Harvest Apple Cake

Still have apples from your overly curated IG apple picking? Thought you might… why don’t I introduce you to my Grandmother’s apple harvest cake recipe. It’s a family tradition, ludicrously simple, and succinctly captures that fall magic in every bite. Harvest Apple Cake

Ina’s Winter Squash Soup

Is it clear I’m coming upon 40… I love soup….this must be a key sign of entering the next decade. This one was so easy, so comforting, and ludicrously simple if you buy squash that is already cubed. It’s definitely one for the winter rotation and if you top it with pretzel bread croutons and…

Ina’s Apple Pie Bars

I know you have apples. I’ve seen you all over Instagram picking them with your families, some in coordinated outfits. Some claiming you don’t know how to make pie. Tis the season. Ina’s Apple Pie Bars are better than pie because well, they’re Ina’s. Also, the crust is more short bready goodness than bland shortening…

Le Tout Part Deux- Paris

After an absolutely incredible “find” of the not at all hidden Cheval Blanc and it’s rooftop restaurant, Le Tout, back in April, I knew I would be returning for my surprise solo trip in October. Lucky for me, the weather was 75 degrees! The last week of October! So, I opted out of their full…

Shiro- Paris

If you’re looking for a way to properly indulge on a Friday or Saturday night in Paris, consider Shiro. While the resto has a full menu during the week, on the weekend it only offers an omakase menu so all you have to decide is whether you want six or eight courses and how much…

Hotel Le Bellechasse- Paris

She’s baaaack! Me! I’m that she! And as a woman of her word, I’m returning to Paris for a couple top secret weekends this year. Recently was one such weekend and after such an incredible mid-chemo jaunt to Le Bellechasse, well, I knew I just had to return. The room I had this time was…

L’Antre Amis- Paris

If you’re living in Geneva, chances are you might find yourself with friends from Paris who can send you to neighborhood haunts rather than restaurants you’d find written up on blogs and in guidebooks. L’Antre Amis is just that- a neighborhood gem and recommendation from someone who used to be of that neighborhood. Tucked onto…

Ina’s Herby Baked Eggs

Let me help you with your weekend to-do list: 1. Make Ina’s Herby Baked Eggs. The recipe is ludicrously simple, but somehow so satisfying and nearly transportation to a Parisian bistro. The best part, you likely have all of the ingredients in your fridge already. Sunday morning, voila! Ina’s Herby Baked Eggs

Hotel Jobo- Paris

I’m sure that Josephine Bonaparte would have been cool with this sassy moniker given to a Marais hotel in her name. It just exudes a hair flip, doesn’t it? I can’t recall how this place ever got on my list of places I was determined to stay, but it had been there for some time….

Evi Evane- Paris

Beautiful, fresh food that doesn’t cost a fortune and isn’t cheese based! Evi Evane, what a lucky find, tucked away on a side street just a few blocks from St. Suplice. This will absolutely join my rotation of Parisian regular restos. Yum. Yum.. Yum… My charming waiter was my only insight into the kitchen as…

Collective Bakery- Zurich

Turns out the only bakery in the Industrial Quarter of Zurich was phenomenal. Who needs competition? Especially when you’re serving espresso and tonic (highly underrated) and tackling food waste by making your own flour (via grinding leftover bread) all while serving some creatively decadent pastries. Let’s rank those we tried, shall we? 2. Nut Croissant-…

25 Hours Zurich West

A long weekend with the brother flying into Zurich found us at the 25 Hours Hotel located in the almost too-cool industrial quarter or Zurich West. The hotel was chosen for it’s fun-seeming vibe…and the bunk beds(!) offered to two siblings traveling together- definitely a novelty. 25 Hours was definitely a fun, novelty hotel full…

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux has the feeling that someone has condensed some of the best parts of Paris, and dropped them all into the extremely walkable city of Bordeaux. The architecture, food, and overall ‘Frenchness’ drama give a bit of the magic of Paris, but beautifully situated on the southwestern coast. I had the feeling I was coming…

Lourdes, France

The healing grotto of Lourdes is nestled into a valley of the Haute Pyrénées. The sprawling church and grounds purporting healing waters feels even more magical in this naturally idyllic setting that also showcases an ancient fortress in the distance. While the town doesn’t have so much to write home about, the site of this…

Villeneuve les Avignon

Faded pastel shudders adorn the white washed buildings of this ancient village just across the Pont d’Avignon. Verdant gardens, ancient churches, and a lively village square lure visitors to this lively idyllic area again and again

What’s the story, morning glory?

