Attend a Baseball Game in Japan

The chanting of the crowd, the crack of the bat, the action being displayed on the Jumbo Tron and...edamame? The game of baseball isn't just one of America's favorite pastime, the Japanese are passionate about it too, but they do things a little bit different. While traveling in Tokyo, I wanted to see a baseball game because I had [...]

By |January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Asia, Japan, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

Get Swag at a Swanky San Francisco Party

I do a lot of things solo with absolutely no problem; go to the movies alone, eat dinner at fancy restaurants by myself, take tours of attractions, etc. But, there was something about attending the super swanky Vegas Uncork'd preview event in San Francisco that made me nervous. Not only would I be going to this foodie bash solo, but also [...]

By |February 8th, 2013|Categories: California, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , |10 Comments

Attend an All You Can Eat Crab Feed

As I have said before, no one should actually eat all-you-can-eat, but that did not stop me at my very first Crab Feed at a brewery in Northern California. I finally had to wave the white flag, or rather paper napkin. Twice. A local theater in my hometown of Petaluma in Northern California put on a weekday [...]

By |January 31st, 2013|Categories: California, FOOD, NorCal LOVE, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

Attend a Colorful Native American Pow Wow

Though many believe that my husband is a 'nice Italian boy', he is actually a sweet Native American man. And each year the tribe he belongs to holds their annual Pow Wow in Oregon, just an hour and a half from downtown Portland. The perfect opportunity to visit one of the coolest towns in the United [...]

By |October 25th, 2012|Categories: North America, Oregon, TRAVEL|Tags: |20 Comments

Taste an Entire Town in 5 Hours

How much can you eat in five hours? Apparently, I can sample 26 dishes, including 7 desserts, representing 5 countries. All that without an upsetting gurgle in my stomach. Success. I was graciously asked to do a food sampling at local eateries that were participating in the Taste of Petaluma, a foodie lovers progressive eating event [...]

By |August 17th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |17 Comments

9 Things I Learned at Phoenix Comicon Convention

Let me start with admitting that I know close to nothing about comic books, zombies or science fiction. I really couldn't tell you the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars, and the last comic book I read was Archie in 1982. "Then why would you go to Comicon, a comic book convention?" you inquire. "Hello. I'm Annette, the [...]

By |June 4th, 2012|Categories: Arizona, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |21 Comments

8 Reasons I Got Buzzed at a California Wine Festival

I am an avid wine drinker that has a tolerance level of about a glass and a half. More than that and I start to slur my diarrhea of the mouth. Not a feeling I strive for. So, I knew that spending the day in San Francisco surrounded by dozens of coveted, jammy Zins was [...]

By |February 1st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

16 Reasons I Got Fat at the Flavor! Napa Valley Event

It's a good day. I was invited to take the night off work to sip 100 different wines (I did NOT try them all), taste bite-size delicacies from more than two dozen well renowned restaurants (I DID try them all) and have a chance to brush elbows with my celebrity chef crush, Tyler Florence. All in the beautiful Napa Valley.  Yep. I [...]

By |November 21st, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |20 Comments

Attend a BBQ Competition at a Winery in California

A special invite to Seghesio's 8th Annual BBQ competition was a welcomed excuse to play hooky from work, get buzzed mid-afternoon and not have to explain the shameful amounts of sauce dripping down my fingertips. At one point, I literally was looking down at the barbecue rib remnants on my upper arm. How'd that get there? For the past [...]

By |August 3rd, 2011|Categories: FOOD, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |13 Comments

a Sunset Magazine Foodie Celebration

Okay, I will admit that we have only been subscribing to Sunset Magazine for a mere two months and yet I am already in love. Usually it takes much longer than that, just ask my husband. But, each issue is jam packed with amazing adventures that I want to have, delectable recipes that I need to cook and [...]

By |June 15th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |4 Comments