California Baker Tracy Mattson Is One Smart Cookie

California Baker Tracy Mattson Is One Smart Cookie

Maybe the brown T-shirt imprinted with the eye-catching COOKIE…take a bite! logo that Tracy Mattson is wearing signifies super powers, something like the “S” emblazoned on Superman’s chest. Inside the 400-square-foot commercial kitchen of Tracy’s boutique, artisan bakery in Santa Rosa,Read more

Chef Bruce Moffett’s Barrington’s Restaurant Stars in Charlotte

Chef Bruce Moffett’s Barrington’s Restaurant Stars in Charlotte

The sound system in the kitchen at Barrington’s restaurant in Charlotte, NC, plays “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” as I observe owner and executive chef Bruce Moffett wield a hefty knife and trim excess fat and other unwantedRead more

Wine, Women, and Napa Valley’s Michaela Rodeno

Wine, Women, and Napa Valley’s Michaela Rodeno

Michaela Rodeno and I are standing in the light-filled kitchen of her cube-shaped home in Oakville, CA, which also doubles as the tasting room of her family’s Villa Ragazzi winery. She hands me a bottle of their flagship Sangiovese wine andRead more

Candace Rose Rardon Perfects the Art of Travel

Candace Rose Rardon Perfects the Art of Travel

Visualize the life of Candace Rose Rardon: Visiting and living in 50 countries, 19 of them in one year alone. Hiking solo on a 220-mile pilgrimage through rural Turkey. Driving an auto-rickshaw 2,000 miles across India. Bathing an elephant inRead more

The Art and Artistry of Amélie’s French Bakery

The Art and Artistry of Amélie’s French Bakery

Our taste buds stirred when we read that Amélie’s French Bakery was establishing a new outpost near our home in south Charlotte. Amélie’s has been a wildly popular destination on Charlotte’s food map since 2008 when the flagship store openedRead more

A Life Rich with Food and Wine

A Life Rich with Food and Wine

When Bill and I first entered Silver Moon Cottage, our airbnb rental home for our month-long stay in Kenwood, CA, we could tell its owner, Monique Risch, has a deep love for food and wine. First of all was theRead more

Miracle on the Hudson – A Survivor’s Story

Miracle on the Hudson – A Survivor’s Story

Beth McHugh believes in miracles, and well she should. Little did she know when she boarded US Airways Flight 1549 on January, 15, 2009, that she would be among the 150 passengers and five crew members who would survive theRead more

Travel Talk with Author and Editor Pamela Fiori

Travel Talk with Author and Editor Pamela Fiori

Compose a list of people who best understand the fine art of living, travel, style, connoisseurship, and philanthropy, and Pamela Fiori’s name would have to be at the top. Fiori is the author of the best-selling In the Spirit ofRead more

Jean Schulz on Charles M. Schulz

Jean Schulz on Charles M. Schulz

Posted from Glen Ellen, CA “If you read the strip, you would know me. Everything I am goes into the strip.” Charles M. Schulz After visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, I had theRead more