outside the pantry

Yeah, yeah, I know this is a food blog. But you know what? My whole life doesn’t revolve around food. I know that’s shocking! Sometimes I have thoughts that don’t really fit in with the rest of the blog. Here is where they will reside.

What kind of girls' weekend doesn't include cocktails? This is the Hemingway from Shell & Bones Oyster Bar and Grill in New Haven, Connecticut.

What’s Happenin’, Hot Stuff?

Posted on Sep 28th, 2016

Just days away from my birthday--and with the celebration already in full swing--it doesn't seem all that crazy to borrow a Long Duck Dong gem from…

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The Mobile Pub is a party on wheels, taking care of all of your guests' beverage needs with their converted 1962 Shasta Caravan. photo by The Mobile Pub

Eating Connecticut: The Mobile Pub

Posted on Jul 19th, 2016

My Eating Connecticut pieces typically involve restaurants, special events, and food trucks around the state where I've sampled the menu and decided…

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The AmandaBakes Airstream parked at South Farms for The Morris Marketplace

Eating Connecticut: AmandaBakes

Posted on Jul 12th, 2016

It started with a text... I was in the middle of shooting photos for a client and knew I had made plans to leave the house. But the weekend…

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Jalapeño Mosco Mule gives a little bit more of a kick to the classic cocktail, featuring TABASCO Green Pepper Sauce {sponsored post}

Jalapeño Moscow Mule & Avery Island, Louisiana

Posted on Jun 26th, 2016

Disclosure: I developed this recipe for Jalapeño Moscow Mule in partnership with TABASCO, who compensated me for this post. All opinions remain my…

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All you need for the Renaissance Faire version of a Bee Sting are mead and hard cider. An easy drink to chill with all summer long!

Bee Sting: Tipsy Tuesday

Posted on Jun 7th, 2016

Search the internet and you'll find a variety of cocktails that go by the name Bee Sting. Some contain gin. Others rely on Scotch. I've even found…

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The final event of the MV Wine Fest 2016: Oysters and Bubbles {sponsored post}

Travel: MV Wine Fest

Posted on May 19th, 2016

Disclosure: While my hotel accommodations and travel activities were provided for me, free of charge, by Vineyard Square Hotel, the Martha's Vineyard…

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At Menemsha Beach in Chilmark, MA, you'll find super fresh fish and a beautiful harbor. {sponsored post}

Travel: Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

Disclosure: While my hotel accommodations and travel activities were provided for me, free of charge, by Vineyard Square Hotel, the Martha's Vineyard…

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Tall Tales is the latest addition to Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. This guest house boasts 6 rooms, each with its own personality, with a gourmet kitchen and comfortable common areas. {sponsored post}

Connecticut: Tall Tales at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

Posted on Mar 14th, 2016

Disclosure: I was invited by Saybrook Point Inn & Spa to spend a night in their new Tall Tales guest house and check out their facilities. While…

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Barceló Maya Beach Resort is a gorgeous escape to paradise in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

Travel: Barceló Maya Beach Resort, Mexico

Posted on Nov 15th, 2015

Disclosure: I won a 3-night stay at Barceló Maya Beach Resort during a Riviera Maya-themed Twitter chat hosted by Expedia in May 2015. I was under…

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Orcas on an Island Adventures Whale Watching trip from Anacortes, Washington

Travel: Island Adventures Whale Watching, Anacortes, WA

Posted on Oct 15th, 2015

Even though I built you up for my trip to Portland and Seattle last month for the International Food Bloggers Conference, I left you hanging with the…

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The New York Renaissance Faire is a magical escape

Travel: New York Renaissance Faire 2015

Posted on Sep 6th, 2015

Yesterday, I made a snap decision at 11AM that we should attend the New York Renaissance Faire. Normally, I'd plan this sort of thing ahead, but the…

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Sun and Moon pyramids at Teotihuacan

Travel Transformations

Posted on Aug 7th, 2015

I have a creepy confession to make: at the beginning of this year, when I was busy not making resolutions, but thinking about what I wanted for the…

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Hot air balloons soar over Teotihuacan at sunrise

A Long Weekend in Mexico City

Posted on Jul 18th, 2015

Disclosure: I traveled to The St. Regis Mexico City on behalf of The Daily Meal. My travel and accommodations were sponsored by The St. Regis Mexico…

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Laurel Ridge Daffodil Fields, Litchfield, Connecticut - Poet in the Pantry

Slow Down Saturday: Laurel Ridge Daffodils

Posted on May 9th, 2015

There's a place near my house where people flock every spring for the photo opps. Like a reverse leaf peeping season, there exists a very small…

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street performers in Central Park, New York - Poet in the Pantry

Slow Down Saturday: Central Park

Posted on Apr 25th, 2015

It's been a really long time since I've written a Slow Down Saturday post, but I've realized that this is becoming more of my life these…

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The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World has ruined me for regular accommodations. What a gorgeous resort!

