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How to “Overpack” like a PRO

I am an overpacker.  I am the girl who brings two suitcase for a weekend trip while everyone else brings a small duffle bag.  This way I lessen my travel anxiety by ensuring I have MORE than enough for my trip.  Southwest is also my go to cause I ALWAYS need to check a bag.  Before I went to Rome I decided to make a change.  My Rome trip required three flights each way and I worried that my bag would get lost in the shuffle.  So I set out on a mission, to pack everything in a carry on [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Traveling Foodie|0 Comments

Farmhouse Delivery Giveaway

For those who follow my Instagram page, you may have caught my IG stories about the Texas based delivery company, Farmhouse Delivery!  Well my excitement about this amazing company has spilled over to the blog.  Check out all the details below plus a Farmhouse Delivery Giveaway and a promo code! How it Works Farmhouse Delivery prides itself on bringing Texas families good locally grown/harvested food to their doorsteps, literally.  All of the products featured are grown right here in Texas, so you are supporting local businesses through their company.  Here is how the process works.  Customers register ahead by inputting their [...]

By |January 29th, 2018|Categories: Houston Eats, Top Lists|7 Comments

Birthday Brunch by Chef Vicky

My dad turned 60 at the end of last year and as you would expect, we wanted to do something special!  My sister came up with the genius idea to hire a private chef to cook a birthday brunch right in our home kitchen.  Even better, I just happen to know a private chef, my friend Chef Vicky who runs the blog Tha Fat Girl Food Chronicles.   We quickly linked with her and planned a Birthday Brunch by Chef Vicky.   Keep reading for all of the fun details! How it Works Vicky is a fabulous formally trained chef in the Houston [...]

By |January 20th, 2018|Categories: Brunches, Events, Houston Brunches|1 Comment

Dinner at Mastro’s

I tried my best to leave all of my 2017 dining experiences in 2017, but I have just one more to share.  I rounded out the holiday season with a stop over to the brand new Mastro's Steakhouse!  Owner Tilman Fertitta finally brought the nationally renowned Mastro's brand to Houston to anchor his new Post Oak mixed use space.  Here are all of the details of Dinner at Mastro's! The Setup and Location The Post Oak luxury mixed use space is set to open in March 2018, but we got a bit of a tease with the opening of Mastro's [...]

By |January 18th, 2018|Categories: Dinner, Houston Eats|Comments Off on Dinner at Mastro’s

How to Travel for the LOW

More than anything I want everyone especially black women to experience the joys of traveling far and wide!  Before I actually started traveling, I had misconceptions on the actual costs involved.  Once I stepped into the reality of my own budget, I found that the vacations that I dreamed of were within reach.  I am a firm believer in sharing the wealth, so I drafted a LONG list of tips on cutting costs while traveling.   Get into this "How to Travel for the Low" post now and be sure to comment with your own tips! Flight Deals If I could [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Categories: Tips and Tricks, Traveling Foodie|2 Comments

Cinnamon Olive Oil Gelato

I know you read that title and thought olive oil and gelato do NOT go together.  Hear me out though!  A few weeks back the company Zucchi sent me some olive oil with no strings attached.  If I tried and liked the product, they hoped that I would share with you all.  My package included four different olive oils including a Sweet & Fruity one.  Intrigued, I went online looking for recipe ideas for sweet olive oil.  It was there I found the idea for OLIVE OIL GELATO.   So two things, I love making ice cream/custard and I just returned from [...]

By |January 7th, 2018|Categories: Recipes|Comments Off on Cinnamon Olive Oil Gelato

Black Girls Who Brunch Guide to Rome

Hey friends! I took a vacation from my vacation and rested up before heading back to work.  As typical with any part time bloggers, a vacation from my day job means time to dedicate to my blog!  I spent the last few days creating all of my blog posts for Rome with information about where I stayed, what I saw and of course what I ate! All of these posts came together to create, The Black Girls Who Bruch Guide to Rome! If you want to know all about my Rome trip, start here. Enjoy :). The Must Knows Going to [...]

By |January 5th, 2018|Categories: City Guides, Traveling Foodie|Comments Off on Black Girls Who Brunch Guide to Rome

The Bricks Rome Hostel

People, NOT ME, think that I may be a bit high maintenance.  So when I told them that we stayed in a hostel in Rome mouths dropped.  Look, high maintenance aside, I really thought I was on the wrong side of 30 to be staying at a hostel in Europe.  Plus, the idea of shared space and shared bathrooms really was not my idea of a good time!  So I was pretty shut off to the idea of a hostel until I discovered The Bricks Rome Hostel! Finding It When I search for hotels, I use websites like Expedia.  I [...]

By |January 5th, 2018|Categories: Traveling Foodie|Comments Off on The Bricks Rome Hostel

New Year’s Eve in Rome!

Our last full day in Rome just so happened to be the last full day of 2017!  We spent weeks trying to find things to do for New Year's Eve researching online about public fireworks displays, concerts and Rome traditions.  Once in Rome we asked around for good NYE options and finally settled on a NYE Pub Crawl which was suggested by one of our tour guides.  Here is quick run down of our New Year's Eve in Rome! Before I jump into NYE, here is a quick note about Christmas.  Do not go to Rome on Christmas.  As I [...]

By |January 5th, 2018|Categories: Traveling Foodie|Comments Off on New Year’s Eve in Rome!

Getting Around Rome

My sister and I spent a week in Rome and managed to use a lot of modes of transportation during our visit.  Here is my takes on the options as well as some tips for Getting Around Rome! Metro/Subway There are signs everywhere directing you towards the train. By the end of our trip, we had using the subway down!  This was by far the cheapest and most convenient way to travel around Rome.  I should note though that the subway line is not that expansive, so if you want to use the subway be sure to book [...]

By |January 5th, 2018|Categories: Traveling Foodie|Comments Off on Getting Around Rome