Simple And Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Oh happy day my loves!! It’s officially AUTUMN!! What happens between the times of August – October for some can feel overwhelming. There’s the end of summer “vacation”, School starting back up, holiday season fast approaching and of course FOOTBALL! for all you sports fans, just to name a few things.

I have teamed up with Wheatsville Co-Op to bring to you a few simple easy recipes to help you through any Football Tailgate, Football party, Holiday/Cocktail party, or Maybe you just want to have a cute lil’ finger foods party one day?! (Sometimes eating finger foods make me feel fancy AF 😉 ) These simple easy recipes can help you out with that.


A plus is when you head to Wheatsville Co-Op to gather these recipe ingredients you can feel awesome about yourself because it is the ONLY retail food cooperative operating in Texas and has been serving the Austin community for 40 years! #supportlocal

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Wheatsville carries more than 2,000 local products on a regular basis, and while the store is open to all shoppers all the time the co-op is proud to have more than 19,000 invested owners. Since 1976, Wheatsville has worked hard to provide Austin with more local, organic, sustainable food options and create a co-op economy with happy team members, shoppers and owners. I also just learned from their website that according to a recent study, when you spend $100 on local goods or services $45 stays right here in town – compared to only $13 when you shop with a national chain. That is awesome!

Some of my favorite purveyors (I could go on and on and ….) at Wheatsville Co-Op are Vital Farms, Skull & Cake Bones (who were grand prize winner’s of the HEB’s Quest for Texas Best Contest), Johnson’s Backyard Garden, and Austin Beer Works, just to name a few.

In the interest of getting you on with your evening and or back to watching football; Let’s get into the good stuff! Simple Easy Recipe time!

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party


Here we have a healthy and fun appetizer recipe. This Asian sesame chicken salad is made with chicken breast and sits inside wonton cups, which makes them filling and pretty to look at! You may even feel a lil’ fancy when you’re eating them which makes them a pretty universal appetizer. If needed these can be made ahead and can be prepared  3 up to 6 hours in advance.

Yield: 24 Prep Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes


  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast ( I used Wheatsville Smart Chicken)
  • cooking spray
  • 24 wonton wrappers, about 6 oz.
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, dark or amber
  • 2 tablespoons natural mayonnaise
  • ½ cup thinly sliced snow peas
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • black sesame seeds for garnish, optional


  • Place chicken breast in a medium skillet and cover with cold tap water. If you have extra time and are looking for EXTRA moist chicken follow the brining recipe from my “How To Get Juicy Breasts” blog posted back in March 😉 I use this recipe weekly.
  • Place over high heat and bring to a simmer
  • Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the chicken is
    no longer pink in the center and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness of the meat
  • Remove the chicken and let cool
  • Cut chicken into small cubes
  • Meanwhile, Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 12-cup mini-muffin tins with cooking spray
  • Cut corners off wonton wrappers to make an octagonal shape (optional, I do this when I’m feeling fancy but, it’s not necessary)
  • Gently press wrapper down into each cup
  • Lightly spritz wrappers with cooking spray
  • Transfer the pans to the oven and bake until the wrappers are starting to turn golden brown and are crispy and bubbling, 10 to 14 minutes
  • Let cool completely
  • Whisk tahini, soy or tamari, maple syrup and mayonnaise in a medium bowl until smooth
  • Stir in the chicken and refrigerate until cold, 40 minutes to 1 hour
  • Stir carrot, scallions and herbs into chicken mixture (At this point you have the option of not filling the cups until you’re ready to serve, otherwise the Wonton cups will become soggy bottom girls 🙂 )
  • Divide chicken salad among wonton cups, about 2 tablespoons each
  • Garnish with sesame seeds, if using
  • Serve immediately
  • Enjoy!

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

For the life of me, these wouldn’t photograph well.


These bacon wrapped sausage minis with brown sugar make a great appetizer! They are easy to make and can easily be made ahead of time & they freeze well!



  • 1 Package of Bacon (I used Pederson’s Natural Farms Bacon)
  • 1 Package of pre-cooked breakfast sausage ( I used Applegate All Natural Breakfast Sausage) Feel free to use a sausage of your choice. I go with breakfast sausage for the added sweetness.
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • Toothpicks


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil.
  • Cut each pre-cooked sausage link in half
  • Cut Bacon into thirds. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each sausage half and secure with a toothpick.
  • Combine cayenne pepper and brown sugar and roll each sausage in the mixture. (Note: They can be frozen at this point)
  • Place on prepared pans and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Flip sausage and cook an additional 10 minutes or until bacon is crispy. (Add an extra 5 minutes if baking from frozen)
  • Enjoy!

NOTE: You should not mix the brown sugar with the sausage ON the foil lined pan because the excess brown sugar may (it will, I promise you it will) burn. Rub the brown sugar on the smokies prior to putting them on the pan.

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party


I love this simple easy recipe because of it’s versatility. You can be as creative or not with the fillings. I used this recipe with apples, peaches, and even berries.




