True Happiness

I write to you tonight in true happiness. My life is good, it’s really good. I just spend a full week with my boyfriend, loving every minute being in his presence and creating memories together. We spent my birthday weekend in NYC, where I was able to meet his father, fall absolutely in love with him, and see my best friend from college. This weekend, I graciously enjoyed my four day weekend in remembrance of our veterans. I spent time embracing my freedom as an American, having the ability to do whatever I please in that very moment. Like going for a two hour walk today with a friend on the boardwalk of the Genesee River… yes there is such a thing. Like driving around the city with the top down, hair blowing in the air, sun kissing my checks and brisk air chilling my lungs. Freedom. Happiness. Bliss.


Anxiously awaiting school tomorrow morning, I find myself in bed, at 8 o’clock, writing this blog, checking things off of my do-to list, and hoping to fall asleep quickly. Three day week, but a long three days ahead. Lunch tomorrow whistles to me, hey, Lisa, come here, come and get this delicious stew.

Yup, stew. Venison stew. My body aches for homemade food as its endured restaurant cooking for the past week. Joyful enduring, of course, but still, unnatural at times causing stomach growls. Meat you ask… yes. I know, I need to cleanse, maybe next week. For now, the weather is going to change from 68 degrees to 42 degrees in the matter of 12 hours and I need warmth. I need stew.

Backwoods Venison Stew (in the pressure cooker)

*2 pds venison stew meat (shot in the backwoods of my hometown, thanks to my dad and bro)

*1 pd red potatoes, quartered

*1 cup frozen pearl onions

*1 cup frozen green beans

*1/2 cup carrots, sliced and quartered

*3 cloves garlic, minced

*1 container vegetable stock

*2 tbs tomato paste

*sage, thyme, rosemary, pepper, salt, smoked paprika

The venison was browned on a medium high heated frying pan and searing for about 2 minutes in total. I then added this to the pressure cooker pot with the rest of the ingredients, all raw. Stirred everything together and placed the lid on the cooker. I set the timer on high pressure for 20 minutes. The beeper went off, 10 minutes later (allowing for natural release of pressure), I opened the lid and BAM! BAM! BAM!

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BAM! Delicious venison stew. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about this for lunch tomorrow. Again, I anxiously wait. YUMMMM!

Fall warmth

All of the leaves have fallen off my trees out back, my lawn is covered and crunches as I walk across to my garden. Fall is definitely here and I need soup!

I realized that the three dishes I made last week was just too much. I got sick of them by yesterday and ending up tossing some of the stuff out. I even brought the butternut squash soup to a dinner at my friend’s house! So, I’ve learned that I need to keep myself to a one or two dish minimum. This week I’ve made one soup for myself. I have a dinner party tomorrow night, tutoring Tuesday and my boyfriend comes back into town toward the end of the week, so really this will be lunches and maybe one or two dinners at home.

Fall Harvest Minestrone!

1 container of vegetable stock, organic

2 small zucchini, halved and thickly sliced

1/2 onion, sliced

4 small carrots (from my garden) sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

a handful of asparagus sprigs, chopped

a handful of tuscan kale (from my garden)

a few mushrooms, quartered

1 red potato (cause I needed to use it up)

2 cans of stewed tomatoes

1 can black eyed peas

1 can garbanzo beans

4 cloves garlic, minced

“parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme”

*I threw everything into my crockpot and let it cook down for 4 hours.

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So fresh and yummy! I look forward to warming up this week with this delicious soup!

Regaining my motivation!

Well, I fell of the wagon there for a few weeks. I cooked every Sunday still but nothing new and exciting, and nothing worth blogging about. Thanks to my wonderful friends at dunch yesterday, I’ve regained my motivation and love for cooking new dishes for myself each Sunday for the school week!

One of the dishes from dunch yesterday, made by my dear friends, was a sweet potato and turkey chili. It was amazingly addicting and inspired me to make my own today. What was so great about it you ask? Cocoa. I’ve heard of this in recipes before, to add cocoa powder to your chili, but I had never done it. Woah, is it good.

So, here’s my rendition of a fall comfort chili…

1 pound ground lean turkey, pan fried and crumbled

1 large sweet potato, peeled and coarsely cubed & roasted

1 delicata squash, coarsely cubed & roasted

1 large can crushed tomatoes

1 can pureed pumpkin

1 can kidney beans

1 can black beans

1/2 red onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

1 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 tsp sage

2 tbs Siracha hot sauce

*All ingredients went into my brand new slow cooker/ pressure cooker duo that my best mommy in the whole world bought me for my birthday! Check this baby out…

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*3 hours on slow cooker later, bam! Delicious! I have to say my chili doesn’t even come close to my friends’ chili from yesterday, but its still pretty damn good.

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Rain and 50 degree weather all week, I’ll be snuggled up with a big bowl of this yummy goodness when I get home from work.

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Fall is my favorite season, for many reasons. Reason number 1 is my birthday, obviously. All other reasons are because of the weather. Yeah, I complain about the cold a lot, but I love the leaves changing and the crispness in the air. The sunshine peeking through the trees and glistening on the wet pavement sidewalks and roads around the city. I love the variety fresh squash at the public market and the apple cider warmed and topped with cinnamon.

My friends have inspired me. Fall has inspired me. It’s time for some new squash recipes! So, I vacationed from lesson planning for a few minutes and perused Pinterest for some ideas. With a large butternut squash, I wanted to make two different dishes for lunches this week as well as the wonderful chili. So, I roasted it!

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First up, a soup. Of course.

Maple Apple Butternut Squash Soup!

I combined some different ideas from Pinterest and thought of my own palate and the flavors I’ve been craving to come up with this beauty…

1 honeycrisp apple, peeled and cubed

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 small red onion, sliced

1/2 butternut squash, peeled, cubed & roasted with olive oil

I sauteed the apple with onion and maple syrup on medium low heat with the cover on the pan to soften the apples and get a golden maple syrup flavor mixed in. I tossed this into my food processor with the cooled roasted squash and pureed with some freshly ground black pepper and unsweetened almond milk (about 1/2 cup).

The finished product: a simple, not to sweet, delectable soup. I think this will be best warmed, but would also be good cold for breakfast in the morning! Oh, mix a little into my oatmeal. Yes, re-inspired for sure!

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Lastly, a salad. My body craves greens on an hourly basis, so not making a salad for the week would be devastating. A roasted butternut squash & quinoa salad!

1/2 butternut squash, peeled, cubed & roasted with olive oil

1/2 cup dry quinoa, cooked in a cup of water

6-8 sprigs of asparagus, cut & sauteed with red onion and minced garlic

2 cups wild arugula

*Toss all of the ingredients together and top with some fresh goat cheese. Oh wow, this is a keeper too!

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So happy to be back at my cooking again. Inspired to create new dishes with my pressure cooker for next weekend, stay tuned!

A pound of bacon…what?!?!

It all started with my aunt bringing me two gigantic and beautiful tomatoes last week when she visited. And to think I hated tomatoes when I was growing up… now, I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if the opportunity arose. Tomatoes, loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals, specifically lycopene, which fights off cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, are boasted to be the most nutritious vegetable. I would disagree based on the lack of protein, and most importantly the sugar content, especially when cooked down into sauces and things. But I sure do love a fresh tomato.

So, these fresh tomatoes sat in my fridge, and I thought of my stepdad and his love for a thick slice of tomato smothered in mayo and topped with salt and pepper. I thought of BLTs. One of my favorite sandwiches once I started eating tomatoes as a teenager. There in lies the bacon. Organic turkey bacon. Pork bacon, well I haven’t eaten that in over two years. Not to say that turkey bacon is any better for you, yes the fat content is much less, but its still animal product that is processed and molded together into a slab. Hm, just talking about it makes me not want to eat it. But in any case, some turkey bacon every so often (maybe once every 3 months if that I buy some), won’t hurt.

A pound of turkey bacon, which is 10 slices in total, cooked for the week — created three dishes as well as leftovers for eggs (free-range, organic of course) in the morning if I really want to get crazy.

I started out with braised red cabbage (also from my aunt — she’s just the best, really). This simple dish started out with the pan used from frying the bacon (with basically no fat in it, again, turkey bacon has very little fat content), seared with vegetable stock to get all of the salty scrapings from the pan up. Then I added one whole red onion, thinly sliced. I sauteed this until soft and added the red cabbage. Look at how beautiful this glorious vegetable is…

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Red cabbage is a million times more nutritious than green cabbage, and much more tasty. Its loaded with polyphenols which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Red cabbage is low in calories, a good source of dietary fiber and a rich source of several vitamins such as A, C and E.

I let the cabbage simmer with the red onion and 1 cup of vegetable stock until it was tender and soft. I topped it off with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 cloves of garlic minced and some black pepper. This dish is great hot or cold – perfect for this week since it will be sunny and in the 70’s…wahoo!

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Then it was time for two dishes with the turkey bacon. The first, one of my favorite dishes that a dear friend of mine makes — sweet potatoes, avocado, and bacon mash. I did a little twist on the recipe:

2 strips of turkey bacon, cooked & chopped

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed, and boiled until fork tender

1/2 small red onion, chopped

1 avocado, cubed

1 cup arugula

*I mixed all of the ingredients together and topped with some ground black pepper. The combination of the sweet potatoes and avocado is good enough for me any day, but the addition of turkey bacon gives an added flavor and chewy texture that makes me feel like I’m consuming much more food…which I am, and more protein, which I always need!

When my friend makes it, she cooks the sweet potatoes a little longer, creating more of a semi-mashed potato dish and using a ton of fresh cilantro (I didn’t have any in the house, but I 110% recommend adding this!).

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Lastly, the BLT. A paleo version. I took romaine heart leaves and stuffed them with the fresh tomatoes and 1 slice of turkey bacon. I topped each one with freshly ground black pepper. That’s it. Seriously, nothing else. The tomatoes were perfectly ripe that I didn’t need any sauce with this, especially not mayo. I think my stepdad would enjoy these alot, mayo added, of course.

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Taking bets now on what I’ll use the extra bacon for this week — my moneys on the paleo BLTs.

Speaking of money, since my aunt brought me the tomatoes and cabbage, and I bought the red onions last week from the farmers market (6 for $2), I spent about $10 on these recipes for the week–

$5.99 for turkey bacon, $2 for sweet potatoes, $1 for avocado, $2 for romaine hearts. Even including the $5 or less that my aunt spent on the cabbage and tomatoes, thats less then $20 for the week. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Enjoy the sunshine this week ya’ll, I know I sure will :-)

Change of seasons

Happy change of seasons, ya’ll! Wow, I can’t believe how cold it has been this weekend! Just last week it was in the high 80s and I was complaining about sweating through my summer dresses while teaching my students. Now I can’t seem to get enough layers on me to get rid of the fall chill that’s trickling down my spine.

My mom and aunt came out to visit this weekend and we had a blast! We enjoyed the public market in the morning, some antique shopping, a fantastic dinner at my local vegan spot, and a night in cuddled up watching a chick flick. Just what I needed after a very long and very stressful week at school. I bought myself a quaint mug for small sips of morning coffee and a bouquet of fall flowers to brighten up my life (preparing for another possible stress-filled week) and enjoyed them both as I worked on lesson plans for the week this afternoon.

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I also spent this afternoon cooking two dishes for this week – comfort food dishes, obviously, to warm me up during this cold week ahead! Each dish is prepared with fresh vegetables from either my garden, my mom’s garden, or local farmer’s gardens :)

First off — my mom’s cauliflower fried rice. She is obsessed with this stuff so I figured it was time to try making it for myself. I started out with 1/2 yellow bell pepper (from my mom’s garden) chopped, 2 portobello mushrooms chopped, 1/2 red onion (from the market) chopped, 3 cloves garlic (from my mom’s garden) chopped, and 2 medium sized carrots (from my garden) chopped. I sauteed these veggies in a little bit of olive oil and ground black pepper.

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Then I processed the cauliflower into rice using my ninja storm. This took seconds, so please don’t tell me this recipe is too difficult and time consuming, cause its so very easy :)

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Then I added the cauliflower to the sauteed vegetables and turned the heat up to crisp everything up. I ended with some freshly grated ginger and about 2 tbs of some sesame ginger dressing (Iron Chef brand).

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Can’t wait to eat this yummy dish this week – full of nutrients and flavor!

Next up – one of my favorite comfort foods, stuffed peppers. These peppers are loaded with protein, about 20 grams per, thanks to the french indigo lentils that have a whopping 13 grams of protein per serving and lean ground turkey. These peppers legitimately have less than 10 ingredients – super simple, yet so delicious.

