TOURIST STYLE: Cincinnati Food Finds

Today is the day that David and I officially move from Cincinnati to Dallas for good! Of course I will miss my huge family that lives in Cincinnati, but I think second to them I will miss all the wonderful food Cincinnati has to offer! Of course we will miss the usual, Skyline and Montgomery Inn, but these are some of our favorite food finds of Cincinnati. If you have not been to these place you must check them out!

MARX’S BAGELS

This has been a favorite of mine since childhood and I have dragged David there twice in one week before! I always get a tuna melt, on a bialy, with swiss! This place is an amazing place, with amazing food, and an owner who is as crazy and hilarious as ever. Trust me, you get lunch and a show.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

BREW RIVER

This is a great little place David and I stumbled upon one little date night. Its this small little place with a great little patio. They give you amazing beer flights and the food is INCREDIBLE. We also hear they have an amazing brunch, so we will be back soon to try it!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

STRONG’S PIZZA

This has been our pizza staple for the past four months! Its a small joint in Newport, KY that has amazing pizza and salads. Our favorite is The Hot Drunk Hawaiian: vodka sauce, prosciutto, jalapeños, and pineapple!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Their original pizza is The Margherita. One of the best I have ever had!

Their original pizza is The Margherita. One of the best I have ever had!

 

BLUE ASH CHILI 

I know I said I wouldn’t mention Cincinnati classics, but you can’t escape four months in Cincinnati without some Cincinnati style chili. We love skyline, but this place is also one of our favorites! Plus we love anything that is Diner, Drive-Ins, and Dives approved! If you ever go there, you really need to consider getting their amazing 6-way (topped with deep friend jalapeño bottle caps!)

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

We will miss you Cincinnati! But we will be back soon and we’ll be hungry!

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IN MY KITCHEN: Southern Shrimp Boil

I have always been a seafood lover, especially shrimp! This is an amazing and EASY way to cook for a crowd or just your family. Having a Shrimp Boil is just a great excuse to get together, eat great food, and enjoy great drinks with people you love! With warm weather finally arriving this year, this is a great meal to enjoy on a patio because its a bit mess, but all you have to do is throw some newspaper over an outdoor picnic table and you are good to go! Here is what is going on in my kitchen…

SOUTHERN SHRIMP BOIL.

SOUTHERN SHRIMP BOIL.

INGREDIENTS.

2-3 Pounds of Raw, Deveined, Shell on Shrimp

8 Red New Potatoes

3 Ears of Corn

Sausage (of your choice)

Old Bay Seasoning

Butter

DIRECTIONS.

Fill a large pot (I am talking VERY LARGE– this recipe works great in a turkey fryer, added bonus is there are very few dishes in this recipe!) with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous amount of Old Bay Seasoning to the water. Place whole Red New Potatoes in the boiling water and wait 7-8 minutes. Next, Cut the ears of corn in half and add the corn and wait 5 minutes. Next, slice up the sausage in 2 inch pieces and cook for another 8 minutes.

Take a ladle full of the boiling water and set it aside in a bowl with half a stick of butter.

Strain the shrimp boil mixture and place in a big bowl or right on the table with newspaper. Pour the butter mixture over top. Chop up some fresh parsley and sprinkle on the finished meal!

For homemade cocktail sauce for dipping: Mix a cup of ketchup with your preferred amount of horseradish! Homemade cocktail sauce is simple and delicious. So much better than the store bought stuff.

(this recipe will feel 4 hungry people with leftovers, if you are feeding more just double the recipe!)

Here are a few great pictures from our Kiawah Island Shrimp Boil!

Our fresh shrimp right from the boat that caught them!

Our fresh shrimp right from the boat that caught them!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Our table for the week, always full of wine, great food, family, and love!

Our table for the week, always full of wine, great food, family, and love!

IN MY KITCHEN: Seared Tuna Pepper Steaks

So I decided to start a new little section on my blog about my culinary adventures (and sometimes misadventures) David and I LOVE seafood so we are always cooking up something new. Most of the time I do a lot of research before I cook up something new so I thought I would share my tips, tricks, triumphs and failures with you guys in this new little section. The first documented culinary experience is Seared Tuna Pepper Steaks.

