With spring time in the air, we’ve been craving something a bit more floral than usual.  Maybe it’s something about all the magnolia trees a-bloom, or the spring time bulbs bursting from the earth, but we’ve got spring fever, and we’ve got it bad

We recently discovered the recipe for Violet Gin Fizzies, and now we are obsessed.  Light and frothy, the aromatic flavors of Hendricks Gin play nicely with the Creme de Violette and orange citrus oils.  It’s a lovely spring time drink - and it’s gorgeous purple hue sure goes nicely with all those fluffy blossoms outside!

Get the recipe over at Gastronomista!

Truths about me
Rules: Once you have been tagged you are supposed to write 92 truths about yourself. At the end, choose 15 people to tag!
I was tagged by rocket-popcorn (Great blog!)
What was your last…
Drink- Water
Phone Call- My Mom.
Text Message- My Mom
Song you listened to- Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Time you cried- Damn that Southpaw movie today.
Have you ever…
Dated someone twice- Nope, no double dipping.
Been cheated on- Yes
Lost someone special- Yes 
Been depressed- Yes.
Gotten drunk and thrown up- Yes but only once 😁
In the last year have you…
Made a new friend- Yes.
Fallen out of love- No.
Laughed until you cried- Every now and then.
Met someone who changed you- Yes.
Found out who your true friends are- Absolutely.
Kissed someone on your facebook list- nope.
How many of your facebook friends do you know in real life?- all when I had one.
Do you have any pets?- Yes, 15🙊.
Do you want to change your name?- yes. I hate it 👿
What did you do for you last birthday?- traveled through FL, AL, MS, LA, and stopped in TX with the love of my life in an RV.💜❤️
What time did you wake up?- 7am
What were you doing at midnight last night?- walking Maui.
Name something you cannot wait for- Holding my love on a beach somewhere.
When was the last time you saw your mother?- 3/10/2015
What are you listening to right now?- Fly me to the moon-Frank Sinatra
Have you ever met a person named tom?- Only one 
Something that’s getting on your nerves- My weight.
Blood type- O+
Nickname(s)- vagina, Kari, monkey, pumpkin 😷
Relationship status- Happily taken 💋
Zodiac sign- Pisces
Pronouns- She/her.
Fav tv show(s)- OITNB, Velvet, Salem, Game of Thrones, Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story
right or left handed?- Right.
Surgery- All 4 wisdom teeth
Piercing- Ears.
Best friend(s)- Michaela and Jessa
Sport- Baseball
Vacation- Guadalajara, MX
Right now…
Eating- AIR
Drinking- an imaginary glass of vodka. 
I’m about to- Conjure a genius way to romance Michaela.
Listening to- tu recuerdo- Ricky Martin
Waiting for- Michaela, she’s getting a massage
Want kids?- Yes, but I want her more.
Get married- absolutely 😍💍🎉❤️💜
Career- CNA/head of Administration/Ms. Fix it lol
Which is better…
Hugs or kisses?- KISSES❤️
Lips or eyes?- Lips.💋
Shorter or taller?- shorter than me lol
Older or younger?- younger than me
Romantic or spontaneous?- Romantic
Nice arms or nice stomach?- Stomach.
Sensitive or loud?- Sensitive.
Hook up or relationship?- Relationship.
Trouble maker or hesitant?- Trouble Maker.
Have you ever…
kissed a stranger?- Yes
Drank hard liquor?- Yes.
Sex on the first date?- Yes
Broke someones heart?- Yes.
Had your own heart broken?- Yes.
Been arrested?- Yes
Cried when someone died- Oh yeah.
Fallen for a friend-yes
Do you believe in…
Yourself?- Sometimes.
Miracles?- Yea.
Love at first sight?- Yes
Santa Claus?- How about, no lol
Kiss on the first date?- Absolutely
Angels?- Yes.
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Gastronomista is a lady-run, beautifully laid out website devoted to all things food. My first introduction was when my lovely lady friend, Helen Hollyman, announced on her website that she was honored to be a guest contributor on the Gastronomista blog.

Since then, she has also endured many a meatball and brought the hard core details to you here.

I love to be able to support my friends, but I love food even more, so I added Gastronomista into my Google Reader. These ladies were responsible for the introduction of bacon lettering last week and have upped the ante this week with home decor.

