A delayed flight from San Francisco to Beijing
August 29, 2012, 34 Comments

Flight One: Chatty Seatmate Suck “We’ve just had two days from hell,” an older woman says, hovering over my seat in the bulkhead as I fumble (too late) to get [...]

The Chardonnay Lodge in Napa Valley

Daily Wanderlust: Napa Valley

July 27, 2012, 2 Comments

Funny thing — nearly a year to the day I found myself once again at San Francisco’s airport. In July 2011, I was there because Abby and I ...


Escape of the Week: Pioneertown, California

April 18, 2012, 17 Comments

It’s a fiercely windy morning in the Inland Empire’s high desert. Desert sand crunches underfoot and the icy gusts ripping through the barren area ...

Napa Valley, Peju

Daily Wanderlust: Napa Valley, California

April 13, 2012, 2 Comments

I’ve known the lovely and talented travel blogger Abby Tegnelia for years. Pre my long term travel. And pre her expat life.  So, when she and I ...

  • D + BBM =
    The Bacon Bloody Mary Love Letter
    August 21, 2011, 18 Comments

    Dear Bacon Bloody Mary, I had never fathomed such a lovely start to a morning until a recent and gorgeous July Sunday in Napa Valley. “Here,” Kristin had said when [...]

  • Crossing through the thick fog on the Golden Gate Bridge ... en route to sunny skies and warmer temps
    Photo Essay: Napa Valley
    August 16, 2011, 3 Comments

    This wasn’t really one of those take-heaps-and-heaps-of-photos-trips (and no, it’s not because I was all glassy-eyed drunky in Napa … cause I wasn’t … for realsies). But, in case you [...]

  • Our adorable corner room.
    Photo Essay: Chardonnay Lodge
    August 15, 2011, 4 Comments

    Chardonnay Lodge is many things. One of which is adorable. So adorable, in fact, that I put together a little photo essay of all of its adorable-ness.  

  • So. Cute.
    Sleeping in Napa Valley
    August 11, 2011, 14 Comments

    The first time I visited Napa, over President’s Day Weekend in 2008, I became enamored. The lush, green rolling hills. The yellow blossoms of mustard carpeting the ground not occupied [...]

  • The entrance to Domaine Chandon
    Napa, wine and girlfriends
    August 8, 2011, 24 Comments

    I was raised on Manischewitz, so I like to think it is a miracle I like wine. I remember very well the too sweet, too sugary grape “wine” I used [...]

  • Our first stop: The Taco Guys
    The San Francisco Foodgasm: Off the Grid
    August 1, 2011, 20 Comments

    Living in Las Vegas means there are tons of amazing food options. You name it, we’ve got it. Five-star restaurants. Michelin rated. Celeb chefs with numerous outlets across town. But, [...]

  • I need an airplane ride
    July 22, 2011, 6 Comments

    After my trip in May to Maryland, I had convinced myself I needed one more visit to see my family and friends before Thanksgiving. May to late November was simply [...]