Honey, Whats Cooking http://www.honeywhatscooking.com A food, travel & lifestyle blog. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:04:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl (vegan, gluten free, dairy free, healthy) http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/roasted-sweet-potatoes-chickpeas-buddha-bowl.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/roasted-sweet-potatoes-chickpeas-buddha-bowl.html/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:16:27 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9741 A healthy delicious Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl inspired by Middle-Eastern and Fall flavors. Confession. I’ve spent hours on Instagram looking up Buddha Bowls, or anything else for that matter. Sometimes I spend so much time on social media that I literally have no time to do anything else and I wonder why I...

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A healthy delicious Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl inspired by Middle-Eastern and Fall flavors.

Confession. I’ve spent hours on Instagram looking up Buddha Bowls, or anything else for that matter.Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

Sometimes I spend so much time on social media that I literally have no time to do anything else and I wonder why I can’t get things done. I have an addiction and I feel as though my life is passing me by. It’s totally a love hate relationship.Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

Some days I am so thankful for social media because I’m never really bored, I mean, I always have feeds to checkout, blogs to read, recipes to discover, people to interact with that I “think” I already know. Other times I absolutely can’t stand that I managed to waste 2 hours on Instagram alone!Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

My laundry keeps piling up, my blog timings are all over the place, I’m behind on sleep, and let’s not forget, I have a wedding to plan… which by the way I totally get ideas for from Pinterest and Instagram.Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

The way I see it, social media can’t be all that bad since I’ve been inspired by countless number of people on how to eat better, how to prepare quick and healthy meals, and just knowing there are others out there who share similar passions. It’s helped me become more aware of things I eat which brings me to the following recipe.Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

At first I was so intimated to make a Buddha Bowl, more so because of the beautiful creations I saw on Instagram that I found difficult to replicate. The key is to simply prep the ingredients and add them to a bowl without worrying too much about presentation, that is until you’ve learned the art of making a Buddha Bowl.Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

Here is a delicious Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl inspired by fall and middle-eastern flavors. It’s vegan, gluten free, and so healthy. Enjoy!Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas Buddha Bowl

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Chickpea Buddha Bowl (vegan, dairy free)
 
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A healthy delicious Buddha Bowl inspired by Middle-Eastern and Fall flavors.
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Recipe type: Buddha Bowl / Salad / Vegan
Cuisine: Middle-Eastern Inspired
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Garlic Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Paprika – ½ tsp
  • Cayenne Pepper – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste

  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Garlic Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Paprika – ¼ tsp
  • Cayenne Pepper – just a pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black Pepper – to taste

  • Tahini Sauce
  • Tahini – 2½ tbsp
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – 1½ tbsp
  • Paprika – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 2-3 tbsp

  • Buddha Bowl
  • Kale – handful (chopped)
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Sliced Beets
  • Parlsey – small handful (chopped)
  • Tahini – drizzle on top
  • Pumpkin Seeds – sprinkle a few
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.


  2. Spray a baking tray with extra virgin olive oil spray.


  3. Open a can of chickpeas.


  4. Using a paper towel, remove the access water from the chickpeas.


  5. Combine the chickpeas with extra virgin olive oil and the spices listed above.


  6. Transfer the chickpeas to one side of the baking tray.


  7. Chop a sweet potato.Skin on.


  8. Combine all the sweet potato ingredients in a bowl. Toss.


  9. Transfer the sweet potato to a baking tray.


  10. Evenly spread out the chickpeas and sweet potato.


  11. Into the oven for 30 minutes, but start checking around the 20 minute mark.


  12. In the meantime chop up the kale. Set aside.


  13. Slice the beets. Set aside.


  14. Chop up some parsley. Set aside.


  15. Prepare the tahini dressing with the ingredients listed above.


  16. Check on the chickpeas and sweet potatoes. Should be done.


  17. Prepare your bowl. First add the kale at the bottom. Place half the chickpeas on one side, and half the sweet potatoes on the other side. Place the beets in the center.


  18. Top with parsley.


  19. Top with tahini and pumpkin seeds. Eat immediately.



 

What’s your relationship with social media? Love it or hate it? How much time do you spend on social media?

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Best Spicy Rigatoni Vodka in New York: Carbone | NYC http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/carbone-nyc.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/carbone-nyc.html/#comments Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:28:45 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9724 Carbone NYC is classic, old-school Italian – you can’t leave here without trying the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka. Yes, it’s true, scoring a reservation at Carbone is nearly impossible, but book ahead of time or settle to dine here at an off-peak hour. The experience and food are well worth it. I headed to Carbone with...

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Carbone NYC is classic, old-school Italian – you can’t leave here without trying the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka.

Yes, it’s true, scoring a reservation at Carbone is nearly impossible, but book ahead of time or settle to dine here at an off-peak hour.
Carbone NYC

The experience and food are well worth it.Carbone NYC

I headed to Carbone with two close friends who were just as curious to try this classic, old school red sauce joint famous for their Spicy Rigatoni Vodka pasta. You simply can’t leave Carbone without trying it, it’s the best dish on the menu, possibly even the best dish of your life.Carbone NYC

One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to. Book ahead and come in hangry!Carbone NYC

Wine
Wine - Carbone NYC

Complimentary Starters
Tomato Focaccia Bread & Garlic Bread (top-left): The tomato focaccia bread was soft and delicious. The garlic bread was super buttery, seriously can’t go wrong with that.
Pickeled Cauliflower (top-right): Tangy, just okay for me.
Spicy Salami (bottom): Good.Complimentary Starters - Carbone, NYC

