Dubai, Sharjah, and a Strange New World

I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced anything more surreal than being out of the country for the 2016 presidential election. I was invited to demo recipes from The Gourmet Kitchen at the Sharjah International Book Fair, just outside of Dubai. The organizers flew me almost halfway across the world to the Middle East, where there was a 9 hour time difference. On November 8th, I was fast asleep before the polls closed, and on the 9th, I was waking up

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Wild Blueberry Lemon Cream Tart + a Visit to Prince Edward Island

This Wild Blueberry Lemon Cream Tart is surprisingly light and delicate. Served chilled or at room temperature, it’s a perfect summer dessert. When Wyman’s of Maine invited me on a sponsored press trip to Prince Edward Island, I immediately said yes. As a native Marylander, I love shellfish, and PEI is known for having some of the best lobster, mussels and oysters. That’s the selfish reason I agreed; I won’t lie. However, I was also extremely intrigued by the actual purpose of the

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Tucson and The Travel Narrative

For as long as I can remember, traveling has brought me tremendous joy and excitement. As I get older, long flights are harder on my back and jet lag has become especially difficult, but that will never stop me from wanting to see the world.

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Cruising on The Carnival Sunshine

Travel blogging has always been a long term goal of mine, and I’ve never been sure how to get started. It was my love of traveling that led me down the path of culinary arts. When I was given the opportunity to spend 8 days at sea on the Carnival Sunshine, it felt like a dream come true. I had never taken a cruise before, but I went in with an open mind, as well as some anxiety and excitement. The anxiety: Would I

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Grilled Oysters with Chipotle-Tarragon Butter and Gremolata + My Visit to The Melrose Georgetown Hotel and Jardenea

Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Tarragon Butter and Gremolata are a fun and flavorful summer treat! I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of really fun, cool things since I began my food blog but there hasn’t been a ton of travel blogging. It’s an idea I’ve thought about on and off over the years because traveling is my other big obsession after food. If I could afford to travel more often, I definitely would. But it has been difficult since changing career

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Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter and Parsley + a First We Eat Recap

Roasted Radishes with Brown Butter and Parsley – a simple, low carb, vegetarian side dish that’s incredibly flavorful and easy to prepare! I’ve learned a lot about food photography in the past few months. I’ve attended two separate workshops on opposite sides of the country and worked with some incredibly talented people. I’ve made wonderful new friends. And I feel like I’m finally ready to do something I have procrastinated for the longest time: upgrading my camera equipment. But before getting into

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I Left My Heart in Prague

There’s only one thing I love as much as getting my hands dirty in the kitchen and that’s traveling around the world. If I won the lottery today I would probably start creating a travel itinerary before even telling my family the good news. Nothing fills me with a sense of excitement and wonder like seeing a foreign country. This year Jeff and I were able to take our first serious overseas trip in 5 years. We visited Germany and the Czech Republic, with a

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Day of DOVE Chocolate Factory Tour

Are you tired of reading about my recent travels? This is the last travel post for awhile, I promise. But I really want to tell you all about my visit to Mars Chocolate in Elizabethtown, PA for a Day of DOVE® tour! This trip was at the beginning of June but it took a bit longer than expected to get our photos. And here’s some exciting news; I recently signed on to be a summer Brand Ambassador for DOVE® Chocolates

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California Strawberries Farm and Culinary Tour

I’ve worked with California Strawberries in the past and I’m a big fan of theirs. So I was honored when they asked me to be a brand ambassador this year. What exactly does that mean? Well, for the blog it mostly means I’ll be creating more strawberry recipes as well as sharing their contests periodically (keep an eye out later this week for a fun one!). It also means that I get to do really cool things like traveling to

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Bon Appetit, The Daily Meal and Food52 Test Kitchen Tour

You may have noticed it’s been quiet around here for the past week. I have been one busy bee. I just got back from Camp Blogaway and tomorrow I’m headed to Eat Write Retreat followed immediately by a trip to California to work with CA Strawberries. It’s a very hectic time and I love it. I am one lucky girl to be traveling to all of these cool events. Before I head back out of town, I’m eager to tell

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