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!
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 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Their queso was to die for! Salivating just thinking about it, lol!
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.
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.
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.
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 party. Good times and good ice cream 🙂
Friday morning we decided to go to brunch at Morgan’s Restaurant. Probably one of my favorites during my stay in Miami. The french toast was unbelievable! Photo left: Me, Lauren, Barbara, Summer, Amanda and Sandy.
Friday night was the night of party hopping! Amanda and I started with a Pillsbury meet up then went to visit McCormick and ended up with Stitch Fix. Great night and gorgeous South Beach Sunset 🙂
Saturday was our 2nd party “Lunch and Pampering” by CliqueMe and Tastespotting. Amanda and I had so much fun hosting! We served Cuban sandwiches, salad, cupcakes and 2 ladies giving massages to the guests. It was a beautiful sunny day.
Party girls posing with our cupcakes 🙂
Up next was Janette and Co Macaron and French Pastries. Their macarons were so vibrant and beyond delicious. We enjoyed every little bite sampled!
Saturday night, closing party time! Here are my roomies and I all dressed up for one more night in Miami.
Left: Barbara, Amanda, me and Lauren.
Lauren and I with the lovely Jaden of Steamy Kitchen at the closing party 🙂
After the closing party we ordered some hot fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies from Morgans! We had some of our girlfriends over and ate cookies. Perfect Saturday night, haha!!
We had a lovely brunch Sunday morning at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink. These Homemade Peaches and Cream Pop Tarts were fabulous!
One quick stop to South Beach. Talk about gorgeous turquoise waters! Had so much fun with all of my friends. Until next time!! Left: Amanda, me, Barbara, Deborah, Amanda, me, Lauren 🙂
Have a great holiday weekend friends! See you Tuesday with a new recipe!
Seaside Florida Girls Weekend Trip. Make sure you scroll to the bottom to enter to win your own Seaside beach trip!
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!
Absolutely loved walking around Seaside, bike riding, making pottery with friends and playing at the beach.
Talk about relaxation!
We met the most adorable couple Mr. Bill and Heavenly who took us to a number of their delicious Seaside restaurants. Here we are at “Pickles” enjoying a fabulous breakfast.
This French Toast was to die for. Heavenly said she soaks the bread in ice cream! No wonder it was so amazing!
Pottery day! We had a great time creating our own little piece of pottery to take home from Fired-Up Pottery.
We had the best lunch at Crush. Look at these appetizers!!
How adorable are these bikes?! We rode through their beautiful neighborhoods. Love!!
The Farmer’s Market at Seaside…..heaven 🙂
Loved my office view from our beach house.
The gorgeous dinner view from the Shrimp Shack.
The best shaved ice from Frost Bites! We had to get a picture from inside their cute airstream!
- Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod
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- Shelly from Cookies and Cups
- Heidi from Foodie Crush
- Amanda from Kevin and Amanda
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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, and Jessica from The Novice Chef.
We arrived to the ranch last Monday evening and had a jam packed fun schedule ahead 🙂
I woke up Tuesday morning to this gorgeous view. The cows were mooing, birds were chirping and the sun rising. I could have stayed out here all day!
Ree is the sweetest around. She showed us around her gorgeous ranch and spent the day chit chatting, laughing and eating with us. Love love love spending time with her! How fabulous is this pantry by the way?! Love the ladder.
Had to snap some pictures of her beautiful kitchen that’s on her Food Network Show. That orange KitchenAid Stand Mixer is just sooo fabulous!
We had a big breakfast that featured many of our recipes. It’s safe to say that we did not go hungry, lol!
Photo via Brenda
We took a fun tour around Ree’s ranch. LOVE this picture of her sitting with the cows. We also got to tour Ree’s building they are renovating. See Ree’s post HERE.
Photos via Ree
Up next was our Butter Showdown! We had to pick two mystery ingredients and create a recipe using Land O Lakes® Butter. We had a great time.
Charlie came for a visit Wednesday morning. That sweet face just melted my heart. What a sweetie he is!
Photo via Ree
Had so much fun being roomies with Maria. So excited that they are having another little boy. Congrats Maria!
We had a lovely dinner featuring more of our recipes. Ree made us her Cashew Crackle to snack on, talk about to die for. It will be available later this year 🙂
I’ll never forget the gorgeous early morning sunrises on the ranch and my time spent there. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of women!
Have a great weekend!!
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 🙂
We met at the hotel Friday evening and headed out to dinner to “Parm.” Not even kidding the best Chicken Parm I’ve ever had. The baked ziti was to die for too. Keep in mind that it is a very small restaurant, so call for reservations to prevent long waits.
After shopping it was time for some late night Max Brenner. This 80’s Milkshake and S’mores Waffles are such a treat. Theres’ nothing quite like it.
We had some amazing breakfast during our trip. The picture on the left is from Laconda Verde and we had a Zucchini Fritatta and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. Those pancakes were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had. So excited to try and re-create them at home 🙂
The picture on the right was from the cutest little bakery/cafe called Sugar and Plumm. We ordered those crunch french toast sticks topped with fruit and lots of butter. Such a treat.
