Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HILL COUNTRY LAVENDER: BLANCO IN BLOOM







A book introduced me to Tasha Brieger, owner of Hill Country Lavender. Jeannie Ralston’s The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming is the story of a couple who, after several trips to Provence, noted how similar the Hill Country was to the terrain and climate of southern France. Jeannie and her husband Robb Kendrick, a professional photographer, became pioneers when they opened a lavender farm in Blanco, TX in 1999.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

La Patisserie: Scrumptious Piece of Paris in Austin



“When I’m having a bad day, I go to work.” Welcome to the sugar coated world of Soraiya Nagree, owner and pastry chef at Austin’s La Patisserie.

A darling little cottage sits surrounded by a sprinkling of flowers and colorful umbrella canopies that offer shade for outdoor café tables. While the scene is inviting and tempts passerbys to stop and relax, it’s the dainty pastel confections inside that will entice their return.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BEESWEET LEMONADE

Photo Credit Josh Huskin

Her long lashes accentuate bright eyes that radiate one word, happiness.  Sporting a plaid skirt, white button down blouse, and a pair of Nike tennis shoes, the young woman sitting opposite of me exuded a vibrant energy that was contagious!   I’m not sure which was sweeter, Mikaila Ulmer, the founder of BeeSweet Lemonade, or the liquid in my glass that tasted like summer.  

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RANDOM RAMBLINGS - NICE, FRANCE




I snapped this couple's photo last April.  Both were happy and at ease, which is how I felt walking along the beaches of Nice...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DEPARTURE LOUNGE: SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY YOUR (WINE) FLIGHT





It bodes well for a place that can make a woman with four kids recall the sensation that accompanies the words, sleek and sexy.   It took a departure from suburbia for me to embrace a place that offered an opportunity to escape.  Once settled into your plush seat, you may decide to stay and linger.  No flotation device required and you won’t find safety information in your seat back pocket.  But it may induce wanderlust dreams you’ve managed to stow in your overhead compartment.   Departure Lounge inspires your mind to open and like a fine glass of wine - to breathe. Departure Lounge isn’t just a travel agency, it’s a coffee and wine bar that just so happens to sell customized travel.
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