santa ynez wineries

Top 16 Places to Hit in Santa Ynez Wine Country

If you’ve seen my Instagram account, you probably know that I like wine. One of my favorite places to visit is the Santa Ynez Wine Country, north of Santa Barbara. The first time we ever went to the Santa Ynez Wineries was in January 2015. My husband has always been enamored with the movie Sideways, so I decided to take him on a "Sideways tour". I got us a private tour of Sanford Winery; we went to dinner at the Hitching Post II and had breakfast at Succulent Café, all from the movie. These 3 are still on my go-to list, but that list has gotten MUCH bigger.  We go at least 2 times a year...probably more.  In my experience, I always think that you should do no more than three wineries in a day.  After a certain number of wine tastings all wine tastes the same, and it can lead to some really bad decisions.  I know because I still have some crap sitting in my wine cellar.   Another one of my favorite activities is to get a picnic together and relax on the beautiful winery grounds. Picnics tend to slow things down a bit, just in case some...Read More

Cabo San Lucas Guide & Recommendations

A friend recently asked me for some Cabo San Lucas recommendations and once I got everything together I realized this would make a really good blog.  My husband and I have been going to Cabo San Lucas since 2008. We go at least once a year and now that we live in LA, the flight is less than 3 hours! Yay! So, why do we love Cabo so much? 1. Sun and beaches- we both love warm weather and my husband always says that he can completely relax and decompress when his toes hit the sand. 2. We both speak Spanish- Most of the people in the resorts and restaurants are fluent in English, so you really don’t have to ever break out the Spanish, but we like to. While we are both a tad rusty, we enjoy being able to speak the language. I remember one time I ordered a “fresa margarita” and the waiter came back with a regular margarita and I said, “Oh, I wanted a strawberry one” and he replied, “Oh! You were speaking Spanish to me…I thought you said fresh margarita.” We all had a good laugh. 3. It’s beautiful and there are so many things to...Read More
gluten free on the go

Gluten Free On the Go

Sometimes out of the house and you need to eat. This can make a gluten free person panic, but fret not, here are my Gluten Free On the Go secrets to eating on the go and not being hungry.  When I know that I'll be out running errands all day, I always have food in my handbag.  This is something learned while living in New York City, you never knew when your regular commute was going to be disrupted because of a sick passenger or stalled train.  It didn't happen very often, but I learned to be prepared.  I like to have at least one bar on hand, like Van's Bars, or Kind Bars.  I also always have a pack of nuts too, the packs by Emerald Nuts are great, my go-to is the Almond and Walnut pack.  I always have two options, just in case I eat one and don't replenish it, I still have a back up. When I'm on a road trip, the good gluten free on the go options can be meager, but here are my tried and true Fast Food stops when I'm in a pinch. In-N-Out Burger- you can get any of their burgers protein style and you...Read More