We made our way to Chelsea Market after breakfast. Seriously one of my favorite places to shop and eat ever. Such a charming place.
Had so much much fun walking around the city! Time Square and the cute Oreo Wall in Chelsea Market.
Later Saturday night we walked around Union Square. So gorgeous at night!
These are my favorite pictures….while we were walking through Eataly in Union Square Saturday night, for a split second, I made eye contact with Scott Foley….of Scandal….of Felicity walking through the busy walkways!! I stopped dead in my tracks and after I froze up I managed to tell Amanda who it was, lol! We turned around and followed him (In the green puff jacket, this is exactly what he was wearing). He and his friend walked very quickly into one of Mario Bataly’s restaurants so this is the best I got. We were dying.
So, the picture on the right is a bit out of sequence, but after I left NYC, I had to fly into Atlanta and I saw Ian Somerholder of Vampire Diaries! Not even kidding. I was talking to my mom at the time and could hardly even talk, lol! Can you tell I don’t do well around celebrities?! I wanted so badly to ask for a picture with him, but just couldn’t do it. Such a chicken!
We also tried some fun treats while we were there. Had an assortment of macarons from Dana’s Bakery like the left peanut butter and jelly then some amazing gelato from Amorino shaped like a flower! Love!!
Sunday morning, there was no question that we were going to Levain Bakery. I mean look at that cookie! Hot out of the oven, chocolate peanut butter heaven!
After breakfast at Sugar and Plumm and getting our nails done we made our way over to this fun Bowery Mural. Its a huge wall painted with these amazing colors. It also just happened to match my Tieks, lol!
Later Sunday afternoon we made our way over to Rockefeller center to watch the ice skaters and grab a bite to eat at Bouchon. How perfect is this?!
Can’t say enough about Ippuddo. We had the best steamed pork buns and Ramen I’ve ever had. You have to start lining up 1/2 hour before they start dinner at 5pm or you’ll be waiting a very long time. We got there about 4:45 and got right in. A must visit!!
You know we had to go to Serendipity 3 for Frozen Hot Chocolates! This time I tried the peanut butter frozen hot chocolate and it’s even better than the original if you are a peanut butter fan. Delicious. Keep in mind that even at 11pm there will be a wait. We got there at 10pm and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. Good thing Dylan’s Candy Bar Shop is just down the street to browse through while you wait!
Amanda and I stayed at the lovely Omni Berkshire Place Hotel and had the best experience. They made sure we had everything we needed and then some. Highly recommend them!!
So much fun packed into 2 days in the city. There’s just nothing like a little trip to NYC! Can’t wait to go back again 🙂
Have a great weekend!!
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 goodies, lol! Can’t wait!
Levain Bakery. Quite possibly one of my favorite cookies on the planet is this warm chocolate peanut butter cookie. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it!!
Doughnut Plant! Heaven help me when I walk through these doors. There’s no telling how many doughnuts I will order, lol! That top one is a creme brûlée doughnut and there’s nothing like it. Amazing to say the least 🙂
Photo via Amanda
Bouchon Bakery, Columbus Circle location is a classic and has the best macarons I’ve ever had. The vanilla one is to die for!
Max Brenner! The best milkshake I’ve ever had. Period. It’s called the 80’s milkshake. A must order. Their breakfasts are over the top delicious too 🙂
Photo via Amanda
Chelsea Market is one of those places you could just move in and live in the walkways. So many fun places to eat and shop. Food Network Studios are here too. A must visit.
Inside Chelsea’s Market is Eleni’s Bakery. A must visit in Chelsea’s Market for whimsical sugar cookies and irresistible cupcakes.
Magnolia Bakery has all kinds of delicious baked goods to choose from. Famous for their banana pudding, and adorable store front, I can’t wait to go back 🙂
Photo via An Edible Mosaic
Another cupcake favorite for me is Crumbs Bake Shop. Their Cookie Dough Cupcake is one of my very favorites!
The Waffles and Dinges Food Truck is a must too! Belgian crispy sweet waffles. Mmm!
Photo via Amanda
I know I’m talking mostly sweets, but a trip to NYC wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Artisinal Bistro for the best mac and cheese around. Love!!
Have a wonderful weekend!! I’m going to live by the motto that there’s no calories when on vacation, lol! At least I’ll feel better 🙂
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 two adorable girls at the airport to start our fun in Park City. Left: Rachel, Me and Amanda.
Photo via Amanda
Ok, seriously this house?! This is where we got to stay in Park City courtesy of Anthology.
Photo via Amanda
Amanda and I shared this gorgeous room together with all kinds of goodies waiting for us on the bed.
Photo via Sandy
Sandy made us the most delicious Baked Brie using Harry and David products. We were in hog heaven. Look at the foodie paparazzi, lo!
Our first evening in Park City, it started snowing! Dara and I walked arm in arm in the snow to dinner. I used my scarf as a hat, lol!
Photo via Amanda
We woke up to a winter wonderland outside! Amanda caught the snow perfectly here.
One morning we had a Chobani yogurt bar and one morning we had Dine and Dish’s fabulous waffles. Mmm!
