“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life” ~Anna Akhmatova
The hills of the Amalfi Coast are steeped in romance and tradition. As a travel enthusiast I’m extremely grateful to have the had the opportunity to visit many unique and beautiful destinations. This particular area of Italy holds a special place in my being that keeps calling me back. I am of Italian descent so maybe that’s why it feels so much like home every time I return.
Continue reading Empty Nester Adventures in Italy: A Photo Gallery of Our 5 Day Visit to the Amalfi Coast
The Twin Cities newest food delivery business launches at 9:00 AM today (May 7th) in Minneapolis! ClusterTruck is not an actual food truck, it is a one of a kind delivery-only service that creates from scratch dishes in their downtown kitchen and delivers them fresh and fast. Bonus: The curbside delivery is always FREE! Continue reading Comin’ in Hot: The Newest Food Delivery Business In Minneapolis Launches Today
“Every Hundred Feet The World Changes” ~ Roberto Bolaño
There’s something to be said about taking the scenic route, in both life and travel and the lesson here is, you don’t have to trek very far to find an adventure. John and I had the opportunity to experience a brief but action packed 24 hours in Shakopee, MN last weekend. This historic city is just across the river from our home in Chanhassen but other than our outings to Canterbury Park, or the occasional trip to Valley Fair when the kids were young, we haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time there. The essence of discovery is something that we embrace so we really looked forward immersing ourselves in this mini-vacation.
Continue reading Travel Minnesota: 24 hours in Shakopee
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating”
Lucky for those of us living in the Twin Cities; we are provided with seemingly endless opportunities to not only eat, but to do so abundantly well. I field frequent inquiries from friends and family regarding restaurant recommendations and I love sharing my culinary experiences so I decided to create a new feature. It will be a brief overview of our culinary adventures from the prior month.
Continue reading Food Month In Review: March 2018
The pinnacle of football game days is almost upon us and the anticipation has been building. There are throngs of exciting events surrounding this colossal affair. The Bold North is ready! We’re bursting with immense cultural activities, tremendous musical talent, ice bars aplenty and of course bounteous opportunities for dining and imbibing.
Continue reading The Twin Cities Restaurant Scene: Eating and Imbibing During The Week Of The Big Game
“We all need to make time for a burger once in a while” ~ Erica Durance
In the past 2 years John and I have devoted a plethora of time to searching out as many mouth-watering Twin Cities burgers as possible. Sometimes we enjoy the company of friends and/or family on these outings, other times it’s the two of us.
Continue reading Twin Cities Burger Tour: A Photo Gallery
Cappuccino at Bar Del Sol in Praiano, Italy
The Kingfield Latte ~ Five Watt Coffee (MPLS)
Morning Latte overlooking the sea in Praiano, Italy
Croissants and Cappuccinos at a cafe near the Campo De Fiori in Rome, Italy
Latte and cookies at Rustica in Eden Prairie, MN
The Boone’s Beard Latte at Vicinity Coffee in Mpls
Latte at Barbette Cafe, Mpls
Cappuccino at The Bachelor Farmer Cafe, Mpls
Latte and a cookie at the Hilton Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand
My morning cappuccino at the Hotel Margherita in Praiano, Italy
Cappuccino and Croissant at La Boqueria Mercat in Barcelona, Spain
“Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee is even better” ~ Justine Chen, North of Beautiful
My search for the perfect cup of coffee knows no bounds. I am ardent and unapologetic regarding my caffeine infatuation. Whether it is our weekend latte treks in the Twin Cities or when traveling abroad, I am always on the hunt for the consummate coffee experience. While the quality of the java holds high significance, it is as much or more about the venue and who I’m getting caffeinated with that matters. Sipping a morning espresso alongside the locals at the Mercado De La Boqueria in Barcelona or slipping into a café near the Campo De Fiori in Rome with John are a couple of my very best café memories. Today I am sharing some of my favorite coffee occasions through photos. Enjoy and please share yours with me, I look forward to seeing your pics and hearing your cafe recommendations. Read on if you would like to learn more about the definition of espresso and the associated terms.
Continue reading Consider Me Caffeinated: A Global Espresso Art Gallery