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Off the Beaten Strip: Rhythm Kitchen in Las Vegas

When in Vegas, the Strip is the center of the experience. But the local experience is often where you can find some great gems. And Rhythm Kitchen Seafood & Steaks fits the bill.

The restaurant features a New Orleans theme with excellent Cajun food. I first tried this place a couple of years ago when stumbling upon it looking for a furniture store. And recently, I attended Rhythm Kitchen’s Food and Wine Dinner. It did not disappoint.

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Paris Meets L.A.: Diner En Blanc 2015

“The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.” 

~Author Unknown

 

We were in a panic.

The event date came out two and a half weeks before the dinner. Our registration was a mere week before the dinner. And we got in. And promptly panicked.

Diner en Blanc, an annual tradition that started in Paris, is shrouded in mystery. Thousands gather for a giant pop-up picnic at a secret location not disclosed until you are on the bus to the event.

Needless to say, I was intrigued. And needless to say, we were strapped for time. We had to rent tables, find pullies (because the table and chairs were heavy), get our all-white outfits together, figure out accessories, and figure out the food. Not to mention the rest of life that continued occurring with no regard for our time crunch. My friend Tyra (yep, two Tyras) and I scrambled to get our lives together in time. And by the day of the event, we were both kind of over it. All of this trouble for a dinner… Was it really worth it? We figured no, but we would go along for the ride.

We were totally wrong.

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Got Pork? The Big Bite Bacon Fest Does

A friend once told me that bacon makes everything better. She was right.

And this mantra was definitely confirmed by the chefs, food trucks and general pork lovers who attended the 2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest this weekend. The festival, held at The Queen Mary in Long Beach on August 1 and 2, featured a vast array of pork-filled dishes, live music, games, and did I mention pork?

I was in heaven. It was a pork smorgasbord of epic proportions. Signature dishes included bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, bacon quesadillas, pulled pork, bacon-wrapped shrimp and drumsticks, bacon maple donuts, and even bacon cinnamon rolls.

“We are committed to growing the Big Bite Bacon Fest in order to welcome all passionate bacon lovers,” commented Big Bite Event’s Chief Bacon Officer, Mark Entner. “We have expanded the festival into two-days and secured double the number of bacon purveyors to participate to create a sensory overloaded environment where bacon enthusiasts can truly enjoy all things bacon.”

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Embracing Independence: My Solo International Adventure

“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.

~Roman Payne, The Wandress

I would love to say that my first foray into solo international travel was based on some grandiose plan, some well thought out quest to see the world. But really, it was because I was simply tired of waiting.

Sure, in my Goals post that I wrote earlier this year, I laid out the fact that I wanted to take a solo, international, pleasure trip. But when I wrote that, I wasn’t sure I was ready to do it so soon. But I made a goal for myself—along with the goal to see one new state and one new country every year—and I wanted to stick to it. And all of my friends had reasons—some valid, some not so much—about why they couldn’t travel with me internationally this year, even though I had been trying to orchestrate a trip for well over a year. I had finally reached my ‘put-up-or-shut-up’ point with myself. So I pulled the trigger and booked something on my own.

I can’t believe I waited so long.

Initially, I had chosen Turks and Caicos as my destination. But after a series of unfortunate events, I ended up with a solo ticket to Panama.

And. It. Was. Awesome.

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Thrillist’s Culinary Roadtrip Brings the Nation’s Regional Specialties to LA

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”

~James Beard

Been hankering to eat your way across the country on a coast-to-coast road trip but don’t have the time? Thrillist has the solution for you.

Whenever I visit a new location, I try to experience the local food delicacies. I want to enjoy the foodie spots and items that a local experiences. Well, Thrillist had the same idea. So this weekend it hosted the “Culinary Roadtrip,” which was a smattering of local delicacies at Siren Studios in Hollywood.

All of the delicious food and none of the driving? Let’s dig in.

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Blogger 2 Boss Conference Recap

“There is no such thing as fashionably late when fashion is your business.”

~ Lisa Petty, Founder, DFW Style Daily

This past weekend was the inaugural Blogger 2 Boss Conference hosted by Dallas fashion and lifestyle publication DFW Style Daily.

The day-long conference (with Friday night welcome cocktail party) featured numerous speakers on various topics, and was held at the NYLO Hotel Dallas/Las Colinas.

Leah Frazier, Editor of DFW Style Daily and owner of Diamond Icon Image and Styling Consultants, stated that the entire purpose of the conference was “education.” Having been to numerous blogger conferences that amounted to extended networking sessions, she wanted to provide Dallas- (and other) area bloggers with real knowledge to help them grow their blogs and turn them into businesses, hence making them “bosses.”

And education certainly was achieved.

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