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Good Morning Paris

Since arriving in Paris, I’ve discovered many things are trending, bagels, Mexican food, speakeasy style cocktail bars and best of all breakfast. Sure, Paris is the cradle of breakfast pastries, however, boulangeries stick to what they do best– baguettes, croissants and pain au chocolate, never heartier fare and they almost never […]

Food

Pie Time

This blueberry hued pie shop on a quaint street in Downtown LA’s burgeoning Arts District may just be my version of heaven. It gives you a dose of the holiday season even if temps in sunny Southern California do not. With steel pendant lighting and concrete floors, the atmosphere is […]

Wine

Winery to Know: Scribe

I love wine tasting, but after sipping in Italy and France, I often feel wineries in the US try too hard to emulate historic European buildings in an effort to transport visitors to Tuscany or Provence. To me, it all feels a bit inauthentic. That’s what is so refreshing about […]

City

LA By Subway

Would it surprise you to learn Los Angeles actually has a clean and efficient subway system? On many of our trips to LA these days, my husband and I  ditch the car and take the train to LA instead. By making downtown our base, we’re able to take the subway everywhere we […]

Food

Sandwiches Stepped Up

Kudos to the gourmet sandwich craze for bringing us a place like Lardo. While it may not have been first on the scene, for my money, it may be the best– sandwiches like the Pork Meatball Bahn Mi and the Chickpea with yogurt sauce can hardly be considered in the […]

Food

The Little Italian Restaurant that Could

  Luce on Portland’s East Burnside Street has been thrust into the spotlight after being named one of Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants in the country and I’m happy to say it lives up to the hype. There’s no doubt the recent attention has rocked the small space– waits can be […]