2014 Taste of Perkins

peking duck fingers

When was the last time you closed your eyes because you tasted something delicious? Think about it. When your eyes are closed and you eat something, your sense of taste is magnified. You smell everything more intensely. The textures pop in your mouth, flavors either jolt you awake or make you remember a distant memory. When you eat your food without seeing it, everything is different.

As many of you know, one of my sisters is deaf-blind, so every day, she eats her food without seeing it. I get to experience a fraction of this at least once a year, at the Taste of Perkins, an annual fundraiser at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. Guests are blindfolded and led to a tasting room, where volunteers help us eat little  bites, as well as sip on wine pairings. I’ve been attending this fantastic event for a few years (here is my first review three years ago) and this year, I even participated in a “Taste Challenge” on stage…

almond butter granola bars
October 13, 2014

Almond Butter Granola Bars

Almond butter, old-fashioned oats, brown rice crisps, sliced almonds, chopped dates, dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, honey, and coconut oil. That's a lot of ingredients packed into these bars, but it's all good-for-you stuff....

salted caramel crunnch brownies

These brownies are INTENSE. Intensely dark and fudgy. Intensely salty. Intensely sticky. Intensely crunchy. Ridiculous.

dean bianca will

Wine, food, cocktails, cheese, meat, chocolate, more wine, and a stunning scenery. My friends and I were in heaven at The Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, one of my favorite events in New...

dulce de leche cake balls

Dulce de leche cake balls with smoked sea salt. They're cute! They're individually sized! The smoked sea salt almost looks like gold! An added bonus: unlike an actual cake, you can help yourself to a...

avocado crab toast
September 18, 2014

Avocado and Crab Crostini

Golden crostini rounds, creamy mashed avocado, and buttery lemony crab meat. I'll totally get if you become fixated on this, too! (By you I mean me.)

chocolate guinness beer float with salted dulce de leche sauce

Quick: what’s the first thing you think about when you hear the words Irish Festival? I’m not going to lie, but the first thing that popped in my head is a Guinness. The photo...

coconut blueberry ice cream
September 11, 2014

Coconut Blueberry Pie Ice Cream

This ice cream is insanely delicious. It tastes exactly like how it sounds: blueberry pie, coconut cream pie, and ice cream in one. Dense, creamy, sweet coconut ice cream with swirls of blueberry compote...

molly hanson chevre cheesecake
September 8, 2014

Sugar Rush 2014 at Harvest

How often do you think about having dessert for dinner? If you're me, you think about it pretty regularly. Like, often. Maybe a few times a week? Okay fine everyday. Last week, I was able to...