Antipasti
Zucchini Flowers: Absolutely incredible crab fitters sitting over a bed of creamy horseradish sauce which had a zing. Off to the side were beautiful zucchini ribbons. A favorite!Zucchini Flowers - Carbone NYC

Macaroni
Spicy Rigatoni Vodka: We ordered 3 “half orders” of the Spicy Rigatoni Vodka because we each wanted one. The Spicy Rigatoni is outstanding and definitely has a slight kick. Prepared in a creamy vodka sauce, this may possibly be the best pasta dish of your life. A favorite!Spicy Rigatoni Pasta - Carbone NYC

Meatballs: The meatballs are not on the menu, however your waiter will mention them to you. One order consists of three meatballs made with pork, beef and veal. Just keep in mind, the meatballs are seriously huge. I was able to detect some star anise in there. Although I really enjoyed the meatballs, I didn’t find them to be as tender as I had hoped, perhaps I was expecting too much.Meatballs - Carbone NYC

Complimentary Dessert
Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake: Delicious rainbow cookie. So moist! A favorite. Rainbow Cookie Cake - Carbone NYC

Coffee & Dessert
Coffee: Bold. Hot. Excellent.
Carrot Cake: Absolute perfection! Delicious and moist carrot cake with a side of ginger ice-cream which was not overwhelming. Possibly the best carrot cake I’ve had. A favorite!Carrot Cake - Carbone NYC

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Carbone
COST: $$$-$$$$
CUISINE: Italian
FAVORITES: Tomato Focaccia Bread | Zucchini Flowers | Spicy Rigatoni Vodka | Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake | Coffee | Carrot Cake
VERDICT: 4.75 / 5
Carbone NYC is an incredible Italian restaurant located in the Greenwich Village. Although getting a reservation here is tough, you should plan ahead months in advance. If all else fails, I recommend dining here at an odd hour. Once you settle in, grab a glass of wine and enjoy the complimentary appetizers, the focaccia bread is my favorite. And then of course, make sure you order a Spicy Rigatoni Vodka and Carrot Cake if nothing else. The service here is impeccable, the servers are dressed in suits so definitely appear dressy. Overall, phenomenal food, will definitely be back.
Food: Outstanding | Drinks: Excellent | Décor: Classy/Lively | Service: Excellent/Professional | Value: Pricy

LOCATION
181 Thompson Street, New York, NY
(greenwich village)

Carbone Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low Carb) http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/sauted-mushrooms-with-eggs-and-truffle-oil.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/sauted-mushrooms-with-eggs-and-truffle-oil.html/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:52:22 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9676 A delicious 6 ingredient brunch that is a crowd pleaser – Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil. People often ask me how I survived a long distance relationship with a man 3,000 miles away. Just like anyone, I had my doubts about being in a long distance relationship… When would I see him? How...

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A delicious 6 ingredient brunch that is a crowd pleaser – Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil.

People often ask me how I survived a long distance relationship with a man 3,000 miles away.Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil

Just like anyone, I had my doubts about being in a long distance relationship…
When would I see him?
How would I get to know him if I don’t spend time with him?
Wouldn’t this get expensive for me?
How would I trust him?
I took a chance and I got lucky, but there is definitely more to it.Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle OilRule #1: My fiancé and I made a rule that we would not go more than 3 weeks without seeing one another. This worked for us due to job flexibility – more him than I. Of course there were a few times neither one of us could get away from work and that duration was sometimes 6 weeks long.Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle OilRule #2: We almost always met up in our respective hometowns rather than some exotic vacation spot. This allowed us to really get to know one another and gain perspective on how we both live. The fancy dinners and romantic nights out quickly got old, we both wanted a glimpse of what real life would entail. When you spend two to three weeks at a time with someone, trust me you’ll quickly see the good, bad, and ugly. He saw me for who I truly was… the girl with glasses and frizzy hair hanging out in sweats all day while surfing the net. I got to witness the same… the guy without glasses and frizzy hair, but he did hang out in sweats all day while he worked and watched CNN. Yes, I’m all caught up on world news.Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle OilRule #3: A long distance relationship will quickly get expensive. My secret: I signed up for the right credit cards and used them wisely to earn miles, in turn I also scored some free trips to LA. Additionally, it helps that we both live next to two major cities that offer hourly nonstop flights which will help you find some really good deals.Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle OilRule #4: He made me feel secure, always. I can’t tell you how important this one is for a woman. I was always able to reach him and he was able to reach me. He made time for me even when his schedule did not permit. We rarely went more than one day without speaking or texting one another.Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil

One last thought, surviving a long distance relationship is a lot easier when you’re a little older and more settled in your career. In my 20s, this would have been a lot harder for me compared to now in my 30s. I hope my tips will help you should you ever find yourself in a long distance relationship.Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil

Alright now food! So you guys know truffle oil is my biggest weakness. I recently whipped up these Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil for myself. Super quick and easy recipe, don’t be intimidated by how gourmet it looks, it’s actually really, really simple. Just 6 ingredients and this brunch recipe is paleo, gluten free, dairy free and low carb. Doesn’t get better than that! Enjoy!Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil

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Sauteed Mushrooms with Eggs and Truffle Oil (Low-Carb, 6 Ingredients)
 
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A delicious and gourmet 6 ingredient brunch that is sure to please any crowd. No one will believe that you whipped up a meal like this in under 30 minutes.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Serves: 1-2 servings
Ingredients
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Organic Cremini Mushrooms – 1-8 Ounce Package (sliced)
  • Garlic – 2 cloves (chopped)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black Pepper – to taste
  • Organic Eggs - 2
  • Chives – a few (finely chopped)
  • White Truffle Oil – 1 tsp (drizzle all over)
Instructions
  1. Slice the mushrooms and chop the garlic.


