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I’m BaaAAack!

After 2 years of writing for my company’s food blog and loving every minute of it, I’ve now changed jobs, changed industries (food to fashion!), moved to a new apartment and I now need an outlet for my love of food again! I’ll be back to my old tricks – reviewing local restaurants, writing about my fitness adventurous, creating recipes and (**NEW**) showing you some awesome fashion finds that I come across in my new job!

My first example:

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These are the Timberland Boot Company Marge Heels. They are beautifully crafted and surprisingly comfortable after the first few wears. This collection is inspired by the women of the industrial revolution who needed comfort, style and quality. I have to say they were a bit expensive, but you can smell the quality on these shoes and they look like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

To break them in, I wore them on our date night last weekend to North Beach Bar and Grill in Hampton, NH! I’ve passed this restaurant many times, but had never thought of going there until I saw that they have sweet potato fries. Any place that has sweet potato fries deserves a fighting chance in my book.

I have to admit I was quite skeptical of the food quality at this establishment just because of the way the place looks. It just goes to show, you can’t judge a book by its cover!

It was a beautiful summer night – 72 degrees and sunny – so we grabbed a table on their outdoor patio that faces the beach (score!). We arrived around 6:30pm on a Saturday so we were expecting mayhem trying to find a table, but it was actually not that difficult. We were seated right away and I immediately ordered the most tropical drink on the menu. I don’t remember the name, but it had pineapple juice and some sort of alcohol. It.was.delicious.

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For food we ordered the coconut shrimp which were AMAzing! The shrimp were super fresh and succulent with a crisp coconut coating. They were perfectly paired with a sweet and sour sauce for dipping. For my entree, I ordered a lobster roll with sweet potato fries (of course) and cole slaw. This lobster roll was phenomenal with giant chunks of lobster so big I had to cut them up to eat them! And every piece was tender and flavorful – probably one of the best lobster rolls I’ve had in a while. The sweet potato fries were great and the cole slaw was creamy and fresh. Shawn ordered the fish sandwich with sweet potato fries and he was surprisingly impressed with everything.

As for the service, I felt like our waitress might have been new because she talked quietly and didn’t try to up-sell with drinks or desert. Not horrible though.

Overall it was a great experience and a great night! I would definitely recommend North Beach Bar and Grill for a casual night out by the shoe. Plus you can take a walk on the beach across the street after your meal. How romantic :)

 

Summer Solstice Supper

This week was full of delicious and healthy food! As everyone knows the summer solstice was on Tuesday and I was lucky enough to be invited to a Solstice Super at the CSA we belong to in our town. Willow Pond Community Farm is a small farm with about 75 families that help to keep the lettuce growing and the tomatoes bug-free.

To celebrate the beginning of the summer growing season and nurture some community bonds the farm hosted a dinner where everyone brought a dish that incorporated some kind of local ingredient. My mom recently acquired a Pampered Chef deviled egg holder/tray (yes they really exist) so she decided this was the perfect opportunity to use it! We also get free local eggs from a few of her friends who have chickens(can you tell we live in Brentwood, NH yet?). We give them our newspapers and they give us fresh local eggs. It’s a pretty good deal.

Anyways, the supper couldn’t have taken place on a more beautiful day! As families wandered in with homemade dishes in hand, my mom and I sat salivating at the sight of all this delicious food. 

Doesn’t she look pretty? Finally it was time to eat and we filled out plates high with gourmet goodies and earthy salads! It was a foodie’s paradise. Everything tasted so fresh and flavorful because it was literally grown from the land we were sitting on with the hands of the people sitting across the table from us. 

I had some kale quiche, pesto and roasted veggie pasta, a cheddar and chive scone, a garden salad (literally), a deviled egg (of course), some rhubarb cake, homemade strawberry frozen yogurt and much more! I was surprisingly not that full walking back to the car, probably because everything was so fresh and healthy.

And our deviled eggs were the hit of the buffet table. We went home with an empty Pampered Chef deviled egg holder, happy bellies and a new sense of appreciation for the farm and the people in our community. 

We also went home with yet another giant bag of kale from our CSA produce share. Which we promptly turned into kale chips. This is the only way we know how to make it edible. We seriously have a kale problem in this house. It sits around for days until someone makes chips with it or throws it out.

So how do you make kale delectable? I know it’s super healthy and I want to like it. Will it ever be something I crave? Please help!

Pizza and Cupcakes…all you really need.

Hello blogworld :)

I am back in action! Last weekend I finally found some time away from work and dance to explore some of the new restaurants and stores in downtown Portsmouth! That place has exploded in the past few months and there is so much to see and do all of a sudden.

Shawn and I had a hankering for pizza so we wandered over to the brand new Upper Crust of Portsmouth. I had been there before, but Shawn hadn’t so it was a new experience for him.

The space was a bit cramped, but we really liked the pizza tins hanging from the ceiling and everything was very clean. The manager was super nice, although it took a while to get our pizza. That was probably because we had a rediculous assortment of toppings as per usual. Once the pizza came out we were ravenous and the smell of melting mozarella and sizzling garlic was mouth-watering.


