Food + Drink

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Orleans, Restaurants, Travel Guides

New Loves in New Orleans

Happy Mardi Gras! It only seems appropriate that I choose Mardi Gras to share my most recent trip to New Orleans, even if it was a little more than a month ago now. Most of my trips back to the Crescent City these days focus on weddings, and this trip was no different, for Lauren and Will’s nuptials. Dinner was covered with wedding activities each night, but we took the chance to try some newer […]

Dessert, Gluten-free, Recipes, Uncategorized

Best Holiday Cookies (Gluten and Dairy Free!)

‘Tis the season for cookies, desserts and lots of indulgence! And if you have any sort of food sensitivity, this time of year can be extra stressful or rather disappointing when you realize all of the sweets you have to miss out on. Sure, there are a few exceptional bakeries out there, but most pre-made options are about as nice as eating sugarcoated cardboard and generally speaking almond flour and rice flour can be a little […]

Food + Drink, Gluten-free, Lifestyle

An Unwanted Food Journey

Update since originally posted: After a wonderful honeymoon in Italy, where I ate whatever I wanted (and loved it), I have eliminated all gluten from my diet. I feel tremendously better and can immediately tell when I have accidentally consumed wheat. It took a lot to get to this place and now almost a year later, I’ve finally come to terms with it and am much happier with food than I have been in some […]