Restaurant Review – Olazzo

On a recent business trip, I had the pleasure of visiting Baltimore, Maryland. I know that this area has been in the news recently and I can tell you that I had a great time. It was clean, I felt safe in all the areas that I visited.

I had never been to this area before and it was really fun to visit. One of the things I love most about traveling is getting to experience the restaurants that we don’t have at home. Especially those restaurants that are locally owned and operated.

Olazzo was just the ticket. We visited the Silver Springs, Maryland location on a week night looking for a good Italian dinner. They did not disappoint.

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I love this picture because it really gets the vibe of the rustic at home feeling that you get being in the restaurant. The low light and family style pictures on the walls made me feel like I was visiting a friend’s Italian grandmother’s home.

We started our meal with Arancini. If you have never tried these before they are risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella and served with marinara. I had never ordered them before because I had heard they were very difficult to make and were often not good at restaurants. We took a chance and I am so glad that we did. They were so very flavorful, this restaurant adds saffron to the balls, and the texture I can only say is unique but very very pleasant.

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They brought small squares of bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping and the cocktail was a Peach Bellini. it is always one of my favorites. It was just strong enough after a long hard day of travel and working!

I had a caprese salad that was phenomenal. I loved the fresh mozzarella and the tomato pieces were large tomatoes. There was no grape or cherry tomatoes to make it easier to serve. This was spot on and so very fresh. My main dish was the Gnocchi Duck Bolognese. This dish was amazing. The duck was so well cooked, there was no gamey taste that can often come from duck. The bolognese was not too acidic, it was a perfect blend of spice and tomato. We ordered dessert, a nice refreshing and simple vanilla gelato. I ate it too fast for a photo, sorry folks.

After leaving the restaurant, I learned it was owned by two brothers. They have the location we visited in Silver Springs, Maryland and another location (the original) in Bethesda. I was so fascinated by this family owned and operated business, that I reached out and asked for an interview. One of the family members obliged and you will see that exciting interview, right here next week. While you wait for the interview, here is a link to the restaurant’s website. 

If you find yourself in Maryland, I would say you should make your way to Bethesda or Silver Springs and check out this wonderful restaurant.

Overall this restaurant receives 🍽🍽🍽🍽🍽 out of 5. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was perfect. I only wish we had one in Tennessee.

Love and Mangia,

Becky

Friday Foodie Review – Keto Lasagna

Happy Friday Friends!

When I got married, I quickly discovered that my husband’s favorite food was lasagna. I decided that I would do everything in my power to make the absolute best lasagna in the world. So the search began. I tried many different recipes and they were all OK. Then I had to go gluten free for a while and chose to go low carb/Keto. I feared I would never find a lasagna that we could both enjoy.

Then I came across a recipe on Pinterest. Keto Lasagna with Noodles. I have been making this recipe for months and months now. My husband truly thinks this is the best lasagna ever. I will also include the link to my Pinterest page for you guys! Nailed It Board

Here are some pics of the process and final product!

The “noodles” might be the best part of this dish. I don’t know how but they cook up and taste just like regular lasagna noodles. The first pic you will see, I have set out all of my ingredients. The second pic is the finished baked noodle. This will be cut into three loaf pan sized noodles. The flavor is very mild you add the seasoning you like.

Here are the ingredients for the filling. It is so easy. I usually end up using too much spaghetti sauce which makes my lasagna super super full and heavy. If you stick with the actual requirements in the recipe, you will be fine and it will fit great in your loaf pan.

Layering is so much fun. I use a slightly larger casserole dish than a standard loaf pan. This is because I like to fill my lasagna way more full than the recipe recommends and if I don’t use a larger container, then I will have a huge mess on my hands. I say this from honest experience. I can’t help it guys, we like a lot of meat and cheese around here. Also, you will note in the recipe that she uses cottage cheese. I have tried this recipe with both cottage cheese and ricotta, both work fabulously and are very very tasty. Use what your family likes and what works best with your diet. You will not be disappointed either way.

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I love this last picture. It is so messy but it shows those beautiful layers. Thank you to Mouthwatering Motivation website for this amazing recipe. It brings my family together. I never feel like I am missing out or like I am eating something that is a substitute. This is the lasagna my family now prefers. I hope that you and yours will enjoy it as much as we do. Oh and you should know, just like regular lasagna this is even better the next day!

I am sure that I don’t have to say this but this recipe earns 🍽🍽🍽🍽🍽 out of 5!

Love and Mangia my friends,

Becky

10 Favorite Foods 

Yes 10 may sound like a lot. But I’m going to have to work to narrow it down to 10 my dears. This girl likes her food! 

1. Mashed Potatoes

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_mashed_potatoes/

  
2. Mac & Cheese – lobster makes it extra special! 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lobster-mac-cheese-recipe.html

  
3. Italian Wedding Soup 

http://www.food.com/recipe/italian-wedding-soup-14061

  
4. Tiramisu 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/tiramisu-recipe.html

  
5. Spaghetti 

http://www.food.com/recipe/jo-mamas-world-famous-spaghetti-22782

  
6. Gyro 

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/greek-gyro-recipe/?m

  
7. Kielbasa hash

Kielbasa, Peppers, and Potato Hash

  
8. Steak 

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/butter-basted-rib-eye-steaks

  
9. Shrimp & Grits 

http://www.marthastewart.com/319329/south-carolina-shrimp-and-grits

  
10. Whooper with Cheese extra pickle and no onion 

http://www.bk.com

  
And now I’m hungry!

Mangia my loves!

Becky 

What’s New? 

So life is crazy busy! Apparently it’s always going to be crazy! But here are some fun things that have been in the crazy mix! 

   
 We went to Metropolis and I got to see Superman! It was great! 

  

I found out that Olive Garden now has Gluten Free pasta!!!! It was sooo yummy! 

  
These fruit snacks are Gluten Free and I am so excited about it! I have been having a sweets craving that won’t quit since giving up gluten. These fruit snacks are helping! 

And lastly I don’t talk about work much but I am a secretary. I’m at a desk all day and I do occasionally have wrist issues. Probably some onset carpal tunnel issues. Well my fiancé has some similar issues and we decided he needed a new mouse at work! 

  
This is an upright mouse. Now this one has a wire and lucky for me didn’t work for my man. We ordered him a wireless model and he gave me his! 

   
 
This thing is so great it keeps your wrist at the right angle. More of a handshake position than anything else. It’s more comfortable and honestly didn’t take that long to get used to. 

  
It’s really great! I highly recommend checking one out if you have issues at all! 

Now I’m prepping for a long Labor Day weekend with the family. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Can’t wait to share more fun and exciting new stuff with you all next week! 

Love, 

Becky