Tag: food

Circa 1800

It was circa 2016 when I tried Circa 1800 for the first time. Game changer.

Circa 1800 is one of my favorite restaurants here in Fay!

First off, I LOVE a good presentation. I am an artist after all.Circa not only comes up with some cool combos of flavor but also takes the time to plate the food in a a way that makes me say “I need an Instagram photo of that”.

I love the cozy atmosphere that makes you feel like you can have a nice, wear-a-dress dinner, or a casual lunch with friends. It’s just so versatile!

I think everyone’s sick of hearing me say, “I’ve never had anything there I didn’t love!” but it’s so true.I love novelty and Circa’s menu is that.

I recently went for a tasting that was themed after the Warhol exhibit going on at Methodist University and I must say, it took my already high opinion of Circa to another level.

The pure creativity. You can see how much they love what they do and are masters at what they do.I can tell you all day how their food is drool-worthy but you just have to go eat here for yourself. Trust me.A sincere thank you to Chef Bill & Circa’s bar manager Tony for putting together such a memorable dinner! Also thank you to Persephone Caviar for collaborating with Circa and giving us all a taste of their product!I’ve included their dinner menu but they also have lunch, brunch, and a nice drink menu too!

Fay goes POP

“I always notice flowers” -Andy Warhol

Me too Andy, me too.

He was the bees knees.His art, his quotes, his music, his movies, his life. Most people know him for the banana or the infamous Campbell’s soup can but Warhol created art in various mediums.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he studied commercial art. Which makes sense seeing as how most of us know him for his portrayal of consumerism.

Through a lengthy process, Fayetteville’s Methodist University was able to secure the opportunity to host Warhol’s art in the GalleryGoes POP Exhibit which opens February 7th at 6:30 pm.That’s right! Can you believe it? His bold and bright works of art are hanging at the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist. It’s not everyday we bring world renowned art to Fay!The prints showcase a variety of his series from his Cowboys and Indians series to his Ads Series and even include his Icon Portraits. It was truly an incredible experience to see these in person.

The vibe that Warhol’s art brings to the gallery is this bold, fun, whimsical, pop of inspiration.The display of art is enhanced by music and the playing of commercial advertisements.

You don’t have to be an art enthusiast to enjoy this experience.

The show will be open to the public February 7th at the David McCune International art Gallery at 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville NC 28311.

Holiday Apple Rose Recipe

I love apple pie and these are a cute way to make individual servings of a warm apple dish!

  • 1 large red apple (cored and thinly sliced so it’s flexible)
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 sheet frozen puffy pastry (thawed)
  • ½ cup melted @kerrygold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the apple slices in lemon juice to prevent browning. Place apples on a plate and microwave for about 45 seconds until the slices soften some.

Mix the cinnamon, sugar, and melted butter in a bowl.  Toss the apple slices in to coat them.

Roll the puff pastry out thinly. Then use a pizza cutter and cut 2-inch-wide strips.

Spread the remaining melted butter mixture over the dough. Then lay the apple slices on the dough so they overlap each other.

Fold up the bottom part of the dough to create a pocket for the apples. Then tightly roll the dough to form the rose shape.

Place the apple roses in a muffin pan to bake them for about 45 minutes. Voila!

Holly Day Fair-It’s a thing

This was my very first year attending the 52nd Holly Day Fair at the Crown.

I was like WHOA.

In the parking lot.

Cause dude, it was madness! I didn’t know this was such a thing. But it really was.

Snagged a parking spot and skipped in the building to find the crown turned into a holiday shopping wonderland.

Vendors lined the entire place. I’m talking everything from woodworking to wine to Christmas ornaments. It was cool.

Honestly, I had so fun much hanging out with my friends and listening to the vendors stories about their businesses and products. It was such a social experience and I have a great appreciation for that.

I love love love supporting small businesses during the holidays.

Not only are you supporting someone’s dream and their family-but typically what you find at a small business is a lot cooler and more personable than a chain. I love finding unique gifts with a story to tell. Nobody wants another pair of socks, guys. Unless they’re cool like Proven by Ruben style. #letsbereal

Proven by Ruben

While this Holly Day Fair wrapped up on Sunday, it’ll be back next year and I definitely think everyone should go check it out. It got me in the holiday spirit and I got to check out some businesses that I didn’t know about!The place was hoppin’ and I’m glad I tried something new this holiday season!