  2. Heat up a skillet on medium heat. Once hot, add oil along with mushrooms and garlic. Stir.


  3. Saute until the mushrooms release their water, brown and the water evaporates. About 8-10 minutes.


  4. Now season with salt and black pepper to taste. Stir.


  5. Arrange the mushrooms so there are no gaps in the center.


  6. Crack 2 eggs over the mushrooms. Lower the heat to level 3 or low heat.


  7. Cover with a lid and allow the eggs to steam 5-7 minutes depending on how runny you like them.


  8. In the meantime, finely chop the chives.


  9. Eggs are done.


  10. Top with chives.


  11. Drizzle a teaspoon of truffle oil – don’t go too overboard since truffle oil is quite strong in flavor.


  12. Serve immediately. Serve over toast, in a taco, or eat as is... paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb!


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Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? What was a valuable tip you learned?
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That Truffle Pizza: The Mercer Kitchen | NYC http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/that-truffle-pizza-the-mercer-kitchen-nyc.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/that-truffle-pizza-the-mercer-kitchen-nyc.html/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 06:05:47 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9656 Located in the trendy Soho neighborhood, The Mercer Kitchen – a Jean-Georges Restaurant, serves up delicious French-American cuisine. The Mercer Kitchen made my New York City Bucket List and did not disappoint… I would go back in a heartbeat just for that Truffle Pizza with Fontina Cheese… OMG! And let’s not forget about the famous...

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Located in the trendy Soho neighborhood, The Mercer Kitchen – a Jean-Georges Restaurant, serves up delicious French-American cuisine.The Mercer Kitchen, Soho, NYC

The Mercer Kitchen made my New York City Bucket List and did not disappoint… I would go back in a heartbeat just for that Truffle Pizza with Fontina Cheese… OMG! And let’s not forget about the famous Valrhona Warm Chocolate Cake!
The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

The ambience at this underground restaurant is trendy and casual. It’s the perfect date spot.Bar - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

The Mercer Kitchen is known to use high quality ingredients, such as, organic salmon and grass-fed beef. When in Soho, be sure to check out this trendy neighborhood spot.The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

Cocktails
Lychee Bellini: Sweet lychee topped with champagne. Light, refreshing, amazing. A favorite!
Rose Mourvedre/Grenache 2016: Not as fruity as I had hoped, but overall good, crispy wine.Lychee Bellini, Rose - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

For the Table
Sashimi Salmon with Crispy Sushi Rice: The soft salmon is sits atop of crispy rice and a spicy chipotle sauce. Delicious! Recommended for those who enjoy raw fish.Sashimi Salmon with Crispy Sushi Rice - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

Appetizers
Burrata Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil: Slightly unique from the regular Caprese Salad, this appetizer is prepared in a light tomato sauce and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The burrata itself was creamy, however this dish overall needed more basil and flavor. Just okay!
Carpaccio of Black Sea Bass with Lime, Coriander, Mint: This dish was tangy with a strong olive oil flavor. The fresh mint leaves were a nice touch and balanced out the flavors. The Carpaccio tasted best with the Rosemary Bread that came with it.
Burrata Mozzarella Tomatoes, Carpaccio Black Sea Bass - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

Pizzas
Black Truffle and Fontina Cheese: Heavenly! One of the best pizzas. A bold truffle flavor and topped with creamy Fontina cheese. A must-do! A favorite!Black Truffle Pizza Fontina Cheese - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

Fish
Salmon: Slow baked organic salmon that was slightly salty. The corn pudding on the side was sweet, delicious and with a nice texture. This dish worked beautifully with the cherry tomato basil vinaigrette.Salmon - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

Meat
The Mercer Burger: Grass-fed beef along with pepper jack cheese, avocado, crispy red onions, Russian dressing, and French Fries stuffed in a burger. This thing was HUGE! The burger was good, but not as juicy as I would have liked. I enjoyed the slight kick. The burger came with a side of Grilled Vegetables which were delicious!The Mercer Burger - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

Tea & Desserts
Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake: A top seller at most Jean Georges restaurants. This cake was not too sweet, perfectly smooth, buttery and just perfection! Loved the side of ice-cream to help balance out the flavors! A favorite.
Butterscotch Pudding: Another amazing dessert at The Mercer Kitchen! A bold butterscotch flavor, decadent, smooth, slightly salty, and oh so creamy. Incredible! A favorite!Chocolate Cake, Butterscotch Pudding - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

Sour Cream Cheesecake: The cheesecake was light, slightly tart, and came with a side of sorbet. Just okay for me.
Warm Madeleines: Warm, buttery, perfectly sweet, vanilla Madeleines. If you’re a fan of gourmet cookies with tea, order this, they were yummy!Tea, Sour Cream Cheesecake, Madeleines - The Mercer Kitchen, NYC

