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Monthly Archives: April 2014

New York’s McNally Jackson Books

You guys, the past seven days have been rough. Mostly due to the fact that I missed Jay-Z and Bey at Coachella last week. And I am so mad at myself! I was being an old lady on that fateful Saturday night and justified dismissing Nas’ performance because ‘he hasn’t come out with anything in forever’. Obvi that should have been my first clue that something awesome was going to happen. Ugh, serious bummer-central. Oh, and I have some serious wheezing/coughing going on from that nasty dust storm on Saturday. Hot beverages and soup have been my go to all week, even though it’s been in the 80s all week in Napa Valley. But I digress.

Right now, all of the warm food and beverages I’ve been consuming are making me miss my New York travels a lot. I miss the matzo ball soup from Katz’s. I miss seeing the Statue of Liberty in the distance and the awesome tour of that lovely Lady Liberty. I miss the hustle and bustle on every single street we walked down (Napa is pretty boring in that regard..). Although, one thing I was seriously don’t miss was the sleet, snow, and ice rain during my pre-Polar Votex stay. Honestly, you New Yorkers are tough. One way I coped with the severe frigidness I experienced over the majority of my few days in the Big Apple was to drink lots of wine sneak over to my new absolute favorite cafe.


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Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello there friends! Apologies for being MIA. But do I have some fun news to make it up to you!

A few weeks back, some lovely ladies and I got to scheming about a cookie swap. Allie from Sweet Potato Bites, Karla from Foodologie, Jazzy from JazzyJonez, and Coco from Urban Chick’s Foodie Ventures and I decided that we would all make cookies, send a half-dozen to each of the participating ladies, and then share our recipes on our blogs. Allie, Karla, Coco and I are all residing in California, while Ms. Jazzy lives in Washington D.C. so we wanted to get creative in the naming process. And thus, Coast to Coast Cookie Swap was born!

I was determined to finally post about my absolute favorite cookies I’ve made. Seriously, this will be the only recipe you’ll ever need to either make yourself happy or impress a guy/girl/family member/potential family member/boss.


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