Figgy Goat Cheese

If your figgy pudding is a labor of love for the holidays, let your figgy appetizer treat you easily! This is really a no-recipe recipe, just perfect in a crunch (and it even has a crunch!) Flag this one for the holidays. Figgy Goat Cheese One log of goat cheese (even better if it’s goat…

NYX Milano

On the quest for an inexpensive crash pad the night before a train trip out of Milan, I met my friend at the cheap and cheerful NYX Milano. Service was top notch, the locale was just across from Milano Centrale, and brekky was included. What more could you ask for for a few hours rest?…

Hotel de Crillon- Paris

I’ve always had a love affair with hotels out of my pay grade, perhaps stemming from an article that I read many years ago where the writer stayed one night in all of the major Paris luxury hotels. They challenged each hotel to room service, ranking club sandwiches(!), and tasks for the concierge that weren’t…

Mr. Fogg’s Residence- Mayfair

The elusive Mr. Fogg’s Residence (and Secret Garden) has been on my radar for some time, but I didn’t make it until my recent reunion with London. After a long stroll from Chinatown, it was decided that the halfway point could perfectly be Mr. Fogg’s in Mayfair. There was a person at the door dressed…

Bel Ami- Nyon

A few friends and I hit up the Cafe Bel Ami in a most random location in Nyon. The restaurant featured an extensive patio chock full of lemon trees and a menu that was an interesting mix of Peruvian, American, and a little Tex Mex. The three of us being all American were here for…

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,…

The Cocktail Trading Co. Brick Lane

One balmy evening, full of jetlag and in dire need to wake up for a Pharcyde concert, I strolled around Shoreditch in search of a cure. I found it pretty instantly at The Cocktail Trading Co. in Shoreditch. The window open to the street featured a dino head AND peacock feathers, so I knew it…

Midnight Cowboy

On a rainy Saturday night in Austin, I was told there was a surprize “activity” awaiting me. It was then conveyed that the activity was a mixology class. Maybe… So fun! It wasn’t a class at all, but a trip to the Midnight Cowboy, an absolutely stupdendous speakeasy. (And best bar name ever). To be…

2019 or Bust!

Happy last day of 2018, dear friends! I am that nerd who is totally enamored with new years. I love that there is a solid line drawn in the sand to reset and make a conscious effort to restart and be better. I love the actual evening of – getting all gussied up to be…

Chaval

Well, I made it to the end of my culinary tour of Portland, Maine! I was stuffed! Well, after this last meal at Chaval, I was stuffed. Chaval came recommended from some friendly barkeeps at The Press Hotel as well as several a blog. I was happy to try something new, that wasn’t on every…

Vena’s Fizz House

A real gem of a bar (and great place to wait for your table at Fore Street) is Vena’s Fizz House. Fabo name, to boot, non? Vena’s started as fizzy soda shop and just a few years ago decided to spike it up. Their mocktail menu is quite extensive if that is your thing. Or add…

El Farallon

I’m just back from a long Labor Day weekend in Cabo, one of the most naturally beautiful places that I’ve yet to see. I just love that place. Wish I lived a little more centrally so that it could be my “Miami.” Ya’ know, that 2 hour flight to get away from it all for…