Hi internet friends! I can’t believe how quickly the summer has come and gone and that I’ve been managing my cancer diagnosis for nine months somehow, though am so grateful/pleased/proud to say that I finished treatment this week. Can I get a f*&!k yeah? Another thing I’m really grateful for is that this very strange…

Ina’s Roasted Salmon Tacos

The ridiculous title of this blog post makes me like this recipe even more than I already do. Of course Ina’s salmon tacos would be straight fire, I’m just surprised at how good something so simple can be. Jefferey certainly is not. I made a few adjustments since I’m just one lady (who hates dill)…

Martingy, Switzerland

A picturesque old-timey Swiss town situation in a valley of the precipice of some major mountains, including Les Diablreets. The windy (it’s a valley) village is welcoming with ancient store fronts well-poised with wine bar after restaurant after wine bar. With the Gianadda Foundation and St. Bernard rescue it’s as easy to spend a day…

Alma- Geneva

After living in Switzerland for nearly two years, I finally, FINALLY tried the restaurant Alma in Eaux Vives. Why had I waited so long??? This was hands down the best meal I’ve had in Geneva. I already can’t wait to go back. The decor is perfectly upbeat and tropical. They really push pisco sours on…

Hotel Ruby Claire- Geneva

After taking a night to myself in Geneva at the new Ruby Claire hotel, I returned to a charge on my credit card called just “Claire.” Had I booked a lady of the night and forgotten? She’s not really my type, but this could make for a strange expense report exchange with your employer. This…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Venice

MACARONS Gelatolandia: Small walk-up in Lido with daily changing flavors including an exceptional lemon sorbet MAYHEM Hotel Cipriani: If you can’t snag a poolside lunch reservation, stop by for a Bellini or twelve and people watching Harry’s Bar: Same Cipriani group makes more Bellinis in this classic location NOSH Al Cavaliere: Easy spot for a…

Happy Days- Nyon

Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days! (insert further song lyrics here if you care to). Nyon hosts an “American diner” after the owners fell in love with American breakfast, doing research by travelling all over the US taste testing pancakes. Not a bad gig. They brought their findings (and a whole lot of memorabilia) back to Nyon…

Cafe de Chateau de Prangins

The village just to the east of Nyon, Prangins, has a beautiful chateau that’s a national museum. It hosts an array of period furnishings if that’s your thing. Better yet, it also hosts brunch, which luckily is a lot of peoples’ thing. A quick bus ride or long walk from Nyon, the chateau seemed to…

Verbier

Fifteen hundred meters high, Verbier is an adult wonderland in the summer and what must be a mirage in winter. (Can’t wait to experience that at some point). Entry via gondola or “telecabine” sets the scene and makes any visitor giddy with a childlike wonder of what’s in store at the finish line. Its’s Plentiful…

Chalet d’Adrien- Verbier

An absolute MUST for a phenomenal (re: pricey) brunch is a reservation at Chalet d’Adrien. Absolutely worth the $99 a head splurge. Linger for hours over table after table of food where NOTHING you taste is even remotely ‘meh’. The wine service is very attentive and the views are breath taking. You can walk it…

Experimental Chalet- Verbier

The Experimental Chalet is the perfect place to stay in Verbier- sleepy location that’s a great walking distance from the festive apres-skis and restaurants of the slightly more central area. The staff is immensely wonderful, accommodating any request without hesitation. I’d stay here again and again, and well, I have actually. Maybe even in the…

Ina’s Cauliflower Toast

Crunchy, creamy, savory goodness- I can now understand why Cauliflower Toast (with a simple green salad) is one of Ina’s purported favorite lunches. It’s perfect for a cool day as comfort food and cut into much smaller pieces would be an excellent apero snack with a glass of something bold and red. Ina’s Cauliflower Toast…

The Shed- Verbier

As soon as we arrived in Verbier, we basically just made a beeline for The Shed, awaiting it’s opening hours. During that time we ran into a couple friends who were dutifully the first customers there because they “dream about this place.” I can see way. Classic American rock music supports a just dark and…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Lake Como

MAYHEM Cantina Folie: Incredible wine bar with a very fun charcuterie menu. Great date spot Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Beach: Adult playground for drinks, seafood heavy menus, incredible views and better people-watching NOSH La Terrazza Gualtiero at Grand Hotel Tremezzo: Special occasion Michelin-starred risotto that comes with a certificate of authenticity L’Escale Trattoria: Casual outpost…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Milano

NOSH Bamboo Bar: Upscale Italian with great wine list in the Armani Hotel Il Liberty: Upscale casual with a fun a la carte menu as well as prix fixe Ristorante Caruso: Classic Italian in an un-stuffy environment, a stone’s throw from serious shopping Terrazza Calabritto: Gorgeous outpost for seafood. Worthy of a celebration. Vertigo Urban…

Double Snickerdoodle Cookies

This recipe takes the cinnamony-sugary goodness of a sugar cookie and stuffs another one inside of it. Why eat one when you can eat two…or rather one riddled with the innards of a cinnamon roll. Perfectly chewy, right from the freezer…if they last that long to make it there… Double Snickerdoodle Cookies For the filling:…

Strawberry Margarita Pie

Refreshing. Frozen. Boozy. Salty. Sweet. Easy. Dessert. You’re. Welcome. Strawberry Margarita Pie CRUST: 2 c. crushed pretzels 1 stick of butter, melted 1 T. sugar PIE: 16oz. cream cheese 1/3 c. lime juice 14 oz. sweetened, condensed milk 8-10 strawberries, diced 1/4 c. tequila 2 T. triple sec Preheat oven to 350F. Combine all crust…