  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  • Roll out a single pie crust onto a flat surface. Using a large cookie cutter or any circular lid, cut out a 4-inch circle of dough. Press each dough circle into the bottom of a muffin tin cup, leaving a tiny rim of dough sticking out at the top. Repeat with remaining dough to fill all 12 muffin cups.
  • Fill each cup until nearly full, about 1/4 cup, with pie filling.
  • To go the extra mile you can use the remaining dough to create a top crust to cover each pie. ***To make a lattice crust, use a knife or pizza cutter to cut out thin strips of dough, then lace together to form a lattice. To make a standard crust, cut out a circle of dough just large enough to cover the top of the bottom crust. Cut a few small slits into the crust. Then using your fingers, gently press the top crust onto the bottom crust until they stick together and no gaps remain.***
  • Or you can skip the aforementioned step all together and top with homemade whipped cream like I did, it just seems to take a little less time and tastes just as delicious in my opinion.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the tops of each pie with the whisked egg. Then bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden and the filling begins to bubble.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Then very carefully with a knife, loosen the edges of each pie and gently lift out from the muffin tin.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.
  • Enjoy!

I hope these recipes help to make your entertaining during football and the fast approaching holiday season just a little bit easier. For an added bonus I also have a GIVEAWAY for you!! You can win a $30 giftcard to Wheatsville!! To qualify make sure to head to my Instagram, FOLLOW me, and follow the listed rules. The winner will be announced on my Instagram story before tomorrow’s Monday Night Football game!!

Simple Easy Appetizers To Get You Through Any Football Party

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!
Until next time Loves!

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Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Wheatsville Co-Op. I was provided with a giftcard to purchase the items listed in this blog. The opinions stated are my own. I truly enjoyed my experience with Wheatsville Co-Op. I am also a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided anywhere on my site, you however, are not charged anything additional from this. Please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 

How To Save Money On Your Meat With Zaycon Fresh

Hello Loves! I am so excited to be able to introduce the Zaycon Fresh company to you and I would like to tell you all about my experience with them and tell you how to save money on your meat with Zaycon Fresh. Have you ever heard of them? Have you ever ordered your meat in bulk? I think I like most, would say they, “I haven’t heard of Zaycon Fresh” , “I’ve never gotten meat in bulk… aside from Costco” 😉 Gotta love me some Costco.

Check out this short and very cute video to help me explain to you exactly what Zaycon Fresh is all about.

How awesome does this sound?! Think about how much meat you consume a year. Do you have a family? Think about how much meat that is a year. Zaycon Fresh is a unique way to order meats and save 30-50% off store prices by cutting out the middleman (i.e. the grocery store). This is such a great way to get meats for much less, most meats are farm fresh and from local farms, it is comparable to the highest quality, non-organic meats in the grocery store.

Zaycon Fresh makes it so easy. I went to the Zaycon Fresh website, made an account (it took less than 2 min), and I was on my way. We were so surprised by so many options right at our fingertips. From Kansas City Strip Steaks at only $8.49/lb, Fresh 80/20 Ground Beef at just $2.99/lb, and even Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets at only $8.99/lb. Our Little loves Ground Turkey so we went with the 90/10 Ground Turkey and for a 40lb frozen case containing forty 1lb frozen packs at $87 bucks. I loved the idea of each 1lb. packed individually to make it that much easier to prepare dinners.


Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey

So far we’ve had taco’s, pasta, and even tamales. I have an entirely new view on ordering bulk meats and now I’m a huge fan of Zaycon Fresh and so is our 5-year-old daughter 😉 

When I say I recommend you and yours try Zaycon Fresh out, I truly say DOOOO IT!! Save money and get a better product directly from the farmers.

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Just for good measure I want to share with you my Zaycon Fresh Ground Tamale recipe. You can Also check out my Food & Recipes Tab for other fun recipes.


Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey Tamales


Soak 20 large corn husks in water (there are usually about 40-50 to a bag sold at HEB Stores). Place a clean plate or tray upon them to keep them from floating out of the water.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 20 ounces ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano powder
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon leaves from 2 sprigs fresh oregano, minced
  • Sea salt & pepper
  • 1 can of Black Bean (optional)

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Add diced onions and fry until translucent then add Zaycon Fresh ground turkey. Stir in chili powder, garlic powder, oregano powder, cumin, and plenty of salt & pepper. Cook until done then set aside.


  • 2 cups masa
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
  • Sea salt to taste

Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Stir well with a wooden spoon until everything is combined. Taste and stir in additional salt of needed. Or you can “cheat” and use a Kitchenaid Mixer like I did 🙂


Place about 6 cups of water in steaming pot and turn on high. Bring to a boil & turn heat down to medium to simmer. Don’t let the water get so high that it rises to the steaming rack as to not get the tamales wet.

Lay a softened corn husk out with top facing away from you. Press about 2-3 tablespoons of masa on the upper left side. Pressing with fingers, cover about 2/3 across the husk, leaving about 2-3 inches free at the bottom of the husk.

Place a line of about 2-3 tablespoons of ground turkey filling straight up & down the middle of the masa, if you opted to add black beans, place a line of 1 tablespoons straight up & down the middle next to the ground turkey . Turn corn husk so the left masa edge is facing you. Roll tamalesaway from yourself. Fold the bottom (which has no masa dough on it) up toward the top of the tamale. Repeat and place tamales on a tray.

When all tamales are prepared, place upward in the steaming rack. Simmer for about one hour.

Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey Tamales

When all tamales are prepared, place upward in the steaming rack. Simmer for about one hour and…


Lastly, today is a day of Remembrance, September 11th. Sixteen years ago we as American’s had an unforgettable blow, 2,997 (2,978 victims + 19 hijackers) people died because of the heinous and cowardice acts of terrorists. NEVER FORGET. Please take a moment of silence and prayer today to remember. 

