L.M. Mongomery

Anne of Green Gables

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

“A story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving.”

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own

"No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself."

Julia Child

My Life in Paris

“People who love to eat are always the best kind of people.”

Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

“Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.' 'I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Jane Austen

Pride & Prejudice

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

"What fresh hell is this?"

Margaret Mead

Growing Up in New Guinea

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

 

Le temps en temps

Cherry blossoms, Chanel No 5, buttered pastry, and cigarette smoke – Damn, I love the smell of Paris in the springtime. No time for taking in the scenery now though… Secrets to making the perfect pâte brisée await! I may or may not have skipped some of my 50 minute walk along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to La Cuisine Paris Cooking School in anticipation. Heel blisters be damned. There was no way I was missing this.

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Taking Tea in a Take Away Cup

After a charming night of Pictionary, pints, and pub fare, my lovely friends and I didn’t have any predetermined agenda to begin our day, except coffee, and maybe a chocolate stuffed pastry. So it was a fortunate stroke of happenstance when the neighbourhood café was not only open, but filled with genial locals willing to share some unconventional “must-sees” in London. We were in luck!

“Saturday’s Portobello Market in Notting Hill is a proper market, but it being Wednesday, you must see Camden Market… Go there famished,” said a particularly chatty bloke.

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Down The Rabbit Hole Into Notting Hill

Stumbling upon Notting Hill is what I imagine falling through the rabbit hole into Wonderland might be like– one part whimsy, and two parts curious charm, this town is filled with a topsy-turvy cast of characters that somehow makes complete sense. Looking around for the Cheshire Cat to lead us through, I thought of Alice…

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Keep Portland Weird

One of the more charismatic places I’ve visited, Portland appeals to anyone with a pulse, but particularly houses and caters to creative writers, classic and kitchy art, literature lovers, food aficionados, outdoor enthusiasts, cold-roasted coffee drinkers, donut eaters, and of course, craft beer drinkers. In a nutshell, this city is a culinary Wonderland for the senses.

 

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History + Hefeweizen

Denver to JFK, JFK to Paris De Gaulle, Paris De Gaulle to Munich, Munich to Nuremburg, 90 minutes of driving east to the town of Grafenwöhr, and we had made it. In just under twenty-two hours, we had officially travelled halfway across the world to the middle of nowhere. And it was breathtaking!

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Cheers to Our Cashel Crawl

Nothing cures a cross-continental travel hangover faster than driving on the other side of the car on the opposite side of the road. One punctured tire and more than a couple hairpin turns later, my husband and I had successfully maneuvered our first road trip from County Galway to County Tipperary, Ireland.

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Beignets + Bourbon Street

It was 3:30 on a Monday afternoon, and after a brief flight delay from Denver to Dallas, I made it to the French Quarter with time to spare for some late afternoon exploring. With only 48 hours and a program to co-facilitate with our clients VP, I was on a mission to see all I could of the cultural hodgepodge that makes New Orleans so unique. And, of course, there is always the food – Cajun and French fare infused with a classic southern twist was a cuisine I had yet to try outside of my lame attempt at a bland SuperBowl gumbo one year. Cajun spice is as common in landlocked Colorado as fresh seafood, so there was a very good possibility that its shelf life had expired years ago. Not that I’m pointing fingers…

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Honeymooning in Maui

One giant hop, a quick skip, and short puddle jump later, and we had landed on the island of Maui from DIA airport. I’m not sure if it was breathing 10 hours of recycled cabin air, Maui itself, or a combo of both, but I wished I could bottle those first few breaths – An intoxicating mixture of hibiscus, plumeria, orchids and sea breeze. Little did I realize that those first few breaths were just the start of my week long sensory experience – Between the bountiful landscapes, ever-present Polynesian influence, fresh and vibrant local food, plush flora + fauna, and adrenaline boosting outdoor adventures, exploring Maui was like a 24/7 buzz.

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The Art & Science of Alaskan Smoked Salmon

It’s 8:04 am in Seward, Alaska. Walking toward the docks, the last of the fisherman are tying off their boats, ready to sort this morning’s catch. Some have already started, tossing their loot from boat to bin like a well-practiced shot-put. Silver salmon, halibut, and yellowed rockfish of all sizes soar through the air and quickly disappear into the bins with a heavy ‘thunk’.

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