10 Extraordinary Gardens in California

As the breadbasket of the country, California is known for its bountiful harvests of everything from avocados to grapes. But the Golden State is also home to a wealth of Eden-like gardens that thrive thanks to California’s mild weather and variety of microclimates. Here are 10 standouts, in no particular order, all with public access. […]

2015: A Year of Travel in Review

2015 was a different year of travel for me. Typically, I travel 7-10 days each month, rounding out with some local trips and experiences. This past year, however, I found that I was gone for weeks at a time, often coming home for a day or two to unpack and head off again. I don’t […]

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Travel Bucket List Update for 2016

It’s time to update my bucket list, something I do every two years. It’s not a list for me to check thing offf, something that should be obvious in the slow pace I’ve taken to the list. No, I’m just an avid list maker, and when I hear or see something that captures my interest, […]

Looking Good in Bangkok: Buying Custom Made Clothes

Cleaning out the ill fitting clothing in my closet, and replacing them with items that I love and that fit well, has been on my to-do list for far too long. To be very clear – haute couture is not in my budget, and it’s never going to be. I’m a casual kind of gal, and I […]

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street food in Thailand

After spending last weekend in Seattle at the Motif Seattle, and trying all sorts of new restaurants for food and drink, it’s been tough getting back to a normal routine.

  • How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick – I love eating street food, and have been fortunate that I’ve never had a problem. I don’t know if it’s because I use good common sense or if I’m just lucky. If you’ve ever had a moment’s hesitation about eating street food, Jodi’s post will help alleviate your concerns. Read original article here: How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick
  • Crock-Pot Khao Soi – I love soup on a cold day, and there’s nothing better than a spicy Thai soup. I’m filing this recipe away with plan to try it soon. Extra bonus, making it super easy, is that you use your crock pot. High fives for ease and taste. Read original article here: Crock-Pot Khao Soi
  • All 40+ of Canada’s National Parks Will Be Fee-Free for the Entirety of 2017 – Visiting Canada’s National Parks is a great value, but come 2017, it’s getting even better. To celebrate their 150th anniversary, admission to all the parks are free for the year. Sweet deal, so check them out. Read original article here: All 40+ of Canada’s National Parks Will Be Fee-Free for the Entirety of 2017
  • What to Do in Napa Valley (Besides Drink) – Napa makes a great getaway weekend, whether you’re a wine lover or not. Here are some great ideas from my friend, Jen Miner. Read original article here: What to Do in Napa Valley (Besides Drink)
  • ‘Bei Bei’ the giant panda cub makes public debut at National Zoo – And in the seriously adorable department. . . . ! Read original article here: ‘Bei Bei’ the giant panda cub makes public debut at National Zoo
  • Seattle seeks writer to work in historic drawbridge tower – Have you ever thought you’d like to hide away in a garret a write. The Fremont Bridge is over a writer an opportunity to do that this summer in the bridge tower. You can’t live in the tower, think of it more as a studio, and conditions apply (of course). It comes with a $10,000 stipend to help make things a little easier. Read original article here: Seattle seeks writer to work in historic drawbridge tower
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