Midtown Oyster Bar

Located on Thames, Street in the heart of Newport’s harbor, Midtown Oyster boosts a warm, friendly atmosphere for dining for lunch and dinner year round. Ever since joining Newport’s bustling social scene in June of 2013, this tavern and restaurant has been a popular spot for their impressive raw bar selection, fresh seafood, and non-seafood selections such as steaks, burgers, and sandwiches for locals and visitors to the region.

Once we arrived on a Saturday afternoon at 12:30, the downstairs tavern had a significant amount of activity, with all of the bar stools occupied and the majority of the nearby tables filled with guests. The restaurant is a two story building with two bar areas, with the second floor as a Burgee Bar. There is a generous amount of dining space upstairs with plenty of room between tables, allowing for a private and relaxing dining experience.

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Cliffside Inn

A romantic escape set in the historic, seaside town of Newport, The Cliffside Inn is a couple’s ideal luxurious destination with the comforts and senses of home. The Inn also serves as a perfect getaway for small groups,, families, and friends. This was my husband’s first visit to Newport and my second. The last time I explored Newport was nine years ago while on a holiday bus trip from Hartford, CT where I visited several of the mansions during the holidays. I had longed to come back for several years and was delighted that I had the opportunity to stay for the weekend.

We arrived to The Cliffside Inn late on Friday night. We were so pleased with the communication with the staff prior to our arrival, regarding where we could pick up our key and where to park. My husband and I stayed in The Carriage House, which has its own private entrance, its own parking space, and is just steps away from the main house.

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Spinach Goat Cheese Quiche

Quiche has been one of my favorite brunch dishes for many years. My favorite types of quiche include quiche Lorraine, broccoli and mushroom, three cheese, and almost any quiche made with red peppers and cheddar cheese. For a healthier twist, I decided to experiment with creating my own quiche with some of the vegetables I had already in the house including leeks and artichokes.

Quiche is a breakfast and brunch dish you could easily enjoy at least three times a week. After making my own quiche at home, I would find it almost impossible to eat a store-bought quiche. This is a very fun, and easy dish to make that everyone will love. Gentleman take note! This would be a lovely breakfast surprise for Valentine’s Day! The prep time is less than ten minutes and you can experiment with a variety of vegetable, meat, and cheese combinations, just like a homemade pizza!

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Betsy's Best

I am hosting a giveaway with Betsy’s Best. One winner in the U.S. will have the opportunity to win a four pack of her delicious nut butter, including 1 jar of Gourmet Seed Butter, Cashew Butter, Almond Butter and Peanut Butter. All of her products are feature unique ingredients like chia seeds, cinnamon and pink Himalayan salt making for an unbeatable tasting experience.

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Betsy's Best

When I started purchasing nut butters lest my typical crunchy peanut butter, I always just assumed to use them as an alternative to spread on English muffins, toast, and other breakfast breads. It was not long after a close friend recommended I add almond butter to my daily protein smoothies that I had that “aha” moment. Nut butters are so versatile and can be incorporated into all three meals in a healthy and satisfying way.

I was recently introduced to Betsy’s Best, a gourmet nut butter company based in Naples, Florida. Founder, Betsy Opyt has created four incredibly scrumptious nut butters. Let your spoon dive in to pure comfort and nutty decadence (in a healthy way)! Her four nut butters include Gourmet Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Peanut Butter, and Cashew Butter, which all include chia seeds. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals such as Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, and potassium.

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