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Friday, January 28, 2011

Jason's Deli, Timonium - FREE MEAL

2/8/11 EDIT: Check out my review of the restaurant here!

Jason's Deli is celebrating their opening by having a great deal!  Come TONIGHT (1/28)  from 5-7pm and TOMORROW (1/29) from 11:30-1:30pm for a GREAT DEAL: ANY MENU ITEM + drink for FREE.  They are asking for a $1 donation to the Make-Your-Wish foundation as well :)

What a great deal!  You bet I'll be there!!!!! Look at this menu!!!

Jason's Deli
2159 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Thanks to a reader for the tip!!! :)

Friday Morning Haiku

Is there anything
More epic than Thundersnow
My new favorite word

THUNDERSNOW
I love that word so much, and I have to admit, Thundersnow itself is pretty awesome.

Thanks to the snow, I had a couple of days off, which were a nice treat.  Of course I watched some Masterpiece Theatre and had a bit of fun in the kitchen.  I made some peppermint bark with my remaining candy canes and I also made this delicious Moroccan Turkey Meatloaf dish that has now made Dan into a meatloaf lover (he HATED meatloaf before - how is that even possible???). 

What kind of delicious things did you make?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Grilled Cheese & Co., Catonsville


Dan happily agreed to write a post on Catonsville's Grilled Cheese & Co..  Isn't he an awesome writer?  I need to get him to start writing some more posts on this blog!  We could be an adorable husband and wife eating team!  Enjoy!

Last Sunday, Nakiya and I decided to try out a place called Grilled Cheese and Co., which is located in Catonsville, right off of the Edmonson avenue exit of 695. I will be flat out honest: having never heard about this place, and knowing only the name of the establishment, I was NOT very excited about the idea of us driving 20 minutes around the Beltway to go to a place that sounded like it was going to serve me something a small child could make, and probably charge me a fortune for it. I never saw a menu beforehand, I never read what anyone else had said about it. I was armed with only the name and location, and I had predetermined visions in my head of one of those standard trendy places that charges a boatload of cash for below average food, solely for the sake of being different and unique.

We arrive right around lunch time, only to find that the somewhat small parking lot is completely full, but luckily, there is a side street right next to the building with plenty of room to park. Walking up to the building, there is a chalkboard-style sign on the front steps listing the special for the day, a sandwich called "The Rancher": A grilled cheese with chicken, bacon, and ranch on it. That sounded DELICIOUS; enough so that I told Nakiya I would be ordering it, regardless of what the rest of the menu said.

Upon walking in, all tables in the store were full, and there was a small line at the register as well. The full menu is written on a large chalkboard style menu on the side wall, very well placed and easy to see as you wait in line to order. On the regular menu, they have about ten different sandwiches (lets be clear here: apart from one true "grilled cheese" in the traditional sense, most of these share only the fact that they happen to be sandwiches that all involve grilled bread and cheese as ingredients). They also have a few different salads and soups, and also french fries, sweet potato fries, and chips. I was VERY impressed with the selection of sandwiches, as they had a very wide variety to choose from, and many of them sounded excellent. My heart was still set on the special I saw on the sign out front, and I did not waver. My sandwich by itself happened to be the most expensive item on the menu, at $8.00 for just the sandwich. I opted to get it as a combo, which came with a fountain soda and a side of my choice (I chose sweet potato fries), for an additional $2.00; making my total meal $10.00. Nakiya chose to order an item off the regular menu, a sandwich called the "Crabby Melt". Her sandwich was listed as "melted monterey jack cheese on top of our homemade house blend of cheese, crab meat, and spices". At $7.50, her meal was slightly less expensive, and she opted to get it with a drink and a side of regular french fries, for a total of $9.50. They handed us a receipt with a number on it, and I stood there wondering if I just grossly overpaid for a simple sandwich that was likely not even going to fill me up.



