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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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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50 French Dishes

December 26, 2017

50 French Dishes | Alyssa Pacaut

Classic French cuisine will always have a special place in my heart. If not for the craft and tradition, then the focus on high quality ingredients and, well, all that butter.

And so, I present you with a list. A list of all lists, really. One that took a very long time to craft and cultivate. Any Francophile worth their salt is probably familiar with some of these dishes, but hopefully there are a few new ones that you can try out.
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French Connections

December 12, 2017

Connections #12 | Alyssa Pacaut

There is a used to be a running joke in our house about my Frenchness. Try a cheese and, boom, I’d be 62% French. Pick up a few French slang words, 71%. Striped shirt, 75%, and on and on. The jokes stopped at one point but my French obsession still continues albeit at a lower volume. Anyhow, here’s a bunch of links about things French people love like wining, dining, and looking chic as hell.
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Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu

December 5, 2017

Mexican Holiday Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

If you haven’t noticed, December has arrived and everyone is in full holiday party mode. It’s already a challenge to cook for a large crowd, but doing so during the busiest season of the year? Yikes.

Meet my friend Mexican food, a crowd-pleasing cuisine that everyone loves and is fairly easy to cook. Not to mention, it’s an easy way to serve a vegetarian-friendly meal without the meat eaters noticing.
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Thanksgiving Wines from Trader Joe’s

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Wines from Trader Joe's | Alyssa Pacaut

The turkey is in the oven and the table is set, but what the heck are you going to pour alongside that Thanksgiving Dinner? T-Day is notoriously challenging when it comes to wine pairing. With so many different dishes and emotions around the table, it’s no wonder!

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