Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakes

What’s the secret and where to find super moist & delicious cupcakes…


So you want to know the secret to super moist & delicious cupcakes?  I asked Tirzah from Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery to share her secret with us and this is what she said….”Besides the “secret recipe”, it’s the oven!”  I am dead serious!  Maybe I’m the only one, but I had no idea that there are ovens out there that rotate….they rotate the trays of cupcakes so they are perfectly baked!  Who knew?!

Personally, I’m not a baker…well that’s not entirely true.  I make some killer muffins and amazing chocolate chip cookies both from scratch (cause that’s my thing).  But the one thing I haven’t mastered is cupcakes. Continue reading “What’s the secret and where to find super moist & delicious cupcakes…”

Royce Cafe lebanon Ohio

Get coffee AND great food at Royce Cafe in Lebanon, OH

So I’ve been on a kick lately to explore as many local coffee shops as I can.  I love coffee.  But I’m not the type who wakes up and immediately brews a pot, so I can down 2-3 mugs just to function.  No, I like to make coffee sipping (as I call it) an experience.  Who will I run into on my coffee jaunt?  What kind of atmosphere will I find?  Will the coffee be fabulous or just eh?  Will there be pastries to go along with it or will I be passing out from hunger by the time I make it home?  I mean, this coffee hunting is serious business.   Continue reading “Get coffee AND great food at Royce Cafe in Lebanon, OH”

Lebanon Candy Store

Like A Kid in a Candy Store! My visit to Lebanon Candy & Sports Cards

Like a kid in a Candy Store….I came upon Lebanon Candy and Sports Cards completely by accident.  My kids and I were leaving Royce Cafe, just a few doors down, when I spotted it.  I had a moment of terror thinking maybe I should just run before the kids see it, but it was too late.  They saw it seconds later and lost their minds!  I was down 1 kid, so the pain was lessened a tiny bit.  Continue reading “Like A Kid in a Candy Store! My visit to Lebanon Candy & Sports Cards”

Santina Restaurant – New York City, NY

Loved my meal at Santina! Stopped there for lunch after walking the High Line Park.

Santina is an Italian/Seafood restaurant, though it’s atmosphere is very Mediteranean/coastal chic as opposed to traditional Italian style and decor.  Santina, which includes indoor & outdoor seating, is located underneath the Gansevoort entrance to the High Line in the Meatpacking district.  It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It’s not cheap, but the food and the ambience are worth the $$$ in my opinion.  Take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous Murano glass flower chandeliers. Continue reading “Santina Restaurant – New York City, NY”

Taquiza Street Eatery – Miami, Florida

Love, love, LOVE this mexican eatery, Tequiza, in South Beach Miami!!  Their handmade blue masa tortillas and chips are sooo good and their taco combinations are outstanding! They also serve breakfast, coffee, tea and a selection of beer.  Next time I promise to take pics of the food!

The Tuck Box in Carmel is the THE cutest tea house EVER!

The Tuck Box in Carmel California is THE cutest, most charming, fairy-tale like tea house I’ve ever seen! It used to be that you could only go at certain “tea times” but now you can go anytime you like. The tea selection isn’t as big as I imagined it would be but the scones are DELICIOUS!! And who doesn’t want to go somewhere magical when they’re in Carmel to begin with? Continue reading “The Tuck Box in Carmel is the THE cutest tea house EVER!”

Nepenthe – Big Sur, California

If you’re in Big Sur and looking for a place to eat, you must try out Nepenthe Restaurant.  The food is good but what’s really amazing are the views. The restaurant sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean.  We could whales cresting while we waited for our food.  It can get pretty crowded, especially during the summer months, so plan for a bit of a wait.  I ordered the Beet Salad and thought it was very tasty!  I also have had their cold bean salad and it is delicious!  And I’m not even a bean person! The secret is the spice Tarragon…Click here for the recipe from Marin Mama Cooks blog.

Public Kitchen & Bar – Queenstown, New Zealand

Public Kitchen & Bar is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in Queenstown.  It’s eclectic, vintage and chic all at once and the food is outstanding!  Views of the water plus live music…what more could you want?!  We went there twice and both times I loved everything we ordered!

The Cow – Queenstown, New Zealand

Touted as a “must have” in Queenstown, The Cow has proven to be worth the wait that it can sometimes take to get a seat.  At a table that you may end up having to share with strangers.  Which in our case was neither enjoyable nor bothersome.  The couple who sat with us were just kind of there. But the pizza turned out to be good.  And the dark, cavernous, candlelit atmosphere was fun and exciting.  Service at the bar was a little slow but understandable given the crowd.

Eddie’s Grill – Geneva on the Lake, OH

I’m including Eddie’s Grill not because the food is great, but the restaurant itself and it’s atmosphere are most certainly a spot on representation of the kind of eatery you’d expect and hope to find at a destination like Geneva on the Lake.  No frills, no fuss. Hamburgers, hot dogs, fries…chili…it’s a small menu but it keeps the line moving.


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