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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

West Hartford, CT

Well this weekend was a treat. We celebrated Katie's Birthday and many more things we don't need to talk about. I want to say thank you to everyone who is a part of my blog, who views my blog, and reads my blog. Especially the emails I receive about questions, comments, and I know you know Daisha.... It keeps me on my toes. I learn a lot having this blog. This is also about the time my Papa passed away and I started this blog the same year. I know writing a blog is really hard sometimes and you don't know what your audience wants to hear or see. I also do it for me. Many people want to know what I think. Shooting someone an email of the link is easier then re-writing a whole paragraph again with details, links, notes blah blah.

This weekend was about "SELF". About being us and having fun without drama. I love my friend Katie. She has a big heart and soul. She is really truly someone I needed in my life, when moving here. This move has been a good one, but at times I just want a huge (LIFE X WORK X PEOPLE= STRUGGLE). She is like a sister, bestie, close buddy, long lost friend, and has my back. She listens to me when I'm going through tough times. It's hard being a women, but better to have friends who helps you work through it.

The drive up to Connecticut was suppose to be me SLEEPING. That didn't happen we laugh, giggled, snacked, talked, sang. It was great. We then arrived around 800pm (due to traffic). When we got there it was very empty, dead, and the roads were free. It's crazy that I would be ok with that for a weekend, but after that I need crazy nonsense happening all day long. It was nice to be away. I love the suburbs.

In the morning we drove to Boot Camp and I was a little nervous, but honestly it wasn't that bad. I didn't eat much. A little cup of fruit. I drank a lot of water the night before and during. This really helped me breath and to be mentally prepared. Afterwards we were hungry. We stopped at this spot about 30 mins from the gym called "The Sloppy Waffle". I called and let us know a big group might be coming and to make sure they knew it was Katie's birthday. We arrived at that venue which wasn't crowded but you knew it was delicious, the hole in the wall, and was normally always busy in the AM. The staff was helpful, sweet, friendly, and overall great customer service. They are a CASH ONLY establishment, but had at ATM that was only 1.67 to take out cash, which is really ideal!

The Sloppy Waffle

I really liked my chicken and waffles. The flavors were juicy, great flavor, and you could tell the chicken was organic. I got an order of eggs because they were cage free and organic too. Two other people at our table got the chicken and waffles and I didn't hear any complaints. They also do something cute for your birthday. they give you a waffle with strawberries and whip cream which is really tasty to eat too. I finished it, because she doesn't like waffles. The batter was a different batter used than my waffles. I'm simple butter and a little drizzle of syrup. Oh yeah and the toast was delicious wow. The order of eggs on the side comes with toast (great idea). YUM!

Side note: The pancakes weren't the best, but I will say they looked tasty and big....

Beautiful weekend in CT, Hartford
After that evening we went back to the hotel and I went exploring. They had a festival in the city center area with food, kids activities/crafts, and some dancing. It was a great way to unwind and walk off the waffle, because dinner we had plans to hang out and enjoy ourselves.

We were told the address BUT no name, but of coarse I looked up everything and come to find out it was a Spanish spot.

We arrived to our destination BARCELONA RESTURANT; WINE BAR, (my favorite song was on: Classic Man--that doesn't have anything to do with this story). and it was cute. Then we arrived inside and it was adorbs. We had a seat outside and our two friends greeted us. I finally wore heels with a white and black theme going on. It was outside with a little breeze and the tiki torch like heat warmers. We sat down and was told we will have a few entrees/desserts/appetizers brought out to the table. We had shots too.

I ended up trying the kebobs which were artichoke, steak, and a truffle sauce which was delicious. We also had a huge dish of shrimp, mussels, veggies, and a delicious dipping sauce for the bread (they gave us endless bread). This restaurant was ideal, because normally I would go to Seattle/Zillah (back home) and have a day to remember my papa. I was in CT having a day to remember my papa with HIS food. I was eating stuff I wouldn't normally eat. I had lamp, mussels, and all sort of things. I really had a great time. I had a glass of wine, which was perfect a Spanish perfect mixto blend of several grapes. A very common Spanish wine: Tempranillo Wine, it was ideal with our dishes. This place really had customer service down. They weren't told more than once to get something, to bring someone, and was always following up once something came out. I'm HUGE on service, so that was ideal.

I really enjoyed my weekend here in Hartford Connecticut. It was my first time coming and we drove from New York and it only took about 3 hours and some change. I love road trips. In fact on the way up I decided to head to Rhode Island. I was going to head up for a fun drive and enjoy myself and maybe stay at whatever hotel I saw on the way. I'm not sure, but stay tuned for the next: adventureswithdaishaandkatie.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Chicken Salsa Taco's

1 chicken breast
1 teaspoon olive oil
¼ cup zucchini
2 tablespoons onion
1-2 garlic cloves; diced
2 tablespoon of Green peppers; diced
½ cup of red salsa (I LOVE chucky)
Dash of salt (salsa is a little salty) & sprinkle of pepper

Toss the veggies with salt and pepper in a bowl then place in a baking sheet. Place the chicken in the middle and add the salsa over the top. Bake for about 25mins and then remove. Shred chicken a little open and then mix all ingredients together and place on top of the chicken and bake for 10 more mins until the chicken and flavors are all mixed. Add cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado.