We ordered half a Gepetto’s Roasted Veggie which had red Sauce, mozzarella, herb roasted eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and fresh basil and half a Pedro’s Steak & Gorgonzola Margherita which had marinated steak and gorgonzola cheese PLUS we added red peppers and onions to that half ALL on a whole wheat curst. Oh boy, tough to write and probably even tougher to make. I have to admit we are picky pizza eaters. We just really want it to be incredibly delicious. And this pizza did not dissapoint. It was amazing! The cheese was creamy, the veggies were fresh and the crust was perfect.

We basically rolled ourselves out of there, filled to the brim with pizza and wandered down the street to check out some of the other new stores.

Not suprisingly, we soon ended up at Portsmouth Baking Company for some dessert. I have to say, their sign alone made me want to come in. It’s bright blue and quite cheery! This place is apparently brand new also and was a bit overwhelming at first. It was just like walking into Willy Wonka’s factory! There is a trains that circles the whole dining room that brings samples from the glassed-in baking room upstairs down to the guests. How.awesome.is.that.

We were still incredibly full from the pizza so after a full 10 minutes of just staring at the luscious desserts and magical appeal of the whole place we ordered a Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting to-go.


We told ourselves that we will be back ASAP because honestly PBC looks out-of-this-world. They also have lunch and dinner so we are planning to go back for one of those very soon. I can’t wait :)

All in all, it was a great afternoon out in downtown Portsmouth and we rolled ourselves home to enjoy an afternoon of….nothing :)…accompanied by Adam Sandler’s new movie Just Go With it, which happened to be quite hilarious!

I would definitely recommend these two new restaurants to Portsmouth go-ers…and the movie too.

Who knows where we’re going this weekend, but it better be delicious! What new restaurants have you gone to lately?

Have a great Saturday!

The Real World…

Hello blogworld!

It has been a long few months since my last post, mostly due to the fact that I have been finishing up school and graduating! Yes its true, I am now living as a real person in the real world…kinda. What is real is that I will now be blogging here as the Social Media Coordinator for The Meat House so you can find me there!

Enjoy the almost-summer weather :)

Trader Joe’s Road Trip

Hello! Happy Spring :)

The temps are estimated to climb near 70 degrees in New Hampshire today! The sun is shining, I’m on spring break, I just got a new used treadmill, everything is GREAT! OH AND I took a much needed road trip to Trader Joe’s on my way to pick up the treadmill. I had a gift card burning a giant hold in my pocket since Christmas! Unfortunately, there are no TJ’s in New Hampshire so its a trip to get myself to one every now and then, but it makes it that much more of a treat :)

So yesterday Shawn and I got quite a few items at the store:

TJ’s Fiberful dried fruit bars- so sweet yet so good for you.

TJ’s Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins- amazzzzzing, why does no other brand make these whole wheat??

TJ’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce- nuff said.

TJ’s Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzel Thins- addicting, half the bag was consumed on the way home with the boyfriend.

Racconto Whole Wheat Potato Gnocchi- hard to find, but so delicious!

I’m so excited to have these new natural treats in my kitchen :)

 

Oh and don’t get too jealous, my new used treadmill is from 1997.

I’m off to enjoy doing nothing for a few more days until the second half of my semester starts!!! Ahh!

-Katie

What I’m Loving Now

Hello there :)

I have been super busy the past few weeks with lots of school and rehearsals for dance company.

It is my final semester of college and I could not be more excited! I have final projects, case studies and power-points up the ying- yang, but I am still managing to fit in regular work-outs and some healthy eating.

Since I haven’t really had time to go out to dinner much with many hours of rehearsal on the weekends, I wanted to highlight a few healthy food products that I am absolutely loving lately.

1. Kashi Go Lean Blueberry Waffles- About a year ago they took them off the shelves and now they are back…NEW and IMPROVED! They now have 8 in a box, have less calories per serving and offer more fiber! What could be better? I love these in the morning topped with flax, cinnamon, blueberries and maple syrup.

2. Popcorn Indiana Dark Fudge and Chocolate Chip Kettle Corn- This stuff is seriously addicting, but suprisingly low in calories for the decadent taste. It is whole grain, all natural and great as a snack during Glee. :)

3. Cedar’s Yogurt Spinach Dip- I spread this on turkey sandwiches or use it as a dip. It is low calories because it is made with our friend greek yogurt! (60 caloreis per 2 Tbsp.)<–less than mayo!

Eating in isn’t so bad if you pick up a few interesting new ingredients! When you are eating healthy sometimes things tend to get boring, so splurging on an exciting item every now and then can kick it up a notch. We’ll see what grabs my attention next week at the grocery store…

P.S. Check out my new personal portfolio blog!

-Katie

If only we had a heater as big as New Hampshire…

Where I am:

(I’m not really in 1935 don’t worry)

What I’m dealing with: 20 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours and more to come ON TOP of our 2 feet of snow on the ground from last week.

How I’m dealing: Oreo’s, blogs, the treadmill and pictures of the Bahama’s.

Where I desperately want to be:

Please send shovels, giant heaters and plane tickets.

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