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st. patrick’s day: irish style with Rhetoric Coffee!

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I was provided a complimentary product from Rhetoric Coffee to review, but all opinions are my own.

Rhetoric Coffee Irish Whiskey

Over the holidays, I went to a Christmas party where they were serving the BEST coffee I’ve ever had. I asked my friend and she said it came from a coffee subscription – from a super cool company called Rhetoric Coffee.

Since getting that taste at Christmas and hearing their sponsorship on My Favorite Murder week after week, I was so excited to partner with Rhetoric Coffee to check out what their subscription is like. I checked the mail as I was heading out of the house one day and got too excited about it – sitting at a stoplight, I tore the box open. It included the best smelling coffee with really awesome artwork, along with information on the artist. They deliver a bag every two weeks so you’re never running out, and different bag size options satiate even the most ardent coffee household (like Dani and I!) Their website has a fun roast countdown too, so you can see when their next one is coming up! I also love that this month’s featured artist is a Chicago guy. The roasts come with themes as well – this batch’s theme was the band 311 (how perfect) and the even included a playlist. I think it might be a cool art option – maybe frame all the bags in your coffee corner! The notes on this roast had our mouths watering: black cherry, orange, hazelnut and milk chocolate. It’s every bit as rich and delicious as it sounds.

They’re also a company run primarily by women, and I love that. You can get your own sample by reaching out to them on Twitter!

One of the benefits of living with a coffee and cocktail enthusiast is that I’ll often get sent amazing recipes throughout the day. The latest was this extremely timely brown sugar Irish whiskey recipe that immediately got me thinking about St. Patrick’s Day coffee!

Our first Rhetoric Coffee delivery arrived a few days ago, so it seemed like the perfect brew for Irish coffees on St. Patrick’s Day. Inspired by the recipe Dani had sent my way, here’s our own version of Irish Coffee:

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March 17, 2017

announcing desi does pizza!

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I’ve been working on a new special, secret project for awhile, and on March 1, I brought it into the world. Desi Does Pizza is my ode to pizza perfection – I’ll feature reviews, recipes, interviews, news, and much more. I hope you’ll join me, or at least check out my interview with Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 from this past Monday!

If you’d like to keep up on social media, you can find me @desidoespizza on Twitter and Instagram, and on Facebook at the same name!

March 9, 2017

Saved By the Max: birthday dinner in Bayside!

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I turned 30 this year. A big birthday, for sure – especially for me. I had always had this inkling that I was going to die before I turned 30 (I know this is a very strange intuition to have, but I started feeling it when I was very young and it always kind of lingered.) I felt a little pressure to really make my birthday super memorable – to do something unique to commemorate the occasion. At first I considered recreating my 21st birthday (when I drove to Chicago with some of my friends – by midnight, I was so exhausted that I merely walked across the street to drink a cosmo at the bar with my best friend, then retreated to the hotel where I fell asleep as my under-21 friends partied around me) but in December, I got the email I had been dreaming of. Back in May, the Saved by the Max pop-up diner opened in Chicago – it was scheduled to close quite a few times, and I never made it. Around Christmas, they sent out an email that they were staying open for one more “semester,” and I excitedly bought tickets for Brendan and I for my birthday dinner.

When you walk in, you’re immediately in the locker hallway at Bayside – complete with Zack’s cell phone and rally posters. Ms. Bliss’ classroom is one of the tables, and you can even dine in Mr. Belding’s office. Saved by the Max even has the pay phone featured by the “door” of the diner.

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January 24, 2017

gift guide 2016: let’s order a pizza!

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We’re just a few weeks out from Christmas, and in the crunch for wrapping up the holiday shopping lists! If you’re feeling stuck on gift ideas, I’ve put together a week of ideas to help you get inspired. It’s no secret that I love pizza – especially if you follow me on Instagram, where I recently started a hashtag to document all the slices I’ve been taking in. Chances are about 100% that you also have a pizza lover in your life, so here are some gift ideas for the aficionado in you love! After This We’re Getting Pizza yoga mat: I’ve been super obsessed with this line since I first saw it at Paper Source last winter. I have the water bottle, and in the new year I’m getting back to my gym rat ways – what better inspiration than the thought of pizza staring me in the face as I struggle through a yoga class?

Pizza Blanket: I’m in love with this, and need it desperately. This giant pizza shaped blanket (with heart-shaped pepperonis!!!) is even on mega-sale, all the way down to $25. The perfect size to cuddle up with on the couch, a pizza box, and a good TV binge. Read more…

December 9, 2016

“My Liver Is A Beet”: #BasicBitchesDoAJuiceCleanse

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My girlfriend and I did a juice cleanse last week. We ordered a StyleBlueprint voucher for my favorite Nashville juice bar, The Urban Juicer, and after some fumbles at the start (they aren’t great at answering their phones, and I may have gotten a little “angry mom” with them about insulated bags) we started on February 3. It’s important to me this year to try to reboot my health from head to toe and recover, so I thought this would be a great way to kickstart that. I also thought it would be fun to do a sort of running journal as we went to catalog how I feel and how things are going!


February 3, Day 1: I’m not too concerned about how this is going to go because I was a juicer for two years until my juicer broke and I’ve just never gotten around to replacing it. We drink six juices and one elixir every day for three days – standard juice cleanse stuff. The first juice of the day is my go-to every time we go to Urban – The Well Being.

The worst juice of the day by far was the Liver Lover. I wasn’t struggling with it as much as much as Ram, but I did partake in power hour with her (we put on a 90’s Power Hour mix on YouTube to make her get through it.) Drinking 6 juices per day is hard because it’s just so much – I feel like I’m just constantly drinking. I did get a headache on my drive home (though it could have been from ridiculous Nashville suburb traffic) and ripped through my bag to find the Lemon-Aid elixir, which is supposed to be good for aches.

All in all I’m feeling good and staying strong on day one!

Captain’s Log, 9:19pm: I am so tired but I have to stay awake to drink all this stupid juice.

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February 9, 2015