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Festive Thanksgiving Recipes Featuring MilkAndEggs

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What better way to stay thankful this year than to spend the Thanksgiving holidays surrounded by loved ones and a hearty feast of homemade recipes? This November, I've partnered up with my favorite MilkAndEggs once again to show you guys THREE bombtastic recipes that will make this holiday a memorable one indeed. So what are you waiting for? Let's get cooking!


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Apple Pie

Ingredients:

Dough:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 14 tablespoons cold butter, diced
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons cold water

Filling:
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 pounds baking apples (Golden Delicious, Cortland, or Mutsu)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- generous pinch of nutmeg
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten

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Directions:

Make the dough by hand. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles yellow corn meal mixed with bean sized bits of butter. (If the flour/butter mixture gets warm, refrigerate it for 10 minutes before proceeding.) Add the egg and stir the dough together with a fork or by hand in the bowl. If the dough is dry, sprinkle up to a tablespoon more of cold water over the mixture.

Make the dough in a food processor. With the machine fitted with the metal blade, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles yellow corn meal mixed with bean size bits of butter, about 10 times. Add the egg and pulse 1 to 2 times; don't let the dough form into a ball in the machine. (If the dough is very dry add up to a tablespoon more of cold water.) Remove the bowl from the machine, remove the blade, and bring the dough together by hand.

Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 1 hour.

Make the filling. Put the lemon juice in a medium bowl. Peel, halve, and core the apples. Cut each half into 4 wedges. Toss the apple with the lemon juice. Add the sugar and toss to combine evenly.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the apples, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer, about 2 minutes. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the apples soften and release most of their juices, about 7 minutes.

Strain the apples in a colander over a medium bowl to catch all the juice. Shake the colander to get as much liquid as possible. Return the juices to the skillet, and simmer over medium heat until thickened and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, toss the apples with the reduced juice and spices. Set aside to cool completely. (This filling can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated or frozen for up to 6 months.)

Cut the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of dough into a disc about 11 to 12 inches wide. Layer the dough between pieces of parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.

Place a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan with one of the discs of dough, and trim it so it lays about 1/2 inch beyond the edge of the pan. Put the apple filling in the pan and mound it slightly in the center. Brush the top edges of the dough with the egg. Place the second disc of dough over the top. Fold the top layer of dough under the edge of the bottom layer and press the edges together to form a seal. Flute the edge as desired. Brush the surface of the dough with egg and then sprinkle with sugar. Pierce the top of the dough in several places to allow steam to escape while baking. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

Bake the pie on a baking sheet until the crust is golden, about 50 minutes. Cool on a rack before serving. The pie keeps well at room temperature (covered) for 24 hours, or refrigerated for up to 4 days.

 

Link to original recipe here.


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Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites

Ingredients:

Shrimp & Cucumber Bites:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled & deviened
- 1 cucumber, sliced

Avocado Sauce:
- 1 avocado, mashed
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced or chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro and/or parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and cayenne to taste

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Directions:

Shrimp & Cucumber Bites:
Toss the shrimp in the oil and the seasoning and cook in a preheated (medium-high heat) heavy bottomed pan/skillet until slightly blackened, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Assemble the bites with cucumber slices, topped with avocado sauce, shrimp and remoulade sauce.

Avocado Sauce:
Mix everything and enjoy!

Link to original recipe here.


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Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta

Ingredients:

Pomegranate & Cranberry Relish:
- 1 pound fresh (or frozen) cranberries, washed
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 serrano pepper
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
- 3/4 pomegranate arils or seeds
- finely chopped fresh basil (for garnish)

Crostini:
 

CROSTINI
- 1 thin baguette, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened

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Directions:

1. Place the cranberries, sugar, & serano peppers in a food processor.

2. Pulse on and off several times until cranberries are coarsely chopped. Don't over-process.

3. Add basil and pulse a few more times. Not too much, you want basil bits to be visible in relish.

4. Transfer to a storage container and add pomegranate arils.

5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or till ready to use.

6. For the crostini, preheat oven to 350˚F.

7. Place baguette slices on prepared pans

8. Brush lightly with oil

9. Sprinkle lightly with salt and a grind of pepper (don't leave this step out!)

10. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until golden, rotating pans halfway through baking time.

