Rosemary Applesauce

Rosemary applesauce is my daughter’s favorite comfort food, especially when she’s sick. While my son will crave a flavorful homemade chicken soup (my husband has an amazing recipe), Audrey warms her soul with mom’s applesauce (warms my heart). Yesterday, she was home from school with a fever and the miracle-worker recipe didn’t let her down,…

Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley

It's been a few years since our family enjoyed the legendary afternoon tea at The Berkeley Knightsbridge. Unlike any other afternoon tea we've ever had, Prêt-à-Portea features a new collection of  fashion designer-inspired cakes each year. I recently saw the 2018 line up and am blinking my eyes, tapping my heels thinking I might just reappear…

2017 Highlights

From a hiking through a redwood forest and taking two new puppies up a grassy hillside to dining in an extraordinary place and standing a few feet away front of the Saviour of the World, I'm grateful for a year filled with family, friends, and new experiences. Here, my favorite 12 images from 2017. I…

Recipe: Japanese Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts

I’m always looking for low-carb and gluten-free alternatives to replace high-carb meals and snacks. While I love rice or pasta, I often feel bloated afterwards and am hungry within an hour. Hence, tasty substitutes are welcomed. Here is an easy nutritious and delicious recipe that is great with and egg for breakfast or as an…

Single Thread Farm & Inn

Located off the downtown Healdsburg square, sits one of my new favorite places to eat, sleep, discover, and to simply be inspired. By now you may have been or read one of the many stories - I like this one - about Single Thread Farm. I’ll try not to repeat what many articles have already…

A Few Days in Chicago

When you're spending a long no-kids weekend in Chicago and want a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood - close to Broadway shows, good eats, Magnificent Mile and the Art Institute of Chicago - I love the Langham. Located along the Chicago River, this modern yet comfortable hotel has just enough bells and whistles to keep you pampered but also not feeling…

Dandelion Chocolate Tasting

We had the pleasure of attending a private tasting at Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco where Todd (co-founder) and Cynthia, from my favorite small-batch chocolate maker, gave a comprehensive tour of how they make chocolate. From sourcing cacao beans and sorting nibs to tempering and hand wrapping, the journey was fascinating. So many surprising flavors coming…