Italian Wine for your Valentine

La Dolce Vita: Italian Wine for your Valentine

This post was sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Valentine’s Day is here, do you have plans yet? If you don’t, then I have a fabulously romantic and delicious way to celebrate love with a date-night-in… Do as the Italians and celebrate “La Dolce Vita.” That’s right, take your valentine on a tour of Italy through their most famous wines, and learn a bit about the land while you’re at it. Here are my steps to putting together a romantic “La …

Panama City Beach

5 Things Visitors Must Do at Panama City Beach

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach. All opinions are 100% mine. As many of you know, I am a Houstonian. I had only been living in the city for a year when Hurricane Harvey hit. Now, I’ve lived through the Northridge Earthquake, tornados in Ohio, and Hurricane Sandy in New York, but nothing compared to the devastation I saw during Harvey. Nothing also compared to the loving community that rose to support one another as well. My friends in Florida experienced the same devastation just last year during Hurricane Michael. But …

Hawaii's Hottest Export - Kō Hana Agricole Rum

Hawaii’s Hottest Export? Kō Hana Agricole Rum!

As if Hawaii wasn’t dreamy enough, they’ve decided to outdo themselves with a farm to bottle rum, Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Initially conceived as a zero-waste facility and pet project for owner, Robert Dawson , Manulele Distillers has morphed into much more. From harvesting rare sugarcane to redefining rum distillation, the result is a liquor that celebrates both earth and heritage in its purest form. I recently visited the tropical distillery and was pleasantly surprised. Located in the old Del Monte post office and company market, the distillery is deceivingly simple from the outside. But through its doors, a trendy …

Quick Restaurant Review - Tribute at the Houstonian

Quick Restaurant Review: Tribute at the Houstonian

Amazing new restaurant alert! If you find yourself in the Houston area, there is a fabulous new restaurant you have to check out. The Tribute at the Houstonian offers up a gorgeously rustic fine cuisine experience inspired by Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. I got a sneak peek of their menu and wine pairings earlier this week before their grand opening on October 26th and it was absolutely heavenly. My personal favorites were the wood Fried Gulf Oysters with Chorizo Butter and Churros with vlarhona dulce ice cream & spiced hot chocolate. While you’re at it, don’t pass up on a …

Top Foodie Experience on Oahu, Disney's Aulani Resort

Top 3 Foodie Experiences on Oahu

Even on vacation, I can’t help but work a little. Like most people, it’s just hard to switch off completely. Luckily for me, my work is food. So when I recently went on a long-overdue family vacation to Oahu, Hawaii, I decided to eat my way through the less publicized foodie experiences and report back. I know, my life is very difficult. The island is filled with amazing dining options with fresh ingredients, so it was hard to narrow down it down. So I decided to just give you my 3 top unusual and fun foodie experiences on Oahu. Let’s …

Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay

Jam Cellars: Farewell to Summer with Butter & Jam

Thank you JaM Cellars for sponsoring this post. Looking for JaM Cabernet and Butter Chardonnay near you? Check out their easy-to-use Store Locator! Just pop in your zip code and the wines will be waiting! Endings are always a bit sad. With September 22nd marking the official last day of summer, we have to say goodbye to the warm rays and salty air. This month, I just so happened to find myself in a Hawaiian paradise and decided there was no better place to give the season a proper farewell. So with a secluded beach at my disposal, paradise all …

James Beard Foundation Taste America

Food for Thought: James Beard Foundation’s Taste America to visit Austin

As I always promise, when I receive exclusive foodie news and event information, I’ll pass it along to you as soon as possible! Today’s press release is certainly one that will get your tummy rumbling. The James Beard Foundation’s cross-country culinary series is traveling to Austin. From November 15 – 17, the series will be featuring cooking demos, a one-of-a-kind benefit dinner, and ‘Smoke Session’ to kick-off the festivities. And you can actually attend! Get all the details below… AUSTIN, TX (September 5, 2018) – The James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Taste America® cross-country culinary series will visit Austin from November 15-17 for a weekend of …

Entertaining in Memphis, Home Decor

Entertaining in Memphis

Today we have a guest writer! Wahoo! Teresa Daniel is a photographer living in Tennessee and she loves to entertain. She gives us a glimpse inside her Memphis home, lays out her entertaining style, and even offers up a classic Mint Julep recipe… From mint juleps to charcuterie boards, I can’t get enough of crafting appetizers and drinks in our little kitchen and serving up the good stuff on our classic farm table.  My aesthetic for our kitchen and dining room is light and airy, with a color palette of white and seafoam green tones, while our oversized wooden table, …