Cusco and the Sacred Valley

I stepped into Cusco at night, not knowing how it would compare to the gorgeous cliff sides of Lima. When I woke up in the morning and started exploring, I swore it was the most beautiful city I had ever been to. The cobblestone streets are lined with locals in the most vibrant, brightly patterned…

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

Is there any better combo than nut butter and chocolate? I think nut. I’m a HUGE choco + peanut butter fan, but I thought I’d switch it up today and choose a slightly healthier nut butter to create a slightly less-healthy dessert. Balance. These bars have a thick shortbread-type bottom layer, a crunchy and sweet…

Lima – The Capital

When I was researching Peru prior to visiting, a lot of the posts that I read said not to bother with Lima. I’m telling you the opposite! Check it out while you are there. It has a lot of character and history and also some neat things to do and see. The food was also…

Vegan Power Muffins

Who said muffin tops were bad? Embrace those bulges with these healthier POWER muffs! All the yum, none of the guilt. I LOVE muffins. Love, love, love them. But I’m always finding myself feeling bad after eating them, which is so silly. A girl can’t eat a muffin in the 21st century anymore without feeling…

The South of Peru – A Backpacker’s Guide

Peru is stunningly diverse. From cliff sides to deserts to ice-capped mountaintops to steep canyons, there is always somewhere to explore. I kept to the southern parts of the country, namely: Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Puno, Arequipa, Nasca, Huacachina and Paracas, but the north has just as much to offer. If you plan on going…

Grilled Piña (Colada) French Toast

I think it’s safe to say that we all need a drink at this point of the pandemic. Let’s also put alcohol in our food…because that sounds fun! Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I have piña coladas on rotate. They are thick, slushy and sweet, and just the perfect hot-day drink. And, obviously my…

Tropical Banana Flambé

Ayyyeeee! It’s gettin’ caliente in here, beaches!! Let’s take a trip to the Caribbean! Okay, nevermind, Rona’s still stomping on our parades, so, let’s bring the Caribbean to us. Grab your piñas and your lighters and let’s set fuego to this *****…Whattt?! I meant “house.” This recipe is inspired by one of my sweet besties….

Sweet Potato Creme Brulee (Vegan, GF)

Ohhh haayyyyyy! I know you are looking for a super simple holiday dessert that is plant-based and delish. I have just the thing, with a side of original. I really love sweet potatoes and I always have them at this time of year. I prefer them to white potatoes and always experiment with different ways…

Winter Pear Spice Cake with a Vanilla “Buttercream” (Vegan, GF)

‘Tis the season for cakes you make for others and eat yourself (thanks COVID). Feeling sad about the virus during the holidays? Do what I do – spend ample amounts of money on yourself, eat endless desserts and relish in all of your glorious decorations! It will 100% make you feel better. Firstly, let’s talk…

Coconut Lime Cilantro Rice

Someone PLEASE bring me back to Southeast Asia so I can eat the best rice dishes on the planet… Please? I traveled to SE Asia during the summer of 2017. Those were the days, man. It was like 6 weeks of pure foodie inspiration. Rice, curries, fresh fruit, toasties from the 7/11…If you know, you…