RESTAURANT REVIEW: The Mercer Kitchen (Jean-Georges Restaurants)
COST: $$$
CUISINE: American/Organic/French American
FAVORITES: Lychee Bellini | Sashimi Salmon with Crispy Sushi Rice | Black Truffle Fontina Cheese Pizza | Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake | Butterscotch Pudding
VERDICT: 4 / 5
You can’t go wrong when dining at a Jean-Georges Restaurant! The food at The Mercer Kitchen NYC is very, very good. There were some items that were just okay, but for the most part the food here is excellent. The salmon dish was organic and the Mercer Burger was prepared with grass-fed meat, hence you are paying for the quality of food. You can’t leave here without indulging in the Black Truffle Fontina Cheese Pizza – this was insanely good! And if you have to choose between the Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake and Butterscotch Pudding, choose both, they are both insanely good! Next time, I would love to try the Sautéed Black Sea Bass, some Mashed Potatoes and Macaroni and Cheese! Now the negative, the service here was painfully slow, so slow that it took about 45 minutes for us to get our check. Is it worth the trek? Yes!
Food: Very Good | Drinks: Excellent | Décor: Trendy/Casual/Elegant | Service: Friendly/Painfully Slow | Value: Fair

LOCATION
99 Prince Street, New York, NY
(soho)

Mercer Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal (healthy, dairy-free, high protein, high fiber) http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/baked-carrot-cake-oatmeal.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/09/baked-carrot-cake-oatmeal.html/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:04:40 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9630 The days are getting cooler and shorter. Although I’m not too thrilled about the shorter days, I love the cooler days. There is something special about fall. The crisp air, the leaves changing color, the smell of cinnamon, and pumpkin is everywhere. From a fashion standpoint, I’m excited to get all my flannels and fall...

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The days are getting cooler and shorter. Although I’m not too thrilled about the shorter days, I love the cooler days.Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

There is something special about fall. The crisp air, the leaves changing color, the smell of cinnamon, and pumpkin is everywhere.
Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

From a fashion standpoint, I’m excited to get all my flannels and fall boots out.Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

I’m kicking off september with a delicious Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal made with walnut milk.Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

It’s all the carrot cake flavor only healthier and in oatmeal form.Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Hope you guys try this, it’s absolutely delicious! Enjoy!Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Baked Carrot Cake Oatmeal
 
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All the carrot cake flavor only healthier and in oatmeal form.
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch/Oatmeal
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • Organic Carrots Grated – 1 cup
  • Old-Fashioned Oats – 1 cup
  • Baking Powder – ½ tsp
  • Ground Cinnamon – 1 tsp
  • Nutmeg – ⅛ tsp
  • Salt – just a pinch
  • Raisins – ¼ cup
  • Walnuts – ½ cup (chopped)… ¼ for batter, ¼ for topping
  • Walnut Milk – 1 cup
  • Organic Egg - 1
  • Pure Vanilla – 1 tsp
  • Pure Maple Syrup – 1 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


  2. Spray a baking pie dish with coconut spray.


  3. Grate carrots.


  4. Chop walnuts and split into half.


  5. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients… oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and half the chopped walnuts. Stir well and set aside.


  6. In a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients… carrots, raisins, walnut milk, egg, vanilla and maple syrup.


  7. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir well, but do NOT over mix.


  8. Pour the batter into the round baking pie dish.


  9. Top with the remaining walnuts.


  10. Into the oven for 30-40 minutes. Start checking at the 30 minute mark.


  11. Slice into 4 pieces and serve hot. Top with additional walnut milk, maple syrup and cinnamon as need be.


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies (5 ingredient, healthy, gluten-free, refined sugar free) http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-blondies.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-blondies.html/#comments Tue, 29 Aug 2017 05:29:20 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9609 I am notorious for having a sweet tooth. At one point in my life I was obsessed with cupcakes and anything sweet. Nowadays, peanut butter and avocados are my addiction. I guess that’s a good thing, I’m growing up. How did that happen? These past few years I’ve taken a strong interest in baking with...

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I am notorious for having a sweet tooth. At one point in my life I was obsessed with cupcakes and anything sweet.Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Nowadays, peanut butter and avocados are my addiction. I guess that’s a good thing, I’m growing up. How did that happen?
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

These past few years I’ve taken a strong interest in baking with healthier ingredients, including those that are refined sugar free and gluten free.Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Surprisingly, my taste buds have changed too, and now I actually prefer desserts that are lower in sugar. Crazy!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Strangely enough, now when I indulge in a cupcake, it doesn’t taste as amazing to me as it once did. I can’t eat all the frosting the way I once did, it’s way too sweet for me. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

While working from home on a Friday afternoon, I felt like dessert and ended up whipping up these blondies in less than 10 minutes and baking them for 20. 100% delicious, not terribly sweet, and not too indulgent, totally my kinda dessert these days. Give them a try, my nieces really liked them!Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies (healthy, gluten-free)
 
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A delicious, healthy blondie that is relatively guilt-free.
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Recipe type: Blondies/Desserts
Serves: 16 blondies
Ingredients
  • Whole Foods Organic Unsweetened/No Salt Peanut Butter - 1 cup
  • Organic Eggs – 2
  • Coconut Sugar – ½ cup
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Pure Vanilla – 1 tsp
  • Dark Chocolate Chips – ½ cup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 pan with coconut oil spray and then line bottom of dish with parchment paper.


  2. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chunks until smooth.


  3. Fold in chocolate chunks into the batter.


  4. Transfer batter to baking pan. Use your fingers to slightly press down.


  5. Bake brownies until golden dark brown – 20-25 minutes. I baked mine for 20 minutes.


  6. Cool brownies for at least 10 mins before cutting into 16 squares. Serve immediately.


Notes
* For a dairy-free option, use vegan chocolate chips.
** These blondies are a little dry the next day, I just microwaved them for 30 seconds so it was moist again. These taste best when consumed the same day.

Do you prefer desserts with less sugar or a good amount of sugar? What healthy ingredients do you like baking with? 