After placing our order, we lucked out and got a table for two immediately, as we happened to be walking by right as the previous patrons stood up. Given how crowded the restaurant was, we were both absolutely delighted when we heard our number about 5 minutes after we finished ordering; the service time was outstanding. They brought our food out to our table for us, and I was very surprised to see how large the sandwich was, and how big the portion size was for the sides of fries. As I took my first bite of my sandwich, I immediately began to take back every bad preconception I had of this place up until that moment. For starters, the bread was thick and delicious, and it was toasted absolutely PERFECTLY; I wouldn't have wanted it toasted more or less by a single degree. I was expecting to receive a small sandwich with a tiny amount of chicken and bacon, and what I actually received was LOADED with cubes of chicken, chunks of bacon, and just the right amount of ranch mixed in, just a light spread. The sweet potato fries were OK, they weren't the best I have tried by any measure, but I still enjoyed them and the portion size was very filling, even given my large appetite. Nakiya's Crabby Melt was also very delicious. Like my sandwich, the bread was done perfectly. Her sandwich tasted like a slightly cheesier version of crab dip, on bread. I tried a bite and I was very satisfied, although Nakiya did feel that it was a little too creamy and heavy to consume an entire sandwich worth of it. However, she did love how it tasted. Her regular shoestring french fries were EXCELLENT, and both of us preferred them over the sweet potato fries.

In the end, we both left very satisfied, very full, and very eager to return. This place certainly laid my preconceived notions to waste in almost every regard. The one thing we were both surprised to see, however, was that a "traditional" grilled cheese, with only toasted cheese on bread, was $5.00, which we felt was on the high side. But I don't imagine many people go out of their way to order a plain grilled cheese when they could easily make it at home. The rest of the menu felt like a good price and value for the large portions and delicious food that they serve. I can't wait to return!






Thanks, Dan!!!!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Morning Haiku


I wish I could cook
Without recipes, just my
Imagination


Do you have that ability?  Then I envy you.

My parents are both masters at throwing things together and creating the most fabulous meal.  I simply can't do that.  I realize they have a lot more experience cooking than I do, but I am still hard on myself about not having this ability. 

I know I'll get it someday!  I guess the key is to keep cooking new recipes and then cooking them AGAIN with small changes.  Right?  Until then, I'll continue to cook using all the recipes I've collected and just try and perfect those!

By the way, thanks for all your comments on my cake post - I appreciate your encouragement to try again and I've saved all the new recipes you sent me.  I WILL try again!  Cake will not beat me yet!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

RECIPE: Braised Chicken with Dates and Moroccan Spices


Every once in a while I make a recipe that literally blows my socks off.  This is such a recipe.  I found it thanks to Emily over at Cooking Inside the Lines and she experienced the same amount of love as I did, so you know it's good :)

So let me tell you about this dish.  It's interesting, sweet and elegant .  This is the dish you will want to make for guests and hope that you have leftovers for the next day, because it gets even better. Get some good fresh medjool dates (I got mine from Wegman's, if you have any leftovers you can always make this recipe!), as they are a main star of this dish.

This is how I made it below, and with my own suggestions.  Feel free to ignore me completely and follow the actual recipe from Bon Appetit.  I won't feel bad :) I bought the chicken from Wegman's and took out the skin, which meant I didn't have any fat to cook the onions in, so I just added a couple of tablespoons of oil.  Do whatever your preference is - it was fine without the skin.

Braised Chicken with Dates and Moroccan Spices
Adapted from here

Ingredients
     3 1/2 pounds chicken breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks
     1 tablespoon all purpose flour
     1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
     2 pounds shallots, peeled and chopped into quarters or smaller if you don't want them as pronounced in your dish
     1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
     1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
     1 teaspoon ground cumin
     1/2 teaspoon turmeric
     3 cups low-salt chicken broth
     5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
     12 dates, pitted, halved

Directions
- Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and flour.
- Heat olive oil in heavy large pot (I used my beautiful dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken pieces to pot and cook until browned on all sides, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes.
- Transfer chicken to platter; repeat with remaining chicken.
- If you have fat in your pot, keep 2 tbl, if not, add some olive oi.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add shallots to pot; sauté until golden (NOT caramelized), about 6 minutes.
- Add cinnamon, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Increase heat to high; add broth and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until shallots begin to soften, about 18 minutes.
- Place chicken pieces atop shallots in pot. Bring to boil over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until juices run clear when thickest part of drumstick is pierced with knife, about 25 minutes.
- Transfer chicken and shallots to platter; tent with foil.
- Boil juices in pot until slightly thickened.
- Stir in dates and remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
- Reduce heat and simmer gently until dates are heated through, about 2 minutes.
- Pour sauce and dates over chicken.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

