#5Truths | 5 Must Visit Restaurants in Columbia, MD

This summer I promised to get out and explore Columbia, MD. Of course this means visiting the best restaurants the county has to offer. Well, I’ve been doing just that and today I want to share the 5 must visit restaurants in Columbia, MD. I know some of you may not reside in Columbia, or even the DMV. But if you find yourself in the area this summer, definitely check out these 5 hot spots for a good meal!

Resturants in Columbia, MD

1. Sushi Nari. This sushi resturant is located in Kings Contrivence shopping center and lucky for us, it’s in walking distance from our apartment! Their edamame and cinnamon tea is divine and the prices are very reasonable. My favorite roll is the Creamy Crab Lover and the Smoking Philly. It’s a small and quaint Resturant with friendly workers. If you don’t want to dine in, call in your order for takeout! I think hubby and I eat here at least twice a month!

2. Cheeburger Cheeburger. If you’re in the mood for a burger and an amazing shake, head to Cheeburger Cheeburger. This is the perfect place for late night burger runs and they’re fried pickles are the best! You can also order online to takeout and at certain locations, they deliver.

Sushi Nari, Columbia MD

3. El Azteca (Clarksville). My mom and little sister put me and hubby on to this authentic Mexican Resturant. We recently at here for date night and the chicken quesadillas and fresh guacamole hit the spot! The price points are great and I really appreciate the family-like environment.

4. The Melting Pot. I’ve been dying to try this place since moving to Columbia and on little sis’ 13th birthday, I finally got my chance! The experience was SO much fun and the food, delicious. It’s a place for couples and families; the experience of cooking and dipping your own entrees is more fun when you’re with a group. The meals can be more in the pricey side, but it’s the perfect location/experience for a party or gathering!

5. Stanford Grill. I LOVE this place! They have the best salmon, Mac n Cheese and the bread pudding is to die for. It’s another great resturant for date night, couples night, or even a family get together. I’ve been dining here for years and I haven’t been disappointed once. The price points are higher, but trust me when I say it’s worth every penny. If you want splurge and treat yourself to a good meal, head to Standford Grill. You’ll thank me later.

Standford Grill, Columbia MD

So tell me, what are some of your favorite restaurants in Columbia Maryland? What are some of your favorite restaurants in general; I travel often? Let me know!

Happy & Healthy Lifestyle Challenge – 5 Healthy Foods to Eat Daily

Hey there! Today I’m sharing (my) 5 healthy foods to eat daily. These choices are just a few options that I enjoy throughout the day. I’ve come up with a few different ways to incorporate these 5 foods into my daily meals so, let’s jump right in!


1. Something Green. I love vegetables so this is not an issue for me. I’ve been eating 2-3 salads a week (for lunch or dinner) or I opt to get my veggies in early and add them to my breakfast. I may add some spinach with my egg whites or have a side of broccoli to go with my hard boiled eggs.

2. Instant Quaker Oatmeal. Since I was a kid, oatmeal has been one of my favorite breakfast items. Quaker Instant Oatmeal is a quick and easy breakfast when I’m at work. I prefer the raisin and dates or the apple and cinnamon mix. 

3. Egg Whites or Hard Boiled Eggs. Fixing egg whites is easy to do at work as well. I try to do an egg white omelette with some veggies a few times a week. I also like hard boiled eggs for breakfast. They’re another quick and easy fix for breakfast on the go!



4. Salmon Fillets (Frozen or Fresh). Hubby laughs at me because I can eat chicken and fish 7 days a week, lol! Salmon is my favorite fish and I’ve found so many salmon recipes online! I’ve tried a few and I can’t wait to try more. For me, salmon is great for any meal. I’ve done salmon and eggs,  salmon salads, salmon pasta…you name it, I’ve done it or I’m thinking about doing it, lol! 😉

5. Lemons & Cucumbers. As a water drinker, it’s always fun to add things to my water. Lemon and cucumbers add an instant refreshing quality to my water. I also eat cucumbers in salads or by themselves. I’ve also used lemon a lot for cooking or seasoning these past few weeks. Very good!

**Bouns** 6. Fruit. On Sunday’s I cut up several fruits and store them in containers. I’ll mix some together like grapes, cantaloupe and strawberries and put them in plastic containers. During the week, they’re readily accessible for breakfast, lunch or dessert.



 So tell me, what healthy foods do you eat daily? Do you eat any of the options I listed? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re inspired by some of my healthy food choices. All these meals are posted on Instagram – that’s where I share a lot of my healthy food pics. Feel free to follow along! Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

Nic’s List – Beyonce & Jay Z, Thrifting, and More!

TGIF! Before I head off to enjoy my weekend, I want to introduce you all to my latest feature on the blog. I’ve decided to do a Nic’s List post every Friday. This list will include 5 things and will serve as a weekly roundup. The list can range from a certain food/recipe, a particular blogger, quote, tv show, etc. I shared a post with you a while back  expressing how I want to make this an all inclusive site so, I hope this weekly feature will help propel my vision. Here goes! 

{Week 1.13-1.17}


1. My Hervé Bernard Wrap: I purchased this warm and cozy wrap from 2nd Avenue in Laurel, Maryland and I’ve been wearing it for 5 days straight. Obsessed much? LOL…;-)

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Wrap: Hervé Bernard, Thrifted// Clutch & Skirt: Thrifted 

2. Part II, On the Run: This song has been playing in my car, home, etc. all week and I cannot stop listening. I think it’s the old school vibes I get from the song – the beat is sick! It could also be the passionate and semi-raw  lyrics mixed with Beyonce’s breathy delivery. Whenever these two (Beyonce & Jay Z) do a collaboration, I’m usually hooked. Case in point, Part II, On the Run (Magna Carta Holy Grail). 


