In my early twenties, I treated myself to several luxuries I didn’t fully appreciate in the midst of my looming life questions and self-imposed stresses. One of my afternoon indulgences was to visit the main Carnegie Library, buy a coffee and just lose myself to the extensive magazine collection- everything from fashion, to food, to architecture, page after page, sip… Keep Reading
It PAINS me to admit I have a Starbucks drink because it pains me to wait in line at Starbucks and listen to “half caff” and “macchiato” and “frappuccino,”- syrupy abominations I could stomach if the coffee weren’t so over roasted and unpalatable. Admittedly, I am what you call a coffee/coffeeshop snob. (Before you condemn me completely, I’m not alone in thinking their drinks are… Keep Reading
August 2014 For a city known for infusing salads and sandwiches with french fries and cole slaw, “dining out” and “healthy” are very rarely synonymous. Fortunately for Pittsburgh, the tables of greasy foods are turning, and there are plenty of healthier options. I recently added my two cents on this topic, and dorked out about whole grain rice, as part… Keep Reading
March 2014 Brunch, how do I love thee? The perfect mix of sweet and savory, the balance of mugs of uppers and bubbly downers doused in orange juice, the slow pace, the revelry, and the reviving effects of food on laziness… Brunch, I love you, and I could count the ways! Though I spend a lot of time thinking, writing,… Keep Reading
January 2014 One of the best pieces of advice a fellow blogger gave me was to take my template, make it unique and then charge full speed ahead. I spend a lot of time on this here corner of the blogosphere, so it was important for my site to reflect me as much as my wardrobe and home do. After several… Keep Reading
January 2014 Whether you’re a native or a newcomer, there’s a really useful and [most importantly to me] a very visual guide to Pittsburgh. Available in almost every nook and cranny of this steel town, the URBANIST guide facilitates pinpointing the city’s outstanding local businesses. Additionally, the forces behind the guide have been moving and shaking to put more events… Keep Reading
January 2013 WordPress gave me a birthday present, wrapped it up and tied it with a tag… What an honor to have one of my posts featured on Freshly Pressed and on my birthday nonetheless. That makes for at least two reasons to dance around the apartment like a fool! If these wholesome colors strike your fancy, check out the… Keep Reading
October 2013 I am clearly not the only bourbon-loving blogger who likes to infuse the oak flavors wherever I can… Now I have so many more bourbon ideas to try! If you want to bake my Brown Butter Strawberry Bourbon Cake, here is the recipe. Enjoy!
September 2013 I was quite proud of my little Brown Butter Strawberry Bourbon Cake when it had its 15 minutes of fame in the Huffington Post’s online Taste section. The theme was kicking baking up a notch by adding bourbon, a kick I have been known to add here and there (and there and here for that matter). After properly soaking up… Keep Reading
August 2013 I’m quite honored to see Redbook Magazine and I are on the same page. Let’s put some bourbon in our brunch…! Get your daily serving of fruit and grains—and whiskey—from this southern recipe. The peaches ‘n cream combo dribbled on top of these dense, pillow-y soft cakes makes them almost too pretty to eat.