Sunday, October 28, 2012

Summer Highlights

I've been a bad, bad blogger.

No. Seriously. Long time no see. Now that fall is well underway in Minneapolis, I think it's safe to say I let myself get a bit wrapped up in summer activities and forgot all about blogging. I have lots to catch up on, but I'd probably spend from now until Christmas doing so. Instead, I'll share a few highlights from this summer and make it easy on you.

I hope to be back at it with some regularity and even have a few fun recent restaurant visits to recap in the coming days. So with that, a quick glimpse at summer in photos...

When I last left you in June, I'd promised to recap one additional restaurant visit from that trip...and a quite memorable one at that. The last night in NYC brought us to John's Pizzeria in Times Square, an incredibly popular pizza spot that was once a church. The converted space left some elements in tact, like the beautiful stained glass dome. The building was built in 1888 and is now home to the country's largest pizzeria. The brick oven pizza was quite delish. Ham and black olives, are an unbeatable combo in my opinion.

I had quite a busy summer travel schedule and took many a great Instagram photo, soaking in all the great architecture to be had. From tall skyscrapers and the breathtaking St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, to Bourbon Street in NOLA and lovely churches in San Antonio.

And of course, I had good fun here in Minnesota too. I finally got to experience Music and Movies in the Park at the Walker, I helped my grandma celebrate her birthday with a fun (yet win-less) night of Bingo, I took a quick road trip with friends and took pictures of small town churches.

AND, I even went with family to the State Fair. Those who know me well, know this isn't one of my favorite activities. After working the State Fair every day one summer as a college student, I can now only handle going every couple years or so. But, we had a blast :) We went on the big slide, rode on the space needle, visited the farm animals, ate cheese curds, inhaled Sweet Martha's cookies and even gave bacon ice cream a try.

To top it all off, I even tried out a few new things in the kitchen at home (clockwise from top left): BBQ chicken quinoa salad - the seriously most delicious quinoa dish I've had to-date thanks to Iowa Girl Eats; my summer staple of little capreses with roma tomatoes, fresh mozz, basil and balsamic; my own variation of Noodles' pesto cavatappi with chicken, thanks to some ridiculously expensive but awesome pesto my local grocer talked me into; and a colorful vegan caprese salad courtesy of Mamavation.

Woofta. That's all for now :)

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