Road Tripping Chasing Oregon’s Fall Colors & Hidden Treasures

The autumn chill in the air inspired us to take a colorful fall road trip – sort of… After a flight dropped us in Portland, Oregon, we navigated the bustling city and discovered our eclectic haven for the night at the McMenamin’s Crystal Hotel in downtown. We were pleasantly surprised to find the city clean, […]

Chianti, A Culinary Journey Amidst Vineyards & Truffle Hunts – Unveiled Part 3

Gaiole, Chianti was the next stop on our Italian adventure.  We stayed at Coltibuono, a 1000-year-old monastery with zen-like grounds and delicious Chianti wines.  Coltibuono allowed us quiet, recuperation moments as we jaunted off for fun and unique activities that Chianti offered.                           […]

Florence, “The Jewel of The Renaissance” Italy Unveiled Part 2

Next stop on our Italy Unveiled series… Prepare to be captivated by the allure of the magnificent city of Florence. Nestled in the heart of Italy, this enchanting destination is a true feast for the senses, offering a harmonious blend of rich history, awe-inspiring art and mouthwatering cuisine. One cannot do justice to Florence in […]

Celebrating 14 Years of Cherished Memories

  Last month we celebrated 14 incredible years of unshakeable dedication, unyielding determination, and unforgettable moments that have shaped our journey.  As we pause to reflect on this milestone, we cannot help but be overwhelmed by the profound impact our loyal team of employees over the years has had on our success. The road to […]

Savoring the Flavors & the Festive Culture of Puerto Vallarta 🇲🇽

  🇲🇽 Ole Puerto Vallarta 🇲🇽 After three long years, we finally returned to Puerto Vallarta, one of our favorite Mexican destinations. We were initially worried about the impact of the pandemic on the area, but our fears quickly disappeared upon our arrival at the Marriot Resort, where we were heartwarmingly greeted with a “Welcome […]

Cozy up with a warm winter beverage

I wonder if others were singing, “The sun will come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar …” while we sheltered from the atmospheric rivers a few weeks ago. And the sun is out, warming and healing our land and souls. We still need water and welcome more rain storms, but in the meantime are soaking […]

San Francisco did not disappoint us on our recent visit

Jan and I had to squeeze in a Giants game before the season ends. While in the city, why not take in our favorite activities…strolls along the Embarcadero and discovering neighborhood hidden treasure eateries.  We stayed at a new hotel that was all about location for us….Hotel Via. It just so happens to be directly […]

Upside Down Cakes for our Upside-Down World

New York Times Cooking app is one of my favorite cooking tools. A recent post featured an Upside-Down Berry Cake that caught my immediate attention since Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is a nostalgic favorite.  I love reminiscing about helping my mom place the maraschino cherries between the pineapple rounds! This NY Times cake recipe has the […]

No baloney in Oklahoma?

Patty and I have traveled all over the world taking cooking classes and exploring different cultures. We were ready to fly off to Morocco just before the pandemic basically closed the world. As we are still not ready for international travel despite our love of foreign adventures and culinary treats, we’ve had fun over the […]

Keith’s 10 Tips On How To Create a Fun & Flavorful Burn Pile Stew

  The Ultimate Cooking Experience 🔥 It seems a waste of energy not to use all the heat generated from a burn pile. However, after a good day’s burn, it is great to sit around the fire with a cold beverage and a Dutch oven full of good eats. When I first started to cook […]