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New York City Bucket List: 50 Things To Do Before I Move http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/new-york-city-bucket-list-50-things-to-do.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/new-york-city-bucket-list-50-things-to-do.html/#comments Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:23:39 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9594 The days are flying by, soon days will turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and before you know it, it’ll be time to leave New York City and relocate to Southern California. I feel as though I’m being forced to break up with my boyfriend that I never want to say goodbye to, perhaps...

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The days are flying by, soon days will turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and before you know it, it’ll be time to leave New York City and relocate to Southern California. I feel as though I’m being forced to break up with my boyfriend that I never want to say goodbye to, perhaps “goodbye” is too strong of a word (I have issues letting go), let’s just say it’s time to begin a new chapter. Growing up in NJ most of my life, NYC has always been accessible to me, and thus I took this beautiful city for granted. There is so much that I have wanted to do, but more importantly, so many places I’ve wanted to dine at, but I just never prioritized my bucket list thinking I’ll eventually get to it when I do. For many, my bucket list of restaurants are merely restaurants and you probably won’t see the hype, for a foodie, New York City is a dream and I’m going to fulfill my heart’s every desire! So here we go, here are the 50 things I want to do before leaving NYC. To my family & friends, I’m accepting dates so hit me up if you’re interested!New York City Bucket List

Places To Dine

$$$$
1. Eleven Madison Park – World’s Best Restaurant 2017! OMG, I must go! Re-opening October 2017.

2. Afternoon Tea at The Plaza Palm Court

3. Del Posto

4. Carbone – DONE

5. Gramercy Tavern

6. Per Se

7. Le Bernardin

8. High Tea at Mandarin Oriental

9. Babbo

10. Marea

11. Indian Accent

12. Nobu 57 – DONE

 

$$$

13. The Loeb Boathouse Central Park + Boating

14. SalinasDONE: review

15. Balthazar

16. L’Artusi

17. Tao Downtown

18. Catch – DONE

19. The Mercer Kitchen – DONE

20. Locanda Verde

21. ABC Kitchen

22. Cosme

23. Little Owl

24. The Greek Tribeca – DONE

 

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25. La Lantern di VittorioDONE: review

26. Jack’s Wife Freda

27. La Esquina Brasserie Speakeasy

28. Dominique Ansel Bakery

29. Rosemary’s

30. Sarabeth’s

31. By Chloe

32. Thai Villa – DONE

33. Two Hands

34. Shake Shack

35. Joe’s Shanghai – DONE

36. Clinton Street Bakery

37. Grimaldi’s Pizza Brooklyn Bridge

38. Bar Pitti

39. The Smith

 

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40. Levain Bakery

41. Cookie DO

42. Ess-A-Bagel

 

Things To Do

43. 9/11 Memorial & Museum

44. Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge – then wait in line for Grimaldi’s Pizza

45. Walk the Highline – DONE

46. Take a picture on 66 Perry Street in a Dress – a Sex and the City moment!

47. Chill at my favorite parks: Washington Square Park / Bryant Park – DONE

48. Christmas Time at Rockefeller / Bryant Park – DONE

49. Ride on the Staten Island Ferry

50. Carriage Ride in Central Park – DONE

 

Have you been to any of these places or done any of these activities? If so, what do you recommend I do next? What did I miss? Suggestions welcome!

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Healthy Date Walnut Cacao Bites (vegan, paleo, flourless) http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/healthy-date-walnut-cacao-bites-vegan-paleo-flourless.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/healthy-date-walnut-cacao-bites-vegan-paleo-flourless.html/#comments Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:14:10 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9567 Whenever I am recipe testing with chocolate, I make sure I stop by my bff’s place so she can taste my creations and give me her two cents. Anu is one of the few people in my inner circle who enjoys anything chocolate, anything refined sugar free, and anything healthy. I certainly know healthy desserts...

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Whenever I am recipe testing with chocolate, I make sure I stop by my bff’s place so she can taste my creations and give me her two cents.

Anu is one of the few people in my inner circle who enjoys anything chocolate, anything refined sugar free, and anything healthy.

I certainly know healthy desserts are not everyone’s cup of tea, so It’s nice to have a few people around who have similar taste and appreciate my efforts.

So let’s discuss these Healthy Date Walnut Cacao Bites which are kinda like healthy truffles. These bites are vegan, gluten-free and flourless. Healthy Date Walnut Cacao Bites

I started by blending walnuts in a food processor and then added dates, cacao powder, vanilla, water and sea salt.Healthy Date Walnut Cacao Bites

Within seconds the ingredients come together in dough form. Then proceed with making these bites into little balls. Coat them with cacao powder and freeze them for a few hours before serving. They are amazing! Both my bestie and I loved them!
Healthy Date Walnut Cacao Bites

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Healthy Date Walnut Cacao Bites (vegan, paleo, flourless)
 
Prep time
Total time
 
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Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 14 servings
Ingredients
  • Walnuts – 1⅓ cups
  • Organic Dates – 1 cup or 10 dates
  • Organic Cacao Powder – 3 tbsp
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – 2 tsp
  • Water – ½ tbsp
  • Sea Salt – just a pinch
Instructions
  1. Place walnuts in a food processor.


  2. Grind until blended.


  3. Now add the remaining ingredients – dates, cacao powder, vanilla, water and sea salt.


  4. Blend again until all the ingredients are well combined.


  5. This is what you should have.


  6. Using a mini scoop, scoop out the mixture in your hands and give it a little squeeze to form a ball. Roll into a ball the best you can.


