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Coffee Talk @ Thavorn Palm Beach Resort: Phuket, Thailand

Coffee Talk is one of the restaurants at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort.  It is a quaint coffee shop with some really cool decor.  It truly made us feel like we were back in New York.  I couldn’t resist the Matcha latte!  It was creamy, flavorful and a perfect pick me up, packed with caffeine.  We also tried the Thai Tea, iced with tea ice cubes and sweetened with condensed milk.  This was a huge treat and something I still dream about. The coffee selection here is extensive and they have what they call “Siphon coffee”.  This was a really cool experience.  The heat the water by flame and it rises up into the top of the siphon.  Once brewed, the coffee filters back down into the bottom of the glass, ready to be served.  The coffee winds up being very smooth and flavorful, it does not burn or have a harsh aftertaste.  We gave it an accent by adding some dōTERRA cinnamon bark oil!! This is definitely one of the best ways to brew coffee …

Cheese Straws

There is no better way to impress your guests than with something they think they can only get at a fancy restaurant. These cheese straws are so incredibly easy that you could have your kids or the non-cook in the family help!! Another great aspect of them is that you can use your favorite cheeses, not just the ones that I used. Ingredients: 1/2 cup finely shredded Gruyere 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan 1 egg 1 tablespoon water 1 package of puff pastry Flour for dusting Yields about 24 cheese straws Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the puff pastry using flour to ensure it does not stick to the rolling pin or working surface.  At the end, the pastry should be about 16 inches by 24 inches. Exact size is not critical, just make sure it is not super thin. Prepare your cheese mixture by combining the shredded 1/2 cup of gruyere and 1/4 cup of parmesan.  Also, prepare the egg wash by beating 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush …

Baked Brie

If you are looking for an easy and delicious appetizer or snack, the baked brie is your answer.  With a crusty outside and melty inside, this dish will fulfill your cheesey cravings.  There is also a minimal amount of prep work and can be prepared in advance. Ingredients: 6-8 inch wheel of brie 4 tablespoons fig preserves 1/3 cup sliced almonds 2 eggs 1 package puff pastry Most importantly, make sure you defrost the puff pastry overnight the night before you want to prepare the brie.  You can not defrost it at room temperature as this will change the way the puff pastry will bake.  It is hard to find a good tasting brie that is inexpensive as a whole wheel.  I was able to find a 7 inch wheel of brie at Whole Foods for about $18, which worked very well for this recipe.  Most cheese sections in grocery stores will allow you to taste the cheeses, especially if you are buying a whole wheel.  Picking a brie on the mild side will work …

Cinnamon Bun Waffles

Gooey, sticky, drippy cinnamon buns are one of the most satisfying treats for a sweet craving. We decided to throw them in a waffle maker for breakfast. For those with a sweet tooth, this is a fantastic breakfast treat. Ingredients: Package of pre-made cinnamon rolls (includes frosting) Waffle maker Cooking Spray We used Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, which can be found in the dairy section by the slice and bake cookies and biscuits.  This was purely personal preference, so you can use any brand that you would normally use for regular cinnamon rolls. The waffle iron should be set up and the temperature should be on medium.  The size of the waffle maker will determine the number of rolls that you could do at once.  It is recommended to do one bun first to see how it cooks in the waffle maker.  Place the bun in the center so you can see how much the bun expands and then determine how many you can do in the next batch. When the waffle maker is heated, lightly …

Cheers to New Years Resolutions and Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor: Dania, FL

The first stop once arriving in Florida and the last stop on the way to the airport is always Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant. The line to dine in can be fairly long, however there is plenty of entertainment while waiting. The infamous man with the monkey will allow for photos and performs tricks, after his hat has been filled, of course. Watching the children riding the mini carousel and testing out the hurricane simulator also helps to pass the time. There are giant cutouts of ice cream sundaes and Jaxson’s famous kitchen sink to take pictures in (someone can even be the face of the cherry on top). Once the wait is over, you are escorted to your table by the waiters and waitresses, who are all dressed in red and white pin stripes. Every inch of the walls are covered with old license plates, from Florida to Ohio to Texas to California, and everything in between. No matter where you sit, there is always an interesting article or photo on the wall …

Sunday Funday at Boston’s on the Beach: Delray Beach, FL

It is 78 degrees, blue skies and there is a light breeze on the patio of Boston’s on the Beach at Delray Beach. Whether you are ready to watch the game or enjoy the weather and the view, this is the place for some good food and laid back atmosphere. If you like Bloody Mary’s, The Wicked Mary was made for you! The Wicked starts with San marzano tomatoes, celery juice, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and fresh horse radish. Although it is usually served with vodka, I substituted for tequila. The rim is covered in Celtic sea salt and old bay, which integrates well with the drink as well as the fixings on top. Garnished with a colossal shrimp, pepper jack cheese, salami, piri-piri pepper stuffed olives and celery, this cocktail dominates. For appetizers, we ordered the peel and eat shrimp and the NFL wings special. There were about 20+ shrimp served on ice with cocktail sauce. They were tasty and on the smaller side, but a great appetizer portion for at least four people to share. …

Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue: Richmond, VA

Six hours down and thirteen to go! At this point during our drive from New York to Florida, it was time to make a stop for dinner. After referencing one of my facorite apps, Food Network on the Road, the decision was to try Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue in Richmond, VA. Since they won their throw-down with Bobby Flay, we knew that we couldn’t go wrong. When we walked in, the rich scent of hickory overcame us. The joint had high top tables, some outdoor seating and booths, each with their own roll of paper towels. We ordered at the counter: full rack of baby back ribs, baked beans, fried okra, and sweet tea. We waited for our name to be called over the speaker at one of the high tops. The walls were covered with awards, photos and articles about Buz and Ned’s. By the front door they sell bottles of their home made BBQ sauce and chicken sauce. When the food was ready, they called our name and we picked it up …

Apple Cider Doughnuts

How do you celebrate chanukah without doughnuts? You don’t!!  For the third night, I surprised my sister with her favorite kind, apple cider doughnuts.  Usually, every season we go apple picking and pick up apple cider doughnuts at the orchard.  This year, we did not make it, but I decided to still make them from scratch.  Doughnuts are one of the more intimidating endeavors in the kitchen, but this recipe is very simple.  (and yes they taste as good as they look) This recipe makes about 8 large doughnuts and 8 doughnut holes. Prep time is approximately 1 hour and cook time is about 20 minutes.  The dough has to sit for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator before you can fry the doughnuts, or you can leave it overnight. Ingredients:  2 red apples 2 1/2 cups apple cider 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 3 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon iodized salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening 1 large egg, 1 large …