That Foodie Girl’s New Look!

Well….notice anything different?

You’re right! TFG got a facelift for the first time ever! I am so so happy with the new logo + look + tagline—what do YOU think?

I am still getting tabs organized, but soon the tabs will all be functioning and you will be able to search by city > type cuisine for your dining out and also search through all my (and some not mine) recipes to cook at home. I want to make it easier for those looking for a specific type of restaurant and to see what I have to say about it! In general, I’m only linking to the places I enjoy.

Now that TFG is looking nice and cleaned up, I am ready to take this thing to the next level and *hopefully* post more often and bring lots of awesome content your way!

In the meantime, be sure to my check out my new “About” page!

And for a few random things I want to share with you all…let’s call it life lately:

IMG_5237Our Tower Garden is up! This is after 1 week of growth. We are growing basil, cilantro, mint, lettuce, arugula, strawberries, kale, baby eggplant, sweet peppers, rainbow chard and chives. Yep, all on that tower!

IMG_5219I couldn’t believe the record cool temperatures we were having here in Dallas last week–in the 60s! So strange. I had to wear a jacket on our morning walk…I’ll take it! It made me excited for La Jolla in a few weeks! :)

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I’m back to my Juice Plus Complete smoothie obsession…almost every morning I make one!

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My other breakfast go-to these days are whole grain Vans waffles. It makes a boring weekday morning feel special. Is that just me?

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And on weekends, we let ourselves have what we want :) I made a run to Village Baking Company, my new favorite bakery in town. I love how it’s a traditional French bakery, no frills, just incredible pastries and bread. It was a cool, overcast morning, so it was perfect couch time with my husband to just relax and enjoy the morning. The best time of day!!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far! Please let me know what you think about the new design in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Finally the weekend

Wow this week felt long! Did it drag on for anyone else?

I was very busy and hardly ever stopped moving, but for some reason I was just so not in the mood to be working. But I persevered and hellooooo Friday evening! (I believe it’s time to pour a glass of wine!)

So as usual, I’m looking back quite  a few weeks, but better late than never. This time it’s the 4th of July weekend. I realize I already recapped with some iPhone photos, but I just wanted to share a few snapshots of the weekend spent in Austin with my family and amazing friends.

Before I do that, I wanted to get an A-MEN for no plans this weekend (except for church + brunch of course)…and a dinner tonight with an old friend and her husband. Being the planner I am, I plan to relax, hopefully get some pool time, read, sleep in and maybe make this, but don’t hold me to it. P.S. I have slacked recently on my New Year’s resolution of trying a new recipe every week…but I am ok with that. Happy weekend, friends.

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Sonoma/SF Recap

Hi everyone!

Life has been crazy busy as usual and I am just now getting around to finishing up my recaps on our dreamy Napa/Sonoma/SF anniversary trip. Now that I’ve been home for a few days (traveling almost every week for the past few months), it feels good to be settled…until next Thursday at least. It took me a while, but I’m excited to share a few tidbits on the last part of our wine country trip.

Just a side note before I get started, I have some fun things to roll out on this blog pretty soon and I want you all to know that I want to bring you things YOU want to see and read, so please let me know in the comments what types of posts you enjoy most. I pour so much time and energy into client blogs (2 currently) and keep editorial calendars, edit them and ensure everything is perfect and on time. Poor TFG gets put in the corner and I am going to start trying hard to prioritize this little blog too because it’s one of my favorite things to do.

Anyway!

DSC03688After Sterling Vineyards in Napa, we drove to Francis Ford Coppola for an amazing lunch enjoyed on their patio overlooking the vineyards. It really doesn’t get much better than that. I had been here before for my bachelorette party, but was excited to return with my husband this time. The weather was perfect and so was the food. I love the little Italian savory “doughnuts” they serve before the meal and my lemon chicken was so incredibly flavorful. Ryan enjoyed a calzone-type dish with lots of artichoke and delicious mozzarella.

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We spent the rest of the day in Healdsburg–my favorite little town in Sonoma! One of the first stops we made was at Mustache Baked Goods. Their macaroons are SO good (especially the lavender and the salted caramel) and their cupcakes are out of this world delicious.

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It helps that a lot of the ingredients are local. (I am so jealous of you people who live out there! Dallas needs more local!)