  7. Coat the ball with cacao powder.


  8. Place on lined parchment paper.


  9. Freeze for a couple hours.


  10. Remove from freezer and serve. Store in freezer in an airtight container for up to a few weeks. Enjoy as needed.


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Healthy Date Walnut Cacao Bites (vegan, paleo, flourless)

Do you like healthy treats? What is your favorite energy bite combination?

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Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen? http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/where-to-eat-in-playa-del-carmen.html/ Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:49:54 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9536 Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen? Mexican cuisine is my absolute favorite cuisine, so naturally I was super excited about the food in Playa del Carmen. Enchiladas, chilaquiles, guacamole, margaritas are among my favorite Mexican items, and I truly indulged in each of one of those items. Dairy free, gluten free items all went...

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Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen? Mexican cuisine is my absolute favorite cuisine, so naturally I was super excited about the food in Playa del Carmen. Enchiladas, chilaquiles, guacamole, margaritas are among my favorite Mexican items, and I truly indulged in each of one of those items. Dairy free, gluten free items all went out the door when in Mexico. On this trip, since I lodged at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen and had Club Access which offers complimentary breakfast, I didn’t venture out much during the day, however I made sure I dined out in the evening. Here are some of my recommendations on where to eat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen, Mexico?

1. La Cueva del Chango
Amazing Mexican food at dirt cheap prices! A must-do in Playa either for brunch or dinner! Best meal on the trip!La Cueva del Chango, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Juices
Guava (left-left): Fresh, not too sweet, really good, but not my favorite.
Pineapple Watermelon Orange Juice
 (left-right): Refreshing.
Green Juice (right): Delicious, sweet, made with spinach and chaya. My favorite!

Guacamole & Complimentary Salsas
Guacamole (left): Creamy, delicious, perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of lime and salt. A favorite!
Green Salsa (right): Made with chunks of avocado, flavorful and not too spicy. I preferred green over red salsa. A favorite!
Red Salsa: Very slightly spicy, good.

Chilaquiles & Enchiladas
Egg Chilaquiles w/Pasilla Chili & Green Tomato Sauce (top): The best chilaquiles I’ve had. Although this comes with a green tomato sauce, the sauce here is red because of the pasilla chili. The flavors of the egg, chips and sauce came together seamlessly. A favorite!
Chicken Enchiladas (bottom): 3 enchiladas and I got 3 different sauces. The green was delicious, flavorful, fresh and light. The red was good, but didn’t have that lightness as the green did. The mole was slightly sweet with a kick of spice. Absolultey delicious and my favorite. Overall, a favorite! This dish came with a side of pico de gallo which was spicy and perfectly cooked black beans.Chilaquiles, Enchiladas - La Cueva del Chango, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Dessert
Carrot Cake: Moist and flavorful.La Cuevo del Chango - Playa del Carmen, Mexico (13)

RESTAURANT REVIEW: La Cueva del Chango
COST: $$
CUISINE: Mexican/Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
FAVORITES: Green Juice | Guacamole | Egg Chilaquiles | Chicken Enchiladas (green, mole sauces) | Carrot Cake
VERDICT: 5 / 5
La Cueva del Chango has very high ratings on Yelp and thus I had to visit this lovely spot that has a very rainforest feel to it. Although I dined here for brunch, the natural setting at night is probably even nicer since the trees are lit up  The service here is friendly and the food is simply outstanding. You can’t go to Playa del Carmen and not stop by La Cueva del Chango, not only does it serve amazing food, but it’s also very reasonable. This was my last meal on the trip and I regret not dining here more than once. Next time!
Food: Outstanding | Drinks: Outstanding | Décor: Casual | Service: Friendly |Value: Very Reasonable
LOCATION: Calle 38 entre 5ta Av. y el Mar, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

2. La Casa Del Agua
Romantic Upscale Mexican! Great food and great for people watching!La Casa Del Agua, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Wine + Complimentary Appetizer
Bread: Amazing bread stuffed w cream cheese. It’s hard to believe this is a complimentary appetizer. A favorite!

Appetizers
Guacamole: Fresh guacamole prepared with cherry tomatoes, pepitas, and a touch of grapefruit. Unique and creamy. A favorite!
Fig Salad: Roasted figs with arugula, pistachious and cherry tomatoes. This incredible salad was made with three types of cheeses including goat cheese. The fried gruyere cheese was out of this world. Creamy and tart combo. A favorite!

Portabello Confit: (left): Slow baked for 5 hours served over country bread with portabello truffle mousse. This scrumptious appetizer arrives hot. A favorite!
Salmon Aquachile
 (right-top): Tender marinated salmon with avocado, radish, coriander, and a good amount of spice. Melts in your mouth and so creamy.
Soft Shell Crab: (right-bottom): Crabs fried with sesame seeds. A little salty for me, but generally speaking crabs are rather salty. The dish pairs beautifully with sweet potato purée. I’m not a fan of crab, however this was really good and buttery. If you love crabs, order this!

Entrees
Miso Morita Grouper:(left): Fish marinated in morita pepper sauce, miso and sautéed with corn kernels. The fish itself was perfectly cooked. The spicy cilantro sauce tasted like a creamy chutney. The corn was a nice touch. A favorite!
Seared Grouper with Creamy Pink Mole Sauce (right): Pink mole sauce prepared with beetroot, pepper and seeds. Again, the fish was well cooked, the sauce was sweet and lacked depth. The texture wasn’t quite smooth. This dish was okay for me.

