Travels with Dan

Time for From the Vine

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From the Vine, my bi-weekly column in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, is all about Los Olivos, Ballard, and Solvang today. Here’s the free link to read my latest column in the Santa Maria Time and the Lompoc…

Vines & Hops Scottsdale

Travels with Dan–we literally stumbled upon Vines & Hops! Nah, I don’t mean we were in a drunken stupor (you’d have to be a damn fool to be stumbling around drunk while traveling)! We were trying to find a shortcut back…

Fish Gaucho–Great Mexican Fare!

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Fish Gaucho — for outstanding Mexican cuisine and tequila. After an excellent lunch at Fish Gaucho last week, I had to share the news right away. If you’re looking for really good Mexican cuisine in Paso Robles–this it it! I was…

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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I’m Grateful at Thanksgiving and every other day in my life! I wish the best of the holiday season to all of my family, friends, and followers. I am extremely grateful to all of you, especially so on Thanksgiving Day…

Wine Peeves!

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Wine Peeves by Sommeliers!   In the latest issue of The Tasting Panel magazine, Sept. 2015, I found an interesting quote on the last page. It was in a story focused on sommelier Anthony Viloria, general manager and wine director…

Our first visit to San Marco Square!

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San Marco Square now rates as our favorite place in Italy! What a glorious vacation when you add Venice to your repertoire, it’s filled with great hotels, fabulous restaurants, movie stars, and unforgettable views! When we traveled to Europe in…

From the Vine on Los Alamos

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Living the good life in the quaint town of Los Alamos! If you haven’t been to Los Alamos, the sleepy little country town just 15 miles south of Santa Maria, you have been missing out! Let me tell you, this…

Horses in Paso Robles Wine Country?

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This is for wine lovers and everyone who grew up wishing for a horse at Christmas! There’s a new wine country adventure taking place in Paso Robles wine country that’s sure to be a draw for those of us who…

A Very Good Life of Love and Joy

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Love in The City of San Francisco! I have been quite fortunate to have found and married the man I always hoped would come into my life some day. And indeed, I would finally find the love of my life,…

A Scottsdale restaurant you want to know about, FnB!

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FnB, an award winning restaurant worth seeking out! We almost missed FnB, a small bistro tucked back into a very touristy section of gift shops, but we were glad we didn’t. It ranked among our top three faves in Old…