I'm pretty sure I got separated from Santa Barbara at birth. It has everything I've always loved about my home state of California: laidback beach style, an active lifestyle, a love for the outdoors, quality people, and very manageable weather. And, after having live in both SF and LA, I can say it's a perfect mix of north and south: laidback enough that nothing's ever too serious but with a dash of European sophistication that you might not expect to find in Central California.
Can we all agree on something? We travel for food first and foremost. Sure, the sites, resorts, beaches, and people are just as amazing but, if you’re like me, you travel to taste a place. I mean, that’s why you’re here on Salt & Wind, right? Because, like us, you’re always in search of the best meal a place has to offer and how to recreate it back home.
Switzerland is as sweet as its chocolate—a total charmer. Crisscrossing the country, from the ice blue lakes and jagged mountains to cows everywhere, the place can seem Photoshopped. What I didn’t know? Zurich is equally amazing.
When it comes to beaches, Italy’s got a lot of options, but I feel most at home in the Tuscan beach town of Forte Dei Marmi. This beach town is less than an hour from Florence but feels like another world free of tourists and full of locals.
It was like the "Amazing Race," that is, if they did a food-focused episode. We dropped anchor in Saint Martin as the sun rose and were counting the minutes until we could get our first croissant. Saint Martin has a rep as the culinary capital of the Carribbean and we were determined to (taste) test that claim for ourselves.
The coastal California highway I heart so much I plan whole vacations around it! You're either for or against repeats. And when it comes to travel, I'm usually against. There's so much out there to see that a trip needs a lot of pull to make it worth repeating. But, every once in a while, there's a trip so top that's it worth repeating annually, like the drive along to Big Sur along California's Highway One.
The Aloha State and I are becoming good friends as I've spent a fair amount of time there during the last few years. Admittedly, most of that time has been on Oahu, but this latest trip included my first visit to Big Island (aka the island of Hawaii). Big Island is a place I've long wanted to explore because I've heard a lot of about the awesome farms, ranches, and artisans.
On my bucket list when I moved back to Los Angeles was to get reacquainted with the local food scene. The town I grew up in taught me to love food but now more than ever it's a totall food lovers mecca. One recent weekend, I took this Taiwanese food-focused Delicious Dumplings tour in the San Gab...