Weekly Wrap Up

2 product samples* + 1 cookie obsession + 1 deconstructed sandwich + 1 dinner out = this week’s top five.

*please note – the FiberOne bars and Divella pasta were sent to me free of charge to review on the blog.  I was not provided further compensation for this post and all opinions are my own.

{1} I’ve enjoyed FiberOne’s cheesecake bar line in the past and they reached out and offered to send me their two newest flavors, yes please.

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Chocolate Cheesecake felt appropriate with this coffee combo –

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Key Lime Cheesecake went perfectly crumbled into a yogurt bowl with some fresh blueberries.

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I enjoyed both of the new flavors a lot, but I will say that neither of them reaches the yumminess of the salted caramel bar.

{2}  Loving the David Lebowitz chocolate chip cookies.

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I made this batch a week ago and we are still obsessed with them.

{3} Divella’s Fusilloni is made using a bronze press which creates a porous exterior so the small grooves in each piece hold onto sauce extra well.  The company sent me some pasta and sauce so I could try a simple recipe for myself.

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Tomato Basil Fusilloni

1 package Divella Fusilloni pasta

1 can Divella tomato basil sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 garlic cloves, chopped

6 basil leaves, chopped

¼ cup Pecorino Romano cheese (optional)

Bring two quarts of water to a rolling boil, adding a handful of salt just before the water begins to boil. In a separate sauce pan heat olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, then add tomato sauce and lower to a simmer for 3 minutes. Empty pasta into water and boil for 10 minutes until al dente, drain. Mix sauce with Fusilloni. After plating, top with Pecorino Romano cheese and chopped basil as desired.

The simple recipe was a little plain for us, but the Fusilloni was the best freaking pasta we’ve ever tasted.  Adam and I were both eating it plain out of the strainer by the handful!  The texture was wonderful, with the perfect amount of bite.

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Served with simple side salads.

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Ranch, carrots, pistachio.

{4} Deconstructed turkey reuben bowls, because if I like a food I have to eat it in every possible iteration (see also – macaroni and cheese, burgers, and casserole).

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This version was quick and easy.  Shredded turkey breast from the crock pot – cooked with evoo, s&p, and some potatoes and carrots, shredded cabbage sautéed in the turkey drippings, chopped dill pickle, cubes of swiss cheese, and caraway seeds.

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I tossed everything together in a skillet and we were eating 15 minutes later, crock pot meals are great.

{5} Dinner at Baoburg knocked our socks off.

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My Ping Pong Show had mixed juice, whiskey, lillet, grapefruit bitters, and nutmeg.

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We started with fantastic crispy duck salad.  Shredded duck confit, green apple, red onion, mint, scallion, and cashews, in a spicy lime dressing.

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And I did more duck for dinner, in ramen with bok choy and black truffle broth.

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Duck, duck, good!

Birthday Staycation

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I’m running late posting but my birthday weekend was absolutely worth sharing.  My parents were visiting,  we spent time with one of my oldest childhood friends which feels very appropriate for a birthday, I had four days off of work (and Adam was free a bit too!), and we spent our days walking and eating.

I love when people visit because showing them around lets you take a vacation in your own town.  Alphabetically, some of our stops included – Brookfield Place, Bushwick, Chelsea, Chelsea Piers, Greenwich Village, the Highline, the Mayorville petting zoo, Montauk, the Narrows botanical garden, Park Slope, Smorgasburg, and Williamsburg.

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Here were the food highlights…

Terremoto Coffee.

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Winter rose latte in a complimentary cup.

Bluestone Lane.

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My Australian iced latte – with cocoa powder and ice cream – was deeply enjoyed as the days were hot, hot hot.

Corner of Vermont sells the best maple candies I’ve ever had.

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And their maple soft serve is delightful.

Lunch in Montauk.

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They are famous for lobster rolls but I went with the seafood chili this visit.

Chickpea & Olive at Smorgasburg.

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Pulled BBQ jackfruit with Carolina slaw, bread & butter pickles, fried shallots, and horseradish aioli, on a potato bun.  This was my first time trying jackfruit and I’m definitely a fan.

