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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Be the Best Dinner Party Guest

February 19, 2018

Be the Best Dinner Party Guest | Alyssa Pacaut

It’s pretty easy to be a guest at a dinner party. All you have to do is show up and eat a nice meal with your friends. Done and done.

However, some of you out there may be overachievers (like me) who want to be the best dinner party guest ever. Or maybe you’re just looking for some etiquette advice in these modern times. Either way, we’ve entertained enough to know what separates a good guest from the very best so here’s a few tips.
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French Connections

February 14, 2018

French Connections | Alyssa Pacaut

What’s happening? What’s going on? What’s new? This year got off to a slow start because I got the death flu and was down for the count, but now that I’m healthy again we’re back in action!

I’ve been shopping at the farmer’s market (as evidenced above), drinking lots of wine with Arnaud, and am going to a compost workshop this weekend. I’m also very close to starting the wine club I keep mentioning and am dying to invite people over for dinner. You know, typically Alyssa things!

Anywho, here are some French-inspired links. I’m particular to the three part video series about french food and wine but that’s probably no surprise. Happy clicking!
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The Magic of Caramelized Onions

February 6, 2018

The Magic of Caramelized Onions | Alyssa Pacaut

Here’s one way to take your dinner party to the next level: Make a big batch of caramelized onions. Not only will they make your kitchen smell delicious, but they are also a tasty addition to whatever you are serving.
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Guide to Moorea, Tahiti

January 9, 2018

Belvedere Point in Moorea, Tahiti | Alyssa Pacaut

Moorea is a quiet, laid back island in French Polynesia that is just a hop and a skip away from the main island of Tahiti. Bright blue lagoon water, luscious jungle greenery, and the best seafood ever are just the tip of the iceberg in this tropical paradise.

There is plenty to do from snorkeling, diving, and kayaking to hiking, nature tours, or simply taking in the breathtaking views. The island caters well to tourists yet doesn’t feel touristy, which makes it a great destination for honeymooners, families, and everyone in between.
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2018 Food and Wine Resolutions

January 2, 2018

2018 Food and Wine Resolutions

Though I’m not usually a fan of resolutions, setting a few goals around food and wine is definitely something I can get behind. Here are some things I have in mind for the new year!
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