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…

Thanksgiving Salad- An Ina Specialty

Recipe from Ina’s “Cooking for Jeffrey,” a favorite cookbook. Ina claims this may be her favorite salad ever. While, I won’t disagree, it’s a bit different than the standard salad and was a nice change, something about it just screamed “Flag this for Thanksgiving!” so let’s go ahead and do just that. Ina’s Maple-Roasted Carrot…

Spinach Ricotta Brunch Bake

Family Christmas typically comes with a plate of infamous egg casserole, some love it, others, not so much. This year, our lean squad was traumatized by an abundance of croutons thanks to some belated Thanksgiving stuffing and decided to forgo the bread laden egg casserole. So, we tried a new, but still not-so-light breakfast bake…

Hotel Montana- Luzern

All this Airbnb bouncing apparently was embedded in me deep as I recently took a few days in Luzern, which conveniently is not part of the lock down. Little did I know I’d be shopping for house stuff most of the holiday, when I’d planned to play tourist in the town where my grandfather visited…

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…

Beso at ME Sitges Terramar

ME Sitges Terramar had a lovely restaurant, Besos, situated with beachfront views. There was also a small oyster bar in the lobby and rooftop bar that was quite the hot spot one evening and then completely closed for the season with no warning the next. As I saved it for my last night I was…

Lido

For the Venice leg of my journey, I decided to last minute stay in Lido, the neighboring beach island next door. After spending a day in the crushing mass of tourists, crammed into humidity filled spaces, I was quite glad that I did. Just look at these streets. Wide sidewalks either filled to the brim…

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…

Stockbridge

One of the dope features of my misplaced hotel was that it was central to an uncentral neighborhood, Stockbridge. It was seriously the cutest and the concierge pointed me to all the hot spots. And doors. so many cute doors. If you don’t like doors, just stop right now. Also, very creepy parks. And subterranean…

B├Žst

Baest was a Beast. A beast of a pizza institution in Copenhagen. They have their own organic farm. They make their own cheese. They have a Relae chef affiliation. Setting the bar quite high, but after coming off of Pizzeria Giro, the bar was sky high. The restaurant had a cool, casual vibe. I was…

Pharmarium

Just behind the Swedish Royal Palace is THE most wonderful cocktail bar, Pharmarium, located in Sweden’s first pharmacy. To the right is the Nobel Prize Museum, just across this adorable square. I hope all Nobel Prize winners are required to visit this mixology bar. The menu when I visited was International Traveler themed, which was…