U is for: USA USA Boozy Popsicles

Never before has a post been more appropriate than it is this weekend.Not only will we be celebrating our nation's independence with BBQ's and fireworks on Saturday... but Sunday we will be cheering on the U.S. women as they try to capture their first World Cup title since 1999.In other words, a lot of red, white and blue.Enter these slightly boozy, super fun and extra delicious popsicles. Perfect for cooling down on a warm summer day and celebrating good ol' 'Merica.Also.. ....more

T is for: Tuna Tartare Tacos with Mango & Avocado

My friend Stephanie celebrated her 30th birthday last weekend and kicked off the day of festivities with a BBQ at her place.I asked what I could bring, and she put me in charge of bringing an appetizer of some sort.That left my options pretty wide open, so I decided to make something that I could also share on the blog.I've been wanting to do some sort of tuna tartare for awhile, and I felt like this was a perfect opportunity. It's a nice appetizer for a hot day because it's served cold and is very light to contrast with the heavier BBQ fare.Plus... who doesn't love mini tacos of any sort?!?Continue Reading» ...more

T is for: Tequila Sunrise Jello Shots

Last weekend, my friends Ashley and Matt decided to host the inaugural Backyard Olympics at their house. (AKA drinking and playing lawn games in the sun). I asked what I could bring, and they both responded with the same answer:"Jello Shots."Well duh.It was about 85 degrees that day, so I wanted to make something fun, summery and refreshing ....more

S is for: South Africa, Part III: Safari at Notten's Bush Camp

As I mentioned in Part I of this post, going on safari was at the top of my South Africa bucket list (and my bucket list in general), just as diving with Great White Sharks was at the top of Dana's.As a kid, I was always obsessed with the "big cats," and you will find many of them in South Africa, such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. Naturally, seeing those were a priority for me during our 2-day safari.Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa, and one of the largest in all of the entire continent. While there are camps you can stay at within the park, my research led me to Sabi Sands, which is a private game reserve just outside of Kruger ....more

S is for: South Africa, Part II: Cape Town Food & Wine

Stellenbosch Wine Tasting Since the idea for our South Africa trip was hatched over a glass (ok, bottle) of wine, it's only fitting that we drank plenty of it during our 8-day stay.Just outside of Cape Town, you'll find the Cape Winelands, which is the largest producing wine region in South Africa. It is divided into six individual sub-regions, of which we visited half. (Did I mention we like wine?)Cape Town is also home to some really fantastic and eclectic food ....more

S is for: South Africa, Part I: Adventures in Cape Town & Beyond

View from our Air BnB terrace My friend Dana and I have only known each other for about a year and a half, but right away it was clear we were meant to be lifelong friends. Early on, we discovered that we both share a passion for good food, wine, traveling the world and the occasional late-night Taco Bell run. It was a friendship match made in heaven.So as we were sitting on her couch in December (drinking wine, obvi), I asked what her travel plans were for 2015 ....more

R is for: Ramp Pesto

OK... I'm SO freaking excited about this post. For a number of reasons.1.) This pesto is bomb ....more

Q is for: Quinoa Mexican Pilaf

I knew I was going to make quinoa for the blog this week.Being that there's not a ton of options when it comes to "Q" foods, I've featured it quite a bit. My quinoa & ground turkey zucchini boats are one of my all-time most popular posts, and the kale and quinoa gratin is one of my faves. I've used it in a salad, I've stuffed it into an acorn squash ....more

P is for: Piña Colada Jelly Shots

So I actually hesitated posting these.Not because they aren't blog worthy or delicious. (Trust me, they are both).But I recently purchased a fancy new camera for blogging and traveling and now I look back at my old photos and they just don't look as good. (I made these a few weeks ago before the camera purchase).Go ahead and file this under: #foodbloggerproblemsBut I digress.These shots use real pineapple juice and real...more

P is for: Pecking, Grazing and Rooting {Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant Review}

I'm fortunate to say that I've eaten some pretty spectacular meals in my life. Among some of my favorites that come to mind are: my two amazing trips to Gary Danko...more