Two Paws Up for Barkbox!



Happy FriYAY, Noshers!! Today I’m happy to share our first experience with BarkBox – or rather, Toby’s first experience with BarkBox!  I realize I haven’t done a proper introduction of the newest member of the Nosh family – I’ll have to remedy that soon! In the meantime, Toby’s friend Buddy sent us a BarkBox as a welcome gift.  Isn’t that sweet? September’s theme was Bark to School, of course!  As you can see in the first photo, Toby was getting pretty impatient while waiting for me to take a photo – he wanted do dig right into the goodies. Can you blame him?

For the uninitiated, BarkBox is a monthly subscription box service for – you guessed it – your dog, featuring toys, treats, and goodies! I have a Korean beauty subscription box (Jini Beauty, which I’ve written about here on the blog), so why shouldn’t my dog have one as well? The Bark to School box definitely didn’t disappoint: Continue Reading

Burgers: Town Topic

Eating Out, Food

town-topic-kc-1 Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down…

Juuuust kidding – but who doesn’t like a little Fresh Prince reference every now and again?

This IS a story, however, of an old-school burger joint here in KC that reminds me of one of my favorite slider dives in NJ – White Manna.  Like White Manna, Town Topic in KC is a no-frills, not-dressed-to-impress, counter-top seating only hole-in-the-wall that has won the hearts and stomachs of many.

As you can see, the exterior is not much to look at…. Continue Reading

Macaron Lip Balm!



Would you like a grape macaron? How about a green apple macaron?  If you’re a French macaron fan like myself (I like to think I was a fan of them before they were cool…and were subsequently knocked off the “cool” pedestal by doughnuts and cupcakes), I’m guessing your answer is yes.  But take a closer look – do these cookies look a little different to you? Well, your sharp eye does not fool you – these aren’t actually French macarons, they are…. Continue Reading

Lucky Rice Cookthrough: Macanese African Chicken

Cooking / Eating In, Events / Giveaways / Partnerships


If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ll know that I’m slowly but steadily cooking my way through the Lucky Rice cookbook.  If you haven’t heard of the Lucky Rice cookbook before, I’d highly recommend checking it out – not only have the recipes been delicious yet straightforward, the vignettes and captivating style resulted in me reading this book cover to cover. Yes – I read cookbooks cover to cover when warranted!

As I was digging through the recipes, one especially caught my eye – the recipe for Macanese African chicken.  Despite its name, Macanese African chicken is not actually African in origin; instead, it is a Macanese classic incorporating both Chinese and Spanish spices. How it got its name? Well, the jury is still out on this one.  In the mean time, you can try this dish for yourself – the ingredients can be easily found at your local grocery store and the steps are pretty simple.

I made this dish for an eating buddy who used to visit Macau when he lived in the area and loved this dish.  He gave my version the seal of approval, and I, who had never even heard of Macanese African chicken before, wholeheartedly agreed. But don’t take OUR word for it! Continue Reading

Chicago: Doughnut Vault

Eating Out, Food


Shut up and take my money!  Yes, I may or may not have said this (or at least felt it) when I stepped into Chicago’s Doughnut Vault during my recent visit to the Windy City.  In today’s short but sweet post, I’m happy to share these doughnuts that were not only amazingly delicious but also as big as my FACE. Literally located in a teeny tiny vault space, Doughnut Vault offers a small but well-curated doughnut menu.   The menu of course offers fan favorite glazed (in vanilla, chocolate, and chestnut), a seasonal jelly filled doughnut, buttermilk old fashioned, a gingerbread stack, doughnut holes, an apple fritter, and a rotating daily special.  Short of ordering them all, what’s a girl to do? Continue Reading