Double Chocolate Peanut Butter and Nutella Zucchini Bread

Double Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Nutella Zucchini Bread

Today’s recipe is absolutely nutty! It’s an over-the-top, over-indulgent, but oh-so worth it spin on zucchini bread.


Barbecue Chicken and Summer Vegetable Bowls

Barbecue Chicken and Summer Vegetable Bowls

This week is going to be a duo of recipes to use up those garden produce! First is a build on to the last two recipes I posted (Buttermilk Avocado Dressing and Sweet Corn and Zucchini Cakes). I experimented eating the corn cakes quite a few ways. Eating them alone for lunch worked just fine. A side for a summer steak dinner was delicious as well. But, my favorite variation was my little bowl creation. I always see recipes for veggie packed “bowls” on Pinterest these days and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try whipping up one of my own.


Hideaway at La Bastide de Marie in Menerbes, France (Provence)

La Bastide de Marie-BTP

France, The Journey | August 15, 2016 | By

Today we explore a little village in the Provence region of France, Menerbes. Its number four of five for the honeymoon diaries (Check some of these: for other adventure stories here, here, and here )Before going to the South of France for myself I had no clue that the entire South Easter coast (including Nice and Cannes) is considered Provence! So when my husband and I kept telling people we were heading to Provence next we would get wide eyed stares followed by “yes, but where?”. Finally someone explained to us that the whole area was considered the Provence region and the little town we were specifically staying in is how we should address our location. Lesson Learned! Menerbes was a little town about 2 hours west and a little north from Nice. It is considered part of the Luberon Valley made up of other beautiful towns and villages like Rousillion, Isle Sur la Sorgue, Gordes, etc.


NEW Luxury Dine-In Movie Theater, iPic, Comes to Fort Lee, NJ

iPic Theaters-BTP

I will try to quickly get to the facts and the experience that you all are eager to read about.  When iPic theaters reached out to me to extend the invitation to come in for an advanced tasting and screening at their new (and only) state of the art theater in New Jersey, I was instantly excited.  The fact that I work a full time job with a long commute and carry very busy athletic and social calendars makes it extremely difficult to get to media events to represent Behind the Plates. So when I get an invitation for something that is interesting to me, relevant to the blog and my readers AND on an open day, I do a little happy dance. Ok, time to get down and dirty with the facts on this new theater.


Sweet Summer Corn and Zucchini Cakes

Summer Corn and Zucchini Cakes

I tried not to make you all wait too long for an idea of what to dallop that creamy buttermilk avocado dressing I put up earlier this week. For those of you who have already tried it, you most likely know it can really be used on and with anything. But, I know I sometimes need kitchen inspirations so here is my gift to all of you.


Creamy Buttermilk Avocado Dressing Recipe

Creamy Buttermilk Avocado Dressing BTP

I have been into the partial posts lately! If you are following along with my Honeymoon diaries you know already that the five part travel series is in progress. Well, I am going to do the same in this next set of recipes. Today is the first part of three for a scrumptious summertime meal.


A Seasonal Escape to Park Avenue Summer, NYC

Park Avenue Summer, NYC-BTP

Reviews, The Dish | August 5, 2016 | By

What do you do when you are having a honeymoon hangover and feeling a little like you aren’t getting the appropriate Vitamin D and excitement levels in your life? You whisk yourself and your husband off to a local getaway to ease the pain. At least that’s what we did. Just three weeks after our return from the honeymoon we were wander-lusting so hard that we booked a last minute weekend in New York City. After arriving at our Paris-inspired hotel, The NoMad, which had us flashing back to our European stays, we embarked on a tourist filled couple of days in our own backyard. We never take the time to explore New York City from a tourist perspective because we often take for granted that it’s “our city”. But, we realized we knew so little of the history of it that it was a perfect opportunity to pretend like newbies!


Top Five Things to Do in St Jean Cap Ferrat (Côte D’Azur )

Top 5 on St Jean Cap Ferrat

I have been back in full swing with work and home life for just about a month now. And while, I love my little life, boy would I give anything to still be honeymooning around France. And today I’m specifically day dreaming about the Côte D’Azur and the small peninsula of St Jean Cap Ferrat that we stayed on. This post is part three of five of my Honeymoon travel diary (see parts one and two here).  I’m going to be discussing all things Cap Ferrat and the many reasons you’ll fall in love with this location instantly like we did.


Princeton Lunch Dynamic Duo- Teresa’s Caffe and Halo Pub

Theresa Caffe and Halo Pub

Reviews, The Dish | July 28, 2016 | By

I’m taking a break from my travels today to share a summer staple lunch duo. This post would, could, should have been written years ago! A small group of us from my office started a quarterly tradition that has spanned the last five years. It involves two of my all-time favorite foods pizza and ice cream and the locations I’m about to share really have nailed down these food groups.


Relais Villa Vittoria- Hotel Review-Lake Como, Italy

Relais Villa Vittoria-Laglio, IT BTP

Italy, The Journey | July 25, 2016 | By

Today is Part two of this five part travel series. If you missed my tips for planning a Honeymoon you’ll want to start there (Dream Honeymoon Planning Tips- My top 3)