Aarti Paarti

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Aarti Sequeira, celebrity chef, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s Aarti Party.  In 2010, Sequeira was catapulted to culinary fame by winning Season 6 of The Next Food Network Star, a reality show on The Food Network.  She was among 12 contestants participating in cooking competitions and on-camera challenges to determine who would be awarded …

Not Your Typical Country and Western Concert

I have always loved going to concerts.  But it was one thing that slipped through the cracks when our kids were little…we were just too tired.  The thought of staying up till midnight just exhausted me thinking about it.  Now the kids are growing older and want to go to concerts so it is more on our radar.  We have been to Katy Perry and …

Feeling a Little Cavalier

Our friends are well aware of how crazy we are about our dogs.  And when I say crazy, I mean off-the-wall mad.  There are times when Hubby even feels that he ranks below the dogs on the totem pole (what he doesn’t know, and hopefully you will remain mum, is that he is even below the goldfish).  We love to snuggle, cuddle and dote on …

Funky Town

Located between West Cabrillo Boulevard and Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, the Funk Zone is a neighborhood of artisan shops, art galleries, hip eateries, award-winning microbreweries, and a craft distillery.  For many years it was an area of run-down and empty buildings, located in probably one of the best real estate areas in town, blocks away from the beach and the picturesque Santa Barbara Pier.  …

Presque Parfait at Presqu’ile

A visit to Santa Barbara wouldn’t be complete without a day of wine tasting in the nearby Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys.  Ever eager to try something new, I heard about Presqu’ile Winery last summer from a San Antonio friend who raved about the architecture, ambiance and wine, bien sûr.  Owned by an Arkansas family, Matt and Amanda Murphy, Presqu’ile (pronounced press-keel) began producing …

Summer Teaser

Escaping the summer heat is many a “Zonie’s”** excuse for heading to California for an extended period of time.  As we were without digs (so to speak) over the summer, we were among the many who fled to the beautiful central coast of California, if anything to enjoy sleeping with the windows open in the middle of July.  And while they are in the midst …

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 …