Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'Restaurants'

Dinner at Figue

Saturday night, we tried a new restaurant in La Quinta called Figue, with friends, Teri and Marvin. It was a wonderful Mediterranean dining experience. The chef, Francios, is Teri's neighbor, and gave us the royal treatment! We began with...

A-16 for Dinner

I have tried to get a reservation at this trendy San Francisco restaurant on our last two or three visits to the Bay Area, and finally succeeded! A-16 (named for the autostrada that connects Naples to Puglia) is a...

Brunch in Santa Barbara

On our way back from Slow Bowl, we stopped for Sunday Brunch in downtown Santa Barbara with Jerry and Paul. It was a picture perfect day! Our first choice of restaurants was closed for the Super Bowl, so we ate...

Piero's PizzaVino

My new favorite restaurant in Palm Desert is Piero's PizzaVino! We went on Friday night, with Cathy and Dennis, for our second visit. It was just as good as the first time! After calamari appetizers, we enjoyed their pizza!...

Highland Springs for Dinner

We met Nancy and Bill for dinner at the Grand Oak Steakhouse at Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley. This historical site has an interesting history since the early 1800s you can read about on the website. Though 40 minutes...

Otto

Saturday night of our Vegas weekend, we wanted another "light" dinner, so we headed to Mario Battali' and Joe Bastianich's Otto, at "St. Mark's Square" in the Venetian. It is an enoteca, with pizza, pasta, small plates as well...

Olives

On Saturday, we had lunch at Olives, at the Bellagio. It has a great patio, lakeside, for watching the water show to music. We got there in time for the National Anthem, with the HUGEST blast of water on...

Vintner Grill

We were so sad to learn that our favorite Las Vegas restaurant, Rosemary's, has closed forever! On a brighter note, we discovered another wonderful off-the-strip place to dine: Vintner Grill got big thumbs up from both of us! Let's start...

Santa Barbara Lunch Stop

On our way to Paso Robles, we stopped for lunch in downtown Santa Barbara at Elements, across the street from the beautiful Courthouse. Indoor or outdoor seating is available in nice weather, and there is a nice wine list....

Rosemary's and Coming Home a Winner

Ok, where were we? UP $275, I believe. Saturday morning we had a great breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi, then found a new area of video poker machines, and they liked me! Up another $100. It was time for some...

Las Vegas and the Perfect Bite

Thursday night after work, we left for our annual birthday weekend in Las Vegas. We were checked in at the Paris by 11, and immediately hit the video poker machines. I have written about this before, but to review,...

Seven Courses of Heaven

Warning: to those who are dieting, do NOT read this when you are hungry! As the "last hurrah" of the holiday season, we attended a "Chef's Table" 7-course dinner at Firenze Osteria. We were greeted by Fabio, and soon...

Firenze Osteria: Martinis with Magic

Those of you who know me, in person, or though this blog, know I have been a big fan of Fabio's since he was first on Top Chef. Of course we would drive three hours to eat in Moorepark,...

Dinner at the Mesa Grill

On our last night in Las Vegas, we wanted something different for dinner, so we decided to have bar food at the Mesa Grill. If you EVER turn on the Food Network, you recognize owner, Bobby Flay. An American...

Thanksgiving Dinner at Caesar's

We had a lovely relaxing Thanksgiving Day with some gambling, shopping, napping and a great dinner at Nero's. We began by sharing an appetizer of seared sea scallops with parsnip puree and porcini mushrooms. No turkey...I had a juicy...

Nello's Cucina

After lots of shopping on Friday in Costa Mesa, we enjoyed a glass of wine at our hotel. Each of the tables in the courtyard, (we called it the piazza) had a different herb planted on the small pot....

0/8

On our last evening in Bellevue, we ate at a restaurant in the Hyatt called simply "0/8". We began with a flight of rose wines for Brad and sparkling wines for me. Brad's rose's were Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut...

More Seattle...

Brad and I began our afternoon with a stroll through Pike's Place Market. It was almost 4:30, and many vendors were closing up shop for the day, but I was able to get 2 lbs. of my favorite lemon-garlic...

