The Half Door (Hartford, CT)

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The Half Door is an Irish pub located in Hartford, CT on 270 Sisson Ave. This restaurant is not far from both the Mark Twain house museum, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe house. It is a 10 minute walk from both the museum to the Half Door. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice taking great care of their customers. They have a good selection of food and beverages to choose from both beers and non-alcoholic drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room, bar, and outside patio. The food is reasonably priced and very delicious. Their open for Brunch starting at 10 am on weekends. Happy hour is from 3-6 pm Monday-Friday, and 9:30-11 pm Wednesday-Saturday. The pub is open until 1 am every day except Friday and Saturday, since they are open until 2 am.

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We had the Crispy Whiskey burger, the Stuffed French Toast, the Cobblestones, and the Frittata. The Crispy Whiskey burger is an 8 oz burger which includes cheddar cheese, fried onions, and whiskey burger sauce.

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The Stuffed French Toast, is stuffed with cream cheese with strawberries and whip cream on top with a side of bacon.

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The Cobblestones are rolls with steak, American cheese, caramelized onions, and mushrooms inside.

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Finally, the Frittata is an egg dish that is fried with asparagus, mushrooms, arugula, goat cheese, and balsamic glaze.

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Everyone enjoyed their meal, but my most favorite had to be the Crispy Whiskey burger. I definitely recommend trying it when visiting The Half Door. I would also recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s in the area looking for a great place to eat. If you are interested in checking out The Half Door online, click here: http://thehalfdoor.com

Sláinte!☘️

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Niall Horan: Flicker World Tour (Hartford, Connecticut)

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What an amazing week I’ve had! On Friday September 14, I had the chance to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity, which was meeting Niall Horan! I can’t really describe the feeling, but all I can say is that it was amazing. Niall was so sweet and welcoming, and having the chance to meet him after waiting so long was truly memorizing. Absolutely a day I’ll remember. His setlist has changed a little since I last saw him earlier this spring in Dublin, Ireland. His setlist now consists of songs such as, On the Loose, The Tide, This Town, Paper Houses, You and Me, Dancing in the Dark, Seeing Blind, Flicker, Fools Gold, Too Much To Ask, So Long, Life In The Fast Lane, Since We’re Alone, Fire Away, Finally Free, On My Own, Drag Me Down, Slow Hands, and Mirrors. Even though I loved all of the songs he performed, my favorites included, Flicker, So Long, Finally Free, Slow Hands, and especially Seeing Blind.

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One of the things I really enjoyed before he started singing Flicker, is he asked everyone to put their phones away. Flicker means so much to him as an artist, and he wanted everyone to not only enjoy the song, but also enjoy being serenaded. Yes, I did shed a few tears during the song, but how can you not? Flicker touched me in so many ways that I truly can’t describe. The live version is very different because it brings out so many emotions. In my opinion, I feel that the song means so much more to me, when I hear it live because your right their being serenaded.

During his performance, he had Maren Morris come on stage to perform the song Seeing Blind with him. Both Niall and Maren did a wonderful job performing the song. Definitely my favorite duet. I really loved how Maren’s voice complemented Niall’s voice. Towards the end of the show, Niall gave us a wonderful surprise by singing his newest released song Finally Free from the animated movie Smallfoot which comes out in theatres on September 28. For anyone who’s interested in checking out the remaining tour dates for Niall’s Flicker World Tour, click here: http://www.niallhoran.com/live/

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Maren Morris (Hartford, Connecticut)

Maren Morris is an American country singer who has won multiple awards, including a Grammy. She has also toured around the UK, Ireland, and the US for her sold-out Hero tour in 2017. This past week, I went to see Maren open for Niall Horan at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT. I was truly amazed by her performance. She sang songs off her Hero album which included Just Another Thing, Rich, I Could Use A Love Song, How It’s Done, Second Wind, Once, 80’s Mercedes, My Church, and her latest single The Middle. Even though I loved every song she performed during the forty minutes she was on stage, my top favorites included, Rich, I Could Use A Love Song, 80’s Mercedes, My Church, and The Middle. She did a fantastic job opening for Niall. Definitely, my favorite opening that Niall has had on his tour. Maren is a very talented artist with an angelic voice. She really puts herself out there for the audience to feel her passion and emotions with a lot of energy and excitement when performing. During her performance, two of the songs she got emotional was during My Church, and The Middle. My Church was the first song to be released from her album Hero. It was also the song that she won her Grammy, and it started her career. It has continued to do well on the music charts. Finally, The Middle, which is a song she released earlier this year, has managed to reach number one on the music charts. What a tune!!!! It has more of a pop sound, whereas her songs off her Hero album have more of a country sound. I look forward to seeing her again soon! If any of you are interested in checking out her remaining tour dates with Mr. Niall Horan, click here: https://www.marenmorris.com/tour/. I also recommend checking out some of her music videos .

