Hoofin’ It In Acadia

Touted as the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi, Acadia National Park encompasses approximately 30,000 acres of Mount Desert Island in Northern Maine.  The Park’s carriage road system was built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. between 1913 and 1940, and today you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads.  The carriage roads are broken stone roads, a method commonly used …

The Cranberry Isles, Maine

In Northern Maine, off Mount Desert Island, a short ferry ride from either Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor, you will find the idyllic 2 mile stretch of land called Great Cranberry Island.  The largest of the five islands of the Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine, Great Cranberry boasts a year-round population of 40, while the summer population swells to 300.  To spend a summer on …

Bountiful Maine

No matter how many times I had heard about the beauty of Maine, I was nonetheless unprepared.  Unprepared for the rocky shore and the tidal pools at low tide…  …the seemingly endless stretches of summer cottages…  …the joy of a perfect beach day…  …the sunsets… …and the food!!! One fine evening our gracious hosts in York Harbor, Maine, suggested we drive to nearby Ogunquit to …

America’s Castles

The Elms at night We kicked off a summer East Coast road trip with a visit to Newport, Rhode Island, to usher in a new decade with one of my sisters.  A favorite vacation spot for my siblings and parents, Newport holds wonderful memories for my family.  It is hard for me to believe that in the last 18 years since I have been there, …

Short Summer Update

Please excuse the lack of posts this past month.  We took a 15 day trip to the East Coast and my only goal was to get through the third book of the Game of Thrones series.  With the kids now happily ensconced back in school, I have started combing through my photos from the trip and will get to work, pronto!  In the meantime, let …

Tasty Grub in Disneyland

Ahh, the requisite trek to Disneyland and California Adventure.  I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t also look forward to riding the bobsleds down the Matterhorn, finding the hidden treasure on Pirates of the Caribbean, or discovering the mysteries of the Enchanted Tiki Room.  The memories these invoke are priceless, and for once, dining is not the central focus.  However, on …

The Road to Santa Monica

Even desert rats need to escape the 115 degree heat from time to time.  Where do we go?  Many flee to the sunny coast of California during the summer months to enjoy the cool breeze.  We find ourselves on the Central Coast where temperatures can be 40-50 degrees cooler than in Phoenix.  While Hubby went fishing with the older two of our children, I drove …

Aspen F&W Classic: The Grand Tasting

 Located in downtown Aspen, the Food & Wine’s Grand Tasting Pavilion gives over 200 exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products during the 3 days of the Food & Wine Classic.  Here, wine and food enthusiasts make their way through the tents sampling wines and culinary delights from around the world.  Here is a sampling of mis favoritos. The Texas Lexus Cocktails from Patron Tequila…see recipe …

Aspen F&W Classic: Day 3

For the grand finale, the 2013 Classic Cook-Off featured a competition pitted between Andrew Zimmern and Geoffrey Zakarian, and was hosted by the vivacious Sissy Biggers.  Sissy is a well-known host and life-style expert on the Food Network and PBS, as well as a contributor to the Today show on NBC.  Geoffrey Zakarian’s career spans over 20 years in the culinary world, from Chef de …

Aspen F&W Classic: Day 2

Day 2 was off to a kick start with the dynamic Tim Love.  A native of Denton, Texas, with restaurants in Fort Worth and Houston, Tim Love is a man after my own heart…a meat and tequila guy.  At 10 am, he walked on stage with a glass of white wine (Texas wine, I hope).  He said he had been out till the wee hours …