I start out by cooking the lentils and brown rice together (about 1/2 cup of each) in 2 cups of water. I let that boil, then turn the heat down to a medium heat simmer with the cover on, stirring occasionally. Then I brown the ground turkey in a pan with some red onion and garlic. Once it starts to brown, I turn off the heat, add in some ground black pepper, thyme, and rosemary. Then I top it off with wegman’s ‘Grandma Pormodoro’s Sauce’. I combine the lentils and brown rice with the turkey and stuffed the peppers (from my mom’s garden) that I had already pre roasted (in the oven at 375 for about 10 minutes) and top with some more sauce. I put them back into the oven for another 15 minutes to let everything meld together and bam, done!

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I love prepping my food on Sundays. It’s a relaxing routine that I missed over the summertime… lesson planning, playing music, and cooking. Having just these two dishes done for the week makes things so much easier for me throughout the week. Lunches are either of these dishes or salads, already put into glass Tupperware, ready to go!

Here’s to enjoying the last bits of sunshine today coming through my window (totally not going outside, its in the low 50s!) and finishing up my lesson plans for this week. Looking forward to continuing our journey of learning about chemistry through inquiry experiences in my classroom!

Happy Back to School!

Wow! I can’t believe we are back to school already! Where did the summer go? I can’t complain, I had an amazing summer full of travel, friends, family, and food. So much good food. Food. My life’s journey. I ate out more than any one should ever. My kitchen sorely missed my delicate touch, my light dancing and loud singing.

Welcome back screamed my stove as I cooked my meals for this week – our first full week of school. I have to be honest, I’ve struggled getting back into the swing of things – school that is. I have the same students as last year so it was really fun to see them and how much they’ve grown- mentally, emotionally, and physically. Yet, I think the familiarity has slightly shaded my enthusiasm to be back to school. In years past, I am stay up at night, mind wandering aimlessly, thinking of all the possible things that could go wrong with my brand new lessons for brand new students. This year, I’ve slept soundly. I’ve planned brand new, exciting lessons, but it’s just different. I’m sure I’ll get fully back into the swing of things once we start our expedition — that’s when the real stress comes on. 

Enough of my rambling, let’s get down and dirty to the real stuff you care about – the food.

Fall is upon us so my cooking today blends together the end of summer sunshine and light eating with the fall cold breeze and warmth of an Indian stew.

First up, summer! A wheatberry summer salad. Simple, to say the least, but flavors burst in your mouth just as the tender wheatberries do.


*1 cup raw wheatberry, toasted in hot pan for 5 minutes, then boiled with 2 cups water

*2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

*2 medium sized cucumbers, quartered and sliced

*1 bag of baby arugula


*2 tbs red wine vinegar

*2 tbs apple cider vinegar

*2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

*1 bunch fresh parsley

*cracked pepper & salt to taste

**Mix all ingredients in a large bowl

**Top with fresh goat cheese when serving if desired

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And then there’s, Sweet Summer Zucchini Slaw:

*1 large zucchini

*2 large carrots

*1 apple

**Add all items to the food processor until coarsely chopped.

*1/4 cup chopped red onion

*1/2 red pepper, diced


*1/2 cup coconut milk yogurt

*2 tbs seeded mustard


*cracked pepper to taste

**Mix all ingredient together in a bowl and enjoy!


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Lastly, for those cold nights after work — Indian Braised Beets and Lentils Stew

*1 cup green lentils

*4 medium/large beets, roasted & chopped into 1 inch cubes

*2 large carrots, chopped 1/2 inch 

*1/2 red onion, chopped

*4 cloves garlic, minced

*4 cups vegetable broth

*1 tsp tumeric

*1 1/2 tsp curry powder

*1 sprig fresh thyme

*1 sprig fresh rosemary

**Saute onions, carrots and roasted beets until onions are translucent. Add minced garlic and lentils. Saute on med/high heat for about 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth and spices and turn down heat to low simmer on medium/low heat. Simmer for about 45 minutes or until lentils are slightly tender.


May I say that these dishes are so different from one another that I look forward to all of their distinct flavors this week for lunches and dinners. Enjoy your first full weeks back to school! <3


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East Coast: Food, Friends, Fun

Well, I’ve been back in NY for more than a week, so I figured I better get this blog post written. Even thought I’ve been back from my roadtrip, I have not stopped moving- that’s for sure.

