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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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How to Not Be a Jerk On Valentine’s Day

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You forgot.  Or worse… forgot to CARE.  Either way, that significant other is probably expecting something on Valentine’s Day.  Pull out the keyboard – you’re going to make a “gift certificate.”

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Dining Changes Afoot at La Jolla’s Special Place ~ La Valencia Hotel

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I’m really mad at Chef Daniel Barron. He runs the kitchens at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California. I’m mad because he won’t share.

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La Valencia Hotel: Beds, Baths and Way Beyond Awesome

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This Girlfriend Getaway road trip was southbound from our Westside digs to the tony San Diego enclave of La Jolla. In a nutshell, these mini-vacations are three “women of a certain age,” hell bent on a little “me time” away from family, with an extra dose of GIRLY. Destination: the breathtaking La Valencia Hotel.

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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. As In, Aaaaaah

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Faithful readers of this blog might be gobsmacked to learn of our stay at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.  I am renowned for frugality. And this is a 5- star destination with a decidedly pricey reputation. How our four-day visit came about was kismet; it allowed me the chance to tell YOU, dear readers, […]

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Get Thyself to Umbria ~ Plan A Little, Not A Lot

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Umbria is Italy’s heartland region.  Best to start with the book – Sustenance, by Elizabeth Wholey.  This little tome is the most useful tool you’ll find to wrap your head around this area of Italy’s farmers and food producers. Foodie Alert! Umbria is “the new Tuscany.”

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No Purse Necessary; Time For My Scottevest!

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I’m not the backpack type. At my age, they look dumb. And they seriously tweak my back. For times that I want/need to carry a lot of stuff purse-free (like Paris), I’ve used my Scottevest trench coat. Yet what about hot, sweaty travel? Now I have THE RIGHT VEST.

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Ride the Metro Expo Line from Culver City to the LA Convention Center and Other Fun Spots

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New Yorkers, don’t laugh. San Franciscans, no snickering. Atlantans, give us some pity. We Angelinos don’t know what to do with our Metro line.  Is it a subway? Is it a train? CORN-fusing to natives addicted to our cars.

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Santa Monica to Carmel ~ Foodie Road Trip!

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Nine hours – home to destination. Drive, stop, eat, shop, sightsee, gas up again, go!  Print this post out. Tuck it in your “California road trip” file.  Good eats on the horizon.

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“Think Pink” ~ Where to Stay in Carmel By The Sea

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The Hofsas House is a boutique family-owned inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, run by savvy proprietress Carrie, granddaughter of founder Donna. The inn is famously PINK, and a perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway.

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Why Girlfriend Getaways Are A Necessity

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This is the first installment of a series inspired by a recent Girlfriend Getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea with fellow food and travel bloggers, Dorothy of Shockingly Delicious and Erika of In Erika’s Kitchen.

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Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda. You Read That Right

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That is a silverback gorilla chewing on a tree. But he isn’t the entire reason I have the look of fear on my face. It’s because I am holding on for dear life to not slip down the rain-soaked mountain,  basically how I felt all this day.  Because we DID fall a lot.  But that […]

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Why I Luv Hampton Inns

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This gal has stayed at some swanky hotels from Paris’ Hotel de Crillion (twice!), to a six-room suite in a Ritz Carlton, and a good number of Four Seasons (thanks, fat-cat PR client Kahlua), … but now, I go on record:  I luv Hampton Inns.  We just hit yet another…

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