AN EVENING WITH ALTON BROWN AT THE HIPPODROME, MARCH 19TH


I’m sure you’ve heard all the buzz about the recent announcement – Alton Brown will be headlining the 2nd Annual Hippodrome Foodie Experience on Saturday, March 19th.  This time all tickets will include the Foodie Event tastings which will be offered by some of Baltimore’s area restaurants. 

If you choose the VIP experience, you will have a pre-show cocktail reception (which begins at 6pm) with a cooking demonstration by none other than Alton Brown!!!  WOW!  What a treat!!!!

Just in case you don’t know who Alton Brown is, he stars, writes and produces the popular (and really fun and informational) show Good Eats on the Food Network Channel and he also hosts Iron Chef America.  On top of that, he has 4 books under his belt, including his New York Times Best Seller, I’m Just Here for the Food. 

This sounds like an epic night for foodie lovers everywhere!

Details:
Who: Alton Brown, Foodie Extraordinaire
Where: The Hippodrome Theatre
When: Saturday, March 19th, 8pm (or 6pm if you're a VIP)
How Much:
-    VIP Tickets are $250 and include front orchestra seats, pre show cocktail reception and cooking demo.
-    All other seats are $94, plus service fees.
-    ALL tickets include post show FOODIE EXPERIENCE with open bar which lasts from 9:30pm-Midnight.

Tickets go on sale to the public January 21, 2011 and are available at the Hippodrome Theatre Box Office, Charge-by-Phone 410-547-SEAT or 800-551- SEAT and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Cake Talk

 Oh man I was so proud of my sister and I

Here are the pictures from the Martha Stewart cake I made (sorry for the repost) but doesn't it look delicious!?!?!?!  

I have to say the icing was really great, but the cake was much too dry.  I have a good friend that loves baking and she told me no matter how many times she's made her own cake from scratch, it's never been as good as one from a baking mix.  So she usually makes the cake from a baking mix and then makes the icing from scratch.  That sounds like something I could actually manage.
 We ate cake while we did puzzles!

Another friend of mine commented on my previous post letting me know that an easier chocolate cake recipe would be the Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake.  The recipe DOES look much easier than Martha Stewart's.

4 different kinds of  Ravens-themed cupcakes, and then an extra 4 cupcakes for fun

Or I could just continue to get cupcakes from Icedgems Bakery and continue to be satisfied.  I mean, seriously, look at those cupcakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Trust me when I say they taste as good as they look.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Little Taste of Italy, Lutherville


Little Taste of Italy is this tiny sub shop that's in the heart of historic Lutherville.  It has a HUGE menu, full of the assorted items you would expect to see at such a place - a TON of subs, a TON of Italian specialties, and a TON of pizza options.  Yes, this menu is huge and will satisfy any greasy food/sub sandwich craving.

One night all I kept thinking about was chicken tenders and fries and I remembered the tiny little sub shop near my house which also DELIVERED.  Oh yes, they aided me in my laziness.  In fact, they were really fast.

I ordered the chicken tender platter which came with fries and coleslaw ($8.25).  I admit that I didn't try the coleslaw, I just devoured the crispy fries and the chicken :)  Meanwhile, Dan ordered their chicken cheesesteak ($6.25) with an order of fries ($2.25), and I thought it was great.

OK, so to be sure this place isn't going to win any awards or get on any Best Of lists - but if you're in the mood for a bit of comfort food and this place is close - I say give it a try.  They've been around for 32 years, according to their menu, so they must be doing something right :)



Little Taste of Italy on Urbanspoon

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Morning Haiku

 
It's Purple Friday,
Ravens will beat the Steelers!
Let's go Baltimore!
 
What are people's plans for the game?  Well, more specifically, what are people's eating plans for the game? 
 
