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Travel, Wine, and Dine has definitely been focusing more on the travel and wine lately, with a departure from the recipes and cooking that used to be a bigger part of my blog and my life. Life happens, people change, and there are times when being in the kitchen is a little less appealing that being out and about, working really hard on growing my career, and seeing as much of the world as possible.

twice baked sweet potato mash

I do still cook, in between nights out and takeout and those nights where cereal is the only thing that is possible. I’ve been trying to make lots of entree salads as well as shrimp, veggies, some sort of sauce, and pasta.

This twice baked sweet potato dish was inspired by one of the many articles that I have been reading, trying to find quick, healthy recipes for weeknight meals. While it’s getting warmer out, nights are still chilly, so this sweet potato mash is perfect either on its own or with main dish. Greek yogurt adds in protein, and the sweet potato and kale are chock full of nutrients.

How to make it:

I simply baked two large sweet potatoes until they were soft, scooped out the filling and mixed it with the following:

2 cups chopped kale and 1 cup chopped yellow onion, sautéed in oil until soft

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

dash garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper, all to taste

I pureed the ingredients together until soft and silky, then topped with a generous sprinkling of crumbled feta. I put back in the oven at 400 for about 10 minutes and this easy Meatless Monday meal was ready to serve.

I’m excited for gardening and farmers markets and all of the beautiful seasonal produce they will bring!

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I’m not done with Tanzania yet! I have a few more blog posts to write, and I plan on savoring each photo and memory as I write about this experience of a lifetime.

For other posts on our travel in Tanzania, check out these links:

Luxury Accommodations at Maramboi Tented Camp, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park  Safari with Overseas Adventure Travel, Tanzania

Serengeti Camping

Serengeti Game Drives

Shanga and Riverhouse Arusha Tanzania

cooking demonstration ArushaOn the same day we had an incredible experience at Shanga, we relaxed over lunch at Arusha Coffee Lodge. It was a luxurious property that was a real treat for our travel-weary bodies. We arrived at the Arusha Coffee Lodge and were welcomed with creamy cold coffee drinks that were just what we needed after our morning at Shanga. We found seats under a shaded pavilion and then gathered around to watch a Tanzanian cooking demo.

arusha coffee lodge

Our chefs showed us how to make delicious Tanzanian dishes such as Makande (mixed bean pot), Pilau (spiced rice), and Kuku Paka (chicken in coconut).


Meanwhile, polenta bubbled away in a cauldron. Once ready, it would provide the perfect base for the saucy dishes we enjoyed.

arusha coffee lodge

Sticking with the South African wine theme that was woven through our Tanzania trip, we shared a bottle of Graham Beck brut, always a favorite of mine. A wine trip to South Africa is on my bucket list!

Graham Beck

Lunch was simply amazing, a mix of spices and fresh ingredients that made us all go back for more.

food in Tanzania

After lunch we all moved on to a comfy seating area for orange cake and to sample coffee grown on the plantation down the street. The coffee was smooth and rich, perfect without milk or sugar. Simple, perfect, just the way so many things in Tanzania were.

Orange Cake

arusha coffee lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge is most definitely a place I would love to visit again, perhaps to stay on the way to Tarangire. It’s well located, elegant, and has an excellent food and beverage offering.

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After a winter of hibernating, traveling, and being sick for about five weeks,  life has kicked into go-go-go. We’re away almost every weekend, I have some exciting new work projects, I’ve been *trying* to run, and of course, we have been sampling Boston’s delicious dining scene. Below are a few favorite shots over the past few weeks. Feel free to share where you’ve been out and about!

Stephi's in Southie Cocktails

We made our first visit to Stephi’s in Southie on the way to my birthday dinner at Moonshine 152 and we have been back several times since. I love that the bar is big and spacious and that they have wine flights. Their cocktails are also delicious. The above is a whiskey drink with a float of Malbec. It was SO good.

Below are Stephi’s nachos, which are epic. We weren’t even planning on getting food, but we saw someone else get these and had to have them. To.die.for. Maybe I should be doing more running. . .

Nachos at Stephi's

While I was recovering from the severe flu/dengue fever that I had in March, I went through a period of being really, really down, and one night just needed to get out of the house. We decided to check out the Tavern at Quarry Hills at the Granite Links Golf Club. The views of Boston and the ocean are stunning, and the food and drinks and service are all excellent. Definitely get the bacon fondue with apples and croutons.

Granite Links

Tavolo, a quick walk from home, has become our favorite after work spot for its pizzas, pasta, cocktails, and of course, desserts. We love one of the bartenders there, and it’s just a really good community spot. It’s hard not to go every night.

Tavolo Ashmont

Myers + Chang is a tried (many times) and true favorite, and you can trust their menu to delight your senses. Fried oysters topped with a pineapple concoction were the perfect antidote to yet another gray and cold Boston day.

Myers + Chang

Finally, we have drinks and apps at Temezcal. There was one day this Spring that was nice enough to sit outside, so we met friends and enjoyed Temezal’s gorgeous patio views and stellar margaritas. I like mine spicy so went with the Picante, which includes blood orange puree and habanero-infused simple syrup. Yum.

margarita at Temezcal

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