Olivia's Palate

Baked Eggs with Arugula, Bacon, and Onions

Posted by in Breakfast, Brunch, Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes

I acquired a set of 4 light green Le Creuset Mini Cocottes a while back, but couldn’t figure out what to do with them!  They would just sit in my cabinet looking adorable (I mean really, how cute are they?) until I finally decided to pull them out and use them recently.  I’ve been experimenting with baked eggs for the past few weeks, tweaking the oven temperature and the ingredients, and have finally created something worth sharing.  These are great if you want to impress your guests over brunch! This…read more

Maple bacon sweet potato hash

Posted by in Breakfast, Brunch, Coffee, Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes, Sweet potatoes, Trader Joe's

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Whether that’s true or not, it’s definitely my favorite meal.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed since the majority of my pictures are breakfast ones.  When I’m home on the weekends, I do my best to spice things up since I’m usually stuck with the same over-scrambled eggs, unripe fruit, mediocre breakfast sausage, and inedible pastries when I’m on the road at the Marriott during the work week. Before I started making breakfast this morning, I…read more

A Night at the Ritz Carlton

Posted by in Brunch, Desserts, Macarons, Travel

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of spending a night in a Ritz Carlton.  This dream began after my dad took me for Sunday brunch at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta to celebrate a momentous occasion (of which I can’t recall).  All I remember about the experience was the lavish food; I’m talking about caviar, smoked salmon, sushi, lobster, charcuterie, antipasti, and French pastries.  I may have been 10 years old at the time.  And as you can imagine, my parents began refining my palate at a very…read more

Spanish Tortillas with an American Twist

Posted by in Breakfast, Brunch, Recipes, Travel

I spent the summer between my high school junior and senior year in La Coruña, Galicia, a little town on the west coast of Spain.  I encountered the opportunity to spend an entire summer with a Spanish speaking family through some mutual family friends and could not pass it down.  At the time, I was obsessed with the Spanish language and was eager to be fluent.  The family I stayed with did not know a word of English, so by the end of the summer, I totally passed as a…read more

My (so-not-paleo) weekend in photos

Posted by in Brunch

The past couple of weeks have been crazy.  I’ve successfully transitioned to my new life in the city and switched roles and clients within my company.  AND I’ve had some visitors recently.  My friend Emily visited from Atlanta, so I got to show her around Philly!  Here are a few pictures from our weekend:


The little pleasures in life

Posted by in Brunch, Desserts, Flowers, Trader Joe's

Nova lox and bagel at the Continental in Olde City this morning.  Mmm. Thai coconut milk and kiwi gelato at Capogiro in Center City.  This is what heaven tastes like. A bouquet of flowers from Trader Joe’s.  Gerbera daisies…my favorite.  I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time a guy went out and bought me flowers….just because.  So, I buy myself flowers about once a month to remind myself how awesome I am 🙂