W is for: Watermelon Mint Mimosas

Anyone who knows me knows my obsession with the bubbly.I like other wines and cocktails and even the occasional beer too (I mean, I don't discriminate my alcohol), but there's something about a nice glass of champagne that just makes me happy.I don't normally order mimosas. (As my friend Laura would say: "I'll have a mimosa, but hold the OJ.) My philosophy: if it's good champagne, why ruin it with juice? And furthermore, why dilute my morning buzz with other liquids? ...more

W is for: Watermelon Skewers with Feta, Mint & Cucumber

Where has this summer gone???Seriously, I know I say this every August, but this particular summer seemed to fly by faster than most.Inevitably, my blog posts suffer in times like these. Take these little watermelon skewers for example. I made and photographed them over a week ago, and I'm just now getting around to posting.I'm choosing to hold onto these summer days as long as humanly possible because I know what comes next.. ....more

W is for: West Hartford Happy Hour

My friend Jeremy and I started this blog post in November of 2014 out of our love for West Hartford happy hours and our desire to share it with the people of central Connecticut.In reality, I'm not sure how much this appeals to the majority of my blog readers, so perhaps it was a bit selfish on our part. Not that we need an excuse to go to happy hour every week, but this certainly gave us one.The West Hartford happy hour phenomenon really is something. They truly are the cheapest and best happy hour deals I have ever come across ....more

V is for: Vegan Valencia Orange Sherbet

As a kid, trips to the Great Falls, Montana mall were synonymous with the Orange Julius stand. If you've never had one (and unless you grew up in the Midwest), the best way I can explain it is like a creamsicle blended up into a shake.It was orangey, it was creamy, it was delicious.That's what this orange sherbet reminds me of.I decided to make it vegan to go along with the alphabet theme, so I subbed coconut milk for the dairy here. I actually LOVED this substitution, as it gave it a bit of a tropical feel.You'll need about 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice, which will take about 8 oranges ....more

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