Dublin Whiskey Distillery, Irish Spirit, Whiskey

Irish Spirit Takes ‘Dublin’s Own’ DWD Whiskey Back to the USA

At the ripe young age of 20, I traveled with a group of friends to Dublin. I was studying abroad at Cambridge University and a weekend trip to Ireland was no big deal. I went on a whim and with little idea of what I would find. What I found was unexpected… humor. Dubliners are quite a humorous group of people and their jovial attitudes are infectious. I was a bit taken aback by this constant stream of humor given that the city fully embraces and commemorates their violent history of internal strife, oppression, and economic struggle. At first I …

garden grove, austin, travel

Pure Imagination at Garden Grove Austin

One of the consistent topics that my social media following brings up is ‘weddings’. You wouldn’t think that a food blogger should have any expertise in weddings, but I constantly find myself fielding questions and offering advice to my readership. At first I was surprised and then I came to a realization: food and drinks are one of the biggest decisions couples make when planning their weddings. Which leads me to the main issue that arises when coordinating the edible portion of the festivities: location vs. food. Most wedding venues come with a built-in menu and drink selection. Which, let’s …

macon, georgia, travel, brewpub

The Craft Beer & Brewpubs of Macon, Georgia 

Macon, Georgia. Home to the ancient Ocmulgee National Monument, Wesleyan University, and the Allman Brothers. It is a Southern haven for soul food, cherry blossoms, and Native American history. It also is emerging as a hub for craft beer, making the city a go-to travel destination when combined with such a rich culture. I’ll leave the historic sight-seeing tips to the experts… instead, here are my Top 4 craft beer and brewpubs that are must-visits in Macon, Georgia. With the sticky heat subsiding, Fall is the best time to plan a trip to the South. There is personally nothing more …

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Lollis & Pops: Candy Heaven for the Nostalgic Soul

Like many children of the late ’70s, early ’80s (yes, I’m that old), growing up I had only one life-goal that needed to be accomplished. I was going to find a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I was positive that this was better than winning the lottery. My 7-year-old mind came up with all kinds of wild schemes to procure one of these life-altering scraps of paper. From eating my way through thousands of pounds of chocolate to bribing unwitting playmates to do my ticket-search bidding, I (quite, literally) drew up blueprints. But as every year passed without …

BrewDogs Brewery, Travel, Beer Hotel

Beer Hotel: BrewDog Brewery’s Doghouse

In my early to mid-twenties, I moved away from my cozy home in Los Angeles to pursue higher education in Ohio. Columbus, Ohio to be exact. I knew absolutely nothing about the town I was moving to. All I knew was that it had a stellar school (OSU, baby!) and I was blessed with the opportunity to improve my education. That was it. I didn’t know that Columbus is one of the trendiest cities I would ever live in… and keep in mind, I grew up in Los Angeles and later lived in New York City for almost a decade. …

Winemakers Week, Coppola Winery, Wine, Travel

Winemakers Week in Belize

Looking to plan a winter holiday to escape the frigid temperatures of the season? Then I have a suggestion: Drink wine in Belize. I know, brilliant idea, right?! The Family Coppola Hideaways is inviting guests to join them for a one-of-a-kind Winemaker Week from November 29 to December 6. This extravagantly curated wine tasting adventure will take place at both the Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn in Belize. Hosted by a winemaker from the award-winning Francis Ford Coppola Winery, this trip is perfect for those seeking relaxation, intrigue, and good wine.  I personally cannot think of anything more sexy than romping around Belize and learning about …

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Patrón’s Platinum Margarita

We have been on a cocktail and wine streak lately, so why mess up a good thing?! Let’s continue our good fortune of fantastic drinks with a ridiculously decadent recipe from Patrón.  My lovely friends at the company have sent me today’s physics-bending cocktail and I simply couldn’t wait to share it with you all. Personally, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Created in NYC by the head mixologist, Rael Petit, at Delilah, this beauty comes with a whooping $100 price tag. Yeah, you heard me right… 100 buckaroos, my friends.  At this point, it’s natural to wonder who …

Paris Can Wait, diane lane, alec baldwin, Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Paris Can Wait

If I were to write an autobiography, it would look more like an eccentric menu, than an actual novel: We start with a childhood of hummus with a side of fresh pita bread. The teenage years were served with an unhealthy dose of burgers and fries. The twenties saw a veritable mix of overly-sweetened cocktails and spicy tapas. And now my thirties are filled with new American fine dining, organic spices, and red wine. Food is the narrator of my life. So that is why the new film, Paris Can Wait, completely resonated with me. Written and directed by the matriarch …