Food Stuffs

Spicewalla – (Thank you Mick and Leslie!). Out of Asheville NC, this is a boutique spice company run by 5-times James Beard Award nominee MEHERWAN IRANI. Boy are they fantastic spices! https://www.spicewallabrand.com

Burlap and Barrel – I just ordered a few spices from this company, as I am continually on the hunt for great products that don’t break the bank. I have high hopes and will keep you posted. https://www.burlapandbarrel.com

Bolner’s Fiesta Brand – Ok. I admit it. I have a soft spot for this company. Part of their family lived just two doors down from me in New Braunfels, and these spices are a go to brand for my TexMex tastes. Love you guys! https://www.fiestaspices.com

King Arthur Flour and Baking – https://www.kingarthurbaking.com. My preferred flour, complete with an online storefront. I am drooling over their cooking class offerings … Vermont, London, Paris, Italy.

Recipe and Food Blogs

Divas Can Cook – Can they ever! This site houses a several of my favorite from scratch recipes. https://divascancook.com

Eat your Books – Another project and resources. If you have been to my home lately, you know all about the bookcases (IKEA post later) full of cookbooks. This site helps bring these gems to your fingertips! https://www.eatyourbooks.com

Epicurious – I have been using this website f-o-r-e-v-e-r! https://www.epicurious.com

The Gumbo Pages – Chuck Taggart, originally from New Orleans, has a mighty fine collection of traditional Creole / Cajun recipes. https://www.gumbopages.com

King Arthur Flour and Baking (yes listed again) – https://www.kingarthurbaking.com. My preferred flour, complete with an online storefront. I am drooling over their cooking class offerings … Vermont, London, Paris, Italy.

Love Swah – Not only does she make me want to go to Australia, she has some delish recipes. Try the Guinness Layer Cake. Yum! https://loveswah.com

Muy Delish – This is a new one from the folks at work. Can’t wait to try it out! https://www.muydelish.com

The New York Times – Always a great resource! https://cooking.nytimes.com/search

The Piped Peony – I just signed up for these classes, and I have already learned so much! https://www.thepipedpeony.com

A Pretty Life in the Suburbshttps://aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com. I found JoAnna when researching frostings and cake recipes. Beautiful site.

Inspiration

Buttercream Bake Shophttps://buttercreamdc.com. #1 for delicious confectionary treats

Chocolat by Adam Turoni http://www.chocolatat.com

MilkBar Store – https://milkbarstore.com – #1 for originality

Restaurants and Food Memories. We all have them. Memories enhanced by our five senses. The best meals cover them all.

Acme Oyster House – New Orleans LA – https://acmeoyster.com

Bohanan’s Prime Steak and Seafood – San Antonio TX – https://bohanans.com – downstairs for small plates!

Café Degas – New Orlean LA – https://cafedegas.com

Aldaco’s – Stone Oak TX – https://www.aldacosrestaurants.com

Chicago Pizza and Over Grinder Company – Chicgao IL – https://chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com/menu/

City Tavern – Philadelphia PA – https://www.citytavern.com/our-story/

D-Bar – Denver CO – https://www.dbardenver.com

Dahlia Bakery – Seattle WA – https://www.dahliabakery.com

Doe’s Eat Place – Greenville MS – https://www.doeseatplace.com

Dreamland BBQ – Tuscaloosa AL – https://dreamlandbbq.com

F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar – Nashville TN – unfortunately now closed

Fat Mama’s Tamales – Natchez MS- Go for the Knock-You-Naked Margaritas – https://fatmamastamales.com/fat-mamas-tamales-restaurant-menu/

George’s Tavern – Baton Rouge LA – http://www.georgesbr.com

Green Door Tavern – Chicago IL – https://www.greendoorchicago.com

Hye Market – Hye TX

Joe’s Dreyfus Store Restaurant – Livonia LA – unfortunately now closed

Juban’s – Baton Rouge LA – https://www.jubans.com

La Gloria – At the Pearl in San Antonio TX – https://chefjohnnyhernandez.com/restaurants/la-gloria/la-gloria-pearl/

