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It’s time to bust out the cast iron skillet and get cooking with these comfort food recipes from WILL IT SKILLET? By Daniel Shumski. These delicious and easy one-pan recipes are perfect for a cozy supper on a cool fall or winter evening. Chicken Potpie (in a Skillet) This version skips a traditional crust and gets crowned with a […]
The winter months are an excellent time to head for the desert. This is the time of year when intensely warm temperatures drop from average highs of over 100°F to a more comfortable range of around 65°F, making wintertime a great time to explore what the desert has to offer. Scottsdale, Arizona, an easy hour-and-a-half […]
The Napa Valley is one of California’s greatest treasures – an epicurean epicenter where some of the finest wines, the best restaurants and the most luxurious accommodations can be found. The Napa Valley’s proximity to the Bay Area makes it an easy escape for a relaxing and revitalizing getaway. The fall season is an ideal […]
Written & Photographed by Lisa Whalen Though Colombia was not at the top of my incredibly long list of places to visit, an invitation to the wedding of close friends presented a wonderful opportunity for my husband and me to discover this exciting and beautiful country. Because Colombia was not a destination I had previously planned on visiting, […]
10 TIPS TO HELP US STOP STRESSING THE EMPATHY OUT OF OUR KIDS Want Your Kids to Care? Stop Stressing Them Out and Let Them Play This Summer! By Michele Borba America’s kids are more self-absorbed than ever. If their constant gaze into the selfie camera isn’t proof […]
By Jude Bijou A good relationship boils down to effective communication. Did your parents communicate well? As a marriage and family therapist, when I ask people this question, very few say yes. And there in lies the reason why we don’t communicate very well in our relationships. We were never taught how. Are you up […]
La Forêt is destined to be your new old favorite MANY OF US WHO GREW UP IN THE AREA WILL RECALL DINING AT LA FORÊT AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. It has been the go-to fine dining restaurant for many a special occasion for over 35 years – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – if there was […]
By Alex Salcedo Cook up an easy Mexican feast! These simple recipes are perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Jeff’s Fresh Lime & Orange Margaritas This recipe takes some extra work but you may never want to use a pre-made mix again. The zest of the limes and orange adds incredible depth to the margarita. […]
With summer travel traffic dwindling and the summer tourist season coming to a close, now is the time to escape to nearby destinations that were far too crowded during the peak summer season for us to truly enjoy. With its proximity to the Bay Area and relaxed beach town vibe, Santa Cruz is a quick […]
An easy family getaway San Diego has to be one of the best places anywhere to visit with kids. There’s so much to see and do and, with almost always perfect weather, you can be out and about every day enjoying the beautiful beaches and the endless array of family-friendly amusements in the area. Only […]
It is dark when we finally arrive in Bora Bora. We spent the previous night in the sky, flying from LAX to Papeete, and then the entire morning and afternoon shaking off the jet lag on one of Archipels Croisières’ luxurious catamarans, sailing and snorkeling in the lagoon off the island of Raiatea, just a short commuter flight from the airport in Tahiti. Not a bad way to jump start our trip to French Polynesia.
Once on the catamaran, we are refreshed with ice-cold Tahitian beer and a delicious lunch of exotic fruits and freshly prepared Poisson Cru, French Polynesia’s national dish, a tasty concoction of fresh raw tuna, marinated in citrus juice and coconut milk and tossed with diced vegetables—usually cucumber tossed with a variation of scallions, peppers and tomatoes, depending on the chef. Lunch is followed by a leisurely nap, a welcome reprieve from a long night and day of traveling. We are awestruck by the luminous turquoise water and the views of the surrounding atoll—it would be a shame to miss a second of the breathtaking view—but sated from the delicious meal and lulled by the gentle waves, an hour nap on the boat’s bow is irresistible. We awake for another quick snorkel with the sting rays and then a tour of a small vanilla farm on nearby Taha’a where we buy jumbo-sized vanilla pods to take home, visions of homemade vanilla vodka brewing in our heads.
The Hotel Escape to the earthy splendor and inspiring mountain surroundings of The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Rising majestically on Northstar Mountain, this year-round destination is the ideal place to experience the beauty of the California wilderness in a true mountain resort setting, enhanced by the premier accommodations and the world-renowned personal service of The Ritz-Carlton. […]
By Judy Purcell Have you ever gone out on Valentine’s Day for a romantic dinner only to be disappointed by the noise level of the restaurant, food that didn’t quite measure up, or felt rushed by the wait staff to move along for the their next seating? This Valentine’s Day, skip the crowded restaurants and prepare this simple […]