The weeks seem to come and go without reverence. Time passes, yet it feels like a snap of a finger. For Spade and I, life has seemed to have us by the ears. New jobs and promotions, a softball championship, family obligations, and all the other day to day attributes of life have been cumbersome. I literally just finished a book that took me months to read. We have truly missed the interaction with our followers as well as the expression of our passion these past few months. What is passion and what drives it? I resolve that it’s a sense of exploration. An idea that there is more out there than meets the eye. A wise friend once said that the difference between those who are truly successful, those who do what they love and love what they do, is passion. It’s those who are not easily satisfied with what most people call success. They strive for more even when more doesn’t seem to exist. They see the dream when it hasn’t even been dreamt. Spade and I live by this ideology. We believe that this way of thinking is what’s making Youngstown special again. We have met a new friend along this journey who seems to share in this highly passionate endeavor. A new friend, Space Kat, brings a fiery passion to people’s tables daily.
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We all do this whether we are single, dating someone, or married with kids. It doesn’t matter how many people are a part of the equation, it seems to always be one of the hardest decisions to make—where to eat. We’ve all heard the banter, “I want Mexican, no, I want Chinese…well, you picked last week, it’s my turn” — you know how it goes. Even for Spade and I, we take what seems like an endless amount of time deciding where to spend our precious moments (eating) together. Normally my job is to give you all the details on the best places to end your hunger pangs. Today is different. This is not so much of where to go, but a simplification of how to decide. I’ve put together an easy exercise to go through when trying to make this decision and have linked some of our past posts/reviews for all of our newer followers (or if you just need a refresher!) Hopefully this helps all of you indecisive foodie friends out there!
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We’re bringing you another simple and tasty recipe for St. Patty’s Day (or really any day.) This dip is super versatile and can be used as a topping or grab some pretzels, homemade chips, etc. and dunk away! We went for a fruit-infused beer from Biker BrewHouse for this…cheese and berries are a perfect combo and the flavor really turned out great in this recipe.
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We’ve teamed up with Bill of Pebble Media to bring you all some savory recipes just in time for St. Patty’s Day. We hope you have fun making these tasty loaded skins!
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Did you ever have a place growing up that was free of social bounds? Like a secret getaway where imagination could flood your mind? Maybe a treehouse where you did your first sketches, or a garage where you strummed your first chord? For others it may have been a small nook in the attic where you could read without the constant annoyance of a younger sibling. I’m sure I’m not the only one that escaped to the basement of a friend’s house away from glaring eyes and ears of parents, where secrets and folklore spread between comrades and cohorts. As we get older we tend to forget these places. We are more concerned with that next exam or promotion. We spend less time opening our minds and hearts, and more time crunching numbers or meeting deadlines. Our only escape soon becomes a scroll down social media alley. My friends—a place awaits your inner childhood memories. Nova coffee in downtown Warren is a place that will easily become your new getaway—young or old alike.
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Well January has come and gone. We brought in the new year, the groundhog has declared our inevitable future, and like most of you, we have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. Between surviving the holidays, a wedding, a honeymoon and a birthday, my healthy notions had no chance. I was almost in diet desolation as I strolled the grocery aisle looking at things like rice cakes and celery. *Cringe* Then it hit me! I remembered a place where my nutritional calibration and taste buds had met. In an instant I was revived, I knew what the answer was, and Spade and I are here to share it with you.
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As most of you have probably already heard, two of our favorite spots in downtown Columbiana will sadly be closing their doors at the end of this year. Generations Coffee Lab and All Good Things were a big part of the draw for Spade and I to travel to Columbiana. In hearing of the closures, it was not only heartbreaking but also aggravating. These were two local spots with integrity, high quality products, and style. What would cause these two amazing places to have to make that hard decision to throw in the towel? While there may have been internal factors that led to the recent events, I felt like there was more to the story. The only common denominator was the community. This in no way is a jab at the Columbiana community, the area is brimming with some of the most caring and accommodating people we know. However, it is an introspective look at our entire Mahoning Valley and what we need to do take this area to the next level.
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This breakfast hash is the perfect holiday brunch dish. Whether you present it to family coming in from out of town, or quite frankly just for yourself, you can’t go wrong. Bacon, potatoes, sausage—what more do you want?! Quick and easy, this dish isn’t too involved but will satisfy ALL of the tastebuds.
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In the food world trends come and go. Last year we were all going crazy over our acai bowls. A few months ago we couldn’t stop posting pics of our designer doughnuts. Just like with anything else, food trends are ever changing—they come and go. We have gotten some of our greatest culinary achievements through food trends. Noodles in the first century, soufflés of the early eighteenth century, or the great fondue craze of the 1970’s. Where would we be without all of these innumerable food trends? They all build off of each other and help to create something new. Like a saucier with their 5 sauce bases. Food trends, much like fashion trends, tend to rotate. We’ve all been drinking our kombucha lately, but this is an ancient Asian drink that has been around for thousands of years.
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