Poconos: October 2014 (Part 2)

Part two of the trip, like most of my trip recaps, is all about the food.

The bed and breakfast served incredible food. It was all healthy, but tasted incredible. I didn’t get enough photos! But I’m sure there will be a next time. At least I took photos of the view.

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After we went to “apple fest” and had lattes, we went to an Irish pub that I’d actually been to years ago. We got amazing cheese! And beer!

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Another pub we visited was just down the street. I didn’t care too much for the main course I ordered, but the hummus appetizer was great.

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The best meal we had, though, was at a place called Mikuna Kitchen. This place was tiny. And it was the most expensive meal we had in the Poconos (mostly because we ordered so many different things to share). But the food was some of the best I’ve ever had. They were inventive and incredible. I wish there were restaurants like this near home!

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I started out with some mango juice, and we split spinach empanadas.

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And then, maybe the best salad we’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, I forget the details. But look! I even animated my first photo because I loved it so much.

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Curried clams, which I wasn’t sure were a good idea, but ended up being my absolute favorite. And a few other dishes that P. ordered and we shared.

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And that’s that! Pretty good eats for just a few days. I can’t wait to get back to Mikuna Kitchen and do some more exploring.

P.S. Food posts from a trip to Mexico and a trip to Jamaica.


Poconos: October 2014 (Part 1)

Last fall, P. and I took a trip to the Poconos for a few days. We didn’t go with a big purpose, didn’t have anything planned. We just needed to get away, see some beautiful things, and relax.

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We found an amazing bed and breakfast just browsing the area online. Our room, I believe, used to be the yoga studio. I cannot tell you how amazing it felt to wake up here in the morning.

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We spent time lounging around the room, watching movies and playing games. We also hung out on the huge deck. I could have spent all day looking out at this view!

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We ventured out one day to an apple festival the town was having. It was smaller than I thought it would be, but we got good lattes and walked around for a few hours before lunch. So nice to just be out in the sunshine for a little while.

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And, there was wine.

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This winery was beautiful. It was pretty tricky navigating the road up to it. But it was gorgeous once we were sitting out back with our glasses.

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We did a tiny bit of sightseeing. We didn’t last long, but we did get to see a waterfall! Maybe we’ll spend some more time on this next time…

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And that’s it! I’ll share a few more photos tomorrow. How about you? What’s the last trip you’ve taken?

P.S. Our first trip, to St. John and a short stay in Atlantic City.


Easter 2015

Happy Easter! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. Like I mentioned before, I had three pretty delightful days off.

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This year, I helped my mom decorate her egg cakes. We spent Saturday afternoon doing that instead of dyeing eggs like all of our other pre-Easter Saturdays. Still a good tradition.

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I also baked up some not-from-scratch bread to go with my spinach artichoke dip on Sunday. It was a bigger hit than I thought it would be.

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I woke up to a cute Easter egg hunt from P. I am quite literally one of the worst people when it comes to finding things. Little eggs included. So they have to be hidden fit for a two-year old. He did a pretty great job.

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Actually, I might be worse than a two-year old. Our youngest attendee on Sunday probably did a better job than I did.

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My niece shared some photos from her recent trip to Italy.

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And my other niece passed the time on her iPhone. ;-)

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Other than that, I spent the weekend making some good new things in the kitchen that I hope to share soon, sitting on the balcony, and trying to catch up on sleep. Happy Monday!

P.S. Easter three years ago.



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