Moving In, Moving On

It has been a wonderfully hectic month, and I am happy to say that we are in our new house!  I just set up my home office yesterday, and am looking forward to filling you in on our summer adventures, while sprinkling in a few pics of our new abode.  So, I guess you know what I will be doing this Labor Day Weekend…hope you …

Lovin’ Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2014

Tim Love draws a loyal crowd of fans at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, and it is easy to see why.  Apart from being insanely entertaining, this Top Chef and Top Chef Masters alum has a laundry list a mile long of culinary achievements and appearances, the most recent of which includes co-hosting alongside restauranteur Joe Bastianich Restaurant Kick Start on CNBC Tuesday evenings …

Zimmern, Nicholas and Ming, Oh My!

Ming Tsai signing autographs I return from the Aspen Food&Wine classic with a renewed inspiration for cooking.  More than anything, it helps me think outside of the box and try new things.  This couldn’t be more true for three of the classes that I attended taught by Andrew Zimmern, Ming Tsai, and Top Chef 2011 Winner Nicholas Elmi.  Andrew Zimmern – Bitter is the New …

Faves from the Grand Tasting Food & Wine ’14

With approximately 225 exhibitors, the Grand Tasting Tent at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic is a mecca of all things culinary, a place where in the span of 60 minutes you can not only taste over 50 wines (this is an educated guess…not drawn from experience), but also sip rum that has been aged seven fathoms beneath the sea, down a raw oyster with …

Aspen Food & Wine: The Whole 9 Yards

I returned yesterday from the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, and it was more fun the second time around than I could have anticipated.  I think it is safe to say that I am hooked.  Two and half days of attending seminars taught by some of the most entertaining and knowledgeable chefs and sommeliers in the food industry, all set against the stunning backdrop of …

Off to the F&W Classic ’14

So I didn’t think I could make it this year to the Aspen Food and Wine Classic as it coincided with our move-in date.  When we had to push our move-in back to August, I realized there was a silver-lining opportunity, and scrambled to organize tickets and hotels.  Et voilà, I find myself writing this from my hotel room at the Aspen Meadows at midnight …

Venezia, Venezia!

To drive across Texas from El Paso to Houston, it will take approximately 11 hours, with some change in topography and elevation (but not drastic).  So you can see why it was hard for me to believe that in just three hours in Italy, we drove drive from this: Blinding snowstorm in a mountain pass To this: The canals of Venice The kids were really …

This Is Where the Cowboy Rides Away

To mention King George in Texas is not to refer to the future King of England, the son of Kate and Wills, but to pay respect to the “King of Country Music”, George Strait.  A calf roper from the South Texas strawberry capital of Poteet, George rose to country music stardom in 1981-82 after a string of hits such as “Unwound”, “Fool-Hearted Memory”, and “Amarillo …

Culinary Highlights of Alta Badia

To say that a trip to the Alta Badia region of Italy was one of the culinary highlights of my life would be an understatement.  Michelin starred restaurants are so numerous that you could probably take a holiday to simply eat as many stars as your stomach can hold.  (I have read that the Dolomites claim the highest density of Michelin starred restaurants in Italy.)  …

And She’s Back!

Yes, I have been totally mysto this past month, but my excuse is a pretty good one…we have moved out of our house where we have spent 8 happy years, into a condo, where we are patiently (or maybe not so) waiting to move into a house that has been under construction for close to 2 years.  I don’t do well outside of a routine, …