We are getting carry out from Andy Nelson's (the brisket sandwich itself makes you feel like you've won the championship of DELICIOUS) and some Ravens-themed cupcakes from Icedgems (who have their own shop in Reisterstown now - 213 Main Street, Reisterstown MD!!!!!) to fill our tummies.

What about you? Going to a restaurant/bar (Which reminds me, Chewpons has a deal right now for $10 towards $20 of food AND drink at Hightopps Backstage Grill)? Breaking out the food processor to make fresh guacamole?  Whatever your plans - have a yummy time all around! aaaaaaaaaaaaaand Go RAVENS! :)




p.s. I went here for the picture :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kooper's Chowhound Burger Truck

 mmmmmm look at all those grilled onions

Recently I had the opportunity to get a burger from Kooper's Chowhound Burger Truck. I decided to Build-My-Own-Burger for $8:  I chose the bison as my meat, topped it with cheddar cheese, grilled onions and lettuce (3 toppings are included, 50cents for each additional topping) and then got ketchup as my sauce.  What an awesome awesome burger.  The meat was cooked perfectly, and I loved the kaiser roll.  And oh my was it filling - I was full for HOURS! It's also important to note that my meal was ready pretty quickly, which is great when you're waiting in the cold. 

I didn't get any fries, though I did steal a couple from my coworker :), but they are $2 whether you choose their regular fries, sweet potato fries, or a mix of fifty-fifty.

Next time (oh yes, there will be a next time), I think I will try one of their Signature Burgers - perhaps the Baja Burger ($8) which has jack and cheddar cheeses, baja slaw and jalapeno ranch wrapped in a tortilla.  Maybe I will get that with a turkey burger instead. MMMMMM I can't wait!

Want to know where they are?  Follow them on Twitter or Facebook or just check their website.

Oh Glorious Food Truck movement, how I love you so!


Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon (Mobile Cart) on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Surprise Vs. Choice?

A friend of mine introduced me to Foodzie, a website that sells specialty food products.  I was browsing around and saw that they sell a $20 Tasting Box where they send you some sample sizes of some of their favorite products.  I immediately got excited and thought I would maybe give it a try.....until I told my friends about it and they did not share my enthusiasm. 

One friend suggested that I should just spend $20 each month and pick out some stuff on Amazon that I would want to try each month.  I suggested I loved the "surprise" aspect of it all.  The same friend then quickly answered that I should just give him the $20 and he'll pick out things for me ahahahaha

So what do you think?  Would you rather have the surprise of the Tasting Box or just put aside $20 each month and pick out what you want from Amazon/Trader Joe's/Wegmans/Whole Foods?

Personally, a whole Specialty-Food-of-the-Month-Club sounds kinda awesome to me.  But as Dan said "$240 a year for chocolate and granola!?!?!?!?!" kinda puts it in perspective hahahahaha.  

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hollywoods Burger Bistro, Canton

UPDATE: THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED

I was invited to dinner at Hollywoods Burger Bistro, formerly home of Tangier's and Red Fish.  Though I was initially nervous about this restaurant's location - I think Hollywoods has the right kind of menu to get people to keep returning - it's interesting.  Seriously, take a look.  It's funny, first of all, but the choices are so intriguing that I think a lot of people will be willing to come back to try everything on the menu. I know I certainly want to, especially since I am bummed I didn't get to try these yummies:
o Nicole Kidman - $6 (sweet potato fries drizzled with chocolate and a side of cinnamon honey mustard)
o Princess Di Burger - $11 (bacon, sunny side egg, Lincolnshire cheddar on a toasted English muffin)
o Cheech & Chong - $13 (pot roast served over mash potatoes ) :)  

It also helps a restaurant when the food is delicious, and luckily, this place has that going for it as well!

Thai Calamari

So, let's start with the appetizers!  The Thai Calamari ($9) had a lovely sweet sauce, with a bit of a kick.  I’m usually not a fan of calamari, but perhaps I’m not a fan of it with marinara sauce because I definitely loved it served Thai-style. In fact, this was my favorite!

Sashimi Tuna Loin

The Sashimi Tuna Loin ($11) came in really nice thick slices with great seasoning, and topped with the Thai sauce that was also on the calamari. Excellent.  


