Calling all bacon lovers, the Big Bite Bacon Fest is back! The event will take place August 1-2 on The Queen Mary and I have a pair of tickets to give away.

(Photo provided by Big Bite Bacon Fest)

There are three sessions you can choose from and tickets start at $40 (for general admission; there are also other option that include VIP and/or craft beer sampling). Admission includes bites from dozens of local restaurants and vendors, including Red Leprechaun, Rajin Cajun Café, Donut Bar, Dog Haus and many more. Find the full list of vendors and more information about the event on their website

(Photo provided from Macy’s Culinary Council and used with permission)

If you’re in or near the San Diego area and are a fan of Top Chef, there’s an exciting free event happening next weekend at Macy’s Home store in Mission Valley.

Chef Stephanie Izard  (the first female winner of Top Chef)  will be demoing some of her award winning dishes and there will be samples for the audience to taste. The event is sponsored by Macy’s Culinary Council and will take place on July 25, 2015 at 12 PM. The event is free and you can reserve your spot at

In addition to tasting samples, you can also get a book signing with her!


Lüke is one of several John Besh restaurants located in New Orleans. During our trip earlier this year, we stopped in for an early brunch with two other friends.

Eggs in a Jar

I was immediately drawn to this dish when I saw the name of it. Luckily my dining companions were equally curious. This was the highlight of our meal. It is also what inspired me to make my Creamy Cheese Grits with poached eggs and hollandaise.