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Jul
18
2014

Chit Chat Thirty Second Edition Enchantment Resort Sedona

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Enchantment Resort Sedona

I was so excited to explore Arizona over Memorial Day weekend with my family!  We took off nice and early and headed to Sedona to the Enchantment Resort.  It had been years since I’d been.  Just to be clear this is not a sponsored post, just a family weekend getaway I wanted to share with you!

Enchantment Resort Sedona

Not even kidding this was the view from our room.  I ordered cookies and milk of course and had to snap a picture to remember this gorgeous view.

Enchantment Resort Sedona

The boys enjoyed peeking out over the patio wall.

Enchantment Resort Sedona

Saturday we walked around downtown Sedona and had to have some ice cream.  It was hot as you can see by my poor melting ice cream.  Black Cow Ice Cream Shop was great.

Enchantment Resort Sedona

Probably my favorite afternoon was just playing at the pool with the family.  Gorgeous red rock views and fun times in the pool.  My oldest enjoyed the bar where he could order smoothies and charge them to the room :)

Enchantment Resort Sedona

This was an amazing breakfast…Strawberry and caramelized banana waffles.  Chi-Ah-Chi is located right at the resort with this view while you dine.

Enchantment Resort Sedona

Cullen snapped this photo of the boys and I before dinner one night.  Rare to have a picture where everyone is looking and smiling!!

Enchantment Resort Sedona

Dinner at Ti Gavo was such a treat.  Fresh guacamole and short rib tacos!  Cullen got some smoky chicken enchiladas that were some of the best enchiladas I’ve ever had.

Enchantment Resort Sedona

One more shot of breakfast right before we left.  My gorgeous fruit plate.  We took a lovely hike just outside of the resort too.  There were deer just hanging out in the grassy areas.  A real treat all weekend.  I am tempted to go back for my Anniversary later this year.  So fun!

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday with a new recipe!

Jenny


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Jun
27
2014

Austin Texas Taco Tour

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Had so much fun in Austin, Texas last week with Old El Paso.  I am part of their blogger program this year along with 10 more of my blogging friends.  Looking forward to creating fresh new Mexican recipes with them!

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Bloggers: Maria, Ali, Summer, Deborah, Melissa, Christy, Me, Vianney and Yvette

Tuesday evening, we had a delicious dinner at La Condessa with some unforgettable food!  From the corn on the cob and bacon brussels sprouts to the carnitas and hot brownie skillet with banana ice cream….I will not soon forget them :)

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Photo via Sommer

We stayed at the most charming little hotel, Hotel San Jose.  The rooms were so unique and cozy and had the best fluffiest pillows.  Concrete floors, cowhide rugs and was even stocked with unique organic soaps and shampoo…. loved my room.  Hope to come back to visit again.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

The next morning it was time for our Austin taco tour.  We hopped on a bus and met our taco guide, Mando Royo, cookbook author of Breakfast Tacos in Austin.  Armando was the coolest guide ever.  His love and passion for tacos was contagious and he knew of all the best places to get them in Austin!

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our first stop was Veracruz All Natural Tacos, all prepared in a food truck.  The ladies who graciously served us were so wonderful and brought out 3 of the most delicious tacos I’ve ever had.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

They served us a migas taco which I had never heard of before this trip.  It was an egg taco with corn tortilla chips throughout.  Hard to explain but it was to die for. They also served us a fish taco that blew my mind and an amazing chicken taco.  Talk about heaven! Their corn tortillas were homemade and some of the best I’ve had.  What a treat.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our second stop was Joe’s Bakery and Mexican Food.  We walked in and saw a giant case of Mexican Cookies and pastries in a long case in the front of the restaurant.  We walked back to our table and they had a 3 more tacos each for us to sample!  We sampled their tacos and tried their colorful cookies.  They told us a little secret about how they get their bacon extra crispy…..they dredge each piece in flour then cook it on a griddle.  Not even kidding it was soooo crispy and fabulous.  Gotta try that tip!  Fun restaurant, great food and has been serving guests for many years.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our third stop was Tacodeli.  It was tucked inside a great neighborhood and I loved watching all of the people flock in for lunch.  It’s dog friendly too.  Lots of sweet pups joined their owners for lunch at Tacodeli.  They served us so many tacos.  All I know is that everything I tried was delicious.  I would go back next time I visit Austin for sure.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Their queso was to die for!  Salivating just thinking about it, lol!

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Our last taco stop was Al Pastor Mexican Restaurant.  They had the best Al Pastor taco I’ve ever had.  So full of flavor.  And that completed our taco tour for the day.  We were so full!!

