Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'U.S. Travel'

Vegas Rocks!

Many of you have heard about our AMAZING weekend in Las Vegas. We took "Bianca", and she got lots of looks, and thumbs up on the freeway, and many comments at red lights and from the Valet parking people. She...

A Carmel Walk

Saturday morning, we were up early, had some coffee, and headed to Carmel. I was feeling somewhat nostalgic, as my mom and I always took a summer weekend together to Carmel when I was younger. I showed Brad some of...

Italian Festival in Reno

Well, there was a reason we chose last weekend for our visit to see Fiona and Steve in Reno: the annual El Dorado Italian Festival. Food, music and everything Italian! I felt like I was "home" again, for a fabulous...

A Touch of Fall

I am usually the first one up. I LOVE morning. After a lovely sunrise and a couple cups of coffee, I took a walk around Fiona and Steve's neighborhood. I saw a huge coyote on the hill behind their house....

Fall Weekend

Where can we have cool fall weather, a wine bar with music, great Italian food and charming hosts? Back in Italy of course, but we are in RENO, visiting our good friends, Fiona and Steve in their summer home! We...

Cantinetta Luca

Our first evening in Carmel was just perfect! We arrive at "Woodipoint", the charming Carmel home of our friends, Lynn and Gary, and had a few hours to visit and relax before introducing them to our "Slow Travel world", and...

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,...

Edmonds, Washington

During our Seattle vacation, we took off on a Friday morning with no plans. We drove around lovely homes on Mercer Island, then went on to explore some charming neighborhoods in Seattle. We decided to visit the town of...

Bellevue

Our stay in Bellevue, Washington was quite enjoyable. Brad had two days of training, and I was free to explore and play until he could join me at 4 p.m.. The first morning, after dropping him off at his company's...

The Columbia River Gorge

On Monday, after some shopping and lunch, the sun came out, and we drove down the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. With bright blue skies, big puffy white clouds, the river views were spectacular. We stopped at the...

Friday Night:Grand Tasting

Friday evening from 7-10PM, we attended the Grand Tasting event, poolside at Caesar's Palace. It seemed like almost every famous chef was there. For the price of your ticket, you could taste signature dishes from an amazing list of top...

Plans for May: A Grand FOODIE Event!

Our birthdays are two days apart in May, and we have made amazing foodie plans for a special weekend. "Vegas Uncorked" is a 4 day food and wine event sponsored by Bon Appetit magazine. We have three free nights...

Solvang

Solvang (Danish for "sunny field") is a little Danish village in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. Founded in 1911 by a group of Danish teachers, its quaint architecture, windmills, shops, Danish bakeries and restaurants, make it a tourist...

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...

We're Off to Paso Robles

It is not even 6 AM, and I am up and blogging. I am so excited. This morning we are driving to Paso Robles for the THIRD ANNUAL SLOW BOWL! This is my favorite GTG of the year. It is...

The Mission Inn in Lights

Saturday night we visited the historic Mission Inn in Riverside for it's annual holiday light spectacular. We went with Nancy and Bill on a very cold evening. I'm not kidding, it was 39 degrees! I guess if I can...

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...

Irrational Thoughts While Gambling

I find a video poker machine when I arrive. It is now MY machine. It should be available to me whenever I am in the casino at any time of the day or night during the weekend. No one else...

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...

Fall Colors

I was fascinated and awed by the fall leaves I saw on our visit to Palo Alto. They were glorious! Here are some favorites....

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...

Friday in Palo Alto

Yesterday we were on a 7 AM flight to San Francisco. We arrived, got our rental car and were on our way to Palo Alto by 9. Our first stop was Cafe del Doge in Palo Alto. The coffee comes...

A Little More Little Italy

I have a few more photos of San Diego's Little Italy to share. We leave in 11 days for "Big italy"!!! Until then... Gelato: How about a beautiful garden gate with morning glories? These wonderful canvas banners were gorgeous, but...

