Japan Garden

“It took traveling to the other side of the world to be reminded of this…”

I’m a person who likes to eat. Even more, I am a person that likes to converse, often at length, about eating. Working around food, I talk to so many people every day […]

Street Style: Raquel Burbano

I absolutely adore Raquel. She has been on the Stomping Ground team for less than one year and I find it difficult to remember how we ever managed without her. Raquel possess two […]

Thank You

Last year around this time I did not feel like being grateful. Even worse, I felt an overwhelming sense of guilt, as I had plenty to be thankful for. Still, I had just […]

Food Memories: Thanksgiving Sides & Pies

In my opinion Food Memories (I’m making that a proper noun) are some of the most powerful. In particular their effect is greatest around the holidays, because holidays are typically emotional. I can […]

What I’m Eating Now: Vegetables of Late Summer

It’s New York Fashion Week. As I was watching the ritual of fashion designers announcing their seasonal inspiration, I was reminded of the natural seasons of the kitchen. For those of you who […]

My Top 5 Pantry Essentials

There is an old adage that cooking is mostly shopping. I am often flummoxed when I meet some of you with keen wardrobes and little cooking skill. Shopping for ingredients can be as […]

A Love Letter to My Girlfriends

“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” — Leslie Knope I’m snarky. Big surprise. I have very little love […]

Drink Champagne with Fried Chicken

$10 t-shirts paired with $300 jeans. $26 vintage dress coupled with $600+ heels. Caviar served with Lays potato chips. Duck confit atop a pile of greasy fries; a fine dining poutine. Like fashion, […]

New Year’s Good Luck Foods

I’m not a superstitious person. I sit in the thirteenth row, I spill salt almost daily without flinching, I’d even happily host an indoor open umbrella dance party. But my cynical heart goes […]

My Favorite Pantry Gifts

It’s definitely the holiday season. The Del Ray Christmas tree is lit, the Scottish Walk has passed. Winter coats are on. And Stomping Ground guests are asking lots of questions about gifts, particularly […]

Debunking Wine Myths Dinner

I like to be unique. Authentic. An individual. But sometimes, you have to just borrow a damn good idea. Megan Brown left a snippet of a New York Times article on my desk […]

Pre-Turkey Party!

Tomorrow is all about family, but today is for celebrating friendships. Join us to hang out, snack, and relax before the big day as we host our own version of Friendsgiving. Pick up […]

The Etiquette Advantage of Thanksgiving Dinner: A Modern Interpretation of Emily Post

Accepting an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner, whether for the first time or the fiftieth, is entering into a sacred agreement between host and guest. Preparing the most celebrated meal of the year is […]

How To Host a *Fun* Holiday Party (Hint: Plan Now)

‘Tis the season for holiday parties! Are you excited?! Some of you are. Many of you are lukewarm. Some of you even dread it. But throwing a memorable holiday party – whether it […]

What To Cook Right Now: Boktoberfest

I’ve heard from several readers that you are interested in recipe tips, ideas for dishes, and instructions on how to best use new and interesting ingredients. Ask and you shall receive! For my […]

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