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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 …

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The Anatomy of a Pastry

I normally balk and roll my eyes when people celebrate made-up holidays. But when I heard that World Baking Day was coming up on May 17th, I thought that holiday festivities would certainly be appropriate. Celebrating the most delicious, flaky, buttery concoction to have ever been dreamt up? Sounds like a legitimate holiday to me. And who better than a world-renowned pastry chef to help us kick off the celebration, right?! The amazing confections at Jean Philippe Patisserie at ARIA are simply stunning. Layered with the finest ingredients, Jean Phillippe’s sweet inventions are a sight to see. Lucky for you, the …

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Austin Bites!

If you’re not a native Texan, then there are only a few things you know about the gigantic state. BBQ, Boots, Davy Crockett, and Austin. I had heard tales of the Austin food scene and the magnificence in which it feeds all visitors. So, when I had the opportunity to visit the trendy city, I figured it was my chance to eat my way through all the hype. And yes, I do lead a hard life. With only a day and a grumbling stomach, I went on an all-out food quest and I have one thing to report: I was …

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10 Reasons To Go Indie For Your Whisky

Whether you consider yourself new to the whisky world or you are looking to cement your peaty love by establishing a scotch cult, you’re going to love today’s guest writer. The Whisky Foundation’s head caskologist, George Koutsakis, has put together an exclusive list of why you should go Indie for your whisky. So without further ado, I’ll let George take over… Having long been the beverage of old gentlemen in suits, sipping from cut crystal glasses in a fusty bar in the Scottish Highlands, the whisky industry is undergoing a revolution. Stylish cocktail and whisky bars are opening in major …

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Gettysburg – Food, Drinks, & History

Although I am not one to divest too much personal information on this site, today’s post does require a bit of backstory. So, here I go.  I am married to a (quite handsome) physician-scientist and his career comes with a lot of relocating and traveling. One might say, I am the medical version of an army brat. I have lived on both coasts, the Midwest, and now I am currently residing in the South. Although some might think this constant relocating can be hectic (which it certainly can), it does give me the opportunity to experience new and exciting places. …

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Patrón Tequila Margarita of the Year – Part 1

There are some contests that just seem like a waste of time and resources, like professional hotdog eating. Seriously, why would you dunk a perfectly good hotdog in a bucket of water and try to eat as many as you can in as little time as possible?! Useless. Then there are the contests that actually accomplish something spectacular… like Patrón Tequila’s annual Margarita of the Year contest. Pitting some of the world’s best mixologists against each other to create the best tasting margarita recipe?! Whoever came up with this idea is clearly a genius. Last year I personally introduced you …

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Try the World: Thailand

Do you have a wandering soul but a poor-person’s budget? An adventurous personality with a wallet full of moths? A nagging urge to explore and yet no money to do so? Fear not, my economically crippled wanderluster! You don’t need to hop on a plane to experience all that the world has to offer. Thanks to Try the World, you can travel to exotic places from the comfort (and relatively cheapness) of your own home. And since I receive requests to review the foodie subscription boxes out there, I thought I’d start with this one. So I sent my tastebuds …

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The Cocktails of Turtle Inn

  Is it just me or are you also willing to travel for a good cocktail? Now, I am not talking leaving your cozy suburb and make the 30 minute trek into downtown to a trendy bar. I am talking hop on a plane, don your most tropical bathing suit, and get your drink on by the beach… sort-of-travel. If you think this sounds completely insane, then let me direct you to your local Yelp directory here. Still reading? Alright, you are clearly my sort of person. Now that all the non-adventurers have moved on, let’s get down to the …