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!
Until next time Loves!

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Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of the Zaycon Fresh Ground Turkey listed in this blog. The opinions stated are my own and because I truly enjoy my experience with this product. Also, I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided, you however, are not charged anything additional from this. So please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 

H-E-B QUEST FOR TEXAS BEST – Top Texas Product Makers Earn Placement on Store Shelves

Hello my Love’s! How’s life been treating you all? For me, life as usual has been busy busy busy. I have so much to talk to you all about, but one thing at a time….

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an awesome couple of events held by H-E-B grocery. The first being, The Quest for Texas Best is a signature program for H-E-B’s Primo Picks brand, which labels best-in-store products, all unique, delicious, and new. Since its inception in 2014, the Quest for Texas Best competition has yielded more than 200 new products on H-E-B store shelves across the state. At this event Nine Austin-area finalists presented their products to a panel of expert judges during a two-day round of competition. These finalists were selected from nearly 600 submissions across 200 Texas towns, yielding a delicious mix of sauces, salsas, spices, sweets and healthy food options along with meats and mixes. We learned their stories and got to know a little about almost all of the contestants. I’m not going to lie I may have fell into a “deep like” with a lot of these amazing products. I felt so sorry for the judges having to narrow down all of these amazing people and their products to just 4 winners. Jeff and I kept wondering how on earth they could do this.

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At the second event that’s exactly what had to happen. At H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best these judges had to narrow the field of 25 finalists to just FIVE winners at the Central Texas Food Bank.


Grand Prize Winner ($25,000 and featured placement as a Texas Best Primo Pick):

Local Austin favorites and all around awesome ladies, Skull & Cakebones – Mocha Marmalade, Sascha Biesi + Yauss Berenji – Austin, Texas

After Sascha Biesi discovered milk and eggs were the cause of her infant daughter’s persistent rash, she began a quest for delicious foods sans the animal products. Enlisting the help of Yauss Berenji, the two built Skull & Cakebones based on friendship, their families’ passion for food and a mission of making delicious desserts without animal products (because if you can, why shouldn’t you?). Using the best local products on hand, Skull & Cakebones presents a truly Texas-strong dessert – Mocha Marmalade Chocolate layered with Cuvee Coffee frosting and topped with Cuvee infused chocolate pudding.

TWO First Place Winners ($20,000 EACH) That’s right y’all a TIE! :

The Texas Pecan Cake Shop – Lorraine’s Original Mini Texas Pecan Cakes, Bridget + Will McCoy – Bertram, Texas

Like the Lone Star State, Bridget McCoy’s Lorraine’s Original Mini Texas Pecan Cakes are one of a kind. Baked in the iconic shape of Texas from a secret family recipe, it is a pecan lover’s dream. Made with 100% Texas products from local growers, loaded with pecans and held together with just enough flour and sugar, it delivers the wonderful flavor of Mom’s holiday baking that can be enjoyed on any occasion. Every day is a cake day!

WarPig BBQ For Use on Butts And Ribs Sauce, Dennis Butterworth – Houston, Texas

Dennis Butterworth’s BBQ sauce, For Use on Butts And Ribs (F.U.B.A.R), is an elite sauce forged in the trenches of barbecue competition. This award-winning sauce was crafted by U.S. Army veterans to be the one and only sauce you need in your arsenal. Whether you’re a professional chef or a backyard grill commando, For Use on Butts And Ribs’ sweet, tangy flavor bridges the gap for all barbecue palates. When you purchase this awesome sauce some of the proceeds will go to “Folds of Honor” an organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen soldiers and veterans. So you can feel great about eating all your BBQ 😉

Second Place Winner ($15,000):

Another Austin local company, Tamale Addiction’s Poblano & Muenster Cheese Organic Masa Tamales, Adrian + Mariana Paredes – Austin, Texas

This family unknowingly created a new tamale standard and culture among aficionados. First entering the farmers’ market circuit with Mexican desserts, they redirected their efforts to tamales. Today, Tamale Addiction is known for being fresh, organic, local and delicious with five versions that include meat, vegetarian, vegan, banana leaf and sweet tamales. By listening to their customers’ demand for an at-home option, they found a way to share their destiny with all of Texas via a two-pack of organic masa tamales filled with strips of roasted poblano pepper, fresh red salsa made from chile de arbol, and melted muenster cheese. These tamales were amazing y’all and I cannot wait for them to get into H-E-B.

Third Place Winner ($10,000):

La Familia Cortez Restaurants’ Mi Tierra Salsa Verde Salsa, Cariño Cortez & Michael Cortez – San Antonio, Texas

The family of Pedro Cortez – entrepreneur, restaurateur and savior of San Antonio’s Market Square – committed themselves to preserving the recipes that have been in the family since 1941, when the patriarch opened his first eatery, Jamaica #5, and eventually Mi Tierra. Over the years, Pedro’s sons and grandsons have combined traditional Mexican cooking techniques with the latest culinary advancements to safeguard Pedro’s process, ingredients and legacy. The family is intent on sharing this tasty legacy with customers near and far with Mi Tierra Salsa Verde – a secret mixture of oven roasted tomatillos and a blend of spices that create a tangy salsa great for enchiladas and more. Like they say, “salsa by choice, not by chance.”