Travel: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Posted on Mar 24th, 2015

For someone who has no memory of visiting Walt Disney World before (having visited at the tender age of 3), starting out at the Grand Floridian…

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5 Things You Should Pack for Disney, But Probably Won't Think Of

5 Things You Should Pack for Disney, But Probably Won’t Think Of

Posted on Mar 7th, 2015

The internet is full of packing lists for your Walt Disney World trip, and they can be quite inclusive. Overwhelming, too. I mostly used a common…

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Food Blog Forum Orlando 2015 was an amazing experience to fill your mind and heart, increasing your knowledge on blogging and allowing the opportunity to explore Walt Disney World in the process, the ultimate source for creativity.

Food Blog Forum Orlando 2015

Posted on Mar 5th, 2015

Three years ago, I recall seeing some tweets about Food Blog Forum from attendees. It stuck in my mind that they were hosted in Disney World, but it…

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Hindsight is always 20/20. 5 Things I Would Do Differently Next Time I Visit Disney World.

5 Things I Would Do Differently Next Time I Visit Disney World

Posted on Mar 4th, 2015

The sparkle hasn't worn off my recent Walt Disney World trip yet, but I'm already thinking of how I would do things differently. Learn from my…

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Miami 2014 - Poet in the Pantry's adventures

2014: The Year of Travel for Poet in the Pantry

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2015

Ever since I was little, I wanted to travel. Exploring the world on my own terms to discover its hidden secrets. Having a personal experience with…

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Chef MaryDawn Wright of Sabra - Poet in the Pantry

My Sabra Hummus Tour #sabratastemakers

Posted on Sep 19th, 2014

Disclosure: As a Sabra Tastemaker, I was compensated for this post. All opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make…

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churro filled with dulce de leche

Travel: South Beach Food Tour through Miami Culinary Tours

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary South Beach Food Tour in exchange for this post. All opinions and photos remain my own. Thank you for…

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goodbye Miami

5 Tips for Attending a Blogging Conference

Posted on May 20th, 2014

People go to blogging conferences for a multitude of reasons. Whether you intend to spend your time focusing on SEO or increasing your Facebook…

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knife skills class

Jones Dairy Farm Event at the CIA: Day 2

Posted on Feb 11th, 2014

Disclosure: Jones Dairy Farm sponsored this event. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions and photos remain my…

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Beekman Arms Inn

Jones Dairy Farm Event at the CIA: Day 1

Posted on Feb 9th, 2014

Disclosure: Jones Dairy Farm sponsored this event. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions and photos remain my own. I…

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Sunny and me

Travel: Big Summer Potluck 4: A Treat and Retreat

Posted on Aug 4th, 2013

As you already know, I attended Big Summer Potluck in Bucks County, Pennsylvania last weekend. I've been trying to gather my thoughts so I could…

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Travel: The Kitchen Tour of A Lifetime

Posted on May 24th, 2013

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the recipes you find flipping through magazines or browsing your favorite websites? How do they think of…

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NYC dance parade

I Love NYC…And My Husband

Posted on May 19th, 2013

There are certain advantages to being in Northwest Connecticut. Like being able to enjoy a balance of rural and suburban life in my commute to work…

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Pavlova and Peach Melba

Travel: An Afternoon with Australia: Food, Wine, and Fun

Posted on Mar 19th, 2013

It's not every day that I get to hop on a train to the City and feast on international cuisine. Yet I was given just that opportunity on Tuesday,…

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box of donuts

Travel: Crossing State Lines for Donuts – Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts

Posted on Aug 8th, 2011

Most Mondays around here are full of drudgery. Catching up on the housework that I let slack over the weekend while spending time with my family.…

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Central Park

Travel: New York, Part 2

Posted on Apr 28th, 2011

On Friday, April 22nd, the kids and I returned to New York City. Clearly, I am a glutton for punishment. Not only did I have my two in tow, who are…

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Crumbs Bake Shop Coconut and White Chocolate cupcakes

Travel: NYC Bakery Tour 2011

Posted on Feb 12th, 2011

Continuing on... So, with the cookies from CookieBar safely tucked into my son's backpack (minus two)--between the snow boots he snuck into the pack…

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CookieBar NYC

Travel: CookieBar and NYC

Posted on Feb 12th, 2011

Fridays are usually a little crazy between the kids' schedules for preschool and Kindergarten plus all the errands I usually run. Instead of the…

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New York City

New York, New York

Posted on Oct 4th, 2010

I have a love-hate relationship with New York. Love the idea of it, hate navigating it. Being of a limited budget, I try to make the most of my…

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