Barrio Brunch Club

The Barrio Brunch Club is a lively dining experience for a night out. If you want to go somewhere with cocktails, music, and a fun crowd, look no further than the Barrio Brunch Club. The have drinks, smoothies, and fresh juices to choose from. You can drop by the restaurant at midday and just order a drink and be full up and ready to go for the rest of the day. Stop by for happy hour with a group of friends and keep the drinks coming all night long.

They have a wide range of delicious foods on their menu. These range from hearty to light meals with enough flavor to satisfy any palette. Ask the waiter what dish pairs best with the drink of your choice and you will not be disappointed. The foods on the menu look absolutely delicious. From sandwiches to potatoes and lots of chips to that are fun party foods with dip to share with the whole table.

Why is brunch such a great meal?

When I think of the word brunch, I like to think that it represents a different type of meal from the everyday routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The B comes from breakfast while the -unch comes from lunch. This creates the word "brunch." Usually if you are invited to a brunch you will skip the breakfast and take the meal between the time that you would normally eat breakfast and lunch.

The idea of a brunch sort of informally means a special get together. This can be a birthday brunch, mother's day brunch, or some other such special occasion. I've had a lot of great brunches, and they were all more event based than the traditional getting a sandwich for a quick meal. These brunches all lasted longer and you felt more like having a complete conversation with your guests than just a quick chat over tea or coffee.

I really like the idea of brunch and especially what the Barrio Brunch Club offers.

Post Holiday Blues

It's with a heavy heart when we reluctantly put a close to the holiday season. I've always felt after an exciting festivities with family and friend get togethers that it can be hard to shake those post holiday blues. Often holidays come with trips. These can be magical breaks from everyday reality where our travels can take us anywhere from the mountains in Sicily to the tropical beaches of Bali. Hotels are nothing like our cozy homes and nor should they be. As you sip wine from a terrace overlooking a breathtaking view it can be a wonder that you will ever need to head back to your daily routine in what feels like an instant.

Here are a few tips and tricks for shaking those post holiday blues.

Remember that others feel them too

You're not alone in feeling a little sad and depressed after the holidays are over. For many the holidays are the only time that they get actual face time with those that they know and love. People put aside their daily obligations to see people they don't normally see and make time for those who are in the far reaching boundaries of their social networks. It's not uncommon to see hundreds of friendly faces during the month or so leading up and during the holidays and then go back to seeing just one or two people everyday when it ends. The key here is to remember that most people are similar in their lives and everydayness. Don't scroll through your instagram feed and read the celebrity news and think that your life is seemingly more boring than anyone else's.

Appreciate what you have

Holidays and vacations are typically the time that families spend their extra money and free time. In order to do this they have to work throughout the year to accrue spare vacation days and save their pocket change for their next trip. But it's not hard to appreciate what you have while you are working and saving. Having a roof above your head and food on the dinner table for yourself and the one's you live is nothing to be sad about. A good book and a cup of tea are enough to you remember the great things you have in your life throughout the year.

Make plans and continue doing what you love

Just because the holiday season is over doesn't mean that you have to stop seeing other people and having fun get togethers. The holidays sometimes make us feel obligated to see our family and friends, while it's good to see others even if we feel we have to, it's not necessary. Invite your cousin to the mall and your aunts over for a tea and chat. Go see a movie with your friends and keep up to date with them throughout the year.

Plan your next holiday vacation

I typically see people having the most fun while they are planning their vacations or parties. The anticipation of a trip is much of the fun of the trip itself. Booking tickets an planning hikes and restaurants to go to is a lot of fun. It's important not to get carried away at this step and over plan and over book a vacation just because it feels fun at the time. But thinking about your next trip to a sandy sunny beach can be enough to lift you post holiday blues.

I hope that these tips are enough to help take some steps to lift any post holiday blues you may be feeling. Remember, no longer how soon it's been since the holidays have been over they will come back around again in a year.

Peach Caprese Salad

This Peach Caprese Salad recipe is a combination of unique flavors that makes for a delightful and hearty lunch.

Fruits in salad aren't a new thing. I've always thought of salads as savory dishes so it's limited my experimentation on this front. Using canned fruits is not really a comparison for fresh ones. You can substitute these peaches for any end of season fruit finds. Strawberries and cherries make for great salad companions.

What makes this recipe special is that the peaches are caramelized. You can make them in the oven, stovetop, or even outside on the grill. Unless your peaches are terribly ripe you will need to add just a touch of sugar, but trust me it's worth it!

