Two Years Without Lucy, the Best Petsetter Ever!

Today marks the second anniversary of the unexpected loss of Lucy, the best petsetter ever! Honestly, I thought today was the third anniversary. It seems like the hole she left in my heart has been there for much longer than 730 days. I constantly relive the shocking moment when she took her last breath and died as I held her. Why won't that memory fade? Do I want it to? … [Read more...]

My Tears Aren’t Awake Yet

My tears aren’t awake yet. Those words were the final sentence of a short Facebook status update I posted at 5:30 a.m. from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport as I prepared to return to the United States after a fabulous nine days in Italy. It was time to say arrivederci to Italy. It was also too early to cry. … [Read more...]

A Year in Napa Valley

As July 30 winds down, I can't let the night slip away without acknowledging what this date means to me. Today marks my one-year anniversary living in the Napa Valley, and what a blast I've had these last 12 months. From making new friends (not to be confused with acquaintances) to carving out a new career for myself  to swimmingly adjusting to life in small town Rutherford, this has been a most memorable 365 days.  … [Read more...]

It’s Mamba Day! Kobe, thank you for the memories

Kobe Bryant went from punk to prince during his phenomenal career as a Los Angeles Laker. I was fortunate enough to witness the transformation. On Mamba Day, as Los Angeles prepares to bid a fond farewell to the mega-superstar athlete in his final NBA game on April 13, capping 20 years of wearing purple and gold, I’m remembering my moments with him as I fly down to LA to cheer for him one last time. … [Read more...]

Green acres is the place to be

If I had a C-note for every time someone has said to me, "What a big change for you" when they heard I was moving/moved from San Francisco to Rutherford, well, I could buy a vineyard—though probably not in the Napa Valley. Moving 63 miles was not a big change distance wise, nor has it been that big of a change for me personally; of course it's only been a week. In Rutherford, I drive on the same side of the road as I always have and speak the same language too. Moving here was not nearly as … [Read more...]

Napa is the new Italy

Just like orange is the new black and 50 is the new 40, Napa is the new Italy. That's why I've chosen to make California's heralded wine region my new home. Today I moved to Rutherford—home of Cakebread Cellars, St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, Peju, Caymus and other top brands,  including me! I figured if I can't move back to Italy, where I lived from 2003 to 2005, then Napa is the next best thing. I'm nestled between my two fave Napa Valley cities: Yountville, the culinary capital of the … [Read more...]

Hobnobbing with Kobe Bryant, Margrit Mondavi and Marchese Piero Antinori

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The last couple of months have been strange ones for a jetsetter like me. Accustomed to flying often, I traded in my wings for wheels as I made multiple driving trips to Napa to work on the Auction Napa Valley issue of Haute Living and to Monterey County to research the July/August issue pegged to Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Along the way, I encountered boldface names like Kobe Bryant, Marchese Piero Antinori and Margrit Mondavi. … [Read more...]

A writer’s blood, sweat and tears

I'm writing this blog post on an airplane as I fly from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta for a four-day stay at Casa Aramara, a fabulous villa that just became available to the public. Well, the public that can afford its $15,000-$30,000 nightly rate. I'm not a one-percenter, but instead a freelance travel writer on a press junket with other journalists whom I will meet when I land. … [Read more...]

The Marco Chronicles stirs memories

The Marco Chronicles

What a pleasure it was for an Italophile like me to read The Marco Chronicles: To Rome, without Love, written by my friend Elizabeth Geoghegan. I don't know which delighted me more, finding out what a talented writer Elizabeth is or taking a trip down memory lane by remembering my own encounters with several Stefanos during my two-year stint in Italy. … [Read more...]

Is it me or Spain?

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Spain is one of those places that I can’t quite figure out. Most people love the country but I don’t. Someone tell me what I am for I know it is something. My first trip to Spain was in 2004 when I was dispatched to Madrid by US Weekly magazine. Ben Affleck was in Madrid and happened to be in the midst of ending his inexplicable relationship with Jennifer Lopez. I was asked to get a comment from him and gladly obliged since it meant going to Spain, a country that everyone just seems to love. I … [Read more...]