Tangerine - Jalapeño Margarita

I mostly stick with food on my blog, but I couldn't resist preparing a cocktail after the bouts of warm weather we have been experiencing on the East Coast.  Since I was making lamb chops, mini-burgers, salad (coming soon to the blog), and lobster, I thought a great cocktail should accompany the meal.

While grocery shopping with my daughter and mother in-law, I thought "tequila." LOL! Just kidding...I love grocery shopping and it's even more fun with company! I really wanted a good bottle of mezcal, but since I was in a crunch, I picked up a good ol' bottle of tequila.  I also wanted some blood oranges but they were not available.  Fortunately, I saw some beautifully fragrant tangerines!  

2 whole tangerines 1 jalapeño 1 lime 1 oz. simple syrup 4 oz. of your favorite tequila optional: cayenne or sea salt rim
1.  Cut blood tangerines and limes in half and juice.  Set the liquid aside. 2.  Place a few slices of jalapeño in a cocktail shaker and mud…

SundayBest Pop-Up

The last time I enjoyed a pop-up restaurant was in October 2013.  I had recently moved to Los Angeles to be with my husband who was completing his fellowship.  As an avid viewer of Top Chef, I attended the pop-up at Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena under the direction of Chef Laurent Quenioux.  It was such a great experience (you can read more about it here:  (

After watching this past season of Top Chef, I was quickly drawn to Chef Adrienne Cheatham. I have watched the show since the first season, and many chefs lack direction in the beginning.  Chef Adrienne Cheatham was one of those chefs, but something was different about her when she was on the screen.  Did she lack direction when she first entered the competition?  Sure, but it reminded me of my journey in medicine.  She was under-estimated when she first entered the competition.  I often felt lost or ignored in the field of medicine, especially when I ent…

Cauliflower "Steak"

It has been some time since I last wrote about my cooking experiences.  With dermatology residency graduation approaching, a growing toddler, studying for boards, building a home, and life in general with Dr. Man, I have fallen behind on my wonderful hobby.  However, it has not stopped me from cooking and picture journaling.

One evening, Dr. Man stated that he wanted to start a plant-based diet 3-4 days per week.  No problem, I thought, but how can I make vegetables the star of the show?

After a trip to Whole Foods Market, I purchased cauliflower, kale, and sweet potatoes....

I wanted to cut the cauliflower longitudinally to mimic the look of steak.  I seasoned the "steak" with sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder after coating with olive oil...

The cauliflower was placed into the oven to broil.  While it was broiling, I washed my kale and set aside.  I peeled, diced, and seasoned the sweet potatoes with sea salt and pepper after coating with olive oil...

I removed the cauli…

Gender Reveal Party in Philadelphia

As my daughter's 3rd birthday quickly approaches, I am reflecting on our gender reveal party 3 years ago in Philadelphia. How time flies!!

Dr. Man decided to have the party in Philadelphia since it was a central location for our families on the East Coast.  We were living on the West Coast at the time, and we thought it would be a great idea to get our families together during this exciting time.  After viewing a video of The Hotel Monaco thanks to my father, it was an easy decision.  I loved their lilac, pink, and grey main ballroom.

We centered our gender reveal party around our baby girl's name, Sage.  I went with the colors green and white to keep it gender neutral.  Get it?  Sage green.  Once I had the color scheme, the details soon flowed.  The chevron theme began with our invitations.  I quickly found green/white chevron straws as well as favor bags. With the addition of creams, whites, and greens from Eventricity Floral Design, the room was perfect…it still provided a…

Beer Battered Cauliflower Bites

I had a whole head of cauliflower in my fridge for a few days, and I was unsure on how to prepare this versatile vegetable.  I was drinking a beer after a full day of studying, and I had a "light bulb moment."  I have used beer batter in the past to prepare shrimp with a sriracha sauce, as well as chicken.

Why not cauliflower?!?  The flavor profile may be interesting....

I chopped the cauliflower roughly and put the florets in a pot filled with hot salted water...

I mixed a half bottle of one of my favorite wheat beers with some flour...

I removed the cauliflower florets from the boiling water to blanch in ice cold water.  I dried each floret with a paper towel, and then dumped them in my beer batter.  In a medium-hot frying pan filled with vegetable oil, I quickly fried each floret.  After removing from the hot oil, I sprinkled the cauliflower bites with sea salt.  So simple!

Enjoy!  What is your favorite beer?

Sage's 1st Sail-lebration!

While we are vacationing in Turks and Caicos for my daughter's 2nd birthday today, I am reflecting on her 1st birthday!  How time flies!!

Dr. Man wanted an unique 1st birthday party for his little girl.  We thought about having it in a ballroom in Northern NJ that overlooked the NYC skyline.  He thought that would be too similar to our gender reveal party (coming soon to the blog) that we had in Philadelphia.  His idea was to have it on a yacht for our closest family and friends.  After touring some yachts thanks to Prestige Yacht Charters, we chose The Lexington due to its modern sitting area downstairs, as well as the dance floor and opening to the outside upstairs.

I centered the theme around the pink and grey sailing invitations, as well as Sage's outfits for her day.

Despite being a 1st birthday party, I still wanted to guests to have a "grown-up feel."  As they entered the yacht, they were ushered upstairs and greeted with their choice of white wine, champagne…