Maryland Crab Soup

Growing up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, seafood from the Chesapeake was a norm.

One of my favorite recipes is Maryland Crab Soup cause I LOVE Old Bay anything and this is basically Old Bay soup. YAS.

Now, I am not a chef guys…I just cook things and eat them with no exact measurements or professional training…so bear with me as I share my ridiculous ways.

Okay so you’ll need a big pot cause you’ll want leftovers. It’s always better the next day, right?

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of small red potatoes (cubed)
  • Lima beans
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Cooked carrots (chopped up)
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 cans of crab meat (feel free to mix in claw meat or whatever you want)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • Chopped onion
  • Worcestershire
  • Salt & Pepper

1. Cut up the potatoes and boil them until you can pierce them with a fork easily. While they are boiling-chop up the onion and saute it with some avocado oil until soft.

2. In a large pot (remember you want leftovers) bring your crushed & stewed tomatoes, beef broth, a splash of Worcestershire, and water to a boil. Now, here’s where I’m no help because I totally eyeball how much water and taste test as I go. Add some Old Bay in there too (I add it throughout the entire process in excess) Once it’s all nice and mixed up turn it down to a simmer.

3. Add your onions, corn, green beans, cooked carrots, lima beans,and potatoes. I add the crab meat last and gentle stir so it doesn’t get totally shredded in the mix.

4. Lastly, add Old Bay to taste, salt, and pepper. I literally add so much Old Bay it is unreal. So, if you want my measurement probably about half the can? #notsorry

I recommend eating it with bread 👌🏻

The “I want to buy everything” Crate.

The Apple Crate Natural Market is like every food I have ever dreamed of in one cozy brick & mortar.Seriously, a family owned business that stocks everything from paleo bread and local eggs to sage for smudging and amber teething necklaces. This store is my jam.

Some of my fave coffee mix-ins from The Apple Crate & Cinnamon from Leclair’s

I’m talking every herb/supplement I can think of, Vital Proteins, Siete chips, Kite-hill almond milk cream cheese. Yas.

I instantly fell in love with with this market when I walked through the doors with my then 2 and 3 year old and we were greeted by a warm smile, organic lollipops-

…and that nod of “you got this mama” that we all need when we enter a grocery store with children.

The smell of essential oils and all things good hit me and I knew I found my little corner of Fayetteville.

The variety is impressive but the friendly vibe keeps me coming back. Honestly, I would drop in on a Saturday just to chat with everyone (and probably leave with a basket full because who can resist!!)

Some of my fave products:

  • Epic Provisions Bone Broth
  • Vital Proteins Collagen
  • Kite Hill Chive Almond Milk Cream Cheese
  • Tribucha Kombucha
  • Siete Chips
  • Simple Mills Crackers
  • The fact that they have every herb and supplement you could need
  • Sage for smudging
  • Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups (yassss)
  • Hail Merry anything
  • So much-I don’t know where to draw the line.

Tacos & Tribe Goals

Tacos & guac and a friend who doesn’t mind me stuffing my face and ranting with my mouth full 🤷🏻‍♀️

Count me in. When Chronic Tacos invited me up to Raleigh to check them out-I didn’t bat an eye.

I mean come on, it’s tacos.

And guac. 🥑

@dezi_gonz

Now first off-when you ask a friend to drive an hour and a half for tacos and she says yes-you know you’ve found your tribe.

I mean, priorities, am I right?

So we booked it up to Raleigh on a Friday in rush hour traffic (#fail)

But we made it!

We ordered a variety of food. We taste tested tacos and of course we had to try the Guac. And I mean, at this point margaritas just seemed like a necessity. We came all this way!

I seriously dig the variety of options-and that you can choose how you want to jazz it up (street style, baja, spicy, mild, etc) It was the bomb-dot-com.

This place definitely has a unique vibe-a dark dia de los muertos skull mural is contrasted with a light casual atmosphere. I like chill places that offer cool art to look at and things that spark conversation 👌🏻 With an order up front and take a seat situation, we felt welcome to hang and chat.

Overall, I would put it in the win column. They give tacos this out-of-the-box “cool” and I dig it 😎

If you’re in Raleigh, go check them out! They have a kids menu too 👌🏻

Oh and after we basically fell into food comas-we made the epic drive home. This meant taking it back to the early 90’s with some jams and talking about our glory days with some “I miss my kids nowsprinkled in 🤣 #momlife #amiright #mykindoffriday

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