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Coffee Meets Stroopwafel: The Love Story I Didn’t Know I Needed
I love every type of coffee: espresso shots, hazelnut cappuccinos, iced caramel macchiatos, vanilla lattes, or just a simple black cup of Joe. I started drinking coffee about 6 months ago. Before then, I hated it. I never thought I would enjoy the taste of coffee, but in reality, I had never appreciated such a unique taste. I can’t go a day without it now, and I feel so silly that I didn’t give coffee a chance sooner. One morning, while sipping a fresh cup of coffee from my nespresso machine, I had the urge to dip something into it. But what? I had seen people dip donuts into coffee, but I wanted something chewier and lighter. Biscottis are always so crunchy and bland; I wanted something that was crumbly but soft.

Events: Get Tickets to the One-of-a-Kind Taste of Titanic Event on July 25th at National Geographic
Foodies and Titanic lovers alike—you don’t want to miss this event! In tandem with the museum’s new exhibit, “Titanic: The Untold Story,” Nat Geo is putting on an incredible culinary journey that will take you back to the golden age of transatlantic steamship travel. 

Perfect Pair: Cucumber Salad with Yogurt and Fresh Dill with Vina Eguia Blanco
The Dish:  Cucumber Salad with Yogurt and Fresh Dill

TOP 5 Spicy Products from Fancy Food Show
Wherever I go, I am always on the lookout for spicy products. I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC this past weekend, and after running down the hundreds of aisles of specialty products for two days straight, I found some incredible products with just the right amount of heat that will definitely be in my kitchen from now on. Although I tried a lot of different spicy products, these were my top 5 that I couldn't stop thinking about: 

Things To Do: Wildfire’s 9th Annual All-Crab Dinner with PBS Host, Chef, and Restaurateur John Shields
Chesapeake Bay Crab & Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Wildfire:  Join me at Wildfire, in Tysons Galleria on Friday, July 27, 2018, for a special evening with John Shields, author of Chesapeake Bay Cooking, host of the PBS series Coastal Cooking, and owner of the renowned Gertrude’s in Baltimore, for an incredible CrabFest Dinner! 

Thinking of Drinking: Ginger Collins
Are you ready for summer in a glass?  These cocktails are incredibly refreshing, but be careful because they pack a punch.  

8 Things to Do in Aspen, Colorado with Kids for Summer
My previous trips to Colorado without kids included endless hikes, skiing, and late night partying.  While my experience was totally different with the girls, we still had a lovely time.  There's plenty to do for the little ones.

Things to Do: FREE “Cooking Up History” Demo at the American History Museum
Once a month, The American History Museum puts on an incredible food demonstration with a guest chef and their resident food historian, Dr. Ashley Rose Young. The duo prepares recipes while discussing the history and traditions behind the ingredients.

Top 6 Summer Rosé Wines
Are you like me and just can't get enough of Rosé in the summer? There is nothing better than coming home after a long day and sipping a glass of Rosé. With extra time, you can even make Frosé, but just use the cheap stuff for that. Here are some of my favorite Rosés to sip outside. 

Things to Do: Rooftop Cookie Dough Pop-Up
DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections of NYC is coming to Washington D.C. ALL SUMMER LONG at the Watergate Hotel Rooftop. Top of the Gate will feature DŌ’s two most popular flavors: Chocolate Chip & Sugar Cookie. 

3 Watermelon Cocktails to Cool You Off
Fresh Watermelon CrushCool off at your summer BBQ with one of these refreshing watermelon cocktails.

My TOP 5 Favorite Products from Summer Fancy Food Show
We had an incredible time at the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC this past weekend. We met with remarkable food industry professionals, entrepreneurs, chefs, bakers, and foodies all with their own unique products and distinctive brands. Although I sampled dozens of specialty products from all across the globe, I didn’t even get close to meeting with the hundreds of interesting people or trying the thousands of products that lined the Javits Convention Center. 

Happy 4th of July!

Chuao Chocolatier: The Perfect 4th of July Chocolate
Summer Fancy Food has so many incredible products. I came across one treat that immediately brought me back to when I was a kid and had me so excited for the 4th of July!

Top 7 4th of July Recipes
Bomb Pop ShotThe 4th of July is almost here.  Can you believe it?  Check out these recipes to make your party perfect.

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