11. To assemble bruschetta, whisk cream cheese until creamy.

12. Spread about 1/2 - 1 tablespoon on each crostini.

13. Top with a scoop of the relish.

14. Garnish with basil.

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Link to original recipe here.


If you're looking for a quick and easy-to-make Thanksgiving recipe , I would highly suggest whipping up either the Pomegranate & Cranberry Bruschetta or Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites. Although the Apple Pie does take longer to prepare, this dessert tastes absolutely delicious when served fresh out of the oven! I hope that you guys enjoyed looking through these fun, Instagrammable recipes and would love to know if you try any of these out for yourself! Lastly, let's remember to focus on the positives on life and stay thankful and blessed for everything that we have! Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving with love from my family to yours! :)

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Milk & Eggs, but all opinions remain my own.

Much Love,

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Four La Jolla Restaurants You Need To Try

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Because I live only an hour away from La Jolla, I swear that I need to visit this beautiful and beachy city more often! From this past Wednesday to Thursday, Sharon and I spent hours walking through the streets of La Jolla with a DSLR in hand and wiping out every delicious entree in sight. We stayed at the gorgeous teal-themed Empress Hotel, which was located in the center of all fun and exciting attractions - including La Jolla Cove and various restaurants that we wanted to cross off of our bucketlist. Since the majority of our trip comprised of eating (sorry not sorry, heh), I've compiled a list of bomb La Jolla eats that you should visit if you're ever in the area!


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1. Holy Matcha

So Holy Matcha isn't exactly located in the city of La Jolla, but it's close enough in distance so I decided to include it anyways! Despite the poor ratings on Yelp, I can safely say that I would return to Holy Matcha again in a heartbeat the next time I'm in the La Jolla vicinity. Not only can you label the aesthetics of this shop #interiorgoals with their pink booths and leafy wallpaper, but their menu options top the list for Instagram #foodgoals as well. I ordered an Avocado Toast and Pink Lemonade, which both came with flowers! I was about to eat the flowers before Sharon warned me that they were probably not edible, LOL! The Avocado Toast contained flavors that were out of this world and I swear they used some secret addictive ingredient that makes you want to order a second toast on the spot. Hands down, this is one of the best Avocado Toasts I've ever had. If I lived in La Jolla, Holy Matcha would probably be one of my favorite places to work at, as there were outlets underneath each booth. Score!

Personal Favorites: Avocado Toast, Pink Lemonade


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2. Puesto

Puesto was actually one of the first restaurants that I've dined at when I visited La Jolla a couple years back for Yelp Spring Break San Diego. From three years ago, I can still picture how delicious their Elote was and it did not disappoint when I tried it again this past week. While Sharon ordered various vegetarian options, I opted for the 3 Taco Mix & Match. Puesto is highly known for the use of their blue corn tortillas, and I happily selected their lobster, salmon, and filet mignon taco options. Lastly, don't forget to order their delicious Iced Horchata! When in La Jolla, you always have to order horchata because no place makes it better ;)

Personal Favorites: Iced Horchata, Elote, Lobster Taco


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3. Herringbone

Yes, it's confirmed - Herringbone looks as gorgeous outside as it does inside! From a distance, you can spot this restaurant by its intimate setting and beautiful use of fairy lights. Because of its romantic and dim-lit atmosphere, this is the perfect restaurant to take a loved one for an anniversary dinner or play catch-up with your girlfriends (literally, the table of four girls next to us were trading Tinder dating stories over drinks, LOL!). What I loved about our experience here was the passion and enthusiasm from our particular waiter. Not only did he passionately highlight Herringbone's top dishes, but he shared with us the precise details from how the entree is cooked to what ingredients they incorporate in each dish. With his recommendations, we ordered a lovely table spread of the Curried Cauliflower, Vegetarian Special personally customized for Sharon, Crab Cake, Ahi Poke, Brussel Sprouts, and Branzino. Out of all of our dishes, my favorite entree had to be the Ahi Poke, as the powerful flavors of the fish went really well with the deep fried seaweed. For dessert, we shared the Toffee Pudding and Herringbone Sundae. This sundae dessert was over-the-top amazing and I have never gushed over a dessert as much as this one. If I ever want to dine at a fancy restaurant in La Jolla, Herringbone would definitely be a recommendation that would pop up off the top of my head.

