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I trust that everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s, Gal-entine’s or Pal-entines day/weekend. Whether you were spending it with your past gal pals or the love of your life I hope you had an amazing time.
Valentine’s Day is one of those special nights that many restaurants go all out for. They usually offer a special menu, a rose for the ladies, or some sort of special ambiance to draw a swooning couple in… Don’t worry there was nothing over the top or cliché about the local restaurants we went to.

What was your favorite part about Valentine’s Day or what did you like or not like about the restaurant you went to?? Please share.

Here is my weekend in review:
I was lucky enough to wake up to a snow day on Friday so I was extremely happy that my weekend could start early!!!

I was blissfully surprised when I walked downstairs to the table set and a beautiful brunch waiting for me! The Hubs sure knows how to treat his lady right! 🙂

He had mimosas, chocolate covered strawberries, and white roses (my favorite) set out on the table! He dazzled me with my favorite Eggs Benedict and hash browns with onions and peppers! So good! I think I may keep him for awhile

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Valentines night, we decided to keep it low key… but we did go to one of our favorite bars. Newberry’s Yard of Ale. The hubs had been patiently waiting and craving their newest beer on tap and a very scrumptious beer we have been on the hunt to find for many months. Finally, Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus beer is on tap at Newberry’s Yard of Ale! This beer is lightly sweet and Jesus it’s insanely tasty! After your first sip, you will definitely want to EXCLAIM its NAME!!! Sweet Baby Jesus!!! It is a dark, rich, chocolate peanut butter porter that finishes smooth with hints of espresso, peanut butter, and roasty notes of chocolate. AMAZING!

We sat at the bar and got one of the many friendly and talented bartenders. We ordered off of their special Valentines Lovers Menu and listened to the smooth and soulful vocals of musician Regina Sayles. Check out her website to see where she is playing next in the area and to hear how talented she is! You can also check out a feature article on Regina Sayles through Local Flair Magazine online. Local Flair Magazine is a premier lifestyle magazine of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Check out Local Flairs website to see all the happening in our area by clicking here!

There was a great crowd and an awesome atmosphere. I went with three blackened to perfection Jumbo sea scallops over arugula, wild mushrooms, and grilled asparagus.

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For desert we ordered chocolate cream stuffed zeppolis and a traditional Irish coffee that was made with homemade whip cream. The fresh and fluffy cream was whipped up by our very talented bartender Gary. It was a perfect way to end the night!

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Until Next Time,
xoxo
the tasti life

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Tomorrow is the official day of love and romance… with that said, all you procrastinators what are your BIG plans for Valentine’s Day?! Oh, and let’s not forget… This year, Valentine’s Day gets stretched out over the whole weekend. It’s a weekend worth of love and spending money to show how much you really care.

You might be a last minute gift giver (and that’s ok) but you are probably thinking what is there really to do around the Pocono’s.

Have no fear… here are some of my favorite places to Wine and Dine and that will help you celebrate in style and flavor with your someone special.

Love is in the air at these local gems!

Peppe’s Bistro– Call to reserve your table- You and your sweetheart are going to LOVE this special menu.

Newberry’s Yard of Ale- featuring a special menu and the sweet and sultry vocals of renowned local musician Regina Sayles. Entertainment starting at 5pm.

Desakis– LOVE GROWS in The Garden at desakis.

Stroudsmoor Country Inn reservations are required.

Marco Antonio’s– The tables are set for ROMANCE

There is so much deliciously delicately crafted FLAVOR and outstanding atmosphere at all these neighborhood restaurants it is certainly going to be hard to decide!

Get out there and celebrate with your MAIN SQUEEZE!

****All my local followers, let me know where you ended up dining out for Valentine’ Day and what menu option was worth raving about!****

Until Next Time,

xoxo

thetastilife

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**Photo credit: from Skippyhaha on Etsy
You can buy these 1970’s/80’s vintage honeymoon souvenir goblets at Skippyhaha Etsy shop


Last week the Hubs and I got in the car to drive down to Ocean City Maryland for a beautiful beach themed wedding. Since we were traveling we decided to make it a mini vacation. We spent a couple days in OCMD and it just so happened we were there for the DewTour this extreme sports tour has everything from BMX’ing to surfing and is sponsored by Mountain Dew. It was a lot of fun to watch the athletes compete and do some amazing tricks! We also, had some great 11:00 am cocktails at hey don’t judge we were on vacation! Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grille as we people watched on the boardwalk and listened to the waves hit the shore.

