Wine for your weekend: Tuscany at your table!

One of the things that Josh and I like to do when we travel is to drink wine from the local region. Not every area is known for its wine, but many areas make their own wines, and it’s interesting to get a feel for a place through its wine. We’ve found great wine inContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: Tuscany at your table!”

Wine for your weekend – The $5 bottle

We spent my birthday last weekend at the beautiful Villa Bellezza winery tasting a wide selection of their current offerings, enjoying a meal on the piazza, and selecting a few wines to bring home for the wine rack. We currently have a pretty good collection of Villa Bellezza bottles on the rack. Our “nice wine”Continue reading “Wine for your weekend – The $5 bottle”

Wine for your weekend – A little Chianti

Three summers ago, Josh and I went to a wine tasting dinner down a winding back alley in Rome. It was one of those magical evenings you happen into by accident, where complete strangers become friends, and you wonder how the whole world can still be whirring by outside while you’ve caught lightning in aContinue reading “Wine for your weekend – A little Chianti”

The meal I simply can’t forget (and how you can try and duplicate it)

I want you to close your eyes. Ok…read the next paragraph first, then close your eyes and imagine! I want you to think about the greatest meal you’ve ever eaten. Maybe it was a holiday. Maybe it was a home cooked creation worthy of a five-star restaurant. Maybe it was on vacation. Maybe it’s yourContinue reading “The meal I simply can’t forget (and how you can try and duplicate it)”

What’s hygge and how do you find it?

Browsing for things for #joshandkatebuildahouse has become a favorite pastime of mine this winter. Though I’m generally anxiety ridden about the actual process of home building, the parts I like thus far include filling up Pinterest boards with room ideas, and generating an Amazon wish list called “Things for the Laack Nest,” which provides muchContinue reading “What’s hygge and how do you find it?”

Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

As we returned from our 16 day epic adventure this week, it was important to organize our priorities as we readjusted to normal life. After being gone for so long, there are some basic things that need addressing. The laundry needs to be done. The groceries need to be gotten. The mail needs to beContinue reading “Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

Why travel is the best remedy for these uncertain times, and, because wine is the second best, wine for your weekend!

We live in uncertain times in an uncertain world. It doesn’t take a genius to turn on the news, watch five minutes of coverage and commentary and realize that everyone is playing a little fast and loose with their language, behavior, and nuclear arsenals. In light of the current dialogue and tremendous uncertainties, it mayContinue reading “Why travel is the best remedy for these uncertain times, and, because wine is the second best, wine for your weekend!”

Exploring and excursions, our plans on the cruise, and Game of Thrones quotes because…Croatia!

We’ve embarked on the cruise portion of our EuroTrip, and hopefully I’m not using any of the excellent Dramamine free sea sickness suggestions you gave me! Rest assured, I probably have my sea bands securely in place just in case! When we first started planning our vacation, we considered cruising the entire trip. There wasContinue reading “Exploring and excursions, our plans on the cruise, and Game of Thrones quotes because…Croatia!”

We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.

It’s Friday! We’ll move on to Italy today, flying from Zurich to Venice where we will spend the next 2 nights before boarding the cruise ship on Sunday. I’m sure there have been adventures worth sharing, and people worth bestowing kudos upon, but it’s impossible to know those things in hindsight, taking two parts ofContinue reading “We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.”

Packing essentials; the things that went with me to Europe in 2016 that are going back in 2018!

My packing list is long, but my suitcase is small, so that means prioritizing what gets space, and what’s truly an essential. When we went to Europe in 2016, we tried really hard to carry on our suitcases, but the airline that we flew had strict rules about the weight of carry on bags, andContinue reading “Packing essentials; the things that went with me to Europe in 2016 that are going back in 2018!”