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4 Days in Phuket

I could feel and hear the plane give that hot weather rumble. It is a sound that comes from the thermal waves pushing upwards towards the plane. Even though we took the early morning flight out of Singapore, the heat was extraordinary – a kind of swelter I had never...

Andalusia & The White Hill Villages

From Seville we rented a car and drove through the Andalusian Mountains, visiting a couple of the White Hill Villages where most of the town is painted, you guessed it, white. The color of the green grass covering the rolling mountains was almost unreal looking, as...

Spain: Barcelona & Seville

One of the first things I noticed upon arriving  in Barcelona, the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia, was the contrast between the medieval, contemporary and Catalan modernist architecture which is so striking in this city of fantastic and iconic buildings....

France: Vence and Avignon

After our jaunt to Italy and walk through Eze, we headed to Vence, a small town near the more well-known and visited, Saint Paul de Vence. Once home to artists and writers such as Chagall, Matisse, Duffy, Soutine and D. H. Lawrence, who spent his last days in Vence,...

Arriving in France – Lunching in Italy, Oo La La!

I’m not sure what it is about France, perhaps I have some old bones lying here from a past life or something, but the thing is, this country really speaks to me on a soul level. The romantic language, stylish cities, gorgeous country towns, landscape and the history...

Grandpa’s Fudge Cream Pie (Big Easy: part deux)

Walking into the chilly morning bluster of sun and wind, I was on a mission to find the building that once belonged to my grandfather, the building which housed his restaurant and inn. Rounding the corner onto Lafayette Square on Saint Charles Street I spun around...

Firecracker Salad in the Big Easy (part one)

New Orleans, it’s gritty, friendly and the land of amazing music, art and good eating. My husband and I both have history in this town. Ric was born here and lived here for the first four years of his life. His grandfather who lived in the French Quarter in the 1960's...

Envy, Cheese and My Swiss Experience

Being that we have been snow challenged this ski season here in the Rockies, I'm feeling a little envious and nostalgic when I see the reports of snow sweeping across Europe. Skiing was and is a big deal in my family. Raised by a Norwegian mother whose main form of...

The Land of Trolls and Apple Cake

I grew up with little Norwegian troll dolls that relatives brought back from Norway. Legend has it that these mystical and often dangerous creatures who live in Norse caves and under bridges, have a proclivity for munching up naughty children who wander too far from...

Aspen, Bears & Bread

We have just returned from Aspen and the raw beauty that makes Colorado so special. The fall foliage was in its full glory. Surprisingly, after all of the time I have spent either living or visiting Colorado, I’ve never experienced Autumn in the high country. I was in...

Chili Cheese Omelet

There is a little restaurant in Newport Beach, California, right at the bottom of the Newport Pier that serves up one of the meanest breakfasts that can be found. Charlie's Chili, a Newport Beach landmark, serves breakfast all day to local surfers and tourist alike....

Garlic and Cheese Grits – Southern Style

So many birthdays in August that it seems as if we have been celebrating and traveling all month! Actually, we have traveled to thirteen states in thirty days! A couple of weeks ago we were back in North Carolina. We were met in the driveway by Nate, one bad-ass...

Trains, Planes and Diners ~ Grilled Cantaloupe & Gorgonzola Salad

Leave it to my son to lead us to an unexpected jewel in Williamsburg, New York. For those of you who wouldn’t think of crossing the river from Manhattan to Brooklyn, you are missing out on an extraordinary culinary scene that you won’t find in the city. Stepping off...

Mango Lemon Soup

I knew we were getting closer when I saw this… Yes, welcome to Los Angeles, my home for so many years. I love and loathe it as so many others do. The weather is next to perfect, the people are a creative and engaged bunch, and yet, there are those superficial ones who...

Creamy Polenta with Spicy Summer Vegetable Ragu

Slow to get moving, we had a cup of hotel coffee that wasn’t entirely unpalatable and then a walk on the overcast beach before pointing the car towards the hills where more vineyards awaited us. Having driven this coastline before, I remembered a little sandwich shop...

Detours, Diversions and the Path to Enlightenment or Ravioli

So often I make up my mind to follow a particular path or road on my journey only to find the diversions and detours are what make life truly interesting. For the most part, life experience has taught me to go with the flow and the path of least resistance. In truth,...

Fresh Tomato Tart

My husband and I have just returned from ten fabulous days of traipsing around the southwest. It was time for us to unplug and simply go where we wanted to go and see what we wanted to see. We loaded up our car with our bikes hitched onto the back and headed west with...

Success and the City

A couple of weeks ago we had dinner in Baltimore with my two nieces - one who lives in New York and the other who recently moved to Baltimore. We were chatting about how these two beauties were feeling about where they are in their lives, when one of the girls said,...

Trains, Love & Mexican Chocolate Soufflés

I’m sitting on the train with my husband making our way to New York. Ric hasn’t been on a train in ten years and is excited to travel this way. I love trains. When I was a teenager living in London, I would occasionally cut class and hop a train out of town with a...