We are just about a week into 2014! How’s the new year treating you so far? Have you started working on those goals you made for the coming year? I need to hold myself accountable for mine. Writing them down for all of you to see seems like a pretty good way to do so. Now I’m putting it in your hands to make sure I achieve (or at least try my absolute hardest) each and every one of them. If I don’t succeed, that’s okay. I can always give it another go. I just have to make sure there is an attempt. There is no failing, only more chances to try again.
1. I want to attend more food blogger conferences. I went to my first one two years ago in Orlando and it was one of the most amazing experiences. I was very new to the blogging world, and The Food Blog Forum really opened my eyes and taught me a lot. I joined the Sunday Supper Movement this year, and definitely plan on going to Orlando for their Food and Wine Conference in July. I can’t wait to meet my Sunday Supper friends! Another big time blogger event is happening in May — BlogHer Food ’14! Lucky for me, it’s right here in Miami! It’s kind of costly to attend these events, but I really believe they are worth every penny. So fingers crossed that some magical miracle comes my way and I can find a way to get to these two conferences!
2. I want to learn more about food photography, food styling, and really rack up a nice collection of fun food props and kitchen accessories! Here are a few things that have caught my eye…
|Stamped flatware (For Such A Time Designs)|
Customizable sign (CountryFolksCreation)
|Chevron placements (Anthropologie)|
|Vintage canisters (Williams Sonoma)|
4. I already told you that I’m foraging my way into Pescatarianism now, so no more meat at all for me (with the exception of seafood, obviously, if you consider that “meat.”). I don’t have an exact reason for why I’ve decided to make this change. I guess it just seemed logical. I’ll choose seafood over chicken at any restaurant, and my cooking heavily leans toward a vegetarian-friendly diet. I mean, I ate a bowl full of Brussels sprouts for dinner once (or a few times), and will go back for seconds and thirds of the veggies at any potluck dinner. So yeah, it just seemed like the normal path to take.
5. Last, but not least, I want to travel. I don’t know how much of this I will be able to do, since it depends on a lot of factors, but I want to take at least one fabulous trip somewhere. I have a list of cities that are foodie-havens, filled to the brim with must-visit restaurants and well-known chefs. I’ve narrowed the list down to the two top spots I would like to visit this year: New Orleans and San Francisco.
Now that all of you know my goals for 2014, keep me in check. If you have any recipes for the dishes I mentioned I want to make, send them my way! If you know about a blogger conference that I may not be familiar with, e-mail me the deets! If you want to buy me a present, you know what I want! 🙂 And, if you have a private plane and want to fly me to New Orleans or San Fran, just tell me when and I’m all yours!
In less than 24 hours, we will welcome in 2014! Woo! I hope you have a fun-filled evening ahead of you and will be spending it with loved ones. I am doing a Pub Crawl with a big group of friends. We live walking distance from an area full of restaurants and bars, so we will be hoofing it downtown and hopping from bar to bar all night long. No heels for us tonight! We have eight places lined up, a map drawn out, and are ready to celebrate! I wish you all a wonderful, safe, happy and healthy New Year!
Now, of course, in true blogger fashion, I leave you with the most popular recipes on Take A Bite Out of Boca from 2013.
It’s time to stop for a moment, reflect on the past year, and make resolutions for the New Year to come. That’s what we’re doing today for #SundaySupper. Today’s theme, Reflections and Resolutions, is hosted by Constance of The Foodie Army Wife.
2013 has been a whirlwind. So much has happened, and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. I learned so much more about cooking than ever before, had my first relationship, moved, grew the blog tremendously, fell back in love with yoga, met lots of new and interesting people; there were family blessings, as well as tragedies, that brought us together; there were trips to Las Vegas, Key West and many short Jersey visits; there were more food and wine events than I can count on one hand.
The #SundaySupper team knows just how precious life can be, and right now is the time for us to take a look back on this past year and be thankful for everything — and get excited about what’s ahead. Let’s all bid farewell to 2013, and welcome 2014!
What’s the one thing you need when you ring in the New Year? A cocktail, of course! A New Year’s Day brunch cocktail is a must. But I’m not talking about the same old boring Mimosa you have at every other brunch throughout the year. The first cocktail of 2014 needs to more unique than just some OJ and Prosecco. It needs to be something special, with a little bit of spunk. Freshly squeezed blood orange juice and my favorite sparkling white wine: Moscato d’Asti. Two ingredients are all you need for this crafty cocktail. No artificial, sugary juices are used, so all you taste is refreshing citrus and sweet bubbly wine. Not only is it pretty pleasing to your palate, but the gorgeous red-orange color is very eye-catching. This is the perfect drink to start off the New Year. Cheers!!
Celebrate the New Year with me and all of my #SundaySupper friends! We’ve got everything from breakfast to appetizers to drinks. Most of these would be perfect for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, whether you’re staying home for a quiet night in, going out to a party and need a dish to bring along, or hosting your own soiree.
Blood Orange Mimosa
Per glass:juice of 2 blood oranges
½ cup Moscato di Asti
Join us this weekend for Reflections and Resolutions!
- Snowman Eggnog Pancakes from Shockingly Delicious
- Baked Oatmeal from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
- Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding from girlichef
Appetizers & Snacks
- Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Moroccan Cigars from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Baked Camembert with Caramel and Pecans from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostinis from Country Girl in the Village
- New Year’s Brezel from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Glazed Snickerdoodle Bars with Walnuts from Pies and Plots
- Champagne Shrimp and Pasta from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Main Dishes & Sides
- Minestrone Any Way from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Pecan-Crusted Rainbow Trout from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Mushroom Risotto from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Zapiekanka (Polish ‘pizza’) from Curious Cuisiniere
- Hoppin’ John for Good Luck from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Italian Vegetable Soup from The Foodie Army Wife
- Chicken stuffed with Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Family Foodie
- Black-Eye Pea and Greens Casserole and Wine Pairings from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Desserts & Drinks
- Candied Bacon Bourbon Bloody Mary from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Peanut & Pretzel Bark from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- Cherry Almond Blondies from Mess Makes Food
- Apricot Fizz from Magnolia Days
- Celebration Mimosas from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Dark Chocolate Cake Doughnuts from What Smells So Good?
- Gluten Free Cronuts from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Spiced Cranberry Apple Crisp from Neighborfood
- Blood Orange Mimosas from Take A Bite Out of Boca
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.
2011 was a good one for me in many ways. It sparked a fire that led me to make a big move in my life, which also led me to find a new interest that I’m really enjoying. I have always been a fan of dining out and trying new restaurants, but since I moved to Boca Raton, that fondness has grown to a whole new level. Out of this came Take A Bite Out of Boca, and so did my love of cooking, baking, and of course, blogging.