Youll never forget dining in Bogota thumb OMG, Bogota!So, you and I are chatting, and I mention I’m packing for Bogota, Colombia. “BOGOTA? Seriously? WHY?” {insert concerned facial expression here.} The short answer… food.  The long answer…

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Patricia Londre in Umbria thumb LaLoop ~ My Travel Must Must MUST HaveIf you follow my travel posts, pretty much any shot of moi shows an elegant tortoiseshell (faux) necklace with gold (faux) loop. LaLoop. It’s my fav eyeglass / sunglass carrier. And once you try one of these, you’ll travel everywhere with it, too. (There are manly versions, too, guys.)

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Yellow Cake with Peppermint Icing thumb Simple Yellow Cake From Scratch ~ No Deep Thoughts HereIt may be August, but I felt like baking. Six men have been crawling all over our home for weeks, painting its exterior. “Thank you” and “such a great job” are words; a cake will make ME feel better. I baked them a Scratch Yellow Sheet Cake with Pink Peppermint Icing

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IMG 5206 1024x768 Glamping at El Capitan Canyon   Looks Like Just A Tiny Cabin, Right?It took Larry and me about 24 hours to grasp why someone would pay $370* a night mid-week for this tiny cabin outside of Santa Barbara, California — considering it came with no view, no stove, no wifi, no TV, no ipod dock, no hair dryer.  We now think we know. People stay at the El Capitan Canyon to slow down, enjoy some nature, let kids be kids, and can afford to pay a somewhat pretty penny to do so. (*high season)

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IMG 5124 1024x768 Classic Kahlua Chocolate Mousse ~ Can You Dig It?

Kahlua Chocolate Mousse – do you CRAVE deep, dark, thick mmmmmmousse with the flavor of Kahlua? This mousse is “classic” because it put Kahlua on the map when it came to cooking with it. Decades ago, one restaurant, brilliant idea, spread like wildfire, history.

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pool desk thumb Suite Life at the Ritz Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles

We live 12 miles west of downtown LA, so why book a suite for two nights in a Ritz Carlton so close to home? (1) We paid a pretty penny for the package on a charity auction because (2) July 4th weekend, we could watch the entire city’s firework displays from the rooftop pool AND get reacquainted with our downtown for a unhurried few days.

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Visit Iceland. 10 Convincing Details For Fretful Travelers

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Iceland. Look on a world map UP THERE, waaaay above Canada and to the East. Not that big thing… that is Greenland. The little island next over. Just touching the Arctic Circle. It doesn’t occur to many Americans I’ve talked to that this would be an enticing destination. No wait, I take that back… People […]

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Traveling to Iceland and Greenland? Here Are Things You’ll Wish You’d Packed. BONUS: What You Can Leave at Home

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At the end of our trip to Greenland and Iceland, I polled our fellow travelers:  “now that you know what you know, what items do you regret not bringing (OR someone else would regret)?”  Of course, you already know to pack binoculars, backpack, underwear, etc.  This is an awesome insightful list of collective experiences.

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Cheese Straws Are Easy! – BTW, I Own The Playa Vista Cooking School

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The Playa Vista Cooking School is my newest creation, a good example of taking a risk when an idea strikes you. Website, check. Marketing, check. Menu and plan, check. Butts in seats?  CHECK. Our inaugural class, Easy, Elegant Appetizers had 8 enthusiastic cooks (Larry was one of the warm bodies, LOL). Start with a glass […]

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Unreachable Pantry Space? Build Tilted Shelves–Photo Tutorial

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Our home has nine-foot ceilings. The kitchen cabinets had – until now –miles of inaccessible pantry space up in the nosebleed section. Clearly a home economist did NOT design this kitchen. Just tilt those shelves! Here’s my easy photo how-to.

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Visit Twentynine Palms for a Peaceful, Easy Feeling ~ Road Trip

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Twentynine Palms is an anomaly. You have to crave a whole lotta “nothing” to choose to drive three hours to a hot, dry, dusty and seemingly inelegant place. OK, now that the SNOB is out of me… time to GUSH about this tiny, peaceful, clean, spiritual space.

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International Home + Housewares Show ~ What American Cooks CAN Use

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It felt like Dubai crashed into Bed, Bath and Beyond. A trade show of stuff with something for any home on the planet. This was THE trade show for new or improved, classic or kitchy, high end or cheap, useful or useless STUFF. If you are girly, it’s mecca.

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Myanmar Cultural Tidbit ~ Yellow Face Paint is Beautiful

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Myanmar is Burma with a new name. And it’s on the brink of becoming more “new world” now that foreign travel to this Asian country (west of Thailand, on the Bay of Bengal) is opening up. Which will probably wreck it, my guess. Let me spread some Myanmar charm while I can… people paint their […]

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