Bonjourno!

We have just returned from a two week eating extravaganza in Northern Italy and I wanted to post a teaser for you with some photos I posted on Instagram from the trip.  Stay tuned for a fun ride… Preparing to ski the Sella Ronda A perfect spring ski day Vino and prosciutto View of the Dolomite mountain range Eating squid ink pasta with scallop carpaccio …

Hey Baby Let’s Go To Vegas

A birthday tradition for me the last 5 years has been to go to Vegas for a fabulous dinner and a show.  The first trip set the bar very high, as we saw the incomparable Tom Jones and then ate an outstanding 7 course meal at Joël Robuchon in the MGM Grand.  I wish I had been a blogger back then.  This was Vegas before …

Patagonia, Chile

It seems a bit irrational that when the weather in AZ is at its finest (to rub it in, highs in the 70’s, lows in the 50’s), we should find ourselves traveling to colder, wetter climes.  But when Spring Break rolls around, we find ourselves leaving this idyll to seek something different.  As I prepare for our Spring Break trip this year to Northern Italy, I find myself looking back at …

Sedona

What do you think Of Arizona Is it just the desert wind Or a delta flood plain valley Where the towering cactus live? It’s the Call of the Canyon Bell Rock, Cathedral, Mitten Ridge It’s Sedona, Sedona Where the lovin’ people live Lyrics by Donna Loren Sedona is an easy 115-mile drive up I-17 north of Phoenix.  My earliest memories of Sedona are from graduate …

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 …