Brews in Bruges

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I. LOVE. BRUGES. It is officially my favorite travel destination, and possibly the most magical place on earth (move over Disney!). I mean, what’s not to love? It’s a medieval town that was untouched by the wars, which means that all the buildings are original structures and oh so quaint. There are canals running through the whole town, with hundreds of swans swimming happily along. The swans are so important to the town that you can get thrown in jail for 3 years if you kill one, which makes the boat captains very nervous as they take tourists on canal tours. At least, this is what I was told. I could just be a gullible tourist… And then toss in the best chocolate, beer and waffles in the world and let that simmer in some Flemish stew. Not to mention that everyone there seemed to be trilingual (French, Flemish, and English), so being an English-speaker was never a problem. OK, stop drooling and let’s get to […]

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Swedish Smorgasbord

Who knew that a traditional Swedish smorgasbord isn’t just a charcuterie board full of all kinds of meat, but is actually a refined, five-course meal? Not me! Until I got my first box from this company called Try The World, which offers subscription boxes of gourmet foods from a highlighted country or city every month. I signed us up for 6 months of boxes for our 6-year anniversary, and I got a free Sweden box so we decided to start celebrating early. I decided to make a traditional smorgasbord feast yesterday, which is the first time I’ve ever attempted making a 5-course meal. I was so completely proud of myself for how well it turned out! Hubs and I both like to consider ourselves adventurous eaters, so we love any chance we get to try out a cuisine we haven’t had before. The first course was a herring potato salad, which is apparently a must-have at a smorgasbord feast. I found some pickled herrings in the kosher section of the supermarket […]

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Cookies & Canada

There are three things in life that really excite me: food, family, and traveling. This weekend I get all three! I’m writing this post as I wait for some delicious and buttery Key Lime Meltaway Shortbread cookies to finish baking so I can glaze them. Tomorrow after work, hubs and I will make our way across the border up north for the holiday weekend to visit with all five of my sibs (and whoever comes along with them), plus my parents and one of my grandmas. Familypalooza! For the nine hour or so road trip, I decided that instead of stopping at a fast food joint in Middle-of-Nowhere, NY, we’d pack a travel-friendly meal/snack. After searching for a few minutes on Pinterest (my guilty pleasure for finding recipes – or just drooling over them), I decided to make BLT sliders with a pesto mayo. Yum! I feel like we usually end up bringing a ton of sweet snacks on our road trips, like chocolate-covered whatevers, dry cereal, fruit, granola bars and juice, […]

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