Laudable Lodging: The Queen Ma...

May 5, 2014 by

When I picked up my husband at the John Wayne Airport to whisk him away on a long weekend trip in Southern California, I was driving...

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Take Two: My Culinary Adventur...

Apr 28, 2014 by

A little over two months ago, I wrote about my Foodie in February plan; I was planning on spending one week that month at the South...

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One for the Road: Music and a ...

Apr 21, 2014 by

Scent is often said to be the strongest sensory memory-trigger.  It has something to do with the amygdala; apparently the part of...

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What I Should Have Said: On Am...

Apr 5, 2014 by

Today, a well-meaning stranger asked what I do for a living.  After a brief-and-vague description, he asked: do you only travel in...

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Off to Sea: See Ya Mañana

Mar 22, 2014 by

She said I can’t go back to America soon It’s so goddamn cold it’s gonna snow until June Yeah, they’re...

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Palm Peeping: The Fairchild Tr...

Mar 19, 2014 by

I’m not going to beat around the bush–this winter sucked.  This winter sucked long and this winter sucked hard.  And I...

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Laudable Lodging: The Avalon H...

Mar 11, 2014 by

The major problem with The Avalon Hotel on (stunning) Catalina Island became immediately apparent as soon as I checked into my room....

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Zen and the Art of Business Tr...

Mar 6, 2014 by

Please allow me to make a huge understatement: I am extremely judgmental.  It is not something of which I am proud, but it is very...

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The South Beach Wine and Food ...

Mar 3, 2014 by

I have always wanted to go to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.  Having experienced the festival virtually via some of my...

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Hidden History: Why I Love Sta...

Feb 19, 2014 by

As I drove down highway 39 from Rockford, Illinois towards Starved Rock State Park, I wondered: how can there be a state park out...

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Catalina Island: No Filter

Feb 12, 2014 by

In my life, I’ve been blessed with the ability to experience slightly more of the world than the average person.  I’ve...

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A Foodie in February: My Month...

Feb 8, 2014 by

Far too many of my Instagram photos are photos of food–and far too few of my pants fit very well. For me, food can be a...

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