Chuko Ramen.

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My parents both loved their chicken miso ramen.  I topped mine with drippy egg and tons of chili garlic oil.

Montana Trail House.

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I had a drink with hibiscus-infused rum!  And another with Aperol and grapefruit.

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We shared fried green tomato sliders and switchel glazed carrots.

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And I stuck with veggies for my entrée and ordered the broccoli gratin.

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Mostly because it came covered in pimento cheese.

Mile End Deli.

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We started with the peppers and baba ghanoush.  When you’re at ME you have to order poutine.

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And I always order a turkey reuben.

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I love New York.

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Birthday Week Eats

I turn 31 this Sunday so this week is my birthday week.  My parents timed their summer visit for this weekend so I’m off of work today and Monday and I’m pretty sure the four-day weekend will be the best gift I’ve ever given myself.  I also pulled out this stash of cake flavored stuff I’ve been hoarding all year –

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The Airhead wins as my favorite, it has sprinkles in it!

My other eats included…

Coffee.

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We’ve had some big changes at work – that squeezed even more work into each day – and on top of them one of my coworkers has been out all week and I’ve been responsible for covering both intensive care units.  <– I have needed so much coffee.

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I didn’t have time to pack lunch one day and I cobbled together a pretty great reuben-ish wrap sandwich in the cafeteria – sliced turkey, swiss, cole slaw, pickles, and thousand island.

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Yogurt lunches reign supreme.  Plain Siggi’s with blackberries and coconut butter.

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Cake yogurt with KIND maple granola and blackberries.

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Have you done Chobani’s “Find Your Flavor Soulmate” flow chart?

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What combo does your heart sing for?  My answers lead me to sweet and spicy but as much as I love some sweet with my heat spiced yogurt just doesn’t appeal to me.  Sweet with sweet is much more my speed.  Like this Almond Coco Loco Flip that knocked my socks off with how fantastically creamy it was.

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Speaking of sweet… I am still completely obsessed with Justin’s peanut butter cups, in all forms.

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And I made the David Lebowitz chocolate chip cookies so my parents could try them, not that there are many left!

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Best meal of the week – I made a variation on this recipe with turkey bacon, chopped spinach, and fresh mint.  It was still delicious as cold leftovers.

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Salad night.  Romaine with ranch / turkey bacon / shrimp / carrots / tomato / fresh mint / swiss.

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Paired with chips and dip because I’m fancy.

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I picked my parents up from the airport last night.  JFK is a nightmare so we stayed in Long Island afterwards and grabbed dinner at a little diner near their hotel.  I actually got a pretty yummy Greek meal.

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Salad with spinach pie.

Have a great weekend!

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The King

The top five things I ate this week…

Birch Coffee cold brew blend.

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Chia!  Pudding with Hint of Honey almond milk, chopped dates, and chocolate covered cacao nibs.

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Yogurt with chopped plum and plucot and the last of the lavender almonds.

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This snack combo.  If I’d had some bacon jerky to go with my baby bananas and peanut butter cups I would have had a snack fit for The King.

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There were a couple of BIG stressful changes at work this week and I mostly ate pizza for dinners but I did make this one fantastic home-cooked meal.  A combo of my two favorite salads – Bahn Mi Chicken and Green Curry Turkey.

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Chicken with curried mayo and ginger, pickled vegetables, chopped red peppers, etc.  Plus honey butter Sriracha toast!

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Just today between me and the weekend!

A Bunch Of Brunch

Chameleon’s Mexican coffee was delightful with a bit of milk.  Related – I am in physical pain that I can’t find the Texas pecan near me.

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Iced coffee is always good though.

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This cup from Colonie was knock-your-socks-off good.  There must have been a nitro tap somewhere because it was crazy velvety.

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I went for brunch with a girlfriend and we were both blown away by my duck hash.  With poached egg, red potatoes, roasted onion puree, and aioli.  I’m usually not that excited by potatoes but these were crispy perfection.

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Afterwards we went to Grand Army and had {too many!} drinks.  We practically tried the whole cocktail menu and everything was fantastic!