Tea House and Wine Bar: La Quinta

Last weekend we celebrated late birthdays, Les and Jan's 30th anniversary, and our last dinner together before we meet up at the end of June at the Rome airport for our ride to Umbria and our PalmabellasItaly trip! After...

Mother's Day Brunch: Craftsteak

This is the LAST food post about Vegas Uncorked,but the best meal! Last Sunday morning, we slept in (gambled until 2 AM last night), had some coffee in our room, got ready for brunch, and checked out of the Paris....

Saturday Night at the Bellagio

As you can imagine, Vegas restaurants were packed all weekend with all these food and wine lovers in town for Vegas Uncorked. For our "pre-birthday dinner", we tried to get in to one of the Bellagio restaurants, reservations were all...

Vegas Uncorked: Fiamma

Wow. What a frustrating day for a blogger who is bursting to share our Vegas weekend. The battery on my laptop DIED. I was finally able to get a new one this afternoon, but then it had to charge for...

Buon Appetito

Last Friday night, after wine at Sogno Di Vino, next door, we had a fabulous meal at Buon Appetito! We shared Connie's calamari, and Joy, Brad and I had the creamiest polenta ever, with porcini and gorgonzola sauce. Our entrees...

Devane's

Friday night, we were invited to go out to dinner with our friends, the Wolfs. We began by having drinks in their lovely back yard. Jan made a delicious plate of goodies to go with our cocktails. Then they took...

Weekend of the Car

I mentioned that Brad's '98 Lexus took its last breath last month. He spent 2 weeks driving a rental car, and fell in love with the Chevrolet Impala he was driving from Hertz. We looked at a few other possible...

Slow Bowl Saturday

Saturday morning began with a Starbucks delivery of a Venti Nonfat Latte and a Cafe Americano at 7:10 AM to our room. My version of "breakfast in bed" from Jerry and Paul. Brad loved having other men wait on me!...

Slow Bowl: Friday

We left early Friday for the 5 hour drive to Paso Robles. It only took Brad a little over four hours, but we had some "uncomfortable" moments in the car when the cheesecake, lemon cookies and taralli went flying around...

Hash House A-Go-Go

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Actually, they came at the same time on my breakfast plate. On our final morning in Vegas, we checked out, and headed to Hash House A Go Go. I first saw...

Andre's

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the original Andre's in Las Vegas. Amuse Foie Gras Mousse in a Brussels Sprouts Cup with Grapefruit Coulis Carrot, Caramelized Onion and Apple Cider Soup Cardamom Crème Fraîche, Walnuts and Grated Nutmeg...

Sunday: Half Moon Bay

Our Bay are weekend continued the glorious weather. We had a lazy morning with good coffee, and then took a drive to Pescadero for lunch at Duartes Tavern. They are famous for their seafood, artichoke or cream of green...

Saturday at Wood Tavern

Our visits with friends always seem to revolve around meals! Saturday was no exception. We met for lunch at Wood Tavern in Oakland. Reservations are a must. We walked in at 11:30, and the place was empty. By 11:45,...

MacArthur Park

When I lived in the Bay Area, one of my favorite comfort food restaurants was MacArthur Park in Palo Alto. We met our friend, Roxanne, there Friday after a full day of shopping at Stanford Mall. We had been...

The Cellar

We decided to try a newish wine bar in Palm Desert. The Cellar on El Paso was an unexpected pleasure. With brick walls, arches and a warm dark wood floor, it is comfortable, cozy, and charming. There is a...

The Morning After

Sunday morning, my hardworking house crew "slept in" til 7 something. Jerry was the first one up, and already blogging off a neighbor's wifi. He, Sandi and Paul had done a great job cleaning up my kitchen last night. They...

Friday Night at Amici

We started off the official Desert GTG by gathering for dinner Friday night at Amici Italian Trattoria. We had the perfect size private room for our group of 15 early arrivals. Here was the great menu selected for us: Starter...

