Thursday, February 15, 2018

Munch on some Brunch this Weekend!

Sleep in Saturday or Sunday without missing out on the most important meal of the day. Take your breakfast to brunch with these amazing French toast recipes. PJs required!

Baked Blueberry French Toast
We love just about anything involving blueberries! So this recipe from Greedy Gourmand makes the cut in our book. You can even use leftover bread to make it, since it requires soaking and baking, which will make it moist and delicious. Click here for the recipe.

Cinnamon French Toast Muffins
French toast and cinnamon sugar are a match made in heaven. Baking your French toast into muffins is one of the best ways to serve this treat at a banquet-style brunch. Plus, pretty muffin papers will add a nice touch to your spread. Try recreating this recipe by The Urban Baker.

Mini French Toast Sticks with Syrup
This variation might be mini, but it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. Whip up French toast sticks, then serve them in little glasses of warm maple syrup when everyone is ready to eat. The directions for making these are so easy too—just use your favorite French toast recipe, cut them into pieces and serve. If you don’t have a favorite recipe, try this one on for size: Baked French Toast Sticks.

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Peach & Cream Stuffed French Toast
If you’re like us, you’ve probably tried several different kinds of stuffed French toast. And while we do love strawberries and Nutella, this Peaches and Cream French toast recipe felt fresh and unique. The stuffing calls for powdered sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and fresh peaches. Yum!

Baked French Toast in a Jar
Baking this breakfast treat in a jar is perfect for an intimate brunch-in-bed dish. We love how this Baked Strawberry French toast recipe calls for thinly sliced almonds to add a little crunch and decadent strawberry butter for dipping. Just bake it into oven-safe jars and serve warm!

Prepare this french toast the day before and bake it in the morning. You'll love brunch with the baked strawberry french toast recipe!

Devour the details of these phenomenal French toast recipes and munch of some real good brunch this weekend (and every weekend if you want--who are we to judge?!)! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wedding Wednesdays: What To Do When You Have An Unsure Bridesmaid

Asking your closest friends to stand by your side on your wedding day is a monumental moment in a bride's life. In some cases, it is almost as exciting as getting proposed to! But in all seriousness, it may not go just as you had expected it to. It doesn't always happen but you may run into an unsure bridesmaid. Here's what to do!

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So, your friend said no back when you asked her to be in your wedding party, but now that the wedding is getting closer she wants to be a part of everything. Your friend most likely has a classic case of FOMO and regretting her decision to remove herself from your wedding festivities. At this point, The Knot suggests these two options:

If You Want to Tell Her "Yes"
Depending on the amount of time left until your wedding date, you may want to consider having this friend in your wedding party, despite her original no. For the most part, people say no because of finances and not out of any maliciousness to the bride. If, after a few months, they've managed to get back on track financially, and you feel like there's enough time to account for buying bridesmaid dresses and attending all the necessary parties, then by all means, try to squeeze her back in. Don't worry about numbers if you've added someone else in your friend's place since she declined—having a mismatched number of bridesmaids and groomsmen is no big deal.

If You Want to Tell Her "No"
If your relationship has changed since she turned down your bridal party proposal, or if there simply isn't enough time left for her to reasonably purchase the dress she needs or do any of the other things associated with being a bridesmaid, you can politely tell her you're so excited to celebrate with her, and wish she could stand up with you, but there simply isn't enough time for her to be prepared. If this is the case, you can include her in all the events (we're talking bachelorette, showers and getting ready the morning of) leading up to the wedding if you want to to make her feel special. Just because she isn't a bridesmaid doesn't mean she has to be separated from the group on your wedding day. She may feel uncomfortable and choose not to tag along, but at least make the ask to show her she's more than welcome to join you.

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This is one of those situations that may feel awkward, but no one will hold it against you on your actual wedding day. Whichever route you choose, just make sure to be respectful of her feelings and as inclusive of her as you can be. We hope this information helps you to devour the details if you run into having an unsure bridesmaid!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Love is a Dog from Hell this Valentine's Day at Bukowski Tavern

Yup, you read that right! But if you're really wondering what we're talking about, read on. This Valentine's Day you can celebrate being single, as a couple or with friends with one hellish hot dog courtesy of Bukowski Tavern!

Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge’s Inman Square will serve up “Love is a Dog from Hell” hotdog specials taking inspiration from lines and poems by its namesake, Charles Bukowski. Chef & owner Brian Poe will be channeling his inner poet to bring forth specials that showcase some of Bukowski’s most coined terms which will be accompanied by “beer, river and seas of beer.”

The Six Foot Goddess is a foot-long hotdog topped with cilantro Green Goddess dressing, Texas chili and cheese ($12.95). Other specials ($6.95 each) include the Sexpot, a “Hobo Special” with a beer served in a paper bag accompanied by a hotdog; You, a hotdog with an egg; a Blue Cheese & Chile Peppers dog with poblano blue relish and scallion slaw; the Chicago dog with celery salt, neon relish, mustard, tomato and pickle on a poppy seed bun; Artist, a “grate art” dog in a taco shell; and Ashes, a hotdog topped with juniper-smoked charcoal aioli. These dogs will definitely have you falling in love with Bukowski (the tavern and the poet)!

Buks will also let you get crafty (and not just with beer) with heart-shaped construction paper where you can exercise your inner wordsmith to voice your opinions on love and said Hallmark holiday. And because Buks encourages your artistic expression, the hearts will be hung and line the wall in all their glory.

Want to know more about this righteous joint? Well, Bukowski Tavern is Chef Brian Poe’s venture with the Wilcox Hospitality Group (The Tip Tap Room; Poe’s Taco Room at Lower Depths; Parish CafĂ© & Parish II), alongside proprietor Suzi Samowski. After undergoing major renovations in 2014, Bukowski Tavern reopened with a refreshed look and menu. From Chef Poe’s open kitchen comes an expansive menu of beer snacks, taters and tots, salads, burgers and hotdogs. For those looking to imbibe, Bukowski Tavern has 36 draft lines as well as an additional 100 beers available by the can and bottle. The cocktail menu is rooted in the classics with innovative updates. Bukowski Tavern is located at 1281 Cambridge Street in Inman Square, Cambridge.

Don't miss out on these dogs! Grab your sweetheart (or friend, or venture in alone, whatever you prefer) and devour the details of Valentine's Day the Bukowski way. See you there!