Bites Out: Rustica and Khyber Pass Cafe


Since moving to Saint Paul, I've become quite taken with cooking at home. I eat out much less frequently than I did in NYC, partly because the Midwest culture caters less to convenience and more to occasion, but mostly because it's a very suiting challenge for me. At last I have a kitchen with more than one pot! I have a roommate who ventures to eat my sometimes whimsical delicacies! I have an awesome discount on groceries through my job! It's a sure recipe for ...

The Vortex of Change and Challenge, or, The Beauty Around Me


My life has been a whirlwind of change and challenge since moving away from New York City 2.5 months ago. I willingly stepped into a vortex that immediately took me away from an existence I'd spent two years building, into the heart of a changing family dynamic, through a tense month and a half of unemployment, and on to living in a city I'd only ever experienced at a distance. "Life comes at you in waves." It's an insight of my Mom's that could not ...

Still Cookin’


Sometimes a is worth a thousand words. Other times, I simply don't have any words to write. Rest assured, loyal fans, I'm still cooking and consuming tasty food in a very tRuthful manner. Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry Tuna Lettuce Wraps Feta and Watermelon Salad, Roasted Lamb with Lentils, and Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding at Saffron for Restaurant Week An ode to the season of my favorite fruit: the tomato!    

Moving In With Spicy Chicken Tacos


Putting the kitchen together in my new Saint Paul apartment is a unique look back I unpack the black and white speckled ceramic mug and remember all the handcrafted dishes my Mom has given me over the years. I unpack my dying, miniature hand beater that was a desperate Goodwill purchase in college and remember how I didn't even try to feel "at home" all three of those years. Each dish or lack thereof is a memory and a piece of me. As I ...

First Bites of the Twin Cities


A few nights ago I was lying in bed reading Mpls St. Paul Magazine when I realized what I was actually reading was the restaurant directory in the back, soaking up the 6-point sized font descriptions of every restaurant in the Twin Cities like they were water from the Fountain of Youth. But this time, in this city, I succumbed to the fact that this is not a problem, this is a passion. The kitchen in my new apartment in still in disarray, and I've barely even ...

24 NYC Moments: May 2014


A "moment" from each month I spent in NYC. Sometimes tasty, always tRuthful. Bonus! Month 25: May 2014 It's an odd feeling to close the door for the last time on an apartment you know you'll never live in again. It's stranger when it's likely your last day living in that city. It's a half-metaphor--the inevitable click of a door closing, saying no to future opportunities here, and ending an era--all without the immediacy of more doors opening on the other side. It's a moment of reflection ...

24 NYC Moments: April 2014


A "moment" from each month I spent in NYC. Sometimes tasty, always tRuthful. Month 24: April 2014 "Nice shades," a middle-aged man says to me casually as I pass him walking south on Broadway in the Upper West Side. "Are you wearing them because the Mets are playing a big game today?" It seemed like such an offhand thing to say, but I guess I should be used to that by now. After two years of living in New York City if there's one thing I know ...