Arthur Avenue Stroll

Artisan, New York, Travel

I know that it’s important to post frequently when you have a blog, but I just can’t make myself sit down and write about something when I’ve got nothing. My dear husband and I have been participating in another 8 week I Quit Sugar program so our meals are very prescribed and frankly, not worth…

Fancy Food – Duck Breasts with Blood Orange & Star Anise

Entertaining, Holiday Food, Recipe

It’s been a while since I’ve had regular dinner party clients. While I’ve had lots of regular mid-week family dinners to prepare, it wasn’t until a recent stretch of menu planning and preparation for some swanky dos, that I realised how much I miss preparing that sort of fancy food.  All of those ideas gathered…

Summer’s End – Tomato Season

Healthy Eats, Markets, Recipe, Vegetarian

While I’ve now gone on about le rentree and the seasons changing and all that good stuff, the produce at the markets belies the cooler days, and the tables full of glorious fruit and vegetables, the best of the year in my opinion, are stacked high with end-of-summer delicacies.  So before le rentree (Fall to you…

Paesano’s Philly Style

Restaurants, Travel

As Paesano’s Philly Style has been featured on both Throwdown with Bobby Flay and The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, I’m not breaking any new ground with my brief shout out to this delightful, grubby, authentic hoagie shop in Philadelphia. Through the very dark and wet winter months and into the spring, my dear husband and I gorged ourselves on the…

Veggies’ Starring Role

New York, Recipe, Restaurants, Travel, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

I’ve been traveling back and forth between New York and Washington DC for five weeks now, eating well, cooking lots and getting inspiration at every turn. From my walks around old haunts like the Union Square Farmers’ Market and visits to classics like  Murray’s Cheese to newer adventures at Union Market in DC, all topped…

New York, A Love Story

Cheaper Eats, Markets, New York, Restaurants, Shops, Travel

When we touched down at JFK my eyes misted up with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia.  A bright blue sky framed the skyscrapers on the horizon, the smell of pizza permeated the baggage claim area (really!), and the Lebanese cab driver who immediately (and proudly) informed us that he’d beaten up his last passenger.  More…