“Without Cream” Song Parody

There could be other things I should be doing. But you know what’s fun? Writing a parody of Eminem’s first verse of Without Me: I’ve been baking a monster ‘cause nobody wants to Eat marg’rin no more they want butter I’m much better Well if you want butter, this is what I’ll give ya A…

Voila’s Vegetable Garden

Boy oh boy it’s been a long time. Since June 1 (the last time I posted): Max has gotten bigger, cuter and more adorable. He’s eating solids (loves carrots, not so keen on bananas), rolling over and has this squeal-of-happiness laugh that I adore; I turned 28 on July 17; and – here comes a…

2014 Here I Come!

It seems as though I took an unintentional two-month hiatus. At the end of November we moved and then the holidays hit and we didn’t have an oven (which is getting replaced next week). All that to say, I’m back! The next few months will be equally busy as work kicks back into full gear…

Food Blogger’s Food

What do food bloggers eat? On our blogs you see carefully constructed photos of food bathing in natural light. Maybe you imagine we eat lavishly every night. Or maybe you think it’s all a scam because we often post about our successes and not necessarily our failures – although I try to post it all!…

Portland Food Review

I got back from Portland a few weeks ago and have ever since been A.) Dreaming of the delicious pastrami sandwich I had and, B.) Dreaming of telling you about the delicious pastrami sandwich I had. That’s what sticks out in my mind so we’ll start there. Kenny & Zuke’s! If you’re in Portland and…

Taste Carolina: Hillsborough

Taste Carolina offers culinary walking tours of several cities throughout North Carolina. For my birthday this year, James booked a tour through Hillsborough. It’s a small Revolutionary War-era town just north of Durham. In recent years it’s become a culinary destination with locally-sourced restaurants, coffee shops; plus bookstores, artist studios and general stores. We spent…

Eating in Seattle + Vancouver

We just returned from an amazing week in Seattle and Vancouver. We walked the streets, up the hills, around the neighborhoods and into many, many restaurants. I ate salmon and drank coffee every day. We went for local wines and fresh food. It. Was. Delicious. Here’s a snapshot sampling of our food adventures: At Seatown…

Voila! Birthday Celebration Cake

Here’s the celebration I told you about earlier this week … a monster cake with retro flare (I kind of love that the freeze frame in the video looks like the cake is my face!): Here are a few close ups of the cake and that cake box from the ’70s…. and now a close…

Voila! Turns 3!

Happy Birthday Voila! Three years ago I sat at a kitchen table in a house in Georgetown where I was living with seven other people and entered the world of blogging. Like most birthday’s that fall during the week, the celebration will happen this weekend with a surprise cake (and video) like you’ve never seen…

Semi-Hiatus

I don’t believe all good things come to end. Instead, some good things may evolve into something new. For example, this blog has been great. However, I’m starting graduate school today and in order to fully focus on this new journey and career path, I won’t be posting as much. That could mean once a…

Voila on Vacation

A long, long time ago, Voila (age 2) put on her first apron with her brother Jeremy (age 4) as they played in the playhouse overlooking the hills of Los Angeles, California. A meat pounder and spaghetti spoon. I wonder what we were cooking up… Our family is taking some time off in the North…

Pittsburgh Culinary Experience

After a weekend in Pittsburgh I have a list of the great – and the worst – gastronomical experiences to share with you. First, you may be asking ‘Pittsburgh has a restaurant scene?’ Indeed, they do! Not only restaurants, but the revitalized industrial city has great, funky neighborhoods. We of course devoured huge sandwiches at…