Going Home

I was born in the Pacific Northwest.Not really. I was actually born in Texas and grew up in the Southwest: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico. But when I graduated from college I moved to Seattle —trading drought for damp and chiles for blackberries....more

Hello, Tom. And Other Seattle Eats.

There is a trend happening in the food and restaurant world, and it goes hand in hand with doing things more sustainably, and using fresh, local ingredients. This trend is toward doing a few things – just a few things – very, very well....more

Belated Mother’s Day Adventure: The Golden Gate Bridge

My belated Mother’s Day present, in this case, was definitely better late than never!  My mom and I made plans to walk the Golden Gate Bridge by taking the ferry. I thought it was an awesome idea!...more
 @Tistypoalotamis Ah, I could go for a Margarita right about now.   :)more

Disney's Fantasyland

After a year off, we have once again renewed our annual passes at Disneyland and California Adventure.  We are so happy and e...more

Summer is Fun in the Sun ... Beach Day!

Summer is just around the corner and I'm very excited!  Not only are my kids on summer break, but it is also the perfect getaway to hit the beach.  Here in southern California, we are bless...more

Mother/Daughter Camping Weekend at Leo Carillo State Park in Malibu, CA

I like camping.  I think it's one of the best family outdoor activities ever.  Piling kids in the car, cruising down the...more

Springing Forth from the Sea: The Queen of Pies

  Anna Maria IslandGiven the sheer Shangri-La beauty of the place, it’s no wonder Charles Roser agreed to help develop Anna Maria Island in the late 1800s. Mr. Roser, by the way, is the inventor of the beloved Fig Newton and one of the founders of a small company now known as Nabisco....more

New York City Loves a Parade and Me Too

Three visits in a row to New York City and I found myself smack dab in the middle of a parade.  Two of the parades included an appearance by Victor Cruz, lucky me....more

Chicago, Chicago

We have officially booked our summer vacation. This year’s destination – Chicago! I’ve never been but have always been intrigued of going there. It’s another big city, has tons to do and sounds like a fun time. Things I’m looking forward to doing in Chicago:Trying real deep dish pizzaI don’t think the one time I went to an Uno’s in NY counts. ;-) We’ll see how it compares to my beloved NY pizza.Boating on the Chicago RiverMastering the Chicago subway systemTrying a waffle hereShopping on the Miracle MileChicago ghost tour!...more

Andiamo! Let's go!

The seeds for this blog were sown during a casual conversation with my mom on Christmas Day back in 2010, when I asked if she'd ever consider going back to her village in Italy for another visit. My younger sister, who had been to Italy once before with Mom several years prior, chimed in on our discussion and, much to my surprise and delight, things quickly escalated into serious planning for a future trip to Italy for the three of us. Oh, the possibilities! ...more