Ina’s Salmon with Melting Tomatoes

Funny how stressful quarantines are better suited for wine and popcorn rather than the latest gourmet Mediterranean meal. Tonight would be different- tonight the Chrissy Teigan style of cooking salmon takes a Mediterranean vacation (that I could really, REALLY do with) with Ina Garten and this lovely recipe. The whole bit cooks for 11 minutes…

Gaby Made a Thai Beef Salad

How gorgeous is this salad from What’s Gaby Cooking? Yet ANOTHER win from this woman. Beautiful and cheese free which is what we are trying to be – at least this week. Her recipe is real heavy on the sesame oil, so I’m sharing my take here. Also, the original recipe calls for a crunchy,…

The Fluffiest of Omelettes

Need something to impress your luvah (orrrrrrr just yourself) and have nothing in the fridge? Thought so. I imagine that’s why Gaby whipped up this insanely gorgeous, impressive, and oddly simple recipe just for the occasion of Sunday morning luvah-land. Gaby’s Omelette Edit 3 large eggs, separated 1 T. parmesan Salt & pepper 1 T….

Gaby’s Chicken Schnitzel

One of the few saving graces of quarantine has been the chance to pause, reflect, and cook a whole bunch of things that you usually would not bother with. For me, this was Gaby’s Chicken Schnitzel (sounds a little…cheeky, no?). I was all, ok fine, that looks not that interesting, but since Gaby so highly…

Funk Food: Crab Fried “Rice”

This is one of those recipes that you know must be wonderful because my photos are so.damn.bad. I’m not much for cauliflower rice – it’s clearly not the carb it masquerades to be and it makes my stomach hurt? No thanks. I’ll just eat a salad. After reviewing my favorite Brewery Bhavana’s menu for their…

Gaby’s LA Chop Salad

This salad might be a contender for the best dish of quarantine. It’s like a deli sandwich exploded and the bread just disappeared, leaving a crunchy, fresh, meaty pile of chop in it’s wake. Wonderful. The real recipe also calls for chickpeas, but if I’m eating that level of carb, it’s going to be pasta….

Keto Street Cauliflower

This cauliflower is from the streets. The hard streets of Cast Iron Keto brought this idea to life, with some tweaks to the sauciness. The cauliflower grew up with a hard knock life, educated on the on the streets of Juarez. Or just like street corn, but better. Your choice. Either way, it was great…

Gaby’s Pan-Roasted Eggplant with Pecorino

Made this for the real eggplant lover in my life, who of course, loved it. To me it was good, but not life changing. Eggplant is a mop for oil and this recipe, the eggplants just kept drinking and drinking it up. They were good, but definitely felt like something a heavy-handed Italian grandmother would…

Garlicky Twisted Gaby Guac

My favorite read of quarantine has been What’s Gaby Cooking’s newest cookbook, “Eat What you Want!” Again, makes me wonder why I am just starting my relationship with her and how I don’t own the others yet! As I’ve made my way through her book, I have been saving her guacamole recipe for Cinco de…

Green Goddess Chicken and Dressing

This week was an experiment in eating green – chicken AND dressing. I took a recipe from the NYT and a dressing inspiration from What’s Gaby Cooking and made a salad sent straight from the garden. With this creation, you’ll get two, TWO items from the price of one. Love a sale! This color! Am…

Super Model Project: Sweet Miso-Butter Cod and Snap Peas

On Saturday a lovely bottle of champagne found its way to my doorstep. It would have been wrong not to bring it in and keep it very close to me during these trying times, so that is exactly what I did. This probably explains why I never got around to plating the Sweet Miso-Butter Cod…

Best Bake of Quarantine: Brown Butter and Toffee Cookies

Follow chef Rick Andrew Martinez and you have a glimpse of his quarantine adventures in Mexico that seem to be all cooking and sunsets. My kind of guy. He’s one of those fun chefs that Instagram matrixes the home chef’s creations following his recipes and day after day, story after story, were these Brown Butter…

Third Place Recipe of Quarantine: Teigan’s Parmesan Waffles

It’s Sunday morning, and if you aren’t immediately heading to your kitchen to whip of the third place recipe of quarantine, are you even living? Holy hell, these are incredible and not all that carb heavy. The parmesan brings a umami quality that I cannot even explain. Your kitchen smells incredible and after you eat…

Supermodel Project: Spicy Asparagus

Last weekend’s kitchen theme was Chrissy Teigan’s second cookbook. Everything is easy and spicy just like my Saturday night quarantine DJ, so get ready for a slew of flavor. First up, Spicy Asparagus. Exactly what it sounds like. Spicy Asparagus 1 bunch asparagus 2 T. vegetable oil 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp. smoked…

Macarons and Mayhem Travel Guide: Miami

Since I can’t travel to Miami Beach this week as planned, thought I would at least share with you some of my annual favorite haunts- a virtual visit if you will. While Brickell used to be home, I can’t resist staying on the beach. It’s also a testament that these spots have stayed during the…

Most Popular Recipes on the Blog

Hope that everyone’s quarantine is going as well as can be expected during these strange times. If you’re like me and everyone else in America, err the world, you have been cooking up a storm! While I personally have yet to make banana bread this quarantine, everyone else is which is why it seemed necessary…

Shallot and Prosciutto Pinwheels

What’s an appetizer you can grocery shop for in advance when you don’t have a car because you’re supposed to be moving to Europe in two weeks- Shallot and Prosciutto Pinwheels! Three of us devoured the entire batch of this easy, make-ahead tread on Easter. They were also enhanced with a mustard-horseradish sauce intended for…

What’s Gaby Cooking? Beef Larb

You know I’m ride or die with Chrissy Teigan’s recipes, but lately Gaby has been my girl. After making the chicken larb a couple times in a row, it was time for a shake-up with her beef larb recipe. While it was a nice change, hands down the best one so far has been the…

Virtual Travel- London

Last year I stopped over or in stayed in London at least 15 times that I can easily count- all in the last six months of the year I might add! It was so much fun to constantly be in a city that I love, I wished I could figure out a way to move…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: London

MACARONS Aux Merveilleux de Fred:  Cramique and meringues straight from Paris. Harrod’s:  Snacks on snacks on snacks…. Laduree:  For when you can’t travel to Paris. Maitre Choux: Gorgeous eclairs both sweet and savory. Violet Bakery: California meets royal sweet treats and lunch. MAYHEM American Bar at The Savoy:  Classic. Posh. Old school cocktails ($5000 Sazerac,…

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….

First Place Recipe of Quarantine: Gaby’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 Chrissy Teigan’s 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…

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…

Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice

It’s that moment, that recipe you’ve all been waiting for…the one that is going to put your arse on the cover of SI’s swimsuit issue, a la Chrissy Teigan. I present to you, Ms. Teigan’s Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice. This recipe has wowed even the haterest of coconut haters. Stir fries have come near and far for…