3. Foodie Boards & Pins: I’ve been on a food pinning spree! My foodie board on Pinterest has been popping, lol! I’ve fixed 2 recipes this week from the pins I’ve found. I mean does this salmon not look DELICIOUS?! This is the picture I pinned and used as inspiration for Tuesday nights dinner. It was a success – hubby and I both cleaned our plates!


{Original Image HERE}

4. My Curvy Fashionista Post: I’m now a contributing blogger over at The Curvy Fashonista’s blog! I’m such an admirer of Marie, the creator of the blog, and I am so thankful for this opportunity. As a fashion and vintage lover, Marie has given me a platform to share my knowledge with her readers. My 1st post is now live  so, feel free to head over and check it out! What a blessing – God is good! 


5. This Quote: A simple reminder of how truly blessed we all are.

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Do you like this new feature? Let me know – I always appreciate your feedback! Enjoy your weekend. Be blessed and be safe…XO!


**Linkups:  Friday Fab Faves, What I’m Loving Friday, & Weekend Wind-Down**

Holiday Foodie

Hello lovely people! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and if you’re off until the New Year, I hope you’re enjoying your long vacation 😉

This Christmas was special for me because I had the job of cooking and preparing a few meals. My mother, little sister and I were in the kitchen cookin’ up a storm! First, I helped my mother prepare her famous French Toast. She makes it every Christmas and I swear it tastes even better every year!

To prepare, I coated the pan with Pam, and then cut up one loaf of (day old) a French baguette.  I let it sit over night, and then on Christmas morning, my mom added the rest of the ingredients. Below is a pic of the DELICIOUS finished product.


Salad & French Toast Prep


French toast, fresh out the oven!

The next breakfast item I prepared and made myself. I saw this recepie on Pintrest (HERE) and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I figured Christmas was the perfect time! I (1) sprayed the muffin pan with Pam, (2) cracked enough eggs to fill each section, (3) added turkey bacon bits, shredded cheese, a dash of salt and pepper and then (4) placed it in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes (on 300 degrees).

food2They came out PERFECTLY! The taste was great, and they slid right out of the pan, leaving no mess! This meal is a perfect meal if you’re having guests because you can  customize each egg if you want. Also, it’s great for kids because its quick to make, and small enough for them to enjoy with their hands 😉

food3The next thing I prepared was easy. I used about 6 boiled eggs and diced them into little tiny pieces. I also cooked about 6-7 turkey bacon strips. I then crumbled them up and stored them in a container (see the 1st picture above). Once we were ready to eat dinner, I cut up a lettuce head into different sections, and then added the bacon and egg over top of it. Last, the blue cheese dressing was drizzled on top. Here’s a pic of the finished wedge below (minus the dressing).


Lovely salad wedge!


The last thing I want to share is my little sisters Christmas Mice. She prepared them after being inspired by one of my Dad’s co-workers chocolate mice. To make them, she used Oreo cookies (for the base), cherries (for the body/tail), Hershey’s kisses (for the face), almond slivers (for the ears) and food coloring for the eyes and the (green) mistletoe.


Christmas Mice

So as you can see, I’ve been a busy kitchen helper this week. I also cooked for Thanksgiving; I’m on a roll 😉 Now I’m not one for the kitchen but I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed cooking and preparing this holiday season with my family. When I become a Mrs. I’ll be more than ready to serve up some delicious meals to the hubby 😉

Until next time, take care and be blessed!


DC Weekend

Hey there! How was your weekend? Mine was mostly spent in DC and I was a busy bee, as usual LOL! Check out the pics below for a quick recap of the 2 events I was apart of this weekend :-)



Event: Yours & Mine Secondhand Shopping Soiree

(Check them out HERE on Facebook)

Location: MOVA Lounge on 14th Street

Why: I was a plus size vendor!


My set up!

Nic’s Picks


Nic’s Picks


My fashionable friend Stania, who is a Fashion Consultant in the DC Area!


Check out Stania’s website HERE!


My first customer of the morning! She purchased this BEAUTIFUL vintage dress for an upcoming formal affair!


Another happy customer! She too purchased a vintage dress for an upcoming event. She also bought a leather jacket, a purse and a few pieces of jewelry. We had a ball together :-)


Event: DMV Bloggers Like Me (BLM) Holiday Brunch

Location: Eatonville Restaurant, Washington DC


My Meal, The Callahan {Fried chicken on a biscuit with collard greens on top and mac n cheese on the side}


My BLM Sister’s meal {Po Boy Sandwich & asSide of mac n cheese}


Some of the DMV Bloggers in attendance:

Nae: I Choose the Sun

Vivi: Heart Print & Style

Nife: Skinny Hipster

Karen: Your Stylist, Karen

Michelle: Eat, Style, Play

Kim: Curvy CEO

Fatima: Baby Teems

Kizzy: KizzyEvae

Sidra: Sid Says, That’s Roxy

Angela: This Date is Over

Trish: Fashion According to the Menu


Nife of, Skinny Hipster
Vivi of, Heart Print & Style

Some of the DMV BLM Sisters :-)

The weekend was jammed packed but I had a wonderful time. I was able to enjoy my customers and other vendors at the Secondhand Event, as well as spend time with my BLM Sisters and talk about fashion, current events, and just be girls! It doesn’t get much better than that 😉

Until next time, be blessed!