Ten Beautiful Culinary Treats!

Good morning all! This one’s for the foodies because food art is a real thing.

My family and I went on a driving “vacation” recently from Virginia to New England and back, through eleven states total: VA, MD, DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, NH, VT, Upstate NY, PA then back to VA! It’s a beautiful country y’all and I highly recommend a driving tour if you can swing it and before gas prices spike again.

The main purpose of the trip was to see family and friends, but in true Guy Fieri style, for me a big part of it was all about the food. My current retirement goal is to get myself a red convertible and follow Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tour! Enjoy!

Fried Oysters from The Matunuck Oyster Bar in Rhode Island
Apple Galette Latte from Petite Lou Lou
CAKE!!! The display case from the Chit Chat Diner in West Orange, New Jersey
Oysters! Can’t get enough of them!
Chocolate Ganache Cake from Trio in Narragansett, RI my home town!
Clam Cakes and Chowder from George’s of Galilee in Rhode Island
Coconut lemon cake from the Chit Chat Diner in NJ
Lobster and Rock Crab dinner made by yours truly at the beach house in ‘Gansett!
Pumpkin Pie Crepe
Prime Rib with mashed potatoes and horseradish sauce-Yum!

I hope you enjoyed my food tour as much as I enjoyed consuming it all. Thanks for reading, and happy dining all!






Life Uncorked: Mastroberardino Historia 2000


This weekend my husband, Nick, and I uncorked a bottle of Mastroberdadino Historia 2000, one of the wines we purchased at the Radici Resort and Spa in Mirabella Eclano, when my family visited there in July of 2009. Trust me, it is not often that we have an opportunity to drink a sixteen year old bottle a wine, and one that predates both of our children, Nicholas and Katherine.

The taste: steeped in history, rich, bold, and earthy, took us back in time to what is poistively one of my family’s fondest memories of the three years we spent living in Italy: a weekend at the Radici Spa & Resort.


This Family owned and run Winery has origins dating back to 1878, and is now in very capable hands of Vintner Piero Mastroberardino. We met Piero when we visited the resort back in 2009. The family, staff, and estate were both welcoming and exquisite. The resort encompassed everything we grew to love about Italy: history, fabulous wine, amazing cuisine and people who are passionate about their Italian culture, and want to share the experience with the world.


Radici Resort & Spa

Kat in front of the Golf Clubhouse at the Radici Resort & Spa

Seven years later, we still reflect fondly on the wine, food and accommodations and our experience that weekend, where we relaxed and dined like movie stars. Tucked away in the hills of Italy’s Campagnia region, this little gem is well worth the trip!


Little golfers

Pool at the Radici Resort & Spa

Tee Time at the Radici Resort & Spa

The grapes! http://www.eileenslovak.com

Rolling Hills of Campagnia http://www.eileenslovak.com

My family and I were thankful to have experienced this amazing place. If you visit, please share your thoughts. Happy touring and tasting all! Thanks for reading!

The wine: http://www.mastroberardino.com/

The resort: http://www.mastroberardino.com/en/radici-resort/