I spent the past week in Arizona to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family. Several of my relatives were out of town this year so we had a small Thanksgiving dinner at my parents house before going over to my uncle’s house for a second dinner. My parents roasted a 14 pound turkey so we had plenty of leftovers. On Sunday, my mom and I decided to make turkey pot pie with all of the leftover turkey! The recipe was actually quite simple; lots of turkey, peas, carrots, onions, gravy ( we used the homemade gravy my mom made on Thanksgiving), and a couple potatoes as well! My mom found the recipe in the Peninsula Clarion, an Alaskan newspaper, when my parents were visiting a couple summers ago. You can find the recipe here. We mostly followed the recipe with a few modifications including using turkey instead of chicken.
I recently discovered a new subscription box called Try the World. The premise is really interesting- every two months you receive a box with at least seven food items. Each box is curated with a new city or country in mind, so you get to try new foods from around the world. It seems a little pricey at $39 per box (plus small discounts if you purchase 6 or 12 month subscriptions) but it sounded like so much fun that I wanted to try it. I was able to get my first box at a discount (and you can use my referral link here to get $15 off your first box) and I was so excited to get the Paris Box in the mail!
I recently attended a fun blogger food tour at the Scottsdale Quarter shopping center. The event, Cocktails and Bites, took us to three different restaurants for snacks and cocktails. I’d never been to Scottsdale Quarter before and I was surprised by how many different shops there were. It was a fun experience and I will definitely be visiting Scottsdale Quarter again! We began the evening at Zinburger.
Lately I’ve been on a total pizza kick! It started when I was living in LA and build your own pizza restaurants starting popping up all over the place including one that was right by my gym. It was amazing! It was like Chipotle but for pizza and it was nice to get exactly what you wanted. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any of those restaurants in Nashville yet, although I have had some great pizza (shout out to 5 Points Pizza and Jets!).
So since I’ve been craving build your own pizza, last time I was in Phoenix I asked about having homemade pizza for dinner. My parents have a pretty awesome pizza stone oven that you use on the grill. You slide the pizza in, rotate it every 45 seconds, and take it out after like 8 minutes. It’s so easy and fun to make.
For my Sunday Funday this past weekend I decided to finally checkout the Nashville Farmers’ Market! The NFM is open almost everyday of the year and has a pretty large area for vendors! Much bigger than the Sunday farmers market I used to go to in LA! The Nashville Farmers’ Market has an indoor area with permanent restaurants and then there are sheds on both sides (one for the farmers’ market and the other side is for crafts/flea market).
With it being towards the end of “growing season” and a rainy Sunday afternoon, there wasn’t a ton of vendors there but there was still plenty of options especially for pumpkins!
I ended up buying a few small pumpkins to decorate the kitchen table and then some apples. It was fun to wander around and see what all the options were.
To finish up my trip in San Francisco I had to have some seafood! We Yelp-ed restaurants by our hotel and found The New England Lobster Market & Eatery. It had great reviews and was close to our hotel so we decided to check it out.
The restaurant was packed when we got there – the line was out the door! The restaurant was really cute. There was picnic table style seating out front as well as additional seating indoors. When you enter the restaurant, the market portion is on the left side – where you can buy live lobster of varying sizes to take home and prepare yourself. The kitchen and order area was all the way to the back. They have a cute chalk board menu with all the options. The menu consists of lobster plates, crab plates, lobster rolls, crab sandwiches, and some appetizers.