Today was one of the best Saturdays I have had in ages. Two of my dear friends came and picked me up, brought me a piping hot soy latte, and took me to a new market I have been anxious to check out in Saint Petersburg. This amazing place is none other than Locale Market. A food lover’s dream, Locale Market is the brain child of Chef Michael Mina and Chef Don Pintabona. Locale is like Disneyland for food lovers, as you will find everything from fresh local seafood, produce, cheese, wine, desserts, coffee, sushi and more.… Read the rest
Happy Friday! I am very excited about today’s cocktail recipe that I found on Pinterest. A classic spin on The Diablo, this recipe uses Pisco in place of blanco tequila. The timing could not be more perfect, as I recently purchased two cases of Pisco Portón for the bar I manage and have been anxious to whip up some delicious cocktails. If you are not familiar, Pisco is a colorless or yellowish-to-amber colored brandy produced in winemaking regions of Peru and Chile.… Read the rest
I must admit, I go through a bout of depression after the holiday season when I take down the Christmas tree and my collection of beautiful ornaments. This has been going on ever since I was a child and even though I am now in my thirties, nothing has changed. January always represented a long and depressing month. Vacation ends and holiday gluttony is suddenly replaced with healthy resolutions. Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite “Hallmark” holidays because I love everything it represents: love, friendship, flowers, champagne and chocolate.… Read the rest
My bar at work and my refrigerator at home are filled with an abundance of fresh herbs, fruits and edible flowers. I love adding color to everything from sparkling water and desserts to salads and cocktails. Like 99% of the world, I am trying to be healthier this year and drink more h20. While plain aqua can get boring, I enjoy sprucing it up with fresh fruits to give it a hint of sweetness. I came across a stunning pin on Pinterest of fruit and herb infused ice cubes that was so beautiful, I just had to try it myself.… Read the rest
Have you ever walked into a model home and the smell of fresh baked cookies makes you want to move right in? Or perhaps you have a favorite candle that sets the tone for a cozy night at home with its intoxicating scent. I love candles but I have an eight year old son that loves to blow them out when I am not looking. Last year I came across a pin from The Budget Savvy Diva that shows you how to use vanilla to make your house smell amazing.… Read the rest
Sometimes simple words produce huge results and when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I have always believed that less is more. If you want to lose weight, eat less and exercise more. If you want to have good health, eat good food. Simple right? I found this pin and added it to both my healthy living board and my refrigerator.
Over the weekend I spend a good hour purging my kitchen of all the sinful food left over from the holiday and replaced everything with healthy snacks such as apples, celery, Greek yogurt, almonds, lean protein and quinoa.… Read the rest
In two months I turn the big 4-0hhh and can’t think of a better time to get in shape for this milestone birthday. While browsing through Pinterest, I found this pin, printed it, and hung it on my refrigerator. These tips are all simple, yet extremely important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I am starting the New Year off on the right track and am looking forward to a new and improved lifestyle.
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Sometime last year I pinned a recipe for Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Waffle Cookies made with a waffle iron. Genius! Since then I have seen several things made with a waffle iron such as hash-browns, cinnamon rolls, omelets and BROWNIES! Curious, I decided to experiment one night at work with a package of brownie mix and a hot waffle iron. The result was a decadent, yet simple, dessert that can be whipped up in 5 minutes.
No formal recipe is needed for this sinful dessert.… Read the rest
Today’s cocktail was created as a joke but turned out so amazing that I wanted to share it with everyone. Lately I have been obsessed with the spirit line from Art In The Age, which is innovative liquor brand that features a line of spirits dedicated to bringing back flavors we all loved as a child, such as root beer, gingersnaps and strawberry pie. As a bar manager, I am fortunate that I have access to so many spirits and get to experiment with drink recipes on a daily basis.… Read the rest
Happy New Year! I am so glad 2015 is now upon us and have never been more ready to bid adieu to 2014. Now do not get me wrong, 2014 began with so much excitement as I launched #mypinterestinglife, in which I would recreate something I had pinned on Pinterest for each day of 2014. I wanted to use this as a motivational tool to spark my creativity and brush up on my culinary skills. Unfortunately, life gets in the way and I found myself opening a brand new restaurant and the grueling 18 hour days took a toll on me, and my blog.… Read the rest