By now you ought to know that I am a sentimental fool, and equally so about the places I’ve been as I am about the people in my life. I thought I might share some my favorite summer vacations since they have ended up also being some of my favorite posts (a thinly veiled ploy to keep you entertained while we finish enjoying this holiday). Click on the link below the photo to read the original blog post.

Clear Lake Iowa

So many of our happiest summer memories took place in Clear Lake, Iowa at my parents’ lake house. Going to Clear Lake was like stepping back into a more innocent era where people left their front doors unlocked and kids roamed the neighborhood playing together safely without cause for worry.

Cote d’ Azur

My culinary awareness was awakened in the south of France. To this day I’m transported back there merely by the aroma of lamb roasting with herbs de Provence, the first lucius spoon full of a rich Bouillabaisse, or that fragrant burst of flavor from a mouth full of ratatouille. Film festival, fabulous art, Formula One races, hillside villas overlooking azure water and palm tree lined avenues – what’s not to love about the Cote d’Azure?


Dubrovnik is one of the most picturesque places I think I’ve ever been. Croatia is steeped in history with a cuisine as varied as the countries it borders. Tatjana and I would return in a heartbeat given half a chance!


Barbados is my favorite place to unwind, relax, and have a blast. Lazy days bathing on stunning white sand beaches dotted with elegant Oliver Messel designed homes, frolicking in the crystal clear water next to sea turtles or exploring the colorful reefs, dining on meals that get your taste buds dancing before your body follows suit in the numerous open air nightclubs that spill onto the beach. Fashion shows and polo matches to keep you from missing the social life at home all make for a casual chic that compliments my ideal lifestyle.

East Africa

Back then, Africa meant an adventure that helped me find an audacious lust for life again. Now it means finding new ways to support The Children’s Hunger Crisis Fund as the East African people face the worst drought in 60 years. I hope you will donate your time and/or money to cook in unison with me on Sunday September 18th, 2011. Please click here to participate, or here to make donations.

Here is a yummy sandwich that reminds me of Provence to munch on while you reminisce about your most enjoyable and/or life-changing experiences traveling. Care to share?  I may spend hours reminiscing about the places I’ve been, but I’m always dreaming about the places I have yet to discover.



2 freshly baked baguettes
4 ounces Boursin cheese
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup arugula
1/2 pound San Danielle ham


1. Slice the baguettes in half lengthwise.

2. Spread 1 ounce of Boursin cheese on the bottom half of each sandwich. Top with a thin layer of the San Danielle ham, a layer of pear slices, and arugula. Place top piece of bread on, and cut both sandwiches in half to make 4 sandwiches.


For me this is a meal in itself, but for those with a heartier appetite, serve with potato chips or crudites.

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  • August 30, 2011
    10:45 pm

    In your Cote D’Azur photo, there’s Annie Morton, who I know & went to high school with. What a small world, didn’t expect to see her pic here! 🙂

  • August 31, 2011
    12:43 pm

    Enjoy your holiday and don’t worry about anything other than what sunscreen to use. Holidays are what keeps everyone from burning out and for connecting with people we love and don’t see as often as we would like. Take lots of pictures and tell us all about your fun when you get home. Lots of hugs!

  • September 1, 2011
    4:42 pm

    Hi Jewels, the hubby and I are in the middle of our week-long staycation with our three youngest whippersnappers.

    Just doing some day trips We went to the Bronx Zoo yeaterday tomorrow The Met. Alexander McQueen’s exhibit is gone now so we should be able to get into the museum this time (a few weeks ago it was a five hour wait.) For my 9 and 6 year old sons, this is a most unprecedented summer vacation. On Tuesday we received a phone call from their school stating that due to construction running behind in their building, school opening has been delayed by two days! So for Jaden and Phoenix, a vacation to remember! For Raven, age five and starting Kindergarten, school can’t start soon enough, she’s actually counting down the days, literally.

    I wish my job would call and say, “hey, take an extra two days!”. Realistic – no. But a girl can dream!

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!!

    PS – the Clear Lake, Iowa pic is now one of my favorite pics of you. Next to the Dean Chamberlain, of course!