Gift Guide for Foodies – 2018 Holiday Edition

It’s that time of year again – Gift-mas. That time when you KNOW you have to get ready for the gifting season and you are stumped on what gift to actually give. I’ve got you covered! Most of the items on this list are from small manufacturers or small businesses, local artists, and one is…

Vermont Part 1 – Stowe – More Than Meets the Eye

When traveling, I always try to think about what you readers would want to see and learn about, so I will frequently include a travelogue for you as a jumping off point for your own travels. On a recent trip to the northeast for a wedding, we made sure to take in as much of…

Henderson’s Oktoberfest at Galleria

Looking to get off The Strip for something to do this weekend? I got you covered! Oktoberfest at the Galleria Henderson’s only Oktoberfest event returns to Galleria at Sunset for its second year on Saturday, September 29 from 1 to 7 p.m. Staying true to German tradition, the event boasts more than 15 German and local beers, polka…

Hen of the Wood – Burlington, VT – First Spoonful

I had heard a LOT about Hen of the Wood, and all of it was good. So, of course when we were on the east coast for a wedding, and staying in Burlington, we had to check it out. The Burlington location is the second with the first being in Waterbury, not too far from…

Carnevino – Closing of a Steakhouse

This week here in Vegas all three of Mario Batali’s restaurants closed.  All three were on Sheldon Adelson properties and even though Batali removed himself from the business, all three closed their doors on Sunday evening. While all three restaurant closings are sad, the saddest closing for me was Carnevino Italian Steakhouse. Fellow upstate New…

Bucket List and Firsts

I began writing this piece before my last post about Anthony Bourdain and his death. Since then I have been trying to find ways to verbally express my joy and it has escaped me. When I tell you in person about this trip, you can see the fun in my face, but writing my joy…

Depression, Suicide and Anthony Bourdain

(cover photo from www.Explorepartsunknown.com) As I sit here in my sister’s bright Florida kitchen, I am reading the news about Anthony Bourdain. I am shocked and saddened, as I would be at any suicide. But this one hits particularly hard for me because I too have fought depression and addiction. I WAS the “waitron” Bourdain…

The Best Oats You’ll Ever Eat

In all honesty I was never a fan of oatmeal. It’s a texture thing. But they are supposed to be good for you so I tried them again as an adult, and again, it was a texture thing so I started incorporating oatmeal into my diet in other ways – granola, cookies, toppings for crisps…

That Damned Instant Pot Craze!

Moment of Truth – I am NOT an “early adopter”. Of anything. I wait it out. I listen to others’ commentary, successes and failures. I read reviews online. I read articles, and I research. So when this Instant Pot craze started a couple of years ago, I waited. One person I know sent theirs back….

Eating & Drinking in 2017 – The Best Things

Once again, I had another year of NOT “eating dangerously”. While we had a lot of travel, even on those trips there were few earth shattering spoonfuls. I found myself eating tried and true favorites while traveling in the USA, and eating a bunch of new things while in Europe. So after eating my way…