Bacon Beer Cheese Dip (Aka: Game Day Dip)

Mm that sounds delicious! Have to try



One of the newest restaurants in Ogunquit, Maine is called Cornerstone.

Cornerstone is a pizza and sandwich restaurant for “grownups” (as if most of us ever really grow up).


It has all open-air seating perfect for beautiful summer days…which it definitely was.



cornerstone -acaffeinatedbrunette.comI was famished from walking down Marginal Way that morning and running around the beach so I started with one of their hearth baked pretzels. It came out hot and steamy. I broke it in half, dipped it in some mustard and popped that bad boy in my mouth faster than you could say humdinger (I was going for the cheesiest word I could find).



I plumped for their homemade infused Sangria which was absolutely refreshing and sweet. Perfect after a long day at the beach.

And for the main meal…

cornerstone -acaffeinatedbrunette.comKings Road sandwich with prosciutto, goat cheese, herb-roasted tomatoes, balsalmic reduction and citrus-herb EVOO.


Lanewood sandwich with turkey, avocado, aged-cheddar, watercress and roasted red-pepper aioli.



I ordered their Tripler with capicolla, Manchego cheese, herb-roasted tomatoes, arugula and roasted red-pepper aioli. (Mine was the best…just saying)

I’m not usually a sandwich person but these sandwiches were so flavorful. Everything was paired perfectly together. So…we went back the next night to try the dinner.

It was that good.

I kept seeing pizzas coming out during lunch and wanted to try them. They looked so tasty!



Before we left Cornerstone (the first time we went) a man told me I HAD to try the Gazpacho. I’m not a huge Gazpacho fan but this was absolute heaven. That man was right. The tomatoes were roasted before-hand and there were tons of fresh herbs mixed in. Your taste buds will give a holler when you try it. cornerstone

After watching many pizzas go out before my eyes I knew what I was ordering…cornerstone -acaffeinatedbrunette.comCitrus Summer Shrimp Pizza with herb-infused oils, Maine shrimp, aged-gouda, lime and scallions.


Chicken Fig Pizza with pulled chicken, fig chutney, mascarpone cheese, fire-roasted tomato sauce and fig-balsalmic glaze. (I also heard from some inside sources the bacon and eggs pizza is a winner)

Both pizzas were exceptional. If you’re in the neighborhood of Oguqnuit, Cornerstone is worth a visit. Find them online here. After another satisfying dinner we strolled around and I quickly found myself back at our cozy B & B hitting my head to the pillow. Home sweet home (for the weekend at least).



Black Gold Records (and coffee shop)

“Tia, do you want to go to a coffee shop?”

-“Eh. We just ate.”

“It’s also a record store.”


That quickly sold me. A record store that sold coffee?

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Black Gold Records is a funky record, coffee, and antique shop located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

As you walk in, you hear the sounds of soft rock and warm crackles of vinyl playing on the turntable.

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Black Gold Records is a great place to stop in and fuel-up on caffeine while sifting through a few vinyls.Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

They also have a ton of obscure gems scattered around the little shop. Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

You can also grab some of their freshly grinded Rook coffee beans for home.
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The menu is pretty short but the coffee and tea are great. I ordered their Black Iced Tea.Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

I placed myself by the window with my drink and watched as people perused through records enjoying the music. Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunetteIf you end up in Carroll Gardens, Black Gold Records is a perfect stop for a refreshment and some music. Like me, you’ll probably end up heading out happily caffeinated with some sort of knick-knack to add to your collection.


Brunch at Brooklyn Buschenschank

Brunch is one of my guilty pleasures so I will jump at any chance I get to enjoy a morning of good food, good friends and mimosas.

My friend recommended we try Brooklyn Buschenschank so we hopped in the car and headed over.

I’ve been wittering on today trying to say the restaurant name without completely botching it. Try saying that 5 times in a row. (buschenshank, buschenshack, bushawhat, bushensomething, busch)

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We had an absolutely beautiful day out and the windows were open allowing for maximum ability of people watching.

Buschenschank is a tavern mainly specializing in German food and run by local farmers in Brooklyn.Brooklyn Buschenschank - a caffeinated brunette

The atmosphere is very relaxing and airy inside the restaurant.

I immediately bee-lined it to the tall tables (the cool tables) next to the window with a great view of the kitchen and outside.

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After studying the menu, I was torn between the eggs benedict, warm berry pancakes and the harvester. Brooklyn Buschenschank - a caffeinated brunette

With your brunch you receive a complimentary bloody mary, mimosa, coffee or tea.

Or you can always cool yourself down with a very large beer like this guy did…

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You can guess which one I chose.

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My friend had the Voveti Prosecco champagne with an orange blossom aroma, ripe peach and crisp finish.

It was refreshing but I’d have to say I enjoyed my mimosa much more. Brooklyn Buschenschank - a caffeinated brunette

To start, we ordered a large pretzel with bier cheese and spicy mustard, it was ambrosial.

I was a bit upset when the pretzel was gone and I had nothing left to scoop up the rest of the bier cheese.Brooklyn Buschenschank - a caffeinated brunette

I ended up going for more of a lunch type meal and had The Harvester, which came with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, mushroom, grana padano, mozzarella and fresh basil.

My main was delicious and fresh atop a tasty crisp dough.Brooklyn Buschenschank - a caffeinated brunette

Matthew tried the Steak and Eggs with dry-aged sirloin which was delightfully seasoned and comes with large hand-cut fries.
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Jon ordered the Di Verde which was piled high with fresh chopped spinach, tomato, red onion, and goat cheese served on top of a Margarita pizza and finished off with pesto, garlic and grana padano.

The fresh flavors danced delightfully together with each bite.

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You can find this German restaurant at 320 Court Street in Brooklyn, NY. Hop in for a cold brew at the bar or enjoy a large pretzel with some good company.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon walking around enjoying one of the first sunny and warm days in New England this season and hopping into a few antique shops. We also found a pretty cool coffee shop you’ll be hearing about later this week.