All posts tagged: Erin Leigh Ever After

Best-Ever Black Bean Burgers

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I’ve eaten a whole lot of veggie burgers throughout my vegetarian life. Rarely have I ever made them myself, and this recipe really outshines anything you can buy in the freezer aisle. It takes a little bit longer to make this recipe, so if you’re always in a time crunch after work like me, hold off on this recipe until the weekend. I often find myself facing a major problem in trying new recipes: I don’t have a food processor. But I found a secret hack to the lack of food processor- an electric mixer. It seriously works like a charm! This recipe in particular comes from Ambitious Kitchen, but I made a few alterations that worked better for me. This recipe originally calls for half of a jalepeno and 2 teaspoons of spicy cajun spices, but I am not a big fan of spicy food so I took it out. It also called for sprouts as a topping on the burgers which in general are delicious, but I…

D.C. Days: The Capital in Under 48 Hours

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A big problem about catching the travel bug is being 22 and broke. A quick-fix solution for this is to keep your trips short and sweet. This sparked the two-day trip to Washington D.C. my boyfriend Nick and I took this fall. Luckily, we live within driving distance (about two and a half hours), which of course saves tons on travel costs! We got there on a Saturday morning and left by Sunday night, but had a awesome, activity packed two days in the nation’s capital. After sitting in traffic most of the morning I finally got into D.C. and met Nick (who was coming from school in Virginia) at The MadHatter. The restaurant was unsurprisingly decked out in all things Alice in Wonderland, but in an almost subtle way that wasn’t completely overwhelming. I didn’t feel like I was in Disneyland; instead there was an assortment of portraits and memorabilia of Alice and the gang along the wood-paneled walls, which I absolutely loved! After a waffle-filled and lovely brunch, we headed over to…

Nothing To Wine About: Napa Valley

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Visiting California was easily one of the best decisions I ever made. I have to admit, coming back to the East Coast was a little disappointing after being surrounded by vineyards for as far as the eye can see for five days. While in California I visited a few places, but I’ll start with my adventures in Napa and St. Helena. My two friends and I visited our other friend who is currently living in Napa while attending The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Thanks to her and her roommate’s hospitality plus great Labor Day Deals on flights, we were able to book a cheap trip with relatively short notice. Napa was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. For as far as you could see there were vineyards for miles and miles. When you rolled down the windows on certain stretches of the road you could actually smell the grapes. In Napa, our main priority was wine tastings. I mean really, can you blame us? CIA students can…

Water-Front Wonderland: The Inner Harbor, Baltimore

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One of my all time favorite places to visit is the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. The first time I visited was about two years ago for a fraternity formal on a cruise around the harbor, which was a really fun experience in itself, but it sparked a love for the area that I wasn’t expecting! There was something really great about the whole vibe of the Inner Harbor area. In the warmer weather, the Inner Harbor has the complete water-front feel, complete with live music all around the harbor, the great view of the harbor with all the boats in the water, and some seriously awesome seafood. Not to mention, Camden Yards is pretty amazing! Even though I was there rooting against the Orioles, the park had a whole lot to offer and is definitely not something to pass up when you’re in Baltimore. Another destination you don’t want to miss out on while visiting Baltimore is checking out the observation level of the World Trade Center. From the 27th…