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Apple Picking at Alstede Farms

apple picking | two coast kitchen
Fall is in the air! With the weather cooling down, I took a trip with J and his mother to Alstede Farms for some good ole fashioned apple picking! Alstede Farms has a lot to offer like hay rides, corn maze, pony rides, and play areas for the kids. They also have wine tasting for the adults which we definitely took advantage of. You can pick your own crops or you can go into their market and buy fresh produce from the farm.
With apple sauce and pies on my mind, we headed off with our box in search of apples. Not only did we pick apples, but other fruits and vegetables as well. Here are some photos from our visit.
Apple trees all in a row.
J reaching for the hard to get apples.
They also had raspberries, blackberries, and yellow raspberries.
They also had a ton of veggies we could pick including all kinds of peppers. I love these purple peppers.
Hot peppers!
So many eggplants – big and small.
I don’t know what these guys are, but they were begging for a photo.
We did a good job filling up our box.
They also had a ton of animals on the farm that you could feed and pet.
This goat loved the carrot.
This goat wasn’t so sure… Continue reading


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Maple-Soy Roasted Almonds & Cashews

Maple-Soy Roasted Nuts | two coast kitchen
While settling into the couch on this rainy afternoon to peruse some food blogs, I came across this quick and easy recipe for roasted almonds. With all the ingredients already in my pantry, I thought this would be the perfect snack for some college football watching that was about to ensue (go Huskies!!).
A 4-5 ingredient recipe (depends on how many kinds of nuts you use).
maple-soy roasted nuts
Round 1 roast. The original recipe calls for just almonds, but since J is allergic to almonds, I also did some cashews but kept them separate and mixed the nuts in separate bowls.
After the 5-7 minute roast, mix with sauce, roast again. Continue reading

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Dinner at Má Pêche

ma peche
Over Labor Day weekend, J’s brother came into NYC for a visit. We went into the city to go out to dinner. The criteria for dinner was something J’s brother couldn’t get where he lives. Má Pêche, a restaurant in the Momofuku family by David Chang was the lucky winner. The Má Pêche experience is includes dim sum dishes coming around on carts to compliment the chefs specials of the day. I took photos during the meal, and to go with the restaurants name, all the photos came out very peachy-orange. While these photos do not do the meal justice, we had an amazing time and really enjoyed all the dishes we had.
We started off the meal at the bar with wine and cocktails. My lemon peel looks like lips.
We were seated at a long communal table. We lucked out and got seated at the end. The plus of a party of three. The family at the end had a very tired diner.
We started off with pork buns with pickled cucumbers. I could have had three or four of these.
One of the best things we had was this buttered corn. It was served with grains, little pumpernickel croutons, and fresh horseradish. Continue reading

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Month Through My Lens: July 2014

month through my lens
Before I am two months behind, here is a look at what I was up to in July. It involved a lot of beach time.
My family takes a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico every summer. It was full of tacos, huge waves, jet skis, and margaritas. Here are some photos from the trip.
Good representation of our trip. This is only after day 1.
View from our beach.
The southern most tip of California de Baja Sur.
We camped out under these palapas every day.
World Cup viewing party in the clubhouse.
Cactus tostadas.
Walking into town for dinner.
We had our own pool. I wore a swimsuit 90% of the time. Continue reading