thursday things – an anniversary, a road trip, and other stuff

eggI have this issue lately where whenever I try to crack an egg on the counter, instead of cracking it just explodes out of it its shell. I mean, I know I’ve been working out a lot lately but I’m pretty sure I’m not the Hulk so… it’s super confusing.

Mr. Eats and I just celebrated our anniversary last week and celebrated with an amazing dinner at BLT Steak. If you have one in your town, you definitely have to check it out. The popovers are to DIE for, the caesar salad is amazing, and the peanut butter mousse dessert, served with banana ice cream and chocoalte ganache is out of this world.

BLT Steak Collage 1 BLT Steak Collage 3

In other news we also took a road trip a couple weeks ago to Mesa Verde National Park in Cortez, Colorado. Mesa Verde was occupied for more than 700 years, from 550 A.D. to 1300 A.D. and is home to some of the most fantastic cliff dwellings you will ever see. We spent all day exploring the park and its various cliff dwellings and still didn’t see even half of what they have to offer.

mesa verde

It wasn’t all hiking and hard work, though. Their restaurant “The Metate Room” is pretty solid, too.

mesa verde dish


I ate a whole bag of this trail mix in one sitting, which is weird because the back claims that it has “6 servings” but my bag clearly only had one. I think I should probably write them a letter to let them know that my bag was under-filled.

trail mix

Starbucks has released a new toasted graham latte that I need to get my hands on ASAP.

Lays has released Canada’s #1 potato chip in the US – the flavor is called “All Dressed” and will only be available until December so hurry up and grab your bags now.

Kenji is singing the praises of this $65 knife, which is still in Kickstarter form, so you definitely need to back it. Because, Kenji.

Bon Appetit posted this intriguing article about what goes into the food we eat.

And last but not least, this guy.


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It’s been a while since my lazy good for nothing butt has posted a Thursday Things but I definitely need to get back into it so, alas, here I am! Whether it’s the 108 degree weather, high humidity, or extra hours I’ve been pulling at work it has just been extra hard to get any of this ‘extra curricular’ type stuff done.

Actually I’ve baked a few things for you, but sitting down and writing about them… that part is a bit harder.

I have a macaron recipe coming up for you, I even did research and took one of those fancy cooking classes to level up my skills. We all took turns passing around the baking sheet and piping the macaron batter onto it. Do you see that? I went into the world and even spent time with STRANGERS just for you. I violated my very strict “Stranger Danger” rule just for you guys. Don’t you feel special? You should.

20150628-IMG_2743In other news my Exploding Kittens game arrived. If you’re not familiar with the game, you may be familiar with its creator – Matthew Inman – of the infamous comic blog The Oatmeal. He’s like my hero.

Exploding Kittens

Minions have been attacking Ireland.

Oreo dropped their newest cookie invention – Oreo Thins. Shannon and I tried them for you – you can read all about them here!

oreo thins

And Sir Ian McKellen taught the world how to make scrambled eggs.

thursday things – DNA Tests, Ikea candy, and more


Summer is in full swing here and it’s so hot that our local news has completely given up on even attempting to forecast the high temps. Today’s high temp is “- -” … maybe tomorrow they can just be honest and put some question marks or an interrobang. Or just pull a Siri and put a big fat “HOT” up there instead of numbers at all…

We live in a world where fast food conglomerates have resorted to DNA testing to prove that they aren’t serving rodents.

And where people are tackling real world problems, like my inability to mix a cocktail. Now thanks to this Kickstarter, I won’t have to!

The very same Amy’s Kitchen that has been providing veggie-friendly freezer meals is now opening their very first vegetarian fast food restaurant!

Ikea is adding “candy conglomerate” to its list of descriptors.

If you’re planning to cool off this summer with homemade ice cream, here are some great tips for making it great.

Martha Stewart has sold off her empire.

NY Times tells us how to really eat on the cheap while traveling.

Now you can get the most of your meals by pairing foods to optimize your nutrition absorption.

This guy shows how much it sucks to be a woman, or to eat like one at least.

Get a kick out of watching Elmo and Jimmy Fallon show us how to make waffled grilled cheese and “Sloppy Oscars.”

thursday things – i got a new fitbit and some other stuff


Last week I told you all about our trip to San Francisco, from which I think my favorite souvenir was this tiny treeling that Mr. Eats picked up. We finally got it planted over the weekend – that being said, I have a notoriously black thumb so it may not survive for another week.

But if it does… HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE? Our very own baby giant sequoia tree!

I got a fancy new fiitbit! Look how excited it is when I hit my 10,000 steps!

It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I’m going to need all those steps, too, because I just found out that my beloved Shake Shack will be opening a restaurant here in my very own hometown! I’M SO EXCITED I COULD DIE.

On top of that, Starbucks released 6 brand new frappuccinos for us all to try.

And Dairy Queen released a Jurassic World blizzard with chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter, and chocolate chunks… so, guess I should get stepping then…

Shannon kicked up the Just One Question Project again – which is a great read for anyone who has a blog or is thinking of starting one. She’s also recently redesigned her site and IT’S FREAKING GORGEOUS so you should probably stop by and take a look-see if you haven’t seen it yet.

These gummy bear reviews on Amazon will likely make your day.

HuffPo shared an infographic of how long you can freeze all the things.

Pinch of Yum shared her favorite uses for her food processor (and why you should probably get one).

I Am a Food Blog shares her secrets to a great basic chocolate chip cookie.

Serious Eats has cracked the code for perfect scrambled eggs, no matter how you like them.

The Kitchn finally settled the argument between Mr. Eats and I about whether or not you should rinse your pasta when its done cooking.

And Taco Bell is going au naturale.

And… goats in pajamas! Because, goats!

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too hot


There’s not a whole lot happening here in the desert. We officially hit triple digits for the first time this year and I cried so hard, or would have if the tears didn’t immediately evaporate out of my eyeballs.

And, since it’s May already let me take a moment to pimp our next installment of the Jeni’s Spinalong, which should be up in early June! Are you excited? I’m so excited.

Arizona Restaurant Week is rapidly approaching, so that’s another exciting piece of news. In other food news…

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