Reflections

I wrote this post on my iPhone from the top of Camelback Mountain today.  I had to get out of the house and clear my head.  I dropped everything I “had” to do, and laced up my trail runners.  In a very short period of time, I was scrambling over boulders with my heart beating out of my chest.  At the top, I was rewarded …

Hill Country Gemütlichkeit

Fredericksburg, Texas, is located in the Texas Hill Country about 70 miles north/northwest of San Antonio.  It was founded in 1846 by 120 German immigrants and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia.  Each German settler was sold a plot of land in town and 10 acres in the vicinity in exchange for settlement on the edge of the Comanchería, an area occupied by the fierce and brutal Comanche Indian …

Utterly Enchanting

As I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, I stumbled upon an article in the January 2013 edition of San Antonio magazine stating “52 Things Every San Antonian Must Do”.  Topping this list at #1 is to climb Enchanted Rock.  Located approximately halfway between Fredericksburg and Llano, Texas, off of Ranch Road 965, Enchanted Rock is a massive pink granite formation rising 425 feet …

Chihuly in the Garden

Hubby and I spent a date night at the Desert Botanical Garden to see Las Noches de las Luminarias during the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit.  American glass sculptor Dale Chilhuly has paired with the Desert Botanical Garden for a second time to display his unique works of blown glass art.  The Chihuly exhibit runs through May 18, 2014, and features 21 stunning sculptures specially …

Chocolat

  Can it really be one more week until Christmas?  As I was dashing around town looking for some hostess gifts, a friend suggested I stop by the flagship store of Julia Baker Confections for some inspiration (and an espresso).  Celebrating its one year anniversary on December 17th, Julia Baker Confections is part boutique/part wine and coffee bar.  You will find it nestled between Williams-Sonoma …

Santa Ynez Valley – Part Two

After landing in Santa Barbara, and before taking the 101 to the 154 to Los Olivos (have you seen the SNL skit, The Californians?), we dashed downtown for a light seafood lunch at Hungry Cat, specifically to nosh on Santa Barbara sea urchin. Maryland native David Lentz has three locations: Hollywood, Santa Monica and SB The confluence of warm and cold water currents off the …

Santa Ynez Valley – Part One

Located in Santa Barbara County, the Santa Ynez Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area with the greatest concentration of wineries in the Santa Barbara County.  The valley is a mere 45-minute drive from the Santa Barbara Airport, and has a population of approximately 20,000 residents living in the charming communities of Solvang, Los Olivos, Ballard, Buellton and Santa Ynez.   During the blistering Arizona summer …

Guadalajara: City of Roses

It is worth your while to spend a day familiarizing yourself with Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque.  We took a city tour that started at the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, and walked nearby to the Government Palace, completed in 1790, that houses the state government offices of Jalisco.  It is also where you will find, in the staircase and in the State Congress chamber, …

A Little Salt and Lime

Santiago de Tequila, founded in 1530 by Franciscan monks, is a village located about 40 miles west of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco.  The heart of the growing region of the blue agave plant, Santiago de Tequila is known as the birthplace of the spirit that bears its name, tequila.  Tequila is a variety of mezcal made from the blue agave plant cultivated …

Thank La Gloria

Occasionally when I visit San Antonio, I am there for such a short time that I don’t always get my taco fix.  Thankfully, I can now rest assured that I will get my fill of tacos knowing that La Gloria Ice House just opened a restaurant right in the airport.  You can search the States over looking for great cochinita pibil, and surprisingly enough, you …