Knoxville, Restaurants

J.C. Holdway in Knoxville, Tennessee

I’ve grown up visiting family just outside of Knoxville, but spent very little time actually exploring the city, and even less time dining out there. (Because, really, why would I when we had Granny’s southern homecooking?!) So when we traveled to Knoxville recently for a family wedding, we stayed the night in town and explored the area, including a fantastic meal at J.C. Holdway. Joseph Lenn established himself as a legendary chef during the decade […]


Cartagena, Colombia

A few posts ago I shared our trip to Bogotá and from there, we went on to Cartagena for the main event, Lauren and Marce’s wedding! These two cities are so different from each other, one land-locked big city, and one coastal Caribbean town. Our first two nights were spent near the highrises and large-scale hotels dotting the coast. We enjoyed two more nights on Hilton Honors before moving into The Walled City for Friday […]

Drinks, Recipes

Summer G&T

Tomorrow is Fri-yay! And I know exactly what I’ll be sipping when the work day is done (and on my best Fridays, post yoga, too). This is my go-to cocktail, especially during the summer months. It’s my idea of the perfect G&T, and even many friends who aren’t usually a fan of the classic enjoy my take. For starters, the gin AND the tonic matters. I was introduced to both Hendrick’s and Fever Tree during […]

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amazing Amalfi Coast

This time last year, Johnny and I were touring Italy in post-wedding bliss, so it only seems appropriate to (finally) finish out my posts from our Italian honeymoon. Our final stop was the Amalfi Coast, where we stayed in Sorrento, but traveled around the coast to other cities during our stay. You can read about Venice and Florence as well, which we visited first. We LOVED our hotel, Villa Garden, and I would absolutely recommend it […]

Dinner, Gluten-free, Recipes

Surf & Turf at Home

Johnny and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary this past weekend and instead of heading out to dinner, we decided to make one of our favorite meals in, restaurant-style filet mignon. This time around, Johnny surprised me and added surf to the plate as well with lobster tails. I’ve prepared filet several times this way now and I swear it is fool-proof, and better than the grill! We were surprised how easy the lobster tail […]

Bogotá, Colombia, Travel Guides

Get to Know Bogotá, Colombia

Some of our best friends, Lauren and Marcé, tied the knot in Cartagena, Colombia this past February, and Johnny and I extended the trip with a two-night stay in Bogotá on the way. Though it was a brief, we were able to make our way around a few major areas in the city and see some sights and enjoy the local flavors. First, I should start with YES, we felt very safe in both Bogotá […]

Gifts, Wedding

DIY Wedding Gift Boxes

I love to party plan and planning my wedding was no exception. It’s about the details! But those details can quickly add up in price and without a wedding planner, I was coordinating (with a lot of help from the moms and vendors!) the personal touches. Johnny and I knew that welcome gifts were a must for us, so I was on a mission to cut costs while still creating something personal to us. From […]

Florence, Italy, Travel Guides

Adventures in Florence, Italy

We could have spent weeks on end in Florence alone and never be bored! There is so much to do and see, not to mention eat! I’ll start from the beginning. We stayed at the most charming apartment-style hotel, Granduomo, right in the middle of everything. It’s an 18th-century home that has been renovated into boutique accommodations located directly across from the famed Duomo. We seriously felt like we could reach out and touch it! […]