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You can never be too thin or too rich or have too much Chocolate

The 2017 Dallas Chocolate Festival extravaganza, held in the heart of the Dallas Art District at the  Fashion Industry Gallery F.I.G. celebrates everything chocolate.  Guests are invited to meet artisans, watch live demonstrations of the chocolate making process,… (more)

How my microwave helped get my toilet clean

My microwave died and it was replaced with another used one. The person who installed it thoughtfully wiped the inside clean. But he used Pinesol. I did not realize anything was wrong for a few zaps. Everything looked so… (more)

A Little Freud with my Coffee, Please

 I love coffee, coffee and more coffee. Add some decadent desserts, history and old world elegance and I’m in my element. Vienna did not disappoint as I went in search of those storied coffeehouses that dot almost every street… (more)

Prestat Chocolates: fit for a Queen and your Sweetheart

In 1896 Chambery France; Prestat’s founders, the Dufour family, created the world’s first recipe for the Chocolate Truffle. From past to present Prestat continues to honor their original chocolate bonbon creation. In 1998, Bill Keeling and his… (more)

“Hearts in San Francisco” chocolate bars are a perfect Valentine gift

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is partnering with San Francisco General Hospital Foundation in honor of the 2015 “Hearts in San Francisco” public art project. “Hearts in San Francisco” raises money to support vital programs and initiatives at San Francisco General Hospital… (more)

InterContinental Hotel in Chongqing, China offers history, chocolate, and more

After a wonderful Yangtze River cruise on the Century Legend John and I looked forward to a couple days of doing nothing at the luxurious InterContinental in Chongqing. It was a time for organizing and resting up for the next… (more)

The Hills Are Alive In Stowe, and Filled with Hope for Cancer Survivors and Those Who Love Them

I was reminded that the colors we see in the spring are almost the same as the ones we see in the fall. Yellow that hasn’t turned green yet, Maples are red again with brand new life. Pines are the… (more)

Samples and More Samples at Annual Portland Chocolate Fest

Imagine walking down aisles and having people on all sides thrust samples of exquisite chocolates your way. If this is your idea of a dream come true, you’ll love Portland’s annual Chocolate Fest. Chocolatiers from around the Northwest – and… (more)

Sampling Portland’s Artisan Foods

Shoppers snacked on pickles and chocolates and sipped vinegar and whiskey at Portland’s fourth annual Season’s Eatings event last Saturday. The get together in New Deal Distillery hooks up local producers with local consumers—and traveling consumers if they’re lucky enough… (more)

Trick or Treat Yourself

Remember when you were a child and looked forward to trick or treating? You could show off your costume and get a huge bag of candy and goodies. You are an adult now. You can choose exactly what treats you… (more)

Pairings Dallas: Wonderful Wine and Fantastic Food

Recently, a hot new neighborhood in Dallas was a wonderland of food and drink. It was an evening designed to tantalize taste buds and introduce people to the new restaurants located in the Trinity Groves development. The exicing new culinary… (more)

The Best of Pairings? Food and Wine (or Beer), of Course

The new Trinity Groves development at the foot of the landmark Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, Texas, will be the site of a tasting event that is sure to amaze all who attend. Called “Pairings”, the event is being… (more)

Who hired these Pr people?

In the good ole days pr people used to think targeting information to writers was part of their job. There were no email blasts. Sometimes they might send a press release to everyone on their list, but since that took… (more)

Valentine’s Day for Vegetarians

Vegetarian Valentine ideas As a new vegetarian, I was looking for valentine dinner  ideas. The best place I found was Central 214 at the Palomar Hotel on Mockingbird in Dallas.  Each course offered at least one vegetarian choice—and… (more)

Naughty or Nice Valentines

Naked and Naughty Valentine’s Fantasies Naked RebelNew wine brand. Naked Rebel Winery began where the winemakers started bootlegging their wine in the dorms of Cal Poly. Now they are barely legal and making a pretty solid Oakville Cab/Syrah… (more)

New year, new spa treatments

Ah. A new year, a fresh outlook. It’s the perfect time to try something novel – especially something inherently, deliciously renewing. Here are some new spa treatments designed to reinvigorate both body and soul. Reconnect with your inner harmony At… (more)

Cruise Adventure Trends & Trips: New amenities amuse and amaze

Sun, sea and sensational onboard amenities. Sounds like the makings of a memorable cruise vacation. And it is – because cruising just keeps getting better and better. Here’s what’s going to make your jaw drop in 2013: Lights, camera, action… (more)

Spirits of the Season 2012

Everyone is in the best of spirits during the holidays. Whether you serve it at parties, give it for gifts, or even drink it yourself, here are a few of my favorites: NEW CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR TEMPTS YOU TO “DRINK WHAT… (more)

Black Friday is now 50 shades of Gray

While Black Friday my not have been as successful as some retailers hope, the whole holiday season racked up great retail numbers. Because Black Friday is no longer one day. It starts the weekend before Thanksgiving, enticing consumers to get… (more)

Spoil yourself (and your family) at the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel

If a Hammam Ritual isn’t on your bucket list, you need to amend that, as quickly albeit gently as possible. Hammam, meaning “spreader of warmth,” is a mindful intention that will reveal itself as soon as you slip into a… (more)

Eurochocolate Festival 2012 : Perugia, Italy

Chocolate…chocolat….cioccolate….schokolade…The appeal is universal. It is entirely possible to be seduced every which way by chocolate as this Italian city of Perugia  is transformed for the Eurochocolate Festival 2012. Eurochocolate was created in 1982 by Eugenio Guarducci, the current… (more)

My 53 week year

Ever dream of having an extra week to catch up on everything you planned to do “someday”. I actually had that happen to me this week. A cross country ride I was looking forward to was suddenly postponned. That… (more)