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M&M's® Red Velvet Raspberry Cookie Cake Surprise Recipe

It's Valentine's season again and every year it seems that it gets longer and more complicated, so I've created a unique recipe that is SUPER easy to create but will make you look like a rockstar when giving it to someone you love! The basic concept is that love should be sweet, fun, surprising, and maybe even a little bit sticky.

That sounds just like the classic red velvet cake and so when I learned that Walmart had the exclusive on the new Red Velvet M&M's® and they were looking for fun recipes I got pretty excited!

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A Celebration of Great Food at Viva Bar + Kitchen San Diego

Sometimes in life you discover great new things completely by accident. That's how we found Viva Bar + Kitchen actually ... we had gone to have dinner at a different place that sadly we left feeling we needed to go somewhere else to eliminate the "bad feeling" left in our belly. When we walked by Viva, the super friendly hostess on the sidewalk told us it was "taco tuesday" and so we figured, "what the heck" and walked in to check it out.

That taco and that experience was good enough that before the end of our snack that we had already booked our New Year's Eve dinner here the next day.

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Experience the Quieter Side of Florida's Coastline this Winter with Someone Special

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's winter and while that might mean that your vacation plans are skewing more towards snow covered mountains than the Florida Gulf Coast, this is sill a gret time to visit Florida and experience the best that Gulf County Florida has to offer including fish, walks on the beach and even cocktail parties at the GCFL Welcome Center to give you an opportunity to meet with other winter guests and hopefully make some new friends!

There are so many fun things to do when you Come visit GCFL that we put this roundup of our top 5 ideas together for you. Which is your favorite?

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Take a Long Romantic Walk On the Beach!

Sure, you might be more used to enjoying the seashore in sandals and shorts, but walking on the more than 43 miles of shoreline and beaches during the winter is pretty great too with the crystal white sand and far fewer people competing for that "perfect spot" in the sand.

Beaches in GCFL are consistently ranked among the best pet friendly beaches in the country too, so you won't have to leave your dog at home on this vacaton.

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Kayak Tours through the mysterious Dead Lakes

Looking for a way to see nature up close and personal while working off that cheesecake from last night? Gulf County Florida offers some great swamps to paddle through as you see this beautiful natural habitat without the roar of a motorboat.

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Fishing

Whether you chose to fish off the coast, exploring the inland waterways, or from the back of a sea kayak, there is something for everyone in GCFL including more than 20 different varieties of salt and freshwater fish.

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Horseback Rides on the Beach

If quiet walks on the beach are a great way spend time together then doing it on horseback is even better! 

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Enjoy the Sunset over the Water

Unless you are on the West Coast or in Florida, you just can't understand how beautiful it is to see the sun set completely into the infinity edge of ocean (or in this case the Gulf of Mexico). In fact, Cape San Blas's white sand beach is among the best places to watch the sunset over the water and has earned the title #ChampionOfSunSets.

A stroll along the water at dusk is the perfect opportunity to hold hands, sneak a kiss or two, and maybe even keep warm by sipping on some hot cider while forgetting about the stresses back home. This is your chance to relax and enjoy spending time together.

If you still aren't convinced then you should check out the GCFL Winter Fun Events calendar for even more ideas of how to spend your vacation there or make sure to signup for the newsletter on Come visit GCFL for offers, insider tips, and more ideas to help you plan an amazing trip.

 

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Tasting our Way Through Florence at Acqua Al 2 San Diego

The Gaslamp District is the destination to go for nightlife in San Diego. It's the place to be seen and it's no surprise that it is home to some of the most popular restaurants in the city. Last night I had the pleasure of dining at Acqua Al 2 for an opportunity to taste my way through it's delicious cuisine direct from Florence Italy.

Many Italian restaurants trace their inspiration back to Italian roots and Acqua Al 2 is no different - except that they actually have a location in Florence itself. Many years ago, owner and Executive Chef, Martin Gonzalez went to Italy to learn Italian and better understand the customs and way of life. To do so, he enrolled in cooking classes at the prestigious Instituto Culinario Apicius where he was award the title of "Best Student". 

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