Monterey Dining – Jacks Restaurant & Lounge – Portola Hotel

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In partnership with Portola Hotel.  As always, all opinions are my own The Portola Hotel landed the biggest of fish with their new Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese.  He’s dedicated his life to learning about all facets of food and cooking, and is happy to be joining an already talented and enthusiastic staff at both of the Portola Hotel’s restaurants, Jack’s and Peter B’s Brewpub.  Danny is extremely humble and prefers to call himself a cook rather than a chef, although he’s…

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Slow Cooker Ground Turkey with Butternut Squash, Corn, Peas and Southwest Spice Blend

slow cooker ground turkey with butternut squash, corn, peas and southwest spice blend

This post is sponsored by Foster Farms. The opinions stated are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Posh Journal cooking. I’ve been using Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey to make stews and other crock-pot recipes for the last couple of weeks and couldn’t be happier with the results. In recipes like this slow cooker ground turkey vegetable stew, I usually just toss the turkey and fresh vegetables into a crock pot, shake some spices and I’m…

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Roasted Garbanzo Beans with Sumac Honey Lemon Salad Dressing

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Here’s a delicious, roasted garbanzo beans salad with refreshing and tangy veggies that make it unforgettable.  This is a high protein salad that will actually fill you up. I added fresh curly parsley, mint, tomatoes, red onions and a surprise ingredient of goji berries, with a refreshing homemade sumac honey-lemon salad dressing. Roasted garbanzo beans are my favorite healthy snack and bring a nice texture and taste for a salad. Garbanzo beans are filling and low in saturated fat and…

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My Hair is Need of a Serious Detox! + Neutrogena Giveaway


This post was sponsored by Neutrogena as part of an Influencer Activation for SheSpeaks. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”  A proper detoxing of my hair is something I do on a regular basis, most recently with a new product for me: Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo.  I coordinate my hair detoxes with my full body cleanses so that…

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Peter B’s BrewPub – Monterey’s Original Craft Brewery with Amazing Grub!

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In partnership with Peter B’s BrewPub and Portola Hotel. As always, all opinions are my own. Peter B’s BrewPub is Monterey’s original craft Brewery, so I was honored (and stoked) when asked to give a taste and review of their beer and food.  The location is unbeatable, in the Portola Hotel right across from the Old Fisherman’s Wharf and in a happening part of downtown Monterey.  I have a lot of good things to say about Peter B’s BrewPub but want to start withe new powerhouse duo behind…

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Beef Curry Puffs

beef curry puffs

Need Puff Pastry recipe ideas? This Beef Curry Puff is bursting with flavor and is another great example of why people shouldn’t just think of rice dishes when they hear the word “curry”. With the holiday season is just around the corner how many of you have already started your holiday list? Are you going to host a party? One of the most important keys to having stress free holiday entertaining is to stick with easy recipes.. Today I am…

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Easy Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This simple pumpkin bread recipe is so moist, spiced, tasty and fragrant! It’s a perfect fall recipe and fits nicely with the upcoming holiday season, consisting of easy ingredients that you can find right in your pantry. Spiced Pumpkin Bread Ingredients : As always, I try to incorporate as much veggies as I can into my family’s diet.  I decided to add shredded carrots, which add a touch of texture and sweetness, plus additional health benefits. Optional : add ground…

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Things to Do in Monterey #SeeMonterey + Win a #Monterey Trip Package Giveaway

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Many thanks to See Monterey for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to experience all that Monterey County has to offer. Monterey, California is easily one of the best vacation destinations that I’ve visited on the California coast.  On our family trip this past week we decided that Monterey was the perfect place to stay and play with its abundance of family activities, natural beauty and tremendous food and wine.  We made the mistake of only booking three days in Monterey, probably our…

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6 Tips for Photographing Unplanned Moments

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This post is sponsored by Olympus® in partnership with Activate by Bloglovin, all opinions are 100% my own. With my food photography I would originally panic when something boiled over, spilled or splashed in an unexpected way. I was so worried that my perfect picture would be tarnished and ruined with such blemishes. I later realized that these unplanned imperfections were oftentimes the highlight of the shot, and would give a more natural feeling. Unplanned moments are oftentimes the best part of…

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Tofu Stir Fry with Soy Sauce, Garlic and Ginger

tofu stir fry

Tofu Stir Fry with Soy Sauce, Garlic and Ginger Below is a delicious tofu stir fry, marinated in ginger, garlic and soy sauce.   It’s unique for tofu with its slightly smoky flavor.   Tofu is very high in fiber and protein, it’s also very affordable. For this stir fry tofu recipe, I used a package of extra firm tofu that I purchased from my local Trader’s Joe.  The firmer the tofu the better for many types of recipes, and I feel this one falls into that bucket.…

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Zucchini Pasta with Brussel Sprout, Pine Nuts and Bread Crumbs

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My husband is a big fan of replacing past with Spiralizer, and one of his favorite vegetables is zucchini, so spiralized zucchini is naturally a hit for us.  Zucchini pasta is versatile like regular pasta and can be cooked so many different ways.   I personally have cooked it with marinara sauce or pasta sauce, with a garlic sauce and even as a stir-fry with other green vegetables. For this recipe, I decided to cook the zucchini pasta with brussel sprouts, pine nuts and bread crumbs.  I simply saute the bread crumbs in olive…

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

I created this post as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars and SPLENDA® Brand; all opinions are my own. Easy, fall baking recipes with apple just seem perfect for this time of year.  One in particular that hits the mark is this Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal recipe using SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener. It’s a new Splenda product that offers great tasting, , no-calorie natural sweetener made with stevia extract. For more info on how the SPLENDA® Brand does naturals, visit This apple cinnamon baked oatmeal recipe is…

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