Chambord Manhattan

 I’ve been trying out Chambord recipes lately using my beautiful bottle of black raspberry liqueur. Chambord Liqueur is an infusion of premium raspberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black currant, Madagascar vanilla, and cognac. YUM! It’s made in a chateau in France and makes a damn fine cocktail. The Chambord Manhattan is strong and sassy and you’ll…

The Rose Table Season One

Season one of The Rose Table premiered in May and ran through July. I wanted to show my readers how to make some of my favorite summertime recipes, including rosemary grilled salmon, chilled cucumber soup, and stracciatella ice cream. We went boating, enjoyed a vineyard picnic, dined in the garden, and even traveled to the…

The Mermaid at The Buccaneer Hotel

The Mermaid is The Buccaneer Hotel’s casual beachside dining restaurant on Mermaid Beach. It’s an open air restaurant and you can opt for a table right on the beach if it strikes your fancy. The menu is a mix of Caribbean classics (conch galore!) as well as a variety of burgers, wraps, and sandwiches. The…

St. Croix Dining: Café Christine

Any place that served rose-shaped ice with starfruit in a glass of water is a place I’m going to love. Café Christine in Christiansted, Saint Croix reminds me of one of my favorite French bistros in Fort Worth that closed a few years ago. Situated inside a courtyard on the street across from the fabulous…

Lemon Blueberry Cake

This really might be one of the most special cakes I’ve ever made. Tart with freshly squeezed lemon juice and bursting with blueberries, this layer cake smells like pure heaven. You don’t have to frost this to be a “naked cake” like I did here but the frosting was gorgeous as-is and I didn’t want…

St. Croix Dining: 40 Strand Eatery

Congratulations to 40 Strand Eatery in Christiansted, Saint Croix for being one of my top ten favorite meals. Hidden on a quiet street across from the historic Hotel St. Croix, 40 Strand Eatery rivals New Orleans in old world charm. The restaurant is in a three hundred year-old building that was converted from sugar plantation…

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…