Le Diplomate- A taste of Paris in DC

As someone who has incredibly fond memories of Paris, especially all of the amazing food eaten in dark, cozy, candlelit restaurants filled with the loud hum of laughter and people speaking in french, walking into Le Diplomate on  dark rainy evenings, feels just right. When you first walk in your eyes have to adjust to the dim lighting and take in how large the  restaurant is on the inside. It’s generally very busy, even on weeknights, and is filled with all sorts of people bonding over delicious cheese boards, wine carafes and mussels. Both times I’ve come to Le Diplomate I’ve been struck by the warmth the restaurant has and you feel almost tucked in […]

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Asian Pork and Veggie Rice Bowl

So first and foremost, I have been a pretty awful newbie food blogger. Between a crazy summer schedule with lots of travel, visitors and weddings and now starting grad school while working full time- I definitely let this fall to the way side. I am now trying to find a new balance! Now that it’s September and a restart/refresh in a lot of ways I’m going to try to get caught up and share lots of the delish stuff I ate or cooked the past few months! Plus, this is my happy place and as I learn how to juggle this new schedule of mine, I need to make sure I make time for this […]

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Fresh Peach and Blueberry Muffins

It was the most perfect summer day complete with picking pounds and pounds of blackberries off the vine, fresh peaches, peach soft serve and clear sunny skies.  Other than eating almost as many blackberries as we picked, which is really saying something as it was literally a basket full, the next best part of the day was the discovery of the most delicious fruity muffin recipe. Tourist Tip: For anyone in Charlottesville, this amazing blackberry place is right across from Blue Mountain Brewery off of 151. It’s really understated with a nice little open air barn where you will meet the sweetest older lady who provides you with a basket, directions to the vines ( around […]

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Mushroom Parmesan Risotto

Welcome to the ultimate delicious, cozy, creamy, customizable side dish. Risotto! I made this a few weeks back with our favorite Slow Cooker Short Ribs and it was the perfect compliment. The richness of it works great with anything saucy ( it holds the flavors from sauce ah-mazingly) OR is great paired with fresh vegetables to make it feel lighter. The awesome thing about risotto in general is it’s not complicated and can really be made with any type of vegetable or additions you want. Also, it immediately makes the meal feel like a splurge because of it’s creaminess and cheesiness. Some of my favorite risotto’s feature asparagus, zucchini or pancetta. But this particular version […]

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs (aka Bday Meal!)

    Growing up we always had a tradition in our house that you could request any meal you wanted for your birthday dinner, and my mom would make it for you!  I am lucky that my mom is such a good cook and we all would get so excited each year knowing we were going to have our favorite mama Humphrey special. Usually I chose steak, mashed potatoes & asparagus or my mom’s famous lemon pasta with chocolate raspberry cake. I’m drooling now.  Honestly I get just as excited for my sister and Dad’s birthday choices as they are always my other favorites!  Well, Adam and I have adopted this favorite tradition in the past few […]

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Weekday Breakfast Round up

As I went through my week this week I realized how different my breakfast’s can be week to week, totally based off of how organized I am and what I’m in the mood for. What rarely happens though- is for me not to eat breakfast because I am one of those people who wakes up hungry and, I LOVE breakfast food. Seriously- I will eat breakfast for lunch or dinner and am an avid brunch supporter. Adam and I have even talked about what it would be like to have a brunch food wedding… so as you can see, big fans over here. However, I realize for many people who rush out the door in […]

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Three Not’chd: Unexpected Foodie Find

One of my favorite things about moving back to Charlottesville, is being constantly excited and surprised by all the new delicious restaurants that pop up around town. Don’t get me wrong, I ate my way through Hooville when I was at UVA and most of my favorites are the same but it’ s pretty fun to check out all the new places and have some new foodie buddies to do it with. I left my # 1 eating partner in crime back in Arlington (miss you Shruts) but was thrilled when  Kim, who started at my office a few months after me, quickly become my go to lunch date. One of our first and continually favorite […]

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Veggie Chicken Sausage Breakfast Pizza Pie

As far as weekend meals go, this is one of my favorites so far!  It combines two things I love deeply, breakfast for dinner and pizza. While I haven’t quite perfected the breakfast pizza like Fry Springs has, this was a valiant first try! I try to use produce that’s in season so amidst the cheesy goodness is fresh asparagus and sautéed onions and mushrooms. Then it was topped with diced chicken sausage and baked eggs. Last but not least, this super simple blender hollandaise sauce drizzled on top to make it feel more breakfasty and luxurious. [announcement: it also would be perfect for hosting a brunch OR eating cold after a late night out. ] […]

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One Pan Pesto Zoodles

Howdy my friends! So today I’ve got a super simple, heavy on the veggie, one pan meal to share with you. It can be made vegetarian or with meat AND for everyone with food allergies- it is gluten free and could be vegan if you either made or bought a pesto with no parmesan cheese. My favorite part? Everything’s cooked in one pan and it’s very light, making it the perfect lunch or dinner as the weather get’s warmer. The beautiful part about these basic recipes is that you could really make it your own! I included chicken sausage in the recipe as it was for dinner and we wanted to add a little more […]

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Thailand Treats

 In my opinion, and fortunately Adam’s too, the most fun part of traveling is the food. I mean what better way to get a true taste of the culture and interact with people than through a meal. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the amazing food we ate in Thailand! I’m going to get around to doing a complete post about our trip and lots of photos of each place, but in the mean time- thought I’d tantalize the tastebuds with some yummy pictures and descriptions! Surprisingly enough- some of our favorite meals ended up being breakfast ( not traditional thai), a super hot pepper pizza on an island and a simple dish from […]

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