Lavender Salt Scrub

I am nowhere near an expert on anything in the makeup/skin department (although I am an expert on anything related to food) but I do scan the beauty magazines at the grocery store and I do like to try out new products from time to time. And every so often I surprise myself by finding something that actually works quite well. (more…)

Home made potato chips – minus the fat

I received two very interesting Christmas gifts from Pampered Chef this Christmas. One gift was recognizable and one was not. The recognizable gift was a mandolin (a very sharp kitchen utensil used for slicing). The unrecognizable gift looked like two black, plastic saucers. They were light weight and rubbery and had holes throughout.  My mom, seeing the puzzled expression on my face, explained that the two gifts were meant to be used together as a potato-chip making contraption. She assured me that the chips would be calorie free and delicious. I smiled and said thanks, wondering how much I was really going to be making my own potato chips when I could easily go to the grocery store and buy a perfectly good already made bag. (more…)

A Trip to Texas

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My husband was invited to go to a conference for work. You can imagine how excited I was when I found out wives were invited to come along. I love to travel in general, but when it is an all-expense paid trip, I love it even more. The conference was originally supposed to be in Seattle and I was extatic – one, because I had never been there, and two, because the food is rumored to be pretty phenomenal. I started researching where we would eat, what we would do, and where we would go, only to be told a few weeks later that the conference was cancelled and we would be attending a new conference – in Dallas, Texas. (more…)

Five Influential Trips I Took

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1. Thailand. I don’t know if this counts as a trip or not. Technically, it was my home for 12 years, but every visit I make back to the place I grew up influences me in a different way. I am in love with and inspired by this country. It is never the same and always the same. It’s a land of paradoxes and the culture, the people, the sites, and the food have helped to shape who I am today.

Me and two of my childhood best friends waiting for the sky train in Bangkok

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries with parsley and parmesan cheese

I love fries. Recently though, I’ve started to order sweet potato fries instead of regular fries. At restaurants you usually get thin cut, deep fried sweet potato fries which are obviously delicious. But I’ve found an equally delicious and healthier way to make them at home. I apologize for the lack of measurements. I hate to measure. (more…)

Unique Eats on the Jersey Shore

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My family and I venture to Wildwood, NJ almost every summer for a little bit of sun, fun, relaxation, and of course, some great food. Since I have been to Wildwood oh, about 20 times, I thought I had exhausted all the food possibilities in the area. However, there are 2 special restaurants that stick out in my mind. (more…)

Nostalgic Food

 

I found it. A restaurant that reminds me of my honeymoon. Obviously, if you read my previous posting, you saw how Greek food made an impact on me. I had accepted the fact that I probably wouldn’t have quality Greek food like that again for awhile (until I venture back to Greece – which I plan on doing at some point). However, my grandmother, who, bless her heart, knows how I loved the food in Greece, informed me of a restaurant that her Greek friends referred to as “the best Greek restaurant in town”.

Lamb Shank

I have eaten there twice in the 2 weeks I have been back from my honeymoon. (more…)

The Food of Greece (and my Honeymoon)!

 

Dolmades - these grape leaves were served warm and stuffed with rice and herbs.

If you know me, you know how much I love to eat. Food is an integral part of almost everything I do. This is one of the reasons my fiance (now husband – ah!!!) and I picked Greece as our honeymoon destination. Throughout the wedding planning process, my wedding freak outs, and dieting to fit into the dress,  the thought of myself sitting on a Grecian beach with the Mediterranean breezes blowing through my hair, eating fresh bread, juicy olives, and grilled lean meat kept me sane! I knew I was in for some good food, as long as I could just get through the wedding. However, when we arrived in Greece, the food turned out to be even better than the pictures my imagination could conjure up.

Whether it was the fact that we were in such a beautiful country, or the fact that I had just made it through one of the most stressful events in my life (the wedding) OR the fact that the food really is just that good, by the end of the trip I concluded that the Greek’s knew how to do food right, that they had some hidden secret for making everything taste so good. Feast your eyes on some of the best food I’ve had the pleasure of eating: (more…)

A place that looks just like the pictures

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There are few things in life that are as fantastic as advertisers make them seem and usually everything looks better in the magazines than it does in real life. The clothes look better on the model, the food looks more fresh in the advertisment, and the vacation spot looks nothing like it did in the commercial.

So when I planned my vacation to the Dominican Republic I braced myself for that feeling of slight disappointment when you realize it doesn’t exaclty look like it did on their website. I’ve experienced this feeling numerous times before, so it has almost become the norm for when I’m booking a trip. I know that not everything will be as perfect as it seems but in this case, I was wrong. (more…)

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