Middle Eastern Lamb Patties with Yogurt on Pita

This Middle Eastern lamb recipe will have you in and out of the kitchen in 20 minutes and dreaming about a trip to Beirut once you taste all of the delicious flavors!

Middle Eastern Lamb Patties with Yogurt on Pita

Middle Eastern Lamb Patties

 

Ingredients

Yogurt Dressing:

1 cup plain full-fat or low-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely chopped herbs (we used mint, dill and cilantro)

Kosher salt to your liking

Lamb Patties:

1 pound ground lamb

1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 1 large clove)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon hot paprika

1 teaspoons kosher salt

Pita Bread:

4 to 6 pita bread rounds

 

Directions

For the sauce:

In a small bowl mix the yogurt with the lemon juice. Stir in the chopped herbs, season with salt and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

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For the patties and pita:

  1. In a medium bowl, use your hands to mix together all of the ingredients not including the pita. Form twelve 3-inch patties (about 1 inch thick). Arrange the patties on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes, until firm.
  2. Preheat a grill or skillet for at least 10 minutes and prepare it for grilling over moderately high heat.
  3. Grill patties until brown about 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Warm pita bread in microwave for 20 seconds or oven for a couple minutes.
  5. Place 2 or 3 patties in each pita, spoon some of the yogurt sauce on top and serve with herbs.

Recipe inspired by epicurious.com.

Travel Wide. Eat Well. Live Your Passion.

Sarah + Monty

West Palm Beach: Where to Eat

As much as we loved lounging at the Eau, we wanted to explore the food scene in West Palm. We ended up hopping in our rental car and driving to Delrey Beach. The concierge said that we could find really great restaurants in Delrey. She recommended a Sushi place, but once we got there we ended up exploring other options as we were in the mood for Brunch.

We stopped by an open-spaced restaurant called Farmhouse Kitchen (FHK). There was a really friendly host eager for us to sit down for brunch. As New Yorkers, we usually avoid places where people are really eager for people to dine (lol). We glanced at the menu though…and we were hooked. The menu boasted a highly- rated chicken and waffles dish, gluten-free and vegan options, as well as bottomless mimosas. We happily sat outside at one of the tables facing the busy Atlantic Avenue. This restaurant is a breath of fresh air among the many Mexican-inspired restaurants that line Atlantic Avenue.

I chose the Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, with eggs, and chicken sausage. My eyes were bigger than my stomach (foodie problems) as I was unable to finish the pancakes. Monty was content with the chicken and waffles and the bottomless mimosas. The atmosphere was laid-back, just how we like it, and the service was great. We would definitely recommend coming to this location.

Please enjoy the pictures below.

#FITip: Dare to take the road less traveled as you will discover new eats!

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Travel Wide. Eat Well. Live Your Passion.

Sarah + Monty

West Palm Beach: Where To Stay

This is our first time to West Palm Beach. We usually travel to Miami or Fort Lauderdale to visit family, but this time we were in West Palm to celebrate our friends’ beautiful wedding. The guests of the wedding all stayed at the 5 star rated resort and spa, Eau Palm Beach. This is where you should stay.

The Eau is a resort that everyone should experience at least once! The customer service is beyond incredible. The food, specifically the Mahi Mahi tacos, is excellent. The stylish rooms and beachside lounge areas help one to relax and feel inspired. There are yoga classes on the beach as well as a Forbes top rated spa for one to enjoy. The list goes on! It’s the best place to stay for those who want to feel as if they are on a tropical island without having to leave the United States. With that being said, it was so hard for us to leave this oasis.

Please enjoy some photos of the resort below.

#FITip: Allow yourself time away to re-charge.

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Travel Wide. Eat Well. Live Your Passion.

Sarah + Monty

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wynwood Walls

While on a recent trip to Miami, we decided to skip South Beach and instead headed over to the city’s newest arts and culture capital, Wynwood. We had first heard of Wynwood through a friend on Instagram whose posts were filled with colorfully sun lit murals unlike anything we had seen on the graffiti covered walls of NY.

Wynwood is the vision of real estate developers Tony Goldman and Jeffery Dietch. In 2009, they set out to breathe new life into the blighted neighborhood of Wynwood by commissioning the nation’s best and brightest artists. These artists covered the walls of the old warehouses and buildings with giant murals taken out of the depths of their imaginations.

What we saw when we arrived was a neighborhood made vibrant by an eclectic collection of wall to wall pop art featuring everything from Yoda to Basquiat; and inspiring scenes of people, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. It is a cool alternative to the hustle and bustle of South Beach.

#FITip: Follow the art!

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Travel Wide. Eat Well. Live Your Passion.

Sarah+Monty

NYC’s Top 3 Chocolate Shops to Visit On Valentine’s Day

We had the pleasure of spending Valentine’s Day exploring some of NYC’s coolest chocolate shops offering the most delicious melt-in-your-mouth chocolate treats. Below we share our top 3 places you must visit with a loved one or if you’re flying solo! Either way, treat yourself this Valentine’s Day!

#FITip: Always say yes to good quality chocolate! lol

  1. Xocolatti, 172 Prince Street

This chocolate shop is so cute! It is about 150 square feet of space filled with exotic and delicious chocolates. The flavors range from  Lemon Ginger to Black Berry Pepper. I tried the Mango Paprika chocolate slate, which was amazing! If you are looking for creative and globally-influenced chocolate flavors, this is definitely the place to visit!

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2. Royce’, 253 Bleecker Street

Royce’ chocolates are produced in Hokkaido, Japan. This is by far the best chocolate I’ve had. Period. I bought the Nama Chocolate and enjoyed it with champagne for Valentine’s Day dessert. If you want to experience luxury in your mouth then this is the chocolate for you!

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3. Milk and Cookies

Ok, so Milk and Cookies is not exactly a chocolate shop, but they do serve amazing double chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were a cross between a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie. They are definitely worth the visit! Thank us later.

 

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What are your favorite chocolate shops? Comment and subscribe below!

Travel Wide. Eat Well. Live Your Passion.

 

 

Detroit

I went to Detroit for the 1st time last weekend. The images the media shows of this city are usually of blighted houses, closed businesses, and economically-disadvantaged people. Did I see those things on my trip? Yes, but Detroit is so much more than those images. I was happy I got the chance to connect with friends and family or “survivors” living here who showed me the historical side of Detroit as well as the revitalization that is happening here.

Detroit was THE American city. It was the industrialized city where new cars were manufactured and the 1st highways were built. It was a thriving city with millions of people living and working there. Today, it is a completely different place, but the structures that still stand both sky scrapers and housing stock help one to understand how wealthy this city once was. Today, a few hundred thousand people live here and many new entrepreneurs are starting new businesses here.

Below are some images of the architecture and food/restaurants that were inspiring on this trip. Please enjoy!

#FITip: You’ll never know until you go! I encourage you to book that flight to a city you have been curious to discover. I guarantee the trip will change your perspective on life as you know it.

 

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Buddy’s- Rated #1 Pizza in Detroit. Featured on The Food Network.
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Beautiful Entryway of Gold Cash Gold restaurant

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Inside Gold Cash Gold

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Train Station in Cork Town, no longer in use

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The Guardian Building

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The Guardian Building

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Huron Room

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Local ingredients 
Lots of love + positivity,

Sarah

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