Ravioli + Shrimp in Marinara Sauce


1/2 pkg. Butternut squash ravioli
1/2 pkg. Grilled chicken + mozzarella ravioli
1 c. shrimp
1 jar Mrs. Perrina's marinara sauce
Parmesan cheese

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Ravioli + Shrimp in Marinara Sauce
One | Create marinara sauce
If you haven't tried Mrs. Perrina's DIY marinara sauce yet - you totally should. It takes 10 minutes to create the sauce in two simple steps: pour in the herbs, pour in the marinara sauce. Plus, it's a very delicious sauce. I will admit - I'm not a huge fan of red sauce, but decided to go outside of my comfort zone and was pleasantly surprised! Definitely recommend trying this marinara sauce at least once. The only downside {for me} is that since you have to make the entire jar at once, it's quite a bit of sauce to go through within a week - which is the recommendation of how long the sauce will last before going bad.

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Two | Make your ravioli
I chose to make a combination of the butternut squash ravioli and grilled chicken + mozzarella ravioli. I used the Three Bridges brand. I preferred the butternut squash over the grilled chicken + mozzarella. If I were to make this again I would probably use only the butternut squash ravioli.

Follow the instructions on the package on how to make your ravioli. 

Three | Cook shrimp
Cook your shrimp in a pan with a little bit of butter and pepper. This may take up to 10 minutes.

Four | Put it all together
Take out a bowl {or plate!}, add your ravioli and shrimp and pour marinara sauce over your dish. Add a bit of parmesan cheese to the top 

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ravioli + shrimp in marinara sauce; mrs. perrina; bri rinehart

Five | Enjoy!

ravioli + shrimp in marinara sauce; bri rinehart; mrs. perrina

Please note: This is a collaboration post with Mrs. Perrina

Fearless: Dublin

I'm starting a new monthly series where I will be sharing something fearless I've done each month. I constantly try to challenge myself to do new things - even if I'm frightened at first. But after I combat my fear, I realize either that I really enjoyed it or that I hated it and never want to do it again. Usually, I enjoy whatever I'm combating.

But what is fearless?

According to the dictionary:


To kick off my series, I'll be sharing about my journey in going to Dublin solo. Don't worry - there will be plenty more blog posts on my adventures in Dublin - but first, we'll go through what came before that.

Last year, I decided that I wanted to go somewhere new for my birthday every year. Whether it's an international trip, or a trip within the states, I wanted to go exploring. To kick off my big birthday trip, I wanted to go abroad. I had not gone out of the country yet, so I was dying to go. It took me a while to decide which country to go to, but eventually, I narrowed down my choices to Ireland, England or Scotland. After checking out ticket prices, Ireland won. I booked my ticket and instantly began to freak out.

I was going abroad.

Now, I like to say November is the best month because it's my birthday month BUT, depending on when your birthday is in November, it can be overshadowed by Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving - which is exactly the case for my birthday. The "pro" in this is that my birthday fell close to Thanksgiving this year, so it was the perfect time to take three days off to have a week vacation. It's a win-win.

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I was fearful of going abroad for the first time alone. I had always said I wanted to have a travel buddy to go abroad, but I realized that I didn't want to wait my whole life to do the things I want because I didn't have someone to do them with. I might be waiting a long time to have a travel buddy. So I had to decide between my dream of wanting to travel the world or idly waiting because I was scared.

My dream of traveling the world won.

Excitement took over my emotions first. I couldn't wait for three months to pass so I could go on this great adventure. However, the day before my trip, I freaked out. I was worried about figuring out the public transportation, getting lost while wandering around the city, not liking the food, and more. My mom and sister basically told me: "Eh, you'll be fine" but I was not listening. Luckily, my fears were put to ease once I was there.

Dublin is a cute city that reminds me quite a bit of Boston. Once you figure out where you're going, it's not too hard to get lost. The locals are friendly, there are pubs everywhere, and amazing sites to see! I had the best week and fell in love with Ireland. I was very happy I took the leap to go on this trip and combatted my fear of a solo abroad trip.

Now... where should be next adventure be?

SoMa at the Spire

1 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin 1, D01 HR04, Ireland

I visited Ireland and guess what I did - I went to brunch! Surprising? No? Didn't think so.

SoMa is conveniently located next to the Spire, a monument on O'Connell street. I popped in one morning to check out their food. Their menu is not extensive, but they had a good selection to choose from.

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I decided to try the potato hash. This included potatoes and two poached eggs. You could also choose from three options of what you could include with your potato hash. I chose to add bacon, chorizo, and rocket. I wasn't entirely sure what rocket was, but figured I would try something new. I also ordered tea to go with my meal.

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When my meal arrived, I quickly realized that rocket is a leafy green. Nothing too out of the ordinary. The dish was so delicious. The potatoes were perfectly crispy, the eggs were were perfect, and the bacon and chorizo were the perfect meat additions.

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Overall, I highly recommend stopping by SoMa if you're in Dublin. You won't be disappointed.

Have a brunch recommendation? Leave a comment below!

A Look at Fall Foliage

My favorite season in Boston is here - FALL.

I absolutely love this season. I love the fall weather, the leaves, hot apple cider, the fall activities. One of my favorite things to do is walk around the Commons, Public Garden and the Esplanade to look at all the leaves. Over the weekend, I packed my camera and went for a little walk. Below are a few of my favorites:

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The Painted Burro

219 Elm Street | Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 | Menu

If you're hanging out in Davis Square, pop into The Painted Burro for brunch! The food and drinks are quite delicious. I went with my friend, D, and did not leave disappointed.

The Painted Burro is the {as D says} the older sister restaurant to Burro Bar in Brookline. I was debating on whether I should get something different this time around or order a new dish, but last time the chorizo de la casa taco plate was so delicious that I just had to order it again. D ordered the chilaquiles. I ordered a de la casa margarita instead of my usual mimosa {!!} because I heard the Painted Burro has amazing margaritas. D ordered the iced coffee horchata.

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What our dishes included:
Chorizo de la casa taco plate: 2 corn tortillas, sunny side eg & papas, chipotle mayo, and home fries
Chilaquiles: 2 fried eggs, braised chicken, smoked chile & roasted tomato salsa, pork charro beans, fried tortillas, baja cream and guacamole.

the painted burro; brunch; bri rinehart

I simply love the Painted Burro. As I'm writing this, I am wishing I had the chorizo de la casa taco plate in front of me. The chipotle mayo adds a little bit of a kick to the meal. I should add that I am sensitive to hot / spicy things so my opinion may be a little biased BUT although I knew my face was getting a little red I would never ask for the mayo to not be added because it's SO GOOD.

bri rinehart; the painted burro; brunch

Tip: If you're gluten free - they do an amazing job of making sure you're food does not have any cross contamination or will let you know if something may be cross-contaminated.

bri rinehart; the painted burro; brunch

Overall, the meal was great, D and I both enjoyed our plates. We left nothing on them - which is always a great sign.

Have a brunch spot you think I should go to? Leave a comment below!