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Buon Appetito: Eating in Rome


I’m writing this post before dinner, which in case you were wondering is a really bad idea. The food in Rome is SO GOOD. I think you’d have to actively try to find bad meals in that city. That being said, we tried to maximize our time by mostly only eating at restaurants that either […]

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Made with Love: Italian Cooking Class in San Juan, Washington


One of the best parts of my recent trip to San Juan Island with my girlfriends was taking a cooking class. The sweet couple that owns the vacation home we rented lives next door, and offers an Italian cooking class in their home for those who are interested. And me and my ladies…we love food. So […]

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A Gorgeous Day at Vancouver’s Granville Island

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Granville Island — it’s like Seattle’s Pike Place Market’s younger, maybe slightly hipper little sibling who lives in Vancouver. I say hipper simply because of the plethora of cool art that was everywhere — Pike’s Place has a bit of that, but it’s a little less obvious. Needless to say, I loved it, because I pretty […]

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Holiday Traditions

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Most years, when they are together for the holidays, my husband’s family gets together and makes tortellacci on Christmas Eve. It’s a tradition that was started by his dad, and one they’ve all continued since he passed away. It’s quite the production — everything is made from scratch — so it takes several hours and several […]

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An Unofficial Food Tour of Portland, Oregon

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A few weeks ago we took a little weekend jaunt to my other favorite Pacific Northwest city — Portland! We go a fair amount since my sister lives there, and it’s always a good time. We also always seem to mostly spend our time eating out, mainly because my brother-in-law knows practically every restaurant in […]

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