Adventure, Travel & Tours

Product Review ~ Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven


An oven for the campsite. It blew me away when I saw this Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Oven – so I thought a Product Review was in order.

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Road Trip! Finally Visited the Bacara Resort and Spa ~ Ba-CAR-ah, not BOCK-a-Raw


The gal in the hot tub said that going to Bacara Resort and Spa was a local treat for Santa Barbarans. It was her birthday, a spa day with her girlfriend. If it were in my ‘hood, that would make sense to me! Goleta from Playa Vista is just about 100 miles.

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Bacara Resort’s Drought Gesture ~ Clever Idea for California Gardens


California 2015, the drought carries on. We’re supposed to reduce water usage; I don’t believe many people do much to make a dent. Look at this option, thanks Bacara Resort in Goleta, CA. Fountains are shut off and planted with succulents and trinkets.

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Travel Hack: Use Pet Tags to ID Your Stuff


Cameras & cases, binoculars & cases, ipad cases, anything with a loop or zipper works for using a custom-imprinted Pet ID Tag for your own identification. They’re cheap, lightweight, indestructible, lots of shapes and sizes. I bought four for $12.50 at You’re welcome.

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The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano Proves that Bees Hang Out in the OC


We devoured these beauties… farm fresh cucumbers, sliced ribbon-thin and tossed as a crispy salad, savored while dining under peach and apple trees, serenaded by giddy bees. This was a Chef’s Lunch in the garden at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.

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Product Review: Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods — Foodies Take Note!


Not by choice, but I head up the Emergency Preparedness Committee here in Playa Vista (a gung-ho neighbor started the idea, then moved and I stepped in). Made a website, then lined up CERT training. Class #1, our firefighter instructor talked about his shelf-stable food for disaster preparedness. With a little research, I found Mountain […]

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Road Warrior Tip: My 12 Tiny Travel Tools


Someone recently asked if I “always kept my makeup case packed” for trips. On the contrary, I continually fill and tidy it. It’s substantial, has everything. I can solve needs of practically any fellow traveler. If you want to be an intrepid traveler, add these to your kit:

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Road Warrior Tip of the Day–The Traveling Clothesline


Looking at our Belize beach tents with plenty of lines for drippy stuff, you might wonder why I think a traveling clothesline is necessary.  Well, I’m a laundry nut and I like dry stuff.

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SHOES BLUES – What Footwear to Pack for a Snorkeling, Hiking, Kayaking, Rafting, Sightseeing Trip.


Now that I know what I know, I’ll share “experienced” recommends for footwear on a National Geographic Adventure to Belize and Guatemala – Reefs, Rain Forests & Ruins. We read their packing list, and still made some footwear mistakes. But we also did some smart things.

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Postcard From the Land of Juan Valdez ~ Colombia


Some TV commercials stick in my memory for decades. JUAN VALDEZ, remember him? He taught us about “the richest coffee beans in the world.” Sort of cartoony, he did his thing hand-picking coffee beans in the mountains of Columbia, always accompanied by his donkey.

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Mind-Blowing Dessert ~ Bogota!


Criterion Restaurante, Bogota, Columbia   Watch and drool. Dessert at Criterion in Bogota, a gastronomic masterpiece. Brothers Jorge and Mark Rausch, chefs and brains behind the brilliance –attentive, warm, funny, genuinely deserved their honor as #19 of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.  And the “Best Restaurant in Colombia,” per Ron Zacapa Rum.

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Meet Bogota’s Power Couple (And Savor a Little Food Porn, Too)


Departing Bogota, my heart was heavy… I was leaving CRISTINA. I love her. She’s half of power couple Cristina Botero, Executive Director of the Corazon Verde Foundation, and Chef Harry Sasson, multi-restauranted culinary icon of Bogota. Now that I think of it, I LOVE Harry, too.

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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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