La Hacienda de Los Barrios – San Antonio TX – http://lahaciendabarrios.com

Lea’s Lunchroom – Le Compte LA – https://www.leaslunchroom.com

Lee’s El Taco Garage – San Antonio TX – https://www.mysanantonio.com/food/restaurants/article/Lee-s-El-Taco-Garage-a-critically-lauded-15918675.php

The Lobster – Santa Monica CA – https://www.thelobster.com

Mansur’s on the Boulevard – Baton Rouge LA – https://www.mansursontheboulevard.com

Morton’s – San Diego CA – https://www.mortons.com/location/mortons-the-steakhouse-san-diego-ca/

Papa Dante’s – Converse TX – https://papadantes.com

Portillo’s – Chicago IL – https://www.portillos.com/index.html

The Purple Pig – Chicago IL – https://thepurplepigchicago.com

Redbud Cafe – Blanco TX – http://redbudcafetx.com

Rotier’s Cafe – Nashville TN – unfortunately now closed

Serious Pie – Seattle WA – https://www.seriouspieseattle.com/

Tamale Boy – San Antonio TX – https://satamaleboy.com

Texas Pride BBQ – Adkins TX – https://www.texaspridebbq.net

The Travelin’ Lobster – Bar Harbor ME – https://thetravelinlobster.com

Warehouse No 1 – Monroe LA – https://www.warehouseno1.com

Wines and Wineries

Coming Soon!

Things to do and Places to see. I have been very lucky to travel and to experience places and people outside of my town. Many wonderful memories. These are the ones that left lasting impressions.

Alabama

–Lake Gunther

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

–Arkansas State Capitol – Little Rock AR

California

Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco CA – https://www.fishermanswharf.org

–The Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco CA

–Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Los Angeles CA

–Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica CA

–Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills VA

–The Presidio – San Francisco CA

Colorado

–Breckenridge CO

–Durango CO

Mesa Verdehttps://www.nps.gov/meve/

–Pagosa Springs CO

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

–Panama City Beach FL

Georgia

–Plains GA

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

The Chicago Institute of Art – Chicago IL – https://www.artic.edu

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

–Blue Ridge Parkway

Mammoth Cavehttps://www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm

Louisiana

Louisiana Old State Capitol – Baton Rouge LA – https://louisianaoldstatecapitol.org

The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville LA – https://myrtlesplantation.com

–Nottoway Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation -Vacherie LA – https://www.oakalleyplantation.com

Maine

–Lighthouse

Maryland

Massachusetts

Boston Public Library – Boston MA – https://www.bpl.org/art-architecture/

The Freedom Trail – Boston MA – https://www.thefreedomtrail.org

The Museum of Fine Art Boston – Boston MA – https://www.mfa.org

–Orchard House – Concord MA

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

–The Statue of Liberty – New York City NY

North Carolina

The Biltmore – Asheville NC – https://www.biltmore.com

–Bridal Veil Falls

–Highlands NC

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Independence Hall – Philadelphia PA – https://www.phlvisitorcenter.com/IndependenceHall

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

The Ryman – Nashville TN – https://ryman.com

Texas

–The Alamo – San Antonio TX

Gruene Hall, Gruene TX – https://gruenehall.com

–LBJ Ranch – Perdenales TX

The Majestic – San Antonio TX – https://www.majesticempire.com

–The Texas State Capitol – Austin TX

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

–Colonial Williamsburg VA

–George Washington’s Home – Mount Vernon VA

–Thomas Jefferson’s Home – Monticello VA

Washington

–Bainbridge Island WA

–Carbonado at the Base of Mt. Rainier

Pike Place Market – Seattle WA – https://www.pikeplacemarket.org

Washington D.C.

National Gallery of Art – Washington DC – https://www.nga.gov

National Monuments, by night – Washington DC – https://www.bigbustours.com/en/washington-dc/washington-dc-night-tour-ticket

The Smithsonian – Washington DC – https://www.si.edu

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Bucket List Items

Braun Brothers Reunion, Challis ID https://braunbrothersreunion.com

See the Milky Way https://capturetheatlas.com/where-can-you-see-the-milky-way/

Meet Phil at Gobbler’s Knobhttps://www.groundhog.org

See the Northern Lights – DONE! Outside of Reykjavik Iceland October 2021

Cooking Class somewhere fun and delicious.

This one! La Peetchhttps://www.lapeetch.com/

The Southern Hemisphere / the Southern Sky –