619 Ocean View Restaurant

Hi Lovelies, 

Earlier this week I attended an amazing NomNomJax dinner event at the beautiful 619 Ocean View Restaurant in Ponte Vedra.  First and foremost do you see this picturesque view of the ocean below...well this is what we had the pleasure of  beholding the entire evening while we dined!
Not only was the view breathtaking, the food was pretty darn good as well!  For starters we had several appetizers including this delicious Argentinia cheese pastry made with tapioca sugar.   
This Preserved Lemon Hummus was probably some of the best hummus I've ever eaten! 
This was the Barrel Batched Cocktail for the evening!  It was made with Blueberry, Thyme, and St. Augustine Distillery Vodka.  It was very light and fresh!
Amuse:  Crab and Purple Potato Causa
Made with crab, avocado, and aji amarillo.
1st Course:  Sweet and Sour Smoked Sausage
Made with pickled watermelon and datil peach jam.
2nd Course:  Sunny Bibb Salad
Made with sunflower seeds, goat cheese, and Orange Florida citrus vinaigrette.  
3rd Course:  Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs
Made with vinegar, savoy cabbage, corn, hominy, and peppers.
4th Course:  Seafood Paella
Made with scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, chicken, smoked sausage, heirloom vegetables, and saffron.  
5th course:  "Snickers in a Cup"
Made with caramel, pink sea salt, dark chocolate, cream, and vanilla. 
619 Ocean View Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
This dessert was everything you probably imagine it to be!  DELICIOUS and a perfect ending to a perfect evening!  If you haven't had the chance to attend a NomNomJax event, you are totally missing out on some of the most amazing dinner events at some of Jacksonville's best restaurants!  Take this hidden gem for example.  Myself and several others had never even heard of 619 Ocean View before this event and I can hardly wait to go back!  It was a great evening with great people, great food, and a great view!  As always thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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My Gratitude and These Overalls!

Hi Dolls,

Who says adults can't rock overalls?!?  When I saw these overalls in Zara over the summer it was love at first sight and when I tried them on I knew they had to be mine!  I mean to be completely honest I thought my Kriss Kross, overalls with one strap to the back days ended in 10th grade but I have had a change of heart!  Clearly, overalls can be worn at any age!
Last week I met with the producers of a local day time television show and they did a segment with me at this really cool spot downtown with graffitti all over the walls!  The segment was "A Day in The Life of a Fashion Blogger"!  I was thrilled for the opportunity and welcomed the chance to speak on my experiences as a blogger!  You guys have to check it out here!
Every year I am amazed at the things I have been able to accomplish as a blogger!  Last year, I was on a different show right before school started to give my fellow teachers tips on how to be fashionable in the classroom (here) and this year a feature on just me, lil' ole me!  But the most gratifying part of it all is having readers who enjoy stopping by on a regular basis!  Besides this being a hobby for me, you guys are who I do it for!  If I don't say it enough, I appreciate you all!  You're all "friends in my head"!
I've been blogging for a while now and what started off as a creative outlet has afforded many things for me like new friends who enjoy the same things I do, a new love for the city I live in, invites to private restaurant tastings and events, a lot more creativity, and opportunities to speak on television about two things I love, fashion and food!  Yes, there are way more successful bloggers than me by a long stretch, but these things are far more than I ever expected when I first started.
I am definitely humbled and grateful for anything that comes along with being a blogger and will continue to do it as long as possible.  For those of you who read my posts and support me, love ya, mean it! 
Top:  Forever 21
Overalls:  Zara
Necklace:  Charming Charlie
Heels:  Aldo
Thank you all for coming along for the ride and staying a while!  You're the bestest!  For a peek at the segment click here!

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Summer Tomato and Avocado Salad

Hi Lovelies!

Through meticulous Pinterest trolling, I have found the perfect summer salad!  It's light, fresh, and ridiculously easy to make!  It takes no time at all and requires minimal ingredients!  On these hot summer nights, that is exactly what I need, a quick dinner that is healthy and delicious! 
Here is the Summer Tomato and Avocado Salad!
Like I mentioned earlier, the ingredients are minimal!  You may already have them on hand.
1 English cucumber
3 Avocados
4 Roma tomatoes
1/2 Red Onion
1 Lemon
1 cup Cilantro (optional)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
 Making this dish is as easy as listing the few ingredients it takes to make it!  All you have to do is chop everything up and throw it in a bowl!
 Once everything is in the bowl, make the dressing!  Add the juice of 1 lemon...
and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
 Add salt and pepper to taste and mix away!  
Ladies and gentlemen, that is it!  It takes no time at all and it is delicious!
I didn't have cilantro on hand so I omitted it.  I made this around lunch time and enjoyed a bowl by itself for lunch and with chicken breast for dinner!  It was even better after chilling in the fridge for a few hours.  If you're all about quick and easy meals that are healthy and packed with flavor, you have to try this!  The next time I make this I'm going to add some feta cheese!  Ooh I bet that will set it off quite nicely!  
As always dolls, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tribal Prints Rule This Summer

