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Two San Diego Area Farmers Markets and Vintage Shops Nearby

During my trip to San Diego last May, I shared many of my culinary and shopping adventures by tweeting and posting updates to the MHK Facebook page . There was a great response and interest from readers and I was thrilled to know that many of you shop at farmers markets, many in California. What a great place for fresh, local and organic food.

I was also surprised to learn how many of you shared my love of vintage pieces, which I believe is a great way to have unique, inspiring pieces of home decor and furniture without being wasteful. One person’s junk can truly be someone else’s treasure, especially when one has a vision for old pieces recycled as new. Lots of older pieces are also incredibly sturdy and have character not often found in cookie-cutter items mass-manufactured with synthetic, perhaps toxic materials.

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Cherries and Sunsets on a Wisconsin Peninsula

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a spontaneous trip, one that’s planned the day before heading out for a long weekend to a place I’ve never visited.

Art gallery on a pier and a gorgeous wooden sailboat rocks gently in the wind next to it in Ephraim, WI.

Recently we had a long weekend and wanted to go towards the fresh air and open spaces, new adventures and new places. I always feel more alive after something like that. Nature has that sort of no-need for caffeine effect on me–and for those who know me, coffee is more a part of my life than I’d like to admit.

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Chocolat Uzma Sharif & a Lovely Chocolate Giveaway

Some time ago I sat down for coffee with the very talented local pastry chef, Uzma Sharif. I had just approached her after noticing she was donating her ‘East meets West’ chocolates to a charity event we were mutually involved in, though we had never met.

She was energetic and enthusiastic about our meeting and was thrilled to share her story with me so that it could be told right here with all of you, as well.  During our coffee, she offered a couple of sample bags and boxes of her exotic and unique brand, Chocolat Uzma Sharif.  I felt they were too pretty to open, so my first instinct was to photograph the packaging- what a gorgeous gift these will make. In fact, I waited a couple of days before trying anything because I simply enjoyed how the eco-friendly packages were decorated.

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Green City Chicago Indoor Farmers Market

Most people don’t think there’s much to buy from a farmers market in the winter– in cold places, like Chicago. Though it’s technically spring, it’s still cold outside. That’s why I’m glad there are indoor farmers markets like this one: Green City Market. Last year I met Alice Waters when she signed a copy of … Read more

Snow in Arizona

Everyone around here is more than ready for spring– tired of seeing snow and of the cold. It may make you feel a teeny bit better to know that even the places like sunny Arizona get their fair share of real wintery weather. The only difference is that most people there make the conscious decision to go towards that kind of weather- for fun. We don’t particularly have that choice in Chicago.

A few months ago we flew out t to Arizona to visit family. Our plans were to get out of Phoenix and head straight up to the mountains to experience winter in the high altitude. Most people found it quite odd that we would leave winter in Chicago, head out to the west where they were enjoying perectly warm weather, only to go directly up to the mountains for more snow and cold weather.  I’m not one to enjoy the heat, so for me it made for a nice getaway.

flowers drying naturally out in the wildnerness

I love the mountains and all its serenity.  I’m intrigued by the wildlife and botany, some of which is commonly found in the Midwest and others you just can’t find here at home. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in a rather flat area and always wondered what it would be like to be surrounded with such an entirely different atmosphere as the mountains out west. Besides, these log cabins look like something straight out of the Smoky Bear cartoons of my childhood.

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Chile Relleno Tacos at Las Asadas

I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and since traveled to both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Jalisco area since those times, I’ve really experienced a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Each region has such a diverse culinary culture- the coastal areas are naturally endowed with the freshest fish; inland … Read more

Good Eats in San Diego

We recently had a wonderful five day trip to one of my favorite places- San Diego, California. My sister in law decided on a destination vacation in the nearby coastal gem town of La Jolla, so…twist my arm. In between preparing for the at-home pre-wedding dinner the evening before and all the wedding-related shopping and errands, we … Read more

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