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After a short break which involved getting married (!) and moving across the pond (Hello, London!), the chic brûlée is back and better than ever. I will be transitioning the blog to be London-based, reporting on the latest and greatest London food and style scene, while still of course posting every type of sweet and savory recipe I make in my kitchen.

Last night I made a great summer dish ~ Grilled Pork Kebabs with Peach Melba Sauce. We have a terrace in our new London flat, so we have already been grilling up a storm since we arrived. I started with a Read More…

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Lola’s Cupcakes

April 25, 2013

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Bopping around London this week, it’s clear the cupcake craze is alive and well in this city. I stopped by Lola’s Cupcakes at their Selfridges location, and was delighted with their adorable and fun cupcake designs and flavors. The shop is Read More…

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Marc Jacobs Diet Coke

April 23, 2013

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I’m spending the week in London with the fiancé and, as always on my trips to Europe, I am constantly amazed at the cool and unique products they have that we can’t get in NYC. I spent a good portion of the day in Selfridges (kind of like a mega, super-sized Saks Fifth Avenue) and after combing through the euro-chic clothes and accessories (not to mention getting a quick blow dry at Hershesons Blow Dry Bar… do I sound like a Londoner yet?), I had to hit the “Food Hall” to check out the gourmet offerings. I quickly found this was Read More…

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Almond Butter Rice Cakes

April 11, 2013

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I am so excited to share with you all my latest food obsession: almond butter. Luckily, almond butter is not only delicious and satisfying, but it is good for you too. I hate to admit it, but I learned about this snack from a recent episode of Dr. Oz where Snooki (yes, Jersey Shore Snooki), was on the show to share the diet she used to drop 42 pounds Read More…

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Today I am thrilled to share a simple yet delicious recipe for stove-top Creamy Vanilla Rice Pudding. To make the pudding, I used a vanilla bean, which infused a rich and intense vanilla flavor into the creamy rice pudding, and truly sets this recipe apart from all of the others. You can find vanilla beans at gourmet stores and larger grocery stores like Whole Foods (where I got mine). I chose a Nielsen-Massey Madagascar vanilla bean, which is one of the most popular varieties, known for its buttery, sweet aroma. There is really no comparison to regular vanilla extract and the beans are essential for recipes like this that feature vanilla as the main attraction. I also chose to use medium-grain rice, which provides the most thick and creamy texture. I hope you enjoy this simple and decadent vanilla treat!  Read More…

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Scenes from Anguilla

March 8, 2013

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In the midst of this frigid and snowy day in NYC, I couldn’t think of a better time to share a few photos from the sunny Caribbean island of Anguilla. I just got back from a visit to the island to finish up some last minute preparations for my May wedding on the island. Anguilla is a “secret” hideaway in the British West Indies known for its stunning white sand beaches, exquisite restaurants and plentiful celebrity sightings. We stayed at the posh Viceroy resort ~ if you haven’t heard about it yet, I highly recommend checking out this little slice of paradise. Enjoy the snapshots!  Read More…

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I could hardly contain my excitement yesterday afternoon when I received the most stylish and unique Valentine’s Day flowers from my fiancé. Instead of the usual dozen red roses, Aaron sent me a striking, modern arrangement of exotic purple orchids set in perfect balance to a giant “flower” of succulents and dozens of ribbons of lush lily grass, all exquisitely arranged in a slender glass vase. There is something so very “zen” about it, yet still utterly luxurious and beautiful. It reminds me of something you’d find in the lobby of a five-star hotel. The flowers are from Read More…

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For the ultimate Valentine’s Day indulge this year, I made fudgy brownie bites with dark chocolate ganache.  I decorated them in plenty of shades of pink and red, but this recipe can of course be used any time of year for many different occasions that require a fun, bite-sized dessert. I was inspired to make the bites after I came across a box of Duncan Hines Brownie Mix in the form of bites. It’s one of those mini boxes that doesn’t make a full batch, so it’s perfect if you are not serving them for a big group. I decided to dress them up a bit by adding a frosting of shiny, rich ganache. Ganache, made simply of semi-sweet chocolate, whipping cream and butter, is one of those things that sounds scary to make, but is actually quite easy!

The brownie bites came out rich, moist and fudgy, and the extra kick of ganache on top elevated them from a regular brownie into a gourmet dessert. Check out all of the steps below. This recipe is a guaranteed hit for all of the chocolate lovers in your life. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!! xoxo Read More…

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Saturday night I was lucky enough to attend the Venexiana runway show at New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Best described as rock-n-roll haute couture, the fashion house of Venexiana presented a stunning Fall 2013 collection, featuring dazzling evening gowns in an array of elegant fabrics with impeccable detailing. The designer behind all the madness is Hungarian-born Kati Stern, who launched the edgy brand in 2003 after careers in music and architecture. The show was a mix of theatrics, booming rock music and dresses full of glitter, fur, sequins, velvet and in-your-face glamour. It all kicked off with shadowy silhouette and soon the first model emerged in a stunning jewel-toned gown with a rolled hairstyle evoking old Hollywood-style glamour. The punk rock music picked up as models strutted down the runway in red carpet-ready styles.  Read More…

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Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

February 7, 2013

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For a simple and classic hot hors d’oeuvre, what’s better than a sizzling scallop wrapped in bacon? I made these crowd favorites around the holidays for an elegant appetizer and decided to serve them recently as a light dinner alongside a salad. The recipe has been around forever, but I wanted to post about it today to bring them back in style!  Read More…

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