Hi Dolls, 

Tribal Prints are definitely in for the summer!  I see them all over the place whether it's traditional African garb, geometric tribal patterns, or bright, bold mixed patterns, it's here with a vengeance!  
I've been working out pretty hard this summer and as I'm sure some of you may be able to tell from the pictures, I've lost a few pounds!  Yay me!  So naturally, I started digging in my closet for things I forgot about due to being too small and this dress was one of those items I'm glad I never got rid of!
I bought this dress probably 3 or 4 years or so ago at a boutique in South Florida and I never wore it because when I bought it the fit was a little snugg but I thought it was so cute, I was determined to lose weight some day to fit into it nicely!
 Who would've thought that day would've been 3-4 years later, while the print is on trend? Nevertheless, I can finally get my money's worth.  Besides the tribal print, the sleeves of this dress was the seller!  I love the way the cold shoulder is cut!
 Dress:  Boutique (old)
 Heels:  ShoeDazzle (old)
 In other news, summer is coming to a close for me. One more week of freedom then back to the classroom I go.  It's all good though because I had a pretty epic summer!  If you're not following me on Instagram and Snapchat, you're missing out on all of the behind the scenes fun!  Click on the links on the side bar!
Enjoy the weekend and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Summer Sales are The Best Sales

Hi Dolls,

It has been too long!  This summer has been jam packed for me! I've been in and out of the country and when I'm home, I just want to sleep but of course, I can never stay away too long!  I've missed my blog family!  Besides traveling and summer afternoon naps, I've gotten my fair share of retail therapy!  There has been some crazy good summer sales happening at some of my favorite stores and this look is showing off one of the tops I picked up last week that I absolutely love!
Speaking of sales, I think my entire outfit was purchased on sale at some point! Summer sales are the best anyways, wouldn't you agree!  I usually steer clear of peplums, but when I tried this one on, it was such a cute fit and it said "take me Trice, take me!".  I couldn't leave it in the store and the fact that it had been marked down extremely low made my decision a no brainer!  
But don't you hate when you purchase something that was on sale and then a few weeks later, you see it's been marked down again to a ridiculously low price?  Well that is what happened with these heels!  
Cute right?!?!  Well stop what you're doing and head over to the link for these shoes below and scoop them up for a super low $5.95!!!!  I know right!  I couldn't believe how low the cost has been marked down to for these heels!  All in honor of a good summer sale!  I'm not sure how long the sale is going to last so hurry!
Top:  Banana Republic (here)
Skinny Jeans:  JustFab (here)
Heels:  ShoeDazzle (here)
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous week!

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What's Cooking With Trice: Sweet & Garlicky Chicken w/Essie Spice

Hi Dolls,

It's been a while since I did a What's Cooking with Trice  post!  According to my friend Ashley, I need to up my recipe game! She's been patiently waiting on new recipes to try so this one is for you, Ash! I've been on the go so much lately that I haven't taken the time to prepare myself a good home cooked meal.  Shame on me...that is until now!
  I was sent these two amazing bottles of Essie Spice sauces and let me tell you something, there is so much flavor bursting out of each of these bottles, it's unreal!  
After reading up on their products, I learned that "Essie Spice blends and sauces are crafted in small batches using traditional West African spices and cooking methods with influences from Asia, The Caribbean, South America, and Europe.  They draw on the uniqueness of each place but also have the seamless fusion of the different spices that complement each other." In addition to that, they are Gluten and MSG free with no added preservatives, fillers, or artificial coloring!  You can read more about their different sauces and spice blends at EssieSpice.com.  
Trust me, you are going to want all of them!  
I was honored when Essie, herself, agreed to send me a couple of sample sauces to try for myself.  I was super excited when I opened the box and saw that she sent the Coco-For-Garlic!  I am a huge garlic lover and this sauce is flavorful and full of roasted garlic and Virgin coconut oil!  When I opened the bottled, the spices were so aromatic, I knew immediately it would be the perfect marinate for my chicken!  
I was also sent the Tamarind Oh which is a sweet and tangy sauce made with a delicious blend of Tamarind, of course, ginger, one of my favorites, guava, and vanilla!  I mean, how would you not like a sauce made with those ingredients?  I am looking forward to making some sweet and tangy stir-fry's with this sauce!  I used a little in the marinade for my chicken to add a hint of sweetness.
So about this dish I made.... It was super easy!  You guys know I'm all about quick and easy meals!  It was just that, and jam-packed with flavor!  I'm sad that I didn't make more!  This recipe was enough for two servings only.
1.)  For a quick marinade, in a medium size bowl mix 1/3 cup of Essie Spice Coco For Garlic, 1/4 cup of Essie Spice Tamarind Oh, and a handful of chopped parsley.  
2.)  I lightly seasoned 4 chicken thighs with salt pepper, added them to a plastic baggie, and poured in the marinade, massaging the chicken to make sure all pieces were evenly coated.
3.)  Once all of the chicken was coated, I heated up a couple tablespoons of Coconut Oil in the skillet, and 2 chopped cloves of garlic (I had to keep the coconut and garlic party going).  I then added all of the contents of the baggie, chicken and marinade.  I sauteed them on top of the stove until they were brown, about 8-10 minutes, and then turned the heat down and covered it for another 10 minutes or so.  The aroma in my kitchen was sensational!
I plated my chicken over jasmine rice and immensely enjoyed every bite with a side of veggies.
It was literally that easy!  With the amounts of flavor bursting from this dish, one would think I spent hours in the kitchen!  My boyfriend came over, walked in and said "It smells so good in here, I could smell it outside."  He looked in the skillet and said "Oh, I'm eating the rest of this!"  Like I mentioned earlier, I'm sad I didn't make more!  It was seriously one of the best chicken dishes I've ever made.  It is going into my home cooked meal rotation and I am officially an Essie Spice fan for life!  Listen to me...you guys HAVE to try some of her sauces and spice blends! Go to EssieSpice.com it will change your life!  When you do, be sure to let me know!  I'd love to see what you create with them!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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LiteHouse Foods at Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails

Hi Dolls,

I attended an awesome event at Moxie Kitchen and Cocktails earlier this week with some of my favorite foodie peeps and a few new faces from around the blogosphere.  The event was hosted by Litehouse Foods Inc., a company whose products you may have seen in your local grocery stores.  They offer a wide variety of salad dressings, fruit dips, glazes, herbs, veggie dips, and artisan cheese crumbles.  During the event we were able to watch a live cooking demo featuring some of the Litehouse Foods dressings, get helpful eating tips from a registered dietician, and of course, indulge in some of the amazing dishes Moxie has to offer!
As I mentioned before, we were able to watch a live demo given by registered dietician, Jenna Braddock.  As a mother who tries to incorporate veggies into meals for picky little eaters, she made a Roasted Carrot and Ranch Hummus featuring the Litehouse Homestyle Ranch dressing. She added a little extra virgin olive oil, fresh chopped roasted carrots, and my favorite, white beans (opposed to the traditional chick peas), blended everything up nicely and voila! It was a delicious hummus that's not only good but good for you! 
 I love hummus so I will be trying this recipe out at home for sure!  We enjoyed it with carrot slices, green peppers, and pita bread and it was delicious!
For The Table:
The rest of the evening was spent getting to know more about each other and each other's blogs, eating habits, and best practices for maintaining healthy lifestyles, especially as food bloggers.  It was very enlightening and I learned some tips that will certainly help curtail those urges to snack throughout the day.  Jenna did, however, remind us that there's nothing wrong with enjoying the things you love to eat. With anything, moderation is best!  With that being said dinner was served!  It was family style and we passed dishes around the table!  I could not have been happier to start the meal off with these!
Cheddar Biscuits:  
They were super cute and bite-sized with a BBQ butter that was to die for!  I seriously could have ate all of them and been satisfied the rest of the evening!
Fried Calamari & Cauliflower:
Served with charred lemon and a creole dipping sauce.  The calamari was cooked perfectly and the sauce had amazing flavor!
Pimento Cheese Toast:
Made with Farm bread, potato chips, and pepper jelly.  All of these flavors mesh together nicely.  I loved the potato chips on top.  They added a nice crunch! 
Summer Salad: 
These salads were beautiful with leafy greens, shaved farm veggies, and of course, LiteHouse Homestyle Ranch & Chunky Blue Cheese dressings!
I had to feature the watermelon radish on this salad because it is an absolutely beautiful veggie!  We had a few sides to go along with our entrees including some of my favorites!
It was nice and gooey like any Mac n cheese should be!
Seared Broccoli:
With smoked almond salsa.  I love broccoli and I love almonds so this was truly a match made in heaven!
Crispy Potatoes:
I loved the chimichurri because it had nice flavor, however, the potatoes needed a little more seasoning.
Short Rib:
Made with Seminole Pride beef, Dr. Pepper Glaze, "redneck risotto" (mashed potatoes), chow chow, and upland cress. It was pretty good with a nice flavor profile!
Pan-Roasted Chicken
Dressed with harissa carrots, roasted sunchokes, and arugula pesto. There aren't very many times you can mess
up a chicken dish.  This was no different! It was chicken and it was good!
Scottish Salmon:
This was my favorite dish of the evening!  It came with goat cheese-smashed potatoes, arugula, and a pistachio gremolata.  It was delicious with just the right amount of flavoring!
Last but certainly not least we all know and understand that no meal is complete with out dessert and this one was definitely worth the wait!
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
"Candy Bar" Cake:
Chocolate Cake, peanut nougat, caramel buttercream, and the star, salted caramel ice cream!!!
The entire evening was a great time!  I love it when I get to meet other bloggers!  The food was great and I loved the pointers for healthier eating. Next time you're in Publix or your local grocery store, grab a Litehouse food product!  You'll really enjoy it! 
As always, thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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Hi! I'm Trice, a Jacksonville, FL based blogger. I LOVE shopping and all things fashionable and want to show everyone that "Teachers Have Style Too!"! I also LOVE to cook and enjoy dining out. Please enjoy my fashion and food experiences and leave a comment if you'd like.
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