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We stayed at H2 Hotel, a little eco-boutique hotel in the center of Healdsburg. The design was pretty and the restaurant on the first floor, Spoonbar was one of our favorite meals on the whole trip.

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The cocktails are so fresh and flavorful–Ryan had a Dark & Stormy with Flor de Cana and I had their raspberry cocktail with fresh rosemary and lemon (heaven). Apparently the food was so good I forgot to take photos…their menu changes each day, but we shared a Thai inspired egg roll dish with beets, lime and cilantro dipped in a coconut cream. Sounds crazy, but it tasted so fresh and unique. I had their fresh fish of the day (can’t even recall what it was) and Ryan had a farro carbonara. It was all good. Definitely recommend it!

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Back to one of my favorite places– Bella Vineyards. So quaint and beautiful and the wine is amazing. I loved their zinfandel they just released this year so much, we have a box headed our way in October.

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The people at Bella are so friendly, you feel like you’re at home. It’s a little off the beaten path which makes it all the more appealing.

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Per our wine expert at Bella’s request, we headed to Fritz for our final wine tasting. It might have been one of our favorites! We spent quite a bit of time there being educated by the man serving us–we learned so much about the winemaking process! It was such a treat. Their old vine zins were awesome as were their sauvignon blancs. I went home with a Fritz olive oil and I’ve been putting it on everything. By the way…there are no bad views in Napa/Sonoma. They just don’t exist.

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San Francisco was pretty low key as we just wanted to soak up our last day with no plans. We walked around the Fisherman’s Wharf, went to the Exploratorium (along with 500+ elementary school kids), and found a literal hole-in-the-wall noodle shop for lunch. The kind people behind the counter were shocked visitors from out of town were stopping by and even offered up their tiny little table for us to eat at. I got their soba noodles and Ryan got their udon. We took our noodles to the park in the financial district and soaked up the sun–trying to brave the 50 degree windy city. It was the perfect afternoon!

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After dinner with one of my college BFFs, Katie, we stopped by Susiecakes for a cute little cupcake.

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It was so fun to get to see Katie in her element :)

That’s it for the Napa/SF recap! For those who made it to the end of this post, thank you.

Hope you all are having a great week! This week is insane as usual: happy hours, birthday dinners, social media club…the list goes on. Who’s ready for some R&R? I AM!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl

 

 

Quarter Century Birthday

Hi! So I have been trying to post this for a while, but for some reason WordPress wouldn’t let me upload photos…hmmm.

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Anyway, let’s get straight to it! Monday was my 25th birthday and I was lucky enough to get to celebrate with several of my closest friends beginning last weekend all through this week. Let’s just say there was a lot of cake, dessert and champagne. I didn’t have much of an issue with it ;) We celebrated the 4th in Austin and brought a bunch of friends with us—it was such a blast grilling out, swimming and playing floating rosé pong.

IMG_5115 copyA floating beer pong table in the pool, played with rosé for those of you who couldn’t quite visualize it. This weekend made me thankful for having such sweet friends. And thankful for this delicious Pimms Cup pictured above. No such thing as too much garnish (or too many fun summer drinks?)!

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Our pup might have had the most fun out of everyone! My friend brought her puppy (they’re bffs) and they played all day long everyday that weekend, and Annabelle learned to swim! She’s a Shichon who thinks she’s a lab. It was adorable!

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On Saturday evening we celebrated my birthday at The Grove and most of us enjoyed trying the flights they had to offer. I opted for their sparkling flight, although the glass on the left was the only one I really liked (I can’t remember what it was). Oh well, it looked cute!

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My sweet friends got me not 1, but 3 different cakes and it was fun getting to celebrate with a new friend who happens to have the same birthday as me! I am such a sucker for birthday cakes.

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On my actual birthday, I got up and walked to get my free Starbucks and then headed to the spa at the Joule Hotel for a massage and nails–compliments of the husband :) It was the perfect birthday gift!

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The final celebration of the week took place at Chino Chinatown in Dallas with the friends who couldn’t make it to Austin. I loved my drunken noodles and cochinita pibil steamed buns. Awesome Asian/Mexican fusion!

Anyway, this post is all over the place, but I’m excited to get back into the swing of things and throw some new recipes your way–and more food! Hope you all are having a great summer!

Bon appétit,

That Foodie Girl