Whole30: A love story? (and the one thing that surprised me the most)

I did it. I finished 30 entire days without alcohol, added sugars, bread, beans, and dairy. I ate healthy fats, animal-based protein and vegetables. While US News & World Report named Whole30 #37 on a list of 39 diets, it (mostly) worked for me. I figured the easiest way to share my experience is to answer …

StitchFix #16 (or the one where they didn’t listen to anything I asked)

Another day, another StitchFix (technically, it's two words -- Stitch Fix -- but pretty sure everyone under the sun spells it as one word). After the last one and sending back the shirt because it had a hole, I was feeling pessimistic but decided to give SF another chance. (Maybe I'm a masochist?) I asked …

Review: La Cuchara at Meadow Mill at Woodberry

Restaurant: La Cuchara Neighborhood: Meadow Mill at Woodberry Architecture/Ambiance: La Cuchara means "the spoon" and there are awesome old spoons on the walls. There's whitewash wood to balance the dark colors of the mill, and, being an old mill, there are soaring ceilings. Service: Our server was very attentive and knew everything about the menu. She was able to …

Review: Iron Rooster’s adult pop-tart and more

Restaurant: Iron Rooster Neighborhood: Canton (at Canton Crossing) Architecture/Ambiance: Iron Rooster occupies the former Farmstead Grill space, which is open with soaring beams and a nice whitewash. Service: It was a media event, so I'm sure it was turned up a notch, but they were quick, friendly, and up for a little bantering. Food, food, food: Pro tip: …

News & reviews of the Baltimore restaurants scene

Things are happening in the Baltimore restaurant scene. Here's a little recap: New dinner/cocktail menu at B&O American Brasserie B&O Is one of my favorites for delicious food from the acclaimed Mike Ransom and amazing drinks from the mind of bartender extraordinaire, Brendan Dorr, so I was excited to check out the new menus at …

Eventbrite Hometown Hunt: Thames Street in Fells Point, Baltimore

You know Eventbrite, right? It's basically where you buy tickets for pretty much anything. (You can create your own site to sell tickets to your own event, as well!) They're hosting a  Hometown Hunt where bloggers get to share their favorite places in their hometowns. My favorite place isn't one place, but a whole street. When …

Review: Stitch Fix #14 (The one after the really bad one)

I'll say this about Stitch Fix (<-- referral link to fun!): They know how to keep a customer. I was getting a little frustrated after my last fix, but this one -- she's a beaut. I opened the box and ohhhh'd and ahhhh'd. (Read about my previous 13 SFs here.) How'd I get so many pretty, …

Review: Stitch Fix #13 (or the one where my husband writes the review)

Each time I get a Stitch Fix, my husband shares his witty opinions. He was on fire this time, so I decided to let him take over the review. Without farther ado ... Jazz Embroidery Detail Blouse ($58) "This looks like a top to go to Mad River. It's basically just asking people to look at your …

Airbnb review (aka Why aren’t you Airbnb’ing yet?)

Airbnb (<-- $25 off your first stay!) is, in my humble opinion, by far the greatest travel invention aside from maybe the airplane. Rather than stay in a stuffy hotel, you can stay in unique spaces and connect with people who actually live where you're traveling. You get the inside scoop, a less expensive abode, and …

ClassPass is in Baltimore/Annapolis and I’m trying it!

I've been stalking ClassPass (<-- affiliate link) for awhile and am super jealous of those who live in NYC and DC and can use it. Guess what? It launched in Baltimore TODAY! Haven't heard of ClassPass? Here are the details: Located in cities throughout the US You can workout in ANY city with ClassPass Flex (read …

9 Birchbox finds that I’ve actually purchased

I've been a Birchbox devotee for about three years and get really excited when I find something that I love so much that I actually end up ordering it. Here are the 9 things that I've purchased after receiving Birchbox samples: Benefit The POREfessional I have massive pores and this is the only product that helps …

Review: Stitch Fix #11 (or the one after a very long break)

Let's pretend it hasn't been exactly one month since I've posted and just dive into this Stitch Fix order. Laina 3/4 Sleeve Striped Tie-Waist Dress ($38)   It's super soft, which is nice, and I love grey, but it's kind of a terry cloth material, which makes it feel more like a beach cover-up. Esten …

Currently loving [“I haven’t posted in awhile” and 2 giveaways edition]

Yep. I fail. I've been so crazy busy that I haven't taken the time to update over here, but here are some things that I've been loving: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: I received these to review and have been tossing them in my yogurts. They're super crunchy and packed with protein and Omega 3s. Want to try …

Head to B&O American in August to try its throwback menu

B&O American Brasserie celebrates its 5th anniversary in August and invites the public to try its initial menu that started it all! I've frequented and written about B&O many times over the past five years and highly recommend that you check out this Baltimore gem. $5 Cocktails (Flight of all 3: $14) Horsecar (My favorite!!): Dorothy Parker …

UPDATED review: Stitchfix #10 (or the one where I can’t decide)

  UPDATED: Includes my comments, your comments, and what I kept. I can't believe this is my 10th Stitchfix (<-- referral link). They still feel so new and exciting! (Want to read about my past nine Stitchfixes? Click here.) When I peeked online, I was excited to see three sleeveless tops and two dresses, which sounded …

Review: June 2014 Birchbox

For the past three years, around the 10th of each month, I anticipate the arrival of my new Birchbox. (If you don't know what Birchbox is, it's a small box full of sample- or full-size products for you to try. You fill out a profile with your likes, dislikes, hair color, eye color, etc. The team at Birchbox puts together …

Review: Handybook home cleaning service (and $25 off!)

I know that no one likes to clean his/her house, but I really despise it. I feel like so much time is wasted scrubbing a bathtub, especially when it needs to be cleaned again two weeks later. Steve and I have been keeping an eye on Groupon and other deal sites for cleaning services and …

3 days in Pleasantville — or Charlottesville, VA

Now that I've recapped the actual race, how about a recap of our visit to Charlottesville? Steve and I had never been there but heard great things from Katharine and everything that I read on KERF. We arrive in Charlottesville on Friday afternoon and checked into our airbnb rental. (If you've never used the site, I highly recommend …