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best bits + bites of 23

best bits + bites of 23

I’m finally turning 24 on Wednesday, so I’m taking the time to give you all some photos of my favorite bits + bites of 23… because it’s Friday, and everyone’s sick of reading. Plus, let’s be honest, no matter how old we all probably prefer picture stories over word stories. I will say in my year of being 23 I traveled to Nashville, New York, D.C. (for my third time… it’s one of my all time favorite places), Baltimore, Paris, Edinburgh and Dublin. I became a bandwagon Cubs fan for a few short months and experienced that World Series win… that was insane. I rebranded to what is now bits + bites. I had some meltdowns about what on earth I’m doing with my life. But overall, 23 was hands down phenomenal, here’s to the last few days of my Jordan year, and to what 24 brings.

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Favorite French Fries

Favorite French Fries

Apparently it’s National French Fry Day…. considering those are one of my favorite foods, I have got to do a french fry recipe roundup. I mean, potatoes are great, when you fry something 9 times out of 10 it just get greater. Aside from fried Oreos…. those things are seriously so gross, like ugh disgusting. But these recipes are some of my favorite fries. Enjoy!

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Proxi, a restaurant review

Proxi, a restaurant review

I’m not superpicky, I don’t have some sophisticated taste buds, there’s rarely a meal I don’t like, but this meal I had at Proxi was unnnnnnnreal. Proxi opened just under a month ago in the West Loop, and I was lucky enough to have a friend include me on her dinner reservations there. Between three of us, we did damage on the menu, and it did not disappoint. Plus, at 23 (almost 24) years old I tried my first oyster. I didn’t get photos of exactly everything, so I’ll throw their social media links in here for ya.

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Berry Caprese Dip

Berry Caprese Dip

Anyone else extremely last minute? As in like, going to a 4th of July party in a couple hours and just had an idea of what to make? Well, here’s a super easy appetizer for you to bring to your 4th of July party… berry caprese salad.

This long, holiday weekend I finally started the Harry Potter series… 23 going on 24 in a few weeks and I have never read a book or a movie. Aaaad since I decided to spend the long weekend back home in the ‘burbs, I aimed to finish that book along with two others on this long weekend. Instead, I bought a ton of berries and made 3 berry recipes, and utilized the massive basil plant in my parent’s backyard and convinced my mom and my little brother to be my handy helpers.

SO, going to a neighborhood 4th of July party, I told my mom I will make something. Classic, I didn’t make 4th of July recipes weeks in advance leading up to today… Told myself I would… didn’t. Thinking of something, patriotic, quick, and easy… I stuck with my berry/basil theme of the weekend and made this berry caprese salad.

Personally, I sliced my blueberries and the mozzarella pearls in half, but in all honesty you do not have to do that. Clearly you have to chop the strawberries, but not so much the blueberries or mozzarella. The berries mixed with the cheese, basil, salt and garlic give you all the sweet and savory feels. Plus, it’s red, white and blue… keep with the theme.

I sliced up some french bread, made some balsamic reduction (FYI… I only made the reduction because I couldn’t find pre-made reduction)… throw some berry caprese on the bread and you have yourself a killer appetizer.

Below is the recipe so you no longer have to think about what to last minute make for your 4th of July recipe!

Berry Caprese Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 container Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint Blueberries, halved or not... up to you
  • 1 container Mozzarella pears, halved or not... up to you
  • 5 Basil leaves, sliced
  • 1-2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced
  • Balsamic Reduction, to drizzle

Instructions

  1. Mix your sliced berries, cheese, basil, garlic and salt.
  2. Serve on your sliced french bread and top with balsamic reduction.
  3. Enjoy!
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Cookies ‘n Irish Cream No Bake Cheesecake

Cookies ‘n Irish Cream No Bake Cheesecake

Whether it be for Father’s Day, 4th of July, or just a regular summer dessert… you are 100% going to want to make this cookies ‘n Irish cream no bake cheesecake at least once this summer. And by once I mean like minimum 5 times. (more…)

The Best Salsa Ever, Seriously.

The Best Salsa Ever, Seriously.

I couldn’t figure out what to call this recipe, aside from “salsa”…. which that would be so lame and so generic and like how does one stand out from the million other salsa recipes? This name does not lie. This is legitimately the best salsa ever.

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GoVeggie Vegan Pizzas 3 Ways

GoVeggie Vegan Pizzas 3 Ways

June is National Dairy Month, and I’ve partnered with GoVeggie foods to bring you three grilled vegan pizzas! Just because it is National Dairy Month doesn’t mean that if you are 100% dairy free or majority dairy free (hello, that’s me), that you have to break the diet, or just not celebrate. Because also… who isn’t looking for something to constantly celebrate?

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Nutella Cafe Review

Nutella Cafe Review

Last week, I went over with Caitlin Patton from Sophisticaition to go and try some dishes from the new Nutella Cafe in Chicago that’s opening up today!!!! No, not everything has Nutella on it, and yes, it is so good.

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Friday’s Favorites

Friday’s Favorites

Aaaaand just like that it’s Friday, but most importantly Memorial Day Weekend. We made it to the official start of summer. Here’s some of my Friday’s Favorites from this past week.

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TwentySomething’s Guide To: Paris

TwentySomething’s Guide To: Paris

Here’s my preface to my Paris recap. I am so beyond happy I went to Paris, and got to see and experience everything. I am also so happy that we were only there for three days. Here’s everything you need for a successful 3 day trip to Paris!

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