• Travel

    Gnocchi alla Romana

    by  • February 5, 2012 • All Posts, Pairings, Travel • 0 Comments

    Matracianella's Gnocchi alla Romana (left) and my version (right)

    Each time I return to Rome, I am surprised by something. No matter how many times I meander from one favorite spot to another, there is always a moment when I see something new, which I suppose is part of the magic of the city. So much history, so much to see — even...

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    On the Bourbon Trail

    by  • January 24, 2012 • All Posts, Travel • 2 Comments

    My friend Julie recently asked me to send her the details of a trip I did a few years ago to Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, and I realized that somehow this info hadn’t migrated over to this site. (I cringe to think about how many other articles I’ve missed…) So here it is. It’s been about...

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    Rome 2011

    by  • December 4, 2011 • All Posts, Travel • 0 Comments


    I’ve just returned from another visit to Rome, and I’ve been reflecting on what it is about The Eternal City that makes it so special to me… Certainly, I’ve spent some of the best days of my life here — from the just-out-of-college girl who had not a clue what she wanted to do...

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    Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

    by  • June 16, 2010 • All Posts, Travel • 0 Comments

    Upscale. Wildy popular. Boatloads of wine and food. Good cause. Sound like your cuppa? Then head to this year’s Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, running over Labor Day weekend, September 3-5. Here’s the skinny: The three-day, grape-to-glass harvest celebration combines the prestigious Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch® and the iconic Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine...

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    Travel: Chic Retreats

    by  • September 1, 2009 • All Posts, Books, Travel • 0 Comments

    The most adorable little book arrived in the mail recently — the 2009/2010 Chic Retreats Book. It’s full of tempting details on small boutique hotels around the world, and it’s quickly become a personal favorite. Apparently all the hotels here are represented by the Britain-based publisher, but I would say that this book is more than...

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