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Playing Tourist: A FREE Napa Valley Experience

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As a Napa Valley native, I know that eating and drinking are two of the top reasons people from around the world flock to the place I call home. When people think of the Napa Valley it’s usually something like: World class wines! Michelin-starred restaurants! Celebrity sightings! But these things can add up at the end of the day. And what about when you’re not eating, drinking and searching for celebs? I know, although rare, such times do exist in the Napa Valley.

Well, guys, I’ve got a fun and free Napa Valley experience for you. Oh yes. Free. And not like some crappy Cracker Jack toy. 

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Revisiting Trafalger Square

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Guys, I’m feeling lazy on this Travel Tuesday eve. It seems a lot like a stay-in-pjs-all-day Saturday. Except for the whole being a grownup with a job thing. But I have something that’s long overdue to share with you. Well, a lot of things, but we’ll start with this one.

I’ve been putting off this post about my time in London’s Trafalger Square, because I’ve been desperately searching for a photo that is over 20 years old and is an integral part of why I returned to Trafalger Square! + a million other reasons + tasty recipes and adventures I’d wanted to share! The history goes a little something like this..  Read the rest of this entry

Weekend Recap: A Whirlwind Weekend in Asheville

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Alright, y’all. After a week off from posting due to moving, I’m ready to share all the fun that was had on my trip to Asheville, NC. As I’d mentioned before, the long weekend Chef and I spend in North Carolina was filled with food (and booze!), family, and exploring– three of the best things, in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry

Super Easy Oven Roasted Chicken

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It’s been a busy few weeks! My trip to Asheville was a huge success in terms of great food, fun family, loads of exploration. Then, all sorts of birthday week month events were happening and were simply delightful. And then, my cousin’s 30th birthday festivities which took over the Napa Valley. But, amid all of these shenanigans, I’ve been meaning to share something extra tasty with you.

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Another Year, Another Birthday

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Yes, I am now year older, but I’d like to think I’m a tad bit wiser. I’m still pretty thrilled to be considered a 20-something, but close enough to 30 to begin preparing for that big day by drinking copious amounts of wine.

Birthday Month, as I like to celebrate, has been splendid so far! My lovely mother made me Great-Grandma Emogene’s Coconut Cake (my fave) for my family celebration. Darling friends and family have treated me to cocktails and dinners and I have a few more scheduled. Free booze and food alongside great company? Birthday Month is the best, guys.

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Pinky promise that I didn’t turn 10 this year..

So thank you for all of the birthday wishes, you all have made me feel special! I have tons in store for posting in the upcoming weeks– wine tastings, tasty recipes and a few of my favorite restaurants. Looking forward to sharing it all with you! xx Natalie

Getting Ready for Asheville

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Summer travel adventures are coming in hot! Since Chef’s dad and I both have birthdays next week, Chef and I are catching a red-eye to Charlotte, picking up a rental car and driving to Asheville for a long weekend of celebrating, exploring, eating, and drinking. I’ve never been to North Carolina, but I’ve heard lovely things about Asheville. And honestly, I can’t get that Petey Pablo song Raise Up out of my head when I say North Carolina. Craft beer, great food, music.. It sounds a lot like Portland to me! And we all know how much I adore Portland.

So that being said, I’ve been scrounging up ideas for what to bring with me on my trip. Casual but fun, light with lots of layers. And stripes. Lots of stripes.

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Asheville by innatsshoes featuring a crossbody purse

Pretty cute, right? Head on over to my Polyvore page to check out all the items in the photo above.

I’m definitely excited about our cross-country adventure. Have you been to Asheville? Do you have any recommendations for places to go, bars to drink at or restos to eat at? Please send them my way!

Vanilla Bean Frosting

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Happy Thursday, all! I’m pretty excited about this weekend, as BottleRock is happening in Napa. It will be my first year attending, and I’m curious to see what all the fuss is about. And, well, to be completely honest, I want to see which food vendors are there!

Anyway, last week I’d posted about the scrumptious chocolate cake recipe I’d made for my dad’s birthday and mentioned that I’d also be sharing the recipe for the vanilla frosting that went with it. So here we are, following through and such!

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