the boardwalk. Visitors pay reasonable prices for breathtaking views, proximity to the ocean, restaurants and more. When booking your trip check out these hotels and resorts.
No need to travel far for food! Most hotels along the boardwalk include their own signature restaurant (most seafood). All restaurants are around the same price and offer a variety of choices from breakfast to beach bites to happy hour and dinner! Here’s a list of a few that we tried. Pro tip: try the orange crush, which can be found at many of the restaurants along the boardwalk (you can thank me later).
With Virginia Beach being the last largest town on the Virginia coast I can promise travelers will find something to do. After spending a few days at the beach, venture off to Bush Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Cape Henry Lighthouse or simply rent a bike a check out all the beautiful home along the coast.
Among its historic landmarks, you will find D.C. offers a variety of dining options perfect to satisfy any foodie! The food scene in D.C. matches its diverse culture from small cafe’s near national landmarks to boutique style restaurants in Georgetown to larger chain options near the center of the city and more!
Having recently visited D.C. I had the pleasure of experiencing a few different restaurants and cafe’s that offered large menus with a variety of choices. Check out my favorites below:
Martins Tavern: Ever wanted to dine with the president? Well here’s your chance (sorta)! Martins Tavern has seen its share of former presidents including a Henry Truman, The Bush Family, JFK and more. If your lucky you can even dine in one of the many tables the presidents sat in and let’s not forget the oh so famous booth where John proposed to Jackie. If you like a bar atmosphere, with comfort food and presidential history then I would recommend checking out Martin Tavern!
located at 1264 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20007
Ristorante Piccolo: Who says you have to go to Italy for homemade Italian food? Ristorante Piccolo is serving up popular homemade Italian cuisine sure to please any appetite. Pro tip: be sure to arrive early as the restaurant is small and fills up fast.
located at 1068 31st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Founding Farmers: Looking for a modern restaurant with homemade dishes? Then I highly recommend checking out Founding Farmers. In 2005 Mark White a third -generation farmer and the president of the NDFU came together to showcase their passion by supporting their local farming community. That passion has led to having freshly sourced produce and more from over 40,000 farmers to the kitchen at Founding Farmers where all meals are prepared from scratch! I had the creamy vegetable bacon bucatini, which I gave two thumbs up. (pretty cool place right!?)
located at 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20006
Located at 492 Tremont St, in Boston’s South End is a local favorite serving up fresh donuts and coffee.
If you love your morning Joe paired with a fresh donut then this is the place for you. Blackbird serves up unique gourmet donuts from scratch with all natural and local ingredients. It’s signature fluffy texture comes in a variety of flavors including Vanilla Glazed, Chocolate Sprinkle, Boston Cream, and more. If you’re more of a cake lover try one of their cake donuts. My favorites include The Blackbird, Blueberry Cake, and Mocha Chip. You can find the full menu here!
What’s really unique about Blackbird is they are a true Boston brand as they create special donuts around Boston holidays and sport’s teams. All while serving up their traditional flavors.
If you’re a die-hard foodie then this is a must stop location as Blackbird’s menu includes doughnut ice cream sandwiches. Yes, you read right – DOUGHNUT ICE CREAM SANDWHICIES! Customers can choose from any of the day’s doughnut selection then add vanilla, chocolate or swirl ice cream! Talk about the ultimate Instagram pic, right?!
Open daily Monday – Friday 7 AM – 6 PM and Saturday – Sunday 8 AM – 6 PM.
Here we are, mid-winter and here I am wrapped up in a blanket writing today’s blog post. I thought I would mix things up today and share an easy recipe to warm you up while you research warm getaways.
This beef stew recipe is easy, delicious, and the best part is you can cook it in the crockpot!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours on high in the crockpot
4 large carrots
4 large celery sticks
1 cup water
1 can of beef stock
Beef stew beef
*Feel free to include more of your favorite veggies
Cut all veggies and put in crockpot, brown meat for about eight to ten minutes (it’s okay if meat is still a little pink). Add water, beef stock and meat to crockpot. Add a few splashes of wine for extra flavor, stir and turn on high for 4 hours. Enjoy!
B Side Pizza & Wine Bar located at 370 W 51st Street in New York City is truly a neighborhood favorite. Weather you’re a local or traveling for business or on vacation, B Side
caters to pizza and wine enthusiast alike. If you’re looking for small Italian pizza restaurant with a cozy, artsy, and retro vibe this is the place to spend your Friday night!
If your looking to share this is the restaurant for you, as the menu includes 11 homemade brick oven pizza options and small sharable appetizers. The restaurant is known for their pizzas and wine, but also does well with beer lovers as they have several craft beers on tap!
Having trouble picking just one pizza? My favorite is the Killer Bee. Topped with tomato, mozzarella, sopressata, garlic puree, chili oil and honey (yes, honey!). Priced at $16 this pizza will not leave you disappointed! Tip: pair it with a side of red wine.
B Side is open Sunday through Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and is within walking distance from popular New York City attractions.
Okay, I gave in! After a year of living in Allston, I decided to make the hop, skip and a jump over to Brookline to try the ever- so- famous Anna’s Taqueria and let me tell you it exceeded every expectation.
With six locations scattered throughout the Boston area, this Mexican restaurant is one you can’t pass up. As Anna’s is open Monday through Sunday serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Anna’s serves fresh, authentic tacos, burritos and bowls. As the prices are fairly reasonable I got two chicken tacos, which were very filling and tasty with a side of chips, guac and freshly squeezed lemonade (pictured below)!
If your every in the Boston area I would skip out on the Chipotle and try this local Boston favorite as it will leave you wondering why you haven’t tried it sooner.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Kane’s, Kane’s is a Boston staple donut shop with locations in Boston and the original in Saugus, MA. They have everything from coffee and tea to bear claws, pastry’s, cupcakes and their iconic donuts with flavors like Bacon Maple, Oreo and more made fresh daily.
More recently, Kane’s opened a pop-up location in Chestnut Hill from mid February to the end of March. After countless people posted pictures of these mouth watering donuts on my Instagem feed I figured why not give it a try.
I decided to go on March 27 the day before it closed. I got their at 7 a.m. right when they opened and within the time of me telling the man what I wanted, and paying the line was out the door and around the corner. I was shocked! I knew it was popular, but not this popular.
I was only going to get one I promise! It turns out the flavors that morning were too good to pass up! So I got six and figured I would bring them into work and share with my co-workers. With the donuts being large I thought we could cut them in half since I work in a small office. They were a hit.
Overall, I was a little disappointed. To be quit honest I didn’t expect these donuts to be as large as they were. I was expecting Dunkin’ Donut size. After a few bites I got full and they are extremely sweet Just one donut can be shared between two people.
Kane’s was a great experience, but it’s one of those places you only go once. Maybe Kane’s is only good for an Instagram picture and a cavity.