Later that afternoon we met up for a trip to the Austin Farmer’s Market.  We teamed up with a partner to create recipes using Old El Paso products and fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Maria and I had a great time developing our two recipes.  We were chopping, dicing, sautéing, baking, and prepping our little hearts out, lol! Stay tuned for the recipes coming soon.

Austin Texas Taco Tour

How fun is this cupcake with my face on it?!  Such a fun little surprise for us. These cupcakes were delicious from Polkadot Bakery.  The Chocolate Peanut Butter…..nom nom nom :)

Such a great time in Austin with these women.  It was a pleasure meeting some new friends and reconnecting with old ones.  Looking forward to creating recipes with them this year!!

Be sure to check Instagram for more pictures under the hashtag #freshestbloggers :)

This is a sponsored post for Old El Paso but thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Miami, Florida

Chit Chat Twenty Ninth Edition Miami Florida

May 23, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Happy Friday to you! A little re-cap today of my time in Miami Florida last weekend for BlogHer Food Conference :)

It’s always a treat going to the annual BlogHerFood Conference.  It’s in a different city every year and this year…..Miami Florida!  I went with CliqueMe and hosted a couple parties with Amanda.  Here’s my morning view.  Heavenly!!

I arrived Thursday night and we had our first party at 8:30pm.  It was pouring in Miami, but that didn’t stop us, lol!  We had our friends shuttled over to our penthouse for a sushi and ice cream … Continue Reading »

Seaside Florida Trip

Seaside Florida Girls Weekend Trip Plus HUGE Giveaway

May 18, 2014 | Tags:

Seaside Florida Girls Weekend Trip.  Make sure you scroll to the bottom to enter to win your own Seaside beach trip!

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I had the opportunity of visiting the most charming little beach town a couple weekends ago, Seaside, FL with my girlfriends you see pictured above.  Beautiful beaches, incredible restaurants, sight seeing and shopping.  Loved every minute!

Here are some pictures of the gorgeous beach house we stayed in.  Here’s our See Ya Cottage from Cottage Rental Agency, 3 stories, fabulous … Continue Reading »

The Pioneer Woman's Ranch Trip with Land O Lakes

The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch Trip with Land O Lakes

Mar 21, 2014 | Tags:

What a fun few days at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch with the Land O Lakes® Kitchen Conversation bloggers!

Photo via Julie

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I was at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch last week!  Still can’t believe I was there, lol!

Kitchen Conversations brings together a really great group of food bloggers including myself, my pal Ree from The Pioneer Woman, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Bridget from Bake at 350, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, Brenda from A Farmgirls Dabbles, Julie from The Little Kitchen, Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas, … Continue Reading »

Chit Chat Twenty Fourth Edition

Chit Chat Twenty Fourth Edition

Mar 14, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy past couple weeks, lots to chit chat about :)

Last Friday I was on my way to NY to meet Amanda for a fun girls weekend.  We’ve had this planned for a while and I can not tell you how excited I was to go back to the city!  I had my magazines, Tieks and I was ready to go!  Oh and can I just say that I walked ALL day in my Tieks and they didn’t bother my feet even once.  They are the perfect traveling shoes.  So excited to collect more colors :)

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Chit Chat Favorite Sweets and Eats in New York City

Chit Chat Favorite Sweets and Eats in New York City

Mar 7, 2014

Happy Friday! Chit Chat day here at Picky Palate.

I am on my way to NYC this weekend to meet one of my best traveling friends Amanda of Kevin and Amanda.  We have been traveling together for years and one of our favorites is definitely NYC!  Please be warned, my Instagram feed this weekend is going to have LOTS of food pictures and I mean lots.  If you are on a diet, you might want to unfollow me, lol!

I’ve put together some of my favorite places to eat while visiting this weekend.  I intend to eat every single one of these … Continue Reading »

Better Blog Retreat Re-cap

Better Blog Retreat Re-cap

Nov 8, 2013

Photo via Amanda

Early last month I had the opportunity to travel to Park City, UT for the Better Blog Retreat hosted by Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod and Heidi of Foodie Crush.  The pictures do not even do justice to the amazing time we had.  We laughed, learned, ate, exercised, got pampered and ate some more.  I feel so lucky to have spent the weekend with these amazingly talented women.  I truly love my job.  See bottom of post for a link to all of these gals.

I met these

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Where To Eat at the Orange County Fair

Where To Eat at the Orange County Fair

Jul 15, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Cullen says:  Having only moved to California 4.5 years ago, we’re not too privy on the history and tradition of the OC Fair.  This past week, our boys had a baseball camp right across the street so we couldn’t resist on doing a review of some of the food that sits hot and ready to be consumed by non-calorie counting people.  All rules are left at the gate when it comes to food at the OC Fair.  Over exaggeration is probably the theme when it comes to cooking or preparing recipes for the fair.  Here we’ll show you some of the food we tried.
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