Foodie Reservations: The Final Verdict for 2015 and What’s Ahead for 2016

Happy New Year! Hopefully everyone had a safe and exciting night, and is now well on the way to recovering now that it is Sunday and almost back to the work week, sadly. :( Now is about that time when everyone is mulling over their goals for the year. As for me? I've already put a few requisite and cliché things on my list -- those are, lose weight and get back to the gym -- as well as some not-so-cliché things -- finish up my MBA (6 credits this Spring!), learn German and/or French (Duolingo ... Continue Reading

On Pinterest: German Christmas Menu

So, this post is about a week belated... oops. I had it drafted and never posted it in time. I've been on a German food kick over the last few weeks, which I think towards the beginning of December when Steve and I went to New York to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. We ventured over to Reichenbach Hall for dinner, a place we found during one of our last trips. If you've never been there, you feel like you're stepping into an Oktoberfest celebration when you enter the restaurant. Blue ... Continue Reading

Homemade Irish Cream

I came across a recipe for Homemade Irish Cream that presented me with a perfect excuse to imbibe over the holiday weekend while simultaneously knocking off one of my my foodie resolutions while doing so. Pretty cool. ;) I guess Irish Cream is considered a cordial... or a liqueur. Serious Eats suggests that the terms are interchangeable, with cordial appearing more often on dessert-like products: liqueurs flavored with coffee, cream, chocolate, etc. I followed the recipe for the basic ingredients, ... Continue Reading

On Pinterest: Turkey Day

The quintessential holiday for eating in the U.S. is upon us, folks. Thanksgiving. This year, my immediate family and I will be celebrating on the weekend, since we all have other plans for today. That certainly doesn't stop me from discussing my menu, though, as I've only been thinking and dreaming about what I'm going to make for the past few weeks... ;) *cue melodic, daydreamy music* Appetizers-- on most holidays, it seems like everyone skips breakfast and lunch so they can eat extra of the ... Continue Reading

Casual Fall Entertaining

My aunt stopped by last weekend to drop off this gorgeous wreath that she made for our front door. The fall wreath that we bought at Michaels a few years ago -- maybe even going back to the time that I worked there in high school -- needed a refresh, so she promised my mom that she would make us a new one. I love the muted fall colors in this, which I think are subdued enough for the wreath to hang from late-summer though fall and even into the early-winter months. Not be outdone on the ... Continue Reading