Monthly Archives: November 2012

Party in the City Where the Heat Is On

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Party in the City Where the Heat Is On

A few weeks ago my friend Alyssa and I went to Miami to visit my friend Spencer who is in law school at the University of Miami.  It was a great, relaxing trip!  Miami is gorgeous, the weather was beautiful and warm, and we had some DELICIOUS food!

After our plane landed Spencer picked us up from the airport and we headed to the beach.  The water was an amazing clear blue-green, and it was super warm!

The View from Spencer’s Apartment

Following our fantastic day at the beach we got ready and went to Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe for their Thursday pasta special.  I kid you not when I say this is the best pasta place I have ever been to.  Every Thursday they have a $10 pasta menu, and everything sounds delicious!  I am quite possibly the most indecisive person on the planet and absolutely could not decide what I wanted.  Luckily for me, the three of us decided we would get three entrees and share them!  (Also, sorry about the picture quality, it was dark in the restaurant!)

We ended up ordering the Penne with Grilled Chicken, because who doesn’t love pasta and chicken and feta and sun dried tomatoes and olives?

And Fiocchi Gorgonzola, because purse-shaped pasta sounds fun, and pear, four cheeses and a walnut gorgonzola sauce was just too interesting to pass up.  This was by far the BEST dish of the night, don’t get me wrong, everything was delicious, but this absolutely took the cake.  If you ever find yourself in Miami at Perricone’s you HAVE to order the Fiocchi Gorgonzola.  Do it.  You won’t regret it.  I Promise.

And last but not least, the ravioli, because it’s a classic and coral pink sauce sounded yummy and pretty!

For dessert there were more fabulous choices.

But in the end, chocolate deliciousness won out in the form of triple chocolate layer cake. Tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and chocolate ganache, what’s not to love?

It was FABULOUS!  One of Spencer’s friends who came along got the Homemade Apple Cobbler, which looked delicious as well.

One day we walked around the downtown area and spotted this place called Montaditos (which Spencer informed us was a chain in Spain) for a drink.  Spencer and I both got sangria (which was AMAZING) and Alyssa got a beer called Mahou.  They came in really cool mugs too!

A fun fact about Miami: happy hour goes from 4-8 because people in Miami don’t eat dinner until later.  Because of this fact we decided to go to Blue Martini for drinks and appetizers one night since their happy hour specials are half off all drinks and discounted food.  We ended up getting the baked brie with fruit, which was creamy and delicious.

They also had a very impressive drink menu, but we mostly stuck to the Treats portion of the menu.

Between the three of us we tried the Cake Pop (a new martini consisting of Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, Champagne, with a Splash of Cranberry Garnished with a Sprinkled Rim) which was probably my favorite, the Almond Joy, the Caramel Swirl, and the Three Chocolates.

Spencer, Me, and Alyssa with the Three Chocolates and the Cake Pop

Almond Joy

Caramel Delight

We also went to a delicious dinner at Doraku, a really great sushi place.  We started out with a lychee martini and some white sangria which were both delicious.

Then we ordered the salmon carpaccio, a rainbow roll, a Philadelphia roll, and the spicy tuna chili roll.  In our haste to eat I forgot to take pictures, but we did order a second spicy tuna chili roll, which was our favorite roll of the night!

Our final night we joined up with a bunch of Spencer’s friends to celebrate a birthday.  We ate at a restaurant called Dolores but you can call me Lolita, which was also really good!  At Dolores Lolita every entree comes with an appetizer, so once again we decided to get three seperate entrees and appetizers and split them.  For our appetizers we ordered the spinach artichoke dip, the smoked salon and guacamole crostini, and the Asian vegetable spring rolls.

For our entrees we got the “Skinny Lolita” – grilled chicken, sauteed spinach and cherry tomatoes, the “I can’t believe it’s not pasta” – zuchinni pasta with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomato sauce, and a fettucine alfredo (which was delicious with the chicken).

All in all it was a great trip with amazing food and I can’t wait to go back!

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The past 2 months or so…

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The past 2 months or so…

Hello.  Sooo, I realize it’s been over 2 months since I posted anything on here… oops.  But I’m back now, and you can expect lots of yummy recipes to come, but in the mean time here’s what I’ve been doing since my last post.

September:

*I went to Richmond, VA and completed The Color Run, my first 5K, with my friends Alyssa (check out her blog, it’s witty and insightful), Katie, and Don.  It was a really amazing time, everyone was super nice, and as an added bonus, who doesn’t love running around to upbeat music while being covered in color!

And because this is a food blog, and I take pictures of food at pretty much every restaurant I go to… we ate at the Capital Alehouse the night before the race, which was delicious. I got the smokehouse burger, which is topped with house red eye BBQ sauce, smoked gouda cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and fried onions, and a side of sweet potato fries, yummm!

On a side note, we ate at McDonald’s for breakfast the morning before the race (breakfast of champions, I know), and I would like to say whoever invented the McGriddle was a culinary genius, an egg sandwich between pancake like bread with syrup pockets, what’s not to love?

*I also went to a few of my 4-year old cousin Caleb’s AYSO soccer games, and while there was never much actual soccer going on, the kids were adorable to watch.

I’m not sure what soccer move this is…

*The leaves also started changing, and I’m obsessed with fall and taking pictures, so here are some lovely fall photos for you to enjoy!

Our front yard was overtaken by leaves

October:

*I celebrated Alyssa’s 21st birthday!!!  We went to Alero in D.C. for some delicious mexican food!

We got some amazing cheese dip as an appetizer and I order the Tacos de Cochinita Pibil, which were corn tortillas with pork in an orange sauce that came with rice, beans, sour cream, and avocado, it was AMAZING!  And the margaritas were great, so if you’re ever in the DC area, I highly suggest you check out Alero.

*Aside from all the fun stuff, I also had to study for and take the GRE and the chemistry GRE.  While the tests were no fun, and I had to get up at ungodly hours to take them, I did manage to take this gorgeous picture as I was leaving the house to take one of the tests before the sun came up one day.

*On October 18th I turned 23 and my parents celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.  To celebrate we ate at Montezuma‘s, one of my favorite restaurants in Gettysburg, and I got the fajitas tropicales, how can you not love something served in a sizzling pineapple half?

*We had a lot of campfires this fall as well.

*I did a lot of baking, and some pumpkin carving when the weather wasn’t great because of Hurricane Sandy.  I designed these pumpkins and my dad and I carved them.


I made some Halloween sugar cookies.

I baked this delicious Spiced Pear Cake with Brown Butter Icing from Recipe Girl, it was divine, spectacular, make it now!

And last but not least we had this wonderful Baked Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce.  Even if you don’t like spaghetti squash, the sauce is amazing, and would be great on any kind of pasta.

*For Halloween, some friends and I went to Madam’s Organ in DC for a few drinks.  The place was really decked out for Halloween!

Alyssa as a NASCAR fan and me as a housewife

November:

*Alyssa and I took a trip to Miami to visit my friend Spencer, who’s going to law school.  It was a spectacular trip and I’m planning a post about it in the coming days, so stay tuned.

*And  last but not least, this past weekend my family and I went to the annual hayride at our cousin’s house.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to!  Check back here soon, I promise it won’t be another 2 months until my next post.