Month: May 2016

Tennessee Wine-ing

Tennessee…wine country??? Three words you would never hear me say together, until now.  Disclaimer: I am in no way a wine aficionado, but I like to think my palate has developed over the years (credit I give partially due to an old flame/classically trained chef). But you guys, it exists!  As wine club members, my husband and I had the opportunity to tour the Natchez Hills Winery and Vineyard in Hampshire, Tennessee with the owner himself.  There’s a cluster of wineries in the area tucked away far from the highway noises and city lights.  An aerospace engineer turned winery/Bed & Breakfast owner, Jim gave us an entertaining personal account of his wine production journey-from acquiring the land to tasting his newly bottled recipes paired with local, artisan cheeses and chocolates. What really sets this wine apart from other Tennessee varieties (for me at least): it’s grown and processed with passion using Old World winemaking techniques incorporating a creative, artistic approach. Traditional AND handcrafted? SWOON! In other words, the flavors of the locally grown or California …

Into to Minimalism

For the longest time, I had no idea how to define it. The yearning I had for something more-to travel, to get outside my box, the need to experience the unknown and to taste adventure and creativity. I’ve never been infatuated with fashion trends, pop culture or media driven fads. I’d rather treasure hunt all day through a vintage ‘recycled’ clothing store than spend 10 minutes or my hard earned dollars in a shopping mall. The only ‘new’ piece of furniture we own is a bed that was purchased a couple of years ago, because well-it was time to move on from my college digs. I despise waste-especially of time and resources-when so many individuals around the world don’t have the basic needs to survive. There is a movement happening-a freedom from consumerism and materialism; living with less in order to lead a more fulfilling and purposeful life. I’m only now understanding this innate desire to be even more intentional as I’m delving more deeply into a way of life so many are already living-Minimalism. There …

Costa Rica Dreamin’

One month ago today, we were waiting on a hopper plane to Tambor airport, where we would embark on our last 45 minute leg of the trip to our tiny resort up the most windy, gravely road you can imagine in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.  The only description I can currently find fitting enough is awe-inspiring.  Multiply that by 100 and hopefully you get the idea of how in love I am with that tiny town.  I’m rarely a repeat traveler (having taken the exact trip two years prior with my travel friend, Amie), but I had to bring back my husband for the experience.    You can check out a few of my favorite travel pics below: I longed for a fresh mango smoothie the entire trip, but unfortunately the fruit was too green and I couldn’t find one ANYWHERE.  Most of the food here is literally so fresh; if it’s not in season or not caught that day-you aren’t eating it.  LOVEEEEEE! Kind of fitting for the country’s motto: Pura Vida, which translates to ‘pure life’. So since mango was out of the question, I settled …