Halloween Candy "Charcuterie" Board

Halloween Candy "Charcuterie" Board

Any guest of mine can expect a cheese and charcuterie board on my buffet or coffee table, no matter the party size. The communal appetizer is standard, and its flavor profiles vary by the season. Yet with Halloween around the corner, I jokingly threw around the idea to replace goat cheese and prosciutto with white chocolate drops and pecan brittle. My classic Halloween party centerpiece was thus founded, thanks to the experts at 116-year-old Dinstuhl’s, whose brittles and barks and all things chocolate created a picturesque board display.

A Romantic Getaway to Los Cabos with Southern Bride Magazine


When Southern Bride Magazine asked me and Alex if we were interested in a four-night stay in Los Cabos within one month of our wedding anniversary, we spent about ten seconds contemplating before responding, “Absolutely!!”

The Auberge Resort experience was beyond our wildest dreams — we spent two nights at trendy and contemporary Chileno Bay, balanced with Esperanza’s elegant, long-standing experience. Scroll for a preview of the paramount vacation experiences, and read more on Southern Bride!



Against the crashing shores of the Sea of Cortez sits the only private beach resort destination in Cabo San Lucas, Esperanza. The five-star Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, encompasses 57-rooms, 60 privately owned villas and 36 private residences, collectively hosted within a sophisticated retreat on the bay of Baja.

Signature restaurant Cocina del Mar is known for not only its breathtaking views but also its exquisite variety of fresh fish and seafood, helmed by Sicilian-trained Executive Chef Guillermo Gomez. House-made pastas, organic vegetables, fresh-caught sustainable seafood and outstanding steaks drape the torch-lit tables…

Read the full write-up of Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, here.



Opened in spring of 2017, Cabo San Lucas newest beachfront resort Chileno Bay Resort & Residencespairs contemporary elegance with an active, engaging environment boasting high-end Baja flair. The resort features 60 hotel rooms and 32 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, three open-air restaurants, a full-service spa, a water-sports activity center, and a spectacular three-tiered zero-edge pool descending to the sandy beach.

COMAL – The open-air Latin-American concept overlooking the Sea of Cortez offers a fresh, contemporary take on regional cuisine including stunning shared plates of innovative tostadas and oysters along with a unique selection of local agave spirits and award-winning cocktails.

TnT (Tacos and Tequila) Located adjacent to Chileno’s infinity pool centerpiece, TnT serves authentic fresh tacos and antojitos (“little cravings”) for mid-day fuel. Each evening, fire pits are lit for a romantic and relaxing setting for guests to sip and enjoy the vast collection of tequila spirits under the moonlight…

Read the full write-up of Chileno Bay, an Auberge Resort, here.


Trader Joe's Items to Buy Now + Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipe

Trader Joe's Items to Buy Now + Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipe

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or are lucky to already live near a Trader Joe’s), Memphis just welcomed its first location of the cult-following, low-cost, convenient supermarket.

How to Maximize Your Trip to NYC

How to Maximize Your Trip to NYC

I recently reunited with college best friends (from Denver, New Orleans, Chicago and Israel) for a fast-paced, perfect getaway to New York City. Absorbing the city’s energy upon arrival was unavoidable, as we managed to toast with wine and steak frîtes at Balthazar until 1 a.m. on Friday without a blink (and I can’t say I’ve stayed up that late in months).