Category: The Plates

Falling in Love with Lucas Park Grille

Last week, I was all over slaying my Valentine’s Day look if I must say so myself. I’m still on cloud nine, but I guess that’s one of the perks of being in love. I’m such a hopeless romantic and I love to revisit the places The Boy and I fell in love. First on that list of places is Lucas Park Grille, where we had our very first date. Our first visit in August of 2011 actually didn’t go all that well as far as perfect first dates go. I vividly remember ordering things neither of us were familiar with and leaving the restaurant hungry. What saved our evening was when one of us brought up the topic of still being hungry and the other breathed a sigh of relief to know they weren’t the only one. So I guess you all are trying to figure out why in the world we would return to a place that left us disappointed and hungry. (more…)

Contrary Cupcakes Grand Opening

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing a friend’s handwork and dreams come to reality. For as long as I’ve known the owner Danielle she has baked delectable goodies from her own kitchen and then went the extra mile to ensure her treats made it to her customers. Contrary Cupcakes, a family owned and operated bakery just south of the Tower Grove neighborhood in St. Louis, MO, is officially open for business. Located at 4904 Devonshire Ave., you can’t miss the adorable sign sporting the business’s logo. While I by no means would classify myself as having a sweet tooth, I rarely pass up an opportunity for Contrary Cupcakes. (more…)

World’s Easiest 30-minute Garlic Bread

I don’t know about anyone else but I am still reeling over Beyonce’s half time performance and the Carolina Panthers unfortunate fall to the Denver Broncos. Even though I was disappointed with the game’s outcome and this year’s commercials, the food surely did not disappoint! Last week, I put together a group of recipes that would be perfect for the Super Bowl from some of my fellow bloggers. It was really hard trying to decide which one to try, but when I woke up on Sunday I was still feeling my Mardi Gras fun, so I went for the garlic bread because it looked the easiest and required me to purchase very little. (more…)

Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

The first excuse to binge eat and drink is upon us, Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday! This day also comes just a little bit over a month after we have all made resolutions to be more health conscious, eat better, lose weight, or exercise more. For those of us with these goals, a day of eating hot wings, pizza, drinking beer, and eating cute football decorated cupcakes can really set us back. While we’ve decided not to host a Super Bowl party this year, we will be attending one and I want to be sure there is at least one dish The Boy and I won’t feel guilty about eating. In trying to decide what I should make, I did what any blogger would do, went to my blogging community to ask for help! I was overwhelmed by the response I got from my BLM girls! They suggested so many healthy-ish and delicious looking recipes that I had to share some of them with all of you! (more…)

Our New Christmas Eve Tradition

I know everyone is totally over Christmas and on to counting down to the New Year, but I just had to share our new Christmas Eve tradition. A couple of weeks ago I shared 10 inexpensive winter date ideas. That post was inspired by my desire to still do special things with The Boy, despite the cold weather and hit our bank accounts took because of Christmas shopping. I’m thrilled to announce we were able start our new Christmas Eve tradition of having a bake off! We each prepared a cake of our choosing, with the only rule being it had to be a cake we both like. Despite this being my idea, I have to admit I was pretty worried about losing the competition. Since grad school really picked up, The Boy has been the primary chef in our house and my cooking skills have suffered. Like anyone serious about a baking competition, I took to Pinterest to find a simple yet amazing recipe. (more…)