Most of the time we spent gathered around the living room talking and learning from each other.
Sweet Tooth Fairy spoiled us rotten with cookies, cupcakes and cake bites. Oh baby!
One afternoon we got pampered by Zante Spa with mini massages, manicures and foot massages.
Photo via Amanda
Before our last dinner together we got some group pictures! Love these women!
More silliness snapping pictures 🙂
Right photo via Maria
Our dinner table was so beautiful. We had the most lovely dinner prepared by the Deer Valley Resort Chef. I’m still dreaming about it!
Photo via Amanda
Thank you so much to all of our sponsors: Anthology, Chobani, DeLallo, KitchenAid, Deer Valley, OXO, Whole Foods, Wisconsin Cheese, Harry and David and many more. Thank you for providing us the best weekend!
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.
We arrived at 10:10am on a Saturday, the 2nd day it was open. Not crowded at all. Perhaps, everyone is at the beach, or it was because this just opened yesterday. Did you know if you show up on Saturday or Sunday between 10am to 11am, fair admission is only $3 per person for ages 6 and up. Age 5 and less than are free. This is a huge discount as adults, 13+ are normally $11 and children 6 to 12 are $6. We saved $22 for the 4 of us just for being bright and early. Also, before we ate even the smallest granule of sugar, we spent $22 for tickets and parking, the latter being $10.
Right as we walked in, we ran into The Snout v2.o or The Grilled Cheese truck which is owned by BACON MANia Food Truck. We skipped over trying their staple Jack Back Sammie, which is a twice grilled bacon cheese sandwich for their more outrageous Spaghetti Doodle (pictured below). We should have gone for their staple but outrageous is the name of the game today.
Spaghetti inside a grilled cheese just didn’t tickle us pink and we thought it was just Ok. In the end, the Spaghetti Doodle just wasn’t outrageous enough for us. At least now we know about the BACON MANia Food Truck and will be on a lookout for them in the OC area. This baby runs you $9 and we give it a 5 out of 10. Good but didn’t blow us away.
Jenny says: Bacon A-Fair was next up. They had about anything and everything you could think of wrapped in bacon. They said their bacon wrapped portobello kebab was one of their favorite items, but for $15 a kebab, I decided to pass on that. Lots of other things to choose from.
Bacon A-Fair’s giant bacon wrapped turkey legs smoking on the grill looked delicious if you ask me.
The boys and I thought the obvious choice was chocolate covered bacon. The chocolate was really thick for the thin piece of bacon, but that’s just me being critical. It tasted good to us.
The bacon wrapped hot dog was quite tasty. Talk about a juicy smoky hot diggity dog on a stick. We were happy with this choice.
I was on the hunt for Chicken Charlie’s after hearing about his crazy Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Sandwich. We tried at least a half dozen menu items, let’s take a look at our madness.
We saw them grilling these chicken kebabs outside of their food station. They looked delicious, but unfortunately the one we ordered was overcooked and dry. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
Who on earth thinks of a Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe?! Well, you know we had to try it. Surprisingly it was pretty good. I was scared of the sweet and savory aspect being too extreme, but it wasn’t. Our only complaint is that they gave us a cold “sloppy joe” center. I thought maybe it was supposed to be cold and they later said it should be hot. Make sure yours is hot 🙂
Too weird? You decide, haha!
Deep fried Oreo’s have been a state fair staple for a few years now. Always a treat.
The deep fried avocados were just ok. I wouldn’t order them again.
We all agreed the deep fried bacon wrapped pickles were REALLY good. Sounds kinda weird, but totally worth the calories.
The huge surprise of our day of eating goes to the deep fried Klondike Bar. I’m not even a fan of Klondike Bars but something magical happens when it gets deep fried, no joke. The melting ice cream center makes the whole treat worth it. Yum, I want another!
Cullen insisted on the char-broiled corn. He raved about it. If you are into corn, we recommend this place. It was directly across from Chicken Charlie’s.
As if we were not stuffed to the gills, we passed by the homemade cinnamon roll booth in the exhibit hall. I ordered…..extra frosting.
I am not going to lie, even being really full, this was a darn good cinnamon roll. Do it.
A little later in our day at the fair, we picked up a waffle cone ice cream sandwich from this colorful place.
With sprinkles! It was half dipped in chocolate. 2 nice thin waffle cones. Cullen was the one who ate this one. He gave it 2 thumbs up, but would have preferred no sprinkles. Party pooper!
A little game stop. Cullen won Brady this AZ State Basketball he wanted so badly.
I was also on the hunt for the Texas Maple Bacon Donut. For obvious reasons, lol!
It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it really is the size of your head. Massive and absolutely delicious. This baby will run you just under $10 so make sure you are hungry for it.
The boys and I rode the sky rider back to the front of the park where I got this shot. It’s always fun to go to your County Fair and I will gladly eat as many crazy fried foods as humanly possible. Hope you’ve enjoyed our review of Where to Eat at the Orange County Fair. Chances are you can find the same grub at your local county fair 🙂
Our tip: Go knowing you are going to eat like crazy and share a bunch of items with friends/family so you get to try a little of everything.