Quick FRESH/RAW “Pico” like…..
I love to add ½ avocado (diced), tomato, cilantro, dash with lemon/lime and sprinkle with salt & pepper.
These are great as left overs, but I preheated it on the stove top
I like tacos with corn on the cobb

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Breakfast Grind W/ Oats

Greek Goddess Honey & Strawberry Yogurt
One layer of granola 1/4 cup
Layer of Blackberries 6-10
1 whole banana; sliced 1/8 inch
5-8 strawberries; sliced

Banana Strawberry Blackberries


Start with a layer of granola, yogurt, blackberries & bananas, granola, yogurt, strawberries & bananas, and top off with the rest of the tasty treats, I usually wait a few mins to get the granola a little soften.

I love this for the beach,  great healthy snack for after school snacks or workout, or work
I hope you enjoy...

Perfect for taking to work for the week.

Morning Cinnamon & Sugar Oatmeal (w/milk)

5-Grain Oatmeal
1. chia seeds
2. flax seeds
3. amaranth
4. quinoa
5. Steel-cut oats
Morning Cinnamon and Sugar Oatmeal
1.  Steel-cut oats
2. Cinnamon & Sugar Spice (McCormick)
3.  Brown Sugar; splash
4. Craisins (Orange-Cran from Trader Joes)
 5. Slivered Almonds (crushed)
6. flax seeds
Measuring is really on what you prefer. Start with 1 cup of steel oats for the bases and start adding Steel-cut oats. I also like to ad a tablespoon or two of milk (2%).
Oats about 1 cup, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and sugar, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, grab a little handful of craisins, and 1 tablespoon of crushed almonds.
Add water to the bowl cook for 1.5 or 2 mins (about 2 tablespoons)
Add milk afterwards and its almost like cereal (about 2 teaspoons)

    Friday, May 8, 2015

    Taco Thursday or Tuesday?? (does it matter).... #LoveMexicanFood

    I really thought I was cool, I decided to write a list of some amazing taco spots in NYC. I even went to Brooklyn to try a few. Some have closed down and some had really put a memory in my brain (I want to KEEP going back). Even know people say "its the same place different location" it really isn't. I rather eat at San loco in the LES VS Brooklyn. I don't know why, they just do it well/better....

    Any who here are my spots in the need of trying. I will come back and rate them, but will also come up on my YELP page (checking in). I don't know IF you noticed, but I'm Yelp Elite now. I get in on all the details. I've meet a lot of friends too.

    B - San Loco (Brooklyn Train: L / Bedford Ave. & Lower East Side: F/J train: Delancy
    I also get a variety, but always stick to the chicken adobe and carnitas. It's something Mexican cookers do well, PORK. I love it soo much; tasty & flavorful.

    NB- Otto Tacos Train: 1 Train / Christopher street (one opening up in Hells Kitchen area)
    I haven't been yet. Looks small, quant, and West Village never fails me

    NB - Goa Taco Train: F / Broadway Lafeyette
    Ok they have this amazing Paratha Shell. I never tried it, but its ON my to do list.

    NB- Essex Taqueria Train: F / Broadway Lafeyette
    Great spot in the LES for a ladies night, hanging out, and enjoying some tasty food (Always crowded). This is why I haven't been. I would need to be in the area and just jump on in.

    Los Tacos (Chelsea Market) Train: A,C,E: 14th Street

    B- Casa Mezcal ($$$) Train: 6 / Select 101: Bus
    Ok so I was sooo excited the first time I came here for a date. I had a Jalapeño drink. My date ordered food, but I lived right around the corner and just ate. It was a great evening. Relaxing chill. THEN they moved and this place was on fire last time I walked by (not literally), but sooo many people. They have a HUGE front door that opens and gets a great sitting outside feel. Very nice.

    B- Green Rancho (Hells Kitchen) Train: A
    When I first saw this spot I knew I was going to enjoy myself. When walking in the hostess greeted us and we immediately went to the bar. They had HH until 7:00 and got one of the drinks off the menu. We both had the basic with salt margarita and they were pretty strong. We got the 3 trio tacos (beef, chicken, and carnitas). The chicken was a little dry. The carnitas was crispy and flavorful, and then beef was a little greasy. The overall mal was pretty good. I've also never had those size of tacos and not have two tortillas. I was a little thrown about that. The rice and beans were tasty. The drinks were great. HH is pretty decent and they have daily specials during this time too.

    One thing I can't seem to figure out when going to spots that serve single items (tacos, quesadillas, tamales) is HOW many to order. Sometimes I start small and work up, but honestly I would LIKE to avoid going for seconds. I also notice I'm not the only one. There is always someone in a group heading back up.

    I hope I've made an end to finding the BEST Taco spots in NYC...

    Enjoy. Eat. Sleep

    NB - Never Been
    B - Been

    Happy Mother's Day

    I've been getting messages, emails, and texts about what to get momma bear for Mothers Day. I don't normally celebrate this day with my mom. Although, I do make sure to send a card with my best friends mom. She shines in my heart and I love her to death. She has really helped me through the past few years to be ME.... I can't thank her enough. I always make an effort to make her cry (sounds sad), but when I talk to her or see her its hard because we are just crying most of the time. I have decided to share a few our of the normal ideas with you today....