“As we complete the fourth year of this statewide competition, we continued to be impressed by the inventiveness, creativity and phenomenal resolve that our fellow Texans showcase,” said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, H-E-B. “Although only five competitors walked away with a title and prize, Quest for Texas Best is a win for all Texans. Small businesses have the opportunity to grow with H-E-B and our customers enjoy added variety and access to the best locally sourced products.”

Because of H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best my view of H-E-B has entirely changed. Not only will I be a loyal customer but I will be PROUD to shop from H-E-B. The amount of care, respect, and loyalty they show to Texas-based companies and it’s people is incredible and so admirable. I was so incredibly grateful to get to experience this awesome event and I am forever changed by it.

I hope that each of y’all give these products a chance to be in your home to feed you and your loved ones.

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!
Until next time Lovers!
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Cochon555 Austin- Don’t Miss Out on This Pig Party!

Mark those calendars for Sunday, August 20th Ladies and Gents! This one’s comin in HOT.  Cochon555 will be in Austin at The Four Seasons Hotel Austin, and you do NOT want to miss this pig party!

My friends at Cochon555 are kicking off an epic weekend full of creative food, artisanal wines and spirits, and heritage breed pork. If you love a good cause and want to attend one of the country’s most talked about culinary events, then clear your weekend calendar when Cochon555 returns to Austin on August 20th at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin! The event features five of Austin’s best chefs cooking five whole, heritage breed pigs in a friendly-ish 😉 competition for a cause. I can’t begin to tell y’all how excited I am to attend this event!

This year’s buzzworthy chefs are: James Flowers of TRIO, Sarah McIntosh of épicerie Cafe & Grocery, Nicholas Yanes of Juniper, Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis, and Clinton Kendall of East Side King. Notable butchers Bryan Butler of Salt & Time rounds out a stellar lineup. In addition, there are two satellite competitions, the Somm Smackdown (wine/pig matching) and Punch Kings (barkeeps facing off in whole-bottle cocktail tilt).

Those looking to make a weekend of it don’t need to wait until Sunday, as there is an opportunity to attend an exclusive charity dinner experience the night before the big event. On Saturday, we are hosting a Chef’s Course dinner called BESPOKE: An Evening of Culinary Modernity, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Piggy Bank, a Missouri farm-in-the-making that will gift free heritage breed pig genetics to family farms in need. For an in-depth look at the Cochon555 movement, a series of stunning videos and tickets to these must-do culinary experiences, please visit


General Admission tickets are only $125 for this all-inclusive feast, and I promise you every dollar is worth it. VIP is $200 and gets you an entire extra hour of noshing. Grab tickets now for Cochon555 Austin here: Cochon555 Austin and don’t forget to follow me here and on my IG: LOVEOFALLOFTHETHINGS to enter and qualify to win 2 general admission tickets, valued at a total of $250! 



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12 Day Road-Tripping – Primizie Snacks & High Brew Coffee For The Win.

I’m baaack! haha! My family and I went on our first family road-trip “vacation”, travelling from Austin, Texas to New Mexico, Arizona, California, to Nevada, then back through Arizona and New Mexico, then home to Austin (with stops in between) all with our 5-year-old in tow. Talk about a challenge!


First let me say it’s been my experience that road-trips in general can be exhausting dependent on how far and where you’re going. Our daughter did surprisingly amazing! I mean, she’s 5, so of course there were hiccups along the way, and funny enough those hiccups actually happened mostly when we weren’t driving, go figure. We were lucky enough to pack our cooler with some awesome road trip essentials (wedged behind my front passenger and the back seat) for us all to partake in. We were armed with Primizie Crisp Breads, Grandma’s HumusHigh Brew Coffee, Austonian Whiskey (for us adults, der, NO drinking and driving was involved), Goldfish, and some homemade sandwiches, and fresh fruit. It’s my job to help keep us all happy and our Little has grown a small obsession with Primizie Crisp breads so much so she wouldn’t put them down when we tried to take a picture. Which means we always have to have them on hand, they’re the BEST from everywhere and anywhere! say’s our Little.


Yes, we’re ALL in ponchos. Don’t judge! We’re Texans in 62 degree weather here 😉 hahaha!

Her favorite’s are the Gouda and Garlic, Simply salted, and a surprise for a kid the new Broccoli Kale, shhhh she has no idea she’s getting her veggies in this snack as well 😉

As a parent you want to make sure your kids aren’t eating “bad for you” foods and I have no worries when it comes to Primizie snacks. Primizie snacks are made with all natural products, non GMO, and they’re even certified Gluten free. These snacks are great for the whole family (when our Little wants to share), perfect amount of crisp and hold up to all kinds of dips and cheeses. My favorite pairing is Primizie’s Italian Herb with Grandma’s Humus, and an awesome addition to any road-trip, picnic, or late night craving. They even have something for your sweet tooth in the Dolce Caramel, think the flavor of a churro but better and more “classy” ha! If you’re here in Texas you can grab your Primizie snacks in any deli section of HEB, Randall’s, or Central Market. For any of you Lovers outside of Texas you can purchase straight from the website or click on my Amazon link here: Primizie Snacks on Amazon

On our road-trip we made a stop to see my family in California for a few days. We made sure to hit up our family cabin in the Sequoia National Forest, along with some “MUSTS” for me, C.A.L.M (California Animal Living Museum), Murray Family Farms, Morro Bay, and even Santa Barbara.

