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July 17, 2014

The 27th Annual Auction of Washington Wines gives you the opportunity of one day to three days to sample the amazing wines and food of Washington State. The fun starts August 14th with the Picnic...

June 27, 2014

sangria

As far as wine cocktails go, sangria is the fan favorite for wine lovers looking for a light way to cool off when temperatures take a steep upward turn.  Sangria is a traditional drink in Spain...

April 10, 2014

kayaking

19 inches of rainfall in 24 hours is the record for the west coast of Vancouver Island. Our goal was to drive to the rain shadow of Okanagan Valley (400 miles east of the coast), sample some wine and...

December 10, 2013

Amateur rugby to banking to winemaker. That is the typical path for a successful winemaker-right? Well, it is the path that Shannon Jones took in starting Hestia Cellars, located a short distance...

December 10, 2013

The Olympic Blow Down or The Big Blow! We were hoping for more of these epic storms which produced winds of up to 138 mph (strength of a category 3 hurricane) near Long Beach, Washington. The Long...

November 4, 2013

Neither Elvis Presley nor Bill Gates chose to eat at the SkyCity Restaurant located on top of the Seattle Space Needle.  Elvis was here filming the movie “It Happened at the World’s...

November 4, 2013

The charming boutique Sorrento Hotel, located near downtown Seattle, is not a sleeper!  However a little known fact is the movie Sleepless in Seattle was filmed at the Sorrento Hotel in the 1990...

August 13, 2013

It has been a long time since Bellevue was a sleepy, little suburb on the east shore of Lake Washington. Today, Bellevue is a bustling city-in-its-own-right. It is a center of arts, dining,...

May 30, 2013

fruit tart

I wake to the quiet of the day. Greta, my sweet Pie Cottage puppy-dog, greets me with a cool wet nose that nudges my hand and a happy wagging tail; her sweet brown eyes say, “It’s time to...

May 28, 2013

wine judges

Location: the wilds of the Woodinville, Washington. The results were bloody as Chris received a bad cut but got taped up, resumed the dual and won the preliminary round. Urban legend? No! The Willows...

May 13, 2013

Lobster Cakes

Fishing is one of three primary industries on Prince Edward Island and, arguably, the most famous of all seafood caught on the Island is lobster. Lobster is a very versatile seafood that can be eaten...

April 30, 2013

cottage pie

Prince Edward Island on the East of Canada has the best of both sea and land worlds: great seafood and rich red soil perfect for agriculture. Local food blogger, Barbara Mayhew, of My Island Bistro...

December 18, 2012

Honey Wine

Any good winemaker expands their horizons to something other than your basic white wine or red wine.  One direction in which to expand your knowledge is in the making of mead. I guess the first...

June 5, 2012

eggs benedict

Eating Eggs Benedict is like dating "naughty boys" - they're fun, they look super tasty, and we always have a good time when we're together.  Because bad boys know full well...

May 29, 2012

chicken milanese

The simple question, "What's for dinner?" used to ignite a frenzy. I would panic. I was caught off guard. My mind would spin. I'd access my last mental image of the contents inside...

April 24, 2012

wine cork

Wine is one of the oldest and most loved drinks in the world and there are many who enjoy this tipple without knowing too much about its origins. Wine has a rich and wonderful history and the next...

January 31, 2012

pig in cage

The HSUS went undercover again to record what’s happening at factory farms, and today we released our latest findings. We announced them this morning at a press conference in Oklahoma City...

August 22, 2011

salad

Mealtime is one of the family’s most effective bonding times - sharing the day’s experiences while dining on delicious, nutritious food prepared meticulously by mom. The act of meal...

May 4, 2011

Make Ahead Meals For The Parents-To-Be

My due date is around the corner and I think I have done everything that I can to prepare to bring home baby. The last bit of preparation is to stock up my fridge and freezer with easy meals for...

April 19, 2011

My Pregnancy Cravings and Healthy Snacks

When we first started telling friends and family that I was pregnant, many wanted to know what kinds of crazy cravings I was having, especially the guys. I felt like I was disappointing them when I...

April 11, 2011

Building a Conscious Home: How to be a Responsible Consumer

By Jeffrey Hollender, www.jeffreyhollender.com We live in a world in which building a conscious home may seem like an improbable and impossible task. Every day, there is news about a different...

March 29, 2011

Spring has sprung and I have been eagerly awaiting the season for two reasons: the return of farmers markets and the arrival of my first child. When I first found out I was pregnant, I was given a...