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The Food of Ballyfin

Food, Travel


In my last post, I shared about the amazingly beautiful grounds of Ballyfin and the exemplary service.  In this post, I’m excited to share about one of the things that most compels me to travel – FOOD!!  Ballyfin has a vast fruit and veggie orchard, chicken coop, and bee hives from which the chef sources his produce, eggs, and honey.

We were welcome to wander the orchards as part of the grounds, and sample the produce – such as these lovely blackberries: Continue Reading

The Aloha Spirit

Food, Travel


I absolutely love living in NYC, but when the city wears me down I fantasize about moving to Hawaii :). I’ve visited no less than six times and am always looking for an excuse to make a return trip. Each time I visit I fall in love with the beautiful island state a little more. My life is established here on the East Coast, but if somehow things worked out where I had to make a cross-country, cross-ocean move, I would jump at the opportunity.

One of my favorite indulgences when in Hawaii is shave ice (yes, that’s “shave” with no -d) – super fine ice with syrup flavors that are chilled to prevent the dreaded “chunking.” I usually get mango, lilikoi (passion fruit) and guava flavors and add macadamia nut ice cream, sweet adzuki beans if available, and a snow cap (condensed milk) for good measure. When it comes to shave ice, more is more 😉. I usually get shave *at least* every other day when in Hawaii – if not every day. There are a few shave ice places here in NYC, but they aren’t Hawaiian-style, so I’m still on the look-out. This particular one was from Wishing Well Shave Ice in Kauai, and it was oh so good.  Until I return, a girl can dream…

Have you had shave ice before?




Last year I stayed at the breathtakingly beautiful Ballyfin Demesne – a 614 acre estate located in the heart of Ireland.  It was an out-of-this-world experience, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

First, the small feat of figuring out how to get in… Continue Reading

Summer in The City



I was recently chatting with a friend about the amazing weather we’ve been having here in NYC, and I said “Summer is really what makes the city magical…  OH and holiday season in the winter.  Oh and fall and Central Park, too.  And that first day of spring weather!”  What can I say, I just love living here.  Yes, there are crowds, high prices, and weird “only in New York” things – but I think it’s the only in New York things that make me love this city the most.  What’s your favorite thing about NYC?

FabFitFun Unboxing – Summer 2018



I’m a sucker for a good subscription box/service, and I think I’ve found my new favorite box with fabfitfun.  I had seen their ads for months now on Facebook, but had resisted – now I’m not sure why I waited so long! I recently received my Summer 2018 box, and I’m totally into it.  Here’s what I got:

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