I grew up in Las Vegas and currently live in Southern California. This means that I inevitably make the trip to Las Vegas a couple times a year to visit my family.
I love the desert – I think it’s a beautiful place. I think as a kid, you take the time to really explore your surroundings, and find the beauty in them. I used to collect rocks from my parent’s front yard. I thought the patterns that they had were so beautiful. That translated into the desert also.
So, during this last trip I made, we were in the middle of a storm, which ended up lasting the whole weekend. You often don’t get to see the desert in this state – wet, rainy, and in this particular case, snowy! It was definitely a site to behold. Since I know that seeing this is rare, I made it a point to snap a few photos so I could share this beauty with you!
I always look forward to Thanksgiving. Even though it is a tremendous amount of work to prepare the meal, I love to share it with people, and send them home with a ton of leftovers. It’s not only the food that is the star, it’s the togetherness, the sharing, the conversation, and over-all jolliness that contribute to the magick of the holiday.
I have loved Grill ‘Em All since I first peeped them on the Food Network‘s first season of The Great Food Truck Race. Upon hearing that there was a food truck out there that 1) were heavy metal fans, and 2) made gourmet burgers, I was definitely a fan. I watched that program and rooted for them every week, and went absolutely bonkers when they WON! Now that these two good-looking metal guys had won, it was time for AO and I to track down the truck. We did, and we conquered.
Fast forward to September of 2013. I desperately wanted to go to Grill ‘Em All for my birthday this year, but circumstances just did not allow. I vowed to myself that the next time I was in Los Angeles, I would make it a point to go. AO and I had tickets to see Nine Inch Nails this past weekend, so this was the perfect opportunity! Continue reading →
Broccoli Cheese Casserole. Of all the Thanksgiving side dishes, this one is an absolute must every year at our Thanksgiving table. It it simply not Thanksgiving without it. It’s one of those crossover dishes that the kids end up loving. One year I had a request from my niece for more “trees!” We all chuckled at that, and I can only hope that it solidified a liking of broccoli at a young age.
Over the years, I’ve grown tired of the original Broccoli Cheese Casserole, complete with Cheez Whiz. Yearning for a less processed version, I decided to give my favorite Thanksgiving dish a make-over! Continue reading →
Portland is a beer city, so it’s no wonder that it quickly moved strait to the top of my list of favorite cities to visit. One hundred and forty craft breweries(!) dot the landscape of Oregon according to the Brewers Association, and ranks #2 in the United States for breweries per capita. There is one craftbrewery per 26,791 people! That’s insane!
If that wasn’t enough, the city of Portland itself beats out every city in the world with 52 breweries. Fifty-two! That’s just in the city alone! If you count those in the greater metro area, they clock in at 69. With that many breweries, it will definitely take a couple of visits to get to them all, but here are a few to get you started.