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Brunch numero dos at Tocolo Cantina.  I had the mushroom taquitos – crispy tacos filled with roasted mushroom, corn, and Chihuahua cheese.

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This cafeteria lunch wasn’t too bad either.  My wrap sandwich had grilled chicken, cheddar, veggies, and cilantro.

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Date shake smoothie.  Plain Greek yogurt, vanilla almond milk, ice, dulce de leche, and fresh dates.

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Lavender caramel.  I brought these back from my Philly trip and I wish I’d bought more!

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These leftovers eggs were better than they look.  With chicken hot dog, baby spinach, yellow bell pepper, and gouda cheese.

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A 2nd home-cooked dinner in one weekend?

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These – only ok – salmon patties came from the freezer, but I did make the tartar sauce.  Mayo, mustard, pickle relish, and dill.

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And I assembled the salads myself.  Romaine, ranch, heirloom baby tomatoes, pistachios, and an amazing blue cheese from Trader Joe’s.

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Duck, Duck… Bacon!

This week Adam and I tried duck bacon and fell head over heels in love.

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It’s probably a good thing that that package cost $14 or we’d be eating duck bacon for every meal!

Our other flavor theme was lavender caramelized almonds.

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Love Our Nuts sent me a giant bin (<– free sample) and I put them to good use.

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In a pan over medium-high heat dry toast 2 cups of raw almonds for 2-3 minutes until starting to brown.  Add 1 Tbsp evoo, 2 pinches of salt, and 1/4 cup lavender sugar and cook 1-2 more minutes, stirring regularly, until the sugar is fully melted and the almonds are coated.  Spread almonds on a greased cookie pan or sheet of tin foil until fully cooled before storing.  If you want to try this recipe at home Love Our Nuts is actually hosting a giveaway right now, all you have to do is visit their social media pages.

I also had a lavender doughnut from Doughnut Plant.

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For this week’s coffee I cold brewed my Birch cold brew blend.

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The tasting notes say caramel and chocolate finish so I stirred a dollop of caramel into this cup because why not?

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I also had a really fantastic latte from Gorilla.

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And a Starbucks latte that didn’t actually pair that well with savory trail mix.

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Yogurt bowls for lunch.  Plain Siggi’s with chopped plum and lavender almonds.

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And fig with chopped plucot and KIND maple chia granola.  Plus a so-so kombucha from Trader Joe’s.

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Chocolate x2.

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A coworker and I got tasty drinks at Grand Army after a particularly long day.  This Trans-Siberian tasted like an adult Capri Sun!  I also had a fantasmic peach sour beer.

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The night Adam was at work I ate Mexican leftovers in bed.

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But the other nights were duck bacon extravaganzas!

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Like this duck bacon, double cream gouda, and egg toasted croissantwich.

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Served with a spinach salad with lavender almonds (dressed in evoo and lavender honey and lavender salt!).

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Killer cheese plate.

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Envy apple, baby carrots, orange and yellow bell pepper, lavender almonds, duck devils on horseback, gouda, and sharp cheddar.

Have you tried duck bacon yet?

Independence Day Eats

I hope all of my American readers enjoyed their 4th of July.  I had a three day weekend with Adam and a holiday with theme colors so you know I was happy!

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Here were the on theme (summer!) eats…

Is iced coffee a summer food?  I guess not really for me because I drink it 365 days of the year sun or snow.

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Red, white, and blue smoothie.  Strawberry / banana yogurt / blueberry.

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Watermelon lunch.  Chobani, fresh melon, and seltzer.

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Boozy root beer float.  Root beer beer, dark rum, dulce de leche, and vanilla bean gelato.

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Cook out dinner that we totally made in-doors.  Turkey hot dogs, oven-roasted corn on the cob, and Eat Live Run’s bbq kale and beans.

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I added ketchup for dipping, seltzer for sipping, and a strawberry beer to the meal after we sat down.

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See also – Genesee Cream Ale and a giant platter of nachos at a dive bar in Brooklyn.

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Trader Joe’s shooting star cookies.

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Pop rocks have kind of been our favorite this year.

I’m off to enjoy a four-day work week!