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Springtime Tagliatelle with Asparagus & Peas | Recipe

As you can see, I have been messing around in the kitchen again. You can also see that I have found one of my

Casanova Restaurant | Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Oh yes, those spinach gnocchi au gratin are home made and oh-so-good! They are a popular appetizer in both the

Behind The Photo | After The Storm, Varese, Italy

It was late summer. It had been raining in buckets all day, and the whole thing was wrapped up by a major

Traveler | The English Bulldog Hula Girl

Meet Traveler. Isn’t she just the most irresistible Hula girl, ever? I met Traveler while on my 2-day

Dungeness Crab Salad with Tangelos, Avocado & Celery | Recipe

Considering that I still have not found my soup pots and utensils like wooden spoons and such, my cooking

Life in Napa | The February Garden & Making Progress

My Mum said “Yikes!”, too. I am talking about all my stuff piled up in the living room. But like

My Latest Creative Burst | Floral Art Note Cards

You know how sometimes you just need a few note cards on hands to send for a birthday, or as a thank you note,

Walking Up the Chapels’ Path to Sacro Monte | Varese, Italy

I thought it was time to take you to Italy for a little while, specifically my home town of Varese. I have not

Bouchon Bakery | Yountville, California

Don’t you just love it when famous places live up to their reputation? Bouchon Bakery is one of those.

 

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Sunday in Healdsburg | California Wine Country

The way I finally got to Healdsburg is… Last April, the Boston Globe contacted me about licensing some of

Prelude to Spring at McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill – Volcano, California

Daffodils anyone? How about thousands of them covering a farm on a hillside in the lower Sierras in Northern

The Colorful Bounty of Spring in Marin | California

This post is dedicated to all of you, but especially to those in Colorado who are still visited by snow while craving

The Princess and the Cowboy

Once upon a time, in the barely-pre-Beatles era, a young woman who loved pretty shoes, elegant dances in ball rooms and

Where Faeries Dwell

Have you seen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun? Do you remember the scene when the bus is passing by the house

My First Shinrin-Yoku Walk as a Guide

Yesterday I guided my first Shinrin-Yoku walk and I am still riding high from the experience. The group I

Strawberry & Mascarpone Cream with Balsamic Reduction

Are you drooling yet? The story is, I keep seeing strawberries everywhere, at the market, at the store…

Morning at Colorful Fisherman’s Wharf | Monterey, California

Last June, towards the end of my stay in Carmel, a new and very interesting coffee shop in Monterey found me on

Fendu Boulangerie – Honolulu

I found out about Fendu from this little, unobtrusive ad in one of Honolulu Magazine’s food issues about

 

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Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2015 | San Francisco

About six weeks ago I found out about the Great Dickens Christmas Fair happening in San Francisco over the

Treasure Trove: Once Around – Mill Valley

One day a couple of months ago, I was googling (can you believe that is now a legitimate verb?) for art stores

The Carmel Journals | Foggy Morning About Town

Considering that in Carmel it is foggy almost every morning, I may have a Foggy Morning chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Majestic Coastal Redwoods of Muir Woods | Mill Valley, California

With this photo story, I am inviting you to relax and follow me on a virtual walk through the majestic California

Linguine with Zucchini Blossom, Shrimp and Saffron

I was in charge of keeping my friend Valerie’s garden alive while she and her husband were traveling a

Behind the Photo: Vienna Woods, Austria

Sometimes, behind a photo there is a story. And sometimes, behind a photo there is a particular story. I have quite a

Sacred Place | Iolani Palace | Honolulu

The Grand Staircase   ‘Iolani Palace is the former official residence of Hawai’i’s monarchy, and

Crisp Bakeshop | Best in Sonoma, California

Crisp Bakeshop is the best bakeshop in Sonoma County. Ok, there might be others that are good – though I

Shinrin-Yoku: Forest Bathing – Day 1 of 7

Usually Facebook’s wild guessing at what I might be interested in is way off track, but about a month ago