Foodie Friday: Braised Balsamic Chicken and Herbs

Happy Foodie Friday!

We are out of the house this evening, but I already made something I definitely wanted to share! Earlier this week I made a quick and delicious Braised Balsamic and Herb Chicken featured on Cookincanuck.com.

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Foodie Friday: Challah French Toast

Happy Foodie Friday!!!!!

It’s date night for me and the hubs so I’m posting a dish I did a while back that I wanted to humble brag on lol!

This one I found out about through my father in law (hi Dad 👋) and he made it for me and my mother in law on Mother’s Day. My husband also got a chance to sample the flavors and he liked it so much that he had me make it for him on Father’s Day. I believe the recipe is by Tori Avey.

Let me start of by saying I’m by default a medium fan of French toast. It’s not the number one thing I go for on the menu, but if someone’s offering it I’m not going to say no. I would also like to say this was the FIRST time I’ve ever made French toast and all the odds were against me.

I LOVE THIS FRENCH TOAST. It was amazing when I had it the first time and I liked it so much even the second time. What makes it unique is the recipe calls for a ripe banana to merge the flavors together. I would have never thought to put a banana in there but it works!

The challah bread is light, airy, and soaks up syrup nicely (silly me, I thought French toast was made with regular loaf bread 🤭). I thought the banana would make it too sweet, but it adds a mild note of sweetness that’s not overwhelming for those of us that can’t take layers of sugar.

I added my own sides of scrambled eggs, mixed berries, and no that’s not regular bacon, that my friends is duck bacon! Get you some 😋

Anywhoo, my husband was very pleased with at my first attempt and has put this on his list of go to’s. So I suppose for the next few breakfasts I’ll be serving French toast challah style!

‘Til next time, happy eating 😁

I Got Taco Wasted


This past weekend, I got wasted…Taco Wasted that is. Who doesn’t love a good taco? Living in Fort Worth there are taco places around every corner: Torchys, Salsa Limon, Taco Heads, Taco Diner, Velvet Taco just to name a few. But Taco Wasted is a popup Taco spot currently residing on the Dallas side.
Owner Vincent Meeks has broken a very different mold introducing something called a puffy taco. Not only is it a unique taco-sperience (yes I just made up a word) it’s also a very tasty taco-sperience!!

Hubby and I headed to a local church Fall Festival and got to enjoy first hand some delicious taco-ness. It started off with an airy crunchy puffy taco shell housing seasoned ground meat, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Don’t let me forget to mention it’s also topped off with a perfectly spicy cream sauce that builds beautifully with every bite. We thought we’d be satisfied with two but we both ended up ordering two more.


I can’t wait for Taco Wasted to start making trips to pop up on the Fort Worth side. Until then, I’ll be eating my puffy tacos in Dallas and I recommend you do the same 😉
Happy eating!!!! 

Let’s Take It Underground: Dakota’s Dallas

Every year me and hubby are blessed with the opportunity to have a date night celebrating our anniversary. It’s one of the few times we get all dolled up and eat some delicious food prepared by anyone else. This go round hubby found a spot in Dallas that serves its steaks below the surface…literally. Dakota’s Dallas.

This low key joint features dim lighting and a suave personality. It’s so unassuming from above, but once your inside the walls seem to close in on you and it cozies up the evening with a fire pit and elegant outdoor waterfall as the surroundings.


The food is what we came for so let’s dig in! To start we chose something off the beaten path, a Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras. It’s a duck liver with grilled apricot jam and sautéed onions over bread (the fancy menu way to say it is toasted focaccia and grilled apricot duck demi). Three words…DE-LIC-IOUS! This goes on my “food items I’d rather not share list”. I don’t even like liver, but this totally caught me off guard. The liver melts when eaten and has that beautiful earthy tone that married perfectly with the onion. The surprising note of apricot sweetens it the appropriate amount without overpowering the dish.


Then for my entree I enjoyed a medium filet mignon steak. Ok ok ok…sooooo I took a late pick on this because I forgot about pictures momentarily lol (For 9 months I stopped eating steak because I could only have it well done and that’s just not how I enjoy steak). It was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Again, a melt in my mouth type experience. 

For sides we went with a creamy gouda mac n cheese and sautéed broccoli. Gouda encorporated into mac n cheese is amazing because it’s so smooth and rich like all tasty goodness should be. 


To finish off the night Dakotas sent out a complimentary dessert for our 5 year celebration. Since hubby chose the app, I got to choose dessert. I went with the Molten Peanut Butter Cake. Traditionally I don’t care for peanut butter, but in this case I made an exception due to the fact that also in the molten center was gooey caramel, which I’m a sucker for. The cake was warm, moist, and alongside a spoonful of cool vanilla gelato, one forgets there’s even peanut butter in there lol!!!


What a lovely finish to a lovely evening. A cool underground romantic spot with more melt in your mouth food than I was prepared for. The only thing that topped this event was getting to share it with my best friend 😊 Until next time, happy eating.

Hot Box Biscuit Club


I’ve always wanted to attend a pop up restaurant. I see them in movies and modern tv shows but I can never figure out where the heck these places actually exist! Well thanks to awesome chefs like Sarah and Matt that managed several successful pop ups I now have access to a local foodie first for me. Continue reading “Hot Box Biscuit Club”