Multnomah Falls – A Natural Wonder

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West Coast Road Trip (continued) Just 35 minutes to the east from Portland, you don't want to miss Multnomah Falls. It's a breathtaking, dramatic waterfall on the Columbia River Gorge. It is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States, at a total height of 620 ft (or 189 meters). The source of the water is underground springs from Larch Mountain, augmented by melting snow and rainwater throughout the Read More

Homemade Limoncello is a Success!


I found out a few years ago that my family has a recipe for making Limoncello. I recently took the plunge and made my first batch. After 60 days in the making I'm very happy it was a success! My limoncello has gotten rave reviews from all who have tried it; it even won a taste test against fancy store-bought limoncello!  I am sharing the recipe here because it's a fun and yummy project.  Limoncello is an Italian lemon Read More

Portland’s Got The Hip Tracks

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West Coast Road Trip (continued) Wandering around downtown Portland I came across the most colorful music store I've ever seen: Jackpot Records. They are an independent music store with a wide variety of new and used CDs and Vinyl Records. Some locals say it's the best in the city.  While it is somewhat small, it definitely packs a punch. They have listening kiosks where I found several things I'd never heard before. Read More

Where to Stay when Visiting Portland

Camas Hotel Exterior

West Coast Road Trip (continued) This one I had not planned. We finally arrived in Portland after over a week of road tripping from Los Angeles, and I hadn't booked a hotel assuming there would be tons of options in downtown Portland. As it happens, weekends get booked up quick leaving you stuck with only high priced rooms. Searching for other options, I came across the Camas Hotel. The description said "Romantic Read More

The Unexpected Cognac, France

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I left Bordeaux that morning and had a full day ahead of me with my teeny tiny SmartCar rental (the only automatic car they had, which by the way, was the most expensive thing on the entire trip). With no agenda in sight I hit the freeway and eventually saw a sign for the town of Cognac. I'm thinking, wait, Cognac? As in the drinking spirit Cognac? I parked at the flower-lined river and walked into the Tourism Office. How Read More

Experimental Beauty – Rose Test Garden, Portland

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West Coast Road Trip (continued) Portland's International Rose Test Garden is different than most other public gardens. It's primary purpose is as a testing ground for new rose varieties and it is the oldest rose testing program of it's kind in the United States. The Garden cares for over 10,000 plants of 500 varieties. For almost one hundred years, the city of Portland, Oregon is the only North American city to give an Read More

How Adorable Is This Little Italian Car – The Bianchina

Small Italian Bianchina car

The Italian Bianchina (bee-on-kee-nah) is ridiculously cute. This one is a convertible from 1959 with suicide doors. It has an 18 horsepower Fiat engine which peaks at 31 mph.  Petrolicious recently did a feature taking us on a short ride along the Adriatic coast in the town of Rimini, Italy. The people of Rimini are proud of their unpredictable approach to life, and Annalisa who drives this car, is no exception. She had Read More

Want to Meet a Baby Cheetah?

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West Coast Road Trip (continued) In the heart of the vast Oregon wilderness, over 600 exotic and native animals live a fully protected and free-roaming lifestyle. 'Wildlife Safari' in Winston, Oregon, with a full 600 acres of land, has dedicated themselves to the conservation, education and research of wildlife. I was very happy to get a chance on my road trip to see these animals in dedicated habitats in the beautiful Read More

The Home Frank Lloyd Wright Designed for Middle Class America

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West Coast Road Trip (continued) Our road trip from Los Angeles to Portland Oregon continues, and I planned a visit to a home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed: The Gordon House, just one hour south of Portland. Turns out, this home was built near Wilsonville Oregon, but in 2001 some well-off folks bought the property and intended to tear it down and build their dream home. The Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy got a Read More

Last Hurrah for Summer Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles

Outdoor movie film screen

 If you live in Los Angeles, you more than likely enjoy the long summer days and warm summer nights. Most would agree that outdoor film showings are a perfect opportunity for hanging outdoors as long as you can, enjoying the great weather and good friends. While daylight savings time will sadly end soon, you still have plenty of opportunities to invite some folks out and have a fun outdoor movie night over the next few Read More