Sticky Chili Chicken

Well, instead of cooking up one big dish on Sunday afternoon noon, now I cook Saturday nights until one or two in the morning. I’m on week three of this odd cycle and it has become the highlight of my week. I crank up IG Live (again, so weird in itself) and find a DJ…

White Chocolate Banana Pudding Pie Trifle

Real Talk: I have never had banana pudding. Ever. I also hate fake flavorings, so I don’t know what compelled me to need to make and consume this. Perhaps an old school comfort food in a daunting time? Since no faux banana flavor would be used in this recipe, white chocolate would have to do…

The Charles- Dallas

What another weird day in quarantine, eh? I spend half of my day- literally like 12 hours- working, trying to get caught up on projects where I am over due. The other 12 hours I am doing my best to go on walks, not have anxiety attacks, and of course, cancel travel…which is a nightmare….

What's Gaby Cooking's Chicken Larb Bowls

Chicken Larb Bowls was my first recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking. The recipe were absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I served my larb over coconut rice on day one and ate it over salad greens the rest of the week. It was so good, in fact, that I’ll be making it again tomorrow…

Garland- Raleigh

My restaurant dine-in meal in Raleigh was a good one as I was finally trying Garland after its James Beard nod. The restaurant was eerily quiet in anticipation of what was to come, and unfortunately was one of the first to shut its doors in the city. My girlfriend and I managed to share a…

Updated: Support Raleigh Restaurant Workers!

Update! In addition to our favorites offering takeout, there is also now a Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund for those laid off. Donate here! Ya’ll, it is crushing me that our restaurant industry friends are out of work for the unforeseeable future. As you know, food, drink, restos, travel, menus, tastings – it’s all so…

PSA: Supermodel Soup is Sauce

Public Service Announcement: if you’ve recently made Creamy Tomato Soup, you hopefully, are flipping nuts over it too. If you haven’t; do it. Well, I had a serving left after travel last week and tossed it around some Trader Joe’s arugala/parm ravioli. Brought sauce raviolis to a boil in a medium pan and reduced for…

Macarons in Bed

That’s Macarons in Bed, not mayhem…get your mind out of the gutter. Macarons in Bed are not only a sweet luxury en suite, they’re also the new hotel ranking system from the gorgeous team behind this tasty blog of wanderlust. Along with each sometimes sarcastic, sometimes overly passionate hotel write-up, a number of macarons will…

Alison Roman’s Tiny, Salty, Chocolatey Cookies

Not usually a chocolate gal, but I had a hankering for it this weekend and decided to give this ‘tiny’ cookie recipe from Alison Roman a go… There’s no flour in them, so they’re basically a health food. While very easy to make, something odd happened to my batch. I tried to slide into Alison’s…

Super Model Project: Creamy Tomato Soup

Soup’s on for the next three weeks! That’s right, we have temporary veneers up in this mouth and they have broken once already, so a mandatory no chewing law is in order. This is the hottest tomato soup on the block- all other tomato soups must step aside! This is SUPERMODEL soup. Mad hot. Straight…

Coconut Flour Banana Bread

When you’re slowly cleaning out your pantry to get ready to move a casual 5,000 miles across the globe, and find that you have an abundance of weird ingredients that won’t make the cut- you’d better use them now. This weekend I decided to tackle the bag of coconut flour that had been lurking among…

The Bygone- Baltimore

Let Bygones be Bygones, and that’s just what we did when test driving this 29th floor resto atop of The Four Seasons. First stop, cocktails! The bar spans the harbor side of the restaurant and would be just perfect for a sunset; unfortunately, we picked a rather grey day for our visit and missed out……

Super Model Project: French Onion Soup with Croissant Croutons

A Super Model French Onion soup is Super interesting…there’s a soy sauce element not found in the soup a l’ognion that I’m having in Switzerland. This one has that umami element coupled with the brilliant invention of self-toasting croutons. Tell me this isn’t the perfect meal for the first snow day in a year and…

The Laslett- London

After a week in Bristol, I was beyond grateful to return to London, even if just for like 16 hours. My return to town brought me in via Paddington station, which could also offer me the Paddington Express to Heathrow in the morning, so I decided to stay close and hang out in Notting Hill…

The Village Hotel- Bristol

Bristol was… Bristol? I’m really not sure how else to describe the cold, windy, rainy, industrial city. Parked for a week! on the outskirts of the city for a training, I really didn’t experience much of Bristol, but I did see every inch of The Village Hotel and can confirm that this is quite a…

Snacks in Sea Containers- London

Day 1: Arrive to the hotel at 2PM, just waking up from the airport Sofitel and transferring across town for a weekend of ‘fun’. Here, ‘fun’ is code for my BFF is in town and I can’t get out of bed. Butternut squash soup it is with this gorgeous bread that I could have eaten…