After being a beach bum in Ocean City, MD. We took a short drive to Assateague Island, Maryland. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE everything about Assateague, and as a little girl we had plenty of vacations to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. Love, love, LOVE that place. While we were there I was on a mission to spot the wild ponies!!! They are so beautiful and it is amazing to see! I definitely recommend this vacation/sightseeing spot!

After, I got to see the wild ponies, we jumped back into the car and started to make the trip to Delawares, Dewey Beach. We hit the beach for the day and enjoyed the sun, sand, and fresh salty air, and then at night we hit up The Rusty Rudder for some dancing and drinks! We had a great time, and it just so happened that we had some friends vacationing there at the same time so we all got to enjoy each others company!

The next day, and to end our mini vacation before heading home we decided to head to the Cape May- Lewes Ferry and take a trip into Cape May for lunch to eat at one of my favorite places… The Lobster House, at Fisherman’s Wharf at Cape May Harbor!! 🙂 Oh My GOODNESS! The food there is ALWAYS amazing and delicious!

We started out with some warm homemade everything bread with butter. Then for an appetizer we ordered the fried calamari. Next, the Hubs ordered the broiled sea scallops and I had the broiled soft-shell crab. Both the scallops and crab were broiled in a lemon, garlic, parsley butter sauce and they were OUT OF THIS WORLD DELISH!

We had such a great time just driving and winging this mini vacation. We had no plans or agenda, we just relaxed and rolled with the flow and had an amazing time and a mini adventure!

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Until next time,
xoxo
the tasti life


Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! It has ALWAYS been a tradition in my family to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef & cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, mashed potatoes, green beer, family, and music. It all started with my Irish grandparents, wearing green, sporting Irish sweaters and hats, and listening to traditional Irish music! The BEST part about St. Patrick’s Day is EVERYONE is IRISH and can partake in all the festivities! So my hubs and I decided to take on and carry out the tradition of having St. Patrick’s Day at our house! Let me tell you, it’s a lot of work, but definitely worth it!
I started cooking bright and early… 8:00 am!!! This meal takes ALL day to cook and the prep for it is also a process, but once its in the pot it simmers on low all day for a whopping 7 hours!

Recipe: One Pot meal- Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots:

  • Corned Beef Brisket (I bought 2)
  • Red skin potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • One large onion
  • Guinness (2 bottles)

Directions:

  • Using a big pot on the stove top
  • Take out corned beef-place in bottom of the pot
  • **make sure you use spice packet that comes with it.
  • Add spice packet
  • Add 2 bottles of Guinness or any other dark colored stout you might prefer
  • Add water until corned beef is submerged.
  • Bring to a boil
  • Once boiling- cover and bring to a simmer- (about 50min per lb of corned beef)
  • While corned beef is simmering- prep veggies.
  • Wash and half potatoes (keep skin on)
  • Wash and peel carrots and cut in thirds
  • Wash cabbage and cut (however you prefer)
  • The last 30min add potatoes and carrots.
  • The last 15min add in cabbage.

Then ENJOY!!!!

Here are some pictures of the process… the hubs and the pups helped decorate and prep the house for company. We had such a great time spending the day with family and friends. We had some delicious homemade deserts brought over to enjoy like homemade Chocolate Guinness cupcakes… AMAZING! And homemade fudge… SO GOOD!!! My contribution to the desert table was funfetti cupcakes… LOL… FYI… I am NOT a BAKER! I decided to garnish mine with green dyed frosting and a green bunny peep (to make it look more homemade).

I wish I would have taken more pictures of all the yummy food and drinks, but I was too busy enjoying the moment! 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend and joined in on the St. Paddy’s fun…(even if you aren’t Irish).

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