• Slovenia

    This year for my birthday my good friend and Hubby planned a birthday get away. I was whisked away to Slovenia for wine tasting, bar hopping and skiing. Well skiing didn’t happen due to snow not showing up until our last day there. We still had a great time taking in the beauty of this country and filled our bellies with sausages, potatoes and sauerkraut.

  • London, England

    Went to London with my neighbor to do some tours and just have a fun weekend. We stumbled upon Santa Con taking place in London. If you were bad brussel sprouts would be thrown at you. I will post those pictures in another post. We really had an awesome time at the Tower of London. So much history and the Beefeaters are pretty entertaining too. If you would like to see more of the Beefeaters in action. They are pretty funny. https://youtu.be/b1u7dgSzpuU https://youtu.be/wTNfdPxtfek We also stumbled upon the Winter Wonderland Carnival/Christmas market too!

  • Bergamo, Italy

    Went to the Christmas Markets in Bergamo, Italy with some friends. We enjoyed fresh roasted chestnuts, vin brule’ (hot wine mulled wine) and all the art that decorates this city.

  • Asiago, Italy

    I went with a group of friends to Asiago to check out their Christmas market. This small town known for their cheese is a little gem. They are far enough north that they are lucky to get snow from time to time in the winter.

  • Apple & Pear Festival

    I absolutely love Fall. This Apple & Pear Festival took place in early October in Lusiana, a northern Italian.  Many flock to the town to celebrate the harvest of these fruits. In the  main hall, farmers proudly display their best fruit and other items. Lusiana is know for their farming and cheese so there is also a museum dedicated to the history of the town and how cheese was made in the past. Imaging that farmers would have a cow or two to milk for their families cheese production.  You can see it would be hard to herd cattle on these steep streets. My favorite is the community of folk…

  • Paris & Bordeaux, France

    I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Paris with a friend this past September. What was incredible about this trip was she is fluent in French and had lived in Paris. This was the most non stressful trip I have taken to date. Since we are both winos and foodie lovers it was a match made in travel heaven. The whole time I was there I felt blessed to be standing in Paris, drink champange every chance I got. I also gained at least 10 pound taking in all the macaroons, french onion soup, fresh baked bread, homemade butters, etc. We also took a trip to Bordeaux to really…

  • Harvest of Wines

    As autumn is upon us it is the season for local wineries to open their doors to locals and tourists. This is a great opportunity for the wineries to get extra hands to help out collecting the grapes but also have some fun during this very busy time of year. This year I went to many wineries but Salvan Winery was the only one I remembered to bring my camera at. While out in the fields working up a sweat the ownered delicious goose burgers or goose ragu with gnocchi. Either paired well with their wines.

  • Cherries!

    This weekend there was a cherry festival in Marostica, Italy. It wasn’t what most would consider a true festival as there were only a few vendors selling fresh cherries and baked items featuring cherries. Even with not a lot going on Marostica is a well-known town for its living chess events and medieval castle and surroundings. Here is the meal I made with all the cherries I bought. This pork chop dish is a crowd pleaser. I hope you enjoy! Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Cherries Serves: 4 servings Ingredients 4 large center loin pork chops 1 clove minced garlic Salt and pepper to season For the Balsamic…

  • Trapani, Sicily

    While my short time here I have meet a comical wine maker. Giuseppe has told my friends and I how wonderful Sicily is and how absolutely gorgeous his home town of Trapani is also. After much arm twisting, the plans were made to go visit. My pictures really do not do justice to the absolute beauty of what this island possesses. A must for the Foodies is the softball sized Arancini (Italian rice deep fried with fillings) that are made with delicious fillings like prosciutto and mozzarella, sausage and marinara, artichoke and bechamel sauce. Arancini are best when they are made fresh from the kitchen and washed down with a…