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Sharing is caring! And so it was, that I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in Negril, Jamaica, and my birthday dinner at Rockhouse.

One thing cool about many restaurants/hotels in Jamaica is that they will hire a cab or have their own car service bring you there for free. Can you IMAGINE if that were the case in Manhattan? So that was awesome. We took advantage and went to Rockhouse for my birthday dinner. It was raining on and off so unfortunately we weren’t able to sit outside but everything else was perfect.

Say hello to the seafood platter that I split with Nora (after some appetizers, of course!) It included lobster, coconut shrimp, and blackened mahi mahi. Sidenote – I hate when restaurants use the word “platter.” It sounds so unrefined to be like, “Yes, may I please have the seafood PLATTER?” Just gross. But name aside, my seafood combination was fantastic. I’m glad I was able to have some good lobster in Jamaica, since, I don’t know, they catch it right there on the beach, and the mahi mahi was fantabulous as well.

This was Kayti’s rock pot: broth with fresh seafood. But as you can see I’m focusing on the bread. That bread! So think and soft and can you just IMAGINE having it for french toast? So the bread was fabulous for dipping. Oh, somehow I did not get a picture of Andrea’s plate, but she had the snapper, which was a huge thing because Andrea is a strict vegetarian! I appreciated her trying some seafood since we were in JAMAICA and because initially I thought her being a vegetarian might be a bit of a “thing” in Jamaica and she wouldn’t have many options at meals. Well, it turned out to be no big deal at all and she turned out to eat seafood one time, which was fun.

Did I mention this was for my birthday? They sang for me, which was awesome. And us girlies split two desserts and they put a candle in mine.

This dessert was billed to us as “chocolate pudding” but “chocolate pudding” it was not! It was like pudding brownie or something and it was GREAT. ORDER THIS.

And also order this:

Have you ever had coconut creme brulee? Probably not. I am neither a coconut nor creme brulee person but it was pretty fab and my girls who are both coconut and creme brulee basically thought it was the best thing ever. So check it out.

And here’s a semi-blurry picture of us ladies standing by the water:

Uh okay, I meant *really* blurry.

Also, if you’re wondering what Rockhouse looks like during the day:

Uh, yeah. I realize this post is extremely photo-heavy, but this was Jamaica, dang it. So basically Rockhouse is beautiful since it’s on the cliffs. We actually considered staying here and I’m glad we didn’t, just because it seems like much more of a romantic getaway kind of place instead of a four girls want to hang at the beach kind of place. But I am glad we chose Rockhouse for my birthday dinner and I’m glad we went back to see it during the day.

And if I haven’t sold you on Jamaica yet as a destination, I’ve still got two more posts. ;)

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Okay, so maybe Thanksgiving was last week but you’re going to have to get over it for five seconds and look at all this good food!

Thanksgiving is the best. Lots of family and lots of food. And lots of Lions football but I’m not going there this time. :) Always love my Lions!

This year, Thanksgiving was at my cousin’s house in Rochester, Mi and there were 8.5 billion people and 8.5 billion dishes. Above you see turkey and mashed potatoes with green been caserole coming up from the back. There was this guy there I’ve never met before and he was like, “Why are you taking pictures of the food?” Um, hellooooooo! Haha. He was nice. ANYWAY.

Would you like some ham? Sweet potatoes? Carrots? The most amazing salad ever with strawberries and walnuts? Seriously, the salad. My aunt makes it every year and every year I love it. Yay thanksgiving!

Here is an added bonus of my little sister looking completely thrilled. It was during the part when you’ve got your plate all ready but you’re not sure if it’s rude or not to start eating. Ha.

Here is one of the lovely desserts. There were all kinds of pies and mini pies and who knows what but above is some sort of oreo creation and oreos are always so fab.

And here’s a piece of that action. Followed by some homemade pumpkin ice cream!

Pumpkin ice cream! Geeze, looking at these pictures makes me feel so worthless. I’m 25 and all I do is show up! I think my Dad brings a bottle of wine… so there’s that. We definitely weren’t lacking anything at this meal, but still. Maybe next year I’ll bring the wine. Haha.

And here’s one more pictures of my little sister trying to tame one of the thousand dogs that were running around. Oh, and if you’re wondering yes, she is dressed like an elf, and no that’s not a usual thing (someone did ask us that) but we dressed like elves for the Lions game this year. It was fun! We even had little elf hats. I brought mine back to New York just incase, you know, I need it one day or something.

Happy weekend!

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If you’re ever in the mood for something sweet but you don’t want to go cray-cray, may I suggest Baked by Melissa? They are miniature cupcakes that decrease in price as you order more (which is great for them but not so great for you since it’s so easy to convince yourself to get another one… or four). They have all kinds of crazy flavors: mint, peanut butter and jelly, s’mores, red velvet, cookie dough, cookies and cream, peanut butter cup, tie-dye, and chocolate chip pancake (my favorite!).

Yeah… they’re pretty good. I could eat 5,000 chocolate chip pancake cupcakes. In fact, I feel like searching for a chocolate chip pancake cupcake recipe. Hmmm…

Anyway, it’s a good spot. And the girls who work there are really nice, even when you tell them that the last time you were in their music was so grating you wanted to get out as fast as you can (turns out it was an employee’s cover of Lady Gaga).

