While Napa is only about 25 to 35 miles long (depending on who you reference) and contains somewhere between 350 to 500 physical wineries (again depends on your source) - this tiny slice of the state is immensely rich in visually stunning landscapes, qualitity of wines, personalities, culinary excellence, premium accommodation, and diversity of experiences mostly centered around food and wine. From Napa with Love, written by Alexis Swanson … [Read more...]
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This is a story of family, food and great conversation, complemented with recipes that have been handed down from the generations by the author's immediate family or their friends. Connecting memories to these recipes Kim and Nick take turns sharing individual stories. As we read through each story, we can vividly hear Kim and Nick speaking (authors note: we personally know both Kim and Nick); their passion for food, family and friends is as real … [Read more...]
As real as it gets - author Devin Galaudet (also known for attempting to marry his wife 100x in 100 different countries) has written a fast read and engrossing memoir about the realities of growing up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s centered around his chain smoking father. Full of family stories, sometimes family secrets and growing pains this story is woven around Devin's at times on and off again relationship with his father. … [Read more...]
This is a journey around Taiwan curated by experienced guidebook author Joshua who fell in love with the island long ago and has spent years living in Taiwan. He convinces the love of his life, Stephanie to join him in Taiwan - prior to her time in Taiwan she had never visited Asia. Thrust into a world that is completely foreign to her she follows Josh's lead in their exploration of both its rural beauty and urban life. Their journey details … [Read more...]
Sometimes you want more - more intimacy, more bed time, more privacy. The World's Sexiest Bedrooms, a collection intimité by one of the travel spheres' most highly regarded luxury brands, Mrs & Mrs Smith highlights a coveted selection of carefully curated chambers in some of the world's most sought after destinations. From Provence to the Turks & Caicos, these tastemakers have created the ultimate compilation of romantic and sexy spaces. Find … [Read more...]
One can't help but be quickly drawn to this intriguing and catchy title. Can one really travel for free, everywhere? Well, that is debatable depending on the type of trip but if there is one person who can shed some light on this, it is well-traveled author Meggan Kaiser. Megan has visited over 30 countries and hundreds of cities in her travels, putting her own money saving tips to real time tests. Does it sometimes feel like you are over … [Read more...]
This book showed up one day, still warm from sitting in the California sun. It is an impressive collection of epic photographs of this great city. The lightning in Ramelli's captures makes the City of Angels pop in a way not always seen. From downtown to the beaches, to architecture - these are inspiring photographs of America's second largest city. The photographs are laid out as double page spreads - providing maximum effect on the use of … [Read more...]
Travelers and wine lovers get your hands on this book - forty of North America's greatest wine regions are highlighted focusing on the USA and to a lesser extent, Canada. From west coast USA and Canada to East Coast USA and a few locations in between - Lonely Planet's latest release of Wine Trails, United States & Canada offers a glimpse into these regions - highlighting select wineries and producers. Both larger established and newer wineries … [Read more...]
This colorful photo rich coffee table book on the cars of Cuba should be in the hands of any classic car enthusiast. Havana is a city known for featuring thousands of cars dating from prior to 1959. Locals continue to use these old cars (although there are newer cars are on the Cuban roads these days, it is currently prohibitively expensive to import new cars because of the high luxury tax) and perhaps a disappointment to collectors, there is a … [Read more...]
In February 1965 American Airlines Flight number 320 was on its way from Chicago on New York. On its final approach into LaGuardia something went extremely wrong and the plane crashed into the frigid East River. 65 passengers died that evening but stewardess Joan Zeller somehow survived. Joan was inspired to write this book after coming across a forum online that discussed the crash and connected survivors and their families. This is her … [Read more...]