The morning after my school year ended I packed up my car, picked up my best friend, and we hit the road. We had plans… flexible plans. We had already decided which cities we would stop in as well as options for food and fun while there. We were very specific in finding restaurants to enjoy as I needed nutritarian options and my friend needed paleo options. So, we researched farm-to-table restaurants which all had veg/vegan options on their menus. We started our first day with driving to Cleveland OH and stopping for lunch at The Flying Fig.

We parked the car and walked a few blocks to the small eatery and started smelling yeast….hm, a brewery! Great Lakes Brewery to be exact! We didn’t even know that we were in that area of Cleveland, it was a welcomed surprise.


When we arrived at the eatery we decided to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air after sitting in the car for six hours. I ordered a chicken and fresh salad dish. The salad was dressed with grilled lemon, it was so crisp and peppery…absolutely delicious.


We finished eating and hit the road again for another six hours until we made it to Louisville KY where we stayed for the night. We had dinner at Bluegrass Brewery Company  which was again a farm-to-table restaurant and local brew house. I enjoyed a porter after a long day of driving and for an appetizer we had tempeh ‘chicken’ wings with fresh local honey for dipping sauce–so fill of flavor and texture! Something that our waiter informed us as well about the restaurant- the owners are vegan! :-)


After a solid night’s rest we finished our last three hours to Nashville TN where we stayed for three nights at my friend’s house. As soon as we got in we went to lunch at Local Taco where you can get a taco for $2.75 that makes you want to scream and shout it’s so good! We ended up eating there every day we were in Nashville because we were so in love with the food. I had the crispy fish taco and the portobello mushroom taco which was obviously my favorite.

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I want to remake these sometime soon — marinated portobello strips dressed with fried red onion, zucchini slaw and a sage goat cheese. Oh my god. Honestly, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about them. The flavors so perfectly melded together- the salt from the goat cheese and the zing from the marinated mushrooms. Yum!

After we filled our bellies… and trust me, they were full as I had three tacos and guacamole, we headed to the craft beer festival! Fifty plus breweries from Nashville, Carolinas, and the west coast came to this event and I enjoyed so many new brews! Afterwards we strolled on Broadway St, the famous tourist street of Nashville where everyone buys their cowboy boots and dances to live music.

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After dancing and singing along at the bars we were starving so we headed out to dinner at a restaurant that was feature on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on Food Network: Athens. I had a greek salad that was a huge bowl of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onions all tossed in olive oil, vinegar and spices. Yum!IMG_2798 IMG_2799

The next day we had breakfast at the local bakery about a quarter mile down the road from my friend’s house called Star Bagel. Here they make fresh juices, smoothies and breakfast sandwiches from local free-range eggs and hormone free meats. I had a Sante Fe which included red peppers and onions mixed in with the egg and fresh turkey sausage on a whole wheat bagel. Delicious! But, let me tell ya, the amount of gluten I had consumed already in Nashville was getting to me if you know what I mean.

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After breakfast we ventured to the Jackalope brewery which was our favorite from the beer festival. I had a flight while I read the local farm magazine…god I love this place.  Then we ventured to a local antiques mall and some fun shops.


For dinner we went to Whiskey Kitchen which was a fun restaurant and bar where I had a delicious black bean burger with avocado and sweet potato fries with a side of whiskey shaken with ginger bitters.  Yummy! And so so filling!

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For our last day in Nashville we got up early and headed out for a five mile hike at a local park. It was located in Belle Meade, which according to my friend is the old money neighborhood of Nashville. I didn’t take any pictures of the estates, but man was it beautiful! The whole area was very historical with the original stone walls from the Civil War. Of course we had local taco for lunch and then ran over to the Grand Olde Opry for a guided tour.


And at last…. The Wild Cow for dinner. This vegetarian restaurant was my oasis. I could eat whatever I wanted from the menu for the first time on the trip :) So, we had some fresh homemade hummus for an appetizer and I ordered greens and beans — kale and pinto beans served with a garlic aioli. Served at room temperature, I gobbled it down as my mouth tingled with such bold garlic flavor. I bought a chocolate peanut butter cookie pie for dessert and didn’t end up eating it for days – but when I did, it was heaven.

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The next morning we got Star Bagels again and hit the road for Asheville NC. It took us a lot longer than expected to get to Asheville as we had to drive through all of the mountains on curvy roads where you can go about 40mph. But it was well worth the time. I fell in love with Asheville immediately upon our arrival. We got to our hotel, laid by the pool for two hours, and headed downtown to do some exploring and get something to eat. For the first time on our roadtrip I felt 100% relaxed and comfortable. It’s like that experience I had when I visited Wells College for the first time – my shoulders fell to the side and I could breathe easy – I was home. I can’t wait to visit Asheville again so that I can spend much more time there.