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Hi, Kelly. Where are you in my life? Oh yeah, probably on a plane some where, flying to other lands for no good reason except just to go.

Well, this photo is from Sundaes and Cones, which I went to for the second time in my life and this was Kelly’s first. I’m not going to lie, it was not half as exciting as the time we went to Milk and Cookies.

This is my tiny scoop of Strawberry Cheesecake, which was pretty good. It’s actually completely absurd of me to get a flavor besides vanilla with chocolate chips. This Strawberry Cheesecake needed some chocolate, so Kelly let me steal a bite or two of hers. Doesn’t the world know that everything is made better with chocolate chips? Strawberry Cheesecake Chocolate Chip probably would have been perfect for me.

Just so you know, Sundaes and Cones has fancy flavors like wasabi, ginger, and corn. Kelly and I both tried the Black Sesame and Kelly and I both made faces. We’ll stick with the classics, please.

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First, let me get this out of the way to avoid any confusion: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes are not cupcakes that taste like pumpkin, because that would be lame. No no, they are both pumpkin pies AND cupcakes. Meaning you bake tiny little pumpkin pies and then you bake the tiny little pumpkin pie inside of cupcakes. And that’s what you see here.

I wish I had learned more to cook when I grew up. Sure I can bake shiz, as witnessed by this post (although miss Laura Leebove was the Bake Queen and I was simply the Bake Assistant). But I mean my skills are limited and any time I have eaten a home-cooked meal with a man, it was because he had cooked it for me. Except that one time in college when we had an all-girls family dinner and one of my friends invited her boyfriend without telling us. And I believe my contribution came from a box (Hey, Stouffers lasagne is good!). ANYWAY, I feel like I am lacking a major Life Skill and I resolve to fix it – once I get over my stand off-ish attitude towards my kitchen (I really wish I didn’t share a kitchen). ANYWAY AGAIN. PUMPKIN PIE CUPCAKES.

To the left – miniature pumpkin pies, which were delicious. I may never make a pumpkin pie and only resort to making mini ones. Because they are good. Graham cracker crust, say what now. On the right – cupcake batter, and you see what’s starting to happen in the middle when we put the two together. After dropping the mini pumpkin pie into some cupcake batter, we poured a little cupcake batter on top.

After that, we made some cream cheese frosting and spread it on top. We made both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and we actually used vegan recipes for both and they were amazing! I took some to work with me the next day and my office mates were pretty impressed with that fact, especially because I told them after their first bite. They had no idea.

So, these pumpkin pie cupcakes were a fun treat. A pain in the butt because we made five thousand, but the pumpkin pie inside the cupcake is definitely a cool surprise. I would make these again. And if you’re looking for recipes, they all on foodgawker so check it. Happy Halloween!

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Well look at me drinking (eating?) some of the world’s most fantastique hot chocolate, found at Cafe Louvre in Prague. I just happened to mention my longing for some hot chocolate in the elevator coming down from the Astronomical Clock and a gentleman interrupted me and told me Cafe Louvre was the place to go. So thank you, gentleman for your wise suggestion because Cafe Louvre did not disappoint.

Not only did we have the cutest waiter known to man – seriously, you should have seen the way we talked to him and stared at him after he left, he was like a button. Too cute. We thought about asking him what he was doing later but then decided we didn’t want to break the allure and find out any details of his actual life. We’d rather just stare at him.

But the hot chocolate was thick like a candy bar, the kind that solidifies at the top and sort of turns into pudding when you’re not stirring it. Awesome!

Look at that beaut. The strange gentleman who told us of this place also told us they had fabulous desserts so we ordered these as well:

I’m not gonna lie, I’m not sure if Prague knows what they are doing with desserts, or if they have a different taste for them (side note – they do definitely know what they are doing with candy bars). Nora had tiramisu, D had apple crisp, and I had chocolate cake. Maybe it was because they were all served cold that we weren’t impressed, but really we weren’t fans of any of them. That chocolate cake did not get eaten. And I love me some chocolate cake. I should have had another hot chocolate instead.

And this is what we walked by on the way home:

Rough life. And ladies and gentlemen, I believe I have two final posts on Prague and then we are back to the good ol’ U S of A and back to the good ol’ NYC.

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One thing Germany has a lot of is gelato and I would have never guessed. This gelato happened to be down the block from Hofbrahaus, but it could have been anywhere, because it’s everywhere. I get the feeling that there is one gelato company that owns half of Germany because a lot of the branding and flavors were the same too. Of course it was no Caffe e Gelato. But it was still good. Lots of different flavors that the Germans translated for us – one that is based on a popular German candy/chocolate that I tried. It was delicious:

I’m so glad these boys were into sweets. Made life very nice.

And this is where I leave them. They didn’t come with us to Prague so say goodbye to the Germans! They should be coming back to the U.S. sometime in the spring – maybe April – so don’t worry, this isn’t the last you’ll be seeing of them. :)

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