Last night in Bologna: La Capriata

We met Fiona and Steve at 7:30 at the Scotch Bar for a drink before we walked to dinner at La Capriata. First we were served a small, unusual "caprese" salad with orange, fig and mozzarella. I ordered “Fantasia...

Lunch at Scaccomatto

When we were tired and hungry after our morning walk, so we headed to an area we had never seen before: Porta San Vitale. This seems to be a predominately Indian/Pakistani neighborhood, with Indian restaurants and residents. We discovered a...

Judith in Bologna and "Mezza Notte"

We enjoyed our coffee and pastry at our café, with darling children playing while their parents had coffee. We went back to the market, and I bought two huge hunks of parmigiano, then had more coffee while we waited for...

Ravenna and a Rat!

We early risers started our day at Duca di Amalfi, my favorite café around the corner. Since we had established early that the hotel's coffee sucked, this became our new early morning hangout. By the second day they knew I...

Gelato for Lunch

Our lunch was Giani’s gelato. How do you choose? A decision was reached! Then we walked and we walked, stopping at a grocery store, where I bought some food items to take home. I also found some black flats, and...

Last Night in Piemonte

After our afternoon adventures, we stopped briefly at the B&B to change for dinner. We were back in town by six, and split up from Fiona and Steve to take a walk. We spent the next two hours enjoying...

Anniversary Dinner at I Caffi

We celebrated our 8th anniversary a day early at a very special dinner at I Caffi in Acqui Terme. We were a day early for our actual anniversary, but excited to try this very special restaurant. I Caffi is...

Grinzano Cavour

After a relaxing Monday morning, we took a drive to Brad's favorite hill town in the area, Grinzano Cavour. The Enoteca Regionale is in a beautiful castle, with stunning views and lots of local wines and products for sale....

Dinner at Fausto's

We enjoyed a dinner at Fausto's on our last trip, so we wanted Fiona and Steve to experience the same restaurant. Fausto is a charming guy. The dining room is brick with modern touches on the paint splattered walls....

Dinner at Il Giardino

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Il Giardino! Antipasti (I am only blogging about food Brad or I ate with an occasional exception): Brad had the fiori di zucchini fritti and I had the most wonderful fagottini di gorgonzola (paper...

Portofino

I did my usual early coffee/journal thing at 6:30, and by 10, all of us were ready to leave for our drive to Portofino. There were some clouds and sprinkles when we first arrived, so we headed up to the...

Portovenere

After only three and a half hours of sleep, I was downstairs for coffee and breakfast at 6:30. They changed our room to one with a stand-up shower, and we also ended up with a large terrace. I journaled and...

Lerici

After breakfast on a rainy morning, we left Varenna, heading to Liguria. The sun was out by 10AM, and we arrived at the Doria Park Hotel at 1:00, checked in, and headed into the piazza for a pizza lunch. Afterwards,...

Last Evening in Varenna

We returned to Varenna at 4pm, stopped for a coke, and went back to our room for a nap. We met Fiona and Steve for a drink at a Russian bar, but left soon, as there was a tantruming child...

Bellagio

Brad and I were up at 7, we had breakfast, coffee, and some internet time to secure the shipping of the laptop! We took the 10:25 ferry to Bellagio, and we split off from Fiona and Steve to do...

Sunset in Varenna

Varenna looks like a fairy tale village. The houses are brightly colored, and the views are charming. After a nap, Brad and I sat at what was to become our favorite Varenna spot for a glass of wine and watched...

Pinot and Ponies 2

We spent the afternoon at Del Mar race track with Shannon, Sharon, Cheryl and Tom. It was warm and beautiful, and we had great seats on the finish line in a nice shady section that was convenient to everything...

Pinot and Ponies Day 1

It was a Chamber of Commerce sunny day in San Diego. Brad and I spent the morning at the beach in Oceanside, had great fish and chips for lunch in Carlsbad, a quick shopping fix in San Diego, and checked...

Another Great Dinner

Last weekend, Fiona and Steve came over for a drink on our way out to dinner. We munched on taralli and these appetizers with our wine. I took leftover corn salad, added some sour cream, and put a spoonful on...

