Travels with Toaster

Travels with Toaster The true tales of an American girl's adventures (food, wine/drinks, shopping, sightseeing, accommodations and more), as well as the tunes to keep you company.

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Beer tasting at Moylan’s in Novato

cheers together! A few months ago, my friend Shannon asked if I wanted to go beer-tasting with her. She’d seen something in Sunset magazine about a brewery tour (I think in the Mendocino/North Coast areas of NorCal) and was inspired. My answer, o...

L.A. road trip: Oliva Trattoria in Sherman Oaks and Cool Haus in Culver City

Less than two months ago, I wrote my “goodbye, sweet napa!” post from my new place in San Diego. It chronicles the adventures of my last day in town, almost exactly two months ago. The day I wrote it, I planned to follow it up with the firs...

goodbye, sweet napa!

A little over a week ago, I did the unthinkable… I left Napa Valley.  Not necessarily for good, mind you, but I bid my sweet hometown farewell all the same. Instead of having a traditional going-away party, I decided to do things a little differ...

a blais in the valley

While in Napa for a demonstration at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, chef Richard Blais sat down with me for a few minutes to chat about his demonstration, his time working with chef Thomas Keller, and life after winning Bravo’s Top C...

coldplay + salt & straw = bliss.

Here are the tunes Becca & I listened to on our drive to Portland, Seattle & back.  This trip consisted of a lot more pop and quite a bit less classic rock than my drive up the Northwest with Cass a few years back, because Becca is younger a...

the cure for the common car ride

Yesterday started out earlier than perhaps we would’ve liked, because it would have been great to sleep in and get off to a leisurely (or even lazy) start. Alas, we had too many little stops we wanted to make before pointing toward home, so we ma...

it’s good to be seen

Jun 7, 2012

Today was a lovely day in the Seattle area, built around seeing as many of my loved ones in the city as I could. Becca and I got up early in Portland, grabbed a quick cold breakfast from the hotel lobby, and hit the road. Pretty quickly, we Game of Thr...

i could totally live here

It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for a girl. This morning began after just such a rest, and the sky was grey but there was no rain, which we were a bit relieved to discover, as today was our main day to run around Portland and ...

The flavors of Portland: Great food, lots of rain

The flavors of Portland: Great food, lots of rain

It’s been two years since I last visited Portland. It’s also my first road trip with my friend Becca. Originally, we’d planned to make just a short trek from home (Napa) to Lake Tahoe, but when the opportunity to visit the Pacific Nor...

wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle, yeah

Here’s a truth many of you may not know: less than a year ago, I was fat. Last July, I realized that I was proud of the way things were going in so many areas of my life, but that because I was unhappy with my body image, I was holding myself bac...

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