Happy Sunday! I hope you’re excited for the start of an amazing week! I got the awesome opportunity to visit one of Jacksonville’s newest jewels in the area, River and Post. Can I just say I definitely am adding it to my list of fave restaurants! It’s an amazing Riverside/ 5 Points area spot to pop into, enjoy some great food, surrounded by very chic and modern accommodations, excellent service, a beautiful salt water aquarium with a diverse ecosystem and live coral and sea anemone, and a stunning rooftop view. ( I didn’t go upstairs this visit, but plan to on my next visit as it was raining) I was pleasantly pleased and if you’ve been following my blog or just new here (welcome and thank you so much for your support!) you know I am a HUGE FOODIE and ambience and experience are EVERYTHING TO ME. But let’s just jump right into my dining experience today!
These delicious blue crab beignets with kernels of corn inside (yum) and just the right amount of spice and seasoning to really give your tastebuds some bite! The sriracha citrus crema dip is amazing and brings all the flavors together!
I also had a glass of Gazela Vino Verde that paired well with the entire meal, especially the blue crab beignets! (pictured above)
Let me reiterate that the service was amazing! My entree and appetizer came out mere minutes a part and even though it wasn’t an inconvenience my amazing server Jessica, kept my entree warm for me while I finished the beignets!
The platter included mahi mahi ( I believe the fish is based off the day’s catch), sea scallops, shrimp, market veggies (very flavorful and fresh) and some of the best mashed potatoes (very well seasoned and creamy) that I’ve had in a very long time!
The aquarium was simply beautiful and I had the amazing opportunity to speak with the curator Barry who I was really thankful took time with me and shared some amazing information regarding the marine life in the tank, the ecosystem and some other really cool facts (ask for him if you go, he’s amazing!)
Overall it was an amazing experience and I am sure i will be making several return trips! If you’re in the Jacksonville area, definitely do yourself a favor and check them out!
What are some of your favorite seafood places? Any cool or wonderful restaurants that really stand out in your area? Leave me a comment in the comments section below, I always love to hear from you guys!
In total it took about about 2 hours to make and that included prep and cook time so it’s definitely something you can whip up really quick during the week for a dessert or as a sweet treat on the weekend when you want something tasty, homemade and comforting.
So let’s jump right into the recipe!
About 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour
1 cup of sugar ( I used pure cane but feel free to use a mix of brown sugar or any other that you would like.)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (this helps keep the apples from browning)
6-8 apples (I used about 7-8 but depending upon how large of a serving you want you can adjust out as necessary)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup of rolled oats or oat flour (you can blend or chop up rolled oats in a food processor or blender to create oat flour)
1 cup of sugar (I used pure cane sugar but you will get the same effect with brown sugar)
2 teaspoons of cinnamon (I love the smell and taste of cinnamon and how it livens up my food so I added an extra bit here)
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of table salt
12 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup of nuts, chopped (feel free to pick your favorite kind, I used almonds for mine)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut the apples in half, remove the seeds and cores and peel. Place aside.
Toss together your cut apples, lemon juice, sugar and flower until the apples have a light coating over them.
Mix your rolled oats or oat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and butter until it begins to clump with either a spoon or your fingers. Lightly sprinkle in your nuts into your crust mixture and you may want to leave some out for putting on top of the crust.
Place filing mixture into a baking dish and pour crust ingredients over filling mixture and sprinkle nuts.
Place in oven and cook for about 50 mins to 1 hour and 10 mins until you see filling start to bubble and crust start to brow. Allow to cool and then serve warm or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream! It will be the best apple dish next to apple pie that you’ve ever taste or made! What are some of your favorite apple treats or dishes? Leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys!
Hey guys! It’s May can you believe it? This year is literally flying by! The magic continues literally lol I wanted to share with you some of my recent adventures to Magic Kingdom and this great brand of purpose focused apparel that I discovered and have the amazing opportunity to check out some of their pieces, Quarterwear.
Quarterwear is a casual and comfort clothing brand that raises awareness, support, and capital for the world’s greatest causes and those who address them. Added plus? EVERY SALE impacts 25 lives through a partnering nonprofit. How awesome and life changing is that?!
In my recent trip to Magic Kingdom I wore their Merci shirt which is super comfortable, cute and can easily be paired with your favorite jeans (which I did in the below photos) or your favorite shorts, or other bottoms. Check them out at www.quarterwear.org Their current Merci collection benefits Feeding Children Everywhere. Now to jump into the magic at the happiest place on Earth!
My favorite attraction of the day was Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, absolutely positively worth every minute! I enjoy every Disney park equally and it frees me and lets me get in touch with my inner child! What are your favorite attractions at Disney? Do you have a fashionable and conscious business that you love that has awesome items? What are your favorite places? (Obviously Disney makes my list of top seven) Leave me a comment below! I love hearing from you guys and every time I come here I am extremely grateful for all my followers on this amazing journey!
St. Augustine is such a precious Florida gem and holds a great deal of history for Florida as a state. It’s also a very fun, beautiful and walkable place to do a short day trip and staycation and there is a little fun for everyone in St. Augustine. I am a huge wanderlust so I love going to places near and far, discovered and unchartered to awaken my senses, check out new sights, or make new memories at old ones. This particular trip is no different. I visited the St. Augustine African American History tour for the 2nd time (even better than the first, even though the first was pretty awesome) checked out the Lightner Museum, and got a great shot of Casa Monica, one of the first luxury hotels in the St. Augustine area. Check out some of the highlights of my trip below!
What are some of your favorite places/sights/foods/ restaurants in St. Augustine? Have you been to St. Augustine? What parts do you appreciate or treasure the most? Leave me questions or comments below? I’d love to hear from you! And thanks so much for joining me on this journey!
