Cornerstone

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).

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

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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).

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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.

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

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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!

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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 -acaffeinatedbrunette.com

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.

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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).

 

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A Mini Vacation…or Two

Phew.

The past week was a bit of a whirlwind.

I went off with my family to Maine for a “relaxing” weekend on the beach, gobbling food and walking around the cute little town they call Ogunquit. I’m a seasoned Mainer (we’ve vacationed there just about every year of my life) so it was a bit of a familiar vacation. I was a happy camper fulfilling my list of usual shops and restaurants to stop in.

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As we walked along I found a little gem. I have a minor obsession with vintage bugs. I find them completely adorable. This one won my heart over though, who wouldn’t love Herbie’s brother?IMG_20130602_162235

Over the weekend I was able to enjoy some rays with my friend Mairead on the beach and chatter about our lives and what’s new.

It took me a while to place my toes into the freezing Maine ocean. I can guarantee you the water didn’t go much further than that.

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Oh…and how nice of someone to name a restaurant after me…

The day I came back it was already decided I’d be going down to Long Beach Island for some more sun and fun with friends.

I hopped back in the car the next day for a few hours drive down to LBI.

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I was able to relax, swim, lose at some mini golf and enjoy even more food that delighted my belly…oh, and visit with some pretty great people.

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It was an absolutely beautiful week of mini vacations. I found a ton of great restaurants and places I’ll be telling posting about this week.

Have a beautiful sunshiny week!

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What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far

What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far -acaffeinatedbrunette.comYes it’s getting down to the wire. Every time my professor mentions the amount of days until graduation we all cry a little inside. The last semester of college is the definition of bittersweet. College has been an amazing experience thus far and it’s almost over. It’s the last semester to take on everything you possibly can before you’re walking down the aisle in those very (un) attractive gowns. Here’s to making the best of everything…Cheers! Oh, and what I’ve learned…

  1. I don’t want to be old, I’m not ready to grow up!…Ok, now that we got that out of the way….
  2. Always be yourself and just have fun.What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far -acaffeinatedbrunette.com
  3. They LIE when they say your last semester is your easiest. I see the papers, exams and books piling over my head daily. Climbing a mountain seems easier some days. (If you know me, I’m totally kidding about that.)
  4. Experience teaches you a lot more than your homework.
  5. Knowing waitresses and bartenders on a first name basis is a good thing.
  6. It’s OK to change your major- Hey, I started as music education and somehow got into Public Relations and Marketing. It’s not exactly a pebbles throw from music to marketing but it was the best decision I ever made.
  7. School comes first but fun comes second. If I stayed inside like some of my friends every weekend studying I think I would’ve gone completely insane.  There’s a balance between studying and giving yourself some time to relax and enjoy.
  8. Your friends are everything, be good to them and always make time for them.
  9. Don’t miss a St. Patrick’s day parade, New Years or Halloween.What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far -acaffeinatedbrunette.com
  10. There is no “Too Late”.
  11. I need a job- The phrase “poor college student” is very real and the reality of life is coming sooner every single day. Here’s to sending out resumes until my computer breaks.
  12. Go out to dinner and try different cuisines. College is for experimenting in all ways. It’s ok to splurge every once in a while.
  13. Make time to do things for yourself.
  14. Love without regrets.
  15. Keep looking forward- I’ve learned a lot these past 4 years. Let go of the little things, the people who don’t treat you the way you deserve, and whatever happened in the past. Enjoy what’s about to come and make the best of everything you can. You only have a little time to enjoy every bit of what you have here.
  16. There is never a parking spot when you need it most.
  17.  Spend a little more on wine and martinis. It’s well worth the experience.
  18. Leave your comfort zone, take an internship somewhere away from home or try something you may not truly believe you’ll like. I never would’ve thought I’d intern at an airline and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have a love for travel, appreciation of good food and culture more than ever before.
  19. Travel as much as possible.What My Last Semester of College Has Taught Me, Thus Far -acaffeinatedbrunette.com
  20. Take the advice of my grandmother, “Don’t talk to strangers, unless they’re taller than you and handsome.” She’s a smart cookie.
  21. Jungle juice is a bad idea, just have a beer.
  22. You can fail a class. Ask me how my first semester of college went in Communication theory, then how I got a 3.9 the next semester. You’ll survive, I promise.
  23. $5 movie nights are amazing.
  24. Just try everything, at least once.
  25. Always stay caffeinated ❤

What if Money Didn’t Matter?

Lately, I’ve really been asking myself what truly makes me happy? As college graduation is around the corner we face many decisions on the way we want our life to go. Do I want an office job, do I want a travel job? What job makes me happy? Do I want to travel before I start a job or can I find a job that fits perfectly with my desires? This video asks, “What would you like to do if money were no object?”. I believe every college student should be asking themselves this. What would make you truly happy? Whether it be skydiving or owning a farm, it doesn’t matter to anyone else but yourself. You’re the only person that can make yourself truly happy. I met an artist through my travels who told me, “Do what you truly love and the money will follow. If you are passionate about what you do and love what you do, it will shine through.” I believe this to be one of the most inspiring quotes I’ve heard and what I have counted on throughout my college career. So ask yourself, are you doing what you love? And if not, what truly makes you happy?

This video is worth watching:

“Better to have a short life that is spent what you like doing, than a long life that is spent in a miserable way”