Easy Recipe: Pot Roast Poutine

Easy Recipe: Pot Roast Poutine

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareIceColdFun #CollectiveBias If there’s one thing I know about my culinary inclinations I know I’ve got the best of both worlds. As a gal that was born in Canada but moved to the states when I was young, I was able to pick up foodie cues from both my Canadian-born mother and American-born father. It’s this melding that gives me inspiration to meld the two cultures’ dishes together. This time I’ve taken…

Cedar Point Brew and BBQ: Coaster Thrills and Foodie Delights

Cedar Point Brew and BBQ: Coaster Thrills and Foodie Delights

Five words: my family loves amusement parks. They’re a way to pull ourselves out of our normal routine and forget the daily grind exists for a few hours. There’s a huge bonus when a theme park has fun foodie offerings apart from chicken nuggets and fries. If there’s beer (and good, craft beer!)? Even better. So when you add all three of those together, what do you get? You get Cedar Point Brew and BBQ, of course! We headed up to Sandusky, Ohio for the third annual festival’s 2017 kickoff weekend…

Braddock’s Mother’s Day Brunch: Made to Order Dining

Braddock’s Mother’s Day Brunch: Made to Order Dining

Think of the last holiday you celebrated. Now think about what you ate that day. There’s a definite correlation with enjoying a great meal and holidays, right? For my family, splurging on a holiday family meal and when it involves Mother’s Day we know it’s got to be special. Last Sunday we hit one of our favorite Pittsburgh restaurants, Braddock’s American Brasserie, for its brunch and the takeaways were plentiful. Between the delicious dishes, custom order bars, and fun atmosphere, we know there’s only one way to explain our day:…

5 Reasons to Love the Easter Brunch Buffet at Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie

5 Reasons to Love the Easter Brunch Buffet at Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie

It’s no secret that Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie is one of our favorite Pittsburgh restaurants. The menu is always delightful and filled with delicious dishes. The staff and ambiance are always inviting and warm. And the special menus? Don’t even get us started on the creativity there. Here’s our five fave menu items from the Easter brunch buffet at Braddock’s. For Easter, Braddock’s rolled out a brunch buffet menu that was filled with twists on traditional Pittsburgh dishes and decadent desserts, too. The shining stars of the buffet were tasty and filling and kept…

7 Places to Celebrate Pi Day in Pittsburgh

7 Places to Celebrate Pi Day in Pittsburgh

When it comes to celebrating Pi Day (a salute to the never-ending ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter), my family gets on board every year. My hilarious husband even bought me a t-shirt  from Think Geek with the mathematical symbol on it as a gift. When I think pi, in this foodie family I automatically think pie that’s either sweet or savory, so I asked local foodies where they’d go to celebrate Pi Day. From the delicious desserts to tasty Italian staples, here’s seven fun places to celebrate…

Beauty and the Beast Cupcake Recipe: Caramel White Chocolate Buttercream

Beauty and the Beast Cupcake Recipe: Caramel White Chocolate Buttercream

There’s so much happy chat surrounding the live action remake of Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast that I’m happily following along with anticipation. With the anticipation comes inspiration for me! It’s this combination that got me back in the kitchen to create a delicious caramel white chocolate buttercream recipe inspired by the film. I took pieces from the movie (Belle’s iconic dress, pearls, and, of course the red rose) for the frosting decoration and love the classic tastes of both the dense caramel cupcake and white chocolate buttercream frosting. Beauty and…

Revel + Roost in Pittsburgh: Casual Dining with Flair

Revel + Roost in Pittsburgh: Casual Dining with Flair

In my book, there’s nothing wrong with  celebrating Valentine’s Day, family style. Actually, there’s everything right about it. On Valentine’s Day Eve, we headed into Pittsburgh to sample Revel + Roost’s Prix Fixe menu – and oohed and ahhed over every bite. Here’s our dining experience in photos. Revel + Roost, the in-house restaurant for Hilton Garden Inn at Market Square, has such a fun concept. Its two-story space is party on the bottom floor (Revel), business casual atmosphere on the top (Roost). We had the pleasure of taste-testing Roost’s…

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie: The Battle of the Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu

Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie: The Battle of the Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu

While Mr. Locke and I may torment each other on what we love (and don’t love) to eat, there’s always a silver lining, especially when it comes to menu tasting. We had the pleasure of being hosted to taste test Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie’s Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu this weekend and literally tried everything on the menu. So why not have a little fun (all’s fair in love and food, right?) and choose winners in a he said, she said style? It’s such a pleasure to sample new, creative flavor…

Things We Love | January 2017 Edition

Things We Love | January 2017 Edition

Wow, January certainly flew by like a strong storm (happily, we didn’t get many of those last month)! With the ringing in of the new year, new beauty and travel products caught my eye – and I’m happy to share with you my favorites and things we love (and continue to love!) for January 2017. ALEX AND ANI Living Water Bangle Not only are the ALEX AND ANI bangles super popular for Disney fans (the Walt Disney World shops have a hard time keeping them in stock!), but the company’s…

Last-Minute Game Day Sunday Recipe Ideas

Last-Minute Game Day Sunday Recipe Ideas

Scrambling for last-minute ideas for Game Day Sunday? Compliments of a goodie box from Simple Mills I whipped up these delicious Game Day Sunday easy recipes just in time – when you’re at zero hour and ready to watch the big game! Don’t get me wrong, I love making menu items from scratch. Some days are so busy, though, I like to fall back on quick (and super easy) snack ideas that my family won’t turn their noses up at  – and ones that are healthier than traditional recipes without…