Afternoon Tea Party Ideas-13719

Afternoon Tea Party Ideas

If you have read this blog before, then you know that I am a sucker for a good tea party. There’s something so appealing about the marriage of an elegant get-together with a decadent sweet indulgence. So yes, essentially I view a tea party as a sophisticated way to pig-out. Now you know the true reason I love tea parties so much… a highly civilized justification to be a glutton.  So you can imagine my squeals of joy when Lipton Tea approached me to put together an unique afternoon tea party using their Berry Hibiscus and Peach Mango teas. Without hesitation, I …

Rosa Picante named Patrón Margarita of the Year-13549

Rosa Picante named Patrón Margarita of the Year

Growing up in Los Angeles amongst family and friends of Mexican heritage, Cinco de Mayo was always one of my favorite holidays of the year. The city lit up with cultural pride, amazing food, endless dancing, and, of course, margaritas. Although it’s been years since I’ve celebrated the joyous holiday in L.A., I still make a point to raise a glass (preferably a salt-rimmed one) to the occasion wherever I am. And since I have had my share of the classic, ice-blended margarita, I’m always on the lookout for innovated takes on the traditional drink to serve as my Cinco de Mayo centerpiece. …

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches-13425

Waffle-Iron Hashbrown Sandwiches

I have a secret to admit that I am ashamed of. I am in a dinner rut. That’s right, in my family we have four dinner dishes that are constantly on repeat. Now before you get all my-cooking-is-holier-than-thou on me, don’t pretend that you’re not doing the exact same thing. I can see your downcast eyes and slightly flushed cheeks! But, hey it is an easy trap to fall into… you rush to the market without an ingredient list so you just buy the stuff you need for the three to five different meals you already have memorized. And so the …

Mionetto Prosecco Slushie-13475

Mionetto Prosecco Slushie

Most people associate prosecco with milestone celebrations like a wedding or a fancy birthday dinner. But I personally like to drink the libation during more casual settings. There’s something so relaxing about popping open a bottle of the bubbly after a long day of work and sitting on a breezy patio as I sip. In particular, one of my go-to brands is Mionetto Prosecco. It’s has a lovely light fruity flavor, whereas many of the more economical proseccos tend to be more harsh and acidic to the palette. I almost always have a chilled bottle in the fridge. Since I am very familiar …

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal-13205

Pulled Bourbon Cedar Springs Veal

In my life, there’s a constant battle brewing between eating healthy and delicious food.  Plus, add on top of that the fact that I’m a working mom with a growing small business… it’s a very slippy slope towards fast food and high-caloric TV dinners. I’m constantly vowing to cook healthier meals for my family and also challenge myself to make them just as delicious as our splurge dinners. So I was up for the challenge when Mountain States Rosen chose me to compete in their “ReVEALing Excellence” recipe contest. I was tasked to come up with a slow cooker recipe for their healthy …

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie-12929

Beet Kale Salad & Springtime Oat Smoothie

Did you know it’s National Nutrition Month? Yup, March is a time to finally get around to that pesky New Years’ Resolution that’s been haunting you since January 2nd.  I personally have been slowly working on my nutrition since last autumn, when I happily welcomed my baby girl into the world. I subscribe to the “slow-but-steady” tribe, so I’ve been making little tweaks to my daily routine – cutting down portion sizes, eating more greens, and doing “baby curls” every hour (you know, when you use your baby as a dumbbell… don’t worry, she think’s it’s hilarious!).   I was …

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear-12821

Gloria Ferrer & the Poached Pear

There are a few foodie milestones that come with growing into a proper adult – eating your first mouthful of caviar without gagging, knowing the difference between chocolate truffles and actual truffles, and learning to pair a good wine with a yummy dessert.  Well, I can’t help you with the caviar reflex (not something I’ve mastered yet, myself), but I certainly can help you with the dessert-wine pairing.   I recently teamed up with Gloria Ferrer to create a sweet spring recipe to go along with their Pinot Noir.  But before we jump to the recipe, it’s a good rule of …

Spring Fruit Galette with Bob’s Red Mill-12692

Spring Fruit Galette with Bob’s Red Mill

There is one tradition that is a must in my household come Easter and its name, my friends, is baking.  From sweet hotcakes to a rustic bundt, it’s a requirement for the holiday.  Not only is it wonderful to get spoiled with a bit of sugary decadence, it’s a wonderful bonding activity that has been passed down from generation to generation in my family.  My mom learned the art from her grandmother and made it an integral part of Easter celebrations during my childhood.  Plus I always got to lick the bowl… obviously, the best memories I have as a …