Adventures & Pretzels

When it comes time for adventures, I know that Liz is up for anything. Recently, we’ve been enjoying exploring NJ/NY because we’ve realized that although we both have the travel bug and desire nothing more than to explore faraway cities and beautiful places, until we can plan and fund such a trip, there are some pretty cool sites much closer to home.

A few weeks back, we went into the city to see the Rockefeller Center tree and eat at a Lebanese place I found online.

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1535402_10202699208032540_271082890_nWe ate at a place called Balade on 1st Ave. Liz had a tuna wrap she claims she still dreams about, and I had a lentil dish which was also amazing. For dessert, we shared this thick ice cream that had a taste that can only be described as “comforting,” and Lebanese bread with none other than Nutella.

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DSC_6580Good Karma Cafe is this small, unassuming corner place that is home to some really creative, super healthy and not surprisingly delicious food. It was so hard to pick from the extensive menu of tofu-based dishes. (Tofu is on my top 5 all time favorite foods list, up there with oatmeal and sweet potatoes). In the end, I got the “Love Bowl,” with tempeh instead of tofu (per the waitresses’ recommendation). It was a huge bowl of kale, black beans, brown rice, tempeh and a spicy peanut sauce on the side.

DSC_6440Liz got some other dish with love in the same as well, maybe “Whole Lotta Love,” or something like that. It was some sort of flax bread with kale and lots of veggies.

DSC_6438I will definitely be going back to this place to try the other lovely dishes.

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1607131_10202864410922509_2098920338_nAll in all, such a great night.

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On to today’s recipe! It’s a super quick and easy one!

DSC_6641Chocolate covered pretzels! I found multi-colored chocolate bars at a grocery store near my house, and decided to test one out by making these pretty chocolate-covered pretzels. Next time I plan to buy the orange, yellow and pink bars!

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Ingredients

  • Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate meant for baking/decorating (melts easily)
  • Decorations of your choosing!

Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate in microwave for 2-4 minutes.
  2. Dip pretzel rods in chocolate and immediately sprinkle on decorations before the chocolate hardens.
  3. Let harden in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Enjoy! They will go fast!
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