What I’ve Been Up To

The last few months have been a whirlwind. I had big plans for my blog this fall but alas life happened and I was left with little desire or time to spend on my blog.

Forgive me? Yes?

I’ll leave out the lame stuff but here is a picture walk of some of the cool and fun things I ate or did the last few months.

I appeared as a guest blogger here. PLEASE check it out and let me know what you think!

I helped set up for my girlfriend's bachelorette party

I helped set up for my girlfriend’s bachelorette party

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The bachelorette partay!

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I indulged. Parma proscuitto, manchego cheese, blackberries, pickles, and a smooth sangiovese. I did not eat the pretty rose

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I sent Uber to collect this sparkly Scala dress from my girlfriend then decided to change into black pants & a black shirt.

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I became a Cooking Matter Volunteer for No Kids Hungry! Yay!

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My friend made me the most amazing poached egg, drizzled with a fine olive oil. Isn’t she a beauty!? Am I the only one who finds eggs so darn sexy? (bad picture but come on!)

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Trying on my dress for the wedding

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My date suggested I wear flats…and I listened! Crazy, right? Here he is hemming my Alice & Olivia dress

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Stunning wedding centerpiece

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With the lovely bride. Love you, Jenna!

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I visited my sister & her two cherubs to celebrate my nieces 4th birthday

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Relaxing with my niece

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With my lovely mother, niece and nephew

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Having a good laugh with Amy of Cupcakes & Couture

Shot Glass Eggs

I made shot glass eggs. recipe coming soon. along with 100 others!

I’m having my 3rd hand surgery next week so I hope to post a few recipes before I go under. Thanks for your patience!

What have you guys been up to? Are you ready for the holidays?!

Xo Vanessa

On The Run With V: London

 iPhone pictures from my trip to London.

Enjoy!

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A wedding inside my hotel!

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The saddest pizza I ever did see

The saddest pizza I ever did see

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Hotel selfies

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Words, recipes, and updates coming soon.

Xo

Labor Day Weekend, 10 Things To Do In Miami

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On The Run With V: The Lake

When you receive a Facebook message from your friends at 11:30pm on a Saturday with detailed instructions to pack an overnight bag because they’re picking you up the following day for an adventure, what do you do? You giggle at their nonsense and go back to sleep. Well, that’s what I did. Turns out it wasn’t a joke.

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Lake Winnisquam

The next morning I rolled out of bed, grabbed my black Lululemon Vinyasa to Vino workout bag from under the bed, then sat on the floor in front of my dresser neatly (throwing) clothes in the bag.

Swimsuit. Check! Toiletries. Check! Sweater because it’s New England and temperatures drop faster than Nicki Minaj in her new video Check! Four dresses and one more bathing suit...Check! Check!

Within two hours, I was staring at a pristine lake in Northern New Hampshire. So this was it. Summer in New England is coming to a close.
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The Lake House

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Lake Winnisquam

 Dinner

We went to O Steak’s & Seafood. We started with appetizers and cocktails at the bar. I really enjoyed laughing and chatting with the bartender. He was charismatic and boy does he know how to make a delicious cocktail!

 

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O Steaks & Seafood

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Wine.On.Tap ,,, Amazing!

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O Steaks & Seafood Patio

This appetizer was incredible
Pops- beef, blue cheese, bacon bits

That view….

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Amazing sunset view while dining at O Steaks & Seafood

 The Next Day

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Sunday breakfast- the perfect quiche

I had a slight fear of lakes before this trip. I remember swimming in a dusty brown lake when I attended summer camp as a tot. Weird tickling sensations rubbing against my legs, slippery algae between my toes, and the stillness of the murky lake made my stomach turn. But not this lake. It was so inviting! Clear waters and the perfect temperature for swimming.

 

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My first time kayaking!

This adventure was a lovely intermission. Thanks for coming with me, everyone!

Now I have a question for you…lakes or oceans?