Prep time: 25 minutes

3 large peaches
2 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of light brown sugar
1 roll of buffalo mozzarella cheese
Garden salad
Tomatoes - cherry or beefy
Balsamic vinegar
Light olive oil

Clean and slice the peaches lengthwise. Press some sugar into each side of them. Heat a cast iron pan with some butter. Place the peaches in them and flip them when caramelized. Watch them closely so they don't burn.
Drain the mozzarella cheese and slice it thinly, set aside.
Wash and dry the garden salad. Arrange the tomatoes on top with the mozzarella cheese. Place the warm peaches on the salad. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and olive oil over the dish.
Eat this salad right away. Makes 2-4 servings.

Happy New Home

When I moved into my new apartment, or flat, is another term for it, I was so happy to be in my new home. When I moved out of my house I felt great, like a woman who had a home. This kind of independence is a nice feeling at first but comes with it's own challenges. I'll talk a little about the great things about my apartment and things that aren't so nice.

What is great about a new home

Unlike a house most apartments are new buildings with residents moving in within just the last few years. What's nice about this is that you don't have to worry if the floor or the cupboards are high quality. This isn't just because I rent them and I don't own them, this a nice perk to the situation but you do pay for it with the rent cheques in the long run. No, the nice thing about this is that most things tend to be much better when they are new and all things have a life span. Yes there are the exceptions of a high end antique dresser or wardrobe that has lasted through the centuries. However, these special items were often cared for and protected throughout their lifetime. In many cases they were also refinished and restored to their former glory. Unless you want to break the bank it's best to buy what looks to be a high quality item in your price range and care for it reasonably. Essentially it will be best at first and wear down over time until you need to do a renovation or get a new item if it can be easily replaced.

With an apartment it's nice not to have to worry about doing the gardening since there is no garden. I'm glad about this because I really don't like shoveling snow. This is another thing I appreciate about the city. The roads are always cleaned very quickly since so many people use them. At my grandparents house we have to put ice on the sidewalks so nobody slips, this is always dangerous and we have to continue shoveling snow and breaking ice patches continuously multiple times per day. In the city there hardly needs to be any salt thrown on the sidewalks because there are so many people walking on it at all times that it naturally turns to slush and drains down the street into the gutters.

What is not so great about an apartment

Flats can have their downfalls at times. For example if anyone plays music on your floor or about you this can be extremely annoying. Luckily there is a doorman to deal with these situations and often they can be easily resolved. Sometimes though a dog can be barking so loudly or music is playing with so much bass and numerous calls to the doorman don't help anything. This can really make you feel helpless at times since it's not advised to go knocking on their door and telling them directly that its midnight and you need to get some sleep. Sometimes this isn't even possible if can't access any other floor but your own as many new key systems are designed to do for security and protection.

Overall, I'm very happy with my new home and love living in an apartment.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cup recipe is a party favorite. With gooey peanut butter and crunchy cookies, it is sure to satisfy any taste buds.

Chocolate and peanut butter is an amazing combination. I myself would never have thought that mixing peanuts with cocoa would produce such a different and delicious flavor. Both chocolate and peanut butter are amazing on their own but together they are a force to be reckoned with.

These cookie cups are a great party recipe. It's a twist on the classic peanut butter cookie and chocolate peanut butter cup. Combine them and you've got a dessert that is both for the candy lover as well as for those who like tasty cookie.

Basically these are a chocolate cookie with peanut butter inside. They look like overside peanut butter cups that we all know and love. They are quite filling so be sure to share them with a friend.

You can add other treats to the filling of the cups if you like. From whipped cream to candies to festive sprinkles. You can even put fruit into the cups for a healthy alternative.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes

Cookie cups:
2 cups of flour
1 egg
2 sticks of butter
1/8 cup Cocoa powder
1 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar packed
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Chocolate chips

Peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ
Mix the flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder together in a bowl. Mix the butter, egg, sugars in another bowl. Slowly mix the wet mix into the dry mix with a spatula. Mix in the chocolate chips at the end.
Put baking ups into a muffin tin. Form the cookies into the shape of the so they have the appearance of a cup. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
After the cookie cups have cooled fill the insides with peanut butter. Serve and enjoy!
Before filling the insides with peanut butter you can store them for up to one week in a sealed container. Get out the peanut butter before serving. If the peanut butter is cold head in the microwave for 20 seconds to enjoy them fresh and hot.