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 …

Aspen Food and Wine: Day 1

What a weekend!  I loved every minute of it and am so excited to share it with you. Techniques to Create a Great Meal with Jacques and daughter Claudine Pepin took place on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 10 am in the St. Regis Hotel.  This is Jacques’s 30th year at the Food and Wine Classic, and he is still going strong.  Having published 28 …

Prelude to the Food & Wine Classic

I cannot believe it is finally here!  We registered today for what will surely be a fun-filled 3 days of culinary madness (my sister is holding my other 8 shopping bags, but don’t tell the Hubby). Upon our arrival last night, we headed to Jimmy’s on Mill Street, a local favorite.  Recognized in 2012 as one of the Top 50 bars in the nation by …

Dear, Dear Santa Fe

We had the opportunity to take a 36 hour jaunt to Santa Fe, New Mexico, over Memorial Day weekend.  The initial purpose of the trip was to see Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen in concert together at the Santa Fe Opera, but we managed to get a couple of great meals in as well.  But what was our first stop the minute we walked …

New York Minute

I recently took my son to NYC to visit his godmother (lil’ sis came too), and one thing I really enjoyed was seeing the city from a child’s perspective.  We’ve learned that when traveling with kids, what works for us is to try to do only one big thing a day.  Since my son was reading Hugo, I thought it would be fun for them …

Hacienda de San Antonio

Feliz Mayo!   I cannot believe the month is almost over and June will be upon us soon.  Lately I have been dreaming about a trip we took in May six years ago to Mexico in celebration of Hubby’s birthday.  I love to go off-the-beaten-path in Mexico, and this has to be one of the finest spots I have ever seen.  Called Hacienda de San Antonio …