Backyard Transformation

If I had my druthers and allergies didn’t exist, I would basically live in my garden. When I bought my new house last July, there was really just a courtyard with a patio and two trees in the backyard. There was a large shed taking up prime real estate and not nearly enough patio space…

Game of Thrones Travel Destinations

“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones My readers know that I only ever cover my personal travels but this was simply too great not to share. Online travel company CheapOair is offering travel packages so that Game of Thrones fans can have an authentic “Westeros and Essos” experience. Fans…

Cookies ‘n’ Cream Cake

It might surprise some of my loyal readers that I love cookies ‘n’ cream, since I hardly promote processed cookies. What can I say? I’m a sucker for cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream! I decided to turn my love of cookies ‘n’ cream into a cake. Here’s what I came up with: This is a…

Nevis Travel Guide

Nevis is a tranquil island in the eastern Caribbean where wild donkeys roam and monkeys hop from palm tree to palm tree. The sister island of the larger St. Kitts, no cruise ships stop at Nevis, keeping its old-world Caribbean vibe very much in tact. Rich with history and fantastic cuisine, Nevis is a safe…

The Oldest Rum Punch Recipe in the Caribbean

There’s something very special about the West Indies island of Nevis that not nearly enough people are talking about it: it’s home to the oldest rum punch recipe in the Caribbean. Hermitage Nevis claims that its 300 year-old recipe for rum punch is in fact the first of its kind. The plantation resort dates back…

Diner en Blanc Cake

Looking for a snow-white cake to take to Le Diner en Blanc? You’ve come to the right place! This is a delicious white cake worthy of any gathering but is particularly appropriate for the glamorous pop-up picnic around the globe best known for the fact that its guests wear head-to-toe white ensembles. Attendees take their…

Cocktails with Kyle

Kyle Hilla is a critically acclaimed liquid architect here in Dallas. If you follow the drink scene, I’m sure you’ve heard of him. Considered one of the best bartenders in Dallas, he now manages the bar at Smoke Dallas, Smoke Plano, Bar Belmont, and The Theodore. He also happens to the husband of one of…

Seeing Nevis with Funky Monkey Tours

The West Indies island of Nevis has rich history and plenty of great sites to see on its thirty-six square miles but I don’t recommend doing it alone. The roads are tiny and poorly marked. The best way to see the historical sites is with a tour guide. Here’s an in-depth look at my afternoon…

The Gin Trap Nevis

The sunset over St. Kitts from The Gin Trap‘s Nevis patio has to be one of the best I’ve ever seen. It’s a positively epic happy hour. The turquoise couches, chic rustic tables, and twinkling lanterns set the stage for a magical evening. If you’re lucky like I was, you may happen to be at…

Stracciatella Ice Cream

I’ve hardly published any ice cream recipes here on The Rose Table, which is pretty shocking since almost anyone who frequents my house eats homemade ice cream all the time. I’ll tell you why: I always have the ingredients on hand and I keep my ice cream maker bowl in the freezer so it’s literally…

Chilled Cucumber Soup

I could not love this recipe any more. I spent years whipping up variations of chilled cucumber soup and this is hand’s down my favorite. Creamy and flavorful with crispy cherrywood smoked bacon, this is really everything I want in a summer dinner! This is an especially great recipe for summer entertaining because you make…

Indigo at Montpelier Plantation

Let’s talk about the cutest island pool bar: Indigo at Montpelier Plantation and Beach on Nevis. First of all, the pool at Montpelier is stunning and photos really don’t do its size justice. I did laps one morning and kept looking up in disbelief to see how far away the edge was! It’s nestled neatly…