Girlfriend’s Guide to Bourbon | Knob Creek and Sidebern’s Educate a Bourbon Neophyte

Knob Creek invited me to one of their Big Flavor Dinners last month. Hesitant since bourbon usually knocks me on my sweet behind, I decided to jump outside my gin, vodka and red wine comfort zone and accept the gracious invitation to the event hosted by Sidebern’s, armed with the number to yellow cab in […]






I ate the Macho at San Antonio’s Chris Madrid’s | Clogging arteries never felt so good.

During our recent trip to Texas, Mister M introduced me to a Mission City institution, Chris Madrid’s. Known for its mom-and-pop vibe, CM’s has a variety of specialty burgers, fresh cut French fries, nachos and chalupas. Succumbing to adamant recommendations by the nice lady behind the register and Mister M, I settled in on the […]






A bike only a {fat} foodie could love :: The Urban Taco Transport

Mister M and I headed to Texas last week to catch up with friends and attack the San Antonio and Austin restaurant scenes with a vigor reserved for those facing a firing squad. More on the ins and outs of where we grubbed in another post, but one of the highlights of the Austin portion […]






Bon Vivant Obsession: Yummy House’s XO Sauce

The name sets the bar pretty high, but Yummy House in Carrollwood surpasses expectations, delivering some pretty darn yummy and flavorful food to the Tampa Bay area. Offering Hong Kong-style Chinese specialties like to-die-for duck and Salt & Pepper squid -– this is a not to be missed Tampa stop. My favorite, the Shrimp and […]






Cherpumple puts the kitsch in kitchen

Kitchen kitsch. That’s what humorist Charles Phoenix, the creator of the cherpumple, says was his goal when he created the holiday dessert that consists of a cherry pie, apple pie and a pumpkin pie all baked into a three-layer cake and topped with frosting. His creation is the solution to every good eaters dilemma: when […]






“Making Lemons into Lemonade” and other food-related deep thoughts from the Real Housewives of New York

I’ve already confessed my preoccupation of all things reality TV. (See, for example posts about The Private Chefs of Beverly Hills and Real Housewives of New Jersey). But leave it to reality television to raise the important questions for the masses to ponder. Thank you Kelly Bensimon, the self-described ”intellectual” of Bravo’s Real Housewives of […]






Since opening in 2009, Datz Delicatessen has refined their space on MacDill Avenue to become a full-blown foodie experience. Besides offering extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus featuring some of the best ingredients available (their sandwich menu alone tops 40 selections!), Datz is a gourmet market, a full service bakery and they sell boutique wines […]






Valentine’s Day is V-Day, a day designated to celebrate women and end domestic and sexual violence against women worldwide. This is heavy stuff, but in our opinion, too important a cause not to call attention. (Please keep reading foodies, after the jump there’s a tasty motivator from Vosges Haut-Chocolat- one of our Bon Vivant Obsessions— […]






The Microplane is our kitchen superstar: What’s yours?

Isn’t it funny that even though you may have a kitchen full of pricey gadgets, you find yourself reaching over and over again for the inexpensive ones? That’s how we feel about the Microplane grater—it’s our kitchen superstar. This grater takes up very little kitchen space and costs in the ballpark of 15 bucks– yet we […]






We couldn’t resist this little food-related tidbit involving one of our favorite trainwrecks. Eat Me Daily is reporting that Teresa Giudice, the table-flipping star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, sold her cookbook, “Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy it – Live La Bella Vita and Look Great Too!” to Hyperion.  The book promises […]