Lobster Mac and Cheese

Not watching your weight?  Calories to blow?  Get this! :)  No, but seriously, the Lobster Mac and Cheese ($12) is just INCREDIBLY decadent.  It's so rich and creamy with a hint of sweetness from the lobster, of which there are plenty of large chunks.  Definitely share this treat – or order it along with a salad for a good dinner.  


Edamame

The Edamame ($6.50) was perfectly seasoned - definitely a crunchy and consistent appetizer for those watching your weight :)


Break Up Burger

Don't you just love these names?  The Break-Up Burger ($12) apparently pairs well with a Haagen-Dazs chocolate shake, according to the menu, but I'm not sure you're going to have room for that!  This burger is made with double thick apple wood smoked bacon and topped with chocolate (it doesn't say what kind, but I'd guess bittersweet).  

I was intrigued, but definitely a bit nervous, about trying this burger because of the chocolate (especially after the Peanut Burger at Abbey Burger Bistro), but the result was surprisingly tasty!  Despite the fact that it was dripping with chocolate it really wasn't overwhelmingly because the sweetness was tempered by the salty bacon.  You don't need to have gone through a messy breakup to have this burger, you just need to have a big appetite!

Additionally, if you want to create your own masterpiece - they have a great Create Your Own burger list with the greatest list of choices you will ever see!  Seriously. 

One important word about their burgers - they are fed an all-grain diet, free of hormones and steroids.  Knowing this, I am EXTREMELY impressed their prices are what they are.  You can taste the quality of the meat.  


Turkey Burger

On the other side of the spectrum is the Turkey Burger ($11) made with ground turkey, black beans, avocado, cheese, lettuce and crème fresh.  I LOVED this burger.  This is along the lines of something I would usually order, so I am so glad it met my expectations.  It tasted healthy yet hearty, very satisfying.

Carrot Cake

On to the desserts!  First up was the Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Bacon.  Now, I am not a bacon fanatic, so I wasn't a huge fan of this - but I would imagine there are bacon lovers out there who would jump at the chance to try this.  Once again, I love the creativity of this place and they get bonus points for actually making the desserts in-house! I was told that they are constantly changing their desserts, so that's always fun!

Pistachio Cake

The Pistachio cake was definitely more of my taste - very light and moist with a creamy icing.  Loved it. 

They also have a ton of specials every day, here's a list and check it out here for more details:
Happy Hour Every Day 4-7pm: $3 House Wine, Yuengling & Loose Cannon Draught and $5 menu items
Monday: 2 for 1 burgers & pizzas for Monday Night Football
Tuesday: Karaoke
Wednesday: Bingo Night at 9pm
Thursday: Ladies Night, $5 bottomless cup for the ladies - guest DJs weekly upstairs
Saturday: Guest DJs at bar
Sunday:
o Brunch: 10:30-2pm - $14.95 for any item off the menu & bottomless bloody marys, mimosas, or sangrias
o Game Time Specials: 50 cent wings & buffalo shrimp, $3 Sierra Nevada & Blue Moon draughts
o 9pm-2am Industry Night: Drink specials all night for everyone in service industry with Guest DJs and Karaoke at the bar  

Sure, Hollywoods Burger Bistro is creative and interesting enough to draw people in initially, but I think people will quickly realize that you don't always need to order something wacky to get a good meal - everything, even the simplest of things just taste good.  So go there for the Nicole Kidman, but come back again and again for a juicy regular burger on a pretzel roll! So in one big conclusion - would I go here again?  Absolutely.

Hollywood Burger Bistro on Urbanspoon

A big thanks to Dara for all her great pictures!

DISCLAIMER: Though this was a free tasting, I was not asked to write a positive review nor did I feel any inclination to write anything which did not reflect my true opinion of Hollywoods Burger Bistro.

Friday Morning Haiku: New Year Edition



First week of the year
How are your resolutions?
Are they sticking yet?

Ugh, doesn't the first week of anything (besides vacation) SUCK?  It's so hard to change up a routine, but always so gratifying once it sticks.  

Good luck to everyone out there who is trying to make a healthy change!  I'm not worrying about diets while I get back into running...but considering I ate 1,000lbs of M&Ms yesterday at work, maybe I should do something about that ahahahah

What are your resolutions this year, and how are they holding up?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Coffee Cupping?

What is this whole Coffee Cupping business?  It sounds wholly pretentious to me.  Has anyone ever been to one of these things?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

RECIPE: Simple Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

(Why yes, that IS a Ravens lunch bag in the background hahaha)

I love banana bread.  I love that it's easy-peasy and allows me to use up fruit that I would have otherwise thrown away.  I love that it's called bread even though it's a cake.  I love that I can then also take said bread and add chocolate chips and STILL not call it a cake. 

What I also love is this recipe - it's simple (IT ONLY NEEDS ONE BOWL) and makes the house smell divine!

Yes, yes, I realize you are all trying to be good for the New Year - but it's BREAD, remember!  :)

Simple One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Adapted from here

Ingredients
    3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
    1/3 cup oil
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 egg, beaten
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    Pinch of salt
    1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
    2 handfuls chocolate chips

Directions
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix in the oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
- Toss in the baking soda and salt and mix.
- Add the flour, mix.
- Add desired amount of chocolate chips, mix.  You will probably add more.
- Pour mixture into a greased 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for an hour, or whenever your knife comes out clean.
- Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and CONSUME

Two Crazy Deals

Just saw these two crazy deals, so I thought I would share:


The Prime Rib is offering their 15oz USDA Prime Rib for $15 every night until January 20th!  I'm not sure what the price is regularly, but I can't help thinking it's a ridiculous deal.  I've never been The Prime Rib, but I do know it's a fancy Baltimore Institution!


At Dangerously Delicious Pies, if you choose to eat-in or get take out Mon-Thurs from the Canton location, you can get the $20 deal - 2 savory pie slices, 2 dessert pie slices and 2 drinks.  What!?!?!  That's awesome!!!!  They are also offering a $5 deal for breakfast - a small cup of coffee and a slice of quiche.  Sounds like a great breakfast for a chilly morning.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas Break Recap and Free Calendar Download!

(this is not my Christmas tree, but isn't this a cool picture!?)
 
Happy 2011!

I am slowly facing reality that my Christmas break is over, which is sad for me because I had one of the BEST. TIMES. EVER.  My parents and my sister's family all gathered at my house for basically the entire week, and it was AWESOME and SO MUCH FUN.  I also have to say that I have the most beautiful and perfect niece ever, and I loved every minute I got to spend with her.

We did lots of cooking as well, which I really enjoyed.  My sister helped me out with my 2010 Resolution of baking a layer cake from scratch.  I used Martha Stewart's Ultimate Chocolate Cake and Frosting recipeVerdict:  It was good...but not good enough to justify the amount of time we spent on that cake.  Plus, making it canceled out any desire I had to eat the cake.  There's just WAY too many sticks of butter in that recipe.I'll stick to buying the Ultimate Chocolate Cake from Wegmans instead.

I also prepared New Years Eve dinner complete with this rib roast recipe, some roasted potatoes, carrots and peas (all hail the Frozen Vegetable Bag) and Yorkshire pudding!  We capped off the night with some mini minced pies and some prosecco.  Everything turned out wonderfully!

We didn't eat out too much because of the little one, but we did get carry out from Pasta Mista and my sister and I and our hubbies (both named Daniel hahahaha) were able to steal a couple of hours for some drinks and appetizers at Talara.  I, of course, convinced them to try the fire and ice ceviche.  That is seriously one of my favorite things ever, and they agreed!

Oh well, now it's all over and onto 2011. This year is going to be a big non-foodie one for me - I plan on running my first marathon!  I haven't signed up yet, but I am going to run the Marine Corps Marathon in the Fall.  I am VERY excited and VERY nervous.  Have any of you run that course?  Have any tips for me?

Also, since it is the start of the New Year, here's a super cute Produce Free Calendar Download for you from Cottage Industrialist.  I love that it graphically tells you all the monthly seasonal produce!

Hope everyone had a lovely break!
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