Longleaf Restaurant

After exploring the Atlanta Botanical Garden, my bestie and I decided to find a restaurant on-site to rest at. A bright and modern cafe across from the floral Phoenix served an affordable and freshly made lunch. Read about the space and what we ordered for this lunch review.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden

Visiting my childhood best friend brought me to Atlanta, Georgia for the first time. After driving through Atlanta, we ended up at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We walked unbelievable flower displays and a special exhibit which was fate for me to see! Check out my photography and thoughts before reading the lunch review.

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Inspired by a Pinterest recipe, I decided to tackle a recipe I always think of: Cheesy broccoli rice casserole. If you make weeknight meals using Knorr’s rice packets, then this fresh, homemade casserole recipe is for you. Cheesy, creamy rice with seasonings and diced pieces of fresh broccoli. Check out the recipe video and download the recipe card.

Delish's Crab Cake Poppers

This week #OnTheBlog I'm making Delish's Crab Cake Poppers. These are a light summertime appetizer that's perfect for backyard BBQs. Your friends will be impressed with the crispy fried outside and luscious crab meat inside. Watch the how-to video to see how it’s made and download the recipe cards to try it yourself!

Tastemade's Ritz Cracker Pie

Inspired by a recipe video I saw on Twitter, I researched Tastemade’s Ritz Cracker Pie and decided to test the recipe. Buttery Ritz Crackers, brown sugar, caramel, and coconut — watch my recipe video to see how I made this popular pie, and my thoughts about the overall flavors and texture.

Taiyaki NYC | Chinatown

I finally visit Taiyaki NYC in Chinatown — a popular ice cream shop, famous for its fish-shaped ice cream cones. I first found this on Instagram, as influencers and tourists shared their decorative fish-cones. Since I was already in Little Italy, I continued a few blocks down to Chinatown, home of Taiyaki NYC.

Caprese Crostini with Homemade Pesto

Just in time for spring! A healthy appetizer: Caprese crostini with homemade pesto. Building off of the Italian ingredients from last week’s homemade pesto, I’ve used fresh ingredients from the market to make delicious caprese bites. Less than 10-minutes of assembly and you’ll have an impressive appetizer.

Homemade Pesto with Basil and Pine Nuts

This week, I’m using my new mortar and pestle to make homemade pesto with basil and pine nuts. This recipe calls for fresh ingredients that make for a delicious sauce, spread, or dip. I love the garlicky flavor and deliciousness. Plus, you get a good work-out pulverizing the ingredients. Watch the video and download the recipe card to see how it’s made.

Homemade Hummus

An easy, homemade hummus that will impress your friends and family! Start with fresh ingredients and improvise with your final toppings to create a delicious homemade hummus recipe. Great to take as a healthy snack for work, or to pack with you for a party. Watch the video and download the recipe card to see how to make it.