FRIDAY FAVORITES – MARCH 6, 2015

Un Assaggio’s Friday Favorites is a weekly round up of the things I have loved through out the week including travel, wine, recipes, and lifestyle articles.Hi All! As you can guess by the tardiness of this post it has been a busy few days. With the best of intentions I started working on the post last Wednesday to have it published on time on Friday – well best laid plans and all of that. Friday favorites on a Sunday well there are worst things, right?! No need to chant bad blogger. So what has been keeping me so busy? Well I do have some very good excuses.

First was a quick mid-week trip to visit T. (best distraction of the week). Since he may not be home for a while (like Easter a while), I wanted to take the opportunity to see him when I had the chance. Sadly the little plane I was traveling on was not all that conducive to working on this post as planned. Second distraction I have a house guest who arrived late in the week. We’ve been busy catching up and having a laugh. Third distraction and the biggest news of the week was my dear friend finished her PhD!! That’s right, another Dr. to our little group and one can only hope that I will be next. It’s like a little ray of hope that one of us is getting out. So collectively let’s all cross our fingers and hope that I will be the next to finish my degree. We’ve been celebrating her major, seriously impressive accomplishment this weekend with a gorgeous dinner and cocktails last night. Today I of course wish I had taken some photos to share of our food, but I always feel awkward about it – yes I know something I must get over! So better late than never here are my favorites things from the past week.

FAVORITE RECIPE.
Cabot-Links-Chowder-2-low-resThis week I have been craving seafood chowder. As I type that I can’t help but think miss home much?! Taste of Nova Scotia has a great collection of chowder recipes. I’ve been browsing the recipes from chefs all across Nova Scotia and contemplating making a pot. The problem with chowder is you just can’t make a little, so living alone this presents a little bit of a problem, I think I may need to host a dinner party!

FAVORITE BAKING TIP.
As my regular readers will know I’ve been working on my baking skills. And if there is one thing I’d like to be able to bake, and bake very well, are brownies. Who doesn’t love a good brownie?! I thought this article from Bon Appetit on 6 common mistakes people make when baking brownies would be a good place to start in my quest for brownie domination. If anyone has a favorite brownie recipe send it this way.

FAVORITE HAPPINESS.
I am a worrier. I come by it honestly. I am a woman, we worry, we make lists, we lay awake at night and think. Point in case I’ve lay in bed the past two nights thinking about this post sitting in my draft folder. So I loved this article on 8 ways to worry less on Camille Styles. It was such a great reminder that I do not need to be consumed with worry, am I going to stop completely? No, but I am going to try to be more constructive about what I choose to worry about. As the song goes… Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

FAVORITE TRAVEL PIECE.
One of my favorite places in the world is Whistler, British Columbia. The crisp air of the mountains, the gloriously views on sunny days, the magic of the softly falling snow, the natural beauty is

Whistler

breathtaking. The village is a relaxed, cosmopolitan mixture of people from all over the world with differing socio-economic backgrounds rubbing elbows at the oyster bar. With art galleries and culinary options to please the most sophisticated diners, Whistler is becoming much more than a ski town. Whistler can do some serious damage to your pocketbook, but if you know where to look and tap into the locals specials Whistler on a budget is possible (even with the ridiculous lift ticket prices!). But don’t take my word for it, New York Times Frugal Traveler visited Whistler and shared his tips for a budget friendly visit.

FAVORITE SONG.
I’m a fan of Carly Rae Jepsen and pair her with Tom Hanks, it has to be the best music video I’ve seen in a long time! Plus this song is so catchy!!

WHAT WERE YOU FAVORITE THINGS FROM THE PAST WEEK? AN INSPIRATIONAL POST? A NEW RECIPE? A TRAVEL GUIDE TO A DREAM DESTINATION? I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE LOVED THIS WEEK

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