Gourmand Getaway: New York City

For committed food enthusiasts, planning a trip means meticulously researching restaurants, and coming up with the perfect schedule. I’ve been blessed with a group of friends who are on board with the art and challenge that is marathon dining. We discuss potential restaurants for months, compare notes, and sometimes even bicker about the top “candidates.” All in good fun, of course, it’s part of the process. Most in-demand New York restaurants open reservations only a month in advance. Once those are set, and only then is it time to figure out what to do in between reservations (besides working out, napping, and recuperating in time for the next epic meal).

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Weekend of a Lifetime: Napa Valley

There’s something magical about Napa Valley; it’s in the air, the green of the hills, and the red-shaded wines. Luxury and humbleness effortlessly co-exist in a town where everyone is intertwined. Napa’s palpable energy has a way of entering your soul and leaving its mark.

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Carpe Diem: Key West

The colorful road to Key West is paved with happiness. Driving on Overseas Highway is anything but dull. You will be tempted to make endless pit stops on your way down. Given the drive from Miami will take almost four hours non-stop, stopping too often will significantly delay your arrival. I can’t blame you, though. […]

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Eleven Madison Park: the sequel

Beyond excited to return and experience the updated menu and concept, our group of six actually extended the trip one more night to fit this restaurant in.  Will travel for food. Clearly. I love my tribe! Welcomed by sommelier Jane Lopes (of the Uncorked reality series following six aspiring master sommeliers as they prepare for the Court of Masters Sommelier exam), dinner started on a fun note. If you haven’t watched the series, get to it! Fan-girl moment aside, Jane happily put up with all of our questions and decanted our wine. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from her for our choice too!

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The Happiest Place on Earth: Napa Valley

Contrary to popular belief, the happiest place on earth is NOT Disney World. Not even close. The happiest place on earth is Napa Valley. What’s not to love? The sum of perfect weather, food, and wine equals pure joy. Neatly nestled within acres of distinct wineries, Napa Valley is also home to some of the best restaurants nationwide. If you love to eat and drink to your heart’s desire, this is the perfect place to visit year round. A very HAPPY one at that.

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The Whet Palette Turns One!

I can’t believe it has been a year already! Allow me to whet your appetite by taking a quick look back at the posts I shared with you this past year. South Florida Strip Mall Jewels: Part 1 “It is hard to have a day go by where we don’t visit a strip mall. You […]

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48 hours in Dallas

I went to Dallas last week. The last time I was there was while I was still in college. Who remembers that far back? Wasn’t that pre-internet? Pre-social media? When Mother’s Day came around recently, I received a big surprise. My hubby surprised me with tickets to see the Phillip Phillips/John Mayer concert. MAJOR. BROWNIE. POINTS. […]

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