Month: May 2017

Rum Old Fashioned

Rum Old Fashioned

Let’s talk about bitters. As the name implies, they are usually bitter liquids that are used to “season” cocktails. They are made by infusing plants, berries, or barks in alcohol. Interestingly, bitters were originally used to treat upset stomachs and, in small towns in Costa […]

Weekend Fun List May 22-28

Weekend Fun List May 22-28

The long weekend is here! Here’s some inspiration to make the most out of it. Movies and TV The Keepers: Netflix’s latest true-crime documentary is fascinating. It attempts to solve the murder of sister Cathy Cesnik uncovering all sorts of dark and uncomfortable secrets along […]

Julia Mueller’s Protein Pancakes

Julia Mueller’s Protein Pancakes

As a self-taught cook, cooking blogs and cooking shows have been really important when it comes to developing my culinary skills. Cooking with alternative flours like almond flour felt particularly scary until I came across Julia Mueller’s fabulous blog, The Roasted Root. Not only are […]

A Simple Guide to Drinking Better Cocktails (And my Favorite Margarita!)

A Simple Guide to Drinking Better Cocktails (And my Favorite Margarita!)

I’ve drunk a lot of bad cocktails in my life. You know the type: watery, sugary, and reeking of cheap booze. In hindsight, I have no one to blame but myself; I rarely thought about what went into making a good cocktail, and I was […]

Weekend Fun List (May 15-21)

Weekend Fun List (May 15-21)

Happy Saturday, everyone! Here’s what I’ll be watching, reading, drinking, and eating this weekend. Movies and TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: It’s back! I love everything Tina Fey has ever done, so it’s no surprise that this show is one of my favorites. If you’ve never […]

Cucumber Spears with Sumac Salt and Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Cucumber Spears with Sumac Salt and Yogurt Ranch Dressing

Author Margaret Visser describes salt as “the policeman of taste: it keeps the various flavors of a dish in order and restrains the stronger from tyrannizing over the weaker.” Until recently, I would have probably disagreed with Ms. Visser. To me salt was just… well, […]

Summer-is-Almost-Here Negroni

Summer-is-Almost-Here Negroni

My only New Year’s resolution this year was to drink more apéritifs. If you know me, this might come as a slight surprise because I don’t normally favor dry or bitter, two of the most prominent flavors in these types of drinks. What changed my […]

Weekend Fun List (May 8-14)

Weekend Fun List (May 8-14)

Welcome to the first of many fun lists! Here’s what I’ll be reading, watching, drinking, and eating this weekend. Just one quick clarification: I’m not being paid or sponsored to write about any of these things; I truly love each one of them. I will […]

Tuna Salad with Chipotle Mayo

Tuna Salad with Chipotle Mayo

Lunch is my Everest.  It doesn’t matter how carefully I plan or how much prep I do beforehand, I always end up having a sad bagel at least once a week. It’s even worse when I decide to pack my own lunch. For some reason, […]

Bubbles! (A Prosecco Cocktail)

Bubbles! (A Prosecco Cocktail)

Last Christmas, I visited Belgium for the first time, and it was love at first bite. Boy, do Belgians know how to eat! Mussels, Belgian fries, croquettes, venison dishes ordered by mistake, steak tartare… I could go on and on. Every single meal I had […]