The Loneliest Road in America

Dear Friends, Foodies, and Fellow Travelers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara, where there’s a crispness in the air (finally!) after temps being in the mid 80s earlier this week! If you live in Chicago or Big Piney, Wyoming (the ice box of the nation), you might think this is a wonderful thing. […]

Kudos for Cody, Wyoming!

My restless, roaming spirit would not allow me to remain at home very long. — Buffalo Bill   Dear Friends and Fellow Travelers, In my last blog post, I shared some of our trip up to Cody, Wyoming, but I didn’t give you the whole adventurous scoop! After driving through Yellowstone, marveling at the sights, […]

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head!

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé, Pays de Loire, France. Well, the rains have begun and the days are getting shorter, but my garden just won’t quit. My hollyhocks re-sprouted and my ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ climbing rose at the kitchen door are still blooming.     I am still harvesting […]

Roadtripping

“I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” –Walt Whitman Hello Fellow Foodies and Travelers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from sunny Santa Barbara. I took a hiatus from blogging for a few weeks while traveling up to Wyoming and back with my dog Abigail and friend Kathy Moran. We started […]

Autumn in France

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire, France. The rains have begun intermittently with sporadic sunshine peeking through the grey clouds from time to time. The air is crisp at night though it is still too warm during the day to start a fire in my dining room fireplace. This particular fireplace (there […]

The Hunt is On!

Hello friends and fellow campers! Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé in the Loire Valley, France. I am filled with a bit of sadness as I write this week, as my two hundred and seventy-one poplar trees are being cut down outside right now. The big saw is buzzing and the sound of the […]

Crater Lake National Park

Dear Foodies and Fellow Travelers, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Ocean Mesa, overlooking the Pacific. Even though it’s a mere 22 miles north of Santa Barbara, it feels like oceans away. And although my apartment in Santa Barbara overlooks the city and the sea, I’ll take any excuse to get away from the interruptions […]

Travels with Abigail — Part 1

Dear Friends and Fur Baby Lovers, A few weeks ago I announced that I rescued a sweet dog from the Bay Area named Abigail. My dear friend and client, Dr. Ann Schiebert, sent me pictures of this cutie, saying she would be the perfect dog for me. And she is! Believe it or not, it’s […]

Summertime!

Hello friends and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé, Mouliherne, France. The weather is hot here at the homestead in the Loire River Valley. The mercury is topping out this week at 40 degrees centigrade or 104 degrees Fahrenheit! Yikes! Lemonade consumption is going to be high and I will […]

Live Oak Stampede!

Howdy y’all, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara. A couple of weeks ago, Kathy Moran, Kathleen Murphy, and I headed over to Live Oak Camp to join 120 Sisters on the Fly for Live Oak Stampede. Live Oak is very close to my home, only about 40 minutes from S.B., off the 154. […]