Cantina Follie & L’Escale Trattoria

As soon as I realized that I was just down the road from Grand Hotel Tremezoo, it was pretty obvious that I’d need to be there in some capacity every day. One day it was a Michelin starred meal to celebrate a promotion, another day I’d simply broken a flip-flop or so my subconscious told…

Venissa

Next to Burano, on the island of Mazzoboro is the most charming place on the planet, aka, Venissa. Part Michelin-starred resto, part osteria, part small hotel, and part vineyard, this place is absolute heaven. I started my visit with a walk through the gardens that are especially known for their artichokes. Nine retirees from neighboring…

Kew Grill

The last night in Richmond, I kept it simple and instead of trekking to a world renowned spot, I just headed next door to the Kew Grill. The Kew Grill has some very cheeky signs and menu notes, but I’ll leave that for you to find! (Or perhaps if you’ve seen my IG story, you…

The River Cafe

The River Cafe had long been on my bucket list of restaurants to try with so many famous chefs training there on simple, Italian food. After landing in my somewhat far flung location in Richmond and seeing this was just across the river and a quick walk, I decided I had to snag a seat,…

Violet Bakery

On Sunday morning, I took a leisurely stroll through the charming Columbia Road Flower Market. The wares were absolutely gorgeous and made me wished I lived in London among a house full of flowers, refreshed on the weekly. The only less-than-charming attribute were the merchants warning tourists they may be mugged at any moment and…

Cecconi’s Shoreditch

Tucked off of the lobby of Redchurch Townhouse in Shoreditch is London’s second outpost of Cecconi’s. I’d visited the Miami outpost once and wasn’t wowed by it, but the prospect of room service Neapolitan pizza was very intriguing. I’d actually made a reservation for their “Sunday Feast” where they turn the bar into a buffet…

Ina’s Pork Tenderloin

I made a nice pre-second-to-last-GoT episode dinner on Sunday basically because I needed an occasion to cook Ina Garten’s pork tenderloin recipe. (Oh, and a get-rid-of-all-the-veggies (and bacon) sweet potato hash). Nom. So, Ina suggest serenading (marinating) the tenderloins for 3-24 hours. I’m an overachiever and opted for 32 hours and it was just delightful….

Feeling Salty? Air Fryer Pretzel Bites

Ok, so I actually do understand that the intention of having an Air Fryer is not use less oil and blah blah blah…But… PRETZELS. Hardly the healthiest recipe, but I was so curious at the apparent ease of this, I just had to give it a try. Full disclosure: your kitchen may end up looking…

Funk Food: Take Out Level Stir Fry at Home

The other night, after a really long work day, I decided to cook for company at the last minute. I figured a stir fry would be easy and fairly quick so I just bought all the seemingly relevant items and went to town. I promised myself I’d give it a quick Goog and just commit…

NYT Bad Day Pasta

There is a legit NYT pasta recipe called “Bad Day Pasta” by the charming Alison Roman. Watch the 10 minute video and I’m sure you’ll be ready for a bad day too. My favorite line, “these red pepper flakes are from Italy, is that annoying?” Naw, girl you’re good. Just a little jealous over here….

Zucchini Carbonara

Sometimes you come home from a couple weeks of travel and eat a pizza and sometimes you make Paleo recipes like this Zucchini Carbonara. I was very skeptical of this, but my love of all foods Italian and my need for my pants to fit are at a constant battle, so it seemed worth a…

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…