Chickpea Salad with Lemons, Herbs and Parmesan

This chickpea salad is my go-to dish for any gathering in the spring or summer. It is so easy to throw together and people love it. The fresh herbs and lemon make it the perfect side dish for barbeques and lazy dinners outside. I usually double or triple the recipe.  If I have any leftovers, […]

Sweet Paul: Eat & Make

My love of all things Sweet Paul was solidified this weekend when I attended a book signing and crafting event for the new Sweet Paul book. At the Anthropologie-hosted event, I was able to meet Paul Lowe, Sweet Paul himself, and Paul Vitale, his equally sweet marketing and business director. They were both so nice, […]

Hillwood Estate, DC

Spring is here and I am ready to emerge from hibernation. In no particular order, here’s my list of things I want to do in DC this spring. Let me know what I should add! Browse the vendors at District Flea (reopening April 5). I would love to stop by Kapnos for brunch beforehand. Check […]

adding some green to your house

With the weather slowly warming, I’ve started to think about spring cleaning and freshening up my apartment. One thing I want to do this spring is to buy some indoor plants. I think they breathe new life into a space. Above are some indoor plant ideas that I love.

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is one of the first places I fell in love with in DC. When I moved here, I temped at office in the morning and worked at a restaurant at night. I had an awkward gap in my day and didn’t make sense to go back to my apartment. Instead, […]

Carrot Ginger Soup

Another snow day, another opportunity to make soup. This carrot ginger soup might actually be my favorite winter recipe. It is delicious enough to serve at a dinner party, but easy enough to make on a Monday. At home, my mom makes this soup on Christmas Eve. It is that good. And when you pair […]

Monique Lhuillier

And here is my final post on NYFW (you can view the others here and here). Monique Lhuillier was the only show I saw at Lincoln Center. The scale of the show was impressive and the music was wonderful. It was the only show with an upbeat soundtrack. All the other shows started with a […]

Ivan Aguilar

This post is a little late. I blame the delay on work and binge watching House of Cards. Fashion Week was fun and the shows were beautiful. The whole experience was equal parts glamorous and ridiculous. So many serious people wearing sunglasses and huge hats indoors. I highly recommend  reading this article about NYFW. It […]

Mushroom Bourguignon

I’m pretty sure this is one of the best recipes for a cold, snowy night. It is the ultimate comfort food. When I made this hearty meal, all I could think of was home. Egg noodles reminded me of meals my mom used to cook. Pearl onions reminded me of my grandmother’s cooking. And lord […]

Outfit Inspiration for NYFW

This Friday I am trekking up to New York for Fashion Week. It is pretty random and I am super excited, but also ridiculously intimidated. What does one wear to fashion shows? Especially when it is cold, miserable and snowing? The pictures above are serving as my outfit inspiration. I think the heels are a […]

Creamy Tomato Soup

Fact: Snow days call for tomato soup. So when our office closed early this week, I knew I had to make this creamy tomato soup. I love this recipe because the ingredients are so simple. Since I had all of them in my pantry, I could avoid the cold walk to the grocery store. Made […]

Hot Toddy

This is my go to drink during the winter. I can’t think of a better way to wait out the cold than to make a hot toddy, light a fire and listen to some great music. It is the next best thing to hibernating. So warm and cozy. There are many many different ways to […]

Crostini with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions and Fig Jam

While this is a great dish for a party, I have been known to make this recipe just for myself. The fig spread and onions keep well in the refrigerator, so you can make crostini for a snack throughout the week. And then you can use any extra onions, figs and gorgonzola to create a […]

French 75 with lemons, gin and champagne

The French 75 is a classic drink that is both elegant and easy to make. Created in Paris in 1915, the cocktail quickly became popular on both sides of the Atlantic. It is traditionally made with champagne, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and gin. However, if you prefer, you can swap the gin for cognac […]

Sprouted Kitchen Breakfast Tostada

The polar vortex swept through DC and and it was miserable outside. To boost my spirits, I made tostadas. How can you not be happy after smothering a crispy tortilla with a fried egg, avocado, cilantro, lime and sriracha? While this is a great recipe for brunch, it also makes for a pretty awesome dinner. […]


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