Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake with Coconut Milk

Chocolate Olive Oil Loaf Cake with Coconut Milk // @nicoledula

I’m back from 4 days in Louisville, KY and 2 days in Nashville, TN! There was cotton candy, modern art, sorghum, Mint Juleps, antique shops, beer, paletas, peaches, hot chicken, smoked ham and bourbon. So much smoked ham and bourbon. Did you follow along on Instagram? I did a bunch of research on where to go and more importantly, what to eat and everything just seemed to fall into place perfectly. I’ll tell you more about that soon, but first, chocolate loaf cake! I made this loaf cake, hoping for something big in chocolate flavor, moist from extra virgin olive… Continue reading

French Press Cold Brew Coffee with Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Creamer

French Press Cold Brew Coffee with Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Creamer Recipe // @nicoledula

I made my first gif! I hope you like it. And I made easy cold brew coffee and vanilla bean coconut milk creamer that you’ll want to drink all by itself. I just started drinking coffee, you guys. Even when going to coffee shops was the coolest thing in high school, I ordered hot chocolate. Then there was the famous incident when Marc and I were newlyweds and I ordered one of those sweet lattes piled high with whipped cream and I couldn’t sleep that night, so I started writing an autobiography. Marc still laughs about that one. Marc drinks… Continue reading

Food Adventure // Gold Cash Gold in Detroit, Michigan

Gold Cash Gold Detroit // @nicoledula

For our day off in Detroit, I was secretly hoping we’d end up at Gold Cash Gold for a late lunch. I always make a little list of restaurants when adventuring because you never know what you’re in the mood for when the time comes. It seems like everyone has been talking about this restaurant since it opened. We arrived after the lunch crowd, but before the Friday dinner crowd and had the place to ourselves. You’re first struck by the sheer beauty of the place. The inner door is made from colorful stained glass. Wood and burlap elements accent the… Continue reading

Ramp Spaghetti Carbonara with Poached Eggs

Spaghetti Carbonara with Ramps + Poached Eggs Recipe // @nicoledula

Last November, after meeting our new niece in the hospital, we went out for dinner at Mani Osteria in Ann Arbor. We toasted to little Molly and ended up having one of the best meals of our lives. All of the dishes were memorable, but the carbonara pasta with a poached egg on top blew my mind. Traditionally, carbonara involves cooking pasta and bacon and then mixing the hot pasta with raw beaten egg and cheese and allowing that mixture to coat the pasta in a creamy sauce that cooks from the heat of the pasta. Mani Osteria’s twist of adding… Continue reading

Homemade Pita Bread

Homemade Pita Bread Recipe // @nicoledula

I know homemade pita sounds intimidating, but this dough is so friendly. Really! The satisfaction of pulling that first pita out of the skillet all warm and golden, is one of life’s simple pleasures. You can let them puff up in the skillet and stay pita-like or you can burst the bubbles that form while it’s sizzling to create a more naan-like wrap for sandwiches, like I did here. You can also serve naan with butter chicken or, you know, let a pat of butter melt on the top, sprinkle it with some salt, roll it up and eat it over the… Continue reading

A Day Off In Detroit

Rose's Fine Food Detroit, Michigan // @nicoledula

Marc and I took a day off together last Friday and we spent it in Detroit, ticking off places we’d wanted to visit for a long time. We started with breakfast at Rose’s Fine Food. It’s a sweet little spot with creative, seasonal food. Strangely enough, Marc had been inside this same building when he was a kid and it was a typical diner. The star of our meal was Marc’s choice of Eggy’s Shrimp Boat. It was heirloom rice with kimchi, scallions, Michigan shrimp and a poached egg. It was incredible. The housemade toast was perfect on the side. Our… Continue reading

Homemade Sweet and Savory Pierogi

Homemade Pierogi Recipe with Take a Megabite // @nicoledula

You guys know Megan, right? I assume you do because she’s the super fun gal behind the food blog, Take a Megabite. We go on lady dates from time to time, always getting a brunch appetizer. In addition to being fun to eat with, she’s also incredibly talented, kind, funny and a really good friend. I’m very lucky to live near her! We wanted to collaborate on something special and we came up with homemade pierogi. We dared to dream our dreams and came up with our own savory and sweet fillings. Between the two of us, you have 4 pierogi… Continue reading

Floral Crown Workshop with Made Floral

Floral Crown Workshop with Made Floral // www.dulanotes.com @nicoeldula

Last weekend was a busy one, but full of so many good things. On Friday night I basically had chocolate for dinner at the new Bon Bon Bon shop in Detroit, on Saturday Megan and I had a pierogi picnic and on Sunday I had brunch with my sister-in-law Meg and then we made floral crowns. The weekend of weekends! Martha DeFlorio is a floral designer who owns Made Floral and she makes the dreamiest floral arrangements. We met for brunch a few months ago over mutual admiration of our Instagram feeds. Martha also hosts different floral workshops all over metro Detroit.… Continue reading

Food Adventure // New Bon Bon Bon Shop in Detroit

New Bon Bon Bon Shop in Detroit // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

I’ve already shared my love for Bon Bon Bon when I visited their Hamtramck location last year, but the Bon Bon Bon gals were kind enough to invite me to an early glimpse of their new shop in Detroit. The Detroit location opens for business on Thursday, April 16 and will be open Monday-Saturday. It occupies a cozy corner of the Chrysler House building  and is colorful with orange walls, their adorable pink and red logo and stacks of the corrugated cardboard they use to pack up their chocolates. We sipped on champagne and tried a bunch of chocolates, basically having chocolate… Continue reading

Vegan Raw Strawberry Crumble

Vegan Raw Strawberry Crumble Recipe // www.dulanotes.com @nicoledula

How was your weekend? I hope it was good! For the past few Easters, we’ve had dinner at a friend’s house. I plan the menu with our hostess, Nancy, digging through my Pinterest saves for recipes we can make. This year we decided on Mom’s deviled eggs (the guys go crazy for them), Cookie+Kate’s green goddess hummus, Bacon-wrapped pork loin, beet salad with whipped goat cheese + maple walnuts, green beans sprinkled with summer savory, spaetzle and chocolate cake with espresso + bourbon buttercream and crumbled chocolate cookies (!!!) We split the menu up and I spent the better part… Continue reading