Ina’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip

The first fall-like day of the season brought with it rain, wind, and Ina’s Spinach Artichoke Dip. Simple to make, indulgent to snack on without being overly so…sure to be a hit with the friends you’ll entertain this fall. Dare I say, it was even better the second day, so make it in advance and…

DaV Mare- Portofino

Despite my love of Camogli, the best meal that I had was just a single course from DaV Mare in Portofino. This unassuming terrace of the Belmond Splendido Marina hotel made for the nicest lunch tucked away from throngs of cruise ship tourists. Service was friendly and the food was absolutely phenomenal. The website describes…

Portofino

A jewel box of upscale boutiques and cafes surround the U-shaped Portofino harbor. Come early to enjoy a short walk away from the throngs of tourists who will undoubtedly disembark from a tendering nearby cruiseship. While Portofino is lovely for a few hours, the real gem of this section of the Ligurian coast is Camogli,…

Vistamare- Santa Margherita

Vistamare, the signature restaurant of Grand Hotel Miramare, is the perfect ambiance for a special meal, or just a glorious place to dine and gaze into the eyes of the sea and twinkly lights along the Ligurian coast. Of course, you’re obligated to start with champagne and a 21 EUR glass in this location feels…

Grand Hotel Miramare- Santa Margherita

Situated in the center of the Santa Margherita strip is the gorgeous, grand dame Grand Hotel Miramare. The hotel has a slightly old world vibe, but manages to feel well-kept and modern at the same time. It reminded me a bit of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, on a smaller scale, and much simpler to enjoy without…

Vineria Macchiavello- Santa Margherita

Tucked away on one of Santa Margherita’s adorable, cobble stone side streets is Vineria Macchiavello. Not packed as the fococciarias were down the street, we landed here one very hot afternoon for a quick snack and it proved to be an excellent choice. The old timey entrance, chalkboard menus, and full window display were most…

Camogli

Holy Camogli- this is the most magical little town on the Ligurian coast! Bright buildings, a packed marina of fishing boats (not super yachts!), and steep streets lead to pebbly beaches, charming artists’ shops, and one old dame of a hotel. The vibe is absolute magic and far more enjoyable that the acclaim that Portofino…

Divino Wine Lounge- Santa Margherita

If you’re looking for an early bite in Santa Margherita and had the poor foresight not to make a reservation for anything…Divino Wine Lounge is an excellent choice. We settled here after a long day of travel and no food. There was one other couple enjoying a bowl of pasta at this off time, so…

Santa Margherita Liguria

“We got Santa Margherita by the liter. She knows if I’m ‘messing around’ with her, I don’t really need her.” This classic Drake lyric was trapped in my brain on repeat during the four days we spent based in Santa Margherita. Nary a liter of pinot grigio was actually consumed. Travesty. Santa Margherita is the…

Hotel Regina Elena- Santa Margherita

After winding our way between the French and Italian rivieras, Mum and I crashed at the Hotel Regina Elena which seems like an old villa turned budget(ish) hotel, but in reality is part of Best Western. We booked a week in advance and this is what the charming town of Santa Margherita could offer us…

Horizon Rooftop- Monte Carlo

After being hard pressed to find a rooftop bar open during the day time in Cannes, it was a must for us in Monte Carlo. And thus we landed at the Horizon Rooftop at the Fairmont hotel for a very lovely and leisurely lunch during our day trip to Monte Carlo. The tables were so…

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Just an hour train ride from Juan-les-Pins is the absolutely gorgeous principality of Monaco. Hills filled with pastel hued classic buildings greet you as you trek down toward the yacht-filled sea. Shopping and wealth is ludicrously abundant with tourists snapping it around every corner. The famed casino costs 17 EUR just to enter, but you…

Pam Pam

After walking by a crowded Pam Pam (!) many times the last two summers, I finally made my way into the tropical tiki joint (verring toward strip club)…with my mother! I couldn’t see the draw from the overly themed slice of “Brazil” from the street (odd, being that I love a theme), but was instantly…

Antibes, France

Antibes is home to the brightest, bluest water I’ve ever seen, a Picasso museum with the fewest Picassos, and maybe some of the cutest old-timey alleyways on the Riviera. The views from the top of the old town are shockingly gorgeous, cameras not doing them justice, while the Provencal market below ignites every sense. An…

Ti Toques- Juan-les-Pins

Ti Toques was the choice for fancy lady dinner in Juan-les-Pins and it seemed like many other people had the same idea as we enjoyed watching a wedding at the venue next door throughout the meal. In a nutshell, Ti Touqes had very nice food and a beautiful view if you were lucky enough to…

Yolo Plage- Juan-les-Pins

After watching Effet’s staff smoking in the restaurant lounge area after the restaurant was meant to be open for our reservation, we said forget it (they were rude taking the rez too, and we know when to cut our losses) and headed to Yolo Plage. Yolo treated us well earlier in the evening for an…

Juan-les Pins

Juan-les-Pins is the hidden gem of the French Riviera, a spot of beach normalcy situated between pilars of pomp and wealth like Cannes, St. Tropez, Nice, and a million others with nicknames like “billionaires’ bay.” No thanks, give me a pretty beach, a handful of restos, and a slight grittiness that makes anything feel possible-…