Spring Roll Crisps

Need a simple and ludicrously easy impressive looking snack that you’ll also find as the starter of The Cape hotel in Cabo? Thought so. What a happy accident to stumble into this no-recipe recipe! Spring Roll Crisps

Super Model Project: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Rarely a cookie recipe comes along – from a supermodel, no less- that truly blows your mind. This recipe is absolute, indulgent perfection! Sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy… Ms. Teigan nails it, the it being my waist line, but totally worth ‘it.’ Chrissy’s White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Chrissy’s Cucumber Salad

Happy lunar new year, ya’ll! I don’t know anyone more ready for some cleansing, fresh vibes than this girl right here…which I suppose is ironic being that the holiday was ushered in by a carb-laden dim sum brunch and just wee bit of wine with the girls. There was this cucumber salad that Chrissy Teigan…

Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice

One of my favorite restaurant appetizers is anything involving spicy tuna and bonus points if its resting on a bed of crispy rice. So, when I found this original Nobu copycat recipe, I knew that this had to be my special new year’s eve dinner. I need to try again on the rice as I’m…

Blueberry-Lemon Yogurt Cake

My go-to coffee cake recipe received a small makeover this morning involving one lemon that really elevated the recipe a bit. It’s amazing how lemons make absolutely everything better. When life gives you lemons, toss them into a tried and true recipe.

Jaya at The Setai- Miami

On our final evening in Miami, we celebrated my 40th birthday with a very upmarket dinner and an “Asian Bazaar Night” which was meant to have some sort of performances. Sounded kind of weird, we were in! Having dined and enjoyed drinks around the elegant Setai lobby in years passed, I was absolutely shocked when…

Esme Rooftop- Miami

The first night of our Miami girly weekend brought us to the Esme Hotel, recommended by several friends for well… all of their common spaces. The hotel was beautiful and with so much lovely, dim lighting we seemed to have spend a gorgeous evening there and took about zero photos. We dined on the rooftop…

Hotel Greystone- Miami

After a whirlwind work week, my sister joined me for a girly weekend on the beach and we relocated to Hotel Greystone which purports to be a design-y adults-only haven with its own beach access. Upon arriving at the hotel, the vibe was just right, the lobby was clean, elegant and well designed. We were…

Byblos- Miami

During a week-long work trip in Miami while staying at The Royal Palm South Beach, I managed to dine at Byblos two nights in a row before the work commitments really started. The restaurant is beautiful with lots of fun plates for sharing. This made it a challenge as a solo diner, but two meals…

Hashbrown Crust Quiche

Christmas this year saw the introduction of a beautiful new brunch creation that was as simple to make as it is colorful– hasbrown crust quiche! Made in a springform pan, it looks daringly more elegant and complicated than it actually is. She held together quite nicely when sliced! Hashbrown Crust Quiche For the crust: For…

Coco Bistro- Providenciales

After the year I had, I was grateful to be entering my 40th trip around the sun, rather than dreading this threshold of midlife. The day itself must have been built off of my vibe because it was absolutely better than expected. If you’re with good friends, what more do you really need, but I…

Grace Bay Club- Providenciales

After the craziest year complete with a c!^#r diagnosis and recovery, it was essential to celebrate my 40th in a big way. Lucky for me, tropical islands are pretty appealing to old friends in December, so away to Providenciales we went for birthday festivities and a grad school reunion. We opted to stay at the…

Ina’s Chipotle Cheddar Crackers

I must have been good this year as I received TWO new Ina cookbooks for my collection! Despite not planning any meals whatsoever while at my parents’ house, I had to break into Ina’s ‘Go To Dinners’ with…well…not a dinner, but the best salty, savory, apero snack I’ve made in awhile. ‘Twas so nice, I…

Mercado- Fort Wayne

Question: what’s a girl to do if she’s trapped in an entire country that doesn’t do Mexican food well or allow the sale of hot peppers? Answer: hit every Mexican restaurant north of the country itself, including the delicious Mercado in Fort Wayne. The sibs treated me to a (very) early dinner one (very) cold…

Pendry Chicago

The prior to my 40th trip around the sun, the gentleman suitor type person (edited: master manipulator) and I spent a very chilly weekend in Chicago. It was his first time there and my first in seemingly as many years. So much has changed, new neighborhoods crop up, old haunts shut, the shopping a bit…

Sweet Potato Casserole Waffles

Leftover whipped sweet potatoes crowding your fridge? I can attest that shoving them in some waffle batter is an excellent use of their efforts for breakfast the next day and perform equally as well in the toaster on day two. Sweet Potato Casserole Waffles Adapted from Grace and Good Eats

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

The star of this year’s cookie plate is reminiscent of a cookie I found at Violet Bakery in London several years ago and have been chasing ever since. Some might argue these are better suited to the citrus-laden days of spring, but I think they are perfect for the holidays. Plus, their citrusy glaze keeps…

Cora Pearl- London

Good ole lady of the evening, Cora Pearl, strikes again! Remember when I made her my best friend last year? This girl, here? The one with the greatest fish stew…. A year later, after a whollllleeeee lot of stuff happening, I saw her again. I was so sad she didn’t deliver her fish stew. Last…

London at Christmas

Could there possibly be a better city for Christmas than London? Even if festivities begin ludicrously early, the twinkling lights, oversized trees, and flying angels take the streets, I venture to solidly say absolutely not. This is the pinnacle. It’s the most wonderful time o the year, indeed mate!

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…