Little Italy Mercado

A week ago today, was almost like being in Italy! After caffe lattes (lots) with families speaking italian surrounding us, Sharon, Brad and I walked through the street market in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. It was...

Beach Music

Is there anything as calming as the sound of the sea? Watching the waves is mesmerizing for me. I could do it all day. We took out time last Friday, driving down the coast to San Diego. After 3 hot...

Casey's Surprise Party

Sarah pulled it off with the help of her soon-to-be brother-in-law, Corey, and his wife, Chaudra! Casey's 30th birthday surprise party in Las Vegas was really a surprise to him. The two couples went to dinner, but family and...

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...

"Red Hot Invitational Video Poker Tournament"

We needed to be in Vegas for a surprise birthday celebration for Casey. We are saving money for Italy, which is tough enough since I quit my job last month. I am still paying for the last Italy trip...

MY Highlights of Savannah: My TOP 10

Where to start? There were so many! I will start with my own personal hero:Brad! My very dear husband, always a treasure, has been amazing this whole past year with regards to the Gathering. He listened as our plans progressed,...

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,...

Saturday Night at the History Museum

Saturday was quite a day! I was caffinating by 7 AM after a late night of wine, and 4 hours sleep the night before. "Behind the scenes" we dealt with preparing all the door prizes to transport to the fort...no,...

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...

More Gingerbread House Fun

Here are a few more photos of friends at the Gingerbread House: Brad and Gail Pauline and Jan Randy, June and Marcia Shannon and John Barb and SandraK Sandi and Bill Nancy, Gail and Palma Wow! What a fun night!...

The Gingerbread House Party

I'm still WAY behind on blogging the Gathering, but here are a few highlights and photos of the Gingerbread House evening: Guests were greeted at the door with a glass (or two) of prosecco: Passed hors d'oeuvres welcomed the crowd:...

The Gingerbread House: Friday's Venue

Everyone has arrived in Savannah! (well, Charisse is almost here!) Friday evening's event is at the beautiful Gingerbread House. Here are a few shots before the crowds descended: The living room: The Garden: The food table is ready: We're READY!...

Friday Afternoon in Savannah

Friday: We had some free time today to enjoy the wonderful city of Savannah. We took a nice sunny walk with Gail, John, Sandi and Bill, down to the river. The Spanish moss on all the trees is wonderful. We...

The Great Savannah Gathering

I'm having SO much fun, I have been a very busy, naughty blogger! We arrived in Savannah Wednesday night, and have been going full speed since! Thursday we had lots of party preparations, and happy greeting of our planning team....

Andiamo...a Savannah, Y'all!

3:30 AM. We're off to the airport in an hour! I am caffinating. My next post will be LIVE from Savannah! SO EXCITED!...

The Palazzo

The new "Palazzo" Hotel opened in Las Vegas last Friday, and we visited it on Saturday. It is the newest luxury property on the Strip, next to it's sister property, the Venetian Hotel and Casino. We apparantly missed the...

Video Poker

When in a casino, I ONLY play video poker. I have my own "system" and rules for myself. 1. I have a $100 limit (per day in Las Vegas), or per evening when we go to a local casino,...

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...

The Wynn Hotel

We've been to Vegas several times since the Wynn opened it's doors, but had never seen the hotel (We often stay hermetically sealed inside Caesar's Palace). Steve Wynn (who conceived and executed the Bellagio, Mirage/Treasure Island) sold these properties,...

PalmaBELLE? Probably NOT!

Ok, I admit, I have always been somewhat Francophobic. It must be genetic. I respect all cultures, but France is NOT a place I have ever yearned to visit. I have NO desire to ever see Paris, and I'm...

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...

Weekend in OC

I've been so busy, it has already been a week since our getaway to Orange County. I am taking a cooking break, so here are some highlights of last weekend. Jan, Les and I arrived at South Coast Plaza (the...

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...

Saturday at the Market and Wine Merchant

Saturday morning after coffee in our room, we walked to the Clift Hotel to meet our friends, Jan and Les. When I was a child, my parents used to stay at this beautiful property. As a young adult, I remember...