Duck, Duck, Goose- Baltimore

On a recent trip to Baltimore, my colleague and I had the very difficult task of testing several restaurants and bars for upcoming events that we will be hosting. We stumbled into Duck, Duck, Goose accidentally one evening. A neighboring barman pointed us to some cocktail lounge called ‘Rye.’ We saw a sign for Rye…

The 1040- Brussels

While it is my wish that no one has to stay at weakest link in the Sofitel portfolio, Sofitel Brussels Europe, the property surprisingly hosts an exceptional restaurant, The 1040. The restaurant came so highly recommended from the lovely bar staff of the same name that I just had to try and it and I…

Sea Containers- London

You may remember a familiar looking hotel, The Mondrian London, that we visited together about a year and a half ago. After finding it again for Chinese New Year at an absolute steal, I decided to give it a try once again. The hotel is now known as Sea Containers and does not appear to…

Hotel Bennett- Charleston

Spent an absolutely smashing weekend at Hotel Bennett in Charleston last week. The new property, former library, was just stunningly pretty. Incredible light fixtures, grand spaces, and girly details abounded making it feel decidedly southern. The champagne bar was a particular favorite space even though I failed to have a glass here! The rooftop bar…

Super Model Project: Actually Drunken Noodles

New year, new noodles. Drunken ones invented by Chrissy Teigan. No doubt, these would be great. Chrissy Teigan’s Actual Drunken Noodles For the Sauce: 6 T. light brown sugar 1/2 c. regular soy sauce 1/4 c. oyster sauce 2 T. whiskey 1 T. mirin 1 T. sambal oelek 1 T. chopped garlic For the Stir-Fry:…

Sofitel Europe – Brussels

I’m sharing a few snaps of this very standard hotel. The Hermes products were nice. The restaurant was phenomenal, but we will address this separately. The hotel itself was very average- not five star as noted. The service was abysmal. Housekeeping never came even though they offer a twice daily service. After asking for items…

South Congress Hotel- Austin

<Said in the same tone as “….Canonballllll!!!!”> Mileage Runnnnnnnnnn! After all of my pinging back and forth to Europe the last six months, I still needed another 1,700 miles to hit Executive Platinum status. While my social life and time at the gym may be in the crapper, we are doing this damnit! And did…

Toque!- Montreal

Like a billion years ago, the ex and I spend a cold weekend in Montreal and had what was probably one of our first real splurge dinners- a whimsical tasting menu that was So.Much.Fun. As this most recent trip had me in Montreal on the coldest weekend of the year, there was literally nothing else…

Maggie Oaks- Montreal

Ok, so the William Gray was great, but how was the restaurant? Though it didn’t perform amazingly on the Google, I’m happy to say that it was really great too! In the four meals I enjoyed in Montreal, three were at Maggie Oaks. Because cold arsed Canada. Lunch day 1: Simple green salad and a…

Hotel William Gray- Montreal

After waiting two years for a certain customer meeting, the gang was finally in Montreal doing the damn thing. Naturally, they’d wanted to meet us on Thanksgiving, because Canada… so we agreed to a couple days before Christmas instead. I knew everyone was exhausted when they let me choose the hotel – William Gray. A…

Bar Boulud London

Bar Boulud at the Madarin Oriental in London has been on my ‘to-do’ list for nearly two years now and I finally had the chance for a visit recently. We were seated at a lovely, cozy corner booth for a late lunch, despite my making a reservation for the location in NYC. Whoops! Not to…

The Ampersand Hotel- London

Over a rainy birthday week, my mum and I spent the London portion of our British holiday at The Ampersand hotel in the vibrant South Kensington neighborhood of London. The grand building is conveniently located near the South Kensington tube stop, but not so near that you hear it. Perfection. The hotel interior design was…

The George- Edinburgh

The George hotel is now owned by the Interncontinental group and I was curious for a return stay from a year or so ago when it remained an independent. The hotel is still absolutely gorgeous and the staff also very helpful. The location is superb, especially when attending a party downstairs. It was the rooms…

Baba- Edinburgh

2019 was a very odd year for birthdays, down to the lunch itself. I’d been wanting to try Baba at the Kimpton Charlotte Square for some time and used #37 as an excuse as it was right down the street from my hotel. After my colleague force fed me, very kindly, multiple bakes just before…

Chrissy Teigan’s Chex Mix Cookies

Sick of the usual holiday cookies? Have a bunch of leftover snacks to use up? Let me introduce you to the Chrissy Teigan Chex Mix cookie. Well, if she hasn’t already… First up, make yourself a vodka soda and taste test your snacks to ensure quality freshness or at least an OK bar snack. Then,…

Mint Oreo Blizzard Cake

Need a last minute dessert that starts from a box cake? If you keep it simple or are better at decorating than yours truly, it should be take between a quick time and four hours. It’s a mint Oreo blizzard cake, just like Dairy Queen, well…without the ice cream. Check out this monster. I’d recommend…