Enter Pop Chart Lab and a post about what do do when you’re craving chocolate but just can’t decide. Instantly hooked, I quickly search for what else is out there to geek out over and I’m overcome with possibilities in the print department!

Wishing now, more than ever, that I had my own permanent space and not this purgatory of a house, these posters would be fancifully displayed like the perfect art gallery. Possibly a chair or bench nearby so you can sit and stare, with a cocktail in hand, and educated yourself on all there is to be known. Or I could possibly start a hotline where my friends could call in time of need. I could rush to the appropriate image and settle their worry in no time.

These are all on my christmas list now.

4 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Margaritas from Gastronomista

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays of the year—mostly because there are margaritas involved. I love margs for any occasion, but they taste extra delicious when you know that summer’s quickly approaching after a long, cold spring. 

Today we’ve got four, yes four, recipes for Margaritas that will satisfy even the pickiest palates: The Mercadito with Jalapenos and Cilantro, A Smoky Ginger Mezcal Margarita, a Habanero Grapefruit Marg, and a recipe for A Perfect Margarita—none of which are dispensed from an icee machine. Cheers!

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Gastronomista/Tumblr Food & Drink, "Holiday's On Ice" Radio Special.

Drumroll, please.

(Photo via Fashionsmostwanted)

Today, Thursday December 13th, 2012 marks a historic day on U Look Hungry radio… 

I’m sure you recall that lovely U Look Hungry radio interview (from last summer) with two (out of the four+) tour de forces at Gastronomista? If not, let me jog your memory.

We’re well underway into the holiday season, which can involve mass hysteria, too much eggnog, and severe exhaustion from trying to locate the perfect cat sweater for Grandma. Take a deep breath, relax, and step away from Pinterest’s trending gift guide section.

So with the help of today’s guests, Gastronomista Co-Founders, Emily Arden Wells (Emma Emerson) and Jennifer Pelka (who has moved over to Gilt Taste and most recently, Tumblr), we bring you AN HOUR LONG HOLIDAY RADIO SPECIAL. 

Like the anxious anticipation of a fireside chat (hopefully accompanied by a glass of warm bourbon), we present to you The U Look Hungry/Gastronomista/Tumblr Food & Drink mash-up special, “Holiday’s on Ice” episode of U Look Hungry radio, only on the Heritage Radio Network.

For this hour long special, expect the following crash course in holiday entertaining, gift giving, party tricks, and so much more:

*Holiday decorating tips (that won’t accidentally light your dog on fire in the process)

*Entertaining accessories (red lipstick is always a must)

*Holiday survival tricks (did someone say bourbon?)

(Photo via Gastronomista)

*Favorite dishes and holiday traditions

*Gastronomista’s ultimate gift guide/gifts for the hostess with the mostess/table gifts

*Tumblr Re-Blog gifting 

(Photo via Tumblr re-blog gift guide)

Here’s what you need to do:

Turn up those speakers to the proper audible level and tune in to U Look Hungry radio show on the Heritage Radio Network LIVE at 6 pm (EST) today, Thursday December 13th, 2012. 

If you’re in the middle of whipping up that homemade eggnog recipe (I hope that you haven’t developed carpel tunnel as a result), take your time and listen to the episode at your leisure by downloading the free iTunes version of the episode.

Feliz Navidad, ya’ll. Happy Channukah. Happy Kwanzaa. Can’t wait.

3 More Valentine’s Day Cocktails

It shouldn’t surprise you to find that all of us at Birchbox are a bit cocktail-obsessed. While the lady eds were chatting up Emma Emerson, co-founder of the cocktail, food, and design website Gastronomista, about rose-colored tipples in honor of Valentine’s Day, the editors at Birchbox Man were plying the very same Ms. Emerson for handcrafted holiday libations. Clearly, great minds think alike—a mere few desks away. Check out our post on non-girly, non-cliché pink cocktails, then scoot over to The Guide for 3 more recipes. Happy drinking! 


Flying solo on Valentine’s Day? Check out guest blogger Jessica Dang’s single-girl rituals

Meatball Hangover. I Mean Meatball Madness.


