Is it my imagination or has the City of Plano mushroomed with activity in the last few years? We find ourselves driving the thirty minutes out regularly to visit festivals, grab a bite to eat or hang out at my favorite spa. Recently, we partnered with Visit Plano for a staycation to get a glimpse of what else Plano has to offer. We found a New York Loft hotel, wine-country inspired cuisine, artisan stores and Prairie-land trails for hiking. What a treat Plano is for a short getaway!
New York City is full of exciting boroughs, each with it's flavor and diversity and Harlem is no exception. The large neighborhood located on the north end of Manhattan, Harlem boasts a vibrant history and is rich in music, arts and culinary culture. When chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Harlem’s Lenox Avenue, he envisioned so much more than just a restaurant. He wanted to create a gathering place at the heart of his adopted neighborhood, where both the uptown and downtown sets could see and be seen, mingle and meet – and so he did, in a big way. In conjunction with Samuelsson's long awaited release of The Red Rooster Cookbook, Macy's Culinary Council will be hosting a cooking event. Find out how to get your free copy of The Red Rooster Cookbook and have it signed by Samuelsson.
Fort Worth has the reputation for being all about cowboys and honky-tonk but our recent trip has let us discover so much more to 'Cowtown'. Aside from the obligatory visit to take out-of-towners to see cowboys (as in real ones not the football team) at the Fort Worth Stockyards and two stepping at Billy Bob's, Itty Bitty Foodies' visits to Fort Worth have been sporadic. Sometimes we time a day trip to Fort Worth to see one of the art exhibitions from the stellar Cultural District which boasts the Kimbell Art Museum and The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. But lately, the "country and western yee haw factor" has developed a hipster twang making Fort Worth, a little Austin-esque with their laid back attitude but without the terrible traffic. Just less than an hour's drive away from Dallas, the Omni Hotel Fort Worth makes for an almost instant getaway and for those afflicted with spring fever, Omni Hotel Fort Worth throws in a picnic at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens with one of the seasonal packages.
Whoah! Have the Itty Bitty Foodies turned vegan you ask? No not at all but we jump at the chance of finding new ways to become healthier. When we were invited, along with a few select food bloggers to host the Dining at the Ravens blog tour, we enthusiastically raised our hands! The new vegan recipe book, "Dining at the Ravens" by Jeff and Joan Stanford was an exciting discovery. As we flipped through the first few pages, we discovered that the Stanfords owned a unique vegan eco-inn in Mendocino, California called the Stanford by the Sea. It is the perfect family hideaway for those who want to unplug from the world and just smell (and eat) the flowers. "We think of ourselves as a garden with an inn, rather than an inn with a garden," quotes the Stanfords in their book. The organic farm sanctuary is what we call a magical kingdom on ten acres lush with organic produce, herbs and edible flowers for the inn's gourmet vegan restaurant, named The Ravens.
Here's Part 2 of Itty Bitty Foodies Guide to Seattle. Part 1 chronicled our foodie journey and family adventures in downtown/belltown and a full day of activities up in the Seattle Center and ending with a killer view of the Seattle skyline at Queen Anne. This post takes you back in history to the gold rush era at Pioneer Square to one of the smallest National Parks in the country to going upstream with salmon at the Hiram Chittenden Locks before heading to the Center of the Universe of Fremont. We've also tossed in a beach jaunt to Alki Beach and a day trip wine tasting in Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.
Seattle, you have fooled us this last week. Not a drop of rain has fallen from those sunny, cloudless blue skies. Our Itty Bitty Foodies have loved playing peek-a-boo with Mt Rainier and the Seattle Space Needle, popping up in sight unexpectedly as we navigate through the lush Emerald City. Twelve years ago, Beefcake and I lived next to Pike Place Market for a year, but this time, we're seeing Seattle with kids and the whole city has beguiled us. Here's our first installment of Itty Bitty Foodies Guide to Seattle!
Every time I tell someone we went to Napa Valley for a vacation, people would ask me in surprise, "With the kids?" We've just spent five glorious sun-filled days in Napa Valley, California with a nine, seven and two year old and the trip was a smashing success! We enjoyed world-class wines, ate at fine restaurants, visited a geyser and picnicked our way through Napa Valley. Though we had to make some concessions for our napping toddler, there are lots to do in the Napa Valley with kids. Here's how we did it.