Refuge Spa in Carmel

Once upon a time, eighteen year-old me traveled to Germany and was blown away by the outdoor spa that had a lazy river, eucalyptus caves, steam caves, waterfalls, and other incredibly relaxing activities. I was told it was a normal spa for European standards but I’d never seen anything like it before or since, until…

Beverley’s Bistro and Bar in Dallas

It’s a dark and stormy morning and I’m just dying to tell you about dinner last night. My mom and I tried a new spot in Dallas before watching Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer orchestra perform and we were so charmed and blown away that I decided to write about it for you. We…

Hofsas House Hotel

This weekend I vacationed in picturesque Carmel, California, a forested European village by the sea. I visited when I was a little girl and have long wanted to return as an adult. The Monterey peninsula just so happens to be my dad’s favorite place on the planet! I’ll tell you more about Carmel later but…

Flaherty’s Seafood

Come for the oysters, stay for the bread pudding I was blown away by Flaherty’s Seafood. My friend Eric and I dined at Flaherty’s one balmy Friday night on a weekend trip to Carmel, California. It’s well situated right in the middle of the action in the charming seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and within walking…

The Rose Table Turns Five

Today is The Rose Table’s fifth anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s been five whole years since I first launched The Rose Table. Thank you all for reading and watching and being part of my kitchen! The highlight of my day is talking to all of you. It’s going to be a great next year!…

Dark Chocolate Maple Truffles

These are not just the best truffles I’ve ever made. These are the best truffles I’ve ever had. They’re smooth and creamy and have incredible maple flavor. These would make lovely gifts and would be gorgeous on a holiday cookie plate! I decorated them with edible gold to give them a beautiful sparkle. They’re absolutely amazing…

Cherr-ity Bourbon Punch

A delicious cherry orange bourbon punch Looking for a punch you can serve again and again? This punch is a crowd pleaser! I made this for happy hour at my parents’ lake house with my girlfriends and everyone loved it. This is super simple to make. No tricks here: just pour everything in a large pitcher or…

The Rose Table’s Favorite Salad

Let’s get one thing clear: I will never be too fancy for this salad. This is my favorite salad of all time. My California mama cooked our family a delicious, healthy, fresh dinner every night of my life. Fast food was very rare at the Watson house, as was fried food, but she made the…

Star Wars Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

Movie lovers, you have not lived until you’ve heard a John Williams score played by Dallas Symphony Orchestra live during a movie screening. Tonight I had the pleasure of attending Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, one of DSO’s Movies in Concert. Tonight also just so happens to be the kickoff of the 2019-2020…

Watermelon Feta Checkerboard Salad

A whimsical summertime salad This is a great way to impress you guests! There’s just something about watermelon, mint, and feta cheese. I grow English mint in my garden and just swoon over this flavor combination. As for the balsamic reduction, you can either reduce balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat or buy a…

Peanut Butter Cup No-Bake Cheesecake

Peanut butter lovers, this one’s for you! Chocolate and peanut butter: a match made in dessert heaven. I’ve been on a no-bake cheesecake kick lately since it’s 100 degrees outside and I love dessert but don’t love heating up my kitchen in the summertime. So I made a peanut butter no-bake cheesecake with an Oreo…

Bacon Cantaloupe Soup

Here me out… This is for all the chilled soup lovers out there! I live on chilled soups in August. After all, I live in Texas! It’s 100 degrees outside and I refuse to turn on my oven when it’s that hot. My favorite chilled soups are Chilled Cucumber Soup, Chilled Cantaloupe Soup, and Gazpacho….