A Great Burger

Eating in Las Vegas can be a very expensive proposition. There are world class restaurants and famous chefs everywhere you turn. You can sample food from Bradley Ogden, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Joachim Splichal, Todd...

Post Birthday Party

Since we were leaving for Rome shortly after our REAL birthdays in May, our good friends postponed the big 60 birthday celebration for Brad until early June when we returned from Italy. They went all out for both of...

Firenze

It was tearfully time to say good-by to the villa and our friends at the end of a wonderful week. We were off to Florence for a "last day in Italy" before our early flight home in the morning. We...

Friday Night's Dinner with Brad

I had planned another big dinner (our finale) for the folks at the villa. I had 5 pounds of tortellini (ready for a brown butter sage sauce from the sage all over the garden), sauted rampini with pancetta and...

Orvieto

Friday was our day trip to Orvieto for some ceramic shopping. Sandi, Holly, Marcia and JoAnn met us at the Duomo at 10:00, and we all had coffee and a pastry at a cafe. While brad parked the car,...

Dinner with Jerry and Paul

Jerry and Paul invited us to go to dinner with them at Conte Matto in Trequanda on Wednesday night. After our nice afternoon in San Gimignano, and a nap, it was a wonderful way to spend the evening. Here you...

Dinner at Latte di Luna

In my excitement to blog about our Tuesday dinner, (trying to go somewhat chronologically through the week in Montisi) I completely forgot to write about Monday night. The Slow Trav gang, Jerry and Paul, Sandi, Gail and John, and Brad...

Pecorino, Pecorino

Brad and I left Pino's tour and scooted off to nearby Pienza for some Pecorino shopping and lunch. After our shopping errands, of two wheels of different ages of pecorino, and a couple jars of my favorite lemon honey,...

Wine in the Garden and Dinner at Roberto's

I must say, the group cleans up well for dinner! We gathered for wine in the garden (more on the garden and the villa later...) before dinner. Who are these two handsome guys? Brad and Holly's husband, Rick! (Sandi's wonderful...

A VERY Special Evening in Rome

Thursday night, we got dressed up and had a "post birthday dinner" for Brad. I chose another of Gina's recommended restaurants for a special night out, and indeed it was! We took a taxi across town to Agata and...

Vinando

After our rain drenched food shopping trip to Testacchio, we took a nap, then ventured out for dinner at Vinando (another Gina recommendation). OMG! There is a huge menu of "small plates" to taste along with an enormous wine list....

Dinner at Myosotis

Continuing on our "Stella restuarant tour of Roma" brought us to dinner last night at Myosotis, near the Piazza della Rotunda (Pantheon neighborhood). It is a pretty restaurant with a "nuovo Roman menu". We were served bruschetta with the owner's...

Slow Travel GTG Roma: May 19, 2008

A few Slow Travelers met at our apartment for a drink and appetizers at 6 on Monday evening. Here are Sherry (Mimi), and Shelagh (SJ). Tony (da Roma) and Flaminia entertained us with stories of Rome. We enjoyed getting acquainted...

Wine for Dinner?

Sunday evening we went to Cul de Sac for wine and a snack. We weren't too hungry after our huge lunch, and this is our favorite wine bar in Rome. We discovered this in 2001, and it was actually...

Mangiamo Bene

We have been eating out way through Gina's list of restaurants. Don't ever go to Rome without it! For lunch on Sunday, we had our main meal of the day at Checco e Carettiere in Trastevere. We shared an order...

Che Bella Roma

Ciao from Rome! We arrived after long but on-time flights. Three of our four bags arrived, but not my BIG one with almost all my clothes. Thank God the cooking stuff is here. I have a change of clothes, capris,...

Celebrating

Saturday, we celebrated Brad's birthday all day, and had a combined birthday dinner. I LOVE birthdays, and Brad's began with cards, a small gift and coffee! He was quite excited (more about his new job, and leaving for Italy...

