Sweet & Savory Recipe: Moroccan Bastilla the Easy Way

moroccan bastilla pie

When I started getting interested in cooking, I signed up for a local cooking class with my mom. The only class available was for Moroccan cuisine. Not only did I have no idea what Moroccan cuisine was, I had never cooked a meal in my life. Heck, I even screwed up boiling eggs. It was the New School of Cooking in Culver City, and we turned out several yummy Moroccan dishes. I was surprised. One dish stood out as my Read More

Los Olivos Wine Tasting Getaway

Los Olivos Carhartt Tasting Room Exterior Wine Country Getaway Discounts

I just got home from visiting Los Olivos, a town in the Santa Ynez Valley just 2 hours north of Los Angeles.  I love the quiet there; the great food and wine keep me coming back. I had some great 'firsts' on this visit and I wanted to share them with you. I think these gems are definitely worth checking out. I finally got to check out the Carhartt Wine Tasting Room in Los Olivos. This is a popular one with the Read More

World Famous Apple Pie – Weekend in Julian, CA

Julian Famous Apple Pie Local Fruits Best in Town San Diego Travel Destination

  Julian is a little town in the mountains about an hour from San Diego, California. It is especially picturesque if you are lucky enough to get a bit of snow, pretty common in the winter season. Actually, Julian has become a very popular getaway destination, one reason being that they have four distinct seasons. Julian was a gold mining town in the 19th century. It's actually a registered California Historical Landmark. Read More

Ten Reasons Québec is the Winter Wonderland of Your Dreams

Mont Tremblant Quebec Canada

This is the photo that ignited my day dreaming and caused me to book a trip to Quebec. I spent weeks chasing down the photo and getting permission to use it because hope you too, will feel the charm that it's oozing. One of the greatest places to visit in the winter is Québec City's Old Town; what a true fairytale destination. It's no surprise that CNN ranked Québec City among the top ten places in the world to celebrate the Read More

Las Vegas for the Holidays – Insider Tips & Deals

Las Vegas Bellagio Hotel Christmas Tree

In Las Vegas you will find some of the best cuisine, shopping and nightlife all in one place, and this time of year I thought it's worth mentioning a little secret: the week between Christmas and New Years I have found to be the least expensive time of the year to visit. The over the top holiday displays and decorations are most certainly a sight that everyone should experience, and this is the one week to do it avoiding all Read More

Vintage Inspired Travel Wear & Accessories – 50% Off at Mod Cloth

Travel Accessories Scarves

I'm on the prowl for huge sales on travel wear. As of Friday Dec 20th, Mod Cloth has 100's of items 50% off. If you spend $100 you will get free EXPRESS shipping and will receive your package before Christmas; today is your last chance. They have a stylish and colorful selection of vintage inspired items; really good quality and made in the USA. This sale is a great time to dive in and check it out. I chose my favorite items Read More

Champagne Brunch Cruise in Marina Del Rey for a Great Discount

champagne cruise marina del rey

I had the chance to experience the Champagne Brunch Cruise hosted by Hornblower Cruises at the Marina Del Rey Harbor in California.  It was pretty great, and I found a great discount too, so I wanted to share! The Champagne Brunch is held aboard one of their luxury yachts every Sunday of the year. It offers a few hours escape from the traffic and chaos that is Los Angeles. You'll have a very well-prepared brunch buffet Read More

Kitchen Additions to Make Cooking & Baking More Fun

Cute Ceramic Owl Measuring cup Set

We are inspired by the foods and flavors experienced when we venture abroad, whether it's across an ocean or across the street. For me, it's all about continuing to learn to cook at home. Here are some great some great kitchen additions which contribute to the fun of it. When I saw these items at the World Market, I couldn't get enough. And what a great gift to encourage someone you love to keep trying new things in the Read More

Can a Song without Words Speak to You?

the forest in Autumn

This holiday I am reminded that I am not only thankful for every person in my life, and I am thankful for music which reminds me of all the experiences that have brought me to this day... so I wanted to share this story. It was my first trip to England and and I was traveling solo. I had the pleasure of staying with a good friend who had been living there about a year. She shared with me the difficulties of relocating and Read More

Coastal Oregon – The Road Less Traveled

Netarts Oregon Coast Road Trip Sunset Silhouette

West Coast Road Trip (continued)  We had reached the destination of our road trip (Portland, Oregon) and the journey home was imminent. Normally when heading home from anywhere I start thinking about all the things I need to get done back home... but not this time. Though we would be home in mere days I knew there were still exciting adventures ahead in coastal Oregon. The truth is, at every stop on this road trip I saw Read More