June 23, 2014

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Quarters

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Quarters

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Quarters stirringthingsupblog.com @kristelpoole

Nothing tastes quite like summer to me as grilled foods flavored with fresh herbs and lemon. It’s a simple combination of bright flavors that makes your taste buds suddenly alert, like the lights came on and everyone wants to know what’s going on. I remember having this feeling of “mouth alertness” during almost every meal I ate in my travels in Greece. I can still remember the sweet, salty,…

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June 13, 2014
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June 10, 2014

RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy’s Midlothian

RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy’s Midlothian

#RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy's Midlothian @kristelpoole

I love Tex-Mex food. There. I said it.

#RVA Restaurant Preview: Chuy's Midlothian @kristelpoole

Salsa Fresca – Comes with your chips and it is SO good.

Tex-Mex gets a bad rap, but I’m not sure why. Who doesn’t love chiles, cheese, tortillas, meat and more cheese? It’s not authentic Mexican food, but I think that’s okay. It’s not trying to be. Tex-Mex is kind of like jazz; multiple cultural influences can bring out some really wonderful things. (more…)

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June 4, 2014

RVA Restaurant Preview: Fan Noodle Bar

RVA Restaurant Preview: Fan Noodle Bar

#RVA Restaurant Preview: Fan Noodle Bar @kristelpoole

I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP preview night for a new spot in town called Fan Noodle Bar. The owners Sonny and Zow Kiatsuranon officially open the doors tonight for dinner service, with lunch and late night service coming soon. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted with a lot of white and silver grey furniture and a nice long, rounded bar. There are little neon-colored uplighting…

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May 22, 2014

Pan-Seared Tautog with Brown Butter Ramps and Asparagus

Pan-Seared Tautog with Brown Butter Ramps and Asparagus

Pan-Seared Tautog White Fish with Ramps in Brown Butter and Asparagus - Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner from @kristelpoole

Pan-Seared Tautog White Fish with Ramps in Brown Butter and Asparagus - Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner from @kristelpoole

Growing up, I hated eating fish. Crazy, right? I mean, I really hated it – so much that I would stand outside in protest with arms crossed while my dad made salmon for the rest of the family. Often I would make my dad open every window in the house and turn on every ceiling fan before he seared off a piece of flounder. If that wasn’t enough to make the smell go away, I’d just get sick.…

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May 15, 2014

Week in Review: Ramen, Winners, and Ramps

Ramps cooking in brown butter - the best spring side. @kristelpoole

This past week has been crazy fun, which so much going on I can’t believe it’s only been a week and not a year! (more…)

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May 12, 2014

Fabulist Friday!

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Fabulist Friday @kristelpoole

photo courtesy of M. LaDelfa

I got pretty caught up on my Bloglovin’ feed today. Do you use this or another blog reading service? I’ve tried a few others, and Bloglovin’ is my favorite, but I’d love to hear what you have to say. In the meantime,  check it out and follow me on Bloglovin’!

This recipe is perfect for spring asparagus.

I’m not exactly on a diet, but thislooks like the undoing of my…

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May 5, 2014

Grilled Fish Tacos for Cinco de Mayo (and a giveaway from Ernie’s Salsa!)

Grilled Fish Tacos for Cinco de Mayo (and a giveaway from Ernie’s Salsa!)

Grilled Fish Tacos with Ernie's Salsas @kristelpoole

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I want to celebrate with a margarita, and I hope you’ll do the same. Lime shortage be damned, right?! (more…)

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March 27, 2014

Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Pho

Easy and Delicious Slow Cooker Pho

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If there’s one food I eat at least once a week (besides wine), it’s pho. That’s right, the butt of all “pho-king” jokes people make. I’m not going to make those jokes, even though now that we’ve talked about it, I want to. The reason people make those jokes is because pho is delicious. It’s so delicious that “delicious” doesn’t do it justice, so you want to call it “effin’ delicious.” The pun…

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January 30, 2014
Cocktail of the Month: Blood Orange Hot ToddyDo you know how cold it was when I left for work this morning? ONE degree. I mean, what’s the…View Post

Cocktail of the Month: Blood Orange Hot Toddy

Do you know how cold it was when I left for work this morning? ONE degree. I mean, what’s the…

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