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Coast to Coast

Hi All! God its been too long since I’ve updated the bloggy, things have been crazy busy, both with work and with life. And I have a MAJOR update to share – after 3 years in the city, Mr. Chubby Hubby and I are packing our bags and moving out West. To Los Angeles! In one month!

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it, but LA has always had a special place in my heart – two of my best friends live there and its were Jeff and I met. I’ve always wanted to live on the West coast but to be honest, I’ve been too scared, until now that is. It was my last trip out there that cemented the deal, I turned 27 and knew it was now or never. Immediately following that trip I checked out my company’s website and saw that they had a position open, and after some interviews and procedures, they agreed to a relocation. My official start date in the LA office is December 6 and our tickets are purchased for December 2. Things are moving incredibly fast.

While I’m a little anxious about the move, I’m not too stressed – this isn’t my first major relocation. Back in 2006 I actually moved from Philadelphia to Pensacola, Florida. Even though Pensacola wasn’t the right town for me, it was an semenax and american medical association amazing experience. The culture there is so different from what I know and thanks to family I was able to really integrate myself. Including the local restaurants and food. That has to be one of my favorite parts about traveling. The food. One of my favorite dishes from when I lived down South was Shrimp and Grits. Feeling reminiscent last night I decided to recreate it for the chubster. It was almost as good as I remembered.

Shrimp and Grits
Adapted from Bobby Flay

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 1 tablespoon butter (I used Earth Balance natural buttery spread)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fat-free Monterey jack cheese
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

Directions

Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.

Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. In grease, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Add lemon juice, chopped bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.

Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Top with shrimp mixture and mix well. Serve immediately.

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16 Responses to “Coast to Coast”

  1. Lisa @ I'm an Okie Says:

    CONGRATS! So happy for you.

    but, so not happy for me. How will I ever meet you ?! When I come to NYC next, how bout you just fly there for a trip?

    PS–youll be moving at the perfect time! hello warmer weather!

  2. julie Says:

    i’m SO excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) can’t wait to hear all about your west coast adventures! and look at you head out just in time for the cold weather to come a-knockin

    congrats on the relocation and all!

  3. MelissaNibbles Says:

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting!! I hope the transition is smooth and easy for you :)

  4. Liz @ LBBakes Says:

    Wow – congrats on the big move! Big moves require a lot of courage, so kudos to you. I’ve actually been wanting to do a big move for awhile, but worry about getting homesick!

  5. Dori Says:

    AH you got it!!! So sorry we haven’t gotten to talk much these last few weeks, things have been crazy for both of us! I am so happy for you but can’t believe this is happening so fast, and so soon after we became friends and after you just moved! Crazy how life works out. But I know you will be so much happier and I am envious and thrilled for you. Can’t wait to hear all about it and hopefully I can visit at some pont — I have a couple of friends out there, including a male friend. Congrats!!!!

  6. Angela Says:

    I know! We need to catch up before I move, we are planning a party of some kind – I’ll definitely let you know as soon as I have the details. I think a brunch is in order too! If you ever want to visit you know you’re welcome at our place – we are looking at houses and apartments in Santa Monica, just blocks from Exhale :)

  7. Angela Says:

    Thank you! I know I have the same worries – my whole family is in Philly so that part will be hard, but I keep telling myself its temporary and an adventure which makes it 100% easier to move.

  8. Angela Says:

    Thanks so much Melissa!

  9. Angela Says:

    Thanks Julie! We definitely need to plan a get together before I head out!

  10. Angela Says:

    Haha I think a trip to NYC to meet you is definitely in order! Jeff will be going back and forth quite a bit so no reason I can’t join him too :) Just let me know when you’re going to come up and maybe we can work it out. If not you could always come to LA. :)

  11. Amy Says:

    Yum! Grits a YaYa!!

  12. diana @mymarblerye Says:

    first of all bobby flay is my fave dbag chef. I love him…I can’t get enough. SEcondly I say kudos to your courage!!! My fiance is currently interviewing for residencies in boston, san diego, and nyc. I dunno which coast to pick!! Cali is extremely intimidating and I don’t even know why!! you should make a post of east vs. west coast for people like me!

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