good food + awesome travel & occasional odd bits

Month: May 2014

Lettuce Lake Park

Lettuce Lake Park

Located on Florida’s west coast on Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa  is a thriving metropolitan city. You will find all the trappings of city life in their museums, sports events, colleges, and even beaches. However, there are also plentiful outdoor activities and […]

Florida Everglades

Florida Everglades

Best known for its over the top theme parks, Orlando is definitely a top tourist destination. We landed here not for Disney- related anything, but rather for a much anticipated trip through the everglades to experience amazing wildlife- gators, water moccasins, and more birds than […]

52 Weeks: 21/52 Florida

52 Weeks: 21/52 Florida

Hi there! This last week was spent in and around Orlando. It’s really green and swampy here where the high humidity had us running indoors for some air-conditioned relief. Waking up bright and early allowed us to get in some outdoor activities before it got too hot.


Spanish moss covered trees are everywhere and I love it. I just wish I could stuff my suitcase with a bunch of moss and take it all home.


We were walking the hotel grounds and spotted this guy hanging out. He’s kinda cute and looks like he has a personality, right?


Cheers! It’s time to relax.


We took an evening stroll at sunset and it was nice and quiet.


Zeppole! Dinner was good, but dessert stole the show. These were very large and there were about 6. I could have easily devoured most, but we saved a few for breakfast the next morning. They taste great with coffee.


Endless lily pads and water lilies in the everglades.


This was one hungry squirrel. He chewed part of the straw bag looking for a way in.


Arepas for lunch. My favorite is the domino (black beans and cheese) with lots of hot sauce. A complete treat since I have yet to find arepas at home.


Admiring the living wall filled with ferns and bromeliads. I’d love to install one of these in the backyard.


Airstream Ranch off of Interstate 4 in Tampa. How cool and unusual is that? Some love it and others hate it, but it sure does make you look twice when whizzing by on the freeway.


The sign says it all. There could also be snakes in the grass but  I’m not sticking around to find out.

Wishing you all a Happy Memorial Day; may your day be filled with BBQ’s and beers!

Ten Things to do in San Sebástian

Ten Things to do in San Sebástian

San Sebástian, an autonomous Basque community, also known as Donostia in Euskara is a gem located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay . Right across the border from Southwestern France, Spanish Basque Country is a culinary capital that boasts more Michellin stars per capita than […]

Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Sorbet

Let’s face facts here, shall we? Sometimes, when it’s hot like summer but not yet summer the oven has no business being on. I know I’m right. Besides, berries are plentiful in the markets and on my vines at home. There is nary a reason […]

52 Weeks: 20/52

52 Weeks: 20/52

It’s been a scorcher here this past week with the heat wave, Santa Ana winds, and all the fires going on. All I could do was try to stay as cool as possible which wasn’t very since the evenings were around 80 degrees! Needless to say, I’ve been indoors so this week’s action is fairly thin:


Hot purple bouganinvillias are so pretty. A wall of these would look great in the backyard.


Warm weather always makes me crave fresh fruits and vegetables AND ranch dip, of course.


Out for a walk with the pups. Actually, they are walking me!


A huge disaster. Big fail! I tried to make a sponge roll and everything was great until it came time to roll it all up and then it completely stuck to the paper. So disappointing but I think I know how to improve the texture and fix the stickiness. Oh well, they can’t all be winners, right?

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Huaraches with Charred Cactus

Huaraches with Charred Cactus

While we were away in Spain we enjoyed such good food and got to try so many different dishes. Although we were able to get our fill of the world’s most delicious tapas and regional Spanish dishes, we found ourselves craving simple food that we […]

52 Weeks: 19/52

52 Weeks: 19/52

We began the week in Barcelona spending our last couple of days wandering the streets and taking in the sights before getting on the plane ride from hell en route home. Then, it was all about jet lag and just barely making it through the […]

52 Weeks; 18/52 Barcelona

52 Weeks; 18/52 Barcelona

This week was split between leaving San Sebastian and arriving in Barcelona. I decided to keep the weekly snaps to just Barcelona; here are some random shots along the way:


Sagrada Familia is still in the works as it has been since 1882. The anticipated finish date is 2028 but there is quite a long way to go.


Plaza Catalunya.


A lot of the housing looks like this. Lots of balconies, some with an abundance of greenery, some with laundry drying, and others with folks hanging out people watching.



Colorful graffiti.


There was an entire collection of these paper mache looking body parts strung across a building.


These plaques are found all over the streets- denoting historical significance?


I like the narrow streets and balconies overflowing with plants. The lot of people? Not so much.


Metamorphosis exhibit at the CCCB was out of this world! Centered around exploration of dreams/nightmares/fantasy through film and art was truly an unexpected surprise we were lucky enough to stumbled upon. If you’re in Barcelona or are planning to visit this month, do go and see it it’s time well spent.

More to come next week…

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