(If you missed Part 1, you can check it out HERE.)
|Morning Date Smoothie|
While I was home, I made a point to try out some new recipes, one of them being this Morning Date Smoothie with dates, frozen banana, almond milk, cinnamon & vanilla extract. It was delicious, and I will definitely be making this again come summer in Argentina.
A tradition in my family has always been to eat pizzas on Friday night, whether we order out or make pizza at home. More recently, my parents have gotten into cooking their homemade pizzas outside on the grill. The weather was pretty much perfect the entire time I as in New Jersey and it felt so good to be able to cook & eat outside.
I accompanied my grilled pizza with this prosecco. I dislike drinking white wine, but I love prosecco, cava and champagne!
While I was in the US, I had to do a little research...burger research, that is. Since my husband couldn't come on this trip with me (he's gotta hold down the burger bar), I checked out Five Guys and Shake Shack for him and reported back. I thought the burger at Five Guys was really good, and the burger at Shake Shack was a disappointment for me. Either way, my husband's burgers blow these out of the water, but I may just be biased. ;-)
One day while I was home, I had to bring a coat to the dry cleaners. It was around lunch time, I was hungry and fortunately there are a few restaurants next to the dry cleaners: a Chinese restaurant, a pizza place and a Greek restaurant. I can't believe I had never tried the Greek restaurant before since I love that kind of food! I even got my Mom to try falafel for the first time and she loved it! Out of everything I took away that day, the falafel and the eggplant were the stars of the show.
It was my Mom's birthday during my stay, so I asked her what kind of cake she wanted me to bake. We decided on a Hummingbird Cake, which has bananas, pineapple, & pecans inside the cake and toasted coconut covering the cream cheese frosting on the outside. It was SO good, and luckily for us, the cake lasted an entire week!
For my Mom's birthday, we went out for dinner at a restaurant called Mistral in Princeton, NJ. This is the dinner that I deemed "THE BEST DINNER I HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME." I was seriously blown away by how delicious every single plate was!
|Fanny Bay Oysters w/ rhubarb mignonette|
|Sweet Potato Pancake w/ Japanese BBQ, katsuobushi & scallion.|
|Buttermilk Fried Avocado Salad w/ green goddess, slow roasted tomato & cured eggs.|
|Cornmeal Bucatini w/ shrimp sausage, bacon, scallion & poached egg.|
|Burlesque w/ pueblo viejo tequila, pineapple, lime, ginger, amaretto & duo of bitters.|
The next night we headed back to Princeton to go to one of my favorite restaurants: Blue Point Grill. Fresh seafood is hard to come by in Buenos Aires, so whenever I go to the United States I go on seafood overload and eat seafood whenever and wherever I can!
I love all seafood, but oysters are always such a special treat. In this selection we travelled down the West Coast and back up the East Coast! My favorites were the Kumamoto oysters from California.
And as if I hadn't already indulged enough, I had to stop by the frozen yogurt joint, 16 Handles, in town. I made myself a trio yogurt cup with flavors Coconut Castaway, Birthday Cake and Graham Cracker. I topped it off with my favorites icing-dipped animal crackers, raspberry marmalade filled dark chocolate cups, and the classic ice cream topping staple: rainbow sprinkles.
Then I would make up for eating an extra large cup of frozen yogurt by making something fresh & healthy at home. This is a green bean side dish (sauteed with shallots & walnuts and topped with lemon juice & parsley) I made alongside some honey mustard baked chicken. :-D
|Fennel-Roasted Chicken and Winter Squash with Endive-Apple Salad|
While it seems like I really set up shop in the kitchen, I did allow others to use the kitchen every once in a while. ;-) My Mom made this amazing roast chicken & salad dish by Curtis Stone. I love anything that combines chicken and salad, and this recipe is the ultimate, upgraded version of your typical chicken and salad dish.
This concludes my food journey through the month of July in the US!
What yummy recipes have your tried/what good restaurants have you gone to lately?