How to Support Black-Owned Food Businesses

It’s no secret in the United States that small businesses are struggling to stay open during the pandemic, and so where we spend our money matters more than ever. At the same time, we’ve also seen a growing social movement to end the systemic racism and police brutality experienced by Black people in this country….

Tereré: Not Just a Beverage, a Philosophy

There’s nothing more Paraguayan than tereré, where drinking this ice-cold caffeinated beverage is a daily ritual. It involves dried leaves from the yerba mate plant, packaged in 1/2 kilo quantities (or more), poured into a cup called a guampa, infused with ice-cold water, and drunk through a filtered straw called a bombilla. The result is…

What NYC Is Like Under COVID-19

I’ve been distracted this week and it’s affecting my ability to focus the energy I usually have on this blog. It seems silly at best and reckless at worst to post a travel guide in the midst of this global pandemic. And as for recipes, my creative voice is quiet these days. My mind is…

How to Make a DIY Test Tube Spice Rack

As an avid home cook I have A LOT of spices. And as a Manhattanite, I don’t have a lot of counter or cabinet space to spare or fill with innumerable spice containers. When I moved into my most recent apartment, I immediately began looking into spice rack solution and was disappointed with my options…

Celebrating One Year!

One year ago today, I nervously launched this blog with my post on Decadent Cookies & Cream Truffles. It was something I had been thinking about for years but never done. It was scary to take that leap – was I really going to share recipes and travel tips with the internet? What did I…

Recipe Fails

Have you ever failed hard at a recipe? I have. In fact, the truth about cooking (life?) is that we all fail sometimes. You start out with a great recipe idea. Totally confident, you dive in headfirst, only to make something that’s…well, pretty horrible. I believe in celebrating failure. It is only through failure that…

Quick Announcement

Happy Easter folks! I hope that you were able to enjoy the nice weather we had in the northeast and celebrate with family and friends. We had Easter potluck brunch including ham, party pizza (which is apparently a super Rhode Island thing), blueberry pancake cake, Greek pasta salad, and mushroom/onion/tomato/spinach quiche (not quite as good…

6 Ways to Eat Great in NYC

One of my absolute favorite things about New York is that you can eat food from around the world without ever leaving the five boroughs. Not just the typical Italian, Mexican, and Thai, but Burmese, Uzbek, Paraguayan and everything in between. In fact, there are entire blogs devoted to eating around the world from right…

Celebrating Syrian Food with Refugees

I was invited to a dinner this week cooked by Mayada Anjari, a Syrian refugee who since coming to the US has leveraged her cooking skills into business and recently released her own cookbook. As part of the event, we were treated to an interview with Mayada, a delicious Syrian meal, and a signed copy…

New Tag: Planetary Health Diet

I’m creating a new dietary tag for food on my blog: the planetary health diet. If you follow the world of food security, health, nutrition, and sustainability, you might have heard about the planetary health diet. This diet was outlined in a Lancet article in January 2019, the result of a collaboration of 37 scientists…