San Francisco Weekend

It was a GREAT SHopping Day! Brad and I caffinated at 7:00, and I was crossing Market Street shortly after 7:30. No crowds yet at Nordstrom. I had purchased two pair of shoes, a FABULOUS half-price Furla bag, 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,...

Che Bella! Fiori di Pike's Place Market

I do love the food shops at Pike's Market, but my FAVORITE thing there is the flower stalls! I have been known to take over a hundred flower photos in this two block area, but I tried to contain...

Morning in Seattle

The Slow Travel party pair is home! We had another whirlwind weekend with Slow Travel friends, worthy of several blogs. Be patient with me. It is a busy week! Last Thursday, August 30, we flew from Ontario, CA to...

"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...

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...

ST Southeast GTG in Brevard: April 2007

The Brevard GTG was a whole week ago, and there was so much to blog about, and so many photos, that it is time I finally get to the party itself! On Friday night, we met around 5 p.m. for...

Linda's Santon Dolls

I love collections, and appreciate others who have the desire (and space) to show and share theirs. Since I've never been to Provence, I was interested in learning about Linda's beautiful collection of Santon dolls. The faces are made of...

Our Hosts' Beautiful Home

One of the highlights of our weekend was meeting our gracious hosts, the Candlers. Linda and John welcomed us to their lovely home on grounds of the Brevard Music Center. Linda feels about France, the way I do about...

Our Room: Lord Byron Suite

We were upgraded to the largest suite at Pinebrook Manor: The Lord Byron Suite. The King bed was so high, one of us (not me) had to use the little mahagony steps to get up on it! Behind the screen...

A Southern Breakfast

Each night at Pinebrook Manor, we were able to choose what time we wanted breakfast (but coffee was available early). We decided we could be showered and caffinated enough for me to make complete sentences by 9 a.m.. Here...

Pinebrook Manor Bed & Breakfast

Kathy Wood suggested the B&B where we stayed in Hendersonville, NC. There are four comfortable rooms. When we arrived, Melanie, the charming proprietor told us she had upgraded us to the largest suite, as we were the only guests on...

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...

Arriving in North Carolina

After less than 3 hours of sleep, the alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 3:45 a.m.. We were on our way to the Ontario airport by 5 a.m., and our 7:20 flight to Denver left on time. We...

SLOW BOWL Part IV: Finale

COMMONALITY: Travel, appreciation of good food and wine! COMMUNITY: Old and new friends sharing. FRIENDSHIP: LAUGHTER: CELEBRATION: These photos say it all. What a wonderful group of generous, helpful, kind, and interesting people! Brad and I managed to be the...

SLOW BOWL Part III: Saturday Night's Dinner

After the wineries, and shopping, we had a little downtime, and Brad took a quick nap, while I read and freshened up. Soon friends gathered at the cottage, and appetizers appeared as the chefs worked their magic. There was obviously...

The SLOW BOWL: Part II

Saturday morning, I woke up at 7 to an almost eerie foggy winter scene. My guess is that it was somewhere in the 30's. BRRRR. Good things we had that lovely fireplace in our room, and I brought my flannel...

The SLOW BOWL: Weekend in Paso Robles

Last Friday, I packed and loaded up (10 trips to the car), picked Brad up in Pasadena, and we headed north to Paso Robles for a Slow Travel wine weekend GTG. We arrived at the rental cottage, and unloaded clothes,...

Las Vegas Weekend

Friday morning, I drove the "back way" over the high desert to Las Vegas, with one Starbucks stop and another bathroom break. This is an interesting drive, but VERY isolated, and a little creepy with no other cars for miles,...

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...

November 2006 Thanksgiving Weekend in the Bay Area

We flew to Oakland on Thanksgiving morning, arriving at noon, when Roxanne picked us up at the Oakland airport, and drove us to Charlotte and Cindy's home. Our ride to the Ontario airport was stressful with a blowout at 85...