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 […]

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 […]

Camping in France

Hello friends and campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the little village of Mouliherne, France in the Maine et Loire. All of the oak forests are in leaf and bustling with life in this part of France. Swallows are nesting and just the other day I looked out of my kitchen window and there on […]

The Snowbirds Visit — Part I

Greetings! Gourmet Girl Gail here reporting from Santa Barbara. I’m happy to say that we’re getting buckets of much needed rain along the California coast. Our lakes are filling up, creeks are flowing, and thankfully there has been only minor flooding and debris flow so far. I’m hoping things will dry up a bit later […]

Upper Feelings in Lower Sequoia

Hi All, Lindsey here. I’m stepping in for Mom (Gourmet Girl Denise) with this week’s blog post while she gets settled into her house in the Loire Valley. Bon chance avec votre déménagement! It was 10am on the Friday before a holiday weekend when my good friend Maryann (see her awesome Bloody Maryann recipe in […]

It’s National Park Week!

Hello fellow travelers and campers! Gourmet Girl on the Go here. While Denise is in the Loire Valley with jackhammer in hand, tearing down plaster from the walls of her new house, I’ve been on a two-and-a-half week road trip to Austin, Texas, and back. My sole reason for driving was to visit Marfa, Texas […]

Hipcamp Is Not Only for Hipsters

Greetings! Gourmet Girl Gail here with another bucket list adventure item for 2018. I joined Hipcamp several years ago but haven’t taken the opportunity to check out any of their campsites, yurts, or cabins. The mission of Hipcamp is to get more people outside. They’ve got over 285,000 U.S. locations, including campsites, ranches, vineyards, farms, […]

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Greetings from Paso Robles! Gourmet Girl Gail here. A short update on my whereabouts after spending five days cooped up inside my apartment with the windows shut tight. As I’m sure you are aware, the southern California fires have affected my home base in Santa Barbara, California. Under voluntary evacuation, I left yesterday for points […]