The Farm: Artisan Foods

We took a "day trip" to Redlands, CA (about 50 minutes away) to try a restaurant I recently heard about, Farm Artisan Foods. It was a wonderful treat! The restaurant is smart looking with a clean, simple decor, nice bar,...

Lunch with Nancy

I enjoyed lunch with Nancy on Wednesday. She came to my house first to watch the Slow Travel dvd, and then we enjoyed salads at a close-by golf culb, Desert Willow. We had three hours to catch up on Slow...

Sunday at Vic's: Behind the Scenes

Here is the "Behind the Scenes" version of Sunday morning. Kathy, Brad and I went to Vic's at 9:15 to do a run through with the projector, laptop and THE MOVIE. We had tried it on Friday. Everything worked,...

Lady and Sons

Saturday at 12:15, we met for lunch at Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady and Sons. 34 of us hung outside, happily waiting for our reservation that Marcia had organized in advance. I love the awning above us that says, "Savannah...

La Spiga

Last weekend, we went out to dinner with our friends, Fiona and Steve. We tried a new, upscale Italian restaurant in Palm Desert called "La Spiga". The building itself is beautiful, and looks like a lovely Tuscan villa. We started...

Bunches of Brunches

Slow Travelers are not slouches when food is concerned. We have a group of great cooks and good eaters! After bellinis, part of the group began with an appetizer of "Smoked Gouda and Porter Fondue, garlic toast, andouille sausage, and...

Brunch at Artisan

This topic could take DAYS, as I took photos of everyone's food! We met on Sunday morning for brunch at 10. Going through wine withdrawal, many of us began with their version of peach bellinis. 24 attended brunch, but...

Rosemary's Restaurant

We discovered Rosemary's restaurant about eight years ago on a weekend visit to Las Vegas. I was there for a therapy conference during the week, and Brad flew in from Oakland on a Friday. He read an article about...

Breakfast at the Wynn

We had breakfast Saturday at the Terrace Restaurant over looking the pool at the Wynn. Those sunny yellow cups are a great way to start the day. Ok, obviously, since I was dressed and walking, it was my FOURTH cup...

What We REALLY Did on New Year's Eve

We spent a lovely evening out to dinner with friends and good food on New Year's Eve at The Chop House. I began the evening with a Pomegranite "Martini". My appetizer was a delicious plate of escargot! I was able...

Desserts

The desserts at Le Vallauris are all heavenly. We shared four selections. Cranberry-orange tart with whipped cream and pistachios. Pate brisee with hazelnut creme: Buche Noel: And MY favorite: Almond cake with ice cream...

Food at Le Vallauris

Well, I described the lovely setting, but lets get to the food photos of brunch! I started with a shrimp appetizer, wrapped with a crunchy noodle-like coating. Brad had a smoked salmon salad. Nancy had Caesar Salad in a Parmesan...

A Special Holiday Brunch

Today we enjoyed a wonderful holiday brunch at a the beautiful Palm Springs restaurant, Le Vallauris. It was cool and sunny, so we ate on the beautiful patio. The patio heaters kept us warm, the 35 year-old trees were lit...

Dinner at Antonello's

A holiday weekend to South Coast Plaza (now our fourth year, and starting to feel like a tradition), often includes dinner at my favorite Orange County Italian restaurant, Antonello's. It is decorated to the max, with lights, wreaths and...

S.F. Slow Travel GTG

We walked from our hotel, three blocks to The Grand Cafe, and ordered a glass of wine in the bar. Soon Sharon, Shannon and Colleen arrived and joined us. At 5:30, we found the rest of our group, Judy and...

Thanksgiving Dinner

We landed in Oakland at 2:05 on Thanksgiving Day. By 3:15, I was sipping a lovely lemon drop with a splash of Chambord (the house cocktail), at Garibaldi's. It was wonderful to see our old friends, Roxanne, Charlotte and Cindy,...

Acqua Pazza

We met for dinner at Piero's Acqua Pazza at "The River", an upscale movie, dining, shopping complex with lots of water features. Everyone seemed pleased with their menu selections. I didn't take food photos, but saw LOTS of pear-gorgonzola salads...