Here is the recipe I got on Pinterest. Click on the photo above to get more great recipes from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace!

Here is the recipe I got on Pinterest. Click on the photo above to get more great recipes from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace!

TIP #1 for Seared Tuna Pepper Steaks… when it comes to Tuna, quality is REALLY important!! The best Tuna we have found is at Costco!!

The Costco near our house in Plano gets their seafood in Tuesdays and Thursdays! But check your local grocery store or local Costco to see when they get their shipments in so your seafood is as fresh as possible!

The Costco near our house in Plano gets their seafood in Tuesdays and Thursdays! But check your local grocery store or local Costco to see when they get their shipments in so your seafood is as fresh as possible!

TIP #2 is all about timing. Make sure that you use the timer on your phone or on your oven/stovetop because when you’re cooking seafood a minute makes a big difference! Keep in mind sushi grade tuna (which is what you should be buying) can be eaten raw, and the worst way to serve tuna is over cooked! Our tuna steaks were about 2 1/2 inches thick and searing them for 3 minutes on each side was perfect! If yours are any thinner cook them for a shorter amount of time!

Don't be afraid to be adventurous in the kitchen! Enjoy!

Don’t be afraid to be adventurous in the kitchen! Enjoy!

 

TOURIST STYLE: In Flight

So this weekend I traveled back and fourth between Dallas and Cincinnati and will also be doing so for the Fourth of July weekend! I always travel with a book and pick up a good magazine in the airport. Here are a few of the things that I have been reading this week…

This is SUCH an interesting book! I've recently been really interested in the food phenomenon, where our food comes from and why we eat what we eat. Definitely check this read out!

This is SUCH an interesting book! I’ve recently been really interested in the food phenomenon, where our food comes from and why we eat what we eat. Definitely check this read out!

I originally bought this magazine just because it had Connie Britton on the front (hello I LOVE Friday Night Lights AND Nashville!) But it was such a good read about the amazing people in business and what creative things they are doing!

I originally bought this magazine just because it had Connie Britton on the front (hello I LOVE Friday Night Lights AND Nashville!) But it was such a good read about the amazing people in business and what creative things they are doing!

My new obsession... Inc. Magazine. I have read some really great issues. I always love a good People magazine but this one did have some great tips, tricks, and business info in it!

My new obsession… Inc. Magazine. I have read some really great issues. I always love a good People magazine but this one did have some great tips, tricks, and business info in it!

HOLIDAY: Fourth of July Foods

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I know everyone is probably enjoying a nice grill out and some cold beer, but here are a few amazing Fourth of July themed foods that you will definitely want to bring to a party!

What an easy way to decorate any type of dessert!

What an easy way to decorate any type of dessert!

 

Simple store bought ice cream sandies with popsicle sticks... at red white and blue sprinkles and its perfect for this hot July holiday!

Simple store bought ice cream sandies with popsicle sticks… at red white and blue sprinkles and its perfect for this hot July holiday!

 

Love this idea! How simple... just get America themed party hats, turn them upside down for great party snack holders!

Love this idea! How simple… just get America themed party hats, turn them upside down for great party snack holders!

 

Red Jello and cream topped with fresh blueberries! Love this easy and low cal Fourth treat!

Red Jello and cream topped with fresh blueberries! Love this easy and low cal Fourth treat!

Great little cake to say Happy Birthday America! Add food coloring to some vanilla cake mix and you are good to go!

Great little cake to say Happy Birthday America! Add food coloring to some vanilla cake mix and you are good to go!

 

These might be a little bit more time consuming but they are GORGEOUS! Love!

These might be a little bit more time consuming but they are GORGEOUS! Love!

 

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HOUR: Peach Lemonade Cooler

I am spending my weekend at the lake house for the first time this summer! I am beyond excited to start sipping these on the dock…

PEACH LEMONADE COOLER

PEACH LEMONADE COOLER

 

Peach Lemonade Cooler

2 medium sized, ripe peaches, peeled, halved and pitted
1/2 cup lemonade
1 ounce vodka of choice

Puree the peaches and lemonade in a blender until smooth.

Pour vodka over ice in a rocks glass.  Top off with peach-lemonade puree