Where will On The Run With V go next? Follow my Instagram for the latest updates!

On The Run With V: Sunsets and Beaches

This past year I took travel to an entirely different level. Every three weeks, from January to May, I traveled outside of Massachusetts  – every 3 weeks! I know, it’s bananas. With everything that happened last summer, I wanted nothing more than to be far away from Boston and closer to friends…lucky for me, most of my friends live in warm beautiful cities. Polar Vortex 2014 vs. Sunny Paradise…

Hmmm, that’s a tough one!

 Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of my favorite photos and videos from destinations around the world..well, not really..I tend to travel to the same locations over and over again but really, does it matter? I am not complaining! 😀 My pictures and videos each hold special memories and a piece of my heart. I hope you enjoy them. If you’re feeling adventerous, follow my Instagram hashtag #OnTheRunWithV. You won’t be disappointed.

Welcome to WAMC’s first travel series!

On The Run With V: Sunsets and Beaches

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Barcelona, Spain

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Coral Gables, FL

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Kauai, Hawaii

  Love like travel is a series of moments that we immediately leave behind – Elizabeth Eaves

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Kauai, Hawaii

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What’s your favorite travel destination? Leave your response in the comment section below- I look forward to reading your responses!

xo  V

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La Vie En Rose

This year has been full of highs and lows and just as things were starting to look up, life happened. Minor setbacks are frustrating but I refuse to allow them to cripple me. Uh huh, honey!  I am moving forward with my life and doing so with a positive outlook. I do have my moments, but that’s what yoga and kickboxing are for, right? 😉

Some people ask me how I maintain such a positive energy despite everything I’ve been through. It’s simple. I did my time- I spent several months self-reflecting, trying to make sense of my life. My fight is won-if I can survive last summer, I can get through anything. So pardon me while I live my life through rose colored glasses  (hence the post title, La Vie En Rose) because from where I’m standing, things are looking good and they can only improve.

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La Vie En Rose, Summer Edition

Two days after attending The Good One’s Chef Battle ,I had the 1st of 5 reconstructive hand surgeries. I usually shed a few tears as the nurses wheel me away from my family to the operating room but not this time, guys!  I was all, “yah, I’ve got this! Oh! Look at that room. I had surgery in OR 315 last year!” The nurses smiled and waved as I went by- they remembered me from last summer…I guess I made quite the impression when I asked if I could have prosciutto as my post-op meal. What else would I want after 12 hours of fasting?!

While I waited (impatiently) for the doctors to anesthetize me, my girlfriend Karissa walked over from the cardiology department for a quick chat, isn’t that sweet?  Thanks Karissa!

Next, I was taken into the frigid operating room and chatted with the doctors and staff about my summer until I drifted off to sleep. When I woke up in the recovery room I cried and told the staff how much I loved them! haha A BIG thank you to Dr. Goverman, Dr. Fagan and their staff at the MGH Burn Unit for taking such good care of me.

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My pre-op happy face…do you see the fear in my eyes?

Last week I went back to MGH for my post-op appointment and my doctors’ were extremely impressed with the results. This news is helping to calm my nerves for my 2nd surgery on September 5th. Despite having gone through 5 surgeries in the last few years, just the thought of anesthesia makes my skin crawl! Here’s to surgery #2 being just as successful as the 1st.

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Oh Hay Tom Brady! Fancy seeing you here

Once my hand healed, I was ready to get off the couch and have some fun. My girlfriend Jenna scored last minute tickets to the New England Patriots Training Camp and lucky for me, she asked me to join her! We sat 5 rows from the field. 5 ROWS! It was icredible. We could see Tom Brady’s pearly whites every time he laughed and joked with his teammates. Tom Brady. He’s just like us! I thought Jenna was going to faint at least 5 times throughout the practice but she held it together haha. We really wanted to get an autograph but no such luck. We must have missed the memo about bringing a cute child to dangle over the field. Next time, it’s game on- we will BOTH bring a child!

