Eat & Drink

Cookbook Challenge Week 4: Ranchero Beef Stew

  • February 20, 2018
Ranchero Beef Stew

Ranchero Beef Stew is the recipe of the week this week! I can’t believe its already week four of my “52 Week Cookbook Challenge.” If you have been following along, you’ll know I started this challenge to force myself to actually cook out of my extensive cookbook collection instead of just look at them. For the full list of recipes with links click here. Given that we have finally gotten…

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Activities

Five Tips for Spending a Day at the USS Midway!

  • February 19, 2018
USS Midway

The Midway is a top destination for visitors to San Diego and for good reason!  We recently took our kids to visit the historic ship and they absolutely loved it. Even if you’re not into jets or aircraft carriers, exploring this giant ship is fascinating. From the food preparation to feed a “city on a ship” to the cramped living quarters, to the belly of the ship where thousands of…

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Eat & Drink

Cookbook Challenge: Week 3 – “Ottolenghi” – Turkey and sweetcorn meatballs with roasted pepper sauce

  • February 9, 2018
Turkey Meatballs

Sorry (not sorry) that my blog is becoming more of a cooking/ food blog than a travel blog. But we have been stationary the last month and a half. Its been a nice break from airplanes and hotels. But in the meantime, I’ve been cooking a lot of great food, which is my other passion besides trekking around the world. But this week I get to share with you an…

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Life

Dry January — Lessons Learned During a Month Without Wine

  • February 3, 2018
Dry January

My month without wine — Dry January   Have you ever wanted to quit drinking alcohol for an extended period of time to get a healthier perspective on your relationship with alcohol? I have and this year I did “Dry January.” Here are some of the highlights and lessons I learned from going alcohol free for a month in January. First, let me share what drove me to take a…

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Eat & Drink

Cookbook Challenge: Week 2 — “The Best of Gourmet” – Lentils and Sausage

  • February 1, 2018
Lentils with Sausage and red wine vinagrette

Cookbook Challenge: Week 2 — “The Best of Gourmet” – Lentils and Sausage   For this week’s challenge (part of the 52 week cookbook challenge you can read about here) I’m doing recipe featuring sausage, lentils and a red wine vinaigrette from an old but fun cookbook from Gourmet called: The Best of Gourmet: Sixty-five Years, Sixty-five Favorite Recipes. Unfortunately I can’t link the cookbook it for you, it appears to…

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Eat & Drink

Six Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Eat More Adventurously

  • January 30, 2018

This post is all about tips for making your child a more adventurous eater. My kids are like most kids. If you give them a choice, dinner is most definitely, “dad’s hamburgers” (which are delicious) and fries. They love their sweets and salty snacks (we call my 8 yr. old son the “Chip monster”) and they don’t always eat their vegetables without some prodding. However, on the whole my kids…

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Travel

Travel Bucket List for 2018

  • January 26, 2018
Mendocino

As 2018 is well underway I’ve been thinking about my travel dreams for this year. In April when I started this blog I posted my first Top 10 Bucket List for the year. I’m happy to say that we visited a lot of the places on that list. I spent time in Chicago and got to do a once-in-a-lifetime meal at Alinea, we did a 10 year anniversary trip to…

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Eat & Drink

52 Week Cookbook Challenge: Week 1 – Roasted Artichokes from Michael Chiarello’s “Casual Cooking”

  • January 23, 2018

Welcome to Week 1 of my 52 Week Cookbook Challenge. To read about this challenge and why I’m doing it, read this post first.  So first week’s challenge! I picked this one because a) I have had this cookbook for YEARs and I’ve never used it. B) I had a bag of four giant artichokes in the fridge I needed to use. I was attracted to this recipe because my…

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Eat & Drink

52 Week Cookbook Challenge

  • January 23, 2018

Hi I’m Sarah and I’m a cookbook addict. No really, I can flip through a cookbook and look at recipes for hours. In fact, many nights before bed I’ll pull out one of my cookbooks and read it before drifting off to sleep, dreaming of profiteroles, roasted chicken with zoug, chanterelles and stews. One of the problems I often have however is actually MAKING the food from the cookbooks. So,…

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Activities

A Day at the Cabrillo Tidepools in San Diego

  • January 15, 2018

The Cabrillo National Monument at the point of Point Loma in San Diego is a fantastic place to visit for some great history, unbeatable views and easy hiking. In addition to the museum and lighthouse, the area also has one of the best-protected and accessible rocky “intertidal” tidepool areas (which means, the unique ecosystem that lies between the high and low tides) in southern California. They are stunning! We took the…

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