    1. I know I mentioned Mouth.com around the holidays, but they are #1 on my list this time of the year again. I will also share the promo card

    2. Have you thought about making your Wife bling again. I have friends who have been married for 10years and they LOVED the idea of me telling them to get their wine a new set of.....diamonds. You keep the setting and then replace the diamond. She will be styling and profiling..

    Find a local Ma and Pa spots

    Take a road trip and find a ring that is exactly what she wants.
    I had a friend go to Canada and get a ring for his girlfriend, now fiancé (black diamond: rare: simple: yet exciting)
    3. Take the kids for the day. Mommy wants a little time away. Sometimes the simplest things matter in life. I really enjoy a time away. Especially without a worry in mind. 
    - Day Spa
    - Shopping with her friends (give her the credit card)
    - Brunch with the ladies at their favorite spot (maybe even make the reservations)
    - Ladies Weekend Getaway (Book a "special" something when she arrives at the hotel)
    4. I love things that I don't suspect. I'm sure momma would too. Check out a local bakery, favorite bagel spot, her favorite place to indulge and deliver it to her work (make sure you get ALL the logistics). She doesn't need to know what she is getting, but finding out how to get it to her. Follow through with the front desk receptionist at her job to ensure she got it.... (have a spy). a few spots in NYC and Seattle that have tasty fun treats and they deliver.
    New York:
    5. I think this is my favorite thing to do. I go to a local nursery and get a few of my mommas favorite flowers. She always has a garden going on and they always have HUGE sales around this time. I get some soil (organic of coarse) and re-plant the flowers, trees, bushes, plants that I find. I also make them look extra fancy. We did this last year for my friend momma and she loved it.
    6. I love ETSY. Please check this website out it has a lot of fun things on this site. Maybe you're looking for a little something in particular they probably have it. Its almost as your helping out small businesses on the rise..
     7. See her list of groceries or errands and do them for her. I know this is a big deal, but take one of your kids. they have an amazing memory and usually know what mamma wants.
    8. Check out Max Delivery. Its ONLY available in NYC. I love this site. you can get doughnuts at dough, meat, yogurt, sugar sweet sunshine, the pickle guys, Balthazar's bakery all in ONE order. filet mignon for 15.99 each (if its fresh) that's a deal. They delivery to you (day of). Beer and Wine. Honestly deals, daily deals, great items, fresh baked good. Check it out.

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    Simple Morning Oatmeal

    Perfect for taking to work for the week.
    5-Grain Oatmeal

    1.   chia seeds

    2.   flax seeds

    3.   amaranth

    4.   quinoa
    1. steel-cut oats
    Morning Cinnamon and Sugar Oatmeal
          1.  Steel-cut oats
          2. Cinnamon & Sugar spice (McCormick
          3.  Brown Sugar
          4. Craisins (Orange-Cran from Trader Joes)
          5. Slivered Almonds (crushed)
    Measuring is really on what you prefer. Start with 1 cup of steel oats for the bases and start adding Steel-cut oats. I also like to ad a tablespoon or two of milk (2%).
    Oats about 1 cup, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and sugar, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, grab a little handful of craisins, and 1 tablespoon of crushed almonds.
    Add water to the bowl cook for 2 mins (about 2 tablespoons)
    Add milk afterwards and its almost like cereal (about 2 teaspoons)

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Turkey Tacos (too simple and tasty)

    Cherry Pepsi & Wine

    1/2 pound of Turkey meat
    1/4 cup of zucchini,
    1/4 onions
    1/4 cup green peppers
    1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese (you can use whatever you want)
    Taco Seasoning; (I prefer to make mine) or Package Seasoning is ok
    Daisha's Seasoning; 1 to 1 & 1/2 tablespoon of my seasoning

    Daisha's Seasoning (Multi Uses)
    Grind it; more fine & mixes better

    2 tablespoon cumin
    2 tablespoon chili powder
    1/2 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
    1 tablespoon dried onions
    1/2 tablespoon garlic
    1/2 tablespoon of dash of pepper and just a few dashes of sea salt


    Ortega flat bottom shells
    Trader Joe (wheat and corn mixture)
    Medium Size Corn

    Cook the turkey meat until fully cooked. Add veggies until onion is translate then and add taco seasoning. Splash a little water, bring all flavors together, and simmer for 5 mins. Sometimes I sprinkle cheese onto the meat mixture. scoop into taco shells of choice. ( Pic: store bought small handheld shells: Ortega Brand), Trader Joes are my favorite and reheat them on each side in a pan.

    When I'm preparing the veggies with the meat I start to heat up my favorite TJ's tortillas (wheat and corn). Great flavor and less fat/calories than corn.

    Serve Warm.

    TIP: hard shells: add to over for about 10 mins to heat up (350 degrees in a glass pan facing upwards)

    Fixings; diced onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheddar (Mexican blend) cheese.

    Makes about 5 tacos