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I didn’t realize until we got to my parents how much I missed certain foods that remind me of good times in Bakersfield. If you’re ever in Bakersfield, California here’s a few places you should most definitely check out:

  • Rosemary’s Family Creamery: for some of the best house-made Ice-cream I’ve ever had in an old school Parlor setting. My favorite is the Terry’s Jersey Jr (The regular size is too big for me) made with mountains of fluffy billowed chocolate whip intermingled with their amazing vanilla. Simplicity at it’s finest.
  • Pyrenee’s Cafe: Awesome traditional style Basque food. It’s all great here and if you’ve never had Basque food you’re missing out.The sandwiches are also killer. I love the Hot Pastrami 😉 just look at its beauty!

Pyrenees Cafe Bakersfield

  • Mossman’s West Chester Coffee Shop, located inside West Chester Bowling Alley: The fish and chips here have been my favorite since I was a little girl. The portions are pretty big, the “chips” are tasty, and the tartar sauce is so good! My parents used to order take out and bring home for dinner as a treat.
  • Murray Family Farms: For amazing fresh produce! Plus you can also go pick your own fruit along with tons of activities for kids including a little zoo.
  • Smith’s Bakery: My favorite smiley face cookies and Champagne cake cupcakes that have ever existed and they almost ruined the whole trip for me. When we showed up they were out of BOTH. I was so upset I almost cried right there. No joke, I’m a 38-year-old woman who was almost brought to tears by this. So disappointing. That won’t stop me from saying you should make a trip to see them because you’ll never have cookies or champagne cake as great as these. Darn you for being out and crushing my dreams of happiness!! 😉

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Now last but not least if you ever find yourself on a road-trip of this magnitude you WILL need to keep that energy up! I would not have been able to survive our trip without Primizie snacks to snack on but we also needed that caffeine from my High Brew Coffee stash!


I find High Brew coffee to be the most convenient for me to travel with. Not only are they cold brew coffee’s (double the caffeine) but they come in the perfect 8 ounce portable cans that not only fit in any cooler but they’re perfect in my purse when I’m on the go. I LOVE the Mexican Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and Dark Chocolate Mocha…. O.k, I’m not gonna lie I love them all. Discovery alert: while we were at the beach we also discovered how amazing my favorite whiskey, Austonian Whiskey pairs with High Brew Mexican Vanilla, SCORE! and it’s even more amazing warmed up, DOUBLE SCORE! The perfect pairing.


Now in order not to take up too much more of your time, I’m gonna cut this short and end with a couple of slide shows of our stops along the way including the Hoover Dam and the magnificent Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been to these places, GO. They are breathtakingly beautiful and no pictures will ever do them justice. Also, We saw between 10-15 rainbows (not all photographed) including double rainbows, along the way at totally different times. Gorgeous.

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If you try out any of these products please share with me what you think. I’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions please be sure to reach out in the comments.

Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to like, comment, and share!

Until next time Lovers!


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Disclaimer: I was provided with samples of the products listed in this blog IE; Primizie, High Brew Coffee, and Austonian Whiskey. The opinions stated are my own and because I truly enjoy my experience with these products. I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program. I do get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the Amazon links provided but you are not charged any additional from this. So please use these links and help a sista out 🙂 

What To Do With Rainy Days And All The Food Feels

Happy Friday and welcome to June y’all! The last few weeks have gone by so very quickly for us in our household. Days filled with fun times out of town with “friend family”, celebrating milestone birthdays, engagements (Congrats Edwin & Robyn!), Pre-K recitals, planning birthday parties, “End of school year” events, mixed in with working on our “property renovation” when we can, and absolutely NO time for rest. These days there’s also been a lot more rain than usual here in Texas. Not that I’m complaining since it’s welcomed on our hot days.

Rain always has me craving comfort food and cuddles but…..I also live in Texas, which nicely put is “STUPID HOT” and in these summer months, this means the weather is not really conducive to cuddling but there’s always comfort food to lean on!

Today I would like to introduce you to my “Go To” one skillet comfort food recipe. This skillet chicken pot pie has interchangeable ingredients (today we’re working with butternut squash) and best of all this recipe features already cooked chicken from a grocery store rotisserie chicken. Hopefully you know the magic that is possible from the grocery store rotisserie chicken?! From easy enchiladas, chicken salad, chicken nachos, chicken tortilla soup, to chicken pot pie and so much more 😉 maybe I’ll even dedicate a few blogs to it’s magic if you’d like?…. comment below if you’d like me to share the grocery store rotisserie chicken love with you.

Now I know how much we all value our Friday’s so I won’t keep you much longer, let’s get to it shall we….





  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen white pearl onions, thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 small bunch kale, center ribs and stems removed, leaves chopped
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled, cut into 1/2″ pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 grocery store rotisserie chicken, meat torn into bite-size pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (I used Pepperidge Farm), thawed
  • 1 large egg

**butternut squash can be subbed out for carrots and peas, zucchini, summer squash, corn, broccoli, or several other vegetables**


  • Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Heat oil in an 8″ cast-iron or other heavy ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.
    Reduce heat to medium-low.


  • Add garlic and sage to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Add kale and season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing often, until wilted, about 4 minutes.


  • Sprinkle flour over. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in broth, 1/2-cupful at a time, then add squash.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until squash is just softened and broth is thickened, 8-10 minutes.


  • Add chicken to skillet, stir, and season with salt and pepper.


