European fish stew
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France vs. Italy: A Battle of European Fish Stews

If someone asked me if I prefer France or Italy, I’d honestly be stumped. I’ve loved my time spent in each country, absorbing the amazingly rich culture, cuisine, and everything in between. So when I was invited to a media dinner to experience Bluewater Grill’s face-off of iconic European fish stews — French Bouillabaisse and Italian Cioppino — it was an easy yes.

Hilton Head Island South Carolina
[ South Carolina ]

Pine Cones and Palm Trees: A Few Hours on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

It’s no secret that beachy vacations are among my favorites, and that usually means hot sand beneath my toes, the warm sun on my face, and refreshing umbrella drinks in my hand. But this tail-end-of-autumn trip to Hilton Head Island was not my typical beach vacation — the air was crisp, the sand was cold, the sun was weak and the cocktails were replaced by hot tea. And you know what? It was still an awesome experience!

[ Mexico ]

Girlfriends Getaway: Puerto Vallarta

When I turned the BIG 4-0 earlier this year, I had just made the monumental decision to quit my 6-figure corporate job with a Fortune 10 company, so I knew I wanted to celebrate with a mellow girlfriends getaway at a beachfront all-inclusive resort. I can always count on Mexico for my quick beachy escapes, and found excellent reviews online for the Riu Palace Pacifico in Puerto Vallarta. Done!

how to remember where you parked your car
[ Travel Tips ]

Travel Tip #1: How to Remember Where You Parked

The Seinfeld episode “The Parking Garage” reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I flew to Disney World, grabbed a rental car and drove straight to the theme park. We parked our car in one of several massive lots and had a day of Disney fun. However, when the park closed, we realized we didn’t even know the model OR color of the rental car, let alone where we had parked it. Total nightmare.

Wailua Falls, Kauai
[ Hawaii ][ Kauai ]

Kauai: Mermaids and Cocks and Dragons, Oh My!

This past January, my Kauai-based friend Michelle knew I was careening toward a crossroads in my life: I was busy building up my freelance writing business in hopes of leaving my soul-sucking corporate job behind. Being a true believer in Kauai’s divine feminine energy, she promised it would be the ideal place for me to begin planning for the next chapter of my life and insisted I come visit.