Personal Favorites: Ahi Poke, Herringbone Sundae


4. Shorehouse Kitchen

According to Yelp, Shorehouse Kitchen is ranked as one of the more popular brunch spots in La Jolla. We dropped by with hungry stomachs and left the restaurant feeling completely food coma'd out so you already know that their portion sizes are more than abundant! Thanks to our waitress' recommendation, I ordered the Short Rib & Hash Brown Pancake with a side of English Muffin and it was one of the best breakfast options I have ever tasted. If I visited La Jolla again, I would definitely order this same entree again without hesitation - you can even call it my "usual" ;)


If you're ever visiting La Jolla, I hope that you look into these restaurant recommendations and let me know what you think! Also, if you have any restaurant recommendations that you'd like to add to my list, please leave me a comment below - I'd love to check them out!

Much Love,

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Spooky Halloween Recipes With MilkAndEggs

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Hey y'all! Remember how I worked with Milk And Eggs just about a month ago and whipped up a bunch of recipes in the kitchen? Well, I'm excited to announce that I'm partnering up with my favorite grocery delivery service once again to show you guys TWO Halloween recipes just in time for our spooky, candy-filled holiday!

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Pumpkin Stuffed Peppers

INGREDIENTS:

- 4 medium orange bell peppers
- 1 package (8.8 oz) microwavable Spanish style rice
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms & onions (from 8 oz container)
- 1 can (8 oz) roasted garlic tomato sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

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Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Cut thin slice from stem end of each bell pepper to remove top. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. Reserve tops. If necessary, cut thin slice from bottom of peppers so they stand up straight. Using small sharp knife, cut out small eyes, nose and teeth from each pepper to look like jack-o’-lantern.

2. Cook rice in microwave as directed on package. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet, cook turkey and chopped vegetables over medium-high heat from 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until turkey is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce, the ground turkey, and cooked rice.

3. Stuff peppers with turkey mixture. Pour remaining tomato sauce in an ungreased 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish. Stand peppers upright in dish. Replace pepper tops.

4. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Uncover; bake about 15 minutes longer or until peppers are tender.

Link to original recipe here.


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Caramel Apples

INGREDIENTS:

- 4 Granny Smith apples (or any other variety)

- 4 (4.51-oz.) bag of Werther's Original Soft Caramels.

- Assorted toppings (ex: chopped nuts, pecans, sprinkles, or melted chocolate for drizzling)

EQUIPMENT:

- 4 lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks


 

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Directions:

1. Wash and thoroughly dry the apples, then press a lollipop stick firmly into the top of each apple. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.

2. Unwrap the caramels, then place them in a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat. Cook the caramels, stirring occasionally, until they melt and the mixture is a smooth consistency. Reduce the heat to low.

3. Dip each of the apples into the caramel mixture, shaking off any excess and scraping any caramel off the bottoms of the apples. Roll the apples in your preferred toppings then place them on the lined baking sheet. Refrigerate the apples for 15 minutes or until the caramel has firmed up. Serve the apples immediately or store them in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

Link to original recipe here.


Please keep in mind that I revised both of these recipes to taillor them to my family's liking, whether it be adding healthier alternatives or substituting certain ingredients. Feel free to try out my revised recipes, or check out the original recipes by clicking the links I've included below each recipe!

I hope that these two spooky Halloween treats inspire you guys to try whipping up a fun Halloween creation of your own! Tis' the holiday season, so there's nothing wrong with adding a little spirit and spook to your everyday treats! Lastly, don't forget to use my discount code missmichelle for $20 off an online purchase of $40 or more from Milk & Eggs ;) Cannot wait to feature my cooking Instastories and blog posts for you guys in the future! Wishing you all a Happy Halloween.

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Milk & Eggs, but all opinions remain my own.

Much Love,

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Family Feastin' with Milk and Eggs

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Ever wanted your groceries delivered right to your doorstep, without ever having to leave the house? That's where Milk and Eggs comes into play. Between the hours of 5AM - 7AM, Milk and Eggs will conveniently deliver all of the items from your online shopping cart straight to your home address packed in bright yellow insulated bags. This grocery delivery service is perfect for those with long work hours or busy schedules, as you can save a trip and skip the checkout lines whenever you please!

