The Dynamic Duo…Better Than Ever

Ken Valencia and Cody Ellison are the dynamic duo of which I speak. There have been some changes since my previous article…an evolution if you will. I remain a Ken & Cody lifer. Their brand, Bishop Street Apparel by Ken and Cody, is still my go to. The pieces are well-made, colorful and affordable. The pair…

You Say Ice Cream, I Say GELATO

You can call him the Gelato Guru or the Wizard of Ice Cream! It makes no matter what you call him, just know his cold creations are epic. I have been a faithful eater of Chef Jungman’s sweet creations since his days at Blue Green Canteen. He is now the pastry chef at both Princi…

Hill Country Day Trip

Summers are for road trips and the Texas Hill Country is one of the prettiest parts of Texas. I’ve spent many an hour in a car driving back roads discovering this state’s many wonderful places. That’s how this road trip happened… First Stop: Mazama Coffee Company; Dripping Springs These folks know coffee…and treats. They offer…

Summertime Means Cherry Time!

I recently received a bumper crop of cherries from Northwest Cherry Growers. What’s a gal to do with a box full of cherries you ask? Dig in and eat ’em by the handful. Cherries from this region are the best… and these cherries did not disappoint. There is an old saying, “The darker the cherry,…

So this happened…

I love taking photos and EDITING photos. You might be thinking, “Editing photos?!” Yes, editing photos. It is very therapeutic for me. Anyway, the majority of my photos of are of places and food. I’ve been practicing on my family and friends…begrudgingly at times. I recently I was asked to take some photos for a…

Princi Italia – Plano, TX

If you know me you know I have a fatal attraction love for Italy. This love has taken me on a quest for authentic Italian food stateside. SO, when I was invited by my friend and pastry chef, Ryan Jungman, to try Princi Italia in Plano I said, “Oh, heck yes!” Princi Italia is the brainchild of friends Patrick…

Morning After Brunch – Dallas, TX

Dallas is home to many foodie events, but one of my favorites has to be The Dallas Observer’s Morning After Brunch.  I mean come on! Who wouldn’t eat breakfast every meal of the day? I sure would. I have had the pleasure of attending this event for the two years it has been around. Here…

Dinner and a Game of Cards

I recently helped my mother host her quarterly dinner and card game. We took the easy way out and had it catered by Chino Chinatown and Chef Uno. First things first, if you haven’t dined at Chino’s you need to. Right away. It is the whole package: fantastic food, inviting atmosphere and exceptional service. Okay,…

Topsee Tulip Frosting

When Rachel at Topsee Tulip reached out to me and asked me to try their frosting I couldn’t resist. I am no fool! So glad I did because this stuff is crazy good. Topsee Tulip is simple in the best way. The frostings are made with just four ingredients: powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and…

Tea at the Taschen (The Joule) – Dallas, TX

England is know for afternoon tea, but did you know Dallas has an afternoon tea in one of its nicest hotels? The Joule in Downtown Dallas is not only a place to lay your head; it is also a great place for a spot of tea. Inside hotel sits the The Taschen Library…a bookstore like…

85C Bakery Cafe – Plano, TX

I attended 85C Bakery’s newest location in Plano tonight. Though widely known for its affordably-priced bakery items; the name is derived from the temperature coffee tastes the best…85 degrees Celsius. Bottom line: I love coffee and I love baked goods and 85C Bakery has plenty of both.  When I entered the bakery I was greeted…