Triple Chocolate Cake: Three types different types of chocolate. Light and airy. Very rich. Definitely a must-do if you’re a chocolate lover!La Casa del Agua - Playa del Carmen, Mexico (19)

RESTAURANT REVIEW: La Casa Del Agua
COST: $$$
CUISINE: Contemporary Mexican/Wine Bar
FAVORITES: Complimentary Bread | Guacamole | Fig Salad | Portabello Confit | Miso Morita Grouper
VERDICT: 4.5 / 5
One of the most romantic restaurants in Playa del Carmen with an extensive wine list from 9 different countries. La Casa del Agua offers modern Mexican food in a romantic, an open air setting. The prices are reasonable given the ambience and beautiful presentation of all dishes at this restaurant. Additionally, this restaurant is great for people watching and offers exceptional service. Highly recommended!
Food: Excellent | Drinks: Excellent | Décor: Romantic/Intimate | Service: Friendly | Value: Good/Fair
LOCATION: Con calle 2, Calle Quinta Avenida, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico

3. Axiote
Open air restaurant for the bold & daring, Mexican food with a twist! Margaritas made with Mezcal tequila! Also, I tried a grasshopper here!Axiote, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Margaritas + Complimentary Chips
Chacahua: Coconut cream & pineapple. Refreshing drink with a strong Mezcal flavor. Good.
Tarugada: Tamarind, lime juice, sugar, chili powder and Mezcal tequila. I loved the chili on the rim, tangy flavor and delicious. A favorite!
Chips & Salsa: Chips were a bit hard, but the salsas which ranged from mild to extremely spicy were amazing. The habanero salsa was deathly spicy, I couldn’t handle more than level 2.

Appetizers
Lobster: (top) Mini deep fried potato tacos topped with lobster salad served in a lime cilantro sauce. Very unique dish and very good.
Guacamole with Grasshoppers: (middle) The guacamole was good, but the grasshopper was a bit much for me. It had a salty bite to it.
Shrimp Ceviche: (bottom): Prepared with coriander, avocado and coconut milk. The coconut sauce was bold and citrusy with bits of coconut, red onion and cucumber. Big portion!

Tacos
Fish & Avocado: Made with smoked chorizo. The fish taco arrived piping hot and was a little salty. Although it was flavorful, it didn’t taste authentic.
Pork Belly: Prepared with tomato, lettuce and oregano. The pork belly taco was extremely tangy, very oily and fatty, a bit much for me.

Dessert
Passion Fruit Dessert: It was good, refreshing, and light.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Axiote
COST: $$
CUISINE: Mexican
FAVORITES: Tarugada Margarita
VERDICT: 3.75 / 5
Axiote offers unique Mexican dishes with a twist of passion. This restaurant is a unique experience, and it isn’t for everyone. It’s one of those restaurants where you are required to step outside your comfort zone. If you are bold and daring with food, Axiote is your place, however if you’re looking for traditional Mexican food, you probably won’t enjoy Axiote.
Food: Good | Drinks: Very Good| Décor: Casual | Service: Average | Value: Reasonable
LOCATION: Calle 34 norte #128, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

4. Alux Restaurant
A cavern restaurant in a breautiful romantic setting! A must-do in Playa – just for the experience!Alux Restaurant, Playa del Carmen, Mexico  

Wine + Complimentary Garlic Bread
Delicious!

Appetizers
Lime Soup: Chicken stock and lime infusion topped over crispy tortilla, chicken and sautéed vegetables. The soup was flavorful and hearty. A favorite!
Mayan Salad: Mix of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, apple, jicama with habanero yogurt and tamarind dressing. The salad was rather bland because the dressing did not have much flavor. (not pictured)

Entrees
Chicken Pibil: Mayan style chicken with pickled onion, cilantro rice and mashed potatoes. The chicken had flavor was a bit dry.
Adobo Fish: Served with vegetables and served in a banana leaf with spinach. Not very memorable.

Dessert
Chocolate Mousse: Topped with blueberries and ot of this world. A must-do! Favorite!

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Alux Restaurant
COST: $$$
CUISINE: Mexican/International
FAVORITES: Lime Soup | Chocolate Mousse
VERDICT: 3.5 / 5
A cavern restaurant in a romantic setting and a must-do in Playa del Carmen despite the average food rating. Since I was here for a wedding party, my choices were limited in terms of what I could order. Having said that, Alux Restaurant is worth the trek because it is a unique experience and one that you probably haven’t ever experienced. Save it for a special occasion!
Food: Average | Drinks: Very Good | Décor: Romantic/Intimate/Dressy | Service: Good | Value: Fair/Good
LOCATION: Av. Juárez Mza. 217, Ejidal, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Other Restaurants Recommendations
El Fogon – cheap & amazing!
Cenacola
Oh Lala
El Jardin
Casa Mediterranea

Have you been to Playa del Carmen? What restaurants do you recommend?

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What to Do, Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen? http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/what-to-do-where-to-stay-in-playa-del-carmen-mexico.html/ http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2017/08/what-to-do-where-to-stay-in-playa-del-carmen-mexico.html/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:00:39 +0000 http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/?p=9489 What to Do, Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen? Twas’ my second time in Playa del Carmen and when I arrived I instantly remembered why I loved Playa so much the first time around. On this particular visit, I visited the Riviera Maya for a Destination Wedding, hence a couple nights were spent with...

