Blaze Pizza is the BOMB!

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#howdoyoublaze Blaze Pizza raisedbyculture.com

I was on vacation when I got an email from Blaze Pizza inviting me to attend their grand opening a couple weeks ago.  I never heard of them and I never say no to pizza.  We got home to one of their pizza boxes cleverly used to ship us info and coupons.  Here’s what I learned:  Fresh house-made dough, prepared from scratch daily. Artisinal ingredients from inventive to classic. 180 seconds of fast-fire’d perfection!  

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Farm Burger, Atlanta

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Farm Burger, Atlanta raisedbyculture.com

I have a list of different types of restaurants I want to try when I travel.  The top three specs right now are local fare, farm to table or gastropub.  Blogging just made me fancy like that.  I don’t usually get a chance to eat at three different restaurants but sometimes you hit the jackpot and one restaurant like Farm Burger hits all the checkmarks.  If you are a first timer like me and the group I was with, staring at the huge menu boards behind the counter won’t help.  Grab yourself a paper menu and plot your meal choices before stepping up to order.  There are daily specials but I’m a fan of the build your own burger trend.  Never have I seen pork belly, oxtail marmalade or roasted bone marrow as an option.  I knew Farm Burger would be good.  Their staff was even better.  When in Atlanta, go.
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13 Mother’s Day Delectable Steak & Cake Recipes

13 Mother's Day Delectable Steak & Cake Recipes raisedbyculture.com

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Steak and cake make me happy.  A perfect Mother’s Day for me would consist of a juicy, flavorful ribeye with the fixings, finished up with a fat slice of cake.  My parents rarely splurged on steak and when they did, it was a cheap, thin cut.  When I was in my 20s, I started to make mental notes of what the good cuts were.  Almost everyone would prescribe filet mignon. Maybe because it sounds fancy but I wasn’t impressed.  It wasn’t until my 30s when I finally met my first ribeye.  Tasty & tender, it is my holy grail of beef cuts.  I find it really easy to cook.  I throw in a little oil in a sizzling pan, sear both sides and finish in the oven.  It is pure perfection.  We have it at least twice a month.

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PEEPS-A-BOO Magic Mousse

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PEEPS-A-BOO Magic Mousse raisedbyculture.comPEEPS have a soft spot in my heart.  I know it’s Spring when they make their appearance on store shelves.  They are so cute and I love the happy colors.  The lovely people at PEEPS sent me a box of PEEPS to check out, those PEEPS are now my PEEPS, for reals.  This year’s PEEPS Easter offerings include:

  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Chicks (in colors: yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue)
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Bunnies (in colors yellow, purple, pink, orange, green and blue)
  • PEEPS® Party Cake Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
  • PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Bunnies
  • PEEPS® Chick in a Hollow Milk Chocolate Egg
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks (Individual Size)
  • PEEPS® Rainbow Pop
  • PEEPS® Sugar-Free Marshmallow Chicks
  • PEEPS® Peepsters® (bite sized chocolate candies filled with sweet marshmallow crème)
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Superb App: Experience Cool Places Together

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#dosuperb raisedbyculture.comI was invited to dinner a couple weeks ago to check out a cool new app called Superb – created by the founders of GrubWithUs.  I’m gonna go ahead and say it, the appeal to me of Superb was that it looked like Instagram (Rachael of glassofwin.com also attended dinner and brought up an interesting question about Instagram, read her post here) and Foursquare had a baby.  A very cool baby at that.  The new social networking app lets you share your favorite spots, browse places others find exciting and connects you with your friends that share a mutual desire to go out and experience these places.   I only peeked at Superb over dinner so this is not a review but rather an announcement about the launch today which is available worldwide in the App Store.  It is currently only available on iOS and I’m an Android user.  I did pester co-founder Daishin Sugano over dinner about getting it out on Android because I can see myself using the app daily.  Especially when I travel.  Superb is hip, looks clean and is simple.  I have a feeling this is going to take social networking to that next level – I need it now!

Check out pictures from the #dosuperb dinner at Picca Peru in Los Angeles!

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Disneyland Fried Chicken & Mickey Beignets

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Disneyland Fried Chicken & Mickey Beignets : raisedbyculture.comThe good news is we’re Disneyland Annual Passholders again!  The bad news is it’s Spring Break season and the weather here is hot already.  Crowds and heat make me cranky but I’m all about those spontaneous moments we can sneak away for a few hours when the weather is just right and the crowds die down!

If your husband says let’s go to Disneyland, you jump up and get ready to go!  That happened a few weeks ago and our day was perfection.  We started at The Disney Gallery, walked down Main Street, said hi to Esmeralda and headed to Plaza Inn for lunch.  Plaza Inn is known for their character breakfast and fried chicken, dining there would be a first for all of us! If you thought it looked cute from the outside with it’s pink and white decor, the inside is elegant and Victorian.  Swoon!  $14.99 for 3 pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a biscuit sounds a bit pricey for my cheap self but we ordered two and it fed all four of us real good!

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13 Recipes For A Diverse Sunday Funday Dinner

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Sunday is my most favorite day of the week.  I love cooking like the next person but there is something spiritual like parking myself in the kitchen cooking all day for Sunday dinner. My best memories of my grandmothers is hanging out in their kitchens while they cooked.  I’m positive I picked up a thing or two by watching them.  I never saw them use cookbooks , measuring cups and the way they moved… like the most graceful dance.  My dad almost always barbecued on Sundays, it was his way of spending time with us and giving to us – it is a day for family and that tradition is carrying on in my own family.

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Gluten-Free Cheat Meals

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Blog swapping this week with Lindsay from Fit & Awesome in a blog swap arranged by AJ of Confessions of a Fat Girl!  I’m always curious about gluten-free food and asked Lindsay to share what food she misses and how she deals with being gluten-free – what I got was an amazing guest post that I know you all will appreciate!

Hello Raised by Culture readers! I’m Lindsay and I write about living a healthy and active lifestyle on my site, FitandAwesome.com. I’m super excited to participate in this blog swap with Xenia. My blog was started to document my journey since going gluten free. I discovered I was severely gluten intolerant through a blood test I took at my doctor’s office. I had horrible GI issues (I won’t go into it here – TMI) and I went to several doctors who all previously deemed it as IBS. It was very frustrating.

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Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

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I am in love with my Crock Pot!  I bought it on Black Friday 2011 and only started using it this Summer.  Southern California had a super hot Summer and used it so we wouldn’t melt even more by turning on the oven.  I have even made banana bread in my Crock Pot!  It was fluffy and moist – did not sink down like banana breads I’ve made in my oven.  More on that recipe later… I have had requests for this recipe and here it is!  Enjoy!
Crock Pot Lasagne

Crock Pot Lasagna Ingredients

  • 24 oz. Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 15 oz. Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 8 oz. Lasagna Noodles (Not Oven Ready)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 16 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
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Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

I am in love with my Crock Pot!  I bought it on Black Friday 2011 and only started using it this Summer.  Southern California had a super hot Summer and used it so we wouldn’t melt even more by turning on the oven.  I have even made banana bread in my Crock Pot!  It was fluffy and moist – did not sink down like banana breads I’ve made in my oven.  More on that recipe later… I have had requests for this recipe and here it is!  Enjoy!

Crock Pot Lasagne

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