Sunday, September 28, 2014

Menu Plan: September 28 - October 4

Sharing our Menu Plan for September 28 - October 4, 2014

This past week has been full of ups and downs, and it's times like these that make me realize, once again, that I have an amazing support system made up of loving family members and friends who are always willing to share the successes and encourage me through the disappointments. While I make it a habit to say thank-you when I'm in the moment, I'm trying to be better about taking the time to sit down and write a proper thank-you note when the occasion demands it. In my opinion, it's always a good idea to let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them and the things they do for you.

In the spirit of saying thank-you, I want to take a minute to thank my awesome group of Taste As You Go followers on Facebook. They contribute meaningfully to the posts I share and are always willing to offer their honest opinions, and I truly appreciate that. Having a solid connection with my readers and followers means a lot to me, and knowing that connection is there helps me work through my blogging ruts, which have been occurring more and more these days. 

Thank you for sticking with me and for continuing to be a presence in my world even when I've had to take intermittent breaks from blogging.

Now... before I get too sentimental here (too late?), how about I share our Menu Plan for the week?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Food + Technology: Testing the Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon Wireless

I've partnered with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region to see how certain devices that operate on Verizon's 4G LTE network stand up to the technological needs of a food blogger.
Samsung Galaxy S5 for Verizon Wireless

In continuing my partnership with Verizon Wireless of the Philadelphia Tri-State Region in which I test devices that operate on their 4G LTE network, known as the "fastest and most reliable in the U.S.", to determine how the right device could improve my blogging endeavors, it's time to share my thoughts about the third device on my list -- the Samsung Galaxy S5.

(To see which other devices I've tested, see here and here.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Maxim's 22 - Easton, PA

Maxim's 22 Bistro & Brasserie in Easton, PA serves up traditional French cuisine by the plateful in the Lehigh Valley.
Duck Confit with Roasted Vegetable and Pomme Hash, Duck Gravy, and Poached Eggs - Maxim's 22 - Easton, PA

I know I must have said this a million times already, but I'm really impressed by the way the restaurant scene is developing in the Lehigh Valley. It feels as if I'm hearing about the opening of a new restaurant every few weeks or so, and, because of that, my list of local restaurants to try keeps growing and growing. Plus, there's an extra level of satisfaction added to the equation if I discover that said new restaurant will be offering brunch on the weekends.

Given how much Stephen and I love brunch, it's nice knowing we'll always have some new places (or new-to-us places) to try if we grow tired of the usual restaurants in our regular rotation. Although Maxim's 22 is hardly new to the Valley (they opened a couple of years ago), it did take us a while to get over there. Thankfully, a couple of our friends were willing to meet us in Easton for our first brunch at the restaurant (back when there was still snow all over the place!), and I think it's safe to say that we all had a lovely time.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Menu Plan: September 14 - September 20

Sharing our Menu Plan for September 14 - September 20, 2014.

Well, would you look at that... It's Sunday evening and yet another weekend is coming to an end. I'm not sure how your weekend went, but Stephen and I had a relatively quiet one (with less running around than usual), and I really enjoyed the slower pace.

We kicked the weekend off with a birthday celebration for Monty (I promise, he was way more excited about turning one than the above picture indicates), spent a rainy Saturday making questionable food choices and wandering around Target, and then had a lovely late-morning brunch before digging into our regular Sunday routines. We both have to-do lists a mile long, but I know we both benefited greatly from slowing down.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram had a sneak peek (here and here) at our dinner for tonight (which we already consumed, quite happily!), but the rest of you can see what's on deck for us for dinner this week by continuing to read. ;-)