Kilmokea Wexford Ireland Ancient East

Visit Wexford: Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens

Last summer, the Gastognome and I set off on a 10-day road trip around Ireland. Since we were flying in and out of Dublin, we wanted to create a loop that made the most of our time on the Emerald Isle. After months of planning and drafting various itineraries, we came up with a route…

Healthy muffins baked with avocado

Avocado Morning Glory Muffins

Sometimes, I want a bakery-sweet, fluffy, basically-a-cupcake kind of muffin. And sometimes that's what my heart wants, but my body is craving something with a little more nutritional value. Enter the avocado morning glory, a recent creation that was the result of leftover carrots and avocados that needed using. I love classic morning glory muffins,…

A perfect no-knead artisan bread boule

No-Knead Artisan Bread

The day I learned to make this no-knead artisan bread, everything changed for me. Suddenly it was perfectly legitimate to spend a Saturday morning waiting anxiously for a perfect round boule to cool before splitting it in half and spending an hour in the library slathering it with endless combinations of butter, jam, and honey,…

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in Times Square NYC

Review: National Geographic Encounter

Instagram traps -- they're everywhere in NYC lately, from relatively awesome ones like Color Factory and Nightmare/Dream Machine to lackluster ones like Room for Tea. It's pretty easy to spot one and know what you're getting into. There are telltale signs like timed ticket entry, ubiquitous key photo ops all over the 'gram, a prevalent…

rose-flavored mini pavolvas

Rose Gold Mini Pavlovas

Fact: I'm not a meringue person, really. I like marshmallows, and I particularly like marshmallow fluff, especially paired with peanut butter in sandwich form. I love light, airy angel's food cakes and swiss meringue buttercream, but I've never been one to bake meringue cookies with leftover egg whites. For all their simplicity, to me, meringue-focused…