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Bravo! Review & Giveaway

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Bravo! Cucina Italiana recently opened a new location in Hyde Park and invited me to check out their menu so I grabbed a friend who would appreciate a four-course meal and enjoyed some great eats! Bravo! gave me a $25 gift card to share with a reader, but first let me whet your appetite with our meal!

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Authentic Italian

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana Authentic Italian

We started with the insalata della casa, which is chopped greens, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, Feta, and Italian dressing, while we snacks on the crispy shrimp Napoli, which is possibly my favorite menu item!

Crispy Shrimp Napoli

Crispy Shrimp Napoli

Chicken Scaloppini

Chicken Scaloppini

For our meals, I chose the shrimp and crab cakes and my friend went for the chicken scaloppini. Both of our meals we were generous enough that we took home leftovers and I would have assumed that would have been the case even without an appetizer or salad.

Crab & Shrimp Cake

Crab & Shrimp Cake

We finished off our meal with the warm chocolate cake, like a hot lava cake topped with vanilla bean gelato and giant smiles on our faces!
bravolavacake

Three More Things:
1. If you visit the bar during the week, you can partake in their happy hour menu and that crispy shrimp Napoli is on that menu!
2. They have a light and tasty menu of items 595 calories or less
3. Depsire background music and other dinners’ conversations, you will still be able to hear those at your own table so this is a great place for date night, girls night or family dinner

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GIVEAWAY
$25 gift card to Bravo!
Ends Sunday, April 19 at 7pm
One entry per person
Must provide name, email and mailing address (not in comments) to claim prize
If you won a giveaway from Lunch It Punch It in the last 30 days you will be not eligible for this one, but tell a friend and hope she takes you 😉

To enter, leave a comment letting me know what you would try at Bravo!

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Giveaway closed, congrats Krista!

One of the unique things about living in Cincinnati during Lent is the church fish fry and I say this because a friend living in Baltimore said churches there do not host fish frys.

I cannot imagine not hitting up at least one church fish fry during Lent, but if you’re not into going to a volunteer-led effort to get your fish, you can head into Izzy’s for their Lenten Cod Special – The Codfather!

codfather at Izzys |udandi.com

The Codfather is a delicious cod filet, battered with Izzy’s special blend of seasonings, on a kaiser roll with lettuce and tartar sauce. Served with a potato pancake, cole slaw, or a cup of tomato basil soup for only $7.49!

codfather at Izzy's Cincinnati | udandi.com

Now I have an offer you cannot refuse: $25 gift card to Izzy’s so you can try the Codfather!

To enter for a chance to win this $25 gift card:
1. Leave a comment in this post – at a loss for words? Let me know if you’ve been to Izzy’s or if you have a good fish pun (this should be a whale of a good time!)

For extra entries, leave one comment each letting me know you have:
A. Followed Izzy’s on Facebook
B. Connected with Izzy’s on Twitter
C. Peeped their photos on Instagram
D. Signed up for email updates to receive coupons and savings

I will close this giveaway on Friday, March 13 at 6am and draw a winner. Winner will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond.

Yes, it is true my friends at Izzy’s gave me a gift card in exchange for promoting their cod special, but all the words and opinions in this post are mine.

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Did you hear that recent study about comfort food fights loneliness?

So many of my food memories involve my mom and her recipes. There are certain tasks (peeling apples and frosting cupcakes) she didn’t enjoy but did for us kids.

I try to eat one apple, one orange and one carrot daily, but sometimes the apples aren’t tasty so I make apple crisp. The sugar negates the healthiness, but at least I’m not eating cookies and I think of my mom :)

6 cups apple — peeled and sliced
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter

Place apples in 8×8 pan
Combine flour, oats, sugar and spices.
Cut in butter
cook 12 to 14 minutes on high in microwave or until apples are tender.

Does it get any easier? If your coworkers aren’t drooling over your apple crisp, I don’t know what to tell you.

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Review: Harvest Snaps

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I love potato chips but don’t buy them unless it is the small snack size bag because I have a tendency to over indulge. Unlike my mom, I don’t find carrots to be natures potato chip, sure, they’re crunchy but the taste isn’t the same. I really wanted something crunchy, but healthy that satisfied my taste buds.

Harvest Snaps |LunchItpunchIt.com

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A new place opened in Cincinnati called Cucinova and they serve made-to-order pizza, pasta and salads each for $6.99!

And I’ve got a $25 gift card to give to one lucky person!

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Reusable Cutlery for Packed Lunches

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sistema to go cutlery | Lunchitpunchit.com
I had a friend ask for advice on finding reusable utensils silverware or flatware for her kids’ packed lunches.

She wanted something affordable because she was going to buy two sets per child and didn’t want to use silverware that might be confused with utensils offered by the school’s lunchroom.

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Fresh Thyme Cincinnati

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Fresh Thyme Cincinnati opened in August 2014 and I’m really excited to have new grocery store option especially one so close to my gym!

Fresh Thyme Cincinnati |udandi.com

People who haven’t been or don’t have a store in their area have asked what it is like. It is a smaller grocery store, which doesn’t mean it offers less so much as it focuses on produce and then has bulk items, bakery, butcher, sandwich making deli, frozen foods, diary, vitamins, wine and beer. This isn’t the place you’ll go to buy clothes and greeting cards in addition to your groceries.

Fresh Thyme Cincinnati udandi.com

Fresh Thyme Cincinnati udandi.com

Fresh Thyme Cincinnati udandi.com

Fresh Thyme Cincinnati udandi.com

Fresh Thyme Cincinnati udandi.com

I was really excited to see they offer some lunch packing supplies!

Fresh Thyme Lunch stuff

Fresh Thyme Lunch stuff

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Cold Brew Iced Coffee at Home

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All my life, my parents have been coffee drinkers. I never liked hot coffee, but a couple years ago I started drinking iced coffees because I needed a new way to waste money and a source of ridiculous calories.

No, really it was the result of wanting an afternoon work break outside of my cube and building. Then, I won a gift card from Dunkin Donuts (they’re always having contests on Twitter) and summer 99 cent iced coffees became my drink of choice.

Yes, each job I develop a habit. This site was started after my coworkers and I felt like we were eating out too much and our desire to eat out stemmed from wanting to leave the work environment.

lunchitpunchit.com Iced Coffee at home

After seeing options for cold brewing at home with cheesecloth that ended up messy, I bought a cold brew coffee pot, some flavored coffee from Target and creamer. Now, I can make my own iced coffee for home or put it in a to-go cup to take to work and enjoy an afternoon break in my car.

lunchitpunchit.com Iced Coffee at home

I bought the Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker because it makes 1 quart and it is big enough for my hand to reach in to clean unlike the Hario 100ml Brew Coffee Pot

After I brew a pot, I pour it into another pitcher. I brew the grinds a second time and then freeze them as ice cubes. I know some people use a French Press, I don’t know how that works since I don’t own one. I do like that this gives me the option for iced coffee at home and without cluttering up my kitchen counter top.

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Pyrex Storage Containers at Wayfair

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I’m a big fan of Pyrez glass storage containers with lids , as in, for housewarming parties I bring a dish to share in a Pyrex for the host to keep. I really believe every kitchen needs Pyrex! I use them weekly in my packed lunches – the weight of
glass containers doesn’t bother me and I like knowing the lids seal tight.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the kitchen items at Wayfair because they offer free shipping on most items so that makes it a little more appealing.


Glass Storage Containers – click HERE for great deals!


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