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Stuffed French Toast

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If you love French Toast as much as I do, then this recipe is for you!  Stuffed French Toast is a quick and delicious recipe to make for breakfast. In fact, this is one of my favorite breakfast recipes to make, especially when you dip it in maple syrup. I highly recommend trying this recipe for breakfast. It will definitely change your view on French Toast. I look forward to reading all your comments! Happy eating!!!

Things you will need:

4 slices of thick bread ( I used Artisan Wheat bread)

2 mixing bowls

Cutting board

Cream cheese (You can also substitute the cream cheese for whip cream)

Sliced strawberries

4 beaten eggs

Blip  of milk or cream

Small dash of vanilla extract

Small pinch of cinnamon

Maple syrup

Whip Cream

Instructions for Stuffed French Toast:

  1. Using your mixing bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, milk, and cinnamon.
  2. Place bread in egg mixture, making sure both sides are coated.
  3. Once both sides are coated, lightly grease your griddle and cook the bread until brown on both sides.
  4. Using your second mixing bowl, add cream cheese and cut up strawberries and mix well.
  5. Next, spread the cut up strawberries on two slices of bread.
  6. Finally, top with the second piece of bread like a sandwich.
  7. Squirt whip cream with fresh strawberries on top.
  8. Cut in half, and serve on a plate with maple syrup on the side or drizzle on top.
  9. Enjoy!!!!

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Red Sox Game (Fenway Park, Boston, MA)⚾️

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This past week, I went to see the Red Sox vs Astros game at Fenway Park. Fenway Park is a famous baseball park located on 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA. My family has always been big Red Sox fans that goes back four generations. To be able to go to Fenway to watch the Red Sox play for the first time was amazing. It’s an event I’m glad I got to experience, and would be an event I’d experience again if I had the chance. The Red Sox were in the lead until the 4 inning, when the Astros tied the game 5-5. They remained tied until the bottom of the 9th, when the Red Sox scored a home run for the win! The crowd was very passionate about their teams, and would cheer loudly everytime their team scored.

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My favorite part about the game was the Fenway franks. These are the best hot dogs ever! Normally, with hot dogs you buy from the store they taste better with ketchup, mustard and relish, but these Fenway franks didn’t need condiments at all. They were the most delicious hot dogs I’ve tried. I definitely recommend a Fenway Frank the next time you visit Fenway park for a game. Of course, ballgames are great family events to take the kids. They can also be very romantic. During the game, we witnessed two marriage proposals that made the event even more exciting. You never know what is going to happen at a ball game! I have also included the link for Fenway Park, if you are interested. 

https://www.mlb.com/redsox/ballpark

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Cheesecake Factory (Chestnut Hill, MA)

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The Cheesecake Factory is an American restaurant that is known for their Cheesecakes. They also have a wonderful eat in or take out menu. Their Thai peanut lettuce wraps are my favorite. There are a variety of Cheesecake Factories across the states which include Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Cheesecake Factory I visited recently was located on 199 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA at the The Shops at Chestnut Hill. The Cheesecake Factory has always been a family favorite. We go at least two or three times a year to get a cheesecake. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and the staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. They have a wide variety of Cheesecakes to choose from. This can seem overwhelming at times especially if you’re not sure which Cheesecake to get, because I know I feel overwhelmed sometimes when trying to pick out a Cheesecake.

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There are three different sizes of cheesecakes customers can choose from. They can choose between a six inch, seven inch, and ten inch. My family and I normally order the seven inch, which feeds 6-8 people. My favorite is the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. They have an option to add fresh strawberries on top. If you are interested in checking out the Cheesecake Factory online, click here: https://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/menu/ .

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Gluten Free: Garlic Basil Bread

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Garlic Basil bread is an easy gluten free recipe if you’re looking for a quick and easy bread. I was impressed at how tasty this bread turned out. Therefore, I highly recommend trying this recipe. This recipe is also great with pasta dishes, dinner, and snacking. I look forward to reading all your comments! Happy eating!!!

Things you will need:

2 mixing bowls

1 baking sheet

Parchment Paper

1 c. shredded mozzarella (Or any shredded cheese)

1/2 c. almond flour

2 tbsp. cream cheese

1/2 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. baking powder

Small pinch of salt

1  egg 

1 tbsp. melted butter

1tsp minced garlic  

Chopped fresh Basil

Note: Before microwaving your first six ingredients, I would place the shredded cheese on top as the last thing you add to the bowl.

Instructions for Bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay parchment paper on baking sheet.
  3. Using your mixing bowl, mix together the almond flour, garlic powder, baking powder, small pinch of salt, cream cheese, and shredded cheese.
  4. Place in microwave for 1 minute or until cheese is melted.
  5. Add egg to the dough bowl and mix well.
  6. Once everything is incorporated, place dough on lined backing sheet and press into desired shape.
  7. In another bowl, mix together the melted butter, minced garlic, and chopped basil.
  8. Brush over dough and place in oven for 20 minutes.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!!!!

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