Playing Catch Up

I constantly go through this love/hate relationship with blogging.  I love it for a while, get completely and totally wrapped up in it, and then after a few months, it becomes work, I don’t really think anyone cares, and I lose interest.

Now that I think about it…this is a lot of what I go through on a daily basis with a lot of activities in my life.  Working out, my job, men, hobbies, etc.

Does this happen to everyone or is it just me?  Maybe I get bored easily…something I’m learning a lot later in life. But I’ve had a few months off from blogging and started to get that itch back so I’m scratching it and here we go..yet again..

To catch you up real quick..

I’m still living in Annapolis and working for the same company I was when I got back from my trip.  Speaking of that trip – I can’t believe it’s been a year since I left.  I still have vivid memories through out the day of my travels.  I miss it every day, but try to take away all the positives and growth and look forward to another trip in the future.Let’s see what else..

I went to Charleston for a Bachelorette Party and ate ALLL the food!  We had our special Bachelorette lunch out at HUSK, but before heading to the restaurant we grabbed cocktails at McCradys.  I ordered the Bloody Mary, but this was not just any bloody Mary, this was almost like a Bloody Mary cocktail and absolutely amazing!   It was spicy and sweet with a basil floater on top that added a refreshing twist.  It was absolutely perfect, and I want one every single day of my life.I enjoyed our meal at HUSK, but wasn’t blown away by the food.  I think the best thing we ate  that meal were the pigs ear lettuce wraps. Crispy fatty pig with refreshing accompaniments in a butter lettuce leaf.I also determined that Charleston has the best Bloody Mary’s.  They are always spicy, and each one has it’s own unique twist.  I wasn’t a huge Bloody Mary fan, but Charleston converted me. I turned 33, which was hard to face, but also a chance for me to change how I was living my life.  My trip definitely helped with that.  Getting older is never fun, but I’m trying to be the healthiest, happiest and most positive person I can be. Easier said than done, but making small changes to how I was handling situations, my health, friends, family, etc, has been a great start.I spent most of the summer weekends at the beach or in St. Michaels with my family.We found a new  Happy Hour place at the beach that has the best deal in town.  Bull on the Beach offers great drink specials, but SO many food specials as well including 40% off clams and oysters.  I think last time I was there I got a dozen oysters for $9!  Can’t beat that!I finally dined at One Coastal, in Fenwick, DE,  which has been on my list for a while.  Such a great experience, the best cocktails, and delicious food.  The owner’s are incredible and you can tell they put their heart and soul into their restaurant.  It definitely shows. This was where I had my very first smokey Old Fashioned, but I have no pictures to prove it.  I’ll just have to go back! 😉

Oh, and one of my best friends got married… After the big dilemma I wrote about, I think she picked the perfect dress… 🙂I was traveling a lot for work in September and October and tried some great restaurants in Orlando, Boston, and Vegas.I’ve been to Boston 3 times now in the last few months both for work and pleasure, and I’m growing to really love that place.  I’ve never had a bad meal, they have the best oysters (in my opinion), and it’s always a good time every time I visit.  I had an incredible oyster experience at Neptune Oyster in North End, the most delicious tuna crudo that has ever touched my lips at Row 34, twice (yep-I flew all the way back just for that crudo!), checked out a cool brewery in Canton called Trillium, ate my first lobster roll at The Barking Crab, and had a memorable meal with my best foodie friend at a very hipster yet trendy new restaurant in Jamaica Plain called Brassica Kitchen.  There is so much more, but I’ll save it all for another post just about Boston.I feel the need to explain this crudo.  Extremely fresh pieces of mouthwatering tuna on top of creamy avocado slices, and balsamic drizzle,  topped with crispy black garlic, a spring of parsley for freshness, and a hint of salt for flavor.  It’s unbelievable. And as if that weren’t enough food…I’ve been exploring more of the town I live in, and hanging out with friends.  Always trying new places and taking advantage of living by the water.

Two favorites worth mentioning real quick – Sailor Oyster Bar, and Carrol’s Creek. Sailor Oyster is small, but has a really unique vibe and $1 oyster Happy Hour.  Great cocktails, great oysters, and a delicious salmon crudo.  I’m hooked on crudo these days if you couldn’t tell.  But really I just think they are the hot new raw fish, but either way, I’m totally on board. Carrol’s Creek is very classic Annapolis, but it’s one of the TWO restaurants on the water in down town.   I recommend going during the day in the summer and sitting outside.  They have a delicious bottle of Rose for $20 and their seafood charcuterie platter is a must.It’s been a fun food filled few months, but with all this eating and traveling, I had to make a drastic move, and joined a gym.  I start working out and eating healthier, which inspired me to blog again.  Or maybe it was the push of a certain person to remember why I started blogging in the first place. 😉 Either way – I’m back in the kitchen making new recipes, and trying fun new products that I want to share. And by ‘I started working out’ I mean last week…let’s be real here 😉

So there it is, in less than 1000 words…the last 7 months of my life.  More fun to come!

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