Wine Fraud: Conning the Bottle and the Drinker

I love a good glass of wine. A little bit of bubbly champagne or pinot noir and I am your girl. When listening to the Stuff You Should Know podcast while working out, I was intrigued that they were discussing one of my favorite dinner drink.  

I had heard of wine fraud in the past. Thank you Leverage! However, I thought it only happened once in a blue moon and only with notable vintage wines.

Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie: Piece of Paris in Dallas, Texas

I recently found a little piece of France in Downtown Dallas. The cute little wicker tables on the sidewalk are an iconic reference to the little tables in Paris. But the flash back to Paris is not the only reason I traveled to Downtown, I actually was here for the sweet delicious treats.

Bisous Bisous Pâtesserie has an arrangement of French baked goods. That means delicious macaroons, tarts, cakes, and croissants. They also serve delicious cafe drinks to go with your sweet treat. An unique feature of the shop is that they also offer cooking classes so you can learn how to  make their delicious treats. The photos on Instagram looked so amazing. So me and a friend got a round of coffee and a tray of delicious treats to dine on.

Zumbo’s Just Dessert: Fantasy Dessert

Dessert is supposed to be just a sweet treat, but what if someone could change that treat into a work of art? Would you eat it? I think I would.

On Netflix, there is a wonderful cooking competition show called Zumbo’s Just Dessert. In this show art meets food. In Zumbo’s factory, contestants from Australia and New Zealand try to impress dessert chefs Rachel Khoo and the man himself, Zumbo.

Whole Grain Has Never Tasted So Sweet!: King Arthur’s Recipes for Whole Grain

A goal of the new year is to be healthier. One way that I hope to achieve it is by making healthier choices when it comes to my sweet treats. One way of doing that is to include some whole grains in your recipes vs. only using all-purpose flour. I turned to the flour company that I trust for my baking needs, King Arthur’s Flour Company.  I love the gingerbread cookie recipe I found on their site.
The company has an entire cookbook dedicated to the use of whole grain in recipes. It is called King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. I have a sweet tooth so I decided to focus on sweet treats that I can make and hopefully change out for my regular baking treats.

Flower Child: Healthy And Tasty Food

If you are like me, healthy restaurants makes you think of inconvenient and possibly not tasty.  I am happy to say Flower Child is different.

Pecan Lodge: The Best BBQ Ever

I am a BBQ snob. It may have to do with growing up in Texas, but I think it more has to do with being a foodie. It is hard to impress with me with subpar BBQ so when I say that this is the best BBQ ever, you can trust my words. Now if you have never heard of Pecan Lodge then I feel sorry for you. It has been in D magazines top 50 restaurants for many years, featured on Food Network, Dallas local legend, and much more.

Perc Coffeehouse

I am always a fan of cute coffeehouses. I especially love local business that carry my addiction. (Not that Starbucks wouldn’t do in a pinch) I had seen people raving about this coffeehouse in Old Town Lewisville, Texas. It is right off of Main Street. It is packed with vintage signs and comfy chairs. The back patio is beyond cute. If you need a new paradise, then I suggest trying this place! It is called Perc Coffeehouse. (And I haven’t even talked about the drinks yet!)

Learning Pastry from Le Cordon Bleu’s 100 Step by Step Recipes

When I came across Le Cordon Bleu’s Pastry School cookbook, I was excited to advance my baking knowledge. I thought it may even a cool gift for fellow cooks and bakers. It was full of colorful photographs of the creations along with photos depicting each step of the process. Each recipe was labeled with a taste description along with a difficulty level. So with my baking level only at the beginner’s stage, I started with something easy. Or was it…?

Gingerbread Recipe: Winter Is Coming To Town

The weather has official turned cold in Texas, and everyone has brought out their woolies. I find myself craving for those iconic flavors of winter weather like apple cider, cinnamon rolls, and more. So last weekend I pulled out my recipe books to master the gingerbread cookie. ‘Cause I have big expectations for my gingerbread dough this year.

The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide

The air has just turned crisp enough for my breathe to fog the air around me, and I crave the warmth of the gentle tones of a cup of tea. I live off the subtle taste of my winter tea. Any type of tea is ok with me, but I decided to take a second look at one of my favorite commodities.

Earlier this year, I had the joy of visiting a tea shop in San Francisco, which I featured in Vital Tea Leaf: A Story of Tea. It started my journey into learning more about this popular drink. I read a wonderful book called The Tea Book, which showed me that the tea leaf we enjoy is steeped in history and culture. I released part of this in the exposé called Tea: More Than Just A Leaf. However, I decided to take another dive into exploring the culture of tea and how it has shaped the world by reading the book called The Story of Tea by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss.