We all know avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable, right? And we’ve come to realize avocados make salsas infinitely better by adding a touch of creaminess for the dipping.

Avocado Caprese Salad Foodiecrush.com

But crunchy? Avocados are wha, wha, what? Crunchy?

Okay, maybe avos themselves don’t possess that potato chip crunch, unless of course it’s deep fried and made into a taco. Now that’s got some munch.

Caprese salads on the other hand are smooth. They’re the cool kids in school. Creamy mozzarella slices paired with the freshest of juicy tomatoes.

So when another smooth operator like the avocado slides on in, it’s time for a little texture. Welcome to class Mr. spicy arugula.

Avocado Caprese Salad Foodiecrush.com

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Sugar-fine sand to dig your feet into, casual beach vibes and amazing dining, great shopping and stuff to do. My weekend vacation to Seaside, Florida was the best weekend getaway I’ve had in a while. And when you enter this giveaway for a weekend getaway in Seaside, YOU’ll have the chance to enjoy it.

What to Eat, See and Do in Seaside Florida

Man, we packed a lot into a long weekend, with tons of eating and sight-seeing. Enjoying it with a few food blogging friends made it all the sweeter. But after learning it was named Travel & Leisure‘s Best Family Beach, I must say, I can’t wait to take the fam back for a visit. To see more of our food loving adventure, check out the hashtag #SeasideGirlsGetaway on Instagram.

Because the beach is where it’s at! Am I right, or am I right?

Here’s my guide of what to do, see and eat on a long weekend in Seaside, Florida.

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5 Food Blogs I’m Following Now

by heidi on May 16, 2014

5 Food Blogs I'm Following Now on foodiecrush.com

As you read this I’m in Miami, FL, at a conference rubbing elbows with some of the greatest recipe developers, photographers and content creators on the www. Who are they? Food bloggers of course!

I’m often asked about new food blogs I’ve discovered, who I’m reading now, and where to find inspiration for great recipes and beautiful food photography.

Following is a short list of just some of the food blogs I’m following now. Some might be more well known, some could be flying under the radar. Either way, they’re spots on the web you don’t want to pass by.

If you missed them, check out past month’s Food Blogs I’m Following now.

Get April 2014′s list here.

Get March 2014′s list here.

Get February 2014′s list here.

And now, let’s get straight to the foodie goods.

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Eat seasonal! Eat fresh! Eat good food! In my world that’s the mantra to live by.

Stuffed Artichokes with Thai Shrimp Salad on foodiecrush.com

While I crave ultimate comfort foods like blackened seafood pastas, the perfectly cooked steak and grilled cheese sandwiches, you’ll never find me shying away from super fresh, in-season fare that’s light on the palate but heavy on flavor.

I’ve always been a big artichoke fan. Heck, it was my second post ever on this little bloggity blog. And now…my how things have changed. I didn’t even realize I needed to post my own recipes back then, and just look at how Smudge was just a smudge!

When it comes to the green leafy orb, you could eat it the traditional route. Melted butter for tender leaf dipping. Another swath of mayo (nay to the Miracle Whip on my side of the table) and into the mouth. That’s the way most artichoke dipping begins and ends.

But we’re going lighter this time around with a rice wine vinegar seasoned Thai flavored shrimp salad to top every tender tooth-scraping artichoke leaf. We’re just going with the seasonal flow.

Stuffed Artichokes with Thai Shrimp Salad on foodiecrush.com

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Give me a loaded Bloody Mary or give me a chardonnay. Because when it comes to brunch, I want more, more, more.

Best Bloody Mary Recipe on foodiecrush.com

You might say this cocktail looks like a salad in a glass. I definitely wouldn’t disagree.

A loaded Bloody Mary is my dream Best Ever Bloody Brunch Mary. Snacking on all of the extra trimmings while I wait for my actual meal to arrive is kind of a necessity. I mean, it’s almost lunch. I didn’t eat breakfast. And this girl is hungry.

Like everything else I eat, I love nothing more than a bite of this and a taste of that. Which is exactly why a do it yourself Bloody Mary bar is right up my alley.

Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar on foodiecrush.com

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