Gooooaaaaaallllll! U-S-A! U-S-A!

It’s kind of hard to believe that I had never been to Orlando – no Disney for this kid! But when the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team announced they were playing Panama in Orlando, in what could be the match that put the U.S. in the World Cup, of course we were going! Tim hasContinue reading “Gooooaaaaaallllll! U-S-A! U-S-A!”

So Many Wines, So Little Time (Paso Robles)

This is my second time in Paso Robles Wine Country. We came out here to visit in 2019, and I really fell in love with the area and especially the wine. I think they produce some of the best wine in California. So of course when our friend Cheryl moved to Morro Bay and startedContinue reading “So Many Wines, So Little Time (Paso Robles)”

I’m Just Here For The Halibut

Oh Morro Bay, where have you been all my life? As I stated in my previous post So Many Wines, So Little Time (Santa Ynez and Edna Valleys), our friend Cheryl had moved to Morro Bay and was working at a winery in Paso Robles, living a great life. Of course we were going toContinue reading “I’m Just Here For The Halibut”

So Many Wines, So Little Time (Santa Ynez and Edna Valleys)

I just love wine – I love learning about and especially drinking wine! So when our good friend Cheryl moved out to California to work in a winery, of course we were going to go visit her! Duh! We decided to break the trip up into two parts – Santa Ynez and Edna Valley forContinue reading “So Many Wines, So Little Time (Santa Ynez and Edna Valleys)”

Mai Tais, My Friends, My Happy Place

We recently visited Maui, staying at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. I have been here several times and it is my favorite place to stay on Maui. IMO its location cannot be beat – best stretch of beach in front of the hotel and you are walking distance to great restaurants and shopping. We love itContinue reading “Mai Tais, My Friends, My Happy Place”

Banana Bread To Die For

One of my favorite places in the world is Maui – like I could live here! Tim and I have been numerous times, but there was always one thing I wanted to do and that was to get some of the “world’s best banana bread” on West Maui. I understand “world’s best” may be disputedContinue reading “Banana Bread To Die For”

Jar-din-air-ah (or Giardiniera)

Oh these fun to pronounce ingredients! Is it giardiniera, giardano’s, or giada?? I chose Alex Guarnaschelli’s (gwar-nah-shelly) cookbook Cook With Me for Cookbook Club. We love Alex! In my opinion she is the princess to the queen Ina Garten 🙂 The recipes in this book are all easy to follow, with simple ingredients. So let’sContinue reading “Jar-din-air-ah (or Giardiniera)”

Food and Fun in Southwest Florida

It was time to head to Florida and visit my good friend who had recently moved there. She is a fan of the blog and wanted us to do some cooking together during our visit. We’ll call her E, since she is sort of like M from James Bond – badass, totally in charge, andContinue reading “Food and Fun in Southwest Florida”

Sangria, Apples, and Wine in the Metro East

Another girls trip! The guys were busy, so just me and Sharon this time. We decided to go south again, and started at The Weingarten in Belleville. It is about a an hour and a half drive to get there (maybe a smidge longer). The last time I was in Belleville was for my highContinue reading “Sangria, Apples, and Wine in the Metro East”

You’re Shrimply The Best

Fall is just the best time of year! Leaves, bonfires, warm apple cider … I could go on and on. It’s also this time of year that our friend Jacob has his annual Shrimp Boil. You remember Jacob (see Cioppino in the Garden) – wine connoisseur, foodie, dog dad to Libby, and works part timeContinue reading “You’re Shrimply The Best”