Friday, March 27, 2015


TGI to the F!

Cheers to the freakin weekend, friends.

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Here are some Friday Links for you:

Have been binge reading Camp Patton - Grace is hilarious, relatable, and even though I am not a parent, I totally get her!

This looks awesome and filling and super delicious. I feel like Deb gets it right...100% of the time!

Look at this kitchen reno! Amazing!

I spied these all winter long--- and did not make the purchase. Boo. Too late, but hoping to watch the price drop during warmer months. Who buys lined house shoes in spring/summer? This girl.

My girl Miranda is talking Living proof. over on her blog - click here to read her stuff. She's the best!

Just ordered this raised garden bed for my first veggie garden. Looking forward to see what I can get out of it!

I hope you have some good weekend plans! It's going to be cold here, hopefully for the last time this season! I've got dinner with my gal pals, basketball watching, and time spent with family planned. Weekends are where it's at!

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Whenever we have a super busy couple of weeks, it is sometimes frustrating to not get to hang with your person for an extended period of time. Usually a night out is just what we need to get back on track with one another. One thing I love most about Joey is that he asks me out on dates all the time. Seeing a text "Can I take you to dinner tonight?" is a sweet note that brings a smile to my face. It's the little things, people!

Our most recent date night, at Cena (pronounced Chen-a), was so much fun. Cena is located below Mussel and Burger Bar in JTown, formerly The Place Downstairs. Walking through Mussel and Burger Bar and not dining there is REALLLLLY tough. Totally worth it though. The meal at Cena  was simple, authentic, rich, decadent, and comforting.

We always like to take to take the waiter/waitress advice on what's good, what we should order, how much. Our waiter was excellent. He suggested for two to get an appetizer, primi, and secondi (first and second course). Perfection.

Since I know there are like 2 of you reading, I am going to overshare and tell you all about our meal. You're welcome!


If you read - "smoked poached egg" on a menu would you immediately say, yep, that's my app! ?. I wouldn't! But, we were being adventurous- Gotta try it!

It was brought out in a closed jar, and opened at the table to let the smoke out. The jar was filled with ricotta cheese, maple, walnut and sea salt. Say what??? sounds different, and it was! The poached egg was on top, and to break it open and mix with all the other items in the jar was part of the fun of eating it. I would have been happy eating it off a spoon right out of the jar but they serve it with grilled crostini. We kept saying, wow, this is one of the most delicious things we've eaten! Immediately followed by "This is the most unusual appetizer I've ever had!" I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. SERIOUSLY! Interestingly enough, it is the only non-italian item on the menu- it is an appetizer from the restaurant that formerly resided there and patrons who loved it made a fuss about it going away. Thank you, former patrons! I see the reason why it made people hangry if it had been taken off the menu!


Perfect Poached Egg under that cheese blanket.

We had the carbonara. ALL THE CARBS - yahhhh. No, but seriously, this dish was RICH, decadent, and one of the most simple dishes I have had in a restaurant. No fuss, just the pure goodness of the spaghetti, poached egg, shaved parmesean and BACON! And you know the buttery goodness was all up in there too.  Mixed all together, there was silence at the table because we were too busy fighting with our forks over who got the next bite. And the gentleman that Joey is, let me have the satisfaction of breaking the egg and watching all the yolk cover the pasta.  I want to recreate one day. I know it won't be as good no matter how hard I try.


Just whispering sweet nothings to my meal.

For the main dish, we were cray. I was like, why don't we try the sea bass? Joey was cheering inside - but threw in the "you know that's the whole fish?" comment. Ack! Sure, why not? In a former life, where I cooked boxed lasagna kits to impress a date, never would I everrrr order the whole fish. Why not try to live a little! In my 30th year, I will have the whole fish, and enjoy it, dammit! It was simple, cooked perfectly, and had me giving myself a high five for stepping outside the box. Served with the crispy skin (I wanted more!) along with kalamata olives (shocker, I liked them!), sundried tomatoes, capers, artichokes, and more. Was awesome.

Our friend was hungry in the afterlife.
The Ultimate Side Item

Help me. I want to eat the creamy polenta with mushrooms for every meal. Holy crap this was good. You can SEE the butter pooling on the edges. Dreamy.

Dessert was tiramisu.
Picture quality enough to win awards, don't you agree? ;-)

They called it Cenamisu - their twist on the classic.  Seriously yum that was a bit different with crunchy chocolate balls (I don't know how else to explain other than mini whoppers without the malt flavor? Maybe mini crunch bar balls? I don't know.) Great ending to the already great meal!

At the end, we were stuffed and happy, isn't that what matters most?

Side Note: I know it may be annoying to have your dinner date take pics, but who cares? I don't, and lucky for me, Joey doesn't either. He has one rule: No Flash! So dark and grainy pics - you shall receive!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dear Spring

Dear Spring,

Please come soon. We are having a hard time without you. I wish I could physically hug you when you arrive.



*Jade seems to be juuuuust fine over here but Joey and I sure do want to enjoy some fresh spring air.