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Imagine a world with no limits...what would you eat? Where would you go to eat? Who would you share these Divine Delights with? ...Read More


From young root clippings in dry, arduous conditions to fruit bursting with the essence of the surrounding countryside, grapes are cultivated over a long period of time to bring you an explosion of sensory impact...Read More


Where does inspiration come from? Travel has always been a vehicle to carry an artist off in a new direction. Travel, it has been said, purifies the mind, body and soul.Read More

Frequent Travelers Top Six Essential Pieces of Gear

GillAquino photography.
Frequent travelers and folks who love to travel, know that the difference between a good trip and a remarkable trip can sometimes come down to having the right stuff in your suitcase. For example, not having packed the wide-brimmed hat during your tour around the rim of the Grand Canyon ...

Portrait of Happiness – One Part Love, One Part Arrangement

Portrait of Happiness Hindu Wedding Ceremony by oil painter Anne Marie Peterson-Kolatkar
On our wedding day in February 2002, we did not have a photographer so I decided to create a small collection of paintings to commemorate our special day. I saw this image of us in one of the candid photos taken with our camera and the first thought was that ...

Lighthouse Beach Kovalam – A Foodie’s Paradise and Photographer’s Dream

Kerala Girls on Lighthouse Beach Kovalam Kerala India
Our favorite beach in Kerela is Lighthouse Beach Kovalam. Here we had glorious times relaxing, eating extremely well, drinking lattes made from water buffalo milk and cold, illegal beers. Kerela is a “dry state” in part because it has a Communist ruling party. Beers are sold under the guide of “large ...

Kerala Boats – Travel Through The Intracoastal Waterways By Boat

Oil painting by Anne Marie Peterson-Kolatkar, Kerala Boats
Oil painting by Anne Marie Peterson-Kolatkar titled "Kerala Waterway Workers" (c)2017 Kerala boats are unique to the Malabar Coast and dot the intracoastal waterways that lie parallel to the Andaman sea. These boats are a significant part of the local economy as they bring important commercially grown produce such as ...

Traditional Hindu Foods and Our Beloved Kitchen Terrorist

Oil Painting by Anne Marie Peterson-Kolatkar of Aji Nirmala Kelkar Post Munja (Thread) Ceremony in Pune, India, Anand's maternal grandmother (aji) was sitting at the table that was laid out with a feast of traditional Hindu foods. She had waited for the ceremonies to be over so she could see ...

Hindu Fire Ceremony As Still Life Painting

Hindu Fire Ceremony by Anne Marie Peterson-Kolatkar (signed with her Hindu name "Amrita") A Hindu Fire Ceremony is something to behold. The natural ingredients are dried cow patties, mango sticks, ghee (clarified butter), dried grasses and string made from coir, marigolds, rice, copper bowls and basic clay bricks present a ...

Hotel Del – Coronado Island, San Diego – 2012 Christmas Tree

This is a photo of the main Christmas tree in the lobby of the Hotel Del, Coronado Island, San Diego, CA.
Visiting some of the more famous trees at Christmas time is such a pleasure. Click the tree several times to see the full image and zoom in on some of the decor. Happy Holidays, everyone! Hotel Del Christmas Tree 2012

Restaurants in the Heart of Bordeaux, France

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This is a photo of a non-descript wine barrel on a rack in outside storage.
Le Loup, 66 rue Loup, was a familiar and reasonably priced alternative. Run by the same brother-sister pair for 18 years, the restaurant has operated in the building since 1932. The 17 euro menu offered a salad of goat cheese lightly fried in bread crumbs with vinaigrette with verve, followed by a tender couple of pork medallions in mushroom sauce with potatoes fried in duck fat. Dessert was simple: fruit cocktail with lemon sorbet. The scallops in a sauce of honey, grapefruit and tangelos were dreamy, mopped up by rye bread we had bought at Paul bakery. We ordered a half bottle of Chateau Falfas 2005, Cotes de Bourg. It was tannic and needed another 5 years, since the 2005 year was very sunny and the wines strong.

Bordeaux’s Far-Flung Satellite Restaurants

This is a photo of lavender in a garden.
Today, at Les Remparts, 49 place de la Cathedrale, Bazas we savored a rich lamb tajine with apricots and pistachios on couscous. The first courses, Bazas beef terrine with a small salad, or sweet melon with Bayonne ham, were delicious. The wine was a 2008 Coquillas Pessac Leognan. It had an intense aroma of violets and blackberries with a taste to match. Main courses were tender white cod on braised vegetables, Madras curry chicken (mild) with pineapple and steamed white rice. Dessert: flat apple tart with ice cream, an assortment of sorbets (pear, cassis, mandarin orange) accompanied by dense, bitter warm chocolate sauce and a side dish of Chantilly cream.

Fireworks for Sale – Garberville, CA

This is a photo of Marie Moore and Rose Butler of Garberville, CA in their fireworks sales booth.
Two octogenarians are selling fireworks to send disadvantaged teens to summer camp in Richardson's Grove, a Humboldt County redwood forest camp. Marie Moore, 82 (L) and Rose Butler, 80 (R) are busy ladies and just won't slow down! Rose has 33 tomato plants and loves to garden. Her family, at ...