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California Travel

Weekend Away | Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake – California | May 2018 Just a two hour drive east of Los Angeles is Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino National Forest. A well-known vacation escape for Angelenos, I hadn’t been to Big Bear since high school. During that…

drouhin winery oregon
Travel United States

Wine Tasting in Portland – Part 2

A couple months after our wine tasting weekend in Portland, we flew up again for an overnight trip to surprise our friend for her birthday.  As her husband was in on the surprise, we strategically planned our 30 hour Oregon trip.…

wine tasting in the willamette valley
Travel United States

Wine Tasting in Portland – Part 1

I love visiting Portland and with family (and now friends!) living in Portland, we typically visit at least two to three times a year.  Once I exit PDX airport, the first thing I do is take a deep breath of that fresh Oregon air.…

griffith_observatory
California Travel

Griffith Observatory

One of the Frenchman’s best friends came to visit us from Belgium for a weekend stopover on his way to Las Vegas. It’s hard to decide what makes the cut for two days in LA, but hands down, a favorite place to take any…

fall beach day
California Lifestyle Travel

An Autumn Beach Day

The great thing about living in Southern California is that the weather is temperate enough to allow for beachgoing all year round. And although it’s counterintuitive, my favorite time of the year to go to the beach is during autumn and winter.  With less…

Merry-go-round in Paris
France Lifestyle Travel

What we bring back from France

The Frenchman and I go to France at least once a year to visit family and friends and before we come back, we always have a list of must-buy items to bring back.  Typically we spend an afternoon at Monoprix (France’s equivalent to Target)…

weekend in seattle
Travel United States

Weekend Away | Seattle, Washington

Seattle & Bainbridge Island – Washington  |  February 2016 Seattle has always had my heart.  There’s a bit of city, a bit of outdoors, lots of culture and food.  And of course, there’s quite a bit of rain.  I love the rain and the…

Jolly Oyster
California Travel

Day Trip | Oyster Shucking and Picnic in Ventura

The Frenchman and I love oysters.  My love affair with oysters is much more recent, but the Frenchman’s love for oysters stems from his youth.  Raw oysters are a staple in the French cuisine, especially during the holidays and the Frenchman’s memories of eating…