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What to Do, Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen? Twas’ my second time in Playa del Carmen and when I arrived I instantly remembered why I loved Playa so much the first time around. On this particular visit, I visited the Riviera Maya for a Destination Wedding, hence a couple nights were spent with the wedding party. Playa del Carmen is so full of life, a romantic city that is rich in food and culture. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway where you can enjoy good food, shop, hit the beach, stroll for miles down Quinta Avenida, and people watch, Playa del Carmen is your place. Unlike Cancun, Playa del Carmen appeals to a more mature crowd, honeymooners, and families. You will most definitely find some nightlife in this beautiful town, but it’s not as loud and crazy as Cancun. Aside the hotels, I didn’t find Playa del Carmen to be as expensive as other Caribbean destinations, however it is definitely more expensive than Cancun. Although I didn’t venture out to any nearby attractions, you can spend a day in Tulum and another in Chichen Itza. Out of all the Caribbean and Mexico destinations I have visited, Playa del Carmen is one destination I am happy to visit over and over again. What to Do, Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen?

6 night itinerary in Playa del Carmen…

Arrived at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen!Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A warm welcome with guacamole, chips and veggies, along with fresh lemonade. Thanks Braulio! 🙂Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen (14)

A Club King Room – comfortable bed with a balcony, but no view!1 King Room - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Pool area at Grand Hyatt.Pool - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The next day – breakfast at Grand Hyatt’s Club Level. The staff was super sweet, friendly (Luis) and always greeted us with a smile. Loved that we could wake up and start our day right with coffee, freshly squeezed juice, eggs, yogurt chia, and more. The luxury of having fresh green juice each morning, I got so spoiled.
Club Level Breakfast - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico1

I totally indulged in eggs & salsa roja, salmon, toast, fresh jams, Americano, and my favorite – Yogurt Chia. I need to replicate the recipe.Club Level Breakfast - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

HOTEL REVIEW: Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen
STAR RATING
: **** 1/2
STYLE: Modern/Trendy
PROS: Trendy Hotel | Excellent Location | Luxury Rooms | Complimentary WiFi | Comfortable Beds | Rain Shower Head & Regular Shower | Excellent & Friendly Customer Service | Housekeeping | Complimentary Waters Daily | Complimentary Dessert Daily | Complimentary Tea/Coffee | Restaurants at Hotel | Club Level Access | Infinity Pool | Beach Access | Resort
CONS: Rooms without Ocean View/Pool View – not much to see.
VERDICT: 4.5 / 5
LOCATION
1a Avenida esquina Calle 26 Colonia Centro, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, QROO, Mexico

Arrived at Alux Restaurant. [Dress: Revolve Lioness]Alux Restaurant - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Romantic dinner in a cave, a unique restaurant that is underground with absolutely no windows. A cool experience and one that I highly recommend. I’ll share my foodie adventure in my next post.Alux Restaurant - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Next day, I hit the beach. The water was clear, but not crystal clear. So far the best water I have seen have been (in order) Turks and Caicos, St. John, St. Thomas, and Aruba. Playa del Carmen is next.Beach - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Spent the evening attending a wedding at the Grand Hyatt.Beach Wedding - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The next day, dinner at Axiote where I tried Guacamole with Grasshoppers. I KNOW! Apparently, it is a popular delicacy in Mexico. I would say grasshoppers are the American equivalent to bacon, it gives the guac a little something. I wasn’t able to stomach more than a couple bites though.
Grasshopper Guacamole - Axiote, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A stroll down Quinta Avenida at night, so romantic with the cobblestone streets and colorful flowers.Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Again the next day, a stroll down Quinta Avenida.Playa del Carmen, Mexico

There are tons of places that offer Couples Massage for just $50 – that’s an hour long massage for 2 people! I felt so relaxed afterwards.Playa del Carmen, Mexico

An evening snack at Grand Hyatt Club Access. This meal blew my mind, I couldn’t believe how much food they had and more importantly how good it was. Of course, I enjoyed a glass of rose wine. I skipped dinner this night since I overate.
Club Level Appetizers - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Stopping by Calle Corazon where you’ll find shops, restaurants and loud music. A fun crowd and great evening hangout spot.
Calle Corazon - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

I spent the next day riding the waves at the beach. Although I can’t swim, being in the ocean and riding the waves is one of my happiest moments. I’m strongly considering taking swimming lessons now.Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Let’s not forget about Cocktails by the Ocean from El Paseo at Grand Hyatt! Imagine riding the waves after a slight buzz, that’s even more fun, just be careful.
Cocktails - Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Heading to dinner on 5th Avenue. I never got sick of strolling down this romantic street. I easily got my 10,000 steps in for the day so I never felt guilty about what I ate.Avenida 5, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A fabulous and romantic meal at La Casa del Agua which offers Contemporary Mexican cuisine. Definitely worth a visit.
La Casa del Agua, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Strolling down 5th Avenue on a perfectly breezy warm night.

Beautiful church – Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church.
Church, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A night stroll on the beach. Hearing the waves crash against each other was so calming. I love being around the ocean at night when the waves are calm.Beach - Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Last meal in Playa at La Cueva del Chango where I had the BEST chicken enchiladas of my life. Best and most affordable meal of the trip! A must-do!Chicken Enchiladas - La Cueva del Chango, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The next day a bird pooped on my hair before lunch. It’s a good thing I didn’t realize it until after lunch else I would have been so grossed out. Another shampoo for me before heading out. [Dress: H&M]
TIP for Curly Haired Gals: when you don’t have your hair products on hand, after you hop out of the shower, substitute body lotion for cream, and then scrunch your hair with actual conditioner. It helps with frizz, a little trick I use on vacation when I don’t bring my curly hair products.Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Bye Playa del Carmen, see you again, someday! 🙂Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Have you been to Cancun or Playa del Carmen? What did you do there?

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