The past few months have been full of great trips. I've gotten to see so many of my favorite faces and feel incredibly lucky to have such lovely people in my life. As always, my trips were very food focused and I must say, my tummy was quite happy.
Work's been busy and winter has been brutal. It's safe to say that I have gotten much tougher when it comes to dealing with freezing cold weather. The transition from South Carolina's mild winter to Wisconsin's snow and blizzards was a smack in the face. But yes, I survived! It's March and it's still snowing... but, the temperature is slowly creeping into the 30s and 40s, which means Spring is somewhere around the corner. I hear we'll still get the random, freak snowfall through April but I am so unbelievable anxious for Spring weather to be here! Hibernation is no bueno for the waistline, no bueno at all.
And, the Lunch Chronicles continue...
I've been on several trips the last few months of work, but fail miserably at documenting my adventures. I was, however, able to sneak in a few hours of site-seeing (well, more like randomly wandering) in Philly during my trip a little over a month ago.
The view from my hotel room: Philly City Hall
A real Philly cheesesteak! Geno's cheese whiz wit.
Smoke salmon tapa and dessert... I can't seem to remember from where.
Unfortunately, I didn't snap any pictures of the deliciousness from my trip to NYC except for one...
A big thank you to my favorite New Yorkers B+A for all of the deliciousness experienced the last few days. New York is such a great city. There's a certain energy that pumps through the city that is just so contagious. Love love love. I can't wait for my return in February. There is just so much to see, do and EAT!!
Sadly my phone's battery was close to death every night, so I don't have pictures of all the goodies. The few I have will have to do. Some notable dishes not pictured: B's truffle mac&cheese // A's bacon wrapped cornish game hen.
bisousciao macarons. Sooo yummy! And incredibly cute packaging.
(Pumpkin Pie, Spiced Chai, Pistachio, and Sour Cherry)
Talk about presentation! Miso Duck.
The famous BauHaus! I had the pork belly steamed bun. Freakin' unbelievable... like biting into a little piece of Heaven.
Good trip, good trip indeed. I'm already making a mental note of all of the places to try on my next trip. Can't wait! Love y'all B+A!
It's going to be a busy winter! I'm hopping on a jet plane this Tuesday and heading to the big city for work. I am so uber happy my customer is in NYC. I got super lucky with this one! I've got lots and lots of work trips coming up in the next couple of months--NYC, Portland, Dallas, Philly, NYC again--along with a trip Denver to see the sister and the kiddies for Thanksgiving. I looooooove traveling. This job is awesome! I am so grateful to be where I am right now. It amazes me to think of how much has changed since this time last year. It's unbelievable. If I've learned anything from the recent happenings, it's that life is fragile and uncertain. It's up to each and every one of us to make life all that it can be. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. Yes, make it happen.
And the Lunch Chronicles continue with more of the deliciousness I am spoiled with every day at work...
Cajun Catfish / Red Bean Salad
Pot Roast / Roasted Potatoes, Onions, Celery and Carrots / Cauliflower Puree
Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" always makes me smile... and tap my feet. Love it.
It's getting cold here in Madison, WI and it's safe to say that I was not made for the cold. Winter is going to be a slap in the face for me this year. Oh how I miss the South Carolina sun. Everyone tells me to go to The NorthFace and just buy up the store of all my winter needs. I just may have to. Normal coats aren't going to cut it against the Wisconsin cold.
In other news, I've been staffed to a customer in NYC! I'm so uber excited. Just the thought of going back to New York City makes me giddy. I wish they'd hurry and plan a trip on-site already. I'm getting anxious! But for now, well today actually, I'm heading to Minnesota for a few days as support. I've never been to Minnesota, though I'm told I'll be in a dinky little town. Oh well, I'm happy to get to travel... even little towns have their charm.
And now, the compilation of meals I've had over the last month. I didn't realize it until after I looked at the pictures, but it's been a fairly carb-heavy month for me. I guess I'm getting ready for the cold and hibernation. Lol. But nonetheless, deliciousness. Apologies if a few photos are blurry. In my excitement to eat, I sometimes hastened the picture-taking process and didn't allow the camera to focus.
Moroccan Chicken with CousCous
Braised Short Rib with Polenta and Balsamic Salad
Fancy Sausage Mac & Cheese
Beef Brisket, Beans and Texas Toast
Sage Brown Butter Sauteed Butternut Squash Ravioli over Greens
Breakfast Burger... Beef, Bacon, Hashbrowns and Fried Egg
Fried Crusted Goat Cheese Salad
Honey Almond Crunch Gelato!
Yes, the cafeteria at work is amazing. My only request is that they incorporate some southern goodies into the menu... shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, etc. I've also been craving crawfish like mad, I want some!!!
So Iron Cupcake Milwaukee (like Iron Chef but with cupcakes) decided to make their way to Madison to put on Iron Cupcake Madison and I, of course, would not allow myself to miss such an event. The theme was "coffee" and I must say it was one delicious event. I hear they're going to make it a monthly event here in Madison. Let's hope so!
Iron Cupcake Madison
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All right, time to start packing. Then I have a nice five hour drive to Minnesota ahead of me. Geez louise. Have a happy Sunday everyone!