July 4th. At one of my favorite places of all time…


Outer Banks, NC.

We meet again 🙂


With some of my favorite people.


Doing some of my favorite things.


Great wine. Delicious snacks.

Trio Restaurant & Wine Bar.


Long warm sunny beach days.


Soundside cocktails.


With sunset views.


And fresh local eats to die for.

Tuna Carpaccio. The Brine and Bottle.


Already can’t wait to make the drive in over this bridge again in just a few short days for round 2…

 Life is good 😀

Well heyyyyyy there strangers!!

Kidding. Sorta? I mean… it has been a while and all 😉

I decided to escape all this “first winter’s snow” nonsense and head south to gorgeous Key West, Florida for some good times and pre-birthday celebrations!!


And the Truman Hotel was just the perfect lil’ boutique hotel to spend a few days of fun in the sun!

I mean how can you turn down pool-side breakfast during mid-January in your bathing suit???

Or Duval Street cocktails on a warm winter evening outside??

Especially when there’s good friends involved!! 🙂


Of course it wouldn’t be vacation without taking in the local sights???….


I mean just the cutest craziest dog I’ve ever seen!!

And enjoying some local flavors 😀


In case you missed on Instagram, these sashimi tuna nachos with wonton crisps, seaweed salad and wasabi soy glaze from Schnooner Bar were out-of-this-world good!

And this wood-fired 4 cheese pizza from Onlywood with the most amazingggggggg ricotta was so good that this may have in fact happened…


I have no shame. So there 😛

Key West was just so fabulous that I’m already ready to head back for some more… birthday celebrations or not!!!


I mean, wouldn’t you be? 🙂


Back for a fun blog-inspired recipe soon! 


I promise… I do still actually do some cooking around here 😉

… sometimes life just gets in the way :/

I know that I’ve been less than stellar at posting any sort of regular recipes these days. And should probably change the name of this blog to “EatsOutFanatic” or something like that…

I blame the house being on the market coupled with warm summertime weather that’s keeping me from whipping up dishes on the regular?

So while things are sort of in limbo, I’m going to have to share a repeater recipe with you guys that I absolutely want to make again soon.

I’ve had a few folks try it out as well and love it too, which always makes me happy happy 🙂 

And which is why I love this blog so much <— duhhh, food makes people happy!

Poor Man’s “Crab” Cakes.

Somehow this recipe transforms a can of regular ol’ tuna into something that is super tasty n’ delicious and comes about as close to the deliciousness of a crab cake as you can get without using the lil’ shelled guys themselves!

Plus, more than likely you have the majority of these ingredients in your kitchen right now.  And if you don’t, go spend the extra $2.19 and grab what you’re missing to make ’em 😉  I promise, you will not be disappointed!

That crispy brown crust really brings its flavor A-game, that’s for sure!

They are so cute and mini too, which makes them cook up perfectly and evenly and get that wonderful crust I was just rambling on about :P

Me, rambling? Never….

If you’re feelin’ a lil’ spicy, top your “crab” cakes with some hot sauce too!  I think we all know the answer to that one for this lady…


Okay so I have to tell you that one of my biggest fears in my “pre-tuna-liking phase” of life was how fishy tuna could taste when prepared certain ways.

Well let me just tell you that there is no fishy taste here my friends!  Not sure if the sweet corn cuts it, or the dijon and worcestershire balance it, or what really happens behind the scenes…?

All I know is that if I was doing a blind taste test of these I’m not sure that I’d be able to pin down tuna as the key ingredient here.  Crazy, huh? 

They were also just flat out really good.  That darned crispy browned crust surrounding a perfectly moist, sweet corn filled inside was enough to just woo me into eating six of them? 

Yea, I said it haha ;)

So go ahead, even if you’re a bit skeptical on canned tuna, maybe give these a whirl and let me know if you love them as I much as I did too!