A Vancouver Welcome

We left Seattle around noon, and headed to Vancouver, British Columbia. My first and only previous visit was at age 20 when I was "in love" with a cruise ship bartender named Peppi. I took an Alaska cruise with...

"Pinot and Ponies"

Saturday, we picked up Shannon in Ocean Beach and headed to the Del Mar Racetrack where we met Sue, Marcia and David. Marcia and Dave's friend, Vladimir, a horse trainer, generously gave us seats in his box. Cheryl and friends,...

An Italian Evening

Friday, we arrived in San Diego a bit before Brad's business meeting. I dropped him off at the appointed place, and had two hours to spend before picking him up. Oh darn, there was a Nordstrom down the street! I...

Our Last Night in Italy

We crammed everything in our luggage and prayed we will not be over 70 lbs for each big bag! They were full and heavy! We asked the front desk for help with our luggage, and a big brawney Italian man...

Radda

We slept in, and had breakfast at 9:30. Then we were off to Radda for a lovely morning of walking around town, coffee at a caffe, and an internet stop. I bought a pretty white and gold shawl and some...

Ristoro di Lamole

By 1:00 we were ready for lunch, so we set out for the nearby hamlet of Lamole, climbing the lush Chianti hills to Ristorante Lamole. It was a wonderful choice, thanks to Diva, and other Slow Travel reviews. I ordered...

Monday in Cortona

After our drive through the sunflowers, we returned to Cortona for some shopping. I’ve been pretty well-behaved over the weekend. I bought green sandals and an unusual pendant from Alessandra at Il Girasole. The design is made of petals, leaves...

A Lazy Sunday in Cortona

We had just what we needed…a lazy Sunday in Cortona. I slept until 7, threw on clothes, and went down for coffee in the garden with a book. It may sound like we've been going nonstop, but I have read...

Cortona

We really enjoyed our week in the Umbrian countryside. Our little yellow house was quiet and private. The scenery was spectacular, and we loved the hilltowns, especially Montefalco. I think we are both ready to be back in a town...

Orvieto

Today, on our last full day in Umbria, we decided to revisit Orvieto. We really enjoyed a brief visit there in 2003, but wanted to explore the town with more time to wander. On our way, we drove by another...

Citta di Castello with Judith

We got another early start for our visit to meet Judith in Citta di Castello. It was about an hour drive where we passed by Foligno, Spello, Assisi, then north through new territory for us. We were parked and in...

Girasole, Todi, Dinner with Barb and Art

I was up at 6, had coffee, showered, and we were on our way by 8 for another Umbrian adventure. We dropped of Brad’s laundry shortly after 8 in Montefalco, then headed to Marsciano, and up the hill to San...

Trevi, Spello and Coccoroni

It was a little cooler this morning during my usual 6 a.m. coffee hour on the terrace. We left at 9:00 for Trevi, and arrived just as it began to sprinkle. We ducked into a bar, and waited out the...

Monday in Montefalco and All That Jazz

Another early morning with coffee by 6:30, and a wonderful breeze to read on our terrace. Mauro brought bread (it is piling up…now there are three loaves) at 7:45, though we are not big breakfast eaters, so we will save...

Sunday in Assisi

I was up at 6 and on the terrace with a pot of coffee at 6:10… DEFINITELY an advantage of a vacation rental! I enjoyed the golden morning light and sounds of roosters. At 7:40, Mauro brought a loaf of...

Bevagna and Le Case Gialle

By 1:00, we were starving, so we drove to Bevagna in search of lunch. We arrived at Occtavio at 1:45, their last customers for pranzo. Brad ordered gnocchi Sagrantino, and I had a delicious picchiatelli with guanciale and pecorino. After...

Cena a Poggio Antico

We shared an antipasto plate of proscuitto, soprasotta, and culatello di Zibello. My primi was pici in a white lamb ragu. Brad had a wonderful porcini risotto. We both had grilled lamb chops in a delicious Brunello reduction sauce. We...