Last week, I attended Meatball Madness. I ate a lot of meat, drank some delicious Campari, and then wrote about it for my favorite food focused site, Gastronomista


If you don’t know what this carnivorous event involves, you just want to read about meatballs, or simply love Gastronomista as much as I do, you should probably give in and visit here.

I’ll have a Negroni with a side of Maalox, please. 

Go ahead, eat like a girl. You’ll be glad you did. 


The best part of a Greyhound cocktail is the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice - giving it a refreshing zip that acts as a perfect vessel to deliver vodka to one’s body.  The Greyhound is a classic cocktail, one that never fails.

Today, we’re bringing you a variation on the Greyhound - The Bad Dog Greyhound.  A perfect cocktail for the bad, the fiery, the untamed. 
We used Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka made in Austin Texas, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, and Bad Dog Fire and Damnation bitters to give it some serious kick.  We rimmed the glass in salt and Rio Grande Chile Blend, and garnish with a whole Habanero Pepper - for the baddest dogs out there.   Get the recipe on Gastronomista! xxG

To kick off summer I’ve been making Pisco Sours - but my dad’s variation with a smoky touch of The Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters and Porton Pisco made in the Andes mountains of Peru.  

 Although it seems like it wouldn’t work, the BBQ bitters were a stroke of genius.  They compliment the bright and zesty cocktail with a surprise of spicy heat, smoke, and that BBQ sweetness we all love so much.  It’s almost as though the cocktail had spent the entire day over the smoker with the ribs and then was miraculously served chilled to perfection.  

Get the recipe on Gastronomista!

Learn How to Eat Like A Girl With Gastronomista on U Look Hungry today at 3 p.m.


On today’s episode of U Look Hungry, I’m joined by Miss Rammy Lee Park and Emily Wells, two of the gems behind the delectable website, “Gastronomista.”   

If you’re not familiar with Gastronomista, it’s one of the best food websites dedicated to bookmarking some of the most hot haute hot mouthwatering food trends and unbelievable finds.

In short, it’s almost where food, art and fashion collide. The wordy libations don’t stop there; they also create bespoke events, gorgeous videos, and so much more.

The definition of a “Gastronomista” (according to their website, coined by Melissa Muhlke of the NY Times): Gastronomista / (gas tran ome sta) / n. / a savvy woman who turns blogging about what she ate last night into a mini industry.

(Above, from left to right: Rammy Lee Park and Emily Wells, courtesy of the Gastronomista Gals)

A little bit about Emily Wells

Emily Arden Wells is an architect and graphic designer. She currently works for Adjaye Associates New York office, where she is part of the core design team for the Smithsonian African American Museum in Washington D.C. She is co-founder and editor of Gastronomista, founded with Jennifer Pelka in 2009, where she writes under the pseudonym Miss Emma Emerson. Emily designed the identity and website for Gastronomista, in addition to continuing to manage all content for the website. Emily’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wallpaper, Elle, and was also featured in the Archiprix 2011. Emily has also worked for internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, in addition to AvroKo, a New York firm specializing in restaurant design. She holds a Masters in Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture ‘09 where she won the coveted H.I. Feldman Prize for a sustainable multi-family housing proposal in Houston, Texas. The prize is awarded annually to the best solution of an architectural problem. Wells also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to a year of studies at the Architectural Association of London. 

A little bit about Rammy Lee Park:

Rammy Lee Park is a writer, filmmaker & designer. She is the recipient of grants from the National Board of Review and the Caucus Foundation, and her work has been featured in/shown at: the Scope Art Fair, Anthology Film Archives, (le) Poisson Rouge and Time Out New York. Her short films have screened at Palm Springs Shortsfest, Albuquerque Film Festival and the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films among others. She blogs about sexuality and the Asian-American female at Great Expectasians and she is a contributing writer for Gastronomista. Her pen name for Gastronomista, ARIADNE AX, is also her independent jewelry design label, launching fall 2011. She is currently developing her first full length play as well as a non-narrative video series. She holds a BA in English and an MFA in Film, both from Columbia University. She lives and works in Brooklyn. 

Get ready to hear Rammy Lee Park and Emily Wells wax poetic about the site, their own works, and how to be your own Gastronomista day to day.


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Tune in today, Thursday August 18th at 3 p.m. to hear me chat with the geniuses behind on Heritage Radio Network. You won’t regret it.