5 Unique Things To Do In Catalina

My first step on the ferry to travel from Newport Beach to Catalina triggers a song to start playing in my head…Twenty six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me… The island remains a receptacle of memories from my childhood through adult years. It’s grown up in front of me, and I have grown to love its maturity each time I visit. Catalina's main city, Avalon, is more sophisticated than ever, with new luxury hotels and an [...]

A Stroll Down Memory Lane at The Original Los Angeles Farmers Market

  There's nothing sweeter than crossing an item off your Bucket List.  A recent visit to The Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles allowed me to shorten mine. The first time I visited was back in the mid 60's, and I remember the trip from the San Fernando Valley on the 101 freeway with my siblings all crammed into the back of a wood paneled station wagon. As young kids we were not exactly patient, but we knew if we could contain [...]

There’s Wine In Them Thar Hills!

a    Sometimes, the most memorable experiences are those you simply wander upon. Such is the case on a recent visit to Nebraska where my family, struggling to come up with something to do, decided to get in the car and simply, wander. A ride down a two-lane country road stretching on forever past long forgotten towns, eventually led us to a small winery and tasting room. Yes, Nebraska actually has just under 40 wineries/tasting rooms, and the one we [...]

48 Hours in Santa Barbara- Get Going, Get Seeing and Get Doing

Santa Barbara holds the distinct honor of being named the American Riviera, and for good reason. With its gorgeous coastline, local wine region, Mediterranean architectural charm, expansive sandy beaches, world class lodging and dining, and overflowing bougainvillea, there is much to experience. It's a short two hour drive from Los Angeles and just about thirty minutes before entering the Santa Barbara region, you'll get a beautiful view of the pacific coastline right from the highway.  I like to take Cabrillo Boulevard, [...]

Vancouver On A Whim

  The offer was on the table; fly in to Seattle, rent a car and head north to the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. I only had 24 hours to decide. It would mean wrapping up two days of business in half the time, but how could I let the opportunity go by? I arrived early in Seattle at the SeaTac airport and met my husband at the curb; he a perfect chauffeur and me, the navigator, headed towards [...]

Fresh Pasta in 7 Easy Steps

In Italy, there is saying, “Buon cibo, buon vino, buoni amici”, which translates to "Good food, good wine, good friends;" a perfect description for a night of fresh pasta making. One thing for sure, when you experience fresh handmade pasta, nothing will ever substitute for the taste, texture, and pureness of this Italian staple. I learned this truth a few years back while visiting Florence, Italy, where I tried my hand with fresh pasta making at Giovanni’s Food & Wine [...]