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Parker-Lusseau Pastries & Cafe | Monterey, California

I will not dilly-dally into this, but cut to the chase: Parker-Lusseau is THE best bakery/patisserie in the

Super Duper Cooper | Adorable Shetland Sheepdog

I thought it was time for you to smile at a cute wiggler, so here is Cooper, or Super Duper Cooper as he is

Old Monterey Inn | Monterey, California

Set in one of the oldest residential areas of Monterey, and nestled in a beautiful English-style garden,  Old

The Soiled Doves Bath House | Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Although I have left Carmel to return to Napa, I still have much to share about this charming little town by

Behind the Photo: Winter Sunset on Lake Varese, Italy

It is sunny and cold outside on this quiet Napa afternoon. Given that it is the first day of the new year, I thought I

Wrapping Up 2016 | Calling In The New Year

I have been mulling over this post for several days, both eager to sit down and write, and procrastinate

Hunting for Treasures in Carmel, California | The Sequel

I tell you, Carmel is not big, but I dare you to find another place more filled with so many unique treasures

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

Carmel Belle: Scrumptious & Organic Café & Larder | Carmel, California

These days, even if you are traveling, or getting take out almost every day because – like me – you

 

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Eat, Shop, Gather and Learn at the Incomparable SHED | Healdsburg, California

As promised in my Healdsburg walk-about article, here we are back at the SHED for an in-depth look at this

Kopol Bonick | Art, Wine and Roses in Napa Valley

This article has been a long time in coming, several months in fact. But when you are trying to tell the story

Sunrise in the Vineyard | Napa Valley, California

I don’t know about you, but I am not an early morning person, yet at the same time I am. I find it really

Give Yourself a Break | Shinrin-Yoku Invitations

You probably know that I text with my Mom once a day and Skype once a week. What you may not know is that, during these

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

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe, in Choosing Color, How Do I know?

If I had a dime for every time someone has asked me about what color to use for their particular purpose, I

Meyer Lemon and Ricotta Squares | Recipe

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you have had a good Holiday period and have transitioned peacefully into the

Left by the Bride

A few years ago, while vacationing with family in Porto Venere, Italy, we walked into town as per our usual

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