Food and Photography from the California Landscape

Snow Falling On Lake Tahoe

I spent the first week of this new year in Lake Tahoe - a place I love to visit during all the seasons of the year.  I always enjoy all that Lake Tahoe has to offer on each of the four seasons.  Winter brings snow, which for me means skiing, snow shoeing, and warm crackling fires.  But regardless … [Read more...]

High Tea in San Francisco

Recently my friend and I enjoyed a fun filled day of Christmas cheer in San Francisco.  Shopping, dining, cocktails, and Christmas splendor are the course of the day!  This year we decided to try something new - High Tea at the Rotunda Restaurant at Neiman Marcus on Union Square.  As soon as you … [Read more...]

Lake Tahoe

It is that time of year!  The air becomes chilly and mornings are frosty.  The rain has come early in California.  The weather channel is reporting that El Nino is on its way.  Lake Tahoe has already received snow and the ski resorts opened before Thanksgiving.  What a blessing it is to have snow in … [Read more...]

Something New in Paso Robles!

Every year in September my family visits friends in Paso Robles. Wine tasting in this magnificent valley has become an annual tradition for our visits. This year our friends decided to add something new –  in addition to wine tasting, we visited a spirits distillery and craft brewery. I was a little … [Read more...]

Hog Island Oyster Company

My husband and I love oysters! Raw, barbequed, Rockefeller – they are all good. My favorite way to eat them is raw with a little squeeze of lemon and mignonette - accompanied with champagne and really good sourdough bread.  A match made in heaven! I prefer Pacific coast oysters from very cold and … [Read more...]

Regale Winery

Like most of you, I love to go wine tasting with my husband and friends.  Over the years I have tasted in many of California's wine regions and have enjoyed their numerous appellations.  But Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and El Dorado are a good distance from my home, which take a planned weekend. … [Read more...]

Feast of the Guardians

Every year the months of April and May make me fondly reminisce of my time in France in 2010 with my dear friends Vicki and Janan.  Last month’s blog, I wrote of our visit to the hospital that Vincent Van Gogh lived for a year in the country outside of St. Remy.  But in May I always think of Arles.  … [Read more...]

Vincent’s Irises

Lately I have been noticing the large bearded irises blooming in my neighborhood as I take my morning walks with my dog Callie.  Bearded irises are such a bold display of floral splendor!  They are so large and the colors are vivid and rich.  The flower form is quite distinct.  My father-in-law John … [Read more...]

Maui Memories

Earlier this month, my husband and I visited Maui on his annual company trip.  We have been visiting Maui for many years and enjoy all the wonderful sites this amazing Garden Isle has to offer.  As always, we had a wonderful time and saw many humpback whales! … [Read more...]

Two Years And Counting!

February is my blog’s anniversary month!  Blogging has been a super fun project that I have grown from immensely.   Blogging has given me a great venue to showcase my photography, expand my portfolio, stretch my photographic abilities, and hone my writing skills, as well as meet amazing people, and … [Read more...]