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Discount Code:

Use "missmichelle" for $20 off an online purchase of $40 or more from Milk & Eggs.


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Today, I've partnered with Milk and Eggs to share with you guys all of the amazing collection of ingredients that they have on their website. Plus, I included my favorite recipe that you can recreate at home because I love sharing recipes with you guys! If you haven't already, be sure to follow my Instagram and Instastories for daily updates - you're bound to find a few recipes in my Instastories every now and then too ;) From Asian vegetables to Italian pasta and more, Milk and Eggs has seriously got it ALL! After browsing their website for hours (because let's be honest, who doesn't love shopping for food?), I finally decided on a huge assortment of ingredients that ranged from caffeinated beverages to fresh vegetables to tender meats. My family and I whipped up countless recipes with our groceries for the entire WEEK and couldn't thank Milk and Eggs enough for this hearty feast! Be sure to check one recipe I love making for the family below and let me know in the comments section which photo makes YOUR mouth water! (Insert drool emoji)

Out of all of the recipes and ingredients I used for this collaboration, I definitely wanted to highlight a few top favorites and would love to share them with you below!

Favorite Items:

Favorite Recipe:

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Mashed Potatoes Recipe

 

1. Grab 3-5 potatoes and peel the skin off.

2. Boil peeled potatoes in a pot of water for 30 minutes on medium-high heat.

3. While the potatoes cook, chop 1 large yellow onion. Add olive oil to pan, then pan-fry chopped onions on medium heat until they caramelize.

4. Drain potatoes in a strainer, then use a masher or spoon to "mash" the potatoes.

5. Add fresh dill, Japanese mayonnaise, pepper, and caramelized onions.

Coming from a freelance lifestyle and travel blogger who's always on-the-go, Milk and Eggs is the ideal grocery delivery service for any LA or OC resident. After having such a positive first-time experience with Milk and Eggs (from unboxing all of my groceries to preparing each decadent meal), I am safe to say that I am truly happy with the quality, serving size, and packaging of their products. All of the produce and meats were delivered fresh and packaged so neatly in each respective cooling box. So the next time you want to spice things up in the kitchen, be sure to check out Milk and Eggs for a fun grocery shopping and cooking experience of a lifetime! Don't forget to use my discount code missmichelle for $20 off an online purchase of $40 or more from Milk & Eggs ;)

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Milk & Eggs, but all opinions remain my own.

Much Love,

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My Favorite Coffee Shops In The OC

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You already know that I'm a huge caffeine lover if I'm sipping on Milkbox's signature Crack Iced Coffee as I type this blog post, haha. Not only do I love the taste of coffee (that is, if you add creamer or sugar LOL), but coffee shops are also one of my favorite places to get work done. With calm music, a spacious room, and professionally brewed lattes, it's nice to get away from the comfort of home once in a while to surround yourself around a brand new environment. After all, it's good to change the scenery of your work space every once in a while, as more often than not, it leads to an increased level of productivity as you catch a breath of fresh air. But, you also have to make sure that your new working environment fosters the necessary "factors" to get work done. The similarities that these coffee shops all share include an aesthetic and roomy work space, plentiful outlet availability, quality beverages, and great customer service. Thus, I've compiled a list of my favorite coffee shops in Orange County and I hope that you can all check them out too!

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1. Coffee For Two (Huntington Beach)

My Favorites: Avocado Toast, Curry Chicken Sandwich, Spanish Latte
*Check-in on the Yelp mobile app for 10% off your first drink purchase.

If you ever visit Coffee For Two in Huntington Beach, there's a 60-80% chance that you'll find me there. Whenever I need a break from my office space (aka my Ikea desk and chair setup at home), I drive 35 minutes away just to go to this coffee shop. To me, driving a far distance is a worthy investment if it means getting shit done. As soon as I arrive at this minimalistic and clean coffee shop, I pick my favorite seat located at the back of the coffee shop and then order my usual - an Avocado Toast and Spanish Latte. The staff always makes my order within a timely manner and my stomach couldn't thank them enough. For sweettooth and caffeine lovers, the Spanish Latte is a sweet drink made with condensed milk that I highly recommend. As for the Avocado Toast, this dish tastes literally out of this world and it is one of the best avocado toasts I've ever had at a coffee shop. I love the combination of mashed avocado, pepper, spinach leaves, and baby tomatoes on a piece of toasted sourdough bread. Bon appetit!

