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

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.

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

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.

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Relais Villa Vittoria- Hotel Review-Lake Como, Italy

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)

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Dream Honeymoon Planning Tips (My Top 3!)

It has been a whirlwind past two months with so many “pinch me, is this real life?” moments that I can’t even count them all.  I took a break from the blog to savor every minute of my final engaged days, prepare for the wedding and then completely detach for our ceremony and the nearly three week dream honeymoon. I couldn’t have asked for a better time in my life. The pure love emanating from family and friends along with my now husband; the fairy tale wedding from the venue to the dress to the party itself; and the honeymoon that still makes me drool when I look at the spectacular views I was privileged enough to see; these were all enough to keep me happy for a lifetime.

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First Time Airbnb Guest Experience and $20 off your next stay!

What do you do when you get invited to five fantastic weddings for close friends and family while trying to plan and pay for your own? You accept them all and figure it out of course! At least, that’s what my fiancé and I have done this past year. We are blessed to have so many great people surrounding us and to be asked to share in so many special days. However; the both exciting and daunting part of this year’s festivities was that four of the weddings happened to be out of state. We wanted to do everything we could to make it work financially without compromising our savings for our own big day!

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86 This! in Ellsworth, Maine

Today is my second write-up about Maine this summer. I took another trip up to the vacationland for my cousin’s bridal shower. Except this time I went WAY up in Maine. My family lives in a small town called Cherryfield (and by small I mean unpopulated…we’re talking 1000 total residents across 44 square miles) about 4 to 5 hours north of the state border. To give you some perspective, the closest major grocer is about a  forty five minute drive. The mall is a mere hour and a half haul along with the closest highway. Cherryfield is untouched; it still looks like it probably did 40 years ago. A small little old fashioned general store/grocer is your option if you forgot something on your trip out to the large grocery store.  Also, forget about cell-phone service; once you’re in town your social media browsing and texting goes out the window. But, in this town it’s perfect to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the quiet and beautiful surroundings. It’s overgrown with wild blueberry fields (their claim to fame is their title of [wild] Blueberry Capital of the world) and houses are speckled across the town’s 44 mile expanse.  Everybody knows everyone and it’s a community unlike anything you’ll find in suburbia NJ. It’s just one big family.  I spent countless summers with family up there and this was my first warm weather visit in over 12 years. Albeit, my visit was a short 36 hours I did manage to pack a lot into my time there.

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Review of Fox’s Lobster House-York, Maine

Maine, The Journey, York | July 10, 2015 | By

Over the fourth of July I made my second annual visit to Rye Beach, New Hampshire with my fiancé and his family for their yearly holiday festivities. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read about the serene, but small, stretch of beach that his family calls home here is a link to last year’s post. There is a fun little blurb on the area and reviews of two MUST visit restaurants. I was more than just a little excited to get my fill of Petey’s Seafood again this year. I had a plate of their famous fried clams in front of me less than 2 hours after my arrival (We don’t like to waste any time!).

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Best Instagram Accounts for Food-Lovers, Wanderlust, and Party Planning

Instagram is definitely one of my favorite social media outlets. I can get lost for hours in the photo feeds. It’s also happens to be a great resource for ideas, inspiration and motivation for both the blog and my personal life in general. While I love to scroll through my friend’s accounts; there are three general categories I tend to browse when I’m not getting my daily dose of friend updates.  These areas are food (no surprise there!), travel, and party planning (My wedding on the horizon has really spiked this category).

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The Top 6 Must See and Do List of Puerto Rico

Oh Puerto Rico….take me back! I had the opportunity last month to travel to Puerto Rico with my best friend, who just so happens to be a native of this commonwealth. After growing up there for several years she moved with some of her family to the good old USA (and thank god she did or we wouldn’t be friends today!). For her 30th birthday she invited a large group of friends to accompany her for a few days of fun in the sun, exploring, and visiting her home.  What a way to experience Puerto Rico this was. Having the chance to see a new place from a local’s perspective is always so rewarding. Our five day trip was action packed with scheduled activities that highlighted the best of the tourist spots and local favorites.

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BTP One Year Reflection

I can’t believe today marks one whole year since I launched Behind the Plates.  I can’t begin to describe what a fun and rewarding experience it has been so far. I started the blog as a selfish way to incorporate my passion for food back into my everyday life again. There was a small hope that others might appreciate it as well. However, I truly did not know what to expect. I decided that as long as I was accomplishing my own personal goal of celebrating my love of all things food than it would be a worthwhile journey.

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