In July of 2008 I fell in love twice at the Villagio Inn and Spa in Yountville (Napa), California, which happens to be where my fellow and I got married on April 16th, 2011. The first love was obviously my husband who very wisely incorporated overnight stays at the Villagio as part of his courtship repertoire and the second was to be found inside the Villagio rooms. Nope, it wasn't the extra fluffy bed and lovely soft cotton sheets, or the spa tub with luxurious Molton Brown products or the nice robes and real fire place. It was, in fact, [...]

By |2018-10-03T12:56:36-04:00June 22nd, 2011|


This is not the name of an Italian punk band, but my favorito coffee. I used to scoff and snarl, sometimes simultaneously, at people who ordered those half calf, non-fat, caramel, soy whatever the hecks at coffee houses... just like sushi in the 80's, I thought this was just Americans trying to be cool. I now love sushi, but I still try to keep my coffee orders simple. MACCHIATO, WET. The best coffee I ever had was in Spain. It was called a cortado. A cortado is essentially an espresso with a dash of hot milk. "Cortado" means "cut". In [...]

By |2018-10-03T16:30:54-04:00August 11th, 2010|