How to Visit Death Valley

Last updated January 17, 2022 Welcome back world! I have been away for some time…2021 was hectic, I was balancing a lot, and my blog hobby started to feel more stressful than restorative. I was also blanking on content and feeling super uncreative so I took a break. But now things have calmed a bit…

My Oahu Hawaii Top 5

It’s happening, it’s actually happening. Slowly but surely, travel restrictions are lifting and many people are planning for their first trip in a year and a half. Where are you planning to go first? I know where I’m going: Hawaii. Because I’m getting married! And to a Hawaiian, so it only makes sense to have…

Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes

I’m a bit upset. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, but this being 2020 and all, we have to deal with COVID. The rates are the worst they’ve ever been in the United States (though gratefully New York City has remained low in terms of infections compared to the rest of the country)….

Sweet Potato & Greens Bowl

What are you grateful for? In this year of very real ups and downs, I’m grateful for so, so many things – the fact that I have a safe place to live, that I still have my job, that I have family and friends who love and support me (thanks!) And even though this year…

One-Pot Vegan Zuppa Tuscana

If you’ve ever been to the Olive Garden, you know Zuppa Toscana soup: spicy Italian sausage, kale, and potato stewed together in a hearty broth. When I was growing up, The Olive Garden was my favorite restaurant. No lie, I loved it. And my favorite part was never the main courses, but their Zuppa Toscana…

How to Support Black-Owned Food Businesses

It’s no secret in the United States that small businesses are struggling to stay open during the pandemic, and so where we spend our money matters more than ever. At the same time, we’ve also seen a growing social movement to end the systemic racism and police brutality experienced by Black people in this country….

Camping in the Forest: A Tentrr Experience

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been scraping the bottom of the bucket lately on “things to do in the age of coronavirus”. I want to be safe, first and foremost, but I also want to enjoy summer, see my loved ones, and get out of the house a bit. So when a friend…

Kir (And More About Blackcurrant)

Last year, I visited Cassis Monna & Filles, a wine cellar and gourmet foods boutique. Located on the Île d’Orleans, an agriculture island right outside of Quebec City, they make an incredible assortment of products made from blackcurrant/cassis including wines, liqueurs, jams, syrup, vinaigrette…if you can make it out of cassis, they probably sell it…

How to Take a Socially Distanced Vacation

It’s summer in the US, the weather is nice, and many of us have been cooped up at home for months to stop the spread of coronavirus. For me, that’s meant spending most of my time in a 600 square foot Manhattan apartment (with my fiancé!) with the occasional walk in Central Park or on…

Vegan Corn Chowder

When I think of foods that I grew up with, one of the first that comes to mind is chowder. I lived the first 23 years of my life in New England and summer was never complete without many bowls of New England clam chowder, despite the heat. So many days spent on the beach…