2. Bardot Bars and Coffee (Tustin)

My Favorites: Iced Caramel Macchiato, French Kiss Soft Serve

Bardot Bars and Coffee is a Korean-based coffee shop with the kindest of customer service and highest quality of caffeinated beverages. Their Iced Caramel Macchiato tasted delicious and authentic, unlike the syrupy taste you get from your local Starbucks. As for their signature French Kiss Soft Serve, it is a rich and creamy dessert that I would not pass up on and you are more than welcome to ask for a sample at the counter. While browsing the menu, the owner kindly explained how their customizable latte machine worked. By downloading their mobile app, you can now design the latte of your dreams at this coffee shop with the click of a button, all thanks to Bardot Bars And Coffee. So what better idea to order than two Pusheen lattes, am I right?! #PizzaPusheen #BreadHeadPusheen

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3. Milkbox Bar (Mission Viejo, Tustin, Westminster)

My Favorites: Crack Iced Coffee, Black Organic Milk Tea w/ Mini Boba
*The Milkbox Bar Westminster location opened recently with a drive-thru option!

If you closely watch my Instastories, you probably already know that I'm at Milkbox anywhere between 1-3 times per week - just call me crazy boba lady. Not only do I live less than 10 minutes from a Milkbox location, but sometimes I grab a quick Milkbox fix and work at the Union Market Mission Viejo plaza (where Milkbox is located) if I don't feel like driving too far from home. The Union Market plaza is a fun and spacious place to relax with your significant other, friends, or kids, as you can grab a quick bite or drink at this casual plaza. Literally, Milkbox was one of the first boba shops I've visited before my move to Southern California last year and it's been a favorite since then. I always go for the Crack Iced Coffee on a caffeine-needed day, or the Black Organic Milk Tea with Mini Boba if I just wanted to treat myself to a delicious beverage. One positive comment I have for Milkbox includes the fact that the employees are always SO sweet and accommodating whenever I order. Every time I receive my drink, they always tell me to please let them know if there's anything I'd like to change about my drink if I'm dissatisfied with its flavor. And I can tell that their words are completely genuine by the way they speak to me. Talk about five star customer service!

4. Hidden Coffee House (Santa Ana)

My Favorite: Caramel Latte

I ended up going to Hidden Coffee House on a day where I didn't feel like going to my usual coffee shops. And I have to say, this was one gorgeous coffee shop! With red brick walls and bright green succulents displayed against the wall, I got a pretty hipster vibe from this coffee shop. I loved the ambiance and how everybody was doing their own thing, as there were a lot of tables isolated from each other for those who needed to get work done. The setup of this coffee shop resembles an island, with the tables and chairs acting like the sea and the barista station as the isolated piece of land. Additionally, for those who want to catch a breath of fresh air as they sip on their caffeinated beverage, Hidden Coffee House features outdoor seating as well! The only unfortunate part about this coffee shop is the parking situation, as you have to move your car if you plan to stay here for a while since they only have 2-hour max parking spots nearby.

So, that about sums up my favorite Orange County coffee shops in one post! If you have any recommended coffee shops that you'd like to add to the list or think I should try, please leave your suggestions in the comment box below! I'd love to hear your suggestions :)

 PC: Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz) from www.sharinaona.com (Taken at Coffee For Two)

PC: Sharon Litz (@sharonlitz) from www.sharinaona.com (Taken at Coffee For Two)

Much Love,

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NYC's Hottest Restaurants

NYC's Hottest Restaurants

When it comes to the exceptional food quality, artistic presentation, and freshly incorporated ingredients, New York City tops the list as my number one favorite city to dine at. Flying into New York City for seven days with absolutely no knowledge of the raving food scene, I felt completely mind blown to learn just how delicious their food really was. If you ever plan on visiting New York City, I've compiled just the list for you to turn those taste buds on ;)