Temple Coffee on Fair Oaks

Not a shot from Temple, but rather my own tea party for the royal wedding last year

My husband was released from his office cage early yesterday so we decided to claim our extra time together at the new Temple Coffee location on Fair Oaks Blvd. It was such a beautiful day to sit […]

Day Trip from Sacramento to Napa

We decided, rather last minute, to head over to Napa for a bit of late afternoon beauty and aspirational living. Armed with New Order’s greatest hits and not a lot of cash, we followed highway 12 to 29 and made a beeline for St. Helena. We began, by mistake, at the lovely Ristorante Tra […]

Romantic Day Out in Carmichael (yes, really)

For partly financial reasons, we live out in Carmichael. Not really a hotbed of romantic things to do, but in an effort to save money and gas, I’ve been trying to come up with fun dates closer to home. Here are a few ideas for an inexpensive Saturday day out in Carmichael:

Breakfast at […]

Sac Historic House Profile: The Claremont Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the green hills of Berkeley, overlooking the expanse of the bay and San Francisco beyond, stands the historic Claremont Hotel. Built in 1915, the landmark hotel/resort has long been a favorite of bay area residents and visitors from further afield. It has the look and feel of an old world spa – […]

Bring On The Haggis!

My favorite pub this side of the atlantic… The Pelican Inn at Muir Beach, is offering a traditional Burns Night (named for Scottish poet Robert Burns) on Saturday, January 24. There will be the usual “unusual suspects” including cockaleekie soup (chicken and leeks) and the presentation of the haggis – with bagpipes and everything. […]

The Orangery and Other London Must-See Places

I’m still having that strange sensation of waking up in the middle of the night and not knowing where I am. Is it our hotel in Kensington? A small flat in Lincolnshire? I struggle to adjust my eyes to the darkness… ah yes, there is our window and there is the bathroom door. We […]

Sac Historic House Profile: The Huntington Hotel

When was the last time a hotel made you feel like putting on a vintage Givenchy gown and ordering an Old Fashioned at the bar? Never? Well…

Welcome to the Huntington.

Located in the rarefied air of Nob Hill in San Francisco, the Huntington Hotel has been charming guests since its first incarnation as […]

Things I’m Loving Right Now

Mad Men (season 1) – Who knew life was so awful in 1960? This AMC television drama is highly watchable, despite beating you over the head with the fact that in the past people smoked, were sexist, were racist, had affairs, drove without seatbelts, drank during the day, and were generally depressed. Uh, did […]

Spreading A Little Link Love

The new issue of Victoria magazine is calling to me from the living room, so I’m going to make this post brief. I’ll do a little link love and share some recent/not so recent finds with you.

Pomegranate Paradise from Jamba Juice – I don’t know if these things are actually “healthy” but it […]

Ginger Elizabeth at 18th & L

*Photo courtesy of Ginger Elizabeth’s website. The macaroons are the blurry sandwich cookie on the botton shelf.

How much do I love the Parisian macaroons at Ginger Elizabeth (18th & L)? A lot.

Are they as good as the ones from Miette in the Ferry Building (SF)? Maybe even better.

Are they as good […]