  • Unfold pastry and smooth any creases; place over skillet, allowing corners to hang over sides.
  • Whisk egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl.
  • Brush pastry with egg wash; cut four 1″ slits in top to vent.


  • Bake pot pie until pastry is beginning to brown, 15-20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375°F and bake until pastry is deep golden brown and crisp, 15-20 minutes longer.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Now welcome to your “warm hug” on a plate with a side of mashed potatoes, Enjoy!

I have just a little reminder, Father’s Day is just around the corner AND don’t forget about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have until June 11th to enter. That’s ONLY 10 more days!! and these watches make for the PERFECT Father’s Day gifts! Click on this Contest link: to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Now go! Be free! Enjoy your weekend!

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Memorial Day Weekend With A Quick & Easy Recipe

Eeeeeverrrything can wait til Monday or maybe even Tuesday 😉 because it’s Memorial Day weekend y’all!!! We’re currently in Corpus Christi for the long weekend but I don’t for one second want to take away from the true meaning of this weekend. Some people may think it’s all about BBQ’s and beer drankin but “you” people would be wrong….

On Memorial Day weekend let us celebrate the Men and Women who fight for our freedoms, our nation, our United States of America. Let us celebrate those we have lost in senseless war, tragedy’s, and terrorisms. We THANK YOU for your courage, loyalty, and service! We will be BBQ’ing and drankin beers not only in your honor but also because you have helped to provide us all with the freedom to do so. THANK YOU.

Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy sheet pan recipe. I figured that some of you may be making your way to a Memorial day celebration or BBQ in which you may have to bring a dish. This dish is so ding dang easy that you may even have a lot of these items already in your fridge, plus since this recipe calls to cook everything on one sheet pan it’s easy clean-up. It’s a Win/Win for everyone 🙂

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Everything you need on my 20+ yr old sheet pan




  • one 12-ounce precooked sausage or kielbasa (pork, turkey, or beef sausage or kielbasa; I used beef polska kielbasa), sliced into 1/2-inch rounds

  • 1 medium/large bell pepper, diced into bite sized pieces (red or orange pepper may be substituted)
  • 1 medium/large summer squash zucchini, trimmed and sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 small potatoes optional
  • 3/4 to 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • about 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper, or to taste
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves thinly sliced optional
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional for garnishing


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup, and add the sausage, bell peppers, summer squash/zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, and evenly drizzle with olive oil.
  • Evenly sprinkle with the onion flakes, smoked paprika, parsley, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, and toss with your hands to evenly coat and distribute seasonings.
  • Scatter vegetables in a flat layer and not piled on top of each other.

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  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and have as much color as desired; toss halfway through baking to ensure even cooking.
  • Start checking at 30 minutes for doneness since all ovens, veggies, etc. vary.
  • Optionally sprinkle with Parmesan and serve immediately.
  • Dish is best warm and fresh but extra will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

There you go! Quick, easy , and mostly healthy! 

Now that I’ve helped you feed you and your friends on this Memorial Day weekend 😉 I have just a little reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have until June 11th (just around the corner) to enter. Perfect gift for graduates and even Father’s Day. Click on this Contest link: to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Now go! Enjoy your freedoms! Thank a Soldier and Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers!

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June’s All Day, Erry-Day

Hello my dear lovers! How’s the week been treating you?? As I’m typing this I’m still recovering from a “Sunday Funday” into Monday hangover ;(  ( aaannd it’s Tuesday night right now, btw) I tell you what, recovery time at 37 is significantly different from that of my once 20 year old self. I guess I could say that I’m not as “seasoned” as I once was, as I don’t drink a lot very often, my drinking in my 30’s has mainly turned into a couple (or few) glasses of wine or a couple cocktails at home mainly. Jeff and I decided to “tie one on” as they say this past sunday night but not before we enjoyed a bite to eat at June’s All Day on South Congress, Austin, TexasJune’s All Day is a fairly newer restaurant brought to us by the Dream team of Larry McGuire (Lamberts Austin and Perla’s) and Master Sommelier June Rodil. Aesthetically this restaurant is gorgeous; decorated in blues, golds, and filled with natural light. When you walk in, it feels like walking into a magazine shoot, even the staff look like actors and models.

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We were sat outside on the small perfectly kept, awesome “people watching” patio. To our delight it was also Happy Hour which is offered everyday from 4-6pm. Happy Hour offers 50% off all food and sparkling wines, $2 off all drinks, and 50% off sparkling wines. Seeing that I consider June’s to be a little bit on the pricey side this unplanned happy hour was an awesome surprise.

20170521_162527 We started with the French country Loaf ($9), Salami & Idiazabal Cheese, texas olive oil, castelvetrano olives ($11), the Salt Cod Croquettes, laurel leaf aioli, mojama ($10) and also the Jambon Paris, mustard brown butter, horseradish ($12, not pictured)


For entrees we had, Chilled Artichoke, dijon vinaigrette, gribiche ($16), Steak Tartare & Frites cornichon, farm egg, dijonnaise ($25), and the Grilled Chicken Paillard harissa, wild arugula, fennel, parmesan ($26) everything was delicious!


The artichoke is even a “two parter” dish, meaning that once you get to the delicious heart of the artichoke your server will take it back to the kitchen and on its return it is a marvelous “salad” of sorts. They take the artichoke heart, nicely chop and mix with a Gribiche sauce, very similar to an egg salad, et viola! yummy!

