Olivia's Palate

Braised Pork Belly (Glazed with Basil Honey) Tartine

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I have some super exciting news!  I made it to the top 5 of Reading Terminal Market’s Chef Challenge!  This is my first time entering any kind of food/cooking competition and I am beyond excited I made it this far.  If you could all take a moment to vote for me, I would really appreciate it! Now go vote by clicking HERE now!  You can vote once every 24 hours until Wednesday, August 27th. The Chef’s Challenge required contestants to create the best dish possible from at least one of the…read more

Zucchini Pasta with Super Simple Bolognese Sauce

Posted by in Beef, Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes

When people decide to make healthier food choices, one of the things I hear most often is that they could NEVER let go of their beloved pasta.  I get it; carbs are delicious and extremely addictive.  Well I have good news for you: you can still indulge without all of the bad stuff! Whenever people consult me about making healthier food choices, I’m all about recommending some great, delicious substitutions.  And I’m not talking about that gross gluten free, fat free, taste free crap you buy in a box.  I’m talking…read more

Minty Pea Soup – Video Recipe!

Posted by in Recipes, Soup, Soups

The day is finally here!  I cannot contain my excitement any more! I’ve been working on a cooking video with my friend Lizette from MLSalomon Productions and I’m finally ready to show it to all of you! I’ve been wanting to create cooking videos for a while now, but it took me some time to find a person I trusted with the creation. The inspiration behind this soup came from a recent visit to Bistrot la Minette in Philadelphia.  They are one of my favorite French restaurants and offer a…read more

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Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Blood Orange

Posted by in Paleo, Paleo Diet, Recipes, Travel

Ever since the day I first laid my eyes upon Romanesco cauliflower during a trip to Pike Place Market in Seattle, I’ve wanted to cook with it.  I have a thing for unusual looking fruits and vegetables.  I seriously get super giddy when I walk into a grocery store and find produce I don’t recognize.  I’ll usually squeal in delight and cannot wait to bring my unusual produce home so I can play with it in the kitchen!  I’m a huge food nerd; I know this.  Well the last time…read more

New Year, Fresh Start

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Happy (belated) New Year!  I know I’ve been MIA lately, but so many awesome things have been happening in my life that I haven’t been at my computer much.  I recently quit my job working for a large consulting company to work for a much smaller, local consulting company.  You know what this means?  NO MORE EXCESSIVE WORK TRAVEL!  Woohoo!  As a kitchen aficionado, this makes me SO happy.  I’ll be able to play in my kitchen much more frequently and be able to eat out a lot less. After…read more

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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

TEN TEN – Restaurant Review

Posted by in Restaurants, Travel

TEN TEN 1010 Fleet Street Baltimore, MD 21202 I often find myself in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during the work week, which is an area teeming with new restaurants and store fronts.  I most recently stumbled upon TEN TEN, an American Bistro, which is tucked back in the courtyard of the historic Bagby Building. As soon as I walked into the building, I fell in love with it.  I’m a sucker for exposed brick walls and reclaimed wood floors.  I was welcomed by the hostess who sat me at the bar…read more

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Olivia’s Palate Update

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Hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but don’t fret, I’ve been busy trying to improve my site!  Here are some of the latest and greatest updates for my readers: My friend Kelly from Built by Kelly has designed the official Olivia’s Palate logo that has now gone live on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I love it and it’s the exact simple elegance I was looking for. Now seriously, go give my girl some love and like her page since she’s just getting her design business started! I’ve been on…read more

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Olivia’s Palate Update

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Hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but don’t fret, I’ve been busy trying to improve my site!  Here are some of the latest and greatest updates for my readers: My friend Kelly from Built by Kelly has designed the official Olivia’s Palate logo that has now gone live on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I love it and it’s the exact simple elegance I was looking for. Now seriously, go give my girl some love and like her page since she’s just getting her design business started! I’ve been on…read more

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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