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Dolce Isola

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - blogger meetup

That’s my new blogging buddy Caroline!  She was my date while touring B&K Sugar Arts Lab; afterwards we sauntered down the street to Dolce Isola
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…a.k.a. The Ivy Bakery.  I’ve eaten at The Ivy once, long before blogging, with Poom – she was in town visiting and wanted to spot a celebrity.  (We saw Hulk Hogan.)

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This cafe is a lot more manageable; we went the day before Thanksgiving, so there were lots of pies on the counter…

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…I was also intrigued by the gelato…

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…but we wound up with flakey, buttery croissants.  There was a pumpkin cookie, too – didn’t snap a photo, but it was perfection.
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Stuffing Soup

recipe - soup/stew - vegetarian

Who has leftover Stuffing Mix?

When you google “Stuffing Soup” – you’ll find plenty of recipes using leftover stuffing…

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…but none “from scratch!”  This soup was the result of a craving for stuffing, but also a desire to not have an entire pan of it sitting in my fridge.

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Soup, though, I can handle soup.

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The best part of this – you can use extra stuffing bits as “croutons!”  It tastes even better the next day, too.

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(Gluten-Free and Martha-Approved, this is not.)

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Stuffing Soup (serves 6)

Ingredients

  • 1 TB Coconut Oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 8 oz white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups herb stuffing mix
  • 4 cups kale
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large pot, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions and cook til wilted, then add mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium high heat, until browned.

Pour in stuffing mix, veggie stock, and water. Stir. Add Kale, seasoning with salt and pepper. Wilt the greens down, then bring to a boil and serve with extra stuffing bits on top as “croutons.”

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Dockside at Playa Provisions

restaurant - salads

Playa Provisions is like my favorite Barbie of all time – Day-to-Night.  A totally different experience once the sun sets.

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(My mentioning Barbie has nothing to do with the stunning blonde who was my date.)

DSCN6508 Kailey is a longtime blog friend (we both started our sites around the same time) and she now works for the PR company that reps Playa Provisions.  Dockside is their high-end restaurant open for happy hour, dinner, and weekend brunch.
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We started off with Salt Cod Clam Chowder, with braised bacon in a Sourdough Bread Bowl…

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…and Ceviche (Albacore, Shrimp, Avocado, Coconut, Jalapeño, Lime, Passion Fruit, Radish, Salmon Roe) with Chips.

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Next up…

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…perfect Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash…

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…with fried sage, maple brown butter and toasted pepitas…

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…Cheesy Stone Ground Grits, Vinegar Cooked Collard Greens, Crispy Onions, Runny Soft Cooked Egg…

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…and two salads – Grilled Baby Romaine with Marinated Cippolini Onions, Radishes, Breadcrumbs, Creamy Garlic Dressing…

DSCN6532 …plus a Seafood Louie with Bay Shrimp, Crab, Lobster, Quinoa, Avocado and Papaya.
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DSCN6546Once we wrapped up on Chefs Nick Roberts/Brooke Williamson’s genius, we ended with Kristin Feuer’s perfect chocolate chip cookies (<—click for the recipe)…
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…warm n gooey…

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…served with Bourbon Milk.

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A perfect place for a dinner date – especially a blind blogger one.

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