Best of Christmas Baking

Did you wait until less than 24 hours before the holiday to do about everything this year? Especially baking? You are not alone. Please remember, the easiest, tastiest, most Christmas-y recipe can be whipped up in just about thirty minutes. You’ll look like the domestic goddess that is sleeping with in you. Just don’t forget…

Maitre Choux- London

A little sugar to kick off your morning, compliments of the Maitre Choux bakery in South Kensington. How gorgeous are these!? My Paris-Brest eclair was definitely my favorite birthday dessert of the trip! While I missed test driving any of the savories, they were the real star of the show for me. How creative, yet…

Il Portico- London

My <gulp> 37th birthday was just a few days ago and I was delighted to celebrate it with my mum in the UK. We’d spend a few days in Edinburgh followed by a few more in London, culminating with a meal at River Cafe, a new favorite special occasion spot. Well, the final day came…

The Edinburgh Grand

After spending a few evenings at The Hawskmoor Edinburgh and having drinks at the property’s fourth floor, Register Club, it was time for a proper stay at The Edinburgh Grand. The Grand sits at the far end of St. Andrew’s square and is in nice proximity to the train station, shops, and restaurants. The Register…

The Hoxton Southwark

On a recent Saturday night stop in London, I decided to test drive The Hoxton Southwark after reading about it across multiple forums and hearing great things about other Hoxton locations. I would rate the experience as fine-ish, but would not return. The room was industrial chic and unfortunately wasn’t ready when I arrived at…

The Palomar- London

The Palomar, modern day Jersusalem cuisine as they call it, in the middle of bustling Soho. The intimate restaurant almost feels out of place among the theaters, Chinatown, and much larger restaurants for the theater crowd. This had been on my to-eat list for some time and despite not being able to snag a solo…

Hawksmoor Edinburgh

Gearing up to head back across the pond tomorrow, so I wanted to share an Edinburgh and London mainstay that is a staple in my travel diet, The Hawksmoor. I was staying above this favorite of mine last week and was so happy to not bundle up in a coat and head out into the…

Kimpton Charlotte Square – Edinburgh

A recent few day stint in Edinburgh found myself at the Kimpton Charlotte Square in Edinburgh which is really a series of renovated townhouses, decorated in a modern/garden/Moroccan style whose vibe I could only wish for in my living room. After a brief mix-up with the car park, I was delighted to find all of…

Dishoom- Edinburgh

In the interest of Thanksgiving and a bunch of food related posts about to fill your feed and stomachs, let me join the club, but with a quick trip to India via recap of my recent experience at Dishoom in Edinburgh. While Dishoom has about nine locations in the UK and even while Mindy Kaling…

Nomades – Geneva

Another night in Geneva and another attempt at finding a good meal that wasn’t stuffy. The best by far was Nomades, a causal Lebanese Moroccan joint in a very fun neighborhood of food trucks and weird bars. First up, the waiters let me practice my sub par French with them which is something I always…

El Catrin- Geneva

I’m not sure what it is about Geneva restos, but so far nothing has blown the minds of myself or my colleagues. El Catrin was no exception which was a disappointment since it came highly recommended by a local colleague. We arrived on a Wednesday night where the restaurant was quite fun in ambiance and…

Balthasar- Gland, Switzerland

Meal after mediocre meal in Switzerland lead my crew and self to Balthasar, a steakhouse in the neighboring town of Gland, Switzerland. I was instantly delighted by only speaking French to the restaurant’s reservations department. Upon entry, we were greeted with drippy candle, a friendly host, and rows and rows of cups full of gummy…

Ulivo, Nyon

Another stay at the gorgeous Ambassador Hotel, Nyon, found me dining in their intimate restaurant on a Monday night when the rest of the city shuts down. The best dish that I have had in Switzerland, maybe ever, was this octopus Mosaic. Thin crudo with chick peas and olive oil was absolutely the perfect start…

Mercer Roof Terrace

My only night at Vintry and Mercer, I was stoked to test out the Vintry Izakaya. I am a sucker for dim sum and all things dumpling! I made a reservation in advance and had scoured the menu for my top picks. Bummer for me, when I arrived home to the hotel and dumped my…

Vintry & Mercer London

A Friday afternoon all to myself in London!? Tick! Vintry & Mercer, a cutie new boutique hotel in an inconvenient location for a less than 24 hour stay? Double tick! The place looks to do a pricey nightly rate during the week, but I caught it for a steal on a Friday night when the…

Adore San Remo

A few days ago, I treated myself of a rainy afternoon in gorgeous, rainy, Londontown. I only looked at email occasionally and leisurely strolled from my fabulous, new, little hideaway in the financial district to Covent Garden. I had my heart set on finally dining at the Palomar, but it was in that weird close…

Hotel Havana

After the depression subsided a bit after checking into the Hilton Palacio del Rio, I set out on foot, dodging crickets along the way, to find Hotel Havana, a member of my beloved Bunkhouse Hotels. This group never fails to deliver and Hotel Havana was no exception and why I made stops here on three…