A Little Sicily Feast

A Little Sicily Feast

If you know me or read my blog, you probably know that I am obsessed with Sicily, and consider myself a Sicilian at heart. When considering my Sunday plans, I jumped on the opportunity to attend the 21st annual Sicilian Festival in downtown San Diego's Little Italy.  I prepared myself for the inevitable feasting and [...]

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Best Places to Pitch a Tent Near San Diego

Best Places to Pitch a Tent Near San Diego

  Cibbets Flat Kitchen Creek Cleveland National Forest Off the 8 east after Alpine, is a valley known as Kitchen Creek. As the edge of Cleveland National Forrest before you hit Anza Borrego, this is one of the lusher areas around San Diego. The campsite is dramatically situated on a creek between mountains. Not only [...]

The Vineyard Chronicles: El Buen Vino de Ensenada

The Vineyard Chronicles: El Buen Vino de Ensenada

Chianti, Marlborough Bay, Provence, Napa, La Rioja, Chile, Valle de Guadalupe.  Valle de Guadalupe is the wine region that makes up a part of Ensenada, Mexico about eighty miles south of the Tijuana border.  Ensenada has always housed a few vineyards, but it’s not until the past couple of years that Ensenada has truly emerged as [...]

A San Franciscan Beer Butt Chicken

A San Franciscan Beer Butt Chicken

The best kind of parties are those that involve good company, wine, and a crowded kitchen.  This particular party included all of those with special points in the crowded kitchen division.  Extra credit is given in the good company and wine as well. The bittersweet part is that this party did not take place in [...]

All About the Berg (Bergamo, Lombardia)

All About the Berg (Bergamo, Lombardia)

So, it's been a while since I have written a travel post. That's because, since returning from Italy, I have remained mostly in San Diego. I am from San Diego, so being here doesn't feel like traveling, but rather like returning to a childhood memory. Recently, I've been pondering the meaning of home.  I have [...]

10 Things Foreigners get Right about Americans

10 Things Foreigners get Right about Americans

1. Everything is bigger in Amurica. Buildings, coffee, plates, cars, houses, freeways, lines... 2. Americans LOVE freedom whatever that means. "And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free!" 3. Americans have different accents. Californian, Bostonian, Southern 4. Americans eat hamburgers and hotdogs. On the 4th of July, at the [...]

A Conversation with the Cheese Man

A Conversation with the Cheese Man

 My friends and I have talked a lot about our dreams of opening a cafe or a bakery.  Of course it's always been just that, a far-off dream, but if it didn't seem like such an unattainable goal, what are the obstacles we would face? I’ve always imagined that the main obstacle to small-scale producers [...]