You will enter through the door of the restaurant that can easily be missed among the sea of eateries near Forum des Halles. You will be greeted by a textbook version of a French waiter in the entrance near the worn down bar. “Bonsoir. Vous avez réservé?” Yes, you will have wanted to have called ahead and reserved a table, “Oui, monsieur.” You will be seated in the old-timey, red checker tablecloth-ed dining room, quite likely at a table where someone else is already sitting. You will squeeze your hips past the other diners to take your seats and politely nod to . . .
Hello, world! Boy does it feel good to be back after a long vacation. Rene and I spent the past three weeks traveling in Europe – first visiting his family in Poland, then frolicking around Paris and Marseille. Did you know that Polish people celebrate Christmas for a whopping three days? Yeah, me neither… Each day is dedicated to a huge meal with courses upon courses of hearty dishes (fried pierogi are a must) around a long table crowded with family. I think it’s safe to say that a few pounds were gained during this festive time. Thankfully, we were determined to . . .
Well, guys, the end is nigh... Just kidding. But the end of 2016 is really nigh, and it is time for my annual reflections on the past year. 2016 was quite the formative period for yours truly: I re-branded my site, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made, taught my first food photography class and subsequently a handful of others, did my first cooking demo (thanks to all of you who attended!), and joined forces with three other food babes to form Salt + Sage Collective. But the year wasn't all fun and games. As most of you know, this . . .
Welcome to A Few of My Favorite Things, a monthly series where I share the books, articles, home goods and girly items I’m currently digging. This month's installment is my 2016 holiday gift guide. 1. Mimi Thorisson's new book, French Country Cooking. Let's face it: we all dream of packing up our lives, moving to the French countryside to restore a chateau, hosting pop-up dinners at said chateau, and having like 12 kids while we're at it... or is that just me? Well, Mimi is living that exact dream as we speak. Get this book for your beloved Francophile . . .
December has officially arrived and that means we've all got holiday parties, travel, this Mariah Carey song, and sugary cookies on the brain. With all the booze- and indulgent food-filled celebrations going on, this festive month makes it very easy to fall off our respective wellness wagons. But suddenly being down to party 24/7 is no cause for filling your body with questionable ingredients, just so you can commit to 3x/week workouts and quitting carbs as your new year's resolution come January... Enter: this healthy-ish treat from Danny Seo's Naturally, . . .
Holiday party appetizers don't have to be complicated. These oven-baked sweet potato wedges with a Buffalo-style blue cheese dip are sure to be a crowd-pleaser - and they're pretty healthy, too. Through extensive empirical research in my adult life (aka: talking with friends), I've arrived at the conclusion that while most people would love to host holiday parties at home, many are intimidated by the idea of cooking for others. But what people don't realize is that a get-together doesn't have to be a vision of Pier 1 perfection, and it definitely doesn't have to . . .
Welcome to A Few of My Favorite Things, a monthly series where I share the books, articles, home goods and girly items I’m currently digging. 1. This video of Mandy Lee, creator of Lady and Pups, making ramen at home in Hong Kong. I've been quietly admiring Mandy's work for years but have never actually seen her. This beautiful video from Kitchen Aid's #minimoments campaign did a great job of revealing the woman behind the blog. 2. Mega Greens Galaxy Pack mask by Glossier. For someone with forever-temperamental skin, this mask from Into the Gloss's signature . . .