Lamb Meatballs

My regular readers know that Greek food is my absolute favorite. I’ve been making these lamb meatballs since I was a teenager. I can’t believe I’ve never posted this recipe before! I serve lamb meatballs all sorts of ways: with tapas, in gyros, on pasta, and in salads. The key here is fresh mint, fresh…

Dinner Noir

Do you ever just have a dinner party concept strike you like lightning? That very phenomenon happened to me recently while I was typing away at work. The entire menu just sort of came to me all at once.Β I love this because it just so happens to be a classy Halloween fete. Here’s how I…

Tarte Noir

This dessert is dark, sexy, and packed with dark chocolate flavor. So dark in fact that I almost named this Heart of Darkness Tart, but that seemed a bit dramatic (even for me). Paired with a minty blackberry sauce and fluffy whipped cream, this tart is sure to be a hit at your next get…

Simple Squid Ink Pasta

My friends were so nervous to try squid ink pasta! It sounds terrifying but trust me, squid ink really just gives pasta a brilliant black hue. It does not taste fishy at all, I promise! I love making squid ink pasta because it’s so dramatic looking but it’s especially satisfying in October when you want…

State Fair of Texas 2017

It’s your last weekend to go to the State Fair of Texas! The fair has over 100 daily shows, live music, a Midway, an auto show, livestock, family-friendly activities, more fried food than you could ever pack into a day, and the largest ferris wheel in Texas. (It’s 212 feet, to be exact!) Want to…

Chambord Brownies

Can a dessert be sexy? If so, this is a sexy brownie. They’re rich, fudge-y, and have a deep, dark chocolate flavor. They also come together in an absolute snap since you don’t need softened butter. Not that I tried the batter, but it’s delicious too. (Yes, I’m that person. No I do not appear…

Diner en Blanc 2017

What a glamorous night! Diner en Blanc Dallas 2017 was held at one of my favorite places in all of Dallas-Fort Worth: the Dallas Arboretum. 2,500 elegantly dressed guests arrived just before sunset to set up their tables, chairs, floral arrangements, and decorations for the most elegant picnic Dallas has to offer. Guests even got…

Saint Croix Travel Guide

There are so many reasons to love Saint Croix. The locals are passionately in love with the island and it’s easy to see why people visit and never want to leave. Saint Croix is one of the three United States Virgin Islands, making it an easy travel destination for those of us who live in…

Caribbean Sea Adventures Private Charter

Caribbean Sea Adventures has a plethora of boating options and ways to enjoy Buck Island including sunset sails, full day sailing trips, and power boat excursions starting at $75. My friend Sarah and I got to experience a half-day private charter aboard the Smooth Recovery with Captain Dave, the owner’s father, and first mate Key…

Brew STX

Brew STX is located on the Christiansted boardwalk on the Caribbean island of Saint Croix. Brew STX brews its own beer on site and is the only brewery on the island. It’s an open-air restaurant right on the water that focuses on elevated bar food. Brew STX uses a lot of local ingredients from the…

Hotel Review: The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer Hotel on Saint Croix is the Caribbean’s oldest running resort. Founded in the 17th century with some of the original buildings still in tact, The Buccaneer has plenty of modern amenities across its 340 manicured acres. A popular destination for weddings, golfers, and families, I had the most incredible girls trip at The…

Chambord Chocolate Cake

What, pray tell, is more perfect than a slice of dark chocolate cake? I can’t think of a thing! I always bake with dark cocoa powder so my cakes are wicked chocolatey. I swapped out vanilla forΒ Chambord liqueur, an infusion of premium raspberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black currant, Madagascar vanilla, and cognac. It somehow makes…