Ski Chic

While we are taking advantage of the long weekend to ski with some friends in Montana, I thought I would share some of my “must-haves” for the slopes.   Say good-bye to your neck gators and hello to “the original multifunctional headwear” by a Spanish company called Buff. Buff makes products for sports from cycling to yoga, and their microfiber “headwear” come in a variety of …

ShinBay

I recently read an interview with chef Anthony Bourdain, where when asked in which country would he choose to live for the cuisine, he replied simply, “Japan”.  After having visited Japan, I get it.  It is a country where food is presented with such perfection, such grace, that it resembles a work of art.  (New Year’s Resolution #1: post some of our most memorable moments …

Holiday Entertaining

I have been looking forward to decorating for Christmas in our new space since we moved in.  We were able to uncrate all the leaves of our dining table, which was Hubby’s grandmother’s, as well as unpack all of the nutcrackers that I chose from my mother’s collection.  With the help of my friend, florist/decorator/planner Steve Bader, we incorporated some of the nutcrackers into the …

Entertaining in the Desert

We broke in our new digs with a luncheon held in honor of Hubby’s brother and new bride on the day after their wedding.  It was a light brunch menu with a Bloody Mary bar, and we were able to host outside with the glorious fall weather in AZ. Poolside at the end of October in AZ I rented these great long wooden tables from …

Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ

Imagine my joy when in 2012, Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ opened its smokey, red doors in Chandler, AZ.  Based in Leon Springs, Texas, just north of San Antonio, Rudy’s smokes some of the most quintessential Texas barbeque that has been a staple in my diet for the last 25 years.  Rudy’s currently has two locations in the Valley of the Sun, the first being …

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.  …