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Nibbles ‘n’ Notes Around Town [January 9, 2013]

Winterlicious (Jan 25-Feb 7, 2013) is coming and reservations start tomorrow (if you’re an Amex card holder, today’s your front-of-the-line opportunity). It’s my annual cue to dine at home more often. But if I want to get out, here are… Continue Reading →

Knocking It Out Of The Park

Last May I travelled to New York City for a wedding and took the opportunity to also visit with friends and, of course, eat my face off. One of such meals to mix friends and eating was a noon-time visit… Continue Reading →

Last Minute Gifts

My last-minute gift guide. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m doing this last-minute or because it’s the last week before Christmas. A little of both, perhaps. So, may I present to you some items seemingly more personal than a… Continue Reading →

Gifts: Mini Maldon Salt

For the final last-minute gift: mini Maldon Salts. These are cute little stocking-stuffers; think of them as snuff boxes for the gastro crowd (figurative inhalation only, please). Lovely to take on picnics (umn, when the ground’s less cold) or to… Continue Reading →

Gifts: Sparkling Wine & Grapefruit Bitters

Sparkling wine is an easy and fun thing to drink and the Bottega Petalo Moscato is no exception. Sweet, bubbly, and floral, this is a crowd-pleasing way to start the evening. The twist? A friend had picked up my bottle… Continue Reading →

Gifts: SOMA Twigs

Local chocolate maker SOMA creates these ultra-deluxe candy bars they call twigs as a seasonal item. I found out about them last year. Right as the season ended. Meaning I had to wait for a whole year for them to return…. Continue Reading →

Gifts: KEO Confiserie Caramels

I first tasted these candies at TUM back in September. KEO’s caramels are hand-made, local, and delicious. While you can make your own, these treats can be had without making a mess. Or getting up out of your chair, even. Order online… Continue Reading →

A Christmas Cocktail: The Blanche Nog

Recently, I was tasked by the kids at Off The Grid (in conjunction with the folks at Belvedere) to craft a vodka cocktail. Though I’m more of a brown spirits kinda gal, thoughts of infusions and bitters immediately blossomed. With some ideas rolling around,… Continue Reading →

Chocolate Oatmeal Pecranberry Cookies

Many years ago I was looking for a good oatmeal cookie recipe – something chewy and tasty and easy. And I managed to find my base recipe from But I didn’t want a plain oatmeal cookie (and I can’t leave… Continue Reading →

A(nother) Meal At The Hoof

Brandon Olsen is somewhere in middle America right now, driving across the country seeking adventure and delicious things. But back at the end of October, I sat down at The Black Hoof’s bar to make sure I got in one last… Continue Reading →

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