Blood Orange Caprese

Our salad course for our Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two is a copy-cat dish of a salad I had at Brooklyn Girl probably 9 months ago. I was inspired to make because of all the beautiful citrus I have been seeing around this winter. At Specialty Produce, I found the most beautiful, deep red, and…

Dinner for Two: Valentines Themed Dinner Party

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here… Life has taken over: holidays, family obligations, “extra-curricular” commitments, getting back in to a regular workout routine, and planning a wedding…. But! I’m still cooking! And definitely still eating! In a way I am pretty bummed that I didn’t feel that I had time to post…

Cucumber Mint Gazpacho

This gazpacho is bomb on a hot day… Cold soup. Cooling flavors of mint, cucumber, and yogurt. Contrasted with a bit of heat from jalapeno and lots of coarse ground black pepper. AND. It’s crazy easy to make. When you’re in the middle of the usual San Diego September/October heat wave, you don’t even want…

Summer Picnic Party

San Diego is just barely getting over a huge heat wave – Any native San Diegans know this is super typical for late September. September is still summer in San Diego. September is really my favorite month in this city. Most of the time you have well rounded really nice warm weather – not too…

Burnt Orange Crème Brûlée + Old Fashioned Drink Pairing

We finished out our aroma dinner with dessert – of course. I decided that for our dessert we HAD to incorporate an old fashioned some how because one of our friends eating with us is not much of a drinker except for when it comes to whiskey. We stuck with no alcohol pairings for every…

Lemon Lavender Roast Chicken

The original inspiration for our aroma themed meal was lavender.  Basically one of the best scents in the world. It’s both relaxing and uplifting. Reminds me of easy summers… While I’m not normally much of a recipe person, I LOVE Rachel Khoo’s Lemon Lavender Chicken Recipe because of how simple, foolproof, and delicious it is. I…

Oysters with Refreshing Cucumber Mint Mignonette

Course 2 of our Aroma Theme Dinner was raw oysters on the half shell with a cucumber mint mignonette. We started purchasing oysters and shucking them ourselves ever since we discovered Catalina Offshore Products. It’s this amazing wholesale fish market in San Diego. Many of the best restaurants and sushi spots around here brag that they get…

Thyme Chevre, Figs, & Honey

IMO, you can’t have a party without good cheese. But I might be a cheese addict… When Rommel and I first started dating, he told me he didn’t like cheese… I wouldn’t accept that. I forced him to try a bunch of really amazing cheeses. And now he likes cheese! GO ME! <<insert high five emoji here>> For our…

Theme Parties

I love cooking, but honestly I do not have an eye for making food look pretty. I think I just do not have the patience and I get hangry really easily, so I always just want to eat. Thankfully one of my best friends, Yuri, is really talented at plating and decor! Last month we had…

Sunday Funday: Italian-themed Brunch

Brunch is always more fun than dinner, but going out for brunch usually means: 1.)  A boring menu that is almost exactly the same typical breakfast items anywhere you go or 2.) if you DO happen to go to a fun, trendy brunch place you can expect to wait at least an hour in line and…

Beautiful ingredients make beautiful food

You can’t go wrong when you make a dish with some seriously fresh, quality ingredients. I received these gorgeous cherry tomatoes from my coworker’s yard. I’m usually not a huge fan of tomatoes, but only because most tomatoes you get in your standard grocery store are just mealy, acidic, not sweet, and just blah. But!…

Honey Sriracha Grilled Wings

Happy Wednesday aka Hump Day aka Winesday aka (and most importantly) WING WEDNESDAY! Even though I’m not a huge meat-eater, I have a bit of a weakness for wings because: 1.) I’m addicted to spicy foods 2.) they go well with beer 3.) dark meat always wins over white meat 4.) Within our first year of…