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Perfectly imperfect? That’s what we all are. Yet, knowing this, striving for perfection continues to happen. Year after year I tell myself, usually on my birthday, “This will be the year I….” and list off a multitude of things I would like to be better at. Kind of like a new years resolution. I promise to complain less, volunteer more, get to the dishes promptly etc. I am hard on myself and am constantly trying to improve. Now, this is not at all a bad thing. Striving to be your best self is great. Often times, I do accomplish the…

blackbeanburger

Bob’s Burgers is genuinely one of my favorite shows on television right now. It’s got everything a good show needs- humor, wit, drama, love, puns and good food. Not being one for cartoon shows, I’m not even sure how I got into watching this but I am so grateful I did. The characters are endearing and Linda, the matriarch of the Belcher clan, loves wine as much as I do so I feel we are kindred spirits. The part I look forward to each episode is the ‘Bob’s Burger of the Day’ written on the chalkboard to amuse and delight.…

racksonracks

Red, White and Rosé, my three favorite colors. I have and (probably) always will prefer white wine to red. Even in winter, I will always opt for a Sancerre over a Rioja. I tried to fall in love with red wine while living in Spain as 90% of the time that’s what my friends preferred. And these were not just any bottles of red – these were the best Spain had to offer. These were vintages and were meant to be savored and enjoyed with the right food pairings – these were the creme de la creme but still, I…

shrimpericripert

New Year’s Eve feels electric, buzzy, exciting – a new year, a new slate, a new dish. My own tradition is not surprising given my love of all things decadent and food-related. I simply must eat a delicious meal on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The last day of the year and the first day of the new must be met with a tasty bite. Going out to dinner is usually preferred; less hassle, no mess to clean up but this year I threw out the idea of overpriced prie-fixed menus and opted to create my own Michelin…

lasvegasparis

The City of Lights, er well, the other City of Lights : Las Vegas. It’s Sin City for some, a city of endless food possibilities for others – others like myself.  Being there for work recently ( for six days -ermergherd) was exhausting and exhilarating at once. Long days followed by semi-long nights of exploring the strip and all the wonderful food it had to offer. From day to night I’ve got your guide to the TOP foodie spots next time you find yourself in the desert. In & Out Burger  For those of you with access to one of…

These fish tacos are that delicious. I even surprised myself with the fresh, citrusy, slightly spicy flavor. I am a connoisseur of fish tacos – from California to the coast of Barcelona where seafood reigns supreme to the best places in the Midwest – and these rivaled all of them. Taco Tuesday is big for me. I crave it when lunch time hits and if I’m not going out for a Margarita fix, I’ll be home making shredded chicken nachos, quesadillas or these Baja Tacos.  For me, Mexican cuisine is a gathering and I always want friends around to share…

sweetpotatofries

Another Sunday evening dinner in the books. Because of a very busy week – Lady Gaga, seeing Waitress the musical as well as a very busy work week – Sunday became a great excuse to make three dishes. Oven Baked “Fried” Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and delicious apple pie was on the menu – an ode to the holiday ahead without the heavy stuffing and potatoes.  Since I don’t eat a lot of meat I haven’t made fried chicken before. This recipe is easy and uncomplicated which is just what I want on a Sunday evening.

There are rare times when you meet someone new and you just *click* and you are a little bit angry because you hadn’t met them sooner. Nate is that friend for me. We met through our mutual friend Marco, who is also truly wonderful, and hit it off right away. With our shared love of food and wine and the finer things we had a lot to talk about and that led to us planning our Sunday evening Italian dinner. As I’ve written on the blog many times, I love dinner with friends. Good wine and conversation over candlelight is…

PotatoesGateu

Situation: Friends are coming over for an impromptu brunch, you have an hour to make breakfast, tidy up and make yourself look presentable. What do you? If you’re anything like me you’re more than prepared, don’t sweat at all and make it all look effortless – ha! I’m completely joking. The reality of the situation is that I ran around in circles for ten minutes looking through all my cabinets, running menus through my head, deciding on Eggs Benedict than shaking my head for being a fool, pouring myself a mimosa for liquid courage and ultimately deciding in the classic…

Some nights you just want easy. Easy isn’t what this project is about, but easy is what happens when you’ve had a hell of a day and just need to whip something up quick without a lot of fuss. I guess, that is part of the end goal of the project – to be able to whip things up. Brown butter sage sauce is one of my favorites because it’s delicious and impresses with minimal effort. On low heat you melt butter in a  pan, swirling it around so it does not burn but instead slowly transforms into a golden…