Perfect Softies! (Plus Tips for Mommies)

You may have noticed that I love eggs. I think many many people love eggs too. But not everyone knows how to make eggs that are just perfect. I’ve practiced a lot over the years and I want to share how to make the perfect versions of my favorite ways to eat eggs. In our…

For Billionaires and Babes, the Perfect Pasta Sauce

My most current experience as a private chef was working for one of the wealthiest men in the world, Ron Perelman. He owns Revlon. I no longer buy Revlon products. Thatโ€™s not the point of my story though. I barely ate pasta until I started cooking for the Perelman family. Pasta has never been a…

Perfect Sunnies

What food is more representative of breakfast than an egg? There are so many ways to cook an egg, but one of my favorites is two eggs, sunny side up. Molly, founder of Bluebonnet Babies, has been keeping me in the loop of what kind of things are easy for her to cook, while she’s…

Lemon, Potato and Olive Braised Chicken Thighs, Fuggedaboutit

The first recipe Molly and I are including in our series of The Dinner Dance is something so simple that you can just leave it in the oven and fuggedaboutit. Braised chicken thighs are really hard to mess up. It takes about 30 minutes to cook thoroughly, but another 10 or 20 minutes makes the…

The Dinner Dance

I’m 33, but soon, oh so very soon, will I be 34. My Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of photos of engagements, bridal parties and picture perfect weddings, but something else has crawled into those images. Cute babies. My feed now is sharing those “first” moments with all my friends and acquaintance moms out…

Balmoral Brekky at the Boathouse

On our last day in Sydney, we woke up early to have a quick breakfast before heading to the airport. We were staying in Mosman and had planned to stop in Bondi for breakfast and a last look at Iceberg’s picture-perfect views. My friend Wayne had recommended breakfast in Balmoral several weeks ago but we…

A Bite of History (and Wonton Perfection)

Hualien has much to love about it with its small town charm, cute night market, and the main tourism draw, Toroko Gorge. But my favorite attraction was a simple, yet perfect, wonton soup. On our first night in this eastern mountainous coastal town, we found Dai Ji’s dumplings through a bit of googling. When we…

Get in Line at Shilin

After eight hours of walking around Taipei today, our feet were screaming for a sit down. We arrived at Shilin night market, ready to find a relaxing spot to grab a bite, but instead were immediately overwhelmed by the hoards of people. We shuffled in crammed streets and alleys, pausing to crane our necks over…

That’s My Jam: Avocado Ice Cream with Strawberry Jam Swirls

Can it be real? Avocado ice cream with strawberry jam swirled throughout? Does that actually taste unbelievably delicious? All fair questions you are probably asking yourself. The answer is a resounding shout-it-to-the-rooftops “WHOAYEAH” We each sampled about a half-dozen of Salt and Straw’s creative flavors. I had a hard time making a decision. Usually one…

Beautify in Bangkok

Thailand’s huge draw for me lies in the food, friends, and culture. Bangkok, in particular, is quivering in colors and sounds. From the street vendors squeezing fresh bright orange mandarin juice, to the colorful Hindu temples and Thai wats, to the whizzing motorcycle taxis, to the women who sell fragrant jasmine flower wreathes for offerings,…

Duck Dynasty: A Thirty Year Old Street Stall

Last month when I was in Bangkok with my sister Julia, I ran her all around the city, making sure she tasted all of my favorite snacks and street food finds. I was most excited about this little gem that my friend Nhoi had shown me a while back. In Thailand, I’ve eaten many an…