Aux Merveilleux de Fred

I guess I need to start feeding you details on this epic Euro adventure! It started on an empty, then very crowded, flight to London. I’d been having so much fun coming over here for weekends off of work trips, that I’d unknowingly convinced my parents they had to go. I wanted to be on…

Jump for (Almond) Joy!

That’s right, jump when I say jump. How high? At least as tall as this caloric explosion of no-bake goodness. That’s right NO BAKE. It’s hot and humid so you aren’t going to turn on your oven. You just aren’t. This little gem is an Almond Joy pie/cake hybrid and it looks way harder to…

Funk Food: NC Bagel Deli

Well, this was supposed to be my healthy week. I bought all this fresh veg and NO CARBS and as soon as I’d spent a fortune on feeding my body what it should be consuming, I managed to come down with the flu. What do you want when you have the flu? Not a bunch…

Sparkly Cranberry Cake

I realize the holidays were nearly a month ago now, so consider this recipe a bit late or bit early for Valentine’s Day. You will want to make this for Valentine’s Day. It has red accents like that. Maybe just sub out some raspberries and let me know how it goes. This cake is THAT…

Berry Greetings from the Future

If I told you that I knew what you’d be eating two days from now for breakfast, would you believe me? You should, because I’m a psychic. Well, a baking psychic. That’s psychic with an ‘-ic,’ not with an ‘-o.’ Thanks very much. That’s right, two days ago I made my world famous berry good…

Fresh Carbs and Post Updates

Thought I'd give you all an update on my situation with the Unscripted Hotel in Durham. I received the nicest email from the hotel manager. He apologised profusely, offered a refund of the stay, and a complimentary next stay. So generous! I look forward to trying to property again and updating my review. He even…

Stuff I Ate at Hotel San Cristobal

The Hotel San Cristobal was not only gorgeous, the sunsets spectacular, but the food was overwhelmingly wonderful. So much so that there was a chef party under the moonlight I so desperately wanted to crash. And everyone knows the ruin across the street full of chefs can’t be wrong. First order of business upon arriving…

Nutella Bark

What’s the world’s most perfect food? Nutella, of course! That’s why when I needed a truly quick (like 20 minutes) quick treat to bake for a recent birthday, I turned to this super simple recipe. It’s the quality ingredients that make it, so it can be a tad pricey to throw together, but perfect when…

Other Grand Snacks in Grand Cayman

It wasn’t all tasting menus and drinks on the beach. I managed to eat a bevy of other thangs as well, because, well…what else was I to do? Because I’m just a dainty lady, these 15 things were my top favorites: Burrata at Ave. Holy crap, this was hands down the best burrata of my…

Nico Osteria

Playing tag along to the Gent’s meetings last week in Chicago was far too enjoyable. I saw lots of friends, but also kept a “treat yo’self” day for myself. The day started with a stroll down Michigan Avenue, reflecting on how much it’s changed and how much isn’t   there anymore. Less than enamored, I…

24 Carrot Magic in the Air

This is definitely the cake Bruno Mars croons over in his 24 Carrot jam. It does, in fact, only contain eight large carrots, but I think you’ll let it slide after you taste it. My next door neighbor did (apartment 414) when he ate HALF of this cake in two days. That is an impressive…

It’s Friday, I’m in Love…

It’s Saturday morning….shhh. I was going to share my finds of the week last night, but fell asleep gearing up for the Oscar’s watching Manchester-by-the-Sea. It was that good. Or I was just that tired. Without further ado…. Girl Scout Cookie Macarons from Lucette Grace. Clockwise from 12 o’clock: Tag along- Nommm Lemonade- very fresh….