February 17, 2020

This Valentine’s Day, my guy made us a dinner reservation at Ford Fry’s (the Atlanta-based chef and restaurateur whose portfolio includes King + Duke, St. Cecilia, Superica, BeetleCat...) restaurant, Marcel. According to the steakhouse’s website, their appellation is a nod to Marcel Cerdan, “the iconic French fighter-romantic who endured ring rumbles, war, marriage, a famous affair with Edith Piaf and could only be stopped from seeing his love when his plane crashed into a mountain.”

The restaurant has a formal yet relaxed feel about it. The chic space is outfitted with old-school photographs, tufted leather banquets, and an eclectic array of light fixtures. The tables are dressed in white; a single lit candle is set atop.

We're served fresh-out-of-the oven focaccia with sides of ricotta, prosciu...

February 13, 2020

I love good food, which is why I am always on the hunt for great restaurants and recipes. I wouldn't say I'm picky, but I do know good food. I often rate restaurants and recipes: Would I come back here again? Would I cook this again? 

That's not always easy to answer. Sometimes the restaurant has great ambiance, but mediocre food, which could warrant a return visit. Maybe the appetizer was excellent but the main course was bland and served at room temperature (lukewarm is never ideal). 

And sometimes the recipe simply needs to be tweaked. 

I have always been the Monica Geller in my group of friends. I love to cook and I love to entertain. For me, cooking and baking is a way to show you care. So much effort goes into cooking a nice meal. Cooking takes planning, time, patience... 

Since I moved to Atlanta, I've been cooking and baking a lot more, simply because it's more fun when you have people to cook for (now, I live with my man and his sons, who ar...

February 10, 2020

Miami Living Magazine's Red-Hot List issue is now available. Inside, find a list of South Florida's hottest events this year, as well as my interviews with award-winning chef/restaurateur Daniel Boulud, celebrity trainer Autumn Calabrese, and comedian Maz Jobrani. We also have interviews with actress Candice Patton, Rev Run and Justine Simmons, and fashion designer August Getty. Don't miss my Valentine's Day gift guide, my Couples Resort Tower Isle travel feature, and more. 

Read it here.

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