Birthdays and Poggio Antico

We returned to Montalcino and took a lovely 2 hour nap before getting ready for dinner. We met Ida and Bill downstairs and exchanged birthday gifts. Ida gave me a gold purse charm for my bracelet and a lovely bronze...

Montalcino and Lunch in Pienza

Another picture postcard day in the Val d' orcia! After coffee, Brad and I took a walk through the various contradas of Montalcino. Some of those streets are pretty steep, but we enjoyed the quiet, pretty residential neighborhoods, some with...

Lunch with Jane, Ken and Casey in Buonconvento

We left Montalcino for our short drive to meet Jane, Ken and Casey in Buonconvento. They greeted us a few minutes before noon at the designated bar across from the train station. We hugged like old friends, though it was...

Montalcino: Grappolo Blu

We arrived in Montalcino, checked into Albergo Il Giglio, and got all our luggage up to the second floor without an elevator. Our room has a fabulous view from our window. We parked ourselves at Caffe Fiaschetteria Italiana and relaxed...

Dinner at Osteria Chingale Bianco

We walked to the Oltrarno from our hotel near San Lorenzo, and found the restaurant busy with wonderful scents coming from within. We began our “Last Night in Firenze Dinner” with strozzapretti for me, and spagettini with a delicious pesto...

A Relaxing Sunday

Sunday, July 1 I got up at 7, caffeinated, and we spent an hour at the Internet spot across from our hotel. Then we had another latte and a cornetto at the corner caffe, and I read while Brad went...

Ciao from Firenze!

We had long , easy flights with lots of sleep on the planes. We arrived in Firenze on Friday afternoon, after driving from Rome. Our Hotel Burchianti is charming and our room has a lovely frescoed ceiling full of fat...

Dinner with Nancy and Bill at Trilussa

We had a wonderful early dinner at Trilussa, an Italian restaurant in Cathedral City, with Slow Travel friends, Nancy (Nancyhol) and Bill. After a glass of wine or prosecco, we made our menu selections. Conversation was lively about travel,...

Blend

We had our "end of season" dinner with friends, Jan and Les, on Saturday night. They will leave the desert next week to spend the next few months at their home in Vancouver Washington. We have already noticed a drastic...

Birthday Gifts

Brad is a wonderful shopper, and I "help" him, by giving him a list of ideas for things I'd like. This year, he bought me a new Mary Francis handbag. Doesn't it look just perfect for the Amalfi coast or...

Brad's Birthday

I left for Scottsdale at 7:30 a.m., and arrived at our Marriott Suites by 11:30 (with one Starbucks stop). After checking in, I hit Nordstrom and bought two skirts and a pair of black sandals. From there I visited favorite...

Dinner at Flight

We cruised the Main Street of Hendersonville (actually called Main Street), and looked at choices for dinner. Melanie had recommended a wood grill/wine bar called "Flight". It looked like just what we were looking for. There was a very cool...

Dinner with Jerry in Padadena

For several months, Slow Travel friend, Jerry, from Canada and I have joked about being "twins separated at birth". We both enjoy travel to Italy, cooking, baking, shopping, entertaining, and seem to think alike on various topics. Around the holidays,...

Dinner with Washington Friends

Sunday night we visited the home of our friends, Jan and Les. They travelled to Italy with us in 2005 for three weeks, and we are planning another trip together in 2008. Their longtime friends, Ann and Gary, are in...

...That's Amore!

Saturday we had an enjoyable dinner at a La Quinta hotspot called Amore' Ristorante Italiano. http://www.amore-dining.com/ We dined with Carole and Roy from Laguna Beach, and their friends, Barbara and Gary. The couples were in town for the Pacific Life...

Slow Travel GTG at Mozza

On Saturday, we ran a few early morning errands, and by 10:30 we were off to Los Angeles. Our first stop was a bead shop, where I purchased beads for three new pieces of jewelry: some red coral to mix...

A Shopping Weekend

Jan and I left at 9:00 a.m. for Orange County, and by 11:00 we were parked by Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza. We met for lunch at noon, but Jan became ill, so I got her settled in her room...