Food and Wine Pairing at the Mauna Kea

Each March my husband and I attend his company's reward trip to Hawaii.  This year we went to the Big Island of Hawaii and stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.  The Mauna Kea is the oldest hotel on the big island - build in the 50s by the Rockefellers.  Although the hotel has been completely … [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...]

Stumpy’s Burgers & Dogs

Who doesn’t like a good burger?!  I mean a really good burger.  I bet if I asked just about anyone, a burger would be one of their top five favorite foods! … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

I had the good fortune to photograph the feature article for the December 2014/January 2015 issue of South Bay Accent Magazine!  The feature article is on high-end craft cocktails at very cool local bars.  I had a great time during the four-day photo shoot at ten bars!  As you all know, people who … [Read more...]

Paso Robles Valley, Part 2

Each year during the Giovanzana family annual trip to the Paso Robles valley, we join our friends who live there, for a fun filled day of wine tasting.  We drive along beautiful country roads,  that lead us to an assortment of unique and charming wineries.  In an area that boasts more than 200 … [Read more...]

Mama’s Fish House Restaurant

This past March my husband and I went on a mini vacation to Maui.  It is always a treat to escape the cold of the mainland during winter and soak up some warm sunshine.  We love Maui, as I am sure all of you do.  We were fortunate to be able to have seen the Humpback Whales swimming in the channel … [Read more...]

Orange California

My son is now 17 years old and he will go to college in a year and a half.  Where has the time gone?!  My young son is growing into a young man right before my eyes.  We recently visited Southern California to look at four prospective colleges. He and I had a great trip; wonderful “mother and son” … [Read more...]

Christmas Time in San Francisco

Every year my gal pals and I head to San Francisco at Christmas time for a BIG shopping day.  When I say BIG...I mean several trips to the car to drop off packages kind of BIG.  It is a day filled with a whole lot of silliness too.  Some years we have stayed at the Westin St. Francis Hotel for the … [Read more...]

Love Apple Farm

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a very special farm, which is the only certified bio-dynamic farm in Santa Cruz County, grows over 300 culitvars of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers, operates as a gardening and cooking educational center, and is known on occasion to throw a … [Read more...]