In my opinion everything at Junes All Day was deliciously delightful with the exception of service being extremely slow. On our arrival (4pm-ish) it wasn’t very busy but it did gradually get busier throughout our time. I’m not sure if service was slow intentionally or if our server was “weeded” but I am here to be honest in my experiences and service was definitely not bad at all, just felt very slow.


Lastly we enjoyed the Warm Devil’s Food Cake, Chocolate Ganache, Crème Fraîche Ice Cream ($9) this dessert was like heaven and didn’t taste like the devil had anything to do with it 😉

I would definitely recommend June’s All Day for all occasions, just make sure you’re not in any rush, and tell ’em I sent ya!

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Address: 1722 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Tuesday 8AM–12AM

Wednesday 8AM–12AM

Thursday 8AM–12AM

Friday 8AM–12AM

Saturday 8AM–1AM

Sunday 8AM–12AM

Monday (Memorial Day, Hours may differ) 8AM–12AM

Phone: (512) 416-1722

By the way checkout that beautiful JORD watch!! and with that, here’s my reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. Have you entered yet?! Well, get on it and click on this Contest link: to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

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Do You Ever Just Want To Be Pampered?

Hello Lovers! It’s Friday!! and it’s also National Pizza Party Day!! (according to my Bando planner, if you don’t know what this planner is, follow the link. They’re the best most amazing planners ever made!!) and who doesn’t like a good pizza party?! Anyway, who’s excited for the weekend? I know I am.

I’m sure some of you can relate to weeks like this; I’ve had a consistent roller coaster of just “stuff” the last several days. I’m going to be completely honest with you, so call it being a women, call it anxiety, call it what you’d like, but, it’s exhausting and I’m wiped! Mentally, physically, and emotionally. Sometimes when you’re feeling this way, you just feel like want to cry OR maybe be pampered and eat some chocolate. Is this just me?! Please say I’m not the only one 🙁 Mic check 1….2…… Is this thing on?

Let’s start with the “I need to be pampered” portion of this blog. Have you ever heard of DryBar? How about Alli Webb? Well if you haven’t I’m here to tell ya, they’re both AMAZING!! They’re everything a girl needs to feel pampered and like a princess with the most beautiful hair in the world. I kid you not, those ding dang chicks always get drawn with THE BEST hair, ugh! I know I can’t live up to those cartoon standards 😉 haha!


Alli Webb is an extraordinary Woman, Mother, Person, Best Selling Author and the Owner and Founder of DryBar. I was so excited to meet her last week at the opening of her 75th location, right here in Austin, Texas, The Domain Northside to be exact. I was greeted with a cupcake, a mimosa, and things looking up already, plus check-out the cocktail napkins 🙂 like a sign from the mimosa god’s. After which I was introduced to Rachel, my stylist. After my shampoo, not only was my hair smelling amazing but I was fast on the way to feeling relaxed. While Rachel went to work on my hair ( I have a LOT of hair y’all) I was able to chit-chat with Alli (while she did her own hair next to me) and learn just a little about what DryBar is all about.

Alli started out her business venture as a mother looking to make some extra cash right out of her car. From Brentwood, California, she would drive to clients homes, do their hair, and be on her way. She realized that something as simple as an inexpensive blowout could be a want or need! tomato/ tOmAto for women; boy was she right! After borrowing money from her brother, as a family team, they were off and running. Now Alli has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Vanity Fair, written her own best selling book “Good Hair For All” and is showing no signs of slowing down. With her family very much still involved, her brother and husband are her partners, even her sister-in-law was at this opening as our awesome DJ, I think this team is unstoppable.

So here’s the deal, if you’ve never had a blow out, you NEED to head out to DryBar stat. I left feeling so great! All the stylist seem amazing but I’m gonna be biased and suggest booking Rachel, mostly because if she can handle my hair, she can do anything! Checkout my pictures below and then give them a call, you know you wanna!

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Address: 3001 Palm Way #142, Austin, TX‎ Phone: (512) 629-4105‎ Book an Appointment


Do any of y’all just crave a “perfect” chocolate chip cookie?! lemme guess, I’m alone on this too?! Whoooo are you people??!! hahaha!

I’m going to share with you a great recipe from another blogger I follow “Lauren’s Latest” these cookies can calm any chocolate needs you may have and this will probably become your “go-to” chocolate chip cookie recipe.



Yield: 36 cookies    Prep Time: 30 min.    Cook Time: 9 min.    Total Time: 39 min.


  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips


  • Stir melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined.
  • Add in egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until lighter in color.
  • Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl and the bottom really well to ensure a smooth, well stirred batter.
  • Hand stir the chocolate chips into the batter and let it sit 20 minutes to let the flour soak into the rest of the batter. (The warm melted butter will help with this.)
  • Preheat oven to 325. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and scoop cookie dough onto prepared pans, using a two tablespoon cookie scoop.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes, rotating sheets half way through baking.
  • When you pull your cookies out of the oven, they will looked cooked around the edges and undercooked in the center.
  • Leave the cookies on the hot baking pans for 5-7 minutes or until you can remove them without falling apart.
  • Place onto cooling racks and cool to room temperature before storing in air tight containers ooooor just stick ’em in your mouf and be haaaapppy 😉


Now that I’ve helped you plan your weekend 😉 I have just a little reminder about my partnership and promotion with JORD Wood Watches. You have until June 11th to enter. Click on this Contest link: to enter your name and email (it takes 2 seconds!) This will enter you for a chance to receive $100 off of a watch of your choice!! Let’s say you’re not the lucky one that get’s the $100 off 😦 You’re still a winner in my eyes, which means I’m going to make sure you still receive a little token of my appreciation for your follow by sending you $25 off of your order with JORD

Now go! Be free! Enjoy your weekend!

