M Sushi – Durham

Last weekend some friends headed to the new-ish M Sushi in Durham for a friend’s birthday dinner and it did not disappoint! It was pricey for the Research Triangle area, but had the ambiance of a much larger city, so I guess with that comes larger price tags. We did what all ladies do and…

Supermodel Project: Braised Short Ribs

I was a little nervous for the Valentine’s Day main event, Chrissy Teigan’s Braised Short Ribs, because I’d never made them before. It was a leap of faith down the supermodel cooking runway. Ms. Teigan suggests serving said ribs over a sweet potato mash that is flavored with maple syrup. While I may like Valentine’s…

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…

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…

Ruby Copenhagen

One of the best finds of the trip was the cocktail bar called Ruby. In an old town house, dark, narrow, with a few oriental rugs and homey touches, you wouldn’t expect to have one of the best drinks ever. Or discover an entire new spirit. Or invent a very popular game called, “Guess the…

Gusto 101

Two weeks of eating out every meal in Toronto was certainly an aggressive endeavor, but hey someone had to do it. After honestly, many a mediocre meal, the final night my sis and I dined at the often recommended Gusto 101, which was absolutely fantastic. I’m not sure if they take online reservations, but they…

Unico 20 87

Recently, I returned from a long weekend at the beautiful, new-ish, all-inclusive resort, Unico 20 87.  I must admit, I wasn’t jazzed about the idea of going to Mexico. While I LOVE Mexico, there have just been so many murders and whatnot, I thought the Caribbean seemed like the more logical option. Also, I’m never…

Epicurean & Cucina

But what are you eating besides the minibar wine and crisps, you ask? Easy, well I’ve been here for ages so all sorts of things, but sticking around the hotel also proved lovely. The hotel bar, Epicurean, is staffed by lots of lovely folks and a killer cocktail menu. Stairway to heaven. Again, love that…

A Valentine’s Chicken

  The Beer Brined Roasted Chicken from the Cherry Bomb cookbook was so delish that I made it twice in a week. That’s right, I had two dinner parties in a row, and it was wonderful the first time, so I decided to work on perfecting it on round two. The recipe is time consuming…

Bob Bob Ricard

What’s worse than anxiously awaiting snow-maggeden 2018 round two? Eating egg whites during a snow storm. It should be all mac and cheese and vino, but in (hopeful) preparation for this weekend’s black tie, it’s all carbless sadness. Instead, let’s reminisce back to meals of better days, the last great London meal of Bob Bob…

Hutong at The Shard

After a few days of attempting to fight off a cold, the weekend ended with some very mediocre pad thai from the joint across the street. Lacking in heat and fun mix-ins, I had to mentally transport back to the last great Asian meal, Northern Chinese from Hutong at The Shard. Perched on the thirty-third floor…

Chef’s Counter at Avecita

After a delicious dinner the first night at Ave in the gorgeous Kimpton Seafire, I basically felt like family. Everyone at this restaurant was beyond wonderful and honestly every night I dined there (all but once) really solidified a memorable vacation experience. I don’t know if I was the first single lady to ever grace…