I pretty much love food and having a sensory foodie experience. I will literally go to any restaurant, food truck, cafe, establishment that sells food or drink, you name it in the name of trying out something new to titillate my tastebuds. This time around I had the great pleasure of visiting Restaurant Orsay located in the Avondale area which is also one of my favorite culture and eating spots in general in Jacksonville.
Can I just say that it was well worth the trip? From the cozy yet sophisticated ambience to dishes that are flavorful and pleasing to the palate to the knowledgeable and amazing service, this a great treat for a special occasion, date night, or just step outside of the ordinary. It’s fine dining chic with casual cozy appeal and the French style cuisine allows you to get a gourmet twist on some well-known dishes. Overall, I was pleased with my entire dining experience and definitely plan on returning very soon to indulge a little bit more. Here are some quick recaps from my trip. I wanted to surprise my mom and do something extra special for her birthday (who came into town to spend the weekend for her birthday so several dishes will be featured below.) I almost forgot that I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of the lobster mac n cheese that we had as an appetizer but it was absolutely delicious and was a great start to the meal.
Do you have a favorite French restaurants? What are some of your favorite restaurants or areas in your city that offer hidden jewels? Let me know about your fave food and culture spots in the comments! I love to hear from you guys!
It’s been a few weeks but I’ve been a little busy little bee and have been out exploring my world and I have so many wonderful things to share with you so here we go! I visited Epcot for another splendid festival and magical time! This time around it was for the 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Let me just say if you love sensory details and being outside or are an outdoorsy type, this is a dream come true. I enjoyed every minute of it from beautiful flower and garden displays to Disney infusing a little magic into each area as only Disney can! And as with every Epcot festival plenty of yummy treats and drinks to spare! This festival puts you right in the mood for spring with all of the beautiful flowers and especially with all the recent cooler temperatures we’ve been experiencing this spring. Awesome start to the season!
Such a fun way to kick off the spring season and so much amazing artistry showcased! What is your favorite way to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival? Favorite exhibits or areas? Special memories? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!
I’m wildly optimistic and positive. Most times, this serves me very well especially in terms of needing perseverance and motivation when life has its way of throwing challenges my way, that are arguably essential and pivotal to my growth as a young woman. In some instances, especially more romantic instances, my wild optimism makes me view some potential suitors in a light that often times may not be the deserving light leading me down one less fulfilling version of Alice’s plunge down the illustrious Rabbit Hole.
One thing I’ve learned about myself is that when I care about others is that I have the ability to conveniently not notice character flaws and other red flags that are going to be vital to not having my heart be vulnerable and open to people who should have never gotten past hello. As someone, who is loving, giving, and truly looks to see the best in others and tries in most instances to see the positive in EVERYTHING, even giving people the benefit of the doubt beyond the FLASHING DOUBT, I’ve learned that creating prototypes out of people who never had intentions on fulfilling those expectations or standards is a dangerous way to LEAD YOURSELF ON and leave you picking up the pieces of your shattered alternate reality.
By no means am I here to spout war stories of bitterness, broken spirits, or disillusion. Quite the contrary, as I previously stated, I am ever the optimist and still am equally as excited and hopeful for a love that complements the love I have and am continuously developing for myself. But I am here to share (which is the whole reason I love this space and started this blog) the true problem with blindly falling for potential and the prototype.
I absolutely advocate for each person who desires love for themselves one day to have an idea as to what their ideal mate encompasses spiritually, mentally, emotionally etc. But don’t become attached to anything other than the non-negotiables of that image. Why you ask? It’s simple. I love “Prototype” as much as the next hip hop head who grew up in the 90’s and early 2000’s loving all things OutKast. It’s chock full of hope, romanticism, and all the feel good feelings of finding/encountering your true love, “the one”, and your soul mate. But prototypes are better in virtual reality than real life, and often waiting on potential to manifest can leave you trying to figure out it never manifested and little more than mythical fairy dust in your hands and a sense of disappointment in your heart.
Loving the prototype and potential makes you blind to when you’re compromising because this person looks good on paper, but doesn’t touch your soul in a way that’s meaningful, beneficial and impactful. Loving a prototype and their potential makes you lose sight of the fact that you love, like, care for, and are giving very vital, intimate parts to this person while they are just as unconcerned as can be about meeting you where you’re at and being fully invested in you and your development because they only care and are concerned for their development or are only interested in you when you can serve their development. Loving the idea of prototype and potential makes you look at all this person can be and conveniently allows you to forget all that they are (good and bad) and assess whether you even love or like this person at all.
You see, if people were meant to be androids or robots, loving them and having relationships independent of the good, bad, character flaws, idiosyncracies, mood swings, feelings, failures, and successes would be a lot more foolproof. But what kind of love is that? Loving people only when conditions are right or based upon created ideals crafted in the mind isn’t unconditional love at all.
So, the real problem in falling for potential and the prototype is that you deny yourself from loving a perfectly imperfect person, because you love the ideal of what can be versus the often harsh reality of what is. You can also miss out on encountering a perfectly imperfect person and allowing them the opportunity to meet what a prototype could never be, a perfectly original version of you. So go ahead and have your standards and non-negotiables, but realize real people are who they are. Don’t attempt to change that.
In the famous words of Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” If it isn’t what speaks to your highest self or aligns with who you are, let that go and allow them to be whoever they choose and need to be for who or whatever purpose or person they were created for. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with someone/something not being for you and that doesn’t make the other person a villain either. If it aligns with your highest/ best self and values, and brings you joy, allow it to flow and be exactly what it’s going to be. It’s not a prototype, but you can definitely find a way to tiptoe to the sun and grow in love with a real live person who is willing to realize and be more than you ever imagined and satisfy your whole being in a way that awaiting on potential to manifest never could. And that’s something that’s worth being in love again for.