Until next time Lovers!

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Taste Of Mexico 2017- Recap

Feliz Cinco De Mayo!! Where’s my margarita?! 


Margarita’s are a breakfast item too, right?! 🙂

How are you lovers doing this Friday? Was the Fourth strong with you? Ok Ok, I know, now I’m just being silly. Who knows maybe I really am drinking and typing right now….

To be honest I’m just excited to talk to y’all about our time attending this year’s Taste of Mexico 2017 put on by the amazing Mexic-Arte Museum and proceeds from this event go to supporting exhibitions and education programs. This means GREAT food for a GREAT cause. As you have already learned about me, I LOVE food! and who doesn’t love supporting educational programs?! On top of which I happen to be a very proud 2nd generation Mexican; this means this event has my name written all over it.


Greeted by vibrant colors and salsa music by Dj uLovei, I already felt at home. With over 50 different restaurants, caterers, stores, and distillers there was a lot to do. Austin staples like Dai Due Taqueria and Matt’s El Rancho were represented alongside of great tequila and desserts. We took so many pictures that I haven’t the slightest idea where to start for you all. I’ve decided the best bet would be to create a slide show of the entrees and you can go at your own pace.

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Are you wishing you were there yet? Well, I’m not done there were a few of the entree items that I’d like to feature simply because they were standouts to me. Let’s start with a restaurant I hadn’t heard of (my bad) Llama’s Peruvian Cuisine. I was so very impressed and disappointed that I hadn’t heard of this awesome food truck and intend on checking them out asap. Llama’s provided Pork belly, sweet potato, hoisin, cilantro, pickled onions, served in a yummy steamed bun; along with Arroz Chaufa, Peruvian style fried rice with bell peppers, choclo, cilantro, soy with braised chicken and pork belly. Both of these dishes I’m told are newer to their menu and let me tell you they are DELISH!


Casa Chapala also offered a couple of my favorites of the night. Quail Las Milpas (yup, yummy quail!) along with Milpas tomatillos, peppers, onions, fresh garlic, Casa Chapala seasoning blend, and elote blanco. I’m a little sad they’re a bit far north for this family as we’re south but we may need to have a little road trip for this delicious quail. I must also mention this booth was one of the most attentive and customer service oriented booths we had the pleasure to visit and if that’s a reflection of the service we’d received at the actual restaurant sign me up!


This standout took me by surprise as it seemed “odd” to me (for lack of a better word) coming from Licha’s Cantina. Licha’s offered Gorditas De Carnitas, Chicharron masa gorditas (this element was what I found “odd” but it was sooooo good!), pork carnitas, salsa de tomatillo, frijoles negros, and queso fresco. The textures of this dish were executed so well, I wish you all could give it a try.


For entrees my last standout comes from the “new-ish” restaurant El Burro, I have yet to make it to them for a visit, so I was excited to see them on the list of restaurants. They offered up a shrimp cocktail but El burro’s shrimp cocktail was anything but normal thanks to the inventive addition of Corn nuts! Shrimp cocktail with tomato juice, lime, cucumber, onion,cilantro, jalapeno, then topped with corn nuts and avocado espuma. This was a simple yet fun dish and it makes me super excited to give El Burro a try.


Alrighty are you all still hangin with me here?! Are you hungry yet? because I’m STILL not done we still have desserts and booze to talk about…

My standout dessert came from Rocheli Patisserie not only for presentation but for pure nostalgia. I grew up as a lot Mexicans do eating conchas but I have never seen a concha cupcake! Let alone an amazingly well done Frida Kahlo cake. It was GORGEOUS! If you’re in the market for a beautifully done cake I would definitely consider her. Based on her card she doesn’t just make wedding cakes she also makes grooms cakes, engagement cookies, and so much more. Plus a heads up to any of you attendees that may have attended Taste Of Mexico 2017, tag her Frida cake in your Instagram for a chance to win a free cake of your own.


Golly, now what do you think we washed all this food down with? If you said Tequila, you’d be right!! From Texas favorites like Dulce Vida Tequila to classics like Jose Cuervo, Herradura and Cazadores tequila there was plenty of tequila represented. There were also some “new to me” Tequilas and more I was more than happy to give a whirl. Amorada Tequila offered a watermelon margarita, Mezcal Real Minero offered delicious mezcals (I wish we could have tried them all) and Caffe Del Fuego, is not a tequila but a coffee liquor that absolutely rocked my socks! I wish I had a bottle next to me right now.

Speaking of things I wish I had right next to me, my absolute favorite adult beverage of the night went to GEM&BOLT Mezcal. Not only is the packaging SUPER RAD but the mezcal is no joke! Somebody get me a bottle stat!


Just check out that bottle, it’s simple, different, and gorgeous…. at least to me 😉 They’re offered at several different restaurant and bars here in Austin and if you see them on a menu definitely give it a try. Smooth and elegant. You will not regret it.


With all the food and booze, Jeff and I had a blast at The Taste Of Mexico and recommend you give this event a visit next year. Also go try out all of these very hardworking and deserving vendors and don’t forget tell them I sent you! 🙂

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