So anyways, we did some shopping- my favorite of which was a local farm fresh clothing store. All of the fabrics were made from local cotton, made right in Asheville. I bought these super fun feminist bracelets there -


Then we went to Chai Pani, a Indian street food restaurant with, of course, local farm fresh ingredients. I ordered the fried kale and a side salad with roasted beets :)

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Afterwards we went to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge where they serve vegan desserts :) We shared some vegan chocolate truffles and a slice of olive oil chocolate vegan cake! Oh, and we ran into Owen Wilson while waiting in line… no big deal. This place was really cool and it was also a certified green restaurant :)

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The next morning we headed out for some more exploring of Asheville and we ran into a LOCAL TACO! I couldn’t believe it! They had different tacos – so I ofcourse had the portobello and then tried an avocado taco.

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Then we went to the actual restaurant we had planned to go to, Tupelo, Honey! I ordered an open-faced vegetarian sandwich that was topped with local goat cheese. It was super flavorful as was the side of pickled beet salad that I had.

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Before leaving Asheville we stopped at the local coop for their tailgate farmers market. We got some vegetables and lettuce to make a salad for dinner that night while camping in Boone, NC. We also got some farm fresh goat cheese that was absolutely to die for! We got into the car and drove two hours to Boone, set up the tent & then got rained on!


After an hour the rain stopped and we made our salad for dinner. We enjoyed it with fresh bread and hummus from Asheville as well.

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After eating we visited with a family that was also camping at the camp ground we were at. They were from Eastern NC and our conversations were memorable. We woke up early and drove out to Boone Creek for a five mile hike before getting on the road again for our last city— VA Beach. The mountains here were so breathtaking. I want to move here…


Once we got to VA Beach we went down to Oceanfront immediately for some seafood. It was our mission to eat fresh seafood every day while in VA Beach. Why? Because its fresh ocean seafood, duh! I have a weak spot for seafood. So, we had some raw oysters at Cylpso’s Bar. Then some drinks and dancing.


The next morning we woke up to breakfast and homemade Bloody Marys. We knew then that this city was going to be different from the others…


After some much needed down time sitting and catching up with my brother and his friends, we headed to the beach for the rest of the day and night. It was so beautiful and relaxing there. I didn’t even get burnt, which if you know me, is very bizarre!


At sunset we went for some more seafood– this time at Chick’s obviously for some more oysters. We had raw oysters, oyster shooters (raw oyster, beer, cocktail sauce and hot sauce), a steamed basket of clams, mussels, and shrimp, and of course my favorite- fried calamari. Man oh man were our bellies full! I was in heaven :) We went out for some 4th of July festivities and enjoyed chatting with everyone.

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Saturday we got up early and made breakfast for everyone — venison breakfast sandwiches (a tradition in my household – so well enjoyed by my brothers). Then we headed off to the beach again, a different location this time – the waves were crazy! I had so much sand in places I didn’t want it that my shower when we got home was much needed. We decided to have a Boil at the house so we went out to the local Asian market and grocery store to stock up on goodies. We had scallops, shrimp and crab legs with potatoes and corn. My plate was made special before the garlic butter was added :) I’m so loved!


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For our last night in VA Beach we went to the Goo Goo Dolls concert with Plain White T’s and Daughtry. We stopped at a local Irish pub before hand so that I could have one last seafood meal. I ordered an immense amount of food… shrimp, raw oysters, 1/2 pd crab legs and an oyster poboy. I ate most of it and the guys helped me finish it up.


The sky that night was beautiful and the concert was relaxing and joyful – a great way to end our last night on the road.


The next morning we got up and hit the road for home. That drive was the most taunting and strenuous. Eleven straight hours with only stops to use the bathroom and get some snacks. I was exhausted by the time I got home and enjoyed sleeping with my man who happened to be home. The next night I made leftover shrimp from the boil with another friend and we tossed it in a salad. Delicious!


So, in short, ha! The trip was amazing. It was full of delicious farm fresh food and good company. I will cherish the memories that I made in these ten days and I can’t wait to do it again!! :)




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