Guide to Big Bear, California

July 16, 2018

Big Bear is located in the middle of the San Bernadino Mountains alongside Big Bear Lake. The area is blessed with mild California temps but is lucky enough to experience the beauty of all four seasons.

Since this small mountain is only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles and Orange County,  it is a popular weekend destination for adventure seekers. The slopes are a big draw in the winter, but there are plenty of outdoorsy activities available throughout the year.
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20 Lessons from a Tiny Book About Wine

July 9, 2018

20 Lessons from a Book About Wine | Alyssa Pacaut

Books about wine are usually stuffy and long-winded. And then there is The 24-Hour Wine Expert by Jancis Robinson.

Though only 105 pages long, it’s jam-packed with info about wine from tasting and buying to food pairings and everything in between. You too can spend a weekend afternoon delighting in this tiny book or take a few moments to read twenty takeaways I’ve provided for you here.

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French Connections

July 2, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

One by one we gather around the table to pay our respects to Anthony Bourdain. A writer, a traveler, a cook, and all-around bad ass, Bourdain had deep roots in France and knew the divine simplicity of French dishes like coq au vin. And so, it makes sense to dedicate this round of French Connections to the man himself.
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Minimalist Tabletop Essentials

June 18, 2018

Minimalist Tabletop Essentials | Alyssa Pacaut

One way to take the stress out of entertaining is to get your tabletop essentials in order.

Getting together the essentials for modern entertaining is similar to building a minimalist wardrobe. Look for simple, classic designs that will be in style for years to come, and then opt for solid colors in a neutral palette so it’s easy to mix and match.
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6 Great Podcasts for Foodies and Cooks

June 5, 2018

6 Great Podcasts for Foodies and Cooks | Alyssa Pacaut

What did we do before podcasts? I can’t seem to remember a time when I wasn’t listening to one on my way to work or when cooking.

You probably listen to tons of great podcasts already. But if you are a foodie and love to cook, then here are six of my favorites that you too may enjoy!
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French Connections

May 7, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

Hey there! How’s your Monday going? Did it start with a big cup of coffee and the tastiest toast ever? I sure hope so. We’ve had a few chill weekends in a row, which is good because this next one is going to be busy. Friends are staying with us so lots of fun is in store. Then, we’re hosting the fam for a Mother’s Day Lunch. I’ll enjoy the calm before the storm as long as you enjoy the links below, deal?
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Guide to Kauai, Hawaii

April 23, 2018

Cliff Trail near Shipwreck Beach in Kauai, Hawaii | Alyssa Pacaut

Known as a lush tropical paradise, Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and a great place for your next vacation. Some of the best hiking trails and beaches in the world line the edge of the island with a dense rain forest in the center that has been featured in action films like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

Outdoor fanatics will be right at home with endless opportunities to hike, surf, and get involved with water sports. Everyone else will have fun accessing some of the best vistas by car and enjoying the laidback vibe of the island. Party people will probably want to skip this island as nightlife is pretty much nonexistent.
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How to Survive Your First Yoga Class

April 16, 2018

How to Survive Your First Yoga Class | Alyssa Pacaut

One year ago today I took my first yoga class. Though I may have looked zen on the outside, I was a nervous wreck inside. Venturing into the unknown can be scary!

If you are thinking about starting yoga, then allow me to be the first to congratulate you. It is a fantastic practice for your mind, body, and soul. You may be nervous about your first class so here are a few tips.
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French Connections

March 28, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

There is no place like home, am I right? I just got back from a fun yet intense work trip that required 12 hours of travel time and, boy, was I happy to be home with my honey. We cooked a meal together, cuddled up to an episode of Jessica Jones, and then drifted off into the most blissful sleep. Hope all is well in your corner of the world and enjoy these links!
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How I Shop the 5 Cent Wine Sale at BevMo

March 19, 2018

How I Shop the 5 Cent Wine Sale at BevMo | Alyssa Pacaut

The 5 Cent Wine Sale is an ongoing promotion at BevMo where you buy one bottle at full price and get the second bottle for five cents. It’s basically a cleverly named two-for-one deal.

Since it’s super easy to give in the Siren’s Call of all those red tags, I’ve come up with a way to the shop the sale so that I come home with six bottles instead of 12, 24, or more. I call it the 10-20-30 rule.
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Guide to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

March 5, 2018

Ocotillo in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park | Alyssa Pacaut

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is humongous and spans nearly 650,000 acres. It’s located just east of San Diego County and is home to about 600 or so desert bighorn sheep (aka borregos) that typically keep to the remote areas of the park.

Hop in your car and take to the many roads that crisscross the park. You’ll enjoy exploring the surprisingly diverse terrain from sweeping vistas and broad canyons to the random rock formations and alien-like plants dotting the open desert. It’s great place for a day trip or weekend camping adventure!
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