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She couldn’t even…

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Patriots Nation!

The following weekend I attended an incredible blogger trip to Saratoga, NY for the horse races. I’ll post details about that another day but here is a sneak peak:

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Spending time with Black Jack

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Bloody Mary Bar at the Boston Blogger Brunch

On Sunday, I spent a relaxing evening in Newburyport with a friend. We started off at Brine for cocktails and oysters then headed to Ceia Kitchen for an incredible dinner. I think we ordered everything off the menu! We had an assortment of cheeses, charcuterie (naturally), and an assortment of their small plates.

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Downtown Newburyport, MA

If you visit Ceia, which I highly recommend, you’ll notice beautiful award plaques hanging on the wall. For three consecutive years, Ceia was honored as Newburyport’s first and only ‘Award of Excellence’ by Wine Spectator. Wine lovers, prepare to be impressed by the extensive wines offered by the glass and bottle.

Ceia Cheese Plate

Ceia Cheese Plate (photo taken from Ceia’s website)

I was thrilled to see they had one of my favorite cheeses on their menu-Leonara. It’s a soft goat cheese with a grassy, mild goat flavor from Leon, Spain. I recommended eating it before your meal and if you’re a cheese lover like myself, have some after dinner drizzled with honey. It makes for a  lovely dessert and it also aids in digestion, how fitting!

Of all the small plates we shared, our favorite was The Egg– a coddled egg served in a mini mason jar with truffle, plump mushrooms and foie sauce. We also loved the stuffed squash blossoms and the gambas (shrimp) with Nora Chiles and garlic. The Nora chile is very mild and it has a nice sweet taste that complimented the gambas perfectly.

I apologize for not taking any photos to share with you. I was really into the experience and my iphone went untouched for a few hours. Shocking, I know!

The Best is Yet To Come

— I received a callback from the audition I had back in May! I  had my second audition last Friday and I think it went really well. Fingers crossed! The production process is a slow one but it’s worth the wait. Eek! I’m so excited!

— It happened again. My incurable wanderlust has resurfaced and soon I’ll be packing my bags and heading overseas. Can you guess where I’m headed? Check out my Instagram to find out!

La vie en rose isn’t so bad, is it?

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Advice from a great friend

Cheers To The Weekend

MORE pictures from my recent trips to Miami

I get so emotional looking at these pictures…I love Boston but Miami is near and dear to my corazon

Click play & scroll down…oh and add a little fist pump action! Come on…get up and dance!

Keep Calm And Love Miami

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Carry-On Luggage, I travel light

Carry-On Luggage, I travel light

Miami Skyline

Miami Skyline

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College Buddies

Kel!

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Dried Raspberries kick a**

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Latin Products at Publix Supermarket—>Giddy Vanessa

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Toro Bluefin Tuna

Toro Bluefin Tuna

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Bird Man

Byrd Man

This guy!

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Publix

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University of Miami

Sweeties

Sweeties

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The Rat @ University of Miami

Graziano's antipasto

Graziano’s antipasto

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The University of Miami

south beach traffic jam dance party

south beach traffic jam dance party

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Until next time…

Miami Restaurants, More Than You Can Chew

Here’s a sneak peak slideshow featuring pictures from my Miami trips this year. I ate more than I care to admit but I did it for the nookie, I mean I did it for WAMC- This is a food blog after all and since I’ve been dining out more than cooking, I want to share my experiences with you.

I cannot wait to share all of the other pictures I have from some amazing restaurants in Miami- For example, Guy Fierie’s favorite spot, La Camaronera!

95% of the Miami restaurant pictures that I want to share with you are on my laptop…which is dead…oh and I’m sitting in the Charles de Gaulle airport, without a converter, which explains the short slideshow. But sit tight and be patient, I will share the tempting photos very soon!

PS- It’s 11:35am here in Paris and I have yet to sleep